1. The point remains that we were competitive against European and Sth American opposition, doesn't matter how easy it was to get there. Just prior to the establishment of the A-League, Australia was the 4th best performed country in the U20 WC, that is, over the entire history of this age group.
2. Actually, Nigeria and Ghana were quite strong in the early years of this age group.
3. There might be something in this, although sounds a little bit speculative. Probably incorrect to suggest we were any more physical than European teams.