Season Preview: Brisbane RoarPosted: October 4, 2013
In the lead-up to season 9 of the A-League we’ll be doing an extensive preview of the league club by club- today looking at Brisbane Roar.
Last Season: 5th. Lost Semi Final to Western Sydney Wanderers
Coming off a 2nd straight championship Brisbane kept their squad largely in shape with new boss Rado Vidosic opting to add squad players on visa contracts to replace the departing Adnan. The plan backfired as Brisbane sputtered out of the gate with just 3 wins from 11 matches resulting in Vidosic’s ‘promotion’ in mid December. Results initially remained similar under new boss Mike Mulvey, however after losing an AFC Champions League Qualifier away to Buriram and with Mulvey under pressure Brisbane decided to back their manager and give him a new deal. From that point on Brisbane won 5 of their last 9 games –losing just 2- on their way to a 3rd straight finals berth where after beating Adelaide in the elimination final, they succumbed to the Western Sydney Wanderers in the semi-final.
Manager: Mike Mulvey
In his first full season, Mulvey will be expected to deliver at the very least a finals berth, and has the cattle to do so. Last season he made minor tweaks to the Roars ingrained style of play and expect a similar 4-3-3 this season with a fair amount of interchagability in the front third.
1) Theo, 2) Smith, 3) Stefanutto, 5) Franjic, 7) Berisha, 10) Henrique, 11) Miller, 12) Doe, 13) North, 14) Ferreira, 15) Donachie, 17) McKay, 18) Brattan, 19) Hingert, 20) Acton, 22) Broich, 23) Petratos, 25) Lambadaridis, 26) Brown, 29) Yeboah, 30) Liftin.
Ben Liftin (Brisbane Roar NYL), Kwame Yeboah (Brisbane Roar NYL), Liam Miller (Perth Glory), Diogo Ferreira (Melbourne Victory), Dimitri Petratos (Kelantan- Malaysia), Matt McKay (Changchun Yatai).
Matt Jurman (Sydney FC), James Meyer (Pune FC- India), Stef Nijland (PEC Zwolle- Netherlands), Mitch Nichols (Melbourne Victory), Massimo Murdocca (Melbourne Heart), Ben Halloran (Fortuna Düsseldorf- Germany), Steven Lustica (Adelaide United), Do Dong-Hyun (F.C. Gifu- Japan).
Key player: Thomas Broich
As always the German maestro will be integral to Brisbane’s chances this season, and now has another creative link in the midfield in Irishman Liam Miller. The duo should be able to produce plenty of chances for Berisha to score 10+ goals again this season.
Lions FC 1-0 Brisbane Roar
Albany Creek Excelsior 0-5 Brisbane Roar
Brisbane City 0-3 Brisbane Roar
Brisbane Strikers 0-11 Brisbane Roar
Wynnum Wolves 1-2 Brisbane Roar
Palm Beach Sharks 0-3 Brisbane Roar
Melbourne Heart 0-3 Brisbane Roar
Central Coast Mariners 1-2 Brisbane Roar
Brisbane Roar 1-0 Melbourne Victory
Western Pride 2-5 Brisbane Roar
Brisbane Roar 4-1 Sydney FC
Olympic FC 1-11 Brisbane Roar
The first XI looks very strong and the end of last season shows that the hunger that was missing at the start of last season is well and truly back. The only question mark is over the quality of the players waiting in the wings; the youngsters are talented, but when required they’ll need to step up. A finals berth should be in the offing once again, and if fit they’ve got the squad to give the competition a real s