Former Players Update: 29/07/13

With the European league seasons on the doorstep now, I’ve decided to revamp the former Roar players segment slightly to include the former players playing in Australia. In addition to that, at the top of the weekly post I’ve included a list of notable former players currently without a club, and will also post any player transfer news at the top of the post. I’ve also decided to post the weekly former roar players update over on the blog rather than the Facebook page- it’s just easier on my part. Please feel free to post comments on these changes- either positive or negative.

Free Agents:
Kosta Barbarouses (Uncontracted since his contract with Alania Vladikavkaz expired)
Kofi Danning (Uncontracted since agreeing to terminate the 2nd year of his deal with CS Vise)
Matt McKay (Uncontracted since agreeing a mutual termination with Changchun Yatai)
Spase Dilevski (Uncontracted since his Melbourne Victory contract expired in May 2013)
James Meyer (Uncontracted since his Brisbane Roar contract expired in May 2013)

Transfer movement:
It’s been a bit of a busy week for former Brisbane players with championship winning trio Kosta Barbarouses, Kofi Danning and Matt McKay all being released from their clubs. Danning is already back in Brisbane and reportedly hoping to get a deal from the Roar, while McKay is heading back to Brisbane until he sorts out his next career move.

In addition to those 3, it seems as though former NYL product Matthew Byrne has left his Serbian 2nd division side Teloptik to sign for NPL Queensland outfit Olympic FC. Finally- two former players found new clubs this week- with Rocky Visconte linking up with Thai Premier League side Suphanburi, while Stef Nijland got a deal from Zwolle who earned promotion to the Eredivise last season. Finally- Tando Velaphi won the back-up goalkeepers job at Melbourne Heart, and will attempt to apply pressure on current #1 and former Roar backup Andrew Redmayne next season.


Tommy Oar, Adam Sarota and Michael Zullo (FC Utrecht)
Europa League Qualifier:
FC Utrecht 3-3 Differdange 03 (Differdange 03 win 5-4 on aggregate.
Utrecht are out of the 2013-14 Europa League after a 5-4 loss to Luxembourg outfit Differdange 03. They led the second leg 3-1 before throwing away both their lead on the night, and in the tie. Tommy started and played 90mins, Zullo remained on the bench while Sarota wasn’t in the squad.
They’ll begin their 2013-14 Eredivise campaign next weekend at home to Go Ahead Eagles.

Stef Nijland (PEC Zwolle)
A new addition to the list this week, as Stef Nijland has linked up with PEC Zwolle. They’ve had an unbeaten pre-season – including a win away to Werder Bremen-. They begin their Eredivise season at home to Feyenoord.

Robbie Kruse (Bayer Leverkusen)

Leverkusen rounded out their pre-season campaign with a 4-0 win away to Vitesse. They begin their competitive games with a DFB Pokal Cup tie away to Lippstadt 08. Kruse came on after 79mins in the game against Vitesse.

Ben Halloran (Fortuna Düsseldorf)
FC. Koln 1-1 Fortuna Dusseldorf
4th in 2.Bundesliga- After 2 Rounds.
Fortuna remains in 4th place in the 2.Bundesliga after a 1-1 draw with Koln. Once again however Halloran failed to make the match day squad. Next up is a DFB Pokal trip to Wiedenbruck.

Steven Lustica (Hajduk Split)

Europa League Qualifier:
Turnovo 1-1 Hajduk Split (Hajduk win 3-2 on Aggregate.
Hajduk are through to the 3rd qualifying round for the 2013-14 Europa League, where they will take on Georgian side Dila Gori. The 1st leg will be in Split on August 1st, with the 2nd leg set down for August 8th.

Steven wasn’t involved in the squad.

Split 0-3 Hajduk Split
1st in Croatian HNL- after 3 rounds
They followed up their Europa League draw on Friday, with a 3-0 win over cross-town rivals Split this morning. No word if Lustica was involved or not.

Issey Nakajima-Farran (Alki Larnaca)

Cypriot league starts August 31st. Alki begin at home to Aris.

Yuji Takahashi (Kyoto Sanga)

Kyoto Sanga 2-1 Avispa Fukuoka
4th in J.2 League- After 26 Rounds
No Takahashi in the squad.

Do Dong-Hyun (FC Gifu)
Fagiano Okayama 1-2 FC Gifu
21st in J.2 League- After 26 rounds.

They’ve moved up to 21st in the league, Dong-Hyun started on the bench- not sure if he came on or not.

Erik Paartalu (Tianjin Teda)

14th in Chinese Super League- After 17 matches
The Chinese league has been on break over the East-Asian Cup. Tianjin re-start their domestic season on Wednesday night away to Hangzhou.

Korean Republic:
Luke DeVere (Gyeongnam)

10th in K-League- After 19 matches.
The K-League has been on hiatus for the East-Asian Cup. Gyeongnam re-start their campaign at home to Ulsan Hyundai on Wednesday night.

United Arab Emirates:
Milan Susak (Al Wasl)

Season is over.

Alex Brosque (Al Ain)
Season is over.

Sasa Ognenovski (Umm Salal)

The Qatari League season hasn’t started yet, but they are currently playing the Sheikh Jassem Cup. After two matches, Umm Salal sit 2nd on 3 pts (1 win, one loss.) They beat Al Ahli in the 1st game, before losing 1-0 at to Lekhwiya. The group stage concludes tomorrow night against Al Wakrah.

Rocky Visconte (Suphanburi F.C.)

4th in Thai Premier League- after 18 matches.
During the week the two time champion in Brisbane confirmed he was heading overseas once again signing for Thai side Suphanburi. His first game could come this coming weekend against Samut Songkhram.

Sergio van Djik (Persib)

Barito Putra 2-2 Persib.
4th in Indonesian Super League- After 28 matches.
Sergio started the game and played the full 90 minutes. No goals this week however. They’ll face Persiba Balikpapan on Wednesday.

Dane Milovanovic (Pelita Bandung Jaya)
Pelita Jaya 2-2 Sriwijaya
16th in Indonesian Super League- After 28 matches.
No Dane in the squad, infact im not 100% sure he’s still at the club.

Indonesian Premier League:
Mario Karlovic (Persebaya 1927)

5th in Indonesian Premier League- After 14 matches.
Not sure what’s going on in the IPL tbh.

North America:
Costa Rica:
Jean Carlos Solórzano (Alajuelense)

I believe they’re on break for the Gold Cup atm, but updates on the Costa Rican league aren’t as often and as reliable this season.

South America:
Reinaldo (Operário Ferroviário EC)

Not sure what’s going on here tbh.


Dario Vidosic and Daniel Bowles (Adelaide United)
Nick Fitzgerald (Central Coast Mariners)
Andrew Redmayne, Tando Velaphi, David Williams and Massimo Murdocca (Melbourne Heart)
Mitch Nichols and Jason Geria (Melbourne Victory)
Isaka Cernak (Perth Glory)
Matthew Jurman and Vedran Janjetovic (Sydney FC)
Tahj Minnieccon (Western Sydney Wanderers)

There’s a number of current and former Brisbane Roar players playing in the inaugural NPL Queensland- most of them are NYL products, some of which will probably return to the Brisbane NYL set-up when the competition kicks off in November.

National Premier League- Queensland
Kenneth Dougall (Brisbane City)
Matthew Thurtell, Jonti Richter, Josh McVey and Alastair Quinn(Brisbane Strikers)
Matt Mundy, Matthew Byrne, Jake McLean, Ross Archibald and Tim Smits (Olympic FC)
Fraser Chalmers, Jack Bladen and Cameron Crestani (Qld Academy of Sport)
Royce Brownlie (Morton Bay Jets)

The headlines:
McLean, Smits and Mundy all scored in Olympics’ 7-0 rout of Central Queensland
Josh McVey scored for the Strikers at the weekend in their 3-2 win over Western Pride.
Ross Archibald of Olympic FC has recently spent time trialing with A-League side Melbourne Heart.
According to the Football Qld website, Matthew Byrne has returned from the Serbian 2nd division to sign for Olympic FC in the latter rounds of the competition.

Brisbane Premier League:
Todd Gava, Warren Moon and Michael Baird (Peninsula Power)

New South Wales Premier League, State League and Northern NSW Premier League
Liam Reddy and Callum O’Connell (Sydney United- NSW Premier League)
Jordan Simpson (Blacktown Spartans- NSW Premier League)
Chris Bush (Dapto Dandaloo- NSW State League)
David Dodd (Edgeworth Eagles- Northern NSW Premier)

Victorian Premier League:
Chris Grossman (Port Melbourne Sharks)
Griffin McMaster (Oakleigh Cannons)

If I’ve missed out on anyone, or you have any comments on the new layout feel free to post away in the comments.


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