Experienced centre-back Eddy Bosnar believes poor defending and a lack of match-winners were responsible for the Asian confederation’s poor performance at the World Cup.
Aussie defender Bosnar spent six years playing in Asia, with stints at JEF United Chiba, Shimzu S-Pulse, Suwon Bluewings and Guangzhou R&F.
The 34-year old returned to Australia at the start of 2014 and plays for the Central Coast Mariners in the A-League.
According to Bosnar, the game is getting quicker with a growing focus on transition.
“Every few years we see a new trend in the world game,” Bosnar said.
“A few years back so-called tiki-taka was the way to play.
“But as we can all see the game is now a lot about transition. The South American teams have an advantage as the climate plays a big part in the recovery of players and the tempo of the game.”
Out of the four Asian teams in Brazil none made it out of the group stage.
And, in a total of 12 games, only three points were recorded from a possible 36 for Australia, Japan, South Korea and Iran - with no victories.
Bosnar said: “The Asian teams did well and were interesting to watch but lack players like the big nations.
“We did have Tim Cahill and I honestly think if he played in a team like Argentina, Germany or Brazil he would be close to getting the golden boot.
“All Asian teams have a lot to learn, firstly about defending, as you can see the teams that defend well always get good results.
“Asian teams will be in the next round once we learn to control games like the top European nations do.
“In saying that we should be happy how Australia went but I think we should still be disappointed as we were so close in getting to the next round in a group of death.
“It looks like the teams with quick forwards and a good compact defence have done well in this World Cup and I think that’s the new age of football.”
Bosnar nominated sides at the tournament such as Belgium, Chile, France, Colombia and Algeria as the teams to watch and learn from.
“I loved to watch Algeria as they were quick in attack and compact in defence with no star players,” he said.
“Also Algeria was tactically very sound with a great coach. And Algeria also played with a lot of heart.”