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Hiddink's frank Socceroos assessment

HE is the man that led Australia to a first World Cup in 32 years, but Guus Hiddink has admitted even he doubted the Socceroos? ability to achieve the remarkable feat.

The Dutchman is in Australia to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the drought-breaking World Cup qualification and told Fox Sports? Simon Hill that the regard in which he is still held among Australian football fans brings him great joy.

In an exclusive interview, Hiddink also revealed how he captured the hearts of a nation by transforming a footballing minnow with little self-belief into a force capable of competing on sport?s biggest stage.


On his first trip to Australia since leaving the Socceroos post, Hiddink was treated to a pulsating clash between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory in Saturday night?s A-League ?Big Blue?.

But despite doing his best to hide away in a box alongside Frank Lowy and fellow FFA heavyweights, Hiddink found himself swamped by fans eager to express their appreciation for his work a decade ago.

?Every now and then I have contact with people in Australia ? every year or every two or three months, but that was contact with friends,? Hiddink said.

?But now I?m here, I was yesterday at the game ? and people come to you, to me, and I was surprised about the depth of this contact.

?Normally after ten years things fade away, losses and also victories.

?But su

Henrique scores on return from knee injury to send Brisbane Roar to top

AN emotional Henrique scored in his return from a serious knee injury as Brisbane Roar jumped to the top of the A-League ladder with a 1-0 win over Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.

The Roar favourite, who required a knee reconstruction after coming unstuck in an AFC Champions League match eight months, netted the decisive goal 17 minutes after coming on as a replacement for 17-year-old striker Nick D?Agostino.

Brisbane?s three substitutes combined to seal Brisbane their three points, with Devante Clut heading the ball to Javier Hervas, who with his first touch in the A-League flicked the ball with the outside of his left foot to Henrique.

The recently naturalised Australian did the rest, beating advancing Glory goalkeeper Ante Covic to the ball to knock it home to the delight of the 11,748 fans.

Embraced by his teammates, Henrique was in tears after the goal as emotion got the better of him in his A-League return.

The win, the Roar?s fourth of the season and third at home, moved Brisbane to 13 points on the ladder, two clear of second-placed Sydney FC, who lost 4-2 to Melbourne Victory on Saturday night.

The Roar deserved their latest win, but the Glory made it hard for this hosts, particularly for a large chunk of the second half.

However, Brisbane?s superiority told
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