*Apologies that this blog is so late, had a few personal things to take care of.
How about that then, Brisbane Roar officially are the best sporting team this country has ever seen! And we here at The Roar Review congratulate Ange Postecoglou and the entire playing staff –both those here now and those who have departed- on this fantastic achievement. For those who have been living under a rock, or simply cannot remember anything about the game, Brisbane won 4-2 with imports Besart Berisha and Issey Nakajima-Farran getting doubles and making particular nuisances of themselves. Not a bad result to pull off when the new owners are in town either.
I know it isn’t the clearest of pictures, but this is the trophy presented to the club by the FFA on Saturday night, and it appears to have the names of all players who have been involved in match day squads during the momentous run which is a fantastic touch to remember former players who had a big say in the unbeaten run.
Brattan for Murdocca 52’, Meyer for Henrique 70’, Hingert for Franjic 75’.
McGarry for Amphlett 45’
Brisbane back to their brilliant best:
I don’t know if the unbeaten streak and breaking the record was playing on the players minds in the last few weeks but they have seemed to be a tad below their best on the park. That well and truly changed in the first half on Saturday, and they got back to their sublime best which dismantled the “premiership favourites” 7-1. The attacking players seemed free and able to move their usual ways and the midfield was able to pick them out expertly. Whether or not this was because Glory turned up with a poor plan or the pressure was off idk, but it was fantastic to see the old Brisbane back.
Issey shows up:
Over the last couple of weeks there have been some mumblings from some of the fans regarding the Canadian import and his apparent poor performances thus far in an orange shirt. Well on Saturday night he answered them, and he did it in the best possible way. His two goals were absolutely brilliant, both in the making of them and in the execution by Issey, the way he just killed the ball dead in the box before lobbing it home was one of the best pieces of skill I have seen in this league. But it wasn’t just the goals, his all-round game was much improved and it appears he is getting use to his surroundings now and more importantly the function in the team he is required to play.
Over the last two weeks we have seen opposition teams try out completely opposite tactics and get somewhat impressive results out of them, but Perth took another option, one that was a complete waste of time, they tried something in-between both ideas. The net result of this was that they neither sat back and congested the defensive third and thus making themselves tough to break down like Wellington, nor did they press onto the Roar higher up the park like Newcastle and try to stop Brisbane playing their style and as such they looked completely lost out there at times and came away like many before them have done with their tails between their legs.
Brisbane Roar 4 (Besart BERISHA 23’ 45’, Issey NAKAJIMA-FARRAN 33’, 41’)
Perth Glory 0
Saturday, 26 November 2011
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Referee: Jarred Gillett
Brisbane Roar: 1. Michael THEOKLITOS (gk), 2. Matt SMITH (c), 3. Shane STEFANUTTO, 5. Ivan FRANJIC (19. Jack HINGERT 76’), 6. Erik PAARTALU, 7. Besart BERISHA, 8. Massimo MURDOCCA (18. Luke BRATTAN 52’), 10. HENRIQUE (21. James MEYER 67’), 11. Issey NAKAJIMA-FARRAN, 16. Mohamed ADNAN, 22. Thomas BROICH
Substitutes not used: 30. Matt Acton (gk)
Yellow cards: Matt SMITH 59’, Besart BERISHA 78’
Red cards: Nil
Perth Glory: 1. Daniel VUKOVIC, 2. Josh MITCHELL, 3. Sebastian VAN DEN BRINK, 4. Billy MEHMET, 7. Jacob BURNS (c), 8. Adam HUGHES, 9. Shane SMELTZ, 15. Tommy AMPLETT (14. Steven McGARRY 46’), 17. Todd HOWARTH, 19. Joshua RISDON, 25. Trent McCLENAHAN (27. ANDREZINHO 46’)
Substitutes not used: 18. Jesse MAKAROUNAS, 30. Lewis ITALIANO (gk)
Yellow cards: Jacob BURNS 25’, Shane SMELTZ 82’
Red cards: Nil
Brisbane: Theoklitos 7, Franjic 7, Smith 7, Adnan 7, Paartalu 7, Murdocca 7, Broich 8, Nakajima-Farran 8, Henrique 7, Berisha 8, Hingert 6, Brattan 6, Meyer 6.
Perth: Vukovic 6, McClenahan, Risdon 6, van den Brink 7, Mitchell 6, Amphlett 5, Burns 6, Hughes 6, Howarth 6, Smeltz 6, Mehmet 6, McGarry 6, Andrezinho 5.
“It was great, sometimes when opportunities come along it doesn’t always work but all forces come together today and it was a great night for the club,” he said. “Great crowd, the boys were fantastic and scored some quality goals and tonight’s performance really epitomises the type of football club we want to be. “Tonight the players got reward for all their hard work which is great to see.”
Remember what you read on here just 24 hours ago? Well scrap the majority of it because today the Asian Football Confederation changed who qualifies for its annual club tournament. The dates that I posted up last night appear to be unchanged but the amount of automatic qualifiers and the amount of teams who will have to pre-qualify has changed. From the Australian perspective Adelaide United will be in the qualification round with this shake up, and Brisbane Roar FC and Central Coast Mariners are both also still in the group phase which begins in Match.
Here is the current setup, as outlined by the AFC earlier this afternoon:
East Zone – Direct Entrants
Korea Republic 3
East Zone – Playoff Entrants
Korea Republic 1
West Zone – Direct Entrants
Saudi Arabia 3
West Zone – Playoff Entrants
Saudi Arabia 1
Obviously the big change and the biggest point of contention has to be that Uzbekistan now has a spot in both halves of the draw, to me that makes absolutely no sense at all and could throw Brisbane’s season into chaos if a trip to Tashkent is required in the middle of the finals. Apart from that Korea, China, Indonesia and Iran lost 1 automatic berth, while Thailand, Uzbekistan and Qatar all gained one. If its going to be run like this, it might as well be an open draw imo, but any who on to who is now automatically in and who now needs to qualify. It is yet to be confirmed which Uzbek team will be joining the East Asian side, but when it is confirmed, we’ll bring it to you here on The Roar Review.
East Asia: Automatic Qualifiers
Brisbane Roar- 2010/11 A-League Premiers and Champions
Central Coast Mariners- 2010/11 A-League Regular Season Runner-up
Kashiwa Reysol- 2011 J-League top 3
Nagoya Grampus- 2011 J-League top 3
Gamba Osaka- 2011 J-League top 3
2011 Emperor’s Cup Winner- Spoke about this yesterday
Guangzhou Evergrande- 2011 Chinese Super League Champions
Tianjin Teda- 2011 Chinese FA Cup Winners
Beijing Guoan- 2011 Chinese Super League Runner-up
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors- 2011 K-League top 2
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma- 2011 Korean FA Cup Winners
Pohang Steelers OR Ulsan Hyundai- 2011 K-League top 2
2011 Thai Premier League Champions- Buriram PEA
Qualification Play off Teams:
Pohang Steelers OR Ulsan Hyundai (South Korea)- 2011 K-League 3rd place
Lioning Whowin (China) – 2011 Chinese Super League 3rd place
Adelaide United (Australia) – 2010/11 Hyundai A-League Regular Season 3rd place
Persipura Jayapura (Indonesia) – 2010/11 Indonesian Super League Champions
Thailand FA Cup Winners- (Competition currently in the 5th round, not sure when the expected completion date is.
West Asia: Automatic Qualifiers
Lekhwiya- 2010/2011 Qatari Stars League Champions
Al-Rayyan- 2011 Emir of Qatar Cup Winners
Al-Gharafa- 2010/211 Qatari Stars League Runner-up
Al-Arabi- 2010/2011 Qatari Stars 4th place
Al- Hilal- 2010/2011 Saudi Professional League Champions
Al- Ahli- 2011 King Cup of Champions Winners
Al- Ittihad- 2010/2011 Saudi Professional League Runner-up
United Arab Emirates:
Al- Jazira- 2010/2011 UAE Pro-League Champions and President’s Cup Winners
Bani Yas- 2010/2011 UAE Pro-League Runner-up
Al- Nasr- 2010/2011 UAE Pro-League 3rd place
Bundyokor- 2011 Uzbekistan League Champions
Pakhtakor- 2011 Uzbekistan Cup Winners
Nasaf Qarshi- 2011 Uzbekistan League Runner-up
Sepehan- 2010/11 Persian Gulf Cup Winners
Persepolis- 2010/11 Hazfi Cup Winners
Qualification play off teams:
Esteghal (Iran) – 2010/11 Persian Gulf Runner-up
Zob Ahan (Iran) – 2010/11 Persian Gulf 3rd place
Al- Ettifaq (Saudi Arabia)- 2010/11 Saudi Professional League 3rd place
Neftchi Farg’ona (Uzbekistan) – 2011 Uzbekistan League 4th place
Brisbane Roar vs. Perth Glory
Saturday, 26 November 2011
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Kick-off: 4:45pm (Perth time)
Referee: Jarred Gillett / Assistant Ref 1: Alex Glasgow / Assistant Ref 2: Nathan McDonald / 4th Official: Adam Kersey
TV Broadcast: Fox Sports 1
Head-to-Head: All matches (played 18): Brisbane Roar wins 11, Perth Glory wins 3 (4 draws)
Brisbane Roar squad: 1. Michael Theoklitos (gk), 2. Matt Smith (c), 3. Shane Stefanutto, 5. Ivan Franjic, 6. Erik Paaratlu, 7. Besart Berisha, 8. Massimo Murdocca, 10. Henrique, 11. Issey Nakajima-Farran, 16. Mohamed Adnan, 18. Luke Brattan, 19. Jack Hingert, 21. James Meyer, 22. Thomas Broich, 30. Matt Acton (gk).
Unavailable: 9. Kofi Danning (International duty), 4. Matt Jurman (International duty), 17. Mitch Nichols (International duty), 20 Andrew Redmayne (abdominal injury – 3 weeks)
Perth Glory squad: 1.Danny VUKOVIC (gk), 2.Josh MITCHELL, 3.Bas van den BRINK, 4.Billy MEHMET, 6.Chris COYNE, 7.Jacob BURNS (c), 8.Adam HUGHES, 9.Shane SMELTZ, 14.Steven McGARRY, 15.Tommy AMPHLETT, 17.Todd HOWARTH, 18. Jesse MAKAROUNAS, 19.Josh RISDON, 25. Trent McCLENAHAN, 27.ANDREZINHO, 30. Lewis ITALIANO (gk)
*one to be omitted*
In: 15.Tommy AMPHLETT, 18.Jesse MAKAROUNAS, 25.Trent McCLENAHAN (all promoted)
Out: 10.Liam MILLER (suspended – 1 week), 21.Mile STERJOVSKI (wife giving birth)
Unavailable: 5.Steve PANTELIDIS (Achilles), 10.Liam MILLER (suspended – 1 week), 11.Victor SIKORA (hip – long term injury list), 12.Scott NEVILLE (knee), 13.Travis DODD (hamstring- 3 weeks),16.Evan BERGER (hamstring – 6-weeks), 20.Neil YOUNG (abdominal), 21.Mile STERJOVSKI (wife giving birth)
Likely Starting XI’s:
Brisbane Substitutes: Acton (GK), Hingert, Brattan, Meyer.
Perth Substitutes: Italiano, McClenehan, McGarry, Amphlett
Brisbane: Besart Berisha ( 7 )
Perth: Shane Smeltz ( 4 )
All time record vs Perth Glory: Played 18: Won 11, Lost 3, Drawn 4. Goals for: 38. Goals Against 22.
At Suncorp Stadium: Played 9: Won 5, Drawn 3, Lost 1. Goals for 21. Goals Against. 13.
Keys to the game:
Brisbane: Instead of repeating myself over and over again on this, I will just say that in addition to the usual ‘get the passing game going’, Brisbane will need to feed off of the expected large crowd and also keep calm and composed. As for the record which is clearly on their minds as shown in todays training incident, they just need to forget about the thing for the game and if it comes to pass that they break it, then enjoy it. If they play the way that they can than they should be too good in this game imo.
Perth: For Perth it seems to be an impossible task -certainly if you go by what the media says- but for mine they have a real chance in this, even without Liam Miller. Their end to last weeks game will give them the world of confidence and that will probably help them get a fast start, and Shane Smeltz is always a danger. Defensively alot will be dependant on Jacob Burns and Adam Hughes in the midfield given they will be outnumbered 3 to 2, but Perth really need them to get them a decent percentage of the possession.
Well we have know than our own Brisbane Roar FC would be apart of the 2012 for about a full year now, but who would they be facing? Well now we know the teams that they will be coming up against and could be drawn to face on December 6 in Kuala Lumpur, but before we go thru who is in the draw, here are the key dates you need to know for the 2012 Champions League.
2012 AFC Champions League Group Stage Draw: 6 December 2011.
Qualification Play off Semi Finals: 11-12 Febuary 2012.
Qualification Play off Final: 18 Febuary 2012.
Group Stage Matchday 1:- 6-7 March 2012
Group Stage Matchday 2: 20-21 March 2012
Group Stage Matchday 3: 3-4 April 2012
Group Stage Matchday 4: 17-18 April 2012
Group Stage Matchday 5: 1-2 May 2012
Group Stage Matchday 6: 15-16 May 2012
Round of 16: 29-30 May 2012
Quarter Final Leg 1: 19 September 2012
Quarter Final Leg 2: 2-3 October 2012
Semi Final Leg 1: 24 October 2012
Semi Final Leg 2: 31 October 2012
Final: 9/10 November 2012
Now these dates throw up some potential banana skins for Brisbane, both in the regular season and in the finals series. For the sake of this discussion, I will make the rather big assumption that Brisbane will qualify for back-to-back Grand Finals. Matchday 1 of the ACL shouldn’t be too much of an issue with 2 home games (March 2 vs Melb.H and March 11 vs Adelaide) flanking a possible away trip.
Matchday 2 is potentially more tricky if it is an away game due to the fact it falls between 2 away games in the A-League (March 18 in Newcastle and March 25 down the Gold Coast. If for example you are going Newcastle-Korea-Gold Coast that could be tough week with very little recovery between the 1st 2 matches.
It is Matchdays 3 and 4 where things get more difficuilt however with M3 falling right in the middle of weeks 1 and 2 of the finals series, but M4 could be the trickiest of all. Lets make the assumption that Brisbane win the major semi final series and host the GF again. In that case they would have a midweek Champions League game and then a Grand Final on the weekend, but they would have the previous weekend off, and more than enough time for an away trip. If however they lost the major semi of the A-Leauge, or finished 3-6 it would become alot tougher. They would then have to play a Preliminary Final on the weekend, then play a Champions League game and then quickly recover for a potential Grand Final. Matchdays 5 and 6 are in May and the only issues for them -and the round of 16 possibly- are keeping the players fitness up for those by playing local league sides.
We’ll have more on this on December 6, once the draw is complete and the match scheduele is drawn up, here’s hoping for a favourable draw for Brisbane during that potentially tricky period.
Ok now moving on to who has qualified, starting with the Korean pot:
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors: Korean League Champions
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma: Korean FA Cup Winners
Pohang Steelers: Korean League Runner-Up
Ulsan Hyundia: Korean 3-6 Playoff Winner
Guangzhou Evergrande: Chinese League Champions
Tianjin Teda: Chinese FA Cup Winners
Beijing Guoan: Chinese League Runner-Up
Liaoning Whowin: Chinese League 3rd Place
Japanese Pot:* J-League still running, but 3 sides have claimed the league spots.
Kashiwa Reysol (Currently 1st place)
Nagoya Grampus (Currently 2nd place)
Gamba Osaka (Currently 3rd place)
2011 Emperor’s Cup winner: Decided Jan 1, 2012
Brisbane Roar: Australia Premier and Champions
Central Coast Mariners: Australian League Runner-Up
Pesipura Jayapura: Indonesian League Champions
East Asian Qualifier: Arema(Indonesia) vs Buriram Pea (Thailand)
As mentioned the Japanese Emperor’s Cup is still running and the 4th round will take place on Dec.17. The matchups:
Nagoya Grampus (Qualified) vs Kasiwa Reysol (Qualified)
Yokohama F.Marinos vs Matsumoto Yamaga
Kashima Antlers vs Kyoto Sanga F.C
Kawasaki Frontale vs Shonan Bellmare
Mito HollyHock vs F.C Tokyo
Ehime F.C vs Urawa Red Diamonds
Cerezo Osaka vs Vegalta Sendai
Shimuzu S-Pulse vs Jef United Chiba
We here at The Roar Review will keep you up to date with this competition as it may well have an impact on who Brisbane Roar will face on their Asian adventure.
Moving on briefly to West Asia which I wont cover in too much detail, because it is irrelevant up until the Quarter Final stage, but here is who is in:
Sepehan: League Champions
Persepolis: Cup Winners
Esteghal: League Runner up
Zob Ahan: League 3rd place
Al-Hilal: League Champions
Al-Ahli: Cuup Winners
Al-Ittihad: League Runner up
Al-Etifaq: League 3rd place
United Arab Emirates:
Al-Jazira: League and Cup winners
Bani Yas: League Runner up
Al Nasr: League 3rd place
Lehkwiya: League Champions
Al-Rayyan: Cup Winners
Bundyokor: League Champions
Pakhtakor: Cup Winners
Salgaocar: Indian League Champions
Al-Gharafa: Qatari League Runner-Up
Al-Shabab: United Arab Emirates League 4th place
Nasaf Qarshi (Uzbekistan) :2011 AFC Cup Winner
Al-Kuwait (Kuwait): 2011 AFC Cup Runner-Up
Brisbane Roar’s fantastic 2011 was recognised last night at the Queensland Sports awards, with the Ange Postecoglou and the epic grand final both picking up gongs. The team as a whole was less successful with Super Rugby side Queensland Reds taking out team of the year. It comes as no surprise that Tennis superstar Samantha Stosur took our sportsperson of the year -a category that also included Matt McKay I am lead to believe- , so congratulations to her.
Queenslands team of the year?
As mentioned above the 2011 A-League Grand Final took home the award for Queensland sporting event of the year, quiet the feat considering the opposition the game was up against. I guess for everyone reading this, that grand final comeback win was unquestionably the sports event of the year, but for general sports fans it has been some year with 3 grand finals -A-League, Super Rugby, ANZ Championship- in addition to a State of Origin Decider, a Bledisloe cup win and Darren Lockyer’s farewell tour, which went on for far too long for non NRL fans. Quiet some competition to beat out for the award, and that was no different in the Coach of the year category.
As mentioned above its been quiet the successful year for Queensland Sport with 3 teams winning their competitions, and as such all 3 winning coaches Ange Postecoglou (Roar), Ewen McKenzie (Reds) and Roselee Jencke (Firebirds) were all strong contenders, plus you had Mal Meninga win 6 origin series in a row, but the selection panel opted for Postecoglou, for the following reasons as outlined by Courier Mail executive sports editor Brian Burke:
“We went with Ange because he came in under difficult circumstances and basically revived the whole team,” Burke said.
“He cleaned out the deadwood and basically started from scratch, and in 18 months produced a record-breaking premiership side”.
Moving on to team of the year, and as mentioned the Reds were victorious in this over the Roar, Firebirds and Maroons in what to most Brisbane supporters is most defiantly a puzzling decision. Now I freely admit I am not a Rugby fan but when I look at the accomplishments of both clubs during 2011 I truly believe that the Roar have had the better year for a few reasons. Firstly look at the records of the teams, the Reds went 13 and 3 which is impressive, but is it more so than the Roar’s 18/11/1 regular season performance? Personally I don’t believe that is the case. Then look at the style in which the teams won, did the Reds change Australian Rugby in the same way that the Roar have changed Australian football? Again, I don’t believe that is the case. Finally it wasn’t just the accomplishments of the men’s team that made 2011 special for the Roar, it was also that the women’s team won their championship as well, a feat that gets forgotten far too quickly by non BRFC supporters.
Once again execuative sports editor Brian Burke on the decision:
“We went for the Queensland Reds because we considered, in a very tough decision, they won a competition over three continents – in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand,” Burke said.
“They were just ahead of the Roar who were sensational and still undefeated and the Firebirds who did unbelievably well.
“It shows how strong the competition was that the Queensland State of Origin team’s sixth win in a row did not make the top three.”
To me, that is just 1 way to look at success and as mentioned above in many other factors the Roar’s achievements are far and away above those of the Reds in my opinion. Its not like the A-League lacks international competiton either with the Wellington Phoenix, and from what a Rugby enthusiast tells me the South African conference was particularly weak, but again I dont watch the sport, thats just his opinion. I do acknowledge that this was a tough call to choose from, and as a Brisbane Roar tradgic I am obviously biased, but I still disagree with the decision.
A Courier Mail article on the event goes on to state the following:
The Courier-Mail‘s executive sports editor Brian Burke, who was part of a judging panel that included Qsport’s Peter Cummiskey and Channel 7 chief executive Max Walters, said the international status of the Reds’ victory, which included an epic 18-13 final win over Canterbury Crusaders in front of almost 52,000 fans, was the clincher.
I am quiet simply not buying this for a host of reasons but if the “epic 18-13 final win over Canterbury” was so ‘epic’, why didn’t they vote it as event of the year? To argue that this was the clinching factor in this is really quiet surprising. Perhaps they wanted to spread the awards out more evenly over the two accomplishments, idk but to me the better achievement should win and I find it hard to believe that on the reasoning given the correct decision was made. But alas we should be happy that the clubs phenomenal 12 months has been recognised in some way, so congratulations to the players and specifically Ange for his individual award.
Winners of all awards:
The Courier-Mail/Channel 7 Queensland Sports Star of the Year: Sam Stosur
Coca-Cola/Channel 7 Junior Sports Star of the Year: Ashleigh Barty
Bank of Queensland Sport Team of the Year: Queensland Reds
Queensland Coach of the Year: Ange Postecoglou (Roar)
The Courier-Mail PKF Queensland Sport Athlete with a Disability Award: Rachael Dodds
Queensland Sport Event of the Year: A-League grand final
Clubs Queensland Sport Administrator of the Year: Jim Carmichael (Queensland Reds)
BCC Queensland Sport Volunteer of the Year: Abby Driver (Golf)
Matt McKay made another start in Rangers 0-0 home draw with St. Johnstone. He aparently put in a number of good crosses before being subbed after 64 minutes.
Tommy Oar started and Michael Zullo came on for him as FC Utrecht took on Den Haag. Not sure if they won or not, but they do have a new coach. Interesting times for the trio.
Robbie Kruse failed to make the squad as Fortuna Dusseldorf drew 0-0 with Union Berlin.
Sunday, 19 Novemeber
Newcastle Jets Youth 3 (Virgilli 3′, Bradbery 30′, 63′)
Brisbane Roar Youth 6 (Dougall 2′, Fitzgerald 10′, 52′, 80′, Visconte 36′, Cirjak 84′)
Stadium: Adamstown Oval
A Nick Fitzgerald hat trick has fired Brisbane to the top of the National Youth League table following a 6-3 victory over Newcastle down at Adamstown Oval. Midfielder Kenneth Dougall, Winger Rocky Visconte and Striker Tommy Cirjak also got on the scoreboard making it a comprehensive victory for Brisbane. Michael Bridges played 45mins in his comeback game for the Jets and apparently looked quiet good so will be interesting to see how he goes with more time under his belt.
Scores from the other games:
Central Coast Mariners Youth 3 (Littler 21’, Duke 32’, Oates 63’)
AIS 1 (Karatzas 90 +2)
Adelaide United Youth 2 (Wooding 62’, 92’)
Perth Glory Youth 3 (Makeche 14’, Vittiglia 26’, Jovic 75’)
Gold Coast United Youth 3 (Lucas 12’, Bowles 51’, Barker-Daish 63’)
Melbourne Heart Youth 2 (Goodwin 71’, 75’)
Sydney FC Youth 5 (Makela 14′, 28′, Chianese 16′, Mallia 33′, Mijic 50′)
Melbourne Victory Youth 1 (O’Dea 59′)
Table after 5 rounds, courtesy of 442: