Former Players Wrap: 9/12/2013

– Sarota makes return to the Utrecht first team
– Kruse, Nijland find the net
– Takahashi misses out on return to the J-League on final day
– Karlovic moves from Indonesia to Malaysia

Robbie helped fire Leverkusen into the last 8 of the DFP Pokal (SMH/Getty Images)

Robbie helped fire Leverkusen into the last 8 of the DFP Pokal (SMH/Getty Images)

Transfer news:
Mario Karlovic has moved from Persebaya 1957 in Indonesia to Terengganu in Malaysia.

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

Robbie Kruse (Bayer Leverkusen)
Champions League:

3rd in Champions League Group A (After 5 of 6 games)
They’ve got Sociedad away this week in their final group game.

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.

Borussia Dortmund 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen
Bayer Leverkusen 2nd in German Bundesliga (After 15 rounds)
Robbie came off the bench with 12 minutes remaining.

DFP Pokal Cup:
Freiburg 1-2 Bayer Leverkusen
DFB Pokal Cup Round 3
Kruse started, played the full 90 minutes and scored in the opening minute of the game following a defensive mishap.
The Quarter final draw was held on Sunday and Bayer will host 1.FC Kaiserslautern on the weekend of February 11-12.

Ben Halloran (Fortuna Düsseldorf)

15th in German 2.Bundesliga (After 16 rounds)
No game this week.

Tommy Oar and Adam Sarota (FC Utrecht)

Utrecht 2-0 NEC Nijmegen
7th in Dutch Eredivise (After 16 rounds)
Oar started and played 65 minutes, before being replaced by fellow former Brisbane player Adam Sarota who made his return to the first team squad following a knee reconstruction.

Stef Nijland (PEC Zwolle)
Go Ahead Eagles 4-1 PEC Zwolle
9th in Dutch Eredivise (After 16 rounds)
Nijland started on the bench and come on just after the hour mark. He scored a consolation goal for his side on an otherwise disappointing day

Dario Vidosic (FC Sion)

St. Gallen 2-0 Sion
8th in Swiss Super League (After 16 Rounds)
Dario started, played 74 minutes and picked up a 15th minute yellow card in the loss. There’s one game remaining before the winter break.

Michael Baird (FC Universitatea Craiova)

4th in Romanian Liga II table (After 14 rounds).
Winter break. No games until early January.

Yuji Takahashi (Kyoto Sanga)

Kyoto Sanga 0-2 Tokushima Vortis
J.2 League Playoffs
Yuji was on the bench.

Kyoto has just missed out on promotion to the J-League on the final day of the J.2 playoffs. Needing only a draw to secure a return to the J-League, the loss means their opponents –who finished below them on the table-, will be in the big league next year.

For Takahashi, it was a disappointing season, seeing only the odd bench appearance in the first team squad. He’ll be hoping for more when the Japanese season returns in March.

Do Dong-Hyun (FC Gifu)
Season is over.

Erik Paartalu (Tianjin Teda)

Season is over.

Korean Republic:
Luke DeVere (Gyeongnam
Season is over.
Sergio van Djik (Persib)
Rumours are emerging that Sergio has left Persib and could be on his way to Iran. Nothing confirmed as yet.

Mario Karlovic (Terengganu)

Negeri Sembilan 2-2 Terengganu
Not sure if Karlovic played for his new club, but I assume he did.

James Meyer (Pune FC)

Pune 1-2 Mumbai
2nd in I-League (After 10 Rounds)
Meyer started before being subbed with 8 minutes remaining.

United Arab Emirates:
Milan Susak (Al Wasl)

Al Nasr 6-1Al Wasl
8th in Arabian Gulf League (After 9 rounds)
Milan is out injured atm.

Alex Brosque (Al Ain)
Bani Yas 1-1 Al Ain
6th in Arabian Gulf League (After 9 Rounds)
Alex started and played 90 minutes in the win.

Sasa Ognenovski (Umm Salal)

Umm Salal 0-1 Lekhwiya
14th in Qatari Stars League (After 11 Rounds)
Sasa started and played the full 90 minutes. Salal are still winless after 11 rounds of the competition.

Sayed Mohamed Adnan (Al Arabi)
Al Arabi 1-0 Al Rayyan
6th in Qatari Stars League (After 11 Rounds)
Adnan started, played 90 minutes and scored the only goal of the game.

North America:
Costa Rica:
Jean Carlos Solórzano (Puntarenas
8th in Costa Rican Primera (After 22 games)
No games until after Christmas.

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

Season kicks off January 20th.

Michael Zullo, Steven Lustica and Daniel Bowles (Adelaide United)

Adelaide United 1-2 Brisbane Roar
8th in A-League (After 9 Rounds)
Zullo and Lustica started for the Reds with Zullo playing 90 and Lustica being subbed after 73’. Bowles is injured.

Liam Reddy and Nick Fitzgerald (Central Coast Mariners)
Central Coast Mariners 1-0 Sydney FC
5th in A-League (After 8 Rounds)
Reddy started and played the 90 minutes for the Mariners. Fitzgerald meanwhile played 90 minutes in the 3-0 loss to Western Sydney in the youth league.

Tando Velaphi, Andrew Redmayne, David Williams, Massimo Murdocca and Ross Archibald (Melbourne Heart)
Western Sydney Wanderers 1-1 Melbourne Heart
10th in A-League (After 9 Rounds).
Redmayne, Murdocca and Williams all started, with all 3 lasting 90 minutes. Redmayne picked up an 87th minute caution. Archibald is captain of Heart’s NYL squad and played 90 minutes in their 4-3 loss to Sydney.

Mitch Nichols, Jason Geria, Kosta Barbarouses and Anthony Proia (Melbourne Victory)

Melbourne Victory 1-2 Newcastle
6th in A-League (After 9 Rounds)
Nichols and Barbarouses started the game and played 90 minutes. Geria came on after 71 minutes. Proia meanwhile played an hour in the 2-1 loss to Newcastle in the Youth League.

Isaka Cernak (Perth Glory)
Perth Glory 4-2 Wellington Phoenix.
7th in A-League (After 9 Rounds)
Cernak wasn’t in the squad in the A-League, he did however play 90 minutes in Perth’s 4-2 loss to AIS in the youth league.

Vedran Janjetovic and Matthew Jurman (Sydney FC)
Central Coast Mariners 1-0 Sydney FC
4th in A-League (After 9 Rounds)
Janjetovic played a full game in goals, while Jurman started in the centre of defence.

Tahj Minniecon (Western Sydney Wanderers)
Western Sydney Wanderers 1-1 Melbourne Heart
2nd in A-League (After 9 Rounds)
Tahj started on the bench for the Wanderers, coming on with 8 minutes remaining.


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