Season preview: Brisbane Roar

Last season: 1st

How do you improve upon a 1 loss season? Well, thats the challenge for Ange Postecoglou and the 2011/12 vintage of the Brisbane Roar. Mckay may be gone now, but a host of good signings have been made that will by all reports add to the Roars distinctive style of football, and once again they appear to be the benchmark side of the competition.

New Kit: Puma

 

Coach: Ange Postecoglou

He was courter by Melbourne Victory -and this week Newcastle Jets- but the man behind the plan decided to stick it out here in Brisbane and take on the challenge to defend the championship here, something that has never been done in the A-League era.

 

Captain: Matt Smith

When former captain Matt McKay moved on to Rangers, a host of names were linked to the role, but Ange opted to give the job to the central defender who was a mainstay last season. The composed defender will lead the team well from the back, of that there is no doubt, at least for me.

 

Possible starting 11

Full squad: 1) Michael Theoklitos, 2) Matt Smith, 3) Shane Stefanutto, 4) Matthew Jurman, 5) Ivan Franjic, 6) Erik Paartalu, 7) Besart Berisha, 8 ) Massimo Murdocca, 9) Kofi Danning, 10) Henrique, 11) Issey Nakajima- Farran, 12) Matt Mundy, 14) Rocky Visconte, 16) Sayed Mohamed Adnan, 17) Mitch Nichols, 18 ) Luke Brattan, 19) Jack Hingert, 20) Andrew Redmayne, 21) James Meyer, 22) Thomas Broich, 24) Nicholas Fitzgerald, 25) George Lambadaridis, 26) Corey Brown.

Foreigners in italics.
Transfers In: Matthew Jurman (Sydney FC), Kofi Danning (Sydney FC), Jack Hingert ( Dandenong Thunder), Sayed Mohamed Adnan (Free Agent), Besart Berisha (Armenia Bielefeld), Issey Nakajima- Farran (AC Horsens), Corey Brown (AIS), George Lambadaridis (Club Brugge), Nicholas Fitzgerald (Central Coast Mariners).
Transfers Out: Milan Susak (Minangkabau F.C), Jean Carlos Solórzano (Melbourne Victory), Kosta Barbarouses (FC Alania Vladikavkaz), Matt McKay (Rangers FC)

Key In: Issey Nakajima- Farran

The Canadian-Japanese internation is by all reports a very tidy midfielder/wide attacker who already came with an understanding of the Roars 2 touch, pass and move system, which is a big boost and I am expecting him to be a key player this season. He may not start right away, but come midseason I expect him to become a key player in the side.

Key Out: Matt McKay

Obvious. But Mckay will be sorely missed here in Brisbane, both on and off the park. The heart and soul of the club is gone now and its up to Murdocca, Paartalu, Nichols and Brattan to step up and in his absense and run the show in midfield. No doubt they can do that, but whenever you lose your homegrown leader and the 1 name/face that pennetrated a difficuilt media market its a big blow

One to Watch: Luke Brattan

Im expecting big things from young Brattsy this season, with Matt McKay gone the young midfielder should be able to get some more opportunities in the centre of midfield this season. He’s paid his dues in the Youth squad, now is the time for him to step up and show that he’s worth regular game time, and for mine he has everything required to do so.

Strengths: Experience.

14 players remain from last years premiership winning squad, and with Danning and Jurman having won it with Sydney the season before the squad doesnt lack experience and the know how to win attitude. The new foriegn signings should bring something to that experience too.

Weaknesses: Lack of genuine strikers

Berisha aside, the squad seems to lack a genuine #9 to play the central strikers role, so alot will be expected of the Albanian international. If he doesnt deliver perhaps we could see something similar to that of the Barcelona front 3 with Broich playing a ‘messi like’ role in the middle with 2 wide-ish strikers (Pedro, Villa). In theory this would look something like: Berisha-Broich- Farran.

Stadium:.

Obviously I am bias, but this is the best place in Australia to watch football, it truely is. The atmosphere around the ground is growing and the crowd on grand final day made it even more of a special day than it already was.

Preseason form: Played 15 – Won 12 Drawn 1 Lost 2 

Redlands United 0-1 Brisbane Roar FC

Peninsula Power 0-3 Brisbane Roar FC

Sunshine Coast Fire 1-1 Brisbane Roar FC

Eastern Suburbs 0-3 Brisbane Roar FC

Brisbane Olympic 1-5 Brisbane Roar FC

Ipswich Invitational XI 0-3 Brisbane Roar FC

Rochedale Rovers 0-2 Brisbane Roar FC

Brisbane Wolves 2-4 Brisbane Roar FC

Brisbane City 2-4 Brisbane Roar FC

Brisbane Strikers 0-5 Brisbane Roar FC

Wellington Phoenix 1-5 Brisbane Roar FC

QSL Northern All Stars 0-1 Brisbane Roar FC

Melbourne Victory 2-0 Brisbane Roar FC

Brisbane Roar FC 0-3 Adelaide United

University of Queensland 0-3 Brisbane Roar FC

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