Mooy enjoying renaissance on road to Russia
Midway via the 2014/15 Australian A-League season, the nation came to a standstill because the AFC Asian Cup came to town. Immediately after featuring in a 2-0 defeat to Central Coast Mariners for his club side Melbourne City in early January 2015, the then 24-year-old Aaron Mooy took up a bittersweet watching short for the rest from the month.
He was not selected for the Socceroos squad for the Asian Cup, nor had he genuinely anticipated to become, with just several minutes of international action in the years preceding the flagship tournament. Ange Postecoglou in the end led his side to a initially continental title in Asia, having a dramatic 2-1 extra-time victory against Korea Republic.
"I prefer to get on the ball and pass it forwards, try and generate probabilities," Mooy told FIFA.com. "That's what my game is about. I'm playing a lot more games, which builds self-confidence. I've played to get a number of years within the A-League and I'm improving."
Mooy has been back in Australia because late 2012, to be precise, after a spell inside the Uk at firstly Bolton Wanderers (exactly where he spent his latter teenage years inside the English side's youth teams), and after that in Scotland at St Mirren exactly where he made his qualified debut. Right after his return in 2012, almost everything seemed to be going suitable for Mooy, he was playing often at hometown club, Western Sydney Wanderers, and scored on his complete debut for the national side against Guam in December 2012.
He seemed destined to get a spot inside the national group for many years to come, particularly immediately after being part of the Young Socceroos squad in the FIFA U-20 Planet Cup in 2009, an encounter Mooy described as "unbelievable". The transition seemed seamless. But then he played no part in Globe Cup qualifying for Brazil, generating a single commence in the 2013 East Asian Football Championship.