Jackson Irvine (29) was clearly disappointed after the final whistle. He fights back tears in his eyes. The desert world cup tournament in Qatar is over for the FC St. Pauli midfielder.
Australia lost 2-1 to Argentina and missed out on the quarter-finals. It would still have happened without Irvine if we had progressed. The Kiez-Kicker captain saw his second yellow card of the tournament early on and would have been suspended.
“Losing is always difficult,” Irvine admitted on the ARD microphone. “We really fought, believed in ourselves and stayed compact. We had a lot of good chances. You saw it at the end. We can really praise and be proud of each other.”
His World Cup conclusion: “I hope that we have given people a little joy and that our football has progressed a little for the new generation.”
Irvine also represented the Pauli colors more than worthily. Sports director Andreas Bornemann (51): “Jackson also showed the qualities he showed at the World Cup against top international teams and against world-class players like Lionel Messi.”
Pauli will receive around 200,000 euros as compensation for the World Cup soccer tournament. Irvine is on vacation now. After Christmas, he joins coach Timo Schultz (45) for training on December 27.
Then it’s back to everyday life – second division relegation battle instead of World Cup holidays…