Brisbane is not just a champion team playing textbook football but a clear example of what Australian clubs should aspire to.
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31 Oct 2011 - 12:00 AM  UPDATED 3 Mar 2014 - 4:59 PM

One of the flaws that is firmly entrenched in Australia's football culture is its inability to capitalise on the positive periods that come its way.

Many times the game has failed to grasp golden opportunities to make serious inroads in Australia's sporting landscape.

Brisbane Roar is another glaring example of the rich potential of Australian football because the A-League champion is showing in no uncertain terms how the modern game should be played.

Ange Postecoglou's merry men are the nearest Australia has come to producing a team of average European standard with the capacity to play entertaining, winning football.

I have been living in Australia for 30 years and I have never seen an Aussie side play with such speed of thought, all-round efficiency, eye-catching attacks and lethal finishing.

All these qualities were very evident in Roar's spectacular 7-1 destruction of Adelaide United on Friday night.

Brisbane is such a well-oiled team that it is probably better to watch than the Socceroos.

This is not saying that Brisbane is better than Australia because it is not and cannot possibly be.

Yet its flowing style based on accurate passing, non-stop movement and keeping the ball on the ground is a breath of fresh air to our game.

But here lies the challenge for Australia.

Football Federation Australia and the A-League could do much worse than maximise the value Brisbane brings to the game in this country by giving it 'protected species' status.

Rules are rules, especially in an environment governed by a salary cap, and no team should receive preferential treatment.

However, after FFA stepped in to safeguard the future of the club when it ran into financial difficulties last season, further efforts should be made to promote and protect this magnificent side.

Its spectacular success is making waves in Asia and there is a strong possibility that several players and even the coach may be lost to our game in the near future, especially if Brisbane does well in the next AFC Champions League.

If this side is kept together for as long as possible, A-League fans would keep enjoying the purity of its football and the clubs will have more time to examine and possibly emulate the modus operandi of this special team.

Videos of Brisbane's finest matches should be available at coaching clinics so young players can see for themselves how the game should be played, more so because Roar's 4-3-3 system fits with technical director Han Berger's preferred way for children to play and develop their game.

Student coaches should be taken to Brisbane's matches at home and away so they could get up close and personal with its playing style.

They should also be present at some of Brisbane's training sessions.

Postecoglou and his men should be encouraged by the media to explain in more detail how they can come up with such wonderful football virtually week in week out.

I'm sure Ange would not mind sharing his views with the rest of the family and he would feel privileged to do so.

In other words, Australia must do its utmost to gain from this special moment in the sport's evolution so the game's standard could benefit in years to come.

Let's not just be happy to sing the praises of the side and feel good about what it's doing to our game.

If this 'Brisbane' moment passes us by we all would be shaking our heads in a few years because we will have learnt nothing from it.

Put it this way, half a dozen 'Brisbane Roars' in the A-League would sort out its long-term future once and for all and establish a fan base that would have no trouble supporting the competition on a regular basis.

I reckon Australia does not really know how good this Brisbane side is and does not fully appreciate the importance of leaving a lasting legacy on our game.

Australia is very fortunate to have such a quality side in its midst.

So let's treasure the moment and make sure that Brisbane Roar is not just a one-off but a benchmark for future generations.