Roar remain winless as Jets strike at Suncorp again


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Brisbane Roar (1) O.G (Boogaard) 42’
Newcastle Jets (2) O’Donovan 12’, Petratos 45’
10,104 at Suncorp Stadium

Brisbane Roar remains bottom of the A-League table and without any points after the opening three rounds of the season after a 2-1 loss to Newcastle Jets on Sunday afternoon. Goals to Roy O’Donovan and ex Roar midfielder Dimitri Petratos secured the win for Newcastle, however their joy was soured by the horrific leg injury suffered by Ronald Vargas which will likely keep the Jets marquee out for the rest of the season.

12’ (0-1) It was a dream start for Newcastle with off-season signing Roy O’Donovan on hand to score his fifth goal of the new season after a great cross from Ivan Vujica on the left side. O’Donovan found space between Luke Devere and Corey Brown for a simple finish.

42’ (1-1) After creating a couple of half chances Brisbane got their equaliser in the 42nd minute after substitute Jack Hingert got forward down the right hand side and whipped in a dangerous cross which just evaded debutant Eric Bauteac, but was turned into his own net by Jets defender Nigel Boogaard.

45’ (1-2) Brisbane weren’t level for long however as ex Roar midfielder Dimitri Petratos reminded his old club what he was capable of with a powerful shot from the edge of the box which whistled into the top corner leaving Michael Theo no chance.

2’ Great chance for Newcastle in the early stages with some good work down their left hand side, with Ronald Vargas missing from six yards out.

8’ First chance of the game for Brisbane fell to Massimo Maccarone, but the Roar marquee couldn’t get his shot off under pressure from the Jets defenders.

16’ Another chance for Maccarone, however his shot goes well wide of the far post.

20’ First chance for Brisbane’s new Frenchman came from a set piece, however despite a good ball in there was nobody attacking it for the home side.

58′- Fantastic chance for Newcastle to double their advantage but Andrew Nabbout’s shot from the edge of the box went wide of the goal.

72’- Massimo Maccarone found the back of the net for Brisbane after a Fahid Ben Khalfallah through ball found the Italian, however VAR ruled the goal out due to an offside in the build-up.

88’- Wayne Brown had a chance to clinch the points for Newcastle, but his shot went past the near post of Theo.

90+8’- Brisbane’s last chance fell to Peter Skapetis, but the winger couldn’t beat the wall with his free-kick.

It was a bad day at Suncorp Stadium for both sides on the injury front as two key players for both sides went down with significant injuries. Brisbane defender Corey Brown was the first to succumb to injury, with a hamstring injury set to keep the left back out of action for 6-8 weeks.

That however is nothing compared to the injury sustained by Newcastle marquee Ronald Vargas, who suffered a suspected broken leg and ankle early in the second half after a 50-50 clash with Roar captain Matt McKay. The game was stopped for several minutes as the Venezuelan received treatment on the ground, before being taken off via a stretcher and headed for hospital for surgery.

Team News
Brisbane XI– Theo, North, Devere, Papadopoulos, Brown, Caletti, McKay, Holman, Ben Khalfallah, Bauteac, Maccarone.
Substitutions- Hingert for Brown (36’), Skapetis for Bauteac (46’), D’Agostino for Ben Khalfallah (90’)
Unused Substitutes– Young, Oxborrow.
Yellow Cards– Brown (26’)
Red Cards– Nil.

Newcastle XI- Duncan, Georgievski, Boogaard, Topor-Stanley, Vujica, Kantarovski, Ugarkovic, Petratos, Vargas, Nabbout, O’Donovan.
Substitutions– Brown for Vargas (62’), Champness for Nabbout (80’), Cowburn for Kantarovski (87’)
Unused Substitutes– Moss, Hoffman.
Yellow Cards- Kantarovski (10’), Brown (68’), O’Donovan (74’), Vujica (90+8’)
Red Cards– Nil.

Stats, Facts & Figures
Eric Bautheac became the 134th player to represent Brisbane Roar in a competitive game

– Brisbane Roar lost their first three games of a season for just the second time in club history (other was 2014-15)

– Current seven game losing streak is now the longest in club history.

Up next
A trip across the Tasman against the hard working and underrated Wellington Phoenix on Saturday afternoon awaits John Aloisi’ side as they seek to accrue their first points of the campaign at the fourth time of asking. That won’t be an easy task however with Wellington proving to be a difficult proposition over the opening weeks of the season.


2017-18 Round 3 Match Preview

Round 3 of the A-League and Brisbane Roar will be out to ensure they don’t equal their worst ever start to a League season on Sunday afternoon when they take on the high flying Newcastle Jets. Late goals from Ryan Kitto and Johan Absalonsen ensured it was back to back defeats to start the season, after a disappointing second half fade out cancelled out Massimo Maccarone’s first goal for Brisbane.

Injury Update
Daniel Bowles- Knee (TBC)
Shannon Brady- Broken Foot (TBC)
Thomas Kristensen- Hamstring (2 weeks)

Team news
The belated arrival of French attacker Eric Bautheac will provide more options in attack for John Aloisi, and with the former Lille man training with another of his former clubs in Metz to keep sharp ahead of the move it’s a possibility that he makes his debut from the start on Sunday. It’s more likely however that the Frenchman makes his debut as a second half substitute.

Regardless of Bautheac’s potential ability from the start, Brett Holman is  a likely returnee to the XI in place of Nick D’Agostino in the attacking midfielders role, with the young striker set to replace Rahmat Akbari on the substitutes bench.

Expected Brisbane Roar XI- Theo, North, Devere, Papadopoulos, Brown, Caletti, McKay, Holman, Skapetis, Ben Khalfallah, Maccarone.
Substitutes- Young, Hingert, Oxborrow, Bautheac, D’Agostino.
Omitted- Akbari, Ingham.

The opposition
If there was one team the Roar would not like to see this weekend on their home patch it would probably be Newcastle, with the Jets winning on 10 of their 17 previous visits to the Queensland capital.

Newcastle are team transformed under new boss Ernie Merrick with the early rounds suggesting that the seven season wait for finals football could be set to end this time around, with attacking duo Roy O’Donovan and Ronald Vargas leading the charge this time around. There’s also a distinct Roar old boys look to the Jets, with Devante Clut, Dimi Petratos, Lachlan Jackson and Joseph Champness all finding a home in the Hunter in 2017-18.

What have they done lately?
While the Roar have been slow out of the gates in season 2017-18, the opposite can be said of the Jets, who find themselves in 3rd place on the table heading into Round 3 after a comprehensive win over Central Coast in Round 1 before succumbing to a late Adam Taggart goal at home against Perth Glory in Round 2.

Injury Update

While Brisbane have a number of players sidelined due to injury to start the season, Newcastle on the other hand have a clean bill of health and a full squad at Ernie Merrick’s disposal as they make the trip north to Brisbane.

Team news

Ernie Merrick will no doubt be tempted to bring in experienced defender and former club captain Jason Hoffman at the back for this game –most likely in place of Ivan Vujica- in a reshuffle which would see Daniel Georgievski move to left back. Outside of that it’s a stable side in the Hunter, with the only other potential change is the addition on the bench of youngster Mario Shabow to provide an additional attacking option to ex Young Roar flyer Joey Champness.

Expected Newcastle Jets XI- Duncan, Hoffman, Boogaard, Topor-Stanley, Georgievski, Kantarovski, Ugarkovic, Petratos, Vargas, Nabbout, O’Donovan.
Substitutes- Moss, Jackson, Brown, Shabow, Champness.
Omitted- Cowburn, Vujica.

Stats, Facts & Figures
– Eric Bautheac will become the 134th player to represent Brisbane Roar if he makes his debut in this fixture
– Sunday’s home clash with Newcastle Jets will be Brisbane’s 150th regular season home game at Suncorp Stadium (P-149. W72. D34. L43. GF-225. GA- 167.
-Only once have Brisbane lost their first three game of an A-League season (2014-15)

All-Time Record against Newcastle Jets

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Brisbane add duo on scholarship deals

Brisbane Roar have added to their youthful squad with the arrival of midfield duo Jay Barnett and Bryce Bafford on scholarship deals.

The duo, who arrive from the recently closed FFA Centre of Excellence join full-back Dane Ingham and attacking midfielder Emilio Martinez on scholarship deals at the Roar.

The arrival of Barnett and Bafford adds to the group of young players under contract at the Roar, with Rahmat Akbari, Shannon Brady, Corey Brown, Joe Caletti, Nick D’Agostino, Dane Ingham, Emilio Martinez, Connor O’Toole, Mitchell Oxborrow and Peter Skapetis all aged 23 or under.

Former Perth Glory youngster Bafford arrives in Brisbane having spent two seasons in the nations capital, where he scored 8 goals in 23 appearances for the FFA Centre of Excellence.

Barnett meanwhile scored 2 goals in 16 appearances in the 2017 NPL Capital Football season for the FFA COE, and will link up with Roar teammates Macklin Freke, Aaron Reardon and Kai Trewin.

The newly added duo will face stiff competition for a spot in Brisbane’s midfield with experienced options like Matt McKay and Thomas Kristensen, in addition to last seasons’ breakout player Joe Caletti amongst those ahead of the duo in the pecking order.

In the meantime however the duo figure to play a role in the Young Roar’s 2017-18 National Youth League season which is set to kick off next month in addition to next year’s NPL Queensland campaign to start with.

Brisbane Roar FC Hyundai A-League 2017/18 Squad as of 18/10/2017
Goalkeepers: Michael Theo, Jamie Young

Defenders: Daniel Bowles, Corey Brown, Luke DeVere, Jack Hingert, Dane Ingham *, Jade North, Connor O’Toole, Avram Papadopoulos

Midfielders: Jay Barnett *, Bryce Bafford *, Joe Caletti, Brett Holman, Thomas Kristensen, Emilio Martinez *, Matt McKay (c), Mitchell Oxborrow, Jacob Pepper

Attackers: Eric Bautheac, Shannon Brady, Nick D’Agostino, Corey Gameiro, Fahid Ben Khalfallah, Massimo Maccarone, Peter Skapetis. *- Denotes Scholarship player

Kingsman out, Pourre out as part of front office restructure


At least part of the off-field drama surrounding Brisbane Roar has been stabilised with former CEO David Pourre returning to Brisbane for a second time, taking up the same role he held previously.

Pourre returns to the role he held from May 2015 through May 2016, initially on an interim deal before being appointed full time in the days leading up to the 2015-16 season.

The return of Pourre has been made possible due to a Monday afternoon announcement that former Managing Director Mark Kingsman had been removed from the role, just over 12 months after being brought in to replace controversial figure Daniel Cobb.

This weeks decision is the fourth time in two and a half years that Brisbane have undergone a change of CEO, with Pourre previously holding the role from May 2015 through May 2016.

Pourre replaced the outgoing Sean Dobson, who held the role for three years before his departure, and was replaced by Daniel Cobb who had a brief and tumultuous tenure in the 2016 off-season.

Upon the announcement of his return, Pourre outlined his excitement to be back involved with the club and mentioned the improvements since his first tenure in the role.

”I am thrilled to be re-joining Brisbane Roar. This is a club that has continued its football journey and improvement in key areas of operations commenced during my first tenure.”

“What really appealed to me was the owner’s vision of what this football club could be, and should be, the biggest and best in Australia. There’s a lot of work to do to achieve that but I’m extremely pleased to be back and working towards that vision”.

Late Reds rally as Brisbane lose home opener


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Brisbane Roar (1)
Maccarone 8’
Adelaide United (2) Kitto 88’, Absalonsen 90+2’
11,178 at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Brisbane Roar have made it back to back defeats to start the 2017-18 season after two late goals ensured a 2-1 win for the Reds. Late goals from Ryan Kitto and Johan Absalonsen were enough to cancel out Massimo Maccarone’s early opener for the Roar.

8’ (1-0) Corey Brown’s pin point cross from the left hand side was turned in first time on the volley by Massimo Maccarone, who opened his account in Brisbane colours.

88’ (1-1) Moments after entering the game from the bench, Ryan Kitto got the Reds back level after his shot beat Michael Theo in the Roar goal after he was found by strike partner Baba Diawara.

90+2’ (1-2) Adelaide then went on to secure all three points in stoppage time when Johan Absalonsen pounced on a loose ball and his shot found it’s way into the back of the net via the underside of the crossbar.

12’- First chance of the game for Adelaide falls to Johan Absalonsen, however he blazed his shot over the bar.

30’- Brisbane hit Adelaide on the counter attack with Fahid Ben Khalfallah finding Peter Skapetis is space, however his closed range effort was smothered by Reds keeper Paul Izzo.

48’- Great chance for D’Agostino to double the Brisbane lead after a Paul Izzo mistake however the Roar youngster couldn’t capitalise.

58’- Adelaide came close to an equaliser after George Blackwood’s effort bounced back after hitting the post.

62’– Massimo Maccarone cuts inside from the left before his low shot goes straight at Izzo in the Adelaide goal.

76’- Daniel Adlung’s powerful effort for the visitors was deflected wide.

83’– Michael Theo was on hand to keep Brisbane’s lead in tact as he denied Reds defender Michael Marrone with a brilliant save.

Team News
Brisbane Roar XI- Theo, North, Devere, Papadopoulos, Brown, Caletti, McKay, Skapetis, D’Agostino, Ben Khalfallah, Maccarone.
Substitutions- Holman for D’Agostino (60’), Hingert for Papadopoulos (70’), Akbari for Skapetis (84’).
Unused Substitutes- Young, Oxborrow.
Yellow Cards- McKay (42’), Papadopoulos (68’), North (82’)
Red Cards- Nil.

Adelaide United XI- Izzo, Marrone, Elsey, Gulum, Garuccio, Lia, Adlung, Isaias, Mileusnic, Absalonsen, Blackwood.
Substitutions- Diawara for Diawara (65’), Lia for Konstandopoulos (66’), Kitto for Mileusnic (84’)
Unused Substitutes- Margush, O’Doherty.
Yellow Cards- Gulum (14’), Adlung (21’), Isaias (82’)
Red Cards- Nil.

Stats, Facts & Figures
– Massimo Maccarone became the 72nd different goalscorer for Brisbane Roar.

– The 2-1 loss was Brisbane’s sixth straight in all competitions, their longest ever losing streak

– This is just the second time that Brisbane have opened the season with back to back defeats, with the other being the 2014-15 season.

Up next
Brisbane are at home once again in Round 3, with a home game against Newcastle Jets who looked impressive in the F3 derby on the opening round. With Newcastle not playing until Sunday evening against Perth, Brisbane will have the advantage in terms of preparation time but they will have plenty of work to do over the next 8 days.

2017-18 Round 2 Match Preview

After Brisbane’s dismal run away in Melbourne continued to star the 2017-18 season, Brisbane Roar return to Suncorp Stadium for the first time this season for their home opener against Adelaide United.

While Brisbane had some encouraging moments in their round one loss to Melbourne City, it was a Bruce Kamau brace which decided the issue leaving John Aloisi with some thinking to do ahead of tomorrow nights encounter.

Injury Update
Daniel Bowles- Knee (Indefinite)
Thomas Kristensen- Hamstring (2 weeks)
Shannon Brady- Foot (Indefinite)

Team news
The return to fitness of midfielder Brett Holman will be a big boost for John Aloisi’ side as they seek to recover from last weeks loss to Melbourne City, with the former Socceroo expected to replace Nick D’Agostino in the starting line-up.

There could also be a starting spot for Luke Devere in central defence after he was surprisingly overlooked in round one, while the bench will likely have a more attacking look to it with D’Agostino and possibly Dane Ingham to provide additional options in the front third.

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

The opposition
Much like last weeks opponent, Adelaide United have undergone a dramatic transformation in the off-season as new manager Marco Kurz seeks to implement his style on the side. So far it appears to be working with the Reds new direct style paying off with a solid Cup run and first up result on the road..

While Adelaide are decidedly more direct now under Kurz than in previous seasons, the Reds still possess some tricky attacking players including Danish left winger Johan Absalonsen and Senegalese striker Baba Diawara, who was one of the few bright points for Adelaide last season having arrived in January.

What have they done lately?
Adelaide started their season across the Tasman against Wellington Phoenix on Sunday afternoon in a tight and tense encounter. Dario Vidosic gave the ‘Nix an early lead in the fifth minute, before Danish import Johan Absalonsen equalised just four minutes later.

Adelaide are also still alive in the FFA Cup, with wins against Newcastle Jets, Melbourne Victory and Heidelberg United setting up a semi-final showdown against Western Sydney at Campbelltown Stadium next Tuesday.

Injury Update
Taylor Regan- Ankle
Tarek Elrich- Knee

Team news
Taylor Regan’s ankle injury which he sustained in the opening round clash against Wellington is set to keep him out until the new year which opens the door for Jordan Elsey to make his first start after missing last season with a knee injury.

Meanwhile Vince Lia is once again available having served a suspension and will likely come into the side in place of ex Roar midfielder Nathan Konstandopoulos. There will also no doubt be a temptation to replace striker George Blackwood with Senegalese striker Baba Diawara, who started on the bench in round 1.

Expected Adelaide United XI- Izzo, Marrone, Elsey, Gulum, Garuccio, Adlung, Isaias, Matmour, Mileusnic, Absalonsen, Diawara.
Substitutes- Margush, Ochieng, Lia, O’Doherty, Blackwood.
Omitted- Kitto, Konstandopoulos.

tats, Facts & Figures
– Brisbane’s record in their home opener- Played 12. Won 7. Drawn 3. Lost 2.

– Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United have met three previous times in the home opener, with two draws and an Adelaide win. You can read more on those previous clashes here.

All-Time Record against Adelaide United


Looking back- Home openers v Adelaide United


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Brisbane Roar will begin their home campaign for the 2017-18 A-League season tomorrow night at Suncorp Stadium as they take on Adelaide United. This is the fourth time that Brisbane have opened their home campaign against the Reds, so ahead of the that clash, lets take a look back at the three previous home openers against Adelaide.

Round 1- 25/08/2007
Queensland Roar 2-2 Adelaide United
QLD- McKay 45’, Ognenovski 76’
ADL- Burns 8’, Djite 47’
Crowd- 16,828

After an overhaul of the squad in the off-season, Queensland’s season got off to the worst possible start after young striker Nathan Burns gave the Reds a 1-0 lead with a clever finish from outside the box to beat Liam Reddy.

Queensland pushed forward as the first half came to an end with Matt McKay levelling the scores from 25 yards, beating Robbie Bajic after Marcinho’s shot was blocked. The Roar however found themselves behind once again early in the second half after Bruce Djite escaped his defender and headed past Reddy to restore the Reds lead.

Craig Moore was then given his marching orders to bring his Roar debut to an early end after receiving his second yellow card midway through the second half. Despite being down to 10 men Queensland fought on and Sasa Ognenovski headed home Matt McKay’s corner to give both sides a point to start the season.

Round 2- 24/08/2008
Queensland Roar 1-1 Adelaide United
QLD- Miller 48’
ADL- Dodd 8’ (p.k)
Crowd- 12,761

Almost a year to the day since that 2-2 draw to start season 3 of the A-League, the same two sides met again in round two of the 2008-09 season, with Adelaide again getting off to a fast start with a goal inside the opening 10 minutes.

Brazilian striker Cristiano made a run through the Queensland defence before being brought down by experienced defender Josh McCloughan inside the box, with Travis Dodd stepping up to beat Liam Reddy to open the scoring.

Early in the second half it was Queensland who got the fast start however with Hyuk-Su Seo and Sergio van Djik combining to play in Scottish midfielder Charlie Miller who placed his shot into the bottom corner past Eugene Galekovic to level the scores.

Round 1- 12/10/2014
Brisbane Roar 1-2 Adelaide United
BRI- Broich 20’
ADL- Djite 33’, O.G (Donachie) 56’
Crowd- 16,195

Brisbane opened season 10 of the A-League at home as defending champions and got off to a perfect start with German marquee Thomas Broich scoring direct from a free-kick from the left hand side.

Bruce Djite restored parity for the Reds from long range with his powerful shot giving Jamie Young after a quick transition from a Brisbane defensive error. Adelaide then were gifted the three points after James Donachie turned Sergio Cirio’s cross from the right flank into his own net leaving Young stranded.

Things went from bad to worse for Brisbane Roar not long after with captain Matt McKay sent off for dissent after previously being booked making it a far from idea start to the title defence and an unfortunate sign of things to come.