Brisbane hit Sydney for Five in season best performance

Sydney FC 2 (del Piero 11’, Garcia 93’)
Brisbane Roar 5 (Broich 20’, Petratos 23’ P.K, 35’, 78’ P.K, Franjic 92’)
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Racking up 100 wins in style (442/Getty Images)

Racking up 100 wins in style (442/Getty Images)

Brisbane: Theo, Franjic, North, Smith, Donachie, Miller, Brattan, McKay, Petratos, Henrique, Broich.
Substitutions: Borrello for Henrique (70’), Brown for North (80‘), Yeboah for Brattan (83’)
Unused substitutes: Acton, Ferreira
Yellow Cards: Henrique, Brattan
Red Cards: Nil

Sydney: Janjetovic, Bojic, Ryall, Petkovic, Abbas, Emerton, Thompson, Carle. Garcia, Del Piero, Despotovic.
Substitutions: Gameiro for del Piero (46’), Yau for Emerton (61’), Gligor for Thompson (61’)
Unused Substitutes: Necevski, McFlynn
Yellow Cards: Ryall, Petkovic.
Red Cards: Nil.

This was a game Brisbane dominated virtually from the get go with something like 85% of possession in the opening 15 minutes despite Sydney taking the early lead. Despite the setback however Brisbane went on to play their best half of football of the season by far with some slick ball movement, good movement off the ball, defensive press and transition leading to some brilliant goals- especially the third. Sydney’s shambolic defensive shape and organisation didn’t help them, with Henrique forever in space down the left hand side.

The changes at the selection table to drop both Corey Brown and Jack Hingert were both interesting and ultimately successful. Both didn’t play particularly well on Friday against the Jets in either phase of the game, and the replacement duo did a good job. Donachie didn’t get forward as much as Brown or Stefanutto do but that was to be expected, as was Franjic not missing a beat in the position he made his own for three years. The introduction of Petratos wide on the right added an extra attacking thrust to the Roar’s play which has been missing from the start in recent weeks. In the past the team has struggled with Broich operating in that false #9 role if you like, but tonight it worked perfectly, with two wide strikers playing off him making runs into the penalty area, and the Sydney defenders had no answer for them, and the midfield runners.

It was in the midfield third however where Brisbane really dominated this contest, with the midfield trio of McKay, Miller and Brattan outnumbering and completely outplaying their opponents in Thompson, Carle and Emerton. Miller had another quite game, albeit a marginal improvement on his performance against Newcastle, but McKay and Brattan were brilliant at both winning back possession and playing the ball forward quickly into dangerous positions when the ball was won.

The goals were well taken, with Broich springing the offside trap twice to devastating effect for the 1st and 4th goals. Petratos showed he’s a potential penalty taker of the future with three impressive finishes from 12 yards, even if Mulvey admitted in the postgame press conference that Ivan Franjic was the set penalty taker for the evening. Sydney’s goals were both unstoppable -1st goal- and shambolic -2nd goal-. The first was a nice free-kick from del Piero, the second is one that im sure all of the defenders and Theo are disappointed to concede, especially so late in the contest.

Stats:
– The win was just Brisbane’s 3rd in Sydney from 14 attempts and rounds out a century of A-League wins, the first club in the competition to do so.
– Dimitri Petratos became the 53rd player to score for Brisbane Roar in a competitive game, and also became just the 3rd player two score a hat-trick for Brisbane. Sergio van Djik –season 4, round 20 against Sydney- and Besart Berisha –season 7, round 4 against Adelaide- are the only other players to net a hat-trick for Brisbane.
– The game was Kwame Yeboah’s final game for Brisbane Roar. The young striker whose bound for Borussia Monchengladbach made 12 appearances for Brisbane -3 starts-, contributing two goals along the way.

Match stats:
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Up next: Brisbane are on the road once again to take on Melbourne Victory, one of two sides who have beaten Brisbane this season. Last time around at Docklands Victory got the win in Ange Postecoglou’s final game in charge before moving into the Socceroos hot seat.

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Round 12 Match Preview: Sydney FC vs. Brisbane Roar

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After losing their first game at home since round 17 last season (9 games), Brisbane are back on the road this holiday season with an away trip to the harbour city. Brisbane have an indifferent record on Boxing Day, with one win, one draw and two losses down the years. Another fun little stat in relation to Boxing Day clashes is that goalkeeper Michael Theo has picked up a yellow card in the past two years for marking the pitch. In terms goal-scorers in this fixture, only Berisha, van Djik and Brosque have scored 5 goals in this fixture –Brosque has 3 for Sydney and 2 for Brisbane-, however there have been 38 different goal scorers in this fixture.

Form:
Brisbane:
LWWWW
Sydney: LWLWW

Top Scorer:
Brisbane:
Besart Berisha (5)
Sydney: Alessandro Del Piero (4)

Brisbane:
Brisbane were slightly off their game on Friday night and try as they might things just wouldn’t click for them on the night. Performance wise there weren’t too many poor performances, although Miller continues to disappoint. One thing that Newcastle did well was cut out the crosses and cut backs from the wider areas, especially on the left hand side with Brown. Bojic will need to replicate that success if Sydney are to match the result the Jets picked up.

Selection wise, things are up in the air now that Berisha has been ruled out of the game. Liam Miller was from all reports on the chopping block this week, however the Berisha injury grants him a reprieve. Henrique is expected to start upfront, with Franjic wide right and the Irishman gets another chance in the midfield. Jade North is also expected to return to the centre of defence in place of Donachie, while there’s a chance Yeboah will return to the bench in place of Borrello.

Expected Brisbane line-up:
Theo, Hingert, North, Smith, Brown, Miller, Brattan, McKay, Franjic, Broich, Henrique.
Substitutes: Acton, Ferreira, Petratos, Donachie, Yeboah.
Omitted: Borrello.

Sydney:
Sydney will be backing up on a short turnaround and will be coming off of a defeat against the previously unbeaten Wellington. Sydney have been playing some up and down football so far this season, but they have been picking up results and points at home. Selection wise, marquee duo Alessandro Del Piero and Brett Emerton are expected to return to the starting line-up. Since the last time Brisbane faced the Sky Blues in round one, Farina has added Serbian duo Nikola Petkovic and Ranko Despotovic to the side and both have made an impact on their form and results.

Expected Sydney line-up:
Janjetovic, Bojic, Ryall, Petkovic, Abbas, Emerton, Carle, Thompson, Garcia, Del Piero, Despotovic.
Substitutes: Necevski, Jurman, McFlynn, Chianese, Gameiro.
Omitted: Yau, Naumoff.

So far this season:
Round 2:
Brisbane Roar (Smith 37′, Henrique 38′, North 44′, Broich 80′) 4-0 Sydney FC.

In arguably Brisbane’s best and most polished performance of the season, especially in the opening 45 minutes. Sydney however were a much lesser side back then with some very sloppy defending and defensive organisation.

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It’s expected to be a wet and raining festive season in Sydney, with showers and 24 degree weather expected for the game which can be seen live on Fox Sports 1 and on ABC Local Radio Queensland from 7.00pm. Just finally, id like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas; enjoy the day and hopefully Brisbane give all of us a Christmas gift on Thursday evening.


Round 12 squads- Sydney vs. Brisbane

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Thursday 26 December 2013
Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar
Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Kick-off: 7.30pm local (7.30pm AEDT)
Referee: Ben Williams
Assistant Referee 1: Allyson Flynn
Assistant Referee 2: Owen Goldrick
Fourth Official: Stephen Lucas

TV broadcast: 7.30pm (AEDT) Live and EXCLUSIVE coverage on FOX Sports 1HD and 8.00pm (AEDT) on Sky Sport 3 (New Zealand).
Radio Broadcast: Full LIVE coverage on 702 ABC Sydney, ABC Local Radio NSW, 612 ABC Brisbane, ABC Local Radio Queensland Grandstand Digital and Online/Mobile phone app

Sydney FC squad: 1.Ivan NECEVSKI (gk), 2.Seb RYALL, 4.Ranko DESPOTOVIC, 5.Matt JURMAN, 6.Nikola PETKOVIC, 7. Brett EMERTON, 8. Pedj BOJIC, 9. Corey GAMEIRO, 10. Alessandro DEL PIERO (c), 11.Richard GARCIA, 15.Terry MCFLYNN, 16.Joel CHIANESE, 19.Nicky CARLE, 20.Vedran JANJETOVIC (gk), 21.Yairo YAU, 22.Ali ABBAS, 27.Christopher NAUMOFF, 28.Matt THOMPSON. (Two to be omitted)
Ins: 10. Alessandro DEL PIERO (c), 7. Brett EMERTON.
Outs: Nil.
Unavailable: Rhyan GRANT (knee – season), Peter TRIANTIS (groin – indefinite), Terry ANTONIS (thigh – indefinite), Tiago CALVANO (Suspended – 4 matches).


Brisbane Roar Squad:
1. Michael THEO, 2. Matthew SMITH (c), 5. Ivan FRANJIC, 10. HENRIQUE, 11. Liam MILLER, 13. Jade NORTH, 14. Diogo FERREIRA, 15. James DONACHIE, 17. Matt McKAY, 18. Luke BRATTAN, 19. Jack HINGERT, 20. Matthew ACTON (gk), 22. Thomas BROICH, 23. Dimitri PETRATOS, 26.Corey BROWN, 27. Brandon BORRELLO, 29.Kwame YEBOAH (one to be omitted)
In: 13. Jade NORTH (Returns from injury)
Out: 7. Besart BERISHA (Hip – 3 weeks)
Unavailable: 3. Shane STEFANUTTO (hamstring), 25. George LAMBADARDIS (knee – season)


Former Players wrap: 23/12/2013

Headlines:
– Yeboah moving to Borussia Monchengladbach in January
– Spase Dilevski has signed for ATM FA in Malaysia
– Oar, Sarota (Utrecht) and Nijland (Zwolle) progress to last 8 of Dutch Cup
– Mitch Nichols scored a brace for Victory in the derby

Transfers:
– Kwame Yeboah has signed with Borussia Monchengladbach from Jan 1, 2014.
– Spase Dilevski has joined ATM FA in Malaysia.

Uncontracted:
Issey Nakajima-Farran (Last club- Alki Larnaca)
Rocky Visconte (Last club- Suphanburi)

Europe:
Germany:
Robbie Kruse (Bayer Leverkusen)

Bundesliga
2nd in Bundesliga (After 16 games)
Werder Bremen 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen
Robbie started in the final game before the winter break, playing 78 minutes. He picked up a caution just before half-time.

They enter the winter break in 2nd position, 7 points behind Bayern Munich in the league. In the cups they’ve qualified for the last 16 and will play PSG, while in the DFB Pokal they host Kaiserslautern in early February.

Kwame Yeboah (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Kwame has completed his move to the Bundesliga, and will join up with his new

Kwame at the official unveiling (Borussia Monchengladbach)

Kwame at the official unveiling (Borussia Monchengladbach)

team in January. His new team sit 3rd in the Bundesliga heading into the winter break.

Ben Halloran (Fortuna Düsseldorf)
10th in 2. Bundesliga (After 19 games)
Fortuna Düsseldorf 2-3 Koln.
Ben started and played 81 minutes in the loss.
The 2.Bundesliga kicks off the second half of the season in February.

Netherlands:
Tommy Oar and Adam Sarota (FC Utrecht)
Eredivise:

Go Ahead Eagles 2-1 FC Utrecht
9th in Dutch Eredivise (After 18 rounds)
Both Oar and Sarota started, with Sarota subbed after 82 minutes while Oar played the full game, and got an assist for the goal. They’re now on winter break.

KNVB Beker:
Round of 16:

Cambur 0-2 Utrecht.
Oar started, played 90 and picked up a late caution, while Sarota came off the bench with 15 to play.
They will now travel to NEC Nijmegen in the quarter finals in late January.

Stef Nijland (PEC Zwolle)
Eredivise:

Feyenoord 3-0 PEC Zwolle
11th in Dutch Eredivise (After 18 rounds)
Nijland came on at half-time.

KNVB Beker:
Round of 16:
Excelsior 1-4 PEC Zwolle
Nijland was an unused sub.
They will host minnows JVC Cuijk in the Quarter finals.

India:
James Meyer (Pune FC)

Mohan Bagan 3-1 Pune
3rd in I-League (After 10 Rounds)
Meyer started and played 90 minutes. Now on a break until mid January.


United Arab Emirates:
Milan Susak (Al Wasl)

Arabian Gulf League
Emirates 2-1 Al Wasl
7th in Arabian Gulf League (After 11 rounds)
Milan played 90 minutes.

Alex Brosque (Al Ain)
Al Ain 1-1 Al Sharjah
6th in Arabian Gulf League (After 11 Rounds)
Alex started and played 90 minutes.

Qatar:
Sasa Ognenovski (Umm Salal)

Qatari Stars League
Umm Salal 0-2 Qatar SC
14th in Qatari Stars League (After 12 Rounds)
Sasa started and came off midway through the 2nd half

Sayed Mohamed Adnan (Al Arabi)
Qatari Stars League
Al Arabi 4-2 Al Mu’aidar
7th in Qatari Stars League (After 12 Rounds)
Adnan started and played 90 minutes.

Australia:
A-League:
Michael Zullo, Steven Lustica and Daniel Bowles (Adelaide United)

Perth Glory 0-0 Adelaide United
8th in A-League (After 11 Rounds)
Zullo and Lustica started for the Reds and both played 90 minutes. Bowles returned from injury in the youth league.

Liam Reddy and Nick Fitzgerald (Central Coast Mariners)
Central Coast Mariners 1-0 Wellington Phoenix
6th in A-League (After 10 Rounds)
Both played 90 minutes for the Mariners, with Reddy picking up a yellow card for time wasting late on. They take on Western Sydney later today.

Tando Velaphi, Andrew Redmayne, David Williams, Massimo Murdocca and Ross Archibald (Melbourne Heart)
Melbourne Heart 3-1 Melbourne Victory
10th in A-League (After 11 Rounds).
Redmayne, Murdocca and Williams started and played 90 minutes. Tando was on the bench. No Archibald this week in the NYL, however Tando played 90 for match fitness.

Mitch Nichols, Jason Geria, Kosta Barbarouses and Anthony Proia (Melbourne Victory)
Melbourne Heart 3-1 Melbourne Victory
3rd in A-League (After 11 Rounds)
Nichols, Geria and Barbarouses all started with Geria subbed with 10 to play. The other two played all 90 minutes with Nichols scoring a brace. Proia started, played 90 and scored in a 4-3 NYL win over Central Coast.

Isaka Cernak (Perth Glory)
Perth Glory 0-0 Adelaide United
7th in A-League (After 11Rounds)
DNP this week.

Vedran Janjetovic and Matthew Jurman (Sydney FC)
Wellington Phoenix 1-0 Sydney FC
5th in A-League (After 11 Rounds)
Janjetovic played a full game in goals, while Jurman came off the bench after an hour.

Tahj Minniecon (Western Sydney Wanderers)
2nd in A-League (After 10 Rounds)
They play Central Coast later today.


Newcastle continue strong record in Brisbane

Apologies for not posting this sooner, but I’ve been a bit under the weather. Given most have moved on from this, I’ll put this in dot point.

(John Nguyen/Brisbane Roar)

(John Nguyen/Brisbane Roar)

Brisbane Roar (0)
Newcastle Jets (2) O.G (Donachie 34’), Gibbs 86’

– Across the board, I thought that Brisbane were just slightly off their game on the night. They still played some decent stuff, but there was little cutting edge in their play.

– Liam Miller continues to struggle to fit into the system and he had another quiet game. He had Brisbane’s best chance early on, but otherwise looked ineffectual and was subbed early in the second half

– Changes wise- I suspect that Henrique and North will return to the starting line-up, with Donachie and Miller making way for the duo.

– Newcastle sat back and played on the counter using their and cut out a large majority of Brisbane’s crosses –particularly down the left hand side-.

– The pitch was poor, but we all expected that going in. It was patchy, but both sides had to play on it and Newcastle were the better side. Hopefully, the field has fully recovered by the next home game (Jan 11).


Round 11 Match Preview: Brisbane Roar vs. Newcastle Jets.

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After two weeks on the road, Brisbane are back at home tomorrow to take on the Jets in the second meeting this season between the sides. Despite continuing this seasons sensational start, Brisbane have a shocking record at home against the Jets historically winning just two out of 11 meetings between the two sides here in Brisbane. The official stat is: Played 11. Won 2, Drawn 2, Lost 7. Newcastle for there part have been up and down this season, with the Wanderers getting a 1-0 result last weekend. An interesting stat from this fixture is that Joel Griffiths scored in 8 successive meetings between the two sides, branching out over seasons 2, 3 and 4. His 8 strikes is the highest individual tally of anyone in this fixture, with Reinaldo’s 7 goals being Brisbane’s best.

Form:
Brisbane:
WWWWL
Newcastle: LWLWW

Top Scorer:
Brisbane:
Besart Berisha (5)
Newcastle: Adam Taggart (6)

Brisbane:
Brisbane were scrappy last weekend against the Phoenix however they still came away with the three points. Like they have done in recent weeks they started out slowly and gave the opposition two or three good opportunities to score early on. One of these weeks this will come back to bite them, but for now they’re getting away with it. It’s still an area they need to address however as some players tend to start the game off slowly and a bit timidly.

On the selection front the only change figures to be at the back where Jade North is back in the selection frame and is a decent chance of returning to the starting XI in place of the unlucky James Donachie. Brandon Borrello will come onto the bench in place of Kwame Yeboah whose off in Germany sealing his deal with Borussia Monchengladbach. The only other position battle in the line-up currently is between imports Liam Miller and Henrique, however Mulvey seems to prefer Franjic wide on the right and as such Miller is likely to get another chance in the side despite failing to fire so far.

Expected Brisbane XI:
Theo, Hingert, North, Smith, Brown, Miller, Brattan, McKay, Franjic, Broich, Berisha.
Substitutes: Acton, Donachie, Petratos, Henrique, Borrello.
Omitted: Ferreira.

Newcastle:
The Jets have been a bit up and down so far this season, but they have reserved their best two performances for games on the road with impressive performances away to Adelaide and more recently Melbourne Victory. Newcastle have played some pretty impressive stuff in recent weeks, but have been let down by defensive lapses. Player wise Adam Taggart has taken a bunch of steps forward this season and become a regular threat, now they need a couple more players to step up and follow.

Selection wise there’s always an element of the unknown with a van Egmond team as he’s never shy of changing things up. They’re still missing Emile Heskey so Taggart will start once again with Joey Gibbs likely to be on the bench and the absence of Scott Neville means that Jacob Pepper will continue to fill in as a full-back. As I said there’s no guarantees with a GVE side, but I’ve got a hunch that Caravella and Goodwin will come into the starting line-up in place of Brown and Brillante.

Expected Newcastle XI:
Birighitti, Pepper, Jaliens, Regan, Gallaway, Kantarovski, Zadkovich, Caravella, Hoole, Goodwin, Taggart.
Substitutes: Kennedy, Brillante, Oxborrow, Brown, Gibbs.

So far this season:
Round 6: Newcastle Jets (Taggart 51’, 74’) 2-1 Brisbane Roar (Brattan 38’)

The first meeting this season was played out in dire conditions in the hunter with wet and windy conditions leaving puddles all over the pitch. Brisbane took the lead and looked decent value in the first half, before two sloppy mistakes from Smith and Donachie saw the Jets take the points. Brisbane however that day had a midfield trio of North, Brattan and Ferreira from the start- a far cry from the midfield we’ll see on display tonight.

Stats:
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It’s expected to be fine tomorrow with temperatures in the mid 20’s which should make for good football, however there are still questions over the state of the pitch. With two concerts since the last home game three weeks ago – including on Tuesday night- there’s a reasonable chance the field will be in less than optimal condition for tomorrow’s game. The match can be seen live around the nation on SBS2 and Fox Sports 1, and can also be heard live on 612 ABC Brisbane and ABC Local Radio Queensland.


Official: Yeboah signs for Monchengladbach through 2017

Kwame at the official unveiling (Borussia Monchengladbach)

Kwame at the official unveiling (Borussia Monchengladbach)

Former Brisbane attacker Kwame Yeboah has officially signed on the dotted line for German side Borussia Monchengladbach. The 19 year old attacker has signed a 3 and a half year deal with the club which runs through 2017. The Ghanaian born youngster has made 11 appearances for Brisbane, scoring twice and will get a farewell game away to Sydney FC next weekend.

There have be some reports floating around that Monchengladbach were willing to loan Kwame back to Brisbane for the remainder of the season, however that wont be the case as he will stay with the German side, initially in the u/23 set-up. That makes sense from there perspective in that they have a chance to assess his level alongside his new teammates, but it means for the vast majority of Brisbane fans –shy of those who make the trip to Sydney next week- have already seen him in person for the final time.

Yeboah, 19, earned a first team opportunity last season following some solid

Germany bound (Bradley Kanaris - Getty Images AsiaPac)

Germany bound (Bradley Kanaris – Getty Images AsiaPac)

performances in the youth league and made his debut late on against Wellington Phoenix. A finals appearance against Western Sydney was to follow before some solid pre-season form earned him a regular first team place this season. He took advantage of Berisha’s absence through injury and made a couple of starts before really making a name for himself with a last minute winner away to Central Coast. He then repeated the dose at home against the Wanderers a fortnight later with a stunning run and shot to seal the points. His final game in Brisbane against Perth was arguably his best with some solid link up play and chances created for others. His final game for Brisbane will come next week on Boxing Day against Sydney FC in the harbour city.

Kwame Yeboah on signing for Borussia Monchengladbach:

“This is a big step in my young career. In Australia the Bundesliga is shown on TV, so Borussia is a team I know of. I spoke to Thomas Broich –formerly of Monchengladbach- and he gave a positive impression of the club and German football”.

Brisbane Roar Football Director Ken Stead on the transfer:

“As a club, we will not stand in the way of opportunities like this for our young players. It’s a great achievement for Brisbane Roar to see so many former players excelling in top leagues overseas and as part of the Socceroos. This new environment will allow Kwame to continually improve his game and further his youth and senior national team ambitions in the future.”

Brisbane boss Mike Mulvey on Kwame Yeboah’s move to Borussia Monchengladbach, from Marco Monteverde/Courier Mail:

“The club in Germany has made the call and they want him there now. They wanted him for the final half of this season, and I’m not going to argue with them about what’s good for Kwame. They’ve been scouting him for a few weeks and they know a talent when they see one. Those who don’t think the German league is up there with the best in the world have rocks in their head.”

Borussia Monchengladbach Sporting Director Max Erbel on the transfer of Kwame Yeboah:

“We are glad that Kwame has chosen to sign for us, he has great potential and fits in with our search for talent. Kwame will start off in our u/23 side in order to give him the time he needs to get used to his new environment”

Monchengladbach currently sit 4th in the German Bundesliga after 16 games, 5 points behind leaders Bayern Munich, and complete the first half of their season this weekend with a home game against Wolfsburg. After that game the Bundesliga goes on a winter break with a couple of friendlies lined up before the 2nd half of the season kicks off in late January. A quick look at Monchengladbach’s website says that they’ve got a tour of Turkey lined up with games against Besiktas, Hertha Berlin, FC St. Gallen and Belek and that could be an opportunity for Kwame to see some first team action or at least be in the set-up on tour.

Just for the sake of clarity, as we pointed out yesterday, Kwame was not officially part of the first team roster at Brisbane Roar, instead he was a full-time National Youth League player. With that in mind Brisbane still have the minimum requirement of 20 contracted players –Kofi Danning makes up the 20- and as such no immediate roster move is necessary. Marco in his piece in today’s paper goes on to say however that an attacking signing will occur in January and they may look to use the clubs remaining visa slot to fill the void left by Yeboah. Currently Brisbane have Thomas Broich (marquee), Besart Berisha, Liam Miller and Henrique locked in on visa slots.