Papadopoulos brace helps Roar to first win of 2017-18

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Brisbane Roar (3) Papadopoulos 5’, 70’, Bautheac 42’
Melbourne City (1) Kamau 54’
9,285 at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Brisbane Roar have got their first win of the season at the seventh time of asking, picking up a 3-1 win over Melbourne City on Friday night. A brace from central defender Avram Papadopoulos sent Brisbane on their way, with French import Eric Bautheac also getting his first goal for the Roar.

Got a goal back through Stefan Mauk and had chances to get an equaliser but three defensive errors would up costing Warren Joyce’s side any chance of getting back into the game.

Goals
5’ (1-0) Brisbane got off to an ideal start after Avram Papadopoulos stepped forward into midfield to win the ball, and after playing it out to the left hand side the big centre back got on the end of a cross to nod the ball into an empty net after Galekovic came for the cross but didn’t get there.

42’ (2-0) Defensive pressure from Brisbane resulted in a poor back-pass from Iacopo La Rocca which found its way to fellow Italian Maccarone, and after appearing to squander the opportunity before the Roar’s marquee man found the onrushing Eric Bautheac who placed his shot into the bottom corner to double the lead.

54′ (2-1) City got off to a strong start in the second half after Warren Joyce made a pair of half-time alterations, and Stefan Mauk rewarded his boss by getting the visitors back into the game, beating Jamie Young at his near post.

70’ (3-1) After looking nervy in the early stages of the second half, Brisbane regained their composure and their two goal lead after a Fahid Ben Khalfallah free-kick was fumbled by Galekovic, with Papadopoulos on hand to turn the ball into the net for his second of the evening.

Team News
Brisbane XI- Young, Hingert, Pepper, Papadopoulos, O’Toole, Caletti, McKay, Holman, Ben Khalfallah, Bautheac, Maccarone.
Substitutions– Skapetis for Bautheac (63’), Oxborrow for Caletti (83’), D’Agostino for Holman (90’)
Unused Substitutes– White, Reardon.
Yellow Cards– Pepper, Bautheac, Ben Khalfallah.
Red Cards– Nil.

Melbourne City XI– Galekovic, Muscat, Schenkeveld, La Rocca, Jamieson, Jakobsen, Malik, Mauk, Kamau, Fitzgerald, Budzinski.
Substitutions– Brattan for La Rocca (45’), Kilkenny for Kamau (45’), Crowley for Muscat (76’).
Unused Substitutes– Bouzanis, Najjarine.
Yellow Cards– Brattan, Budzinski, Malik, Muscat.
Red Cards– Nil.

Stats, Facts & Figures
– Eric Bautheac became the 74th player to score a goal for Brisbane Roar in a competitive game.

Up next
Brisbane make the first of two successive trips to Sydney, the first of which will be against defending champions Sydney FC next Saturday evening.

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Late Brisbane winner sends the Roar top of the table

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Adelaide United (0)
2,127 at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Brisbane Roar have continued their strong start to season 10 of the W-League win a 1-0 win over Adelaide United thanks to a late goal from Hayley Raso. Despite a lack of goals, Brisbane were always in control of the game and had the chances to win the game by a more convincing margin, although the one goal victory was enough to send Brisbane Roar to the table.

Goal
86’ (1-0) Despite having the better of the play Brisbane left it late to secure the winner with substitute Abbey Lloyd putting a cross in from the right hand side which made it’s way through to Hayley Raso cutting in from the left, and the Matildas winger beat Campbell via a deflection.

Team News
Brisbane XI
– Arnold, Torpey, O’Brien, Polkinghorne, Pickett, Boureille, Gorry, Butt, Raso, Chapman, Cheung.
Substitutions- Toby for Cheung, Lloyd for Chapman (82’). Unused Substitutes- Worth, Norrie. Yellow Cards- Nil. Red Cards- Nil. Adelaide XI- Campbell, Hodgson, McCormick, Naughton, Campagnale, Checker, Mautz, Peat, Chidiac, Doniak, Jones. Substitutions- Condon for Chidiac (84’), Dawber for Hodgson (90+1’) Unused Substitutes- Wilacy, Calder. Yellow Cards- Mautz. Red Cards- Nil Stats, Facts & Figures

– Tameka Butt became just the second Brisbane Roar player to play 100 W-League games for the club. – First time Brisbane have kept back to back clean sheets for the first time in the W-League since round 12 of the 2015-16 season.

Up next A well timed by for Brisbane Roar given the upcoming internationals featuring Australia and China, with the Roar’s next game not until December 3rd away to Canberra United.


2017-18 A-League Round 6 Match Preview

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Round six of the 2017-18 season and Brisbane Roar remain in search of their first win of the season when they take on Melbourne Victory at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night in a clash between two sides who find themselves 7th and 9th on the table.

Despite picking up a second straight draw at home against Central Coast on Sunday, questions remain over the fitness and fluidity of John Aloisi’ side after the Mariners outplayed and ran over the top of Brisbane in the second half at Suncorp Stadium in what is becoming an alarming trend.

This game is also the first return to Melbourne for Brisbane winger Fahid Ben Khalfallah, who spent 3 seasons with the Victory, helping his old side to the double in his first season back in 2014-15.

Injury Update
Michael Theo- Finger (4 weeks)
Luke Devere- Knee (10 weeks)
Daniel Bowles- Knee (TBC)
Corey Brown- Hamstring (4 weeks)
Thomas Kristensen- Hamstring (2 weeks)
Shannon Brady- Foot (TBC)
Dane Ingham- International Duty (2 weeks)

Team news
John Aloisi will have to change his back four once again with Dane Ingham away on international duty with New Zealand, and to make things worse new signing Ivan Franjic is not in contention to play this weekend due to a lack of fitness. That leaves young defender Connor O’Toole in line to make his A-League debut as the most logical candidate, however Jacob Pepper is a left field option with his experience and utility value. It’s also worth noting that Pepper played on the left side of defence in preseason perhaps with this eventuality in mind.

Outside of that Aloisi will have to decide if he sticks with the players who’ve failed to deliver an elusive win so far or freshen the side up with some new players. If he opts for the latter, the likes of Caletti, D’Agostino will likely come into contention, with Gameiro still a couple of weeks away from starting.

Expected Brisbane Roar XI– Young, Hingert, North, Papadopoulos, O’Toole, Oxborrow, McKay, Holman, Ben Khalfallah, Bautheac, Maccarone.
Substitutes– White, Pepper, Caletti, Skapetis, Gameiro.
Omitted– Sawyer, D’Agostino.

The opposition
This weekend Brisbane find themselves returning to a City they haven’t won in since 2014 against fellow winless side Melbourne Victory, who will be equally desperate to kick start their season. As always there were high expectations of Victory going into the season, but a combination of injuries, suspensions, international duty and poor form leaves the pre-season favourites languishing in 7th place, 10 points off the pace.

Team News
Melbourne Victory have been decimated by international call-ups, with James Troisi, Mark Milligan and Kosta Barbarouses all representing their national teams this weekend in intercontinental WCQ’s, while Mitch Austin is suspended after his red card on Monday night.

The positive news for Kevin Muscat is that reinforcements have arrived in the shape of veteran Leigh Broxham and marquee striker Besart Berisha, who returns from a two game suspension. The return of Berisha will likely result in Leroy George being deployed in a wide midfield role, while Broxham figures to start at left back in place of Stefan Nigro.

Expected Melbourne Victory XI- Thomas, Geria, Deng, Williams, Broxham, Valeri, Sanchez, Hope, Ingham, George, Berisha.
Substitutes- Acton, Nigro, McGilp, Waring, Athiu.

2017-18 Record v Melbourne Victory
FFA Cup Round of 32- Brisbane Roar 1-5 Melbourne Victory.

Stats, Facts & Figures
– Brendan White and Adam Sawyer could make their Brisbane Roar debut in this game, and would become the 136th and 137th players to do so.

– Brisbane Roar have not won on their last 12 visits to the Victorian capital. Their last win in Melbourne was a 3-0 win over Victory in January 2014.

– Brisbane are winless in their last 9 games, which is a club record.

– This is the worst start Brisbane have had to start any A-League season, with just two points out of a possible fifteen from the first five matches. The previous worst was the 2014-15 season where Brisbane got three points out of fifteen.

All-Time Record against Melbourne Victory

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Franjic returns to Roar

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Four years after departing Brisbane Roar to pursue a career in Europe Ivan Franjic has returned to Brisbane, penning a deal for the remainder of the 2017-18 season.

Since departing Brisbane on the back of representing Australia at the 2014 World Cup, Franjic has had stops at Torpedo Moscow, Melbourne City and Daegu FC, with the 30 year old being released from his contract back in October.

Arriving for the first time in August 2009 as Frank Farina’s final signing for Brisbane, Franjic went on to become a key part of Brisbane’s three championship winning seasons as he went from state league defender to the Socceroos first choice right back at the 2014 World Cup.

All up Franjic made 123 appearances in all competitions for Brisbane Roar from 2009-2014, which places him 10th on the all time appearances list. His 11 goals sees him sit 13th on the all time goal scoring charts, with Matt McKay (23 goals) the only currently active player ahead of him.

Ivan’s last game for Brisbane was that memorable 2014 A-League Grand Final where Brisbane came from a goal behind to defeat Western Sydney in extra time, claiming their third Championship in four years.

Franjic will add tremendous depth to Brisbane’s full-back options and will be up against Jack Hingert and Dane Ingham for minutes at right-full back, with the likes of Corey Brown and Connor O’Toole on the left.

The signing of Franjic takes Brisbane’s squad to 28 players, a number which includes scholarship players Dane Ingham, Bryce Bafford, Jay Barnett and Emilio Martinez, and recently signed mature aged rookie Brendan White.

Brisbane Roar squad as at 09/11/2017
Goalkeepers: Michael Theo, Brendan White, Jamie Young.
Defenders: Daniel Bowles, Corey Brown, Luke Devere, Ivan Franjic, Jack Hingert, Dane Ingham, Jade North, Avram Papadopoulos, Connor O’Toole.
Midfielders: Bryce Bafford, Jay Barnett, Eric Bautheac, Fahid Ben Khalfallah, Shannon Brady, Joe Caletti, Brett Holman, Thomas Kristensen, Emilio Martinez, Matt McKay, Mitchell Oxborrow, Jacob Pepper.
Forwards: Nicholas D’Agostino, Corey Gameiro, Massimo Maccarone, Peter Skapetis.


2017-18 A-League Round 5 Match Preview

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Round 5 of the 2017-18 A-League season is here and after picking up a first point of the season last weekend away from home against Wellington Phoenix, Brisbane Roar will be out to record their first win of the campaign on Sunday afternoon against Central Coast Mariners in the second game of the A-League/W-League double header.

Last weekend’s game was shaping up to be a disaster for John Aloisi’ side with the Roar once again getting off to a sluggish start and finding themselves 3-0 down after just 20 minutes, however a resilient second half fight back will ensure that they go into this game with renewed confidence.

Individual defensive errors have cost the Roar so far in 2017-18, however with the change of Jade North back to his natural central defensive position midway through last weekends clash with Wellington the back four started to look more comfortable.

At the other end of the park, while the front third still appears to be taking it’s time to click there were signs of progress last week with Massimo Maccarone netting a brace and Fahid Ben Khalfallah running at defenders with pace and purpose.

Injury Update
Shannon Brady- Foot (TBC)
Daniel Bowles- Knee (TBC)
Corey Brown- Hamstring (6 weeks)
Luke Devere- Knee (10 weeks)
Thomas Kristensen- Hamstring (2 weeks)
Michael Theo- Finger (2 weeks)

Team news
Brisbane’s latest defensive injury to Luke Devere leaves John Aloisi a little short on depth as things stand with the central defender joining Daniel Bowles and Corey Brown on the sidelines. Things will get worse next weekend with Dane Ingham set to depart for international duty after this game, but for the time being the All-Whites defender will take his place in the back four after impressing off the bench last week.

The injury for Devere should also open up the opportunity for Connor O’Toole to make the bench for the first time since the opening weekend, where he could be joined by Corey Gameiro who has been named in the squad for the first time this season. The only other selection dilemma in an other wise predictable Brisbane starting XI is in the midfield where Joe Caletti will be hoping for a recall after being dropped to the bench last week in favour of Mitchell Oxborrow.

Expected Brisbane Roar XI- Young, Hingert, North, Papadopoulos, Ingham, Oxborrow, McKay, Holman, Bautheac, Ben Khalfallah, Maccarone.
Substitutes- White, O’Toole, Caletti, Skapetis, Gameiro.
Omitted- Akbari, D’Agostino.

The opposition
Despite finding themselves 9th going into this round with just two points from their opening four games, Central Coast have been unlucky in their games so far and could easily find themselves higher up the table.

Key off-season signings Alan Baro, Wout Brama and Tom Hiariej have all impressed in the early rounds adding some solidity to a youthful Mariners outfit, while at the other end Asdrubal has two goals in four games and Daniel de Silva has impressed most observes with his performances.

Team News
With the return to fitness of former Brisbane defender Kye Rowles and attacker Blake Powell, Paul Okon has a full squad at his disposal for this weekends encounter. Both will have to wait at least another week for their first appearance of the season however having been left out of the preliminary squad.

In terms of players who are available for selection, it’s likely to be an unchanged line-up for Central Coast after they secured a 1-1 draw at home against Melbourne Victory last weekend. Right back Storm Roux was forced off after picking up a knock against the Victory, however he has been declared fit after completing training during the week. The only change is likely to be on the bench where experienced back-up goalkeeper Ben Kennedy is likely to replace youngster Adam Pearce.

Expected Central Coast Mariners XI– Glover, Roux, Baro, Golec, Rose, Hiariej, Brama, de Silva, Hoole, Pain, Asdrubal.
Substitutes- Kennedy, McGing, Rose, Appiah-Kubi, Bingham.
Omitted- Berry, Buhagiar.

Stats, Facts & Figures
– Corey Gameiro and Brendan White could make their Brisbane Roar debuts in this match, and will become the 135th and 136th players to do so.

– Despite snapping a club record seven game losing streak last week, Brisbane are still 9 games without a win in all competitions dating back to last season. The Roar’s last win in 90 minutes came in Round 27 last year against Wellington Phoenix.

– Should Brisbane fail to pick up a win in this game, it will be the first time they’ve failed to win any of their first five games in a season.

All-Time Record against Central Coast Mariners

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2017-18 W-League Round 2 Preview

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After a fantastic start to season 10 last weekend in Sydney, Brisbane Roar return home for the first time in 2017-18 for their home opener against Perth Glory on Sunday afternoon as the first half of an A-League/W-League double header at Suncorp Stadium.

As mentioned it was a dream start for Mel Andreatta’s side in round one, with Katrina Gorry scored just 17 seconds into the new season before youngster Allira Toby netted a brace to ensure a first up win.

Team news
Mel Andreatta will have an interesting dilemma at the selection table with three experienced internationals returning to the fold this week, with Kaitlyn Torpey returning from Young Matildas duty, while Tameka Butt returns from overseas to rejoin the Roar. Long time Roar midfielder Amy Chapman has also been added to the squad.

The return of Torpey could also see Hayley Raso return to her normal right midfield role this week, with the young defender likely to slot into the back four, while experienced midfielder Tameka Butt is expected to return to her place in the Brisbane midfield.

Expected Brisbane Roar XI– Arnold, Torpey, Polkinghorne, O’Brien, Pickett, Boureille, Gorry, Butt,  Raso, Toby, Cheung.
Substitutes– Veeren, Norrie, Lloyd, Chapman.
Omitted– Tathem, Pullar.

The opposition
In round two Brisbane will face a Sam Kerr lead Perth Glory side who secured a comprehensive 4-1 win over Melbourne City in the Grand Final rematch on Friday night. The lady of the moment Kerr gave the hosts the lead in just the third minute before three goals in the last 15 minutes from Rachel Hill and Nicola Bolger secured the win.

Perth manager Bobby Despotovski is highly likely to stick with the team which secured a first up win, with American trio Amanda Frisbie, Nikki Stanton and Rachel Hill –who scored a brace in round 1- and Costa Rican midfielder Raquel Rodriguez providing able support to Matildas star Kerr. Rodriguez, Stanton and Kerr have a strong understanding on the pitch given the trio represent NWSL side Sky Blue FC in the W-League off-season.

Expected Perth Glory XI– Maizels, S. Carroll, K. Carroll, Rigby, Frisbie, Stanton, Rodriguez, Bolger, Tabain, Hill, Kerr.
Substitutes– Dal Busco, Bilham, Brogan, May.
Omitted– Charalambous, Gibbons.

Stats, Facts & Figures
– Brisbane have a strong record at Suncorp Stadium in the W-League, with six wins from eight games at the Milton venue, although the one defeat came in 2015 to Perth thanks to a Vanessa di Bernado brace

– Brisbane have made a fast start at Suncorp Stadium in the W-League in recent times, scoring inside the first five minutes in the last two encounters.

All-Time Record against Perth Glory

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Roar sign GK White as mature age rookie

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Brisbane Roar have signed goalkeeper Brendan White on a mature age rookie contract ahead of tomorrow’s Round 5 A-League clash with Central Coast

While White has reportedly been with the Roar for a couple of days, the announcement of his arrival comes on the back of the news that first choice shot stopper Michael Theo has been ruled out of tomorrow afternoon’s clash with the Mariners.

The signing of White comes on the back of the departure of Young Roar keeper Tomislav Bilic, who was a notable absentee when the 2017-18 National Youth League squad was announced earlier this week.

White, 25, has previous experience in the A-League set-up as a member of the successful Gold Coast United youth sides which won back to back titles in 2010 and 2011.

More recently White was in goal for Redlands United’s 2016 FFA Cup campaign, which saw the Red Devils upset A-League champion Adelaide United in the Round of 32 before losing to NPL Capital Football side Canberra Olympic in the last 16.

In the 2017 season, White moved south to NPL Victoria side Port Melbourne, where he made 26 appearances this season in a side that finished 11th in the Victorian top flight.

Including scholarship contracted players; the signing of White takes Brisbane’s squad size up to 27 players, with that depth set to play a role in the coming weeks due to the current injury crisis and the upcoming AFC Champions League campaign.

Brisbane Roar 2017-18 squad as at 04/11/2017
Goalkeepers
: Michael Theo, Brendan White, Jamie Young.
Defenders: Daniel Bowles, Corey Brown, Luke Devere, Jack Hingert, Dane Ingham, Jade North, Avram Papadopoulos, Connor O’Toole.
Midfielders: Bryce Bafford, Jay Barnett, Eric Bautheac, Fahid Ben Khalfallah, Shannon Brady, Joe Caletti, Brett Holman, Thomas Kristensen, Emilio Martinez, Matt McKay, Mitchell Oxborrow, Jacob Pepper.
Forwards: Nicholas D’Agostino, Corey Gameiro, Massimo Maccarone, Peter Skapetis.