Former Players Wrap (03/12/2013)

Adam Sarota made his return from injury this week (Pic from Facebook)

Adam Sarota made his return from injury this week (Pic from Facebook)

Headlines:
– Visconte leaves Suphanburi
– Sarota makes return from knee injury in Utrecht reserves
– Baird scores a brace for Universitatea Craiova
– Brosque scores in big win for Al-Ain
– Williams and Lustica score in the Heart-United clash

Transfer news:
Rocky Visconte was released by Suphanburi at the weekend following the end of the Thai season.

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

Europe:
Germany:
Robbie Kruse (Bayer Leverkusen)

Champions League:
Bayer Leverkusen 0-5Manchester United
3rd in Champions League Group A (After 5 of 6 games)
Robbie was an unused sub.

For Leverkusen to reach the knockout stage they’ll need to
– Beat Sociedad and hope Shakhtar don’t beat United, or
– Draw with Sociedad and hope United beat Shakhtar by at least 4 goals.

Worst case scenario is they wind up in the Europa League.

Bundesliga
Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 Nuremburg
2nd in German Bundesliga (After 14 rounds)
Robbie came off the bench with 12 minutes remaining.

Ben Halloran (Fortuna Düsseldorf)
Fortuna Dusseldorf 0-2 Karlsruhe SC
15th in German 2.Bundesliga (After 16 rounds)
Halloran started and played the full 90 minutes, picking up an 81st minute caution.

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

Heracles 1-2 Utrecht
9th in Dutch Eredivise (After 15 rounds)
Oar started and played 89 minutes before being replaced. Sarota wasn’t involved in the first team, he did however make his return from knee surgery in the reserves during the week (pictured)

Stef Nijland (PEC Zwolle)
PEC Zwolle 1-1 RKC Waalwijk
8th in Dutch Eredivise (After 15 rounds)
Nijland started and played 75 minutes. He also picked up an assist for the Zwolle goal.

Switzerland:
Dario Vidosic (FC Sion)

8th in Swiss Super League (After 15 Rounds)
Their game against Aarau was postponed. There’s two games remaining before the winter break.

Romania:
Michael Baird (FC Universitatea Craiova)

Universitatea Craiova 2-0 Minerul Motru
4th in Romanian Liga II table (After 14 rounds).
Baird started and got a brace for the hosts.

Asia:
Japan:
Yuji Takahashi (Kyoto Sanga)

Kyoto Sanga 0-0 V-Varen Nagasaki
3rd in J.2 League (Currently playing J.2 promotion playoffs)
No Takahashi in the squad, Yuji however was a member of Japan’s squad in the recent East Asian Games.

Do Dong-Hyun (FC Gifu)
21st in J.2 League (After 42 rounds)
No game this week.

China:
Erik Paartalu (Tianjin Teda)

Season is over.

Korean Republic:
Luke DeVere (Gyeongnam)

Gyeongnam 1-1 Dajeon Citizen
Daegu 0-0 Gyeongnam
4th in K-League Relegation Group
Luke started and played the full 90 minutes against Dajeon midweek, picking up an 85th minute caution, before being left out altogether in the Daegu game.

The- K-League season is over with Gyeongnam finishing 4th in the relegation group and avoided relegation by 1point. All up DeVere (24) played just 9 games for Gyeongnam this season (543 minutes) with no goals and 1 yellow card. A move back to the A-League could be on the cards.

Indonesia:
Sergio van Djik (Persib)

Season is over.

Mario Karlovic (Persebaya 1927)
Season is over.

India:
James Meyer (Pune FC)

Pune 1-1 Prayag United
2nd in I-League (After 10 Rounds)
Meyer started before being subbed with 10 minutes remaining.

United Arab Emirates:
Milan Susak (Al Wasl)

Al Wasl 3-3 Al Wahda
6th in Arabian Gulf League (After 8 rounds)
No Milan in the squad- injured.

Alex Brosque (Al Ain)
Al Ain 5-2 Emirates
5th in Arabian Gulf League (After 8 Rounds)
Alex started, played 90 minutes and netted the 3rd goal of 5 in Al Ain’s big win.

Qatar:
Sasa Ognenovski (Umm Salal)

Umm Salal 0-0 Al Kharitiyath
14th in Qatari Stars League (After 10 Rounds)
Sasa started and played the full 90 minutes. The Salal skipper has work to do to keep his side in the Stars league next season.

Sayed Mohamed Adnan (Al Arabi)
Al Arabi 2-0 Al Wakrah
8th in Qatari Stars League (After 10 Rounds)
Adnan started and played 90 minutes.

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

8th in Costa Rican Primera (After 22 games)
No games until after Christmas.

South America:
Brazil:
Reinaldo Elias Da Costa (Operario Ferrivuario EC)

Season kicks off January 20th.

Australia:
A-League:
Michael Zullo, Steven Lustica and Daniel Bowles (Adelaide United)
Melbourne Heart 3-3 Adelaide United
8th in A-League (After 8 Rounds)
Zullo and Lustica started for the Reds with both playing 90. Lustica scored his first goal for the Reds in the game. Bowles is injured.

Liam Reddy and Nick Fitzgerald (Central Coast Mariners)
Central Coast Mariners 0-0 Melbourne Victory
6th in A-League (After 7 Rounds)
Reddy started and played the 90 minutes for the Mariners. Fitzgerald meanwhile played 90 minutes in the 3-1 loss to Newcastle in the youth league.

Tando Velaphi, Andrew Redmayne, David Williams, Massimo Murdocca and Ross Archibald (Melbourne Heart)
Melbourne Heart 3-3 Adelaide United
10th in A-League (After 8 Rounds).
Redmayne, Murdocca and Williams all started, with the first two lasting 90 minutes. Williams was replaced after 88 minutes, however not before he put Heart in front after 71’ from the penalty spot. Tando was on the bench. Archibald meanwhile is captain of Heart’s NYL squad and played 90 minutes in their 4-1 loss to the Reds.

Mitch Nichols, Jason Geria, Kosta Barbarouses and Anthony Proia (Melbourne Victory)
Central Coast Mariners 0-0 Melbourne Victory
4th in A-League (After 8 Rounds)
Nichols, Geria and Barbarouses started the game. Geria and Kosta played 90 minutes, while Nichols was replaced with 20 mins remaining. Proia meanwhile started on the bench in the youth league, and scored with 20 minutes to play in Victory’s 3-2 loss to Sydney.

Isaka Cernak (Perth Glory)
Brisbane Roar 1-0 Perth Glory
7th in A-League (After 8 Rounds)
Cernak wasn’t in the squad in the A-League, he did however play 90 minutes in Perth’s 7-2 win over Brisbane in the youth league.

Vedran Janjetovic and Matthew Jurman (Sydney FC)
Sydney FC 2-0 Newcastle Jets
3rd in A-League (After 8 Rounds)
Janjetovic played a full game in goals, while Jurman started in the centre of defence, picking up a 79th minute caution.

Tahj Minniecon (Western Sydney Wanderers)
Wellington Phoenix 0-0 Western Sydney Wanderers
2nd in A-League (After 8 Rounds)
Tahj started for the Wanderers, before being replaced just after the hour mark.

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