Last season: 7th
The Jets are one team who is truly flying under the radar this pre-season. They aren’t talking it up, signing big name marquees –although with Nathan Tinkler they could afford it-, they are just simply getting on with their business. For mine they could be a finals team if things break their way, but without Culina it just got tougher.
New Kit: ISC
Newcastle haven’t officially released their new kit as of yet but the above picture from the Fox Sports player photos was posted onto a forum. To the best of my knowledge this blue and red kit will be their home kit, replacing the Gold from previous years, probably to go back to the former Newcastle NSL colours.
Coach: Branko Culina
Branko has always been an underrated coach for mine, and what he has done with the Jets since the mess Van Egmond left them in has been quiet impressive. Although some of his decisions can be a bit strange at times- like playing strikers at right mid, or even right back in young Brodie Mooy’s case.
Captain: Jobe Wheelhouse
I have to think that Culina would have been the captain if he didn’t get injured, but the fact that Jobe is the captain is great news for the rest of the league, because it means a sub-par player will be starting every week.
Possible starting 11
Full squad: 1) Ben Kennedy, 2) Taylor Regan, 3) Mario Simic, 4) Nikolai Topor- Stanley, 5) Tiago, 6) Ben Kantarovski, 7) Kasey Wehrman, 8 ) Jeremy Brockie, 10) Ruben Zadkovich, Tarek Elrich, 12) Jobe Wheelhouse, 13) Byun Sung- Hwan, 14) Labinot Haliti, 15) Chris Payne, 16) Sam Gallaway, 17) James Virgili, 18 ) Marko Jesic, 19) Matthew Nash, 20) Jason Culina, 22) Ali Abbas, 23) Ryan Griffiths.
*Foreigners in italics.
Mario Simic (Newcastle Jets Youth), Tiago (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Byun Sung Hwan (Sydney FC), Chris Payne (North Queensland Fury), Sam Gallaway (Newcastle Jets Youth), James Virgili (Newcastle Jets Youth), Jason Culina (Gold Coast United).
Jason Culina would have been their biggest signing, but since he is out for the season with that knee injury, the likes of Tiago, Byun and Chris Payne will be the biggest additions to the squad.
Adam D’Apuzzo (Released), Michael Bridges (Retired), Zhang Shou (Shenzhen Phoenix), Sasho Petrovski (South Coast Wolves), Sean Rooney (Released), Marcello Fiorentini (Released), Neil Young (Perth Glory), Brodie Mooy (Released), Kaz Patafta (Manly United).
Not a lot of quality in that lot really, but Bridges will be missed by the Jets, his quality upfront. D’Apuzzo is a serviceable squad option due to his versatility, but the rest are really quiet ordinary. Also, I find it slightly humorous that former ‘golden kid’ Kaz Patafta is now out of the professional football circle. So much for him being our ‘next big thing’.
Key In: Tiago
I would have said Jason Culina, but since he won’t be playing at all this season, I will look elsewhere, and to the Brazilian defender. His partnership with Topor-Stanley should be interesting to watch, and it could be one of the best partnerships in the league.
Key Out: Michael Bridges
As I said above, just about all the losses are squad players of no real significance, but Bridges loss will be felt by the Jets as he was their most proven centre forward and their best route to goal. A lot of pressure on Payne, Jesic and Griffiths to produce now.
One to Watch: Chris Payne
The kid was a standout last season for the underperforming Fury, now with a better squad of players around him, he should be able to shine and fulfil that potential that he has.
Strengths: Width and versatility.
The Jets have defiantly stacked up on the wide positions this season, giving them one of the best corps’ of wide players in the league. Elrich, Zadkovich, Brockie, Simic, Virgili, Jesic, Griffiths, Byun and Abbas can all play in the wide areas giving Culina plenty of options. Add in players like Kantarovski who can play at CM/DM/CM and there’s any number of ways this team can line up.
While it is a good squad by A-League standards, it’s also a very young squad with not a lot of experience at the top level of the game. Regan, Gallaway, Virgili, Jesic, Simic and Payne all u/23 years of age, and their captain Wheelhouse is only 26 too.
Stadium: Ausgrid Stadium
While it’s a decent stadium with a nice leagues club nearby, my worst memory in Roar football happened at the ground back in season 3, and that bus trip back with the Orange Army was the longest 8 hours ever.
Preseason form: Played 10- Won 9, Drawn 1, Lost 0
Looks to be a good preseason from the Jets, consistent results vs the local sides, good results agaisnt A-League teams and plenty of cleans sheets.
Newcastle Jets 3-0 Hamilton Olympic
Newcastle Jets 7-1 Weston Bears
Southerland Sharks 1-2 Newcastle Jets
Bonnyrigg White Eagles 0-3 Newcastle Jets
Bankstown 0-9 Newcastle Jets
Broardmeadow Magic 0-3 Newcastle Jets
Newcastle Jets 1-0 Melbourne Heart
South Coast Wolves 0-0 Newcastle Jets
Rockdale 0-3 Newcastle Jets
Newcastle Jets 3-0 NNSW Select X
Last season: 8th
This is a big season for Melbourne’s 2nd team, and for mine they have a good shout of making the finals for the 1st time. But with Kewell joining their cross-town rivals it will be even harder for them to get support in the stands.
New Kit: ISC
I am a fan of the heart kit, it’s simple and stylish, in a similar mould to the old Southampton and Sunderland kits from England. Also I am a massive fan of the River Plate inspired alternate kit, and the idea of letting fans pick a 3rd kit design is a nice idea.
Coach: John Van’t Schip
Big big season for the Dutchman, who made some strange moves last season, like picking Matt Thompson and Dean Heffernan at CB, while Michael Beauchamp misses the squad altogether and club captain Simon Colosimo sits on the bench. If the doesn’t get it right this year
from the start, it could be the end of the line for Van’t Schip.
Not sure why they have changed their captain, surely it sends a bad message to former skipper Colosimo who is still in the squad. Maybe today’s rumors of Colosimo leaving are true? Or maybe Heart is trying to 1-up Victory by announcing their former star as the skipper? Either way, it’s an odd decision.
Possible starting 11
Full squad: 1) Clint Bolton, 2) Michael Marrone, 3) Brendan Hamill, 4) Simon Colosimo, 5) Fred, 6) Matt Thompson, 7) Rutger Worm,
8 ) Kristian Sarkies, 9) Maycon, 10 ) Wayne Srhoj, 11) Alex Terra, 13) Jonathan Germano, 14) Kamal Ibrahim, 15) David Williams, 16) Aziz Behich, 17) Jason Hoffman, 18 ) Curtis Good, 19) Eli Babalj, 20) Adrian Zahra, 21) Kliment Taseski, 22) Nick Kalmar, 23) Mate Dugandzic, 24) Nikola Roganovic.
*Foreigners in italics.
Mate Dugandzic (Melbourne Victory), Curtis Good (Australian Institute of Sport), Fred (D.C. United), David Williams (North Queensland Fury- via Sydney FC), Maycon (Nova Iguacu), Jonathan Germano (Estudiantes) Nikola Roganovic (Green Gully).
A lot of exciting quick attacking players have been added to the group, which should make them an exciting team to watch grow and develop. Duganzic and Williams inparticular will be exciting to watch if they get a regular opportunity to show their talents. Maycon is a bit of an x-factor but by all reports he’s a nippy striker and will add to their squad.
John Aloisi (Retired), Josip Skoko (Retired), Ante Tomic (Sydney United), Peter Zois (Oakleigh), Gerald Sibon (SC Heerenveen), Dean Heffernan (Perth Glory), Michael Beauchamp (Sydney FC)
While the ins may be young and exciting, the outs are elderly veterans who’s experience will be greatly missed. But for mine it is the losses of Beauchamp and Heffernan that will be felt more. Aloisi and Skoko have moved into the clubs coaching ranks and their ability to pass on their experiences to the younger players will be a big benefit for the Heart.
Key In: Fred
The start of the 2nd season with Melbourne Victory is back, this time with the Heart and should have a big impact on them and the league. The fact that they named him captain must mean that the consider him the key player in the side.
Key Out: Michael Beauchamp
Hearts squad already lacked central defensive options so to let Beauchamp walk while under contract is a very strange call indeed. A lot of pressure is now going to be placed on youngsters Brendan Hamill and Curtis Good. Either that or they can
waste play Matt Thompson there
One to Watch: Brendan Hamill
Could have gone for a few players here like Eli Babalj, Aziz Behich Kamal Ibrahim, Curtis Good, Nick Kalmar, David Williams or even Mate Dugandzic, but for mine the young defender –if he gets a chance- will be a real star at the back for the Heart. Played a part in Australia’s unsuccessful u/20 World Cup campaign.
Strengths: Youth and speed in attack
With the likes of Williams, Maycon, Terra, Worm, Germano, Fred, Ibrahim and Dugandzic, they certainly have more than enough quick attacking options to hurt opposition sides, especially on the counter attack.
Don’t get me wrong, a back 4 of Marrone-Colosimo-Hamill- Behich is fine and solid for this level, but given that Thompson will more than likely start there it’s a problem. With only Curtis Good in the squad as a natural defensive option they are defiantly short of options.
Stadium: Aami Park
Unfortunately I haven’t had a chance to catch a game at the new Melbourne stadium as of yet, but hopefully that will change this season. From all reports thou its definatly a fantastic place to watch the football at.
Preseason form: Played 15- Won 9, Drawn 4, Lost 2
They have certainly played a lot of games in preseason, a very similar amount of games to the roar actually. Btw, they have already played Northcote City twice, and will apparently play them again for a 3rd time this weekend.
Melbourne Heart 6-2 Northcote City
Pascoe Vale 2-2 Melbourne Heart
Ballarat Red Devils 0-0 Melbourne Heart
Green Gully 1-0 Melbourne Heart
Geelong XI 1-6 Melbourne Heart
Port Melbourne 2-2 Melbourne Heart
La Trobe University 1-11 Melbourne Heart
VCL All Stars 0-6 Melbourne Heart
Albury- Wodonga XI 0-3 Melbourne Heart
Melbourne Knights 1-2 Melbourne Heart
Melbourne Heart 0-1 Newcastle Jets
Melbourne Heart 2-2 Wellington Phoenix
Springvale White Eagles 0-7 Melbourne Heart
Melbourne 2-1 Northcote City
Peninsula Select 0-1 Melbourne Heart
Last season: 9th
It was a poor season last year for Sydney who suffered a classic case of a “grand final hangover” in the 1st half of the season, although they did finish the season slightly better, unbeaten in their last 8 games or something. The ACL experience may not have seen them get out of their group but im sure they’ll build on it.
New Kit: Adidas
Very nice kit actually with the pinstripes, perhaps the sky blue is a bit too bright for my liking but its not that bad. I’ll bet that Reddy is delighted with having to wear a lime green top thou. Also its very strange that the team in the biggest city in Australia cant attract any sponsors for their kit, either on shirt or shorts, kinda makes a mockery of their claim that Sydney is “Footballs Capital”.
Coach: Viteslav Lavicka
The Czech had a dream 1st season, but his reputation took a hit last season by missing the finals and not getting out of the ACL group, but in a good move by the Sydney board, they have stuck by him for the sake of stabilitiy. However if this season starts heading south like last season, they may be forced into action yet again at a club which if history serves correct is not affraid of sacking coaches early in a season. Just ask Branco Culina.
Captain: Terry McFlynn
The Sydney captain wasnt at his best in the last campaign, but the foundation player from Northern Ireland has shown that he is more than capeable of playing at this level and having an impact on the game. Alot more will be expected, and he should be able to deliver.
Possible starting 11
Full squad: 1) Liam Reddy, 2) Sebastian Ryall, 3) Jamie Coyne, 4) Pascal Bosschart, 5) Michael Beauchamp, 6) Hirofumi Moriyasu, 7) Brett Emerton, 8 ) Karol Kisel, 9) Bruno Cazarine, 10) Nick Carle, 11 )D Dimitri Petratos, 12) Shannon Cole, 15) Terry McFlynn, 16) Joel chianese, 17) Terry Antonis, 1 8 ) Juho Makela, 19) Mark Bridge, 20) Ivan Necevski, 21) Scott Jamieson, 22) Nathan Sherlock, 23) Rhyan Grant.
* foriegners in italics.
Transfers In: Karol Kisel (Slavia Prague), Jamie Coyne (Perth Gloy), Michael Beauchamp (Melbourne Heart), Joel Chianese (Sydney FC Youth), Nathan Sherlock (Sydney FC Youth), Pascal Bossschart (ADO Den Hag), Brett Emerton (Blackburn Rovers)
Obviously Emerton is the biggest in and to us football fans in Australia he needs absolutly no introduction, but the signings of Beauchamp, Kisel and Bosschart will also be important to any success they could have. A defensive pairing of Beuachamp and Bosschart could be a very handy pairng indeed and stop the leaks in defence from last year.
Transfers Out: Matthew Jurman (Brisbane Roar FC)m Byun Sung-Hwan (Newcastle Jets), Stephan Keller (Willem II), Stuart Musialik (Central Coast Mariners), Kofi Danning (Brisbane Roar FC), Brendan Gan (Bonnyrigg White Eagles), Anthony Golec (Sydney United)
A number of their 2010 championship winning squad have departed with Byun, Gan, Keller and Musialik all playing a part in that success. Of those 4 it will be Musialik who will be missed the most, but the duo signed by Ange Postecoglou would be the biggest losses of them.
Key In: Brett Emerton
While Harry Kewell and Melbourne Victory have been getting all of the media attention for their returining socceroo, for mine it will be Emerton who will have the bigger impact on the games. Coming straight from the EPL, and being only the 3rd player in history to do so – after Dwight Yorke and Craig Moore- Emerton will surely bring alot of class from that level to Sydney’s play.
Key Out: Matthew Jurman
No, im not being bias here, I really think that the young Jurman is the loss that Sydney will feel the most. For starters they dont have alot of youth and they criminally ignored Jurman last season until it was too late and for mine he’s set for a big season.
One to Watch: Terry Antonis
The young midfielder impressed with sporadic gametime last season and should be in line for more in this. Wanted by Everton at age 16, big things are expected from the young attacking midfielder.
Strenghts: The front third
Any time you can combine the talents of Emerton, Carle, Cazarine, Makela and Bridge you should have more than enough options to score the required goals. Add in youngesters Antonis and Petratos and Sydney should be potent enough going foward, at the back however…
Neither Reddy or Necevski flattered to decieve last season with both getting their opportunity, and neither taking it, so Lavicka will be probably unconvinced about either option. Also- we up here know only too well how poorly Reddy plays when is heart isnt in it.
Stadium: Sydney Football Stadium
Such a pain to get to really with no public transport close to it, but as a stadium its not a bad place to watch the football, just a shame that we havent had alot of success against them there over the years.
Preseason form: Played 8- Won 3, Drawn 2, Lost 3
They started out alright, but no wins in the last 4 games in preseason isnt the greatest way to be going into the season. Also, call me a hater of the lower leagues if you will, but fulltime professional A-League players and squads should be beating semi-professional lower league sides every day of the week so losing 2 games against that calibure of opposition isnt the best sign.
Macarthur Rams 1-1 Sydney FC
St George FC 0-3 Sydney FC
Paramatta Eagles 0-6 Sydney FC
Bankstown City 2-4 Sydney FC
Sutherland Sharks 3-0 Sydney FC
Sydney Olympic 1-0 Sydney FC
Newcastle Jets 1-0 Sydney FC
Sydney FC 2-2 Perth Glory
Last Season: 10th
It’s a big season for the folks out west, with the club celebrating their 15th season in professional football, which offcourse goes back to the old NSL days. Sadly for them thou they have not had anywhere near the success of those days in the A-League and are now onto their 5th coach who has big pressure to at least make the finals.
New Kit: X-Blades
Both of Perth’s kits look simply and fine, the biggest surprise is probably that they have gone away from a predominantly purple home kit, with
white coming in. Btw how did FFA let glory get away with a predominantly white home kit and a white away kit…crazy.
Coach: Ian Ferguson
It is a very big year for Fergie, having come in midway through last season he is this year exepcted to challenge for the top places on the table, and at the very least secure Perth its 2nd final series appearence. If he fails to do so, or starts slowly he may very well go the same way as David Mitchell, Ron Smith, Alan Vest and Steve McMahon.
Captain: Jacob Burns.
With Kevin Muscat retiring Burns is now officially the biggest hack in the league, how he can be a captain (and probably a starting 11 player) is mistifying. Absurd.
Possible starting 11.
Full Squad: 1) Danny Vukovic, 2) Josh Mitchell, 3) Bas van den Brink, 4) Billy Mehmet, 6) Chris Coyne, 7) Jacob Burns, 8 ) Adam Hughes, 9) Shane Smeltz, 10) Liam Miller, 11) Viktor Sikora, 12) Scott Neville, 13) Travis Dodd, 14) Steven McGarry, 15) Tommy Amphlett, 16) Evan Berger, 17) Todd Howarth, 18) Jesse Makarounas, 19) Joshua Risdon, 20) Neil Young, 21) Mile Sterjovski, 22) Adam Taggart, 23) Andrezinho (On Loan- Injury Replacement for Viktor Sikora)
* foriegners in italics.
Perth have got some real depth in their squad this season with Coach Ferguson quoted as saying “Im trying to get 2 good players for every position”. Has he done that, well you be the judge but the squad definatly looks alot strong this season than any time in the past. Liam Miller and Shane Smeltz will be the key factors in any success they have.
Transfers In: Evan Berger (Melbourne Victory), Travis Dodd (Adelaide United), Dean Heffernan (Melbourne Heart), Neil Young (Newcastle
United Jets), Danny Vukovic (Wellington Phoenix), Shane Smeltz (Gold Coast United), Adam Hughes (Adelaide United), Jesse Makarounas (Australian Institute of Sport), Liam Miller (Hibernian), Bas van den Brink (Busan I’ Park) Andrezinho (Consadole Sapporo-Loan), Billy Mehmet (Samsunspor)
There are some very good signings amongst this lot for Perth, starting ofcourse with goalscoring sensation Shane Smeltz who should continue t bang them away. Andrezinho, Dodd and Miller will add some creativity and width to a midfield that for mine was industrious at best last season.
Transfers Out: Dean Heffernan (Liaoning Whowin), Andrija Jukic (Bogor Raya FC), Howard Fondyke (Released), Naum Sekulovski (Released), Brent Griffiths (Stirling Lions), Anthony Skorich (Released), Jamie Coyne (Sydney FC), Andy Todd (Oldham Athletic), Michael Baird (Central Coast Mariners), Aleks Vrteski (Solo FC), Adriano Pellegrino (Central Coast Mariners), Robbie Fowler (Muangthong United) Branko Jelic (Released).
The loss of Heffernan- if you can really call it a loss given he never showed up-, Todd and Fowler are the only players of note that Perth have let go this offseason. In the past you could say they got their retention strategies wrong but by getting rid of Coyne, Sekulovski, Barid and Jelic they have gotten stronger.
Key In: Shane Smeltz
I could have gone for Liam Miller here, but really Smeltz is the most important signing the club have made, becuase without him the side lacks genuine proven goalscorers at this level and for them to have any success this season he must stay fit and produce his form from his Wellington and Gold Coast days.
Key Out: Robbie Fowler
Fowler is obviously a massive loss, both on and off the park with his ability and ofcourse the commerical and sponsorship opportunities that he brings. For mine Perth will feel his loss more off the park than on thou because with Smeltz coming in you have an able on field replacement.
One to watch: Jesse Makarounas
One of the stars from the recent U/18 Fifa World Cup in Mexico, Makarounas definatly has a bright future, and if he gets a chance this season he could make a big impact. It is likely however that you will probably only see they youngster in the youth league.
Strenghts: Depth and midfield.
Perth now have some fantastic depth in their squad with proven A-League performers on the bench or maybe even out of the side altogether. This depth is strongest in midfield with Dodd and Sterjovski options at RM, Van den Brink, Miller, Burns and Hughes fighting for 2 CM slots and Andrezinho and Howarth options at LM. Not a bad midfield at all.
With a strong playing group, there is bound to be a lot of pressure on manager Ian Ferguson to produce and as mentioned above, if he doesnt get it right he could be gone
Stadium: Nib Stadium.
One of my favourite grounds to visit, its quet a nice little ground to watch the football at, just a shame its such a long flight to get there.
Preseason form: Played 10: Won 5, Lost 4, Drawn 1.
Perth have had a good preseaosn on the surface of it with impressive results agaisnt local sides, a tour to South Africa and a game against Celtic
Perth Glory 3-1 Bunbury Force
Perth Glory 9-4 WA State Team
Perth Glory 0-2 Celtic
Perth Glory 0-1 Platinum Stars
Perth Glory 3-1 AmaZulu
Perth Gloy 1-1 Al Ahli
Perth Glory 2-0 Stirling Lions
Perth Glory 6-1Balcatta
Central Coast Mariners 1-0 Perth Glory
Sydney FC (Carle, Emerton) 2-2 Perth Glory (Mehmet, Howarth)
*home games in bold
*times listed are local time
Week 1: Saturday, October 22, 2011 Sydney FC Brisbane Roar Leichhardt Oval 3:00pm (BROADCAST ON ABC1 AT 4.00PM)
Weeks 2: Bye
Week 3: Saturday, November 05, 2011 Brisbane Roar Newcastle Jets Cleveland Showgrounds, Cleveland 4:00pm
Week 4: Saturday, November 12, 2011 Adelaide United Brisbane Roar Burton Park 4:00pm
Week 5: Saturday, November 19, 2011 Perth Glory Brisbane Roar 6PR Stadium, Inglewood 4:00pm
Week 6: Saturday, November 26, 2011 Brisbane Roar Melbourne Victory Suncorp Stadium 4:00pm
Week 7: Saturday, December 03, 2011 Brisbane Roar Canberra United Cleveland Showgrounds, Cleveland 3:00pm
Week 8: Saturday, December 10, 2011 Brisbane Roar Adelaide United Stockland Park, Sunshine Coast 2:00pm (BROADCAST ON ABC1 AT 4.00PM)
Week 9: Saturday, December 17, 2011 Melbourne Victory Brisbane Roar Skilled Stadium, Geelong 3:00pm (BROADCAST ON ABC1 AT 4.00PM)Week 10: Bye
Week 11: Saturday, January 07, 2012 Newcastle Jets Brisbane Roar Adamstown Oval 3:00pm
Saturday, January 14, 2012 Brisbane Roar Sydney FC Queensland Sports & Athletics Centre, Nathan (QSAC) 2:00pm (BROADCAST ON ABC1 AT 4.00PM)
Finals Series Information
Semi Finals (1v4) (2v3) Weekend of January 21/22
Grand Final (winner of SF1 vs winner of SF2)- January 28
* all finals games shown on ABC1.
Premiers: Brisbane Roar FC
Champions Brisbane Roar FC (2-0 over Canberra United)
Premiers: Sydney FC
Champions: Sydney FC (2-1 over Brisbane Roar FC
Premiers: Sydney FC
Champions: Brisbane Roar FC (2-1 over Sydney FC)
While we wait for season 7 to begin, we look back at the previous 6 and the players who have played for Brisbane- today, part 6, the strikers.
Name: Alex Brosque (2005-2006)
Brisbane Roar games: 21
Brisbane Roar goals: 8
Current club: Shimizu S-Pulse (24) (6)
Other clubs since BRFC: Sydney FC (104) (30)
We all love to hate Brosque due to his decision to leave and head to Sydney, but to be fair to him has kicked on in his career and became a
regular goal scorer in the A-League before his move to Japan. Best of luck to him I guess, but for Roar supporters he will be remembered for the way he left the club.
Name: Royce Brownlie (2005-2006)
Brisbane Roar games: 10
Brisbane Roar goals: 2
Current club: Peninsula Power
Other clubs since BRFC: Swindon Town (15) (2), Chester City (4), Wellington Phoenix (8)
Big ‘Rolls’ Royce was never much of a striker really, and was once of those Queensland Lions signings from the inaugural season. 2 goals in 10 meant he was shown the door.
Name: Reece Tollenaere (2005-2006)
Brisbane Roar games: 3
Brisbane Roar goals: 0
Current club: Retired
Other clubs since BRFC: Brisbane Strikers, Eastern Suburbs
Signed from Queensland Lions and probably the only reason he got a deal was so they could say they are bringing players up from Lions to
Roar. Offered absolutely nothing at all in the 3 games he played.
Name: Jonti Richter
Brisbane Roar games: 17
Brisbane Roar goals: 1
Current club: Brisbane Strikers
Other clubs since BRFC: New Zealand Knights (18) (0), Tamworth
Another local league signing by Miron, and another failure sadly, although Richter did show promise with his speed, he just didn’t have
the necessary finishing to cut it at this level.
Name: Michael Baird (2005-2006)
Brisbane Roar games: 20
Brisbane Roar goals: 6
Current club: Central Coast Mariners (2)
Other clubs since BRFC: Universitatea Craiova (67) (12), Perth Glory (13) (1)
Ah good ol’ Bairdy. Started out like a house on fire but was inconsistent from then on out, but he did score in the 1st ever game so quods to him for that. Can’t really fault him for taking an offer from Europe either really.
Name: David Williams (2006)
Brisbane Roar games: 2
Brisbane Roar goals: 0
Current club: Melbourne Heart (0) (0)
Other clubs since BRFC: Brondby (34) (4), North Queensland Fury (49) (8), Sydney FC (6) (0)
I think I was overseas at the time young David got his chance with the roar because I don’t remember his 2 games for the club, but he’s certainly kicked on and made a good career for himself.
Name: Reinaldo (2006-2008), (2008-2010)
Brisbane Roar games: 92
Brisbane Roar goals: 32
Current club: Al Ahli (Doha)
Criticized by many roar fans for being inconsistent and incapable of scoring goals, the big Brazilian ended up getting a goal every 3 games on average in his 5 season stat with the club. He offered a lot more to the forward line than just goals often being the striker who worked hard to
make space for others. His semi final goal vs. Sydney will never be forgotten by those who were there, unbelievable strike making Milligan and Bolton look like total fools.
Name: Simon Lynch (2006-2008)
Brisbane Roar games: 36
Brisbane Roar goals: 5
Current club: Retired
Other clubs since
BRFC: Airdrie United (33) (10), East Stirling (34) (13), Stenhousemuir (17) (4)
Lynch was always a forward I had a fair amount of time for, and did very well under Bleiberg, which makes him probably the only forward he
signed that did produce. But Lynch was frozen out when Farina brought in Mori and then latterly changed the system to just 1 central striker, but I always thought that the big guy would get a goal.
Name: Ante Milicic (2006-2008)
Brisbane Roar games: 44
Brisbane Roar goals: 11
Current club: Melbourne Heart (Assistant Coach)
Other clubs since BRFC: Shahzan Mazda FC, Sydney United
Another of Mirons ‘big name’ signings in the 2nd season designed to deliver Queensland to the finals, but as we all know Milicic was a massive flop in his 2 years here and was quoted as saying “It wasn’t quite happening for me at Queensland Roar.“…no kidding.
Name: Zhang Yuning (2006)
Brisbane Roar games: 6
Brisbane Roar goals: 0
Current club: Retired
Other clubs since BRFC: Liaoning
Where to start? What a complete failure of a signing, turned up overweight and smoking a pack a day, then runs off home for his wedding mid
season, probably the 6 least memorable appearances in a Roar shirt.
Name: Damian Mori (2007)
Brisbane Roar games: 8
Brisbane Roar goals: 2
Current club: Adelaide City (Manager)
Other clubs since BRFC: Adelaide City (37) (22),
Mori may have only got 2 goals in 8 games, but he looked far more likely to score that season that Milicic and Reinaldo who was down on
confidence. His goal in the last round against Sydney in 2007 was very clinical.
Name: Robbie Kruse (2007- 2009)
Brisbane Roar games: 28
Brisbane Roar goals: 4
Current club: Fortuna Dusseldorf (6)
Other clubs since BRFC: Melbourne Victory (39) (18)
The one that got away? He may have been a lot of things, but above all else the kid could play, and now he’s doing it in Europe and for Australia. Really burst onto the scene that 1st season and looked our most likely goal scorer a lot of the time. Shame that those off field problems and incidents meant that he had to leave, although I don’t think he’s too popular with the folks in the den after his celebration last season.
Name: Tahj Minnieccon (2007- 2009)
Brisbane Roar games: 24
Brisbane Roar goals: 4
Current club: Gold Coast United (35) (2)
The 1st player to cross directly to GCU, and hasn’t he gone down hill since then. The young winger/striker we saw terrorising defenders in 2008 in orange has turned into an overweight benchwarmer. Such great talent, shame to see him waste it al, wonder if he would like that decision to head to Robina back?
Name: Zoran Petrevski (2008)
Brisbane Roar games: 0
Brisbane Roar goals: 0
Current club: Unknown
Other clubs since BRFC: Hume City
Was signed as a replacement for Ante Milicic when he left for Malaysia but never got the chance to play a game unfortunately, but that’s what happens I guess when you have Kruse, Zullo, Tahj, Reinaldo and Lynch performing in the 1st team already.
Name: Tim Smits (2008-2010)
Brisbane Roar games: 14
Brisbane Roar goals: 0
Current club: Rochedale Rovers
Local league legend Tim Smits may have been (and still is) banging the goals in for Rochedale in the BPL, but his tenure in orange was much more notable for the fact that he couldn’t find the net at all. Rochedale fans will tell you that the system didn’t suit him and that he didn’t get
enough chances, but as a striker if your not scoring, your not playing.
Name: Sergio Van Djik
Brisbane Roar games: 50
Brisbane Roar goals: 25
Current club: Adelaide United
Big Sergio started out very slowly with only 1 goal in 10 to start the season, but boy oh boy did he come home with a wet sail. Ange said when he arrived that he was desperate for him to say and he is priority no.1, but sadly he was also a high priority for Sydney and Adelaide which is where he now plays. But Sergio does hold the top scorer in Q/BRFC history tag with 25 goals to Reinaldos 24.
Name: Henrique Silva (2009- Current)
Brisbane Roar games: 32
Brisbane Roar goals: 6
Current club: Brisbane Roar FC
Grand final hero with the penalty, but in truth he’s been a hero since he 1st arrived. Came into a semi-final match at home after barely a week of training and looked completely and home, and he’s been carving up ever since. I also love his ‘I love you Brisbane’ goal celebrations last season after the floods, awesome.
Name: Kosta Barbarouses (2010-2011)
Brisbane Roar games: 33
Brisbane Roar goals: 12
Current club: Alania Vladikavkaz (4) (2)
The biggest surprise to come out of last season was seeing a player who couldn’t get a game in NZ come across the Tasman and be a standout for us. I cant pick out just one single game where he performed excellently because he was consistently productive all year. Having said that his goal vs. Adelaide where DeVere made the Beckenbauer esque run was absolutely superb.
Name: Jean Carlos Solórzano (2010- 2011)
Brisbane Roar games: 25
Brisbane Roar goals: 11
Current club: Melbourne Victory
Probably the most lethal finisher the club has signed, I certainly had big question marks over JCS as well when he arrived due to his injuries, but his 2nd half of the season was superb. His 10 minute double against Gosford in that 5-0 or 5-1 mauling was clinical.
This is just the Brisbane fixture list, head to the A-League website for the rest if you’re keen.
*Home games in bold.
Week 1: Saturday October 22: Brisbane Roar FC vs Gold Coast United: 5.00 PM Cleveland Showgrounds, Cleveland.
Week 2: Saturday October 29: Brisbane Roar FC vs Adelaide United FC. 4.00 PM. Cleveland Showgrounds, Cleveland
Week 3: Sunday November 6: Melbourne Victory FC vs Brisbane Roar FC: 4.00 PM. Kingston Heath Soccer Complex, Melbourne
Week 4: Saturday November 12: Brisbane Roar FC vs Australian Institute of Sport (AIS): 3.30 PM, Cleveland Showgrounds, Cleveland
Week 5: Sunday November 20: Newcastle Jets FC vs Brisbane Roar FC, 4.00 PM. Adamstown Oval, Newcastle
Week 6: Sunday November 27: Brisbane Roar FC vs Perth Glory FC, 3.00pm, Cleveland Showgrounds, Cleveland.
Week 7: Saturday December 3: Sydney FC vs Brisbane Roar FC, 4.00pm, Leichardt Oval, Sydney.
Week 8: Sunday December 11: Brisbane Roar FC vs Melbourne Heart FC, 3.00pm, Cleveland Showgrounds, Cleveland.
Week 9: Saturday December 17: Brisbane Roar FC vs Central Coast Mariners FC, 4.00pm Suncorp Stadium.
Week 10: Sunday January 8: Adelaide United vs Brisbane Roar FC, 4.00pm, Burton Park.
Week 11: Sunday January 15, Brisbane Roar FC vs Sydney FC, 3.00pm Cleveland Showgrounds, Cleveland.
Week 12: Sunday January 22, Melbourne Heart vs Brisbane Rpar FC, 4.00pm, John Cain Memorial Park, Thornbury.
Week 13: Sunday January 29, Brisbane Roar FC vs Newcastle Jets, 4.00pm Cleveland Showgrounds, Cleveland.
Week 14: Friday Febuary 3: Central Coast Mariners vs Brisbane Roar FC, 5.30pm Pluim Park, Gosford.
Week 15: Saturday Feburary 11, Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) vs Brisbane Roar FC, 4.00pm, AIS Athletics Track.
Week 16: Sunday Febuary 19, Brisbane Roar FC vs Melbourne Victory, 3.00pm, Cleveland Showgrounds, Cleveland.
Week 17: Sunday Febuary 26, Perth Glory vs Brisbane Roar FC, 11.00am, 6PR Stadium.
Week 18: Friday March 2, Gold Coast United vs Brisbane Roar FC, 4.00pm, Owen Park, Southport.
*Times and venues subject to change.
So there it is, the road ahead for this years youth team, playing this year down in Cleveland as opposed to at the more centrally located Spencer park which is interesting, but good to see the games spread around a bit. Its also fantastic to see that 1 game is schedueled for Suncorp Stadium before an A-League match like they were in the initial year of the competition. Good to have the home derby so soon, but the timing of the away derby is once again disappointing, idk why it is but those clowns down at GCU dont seem to realise they might actually get a decent ammount of Brisbane fans (and money assuming they still charge $15 entry to their youth games) coming down the M1 for the game if it was on a weekend and not a Friday afternoon. Bah GCU, you incompetant fools. So get on down to Cleveland or if you are travelling to an away game, why not try and comine a youth fixture aswell.
The other interesting thing is aparently there will be no finals series or grand final associated with the NYL this season, just a 1st past the post trophy which is interesting, perhaps they are testing the idea out before bringing it into the A-League? For a quick reminder heres the past champions of the NYL.
Premiers: Sydney FC. 41 pts.
Champions: Sydney FC (Adelaide United 0-2 Sydney FC)
Top Scorer: Francesco Monterosso (Adelaide- 13 goals)
Player of the Year: Adam Sarota (Queensland Roar)
Brisbane: 1o W, 5D, 3L. 33pts. 3rd (Place)
Brisbane top scorer: Chris Grossman (11 goals)
Premiers: Central Coast Mariners
Champions: Gold Coast United (Perth Glory 1-2 Gold Coast United)
Top Scorer: Francesco Monterosso (Adelaide- 17 goals)
Player of the Year: Panni Nikas (Central Coast)
Brisbane: 5W, 5D, 14L, 20pts (8th Place)
Brisbane top scorer: Tim Smits (9 goals)
Premiers: Gold Coast United
Champions: Gold Coast United
Top Scorer: Bernie Ibini Esei (Central Coast)
Player of the Year: Steve Lustica (Gold Coast)
Brisbane: 6W, 3D, 4 L. 21 pts (2nd place)
Brisbane top scorer: James Meyer (6 goals)