Round 17 squads: Brisbane vs Central Coast


Sunday, 2 February 2014
Brisbane Roar v Central Coast Mariners –
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick-off: 4:00pm local (5:00pm AEDT)
Referee: Strebre Delovski
Assistant Referee 1: Nathan MacDonald
Assistant Referee 2: Anton Shchetinin
Fourth Official: Alan Milliner

TV Broadcast: 4.30pm (AEDT) Live and exclusive coverage on FOX Sports 1HD and Sky Sport 2 (New Zealand).
Radio Broadcast: 612 ABC Brisbane, ABC Local Radio QLD, 92.5 ABC Central Coast, Grandstand Digital Brisbane. Online/Mobile phone app

Brisbane Roar have scored at least once in 15 of their last 16 league meetings with Central Coast Mariners.

No player has created more chances for his teammates this season than Brisbane Roar’s Thomas Broich (54).

No side has kept more clean sheets this term than the Central Coast Mariners (7).

Only one of the last nine matches between these sides has ended in a draw.

Brisbane Roar squad: 1.Michael THEO, 2.Matthew SMITH (c), 3.Shane STEFANUTTO,7. Besart BERISHA, 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. Devante CLUT, 28.Brandon BORRELLO
“*Two to be omitted**

Ins: 7.Besart BERISHA (returns from suspension), 11. Liam MILLER (returns from injury), 17. Matt MCKAY (returns from injury)

Outs: 35.Jai INGHAM (omitted)

Unavailable: 5.Ivan FRANJIC (stomach injury – one week), 16. Jean Carlos SOLORZANO (awaiting international clearance) 25.George LAMBADARDIS (knee – season) Kofi DANNING (knee – indefinite)

Central Coast Mariners Squad: 1. Justin PASFIELD (Gk), 2. Daniel MCBREEN, 3. Joshua ROSE, 4. Marcel SEIP, 5. Zachary ANDERSON, 6. Brent GRIFFITHS, 7. John HUTCHINSON (C), 8. Nick MONTGOMERY, 9. Mitchell DUKE, 11. Nick FITZGERALD, 12. Liam REDDY (Gk), 13. Hayden MORTON, 15. Storm ROUX, 16. Trent SAINSBURY, 17. Anthony CACERES, 19. Matt SIMON, 20. Bernie IBINI, 21. Mile STERJOVSKI
**Two to be omitted**

Ins: 4. Marcel SEIP (promoted), 13. Hayden MORTON (promoted)
Outs: Nil

Unavailable: 10. Marcos FLORES (knee – season), 14. Michael MCGLINCHEY (on loan – Vegalta Sendai), 18. Michael NEILL (knee – season), 23. Adam KWASNIK (knee – season)


Further details on the FFA Cup

(FB Media)

(FB Media)

While the competition hasn’t been officially launched as yet, the word has been put out that later this year the inaugural FFA cup will start. With that in mind, all of the regional cups in the local state leagues will start in the coming weeks. For instance the first round of Brisbane’s Canale Cup kicks off in mid February and the rest of the state cups will do likewise.

Here’s rounds 1 and 2 of the 2014 Canale Cup:

(FB Media)

(FB Media)

This offcourse feeds into the FFA Cup later in the year, and today Rob Greenwood of the Advertiser provided further details on the competition from that stage. The competition will be a 32 team knockout cup featuring:

– The 9 Australian A-League clubs
– 8 New South Wales Clubs
– 4 Victorian Clubs
– 4 Queensland Clubs
– 2 West Australia Clubs
– 2 Northern NSW Clubs
– 1 South Australian Club
– 1 Tasmanian Club
– 1 ACT Club

That seems to be a bit of overkill with 8 clubs from the NSW Premier League, however it will be good to have the cup up and running regardless. The decision was apparently made on the basis of number of registered players in each state, where NSW has a clear advantage. The competition is expected to start in the A-League pre-season, sometime in late July/ early August with the final to be held on Australia Day.

Queensland’s 4 representatives will be made up of the Canale Cup finalists, and as such the 6 NPL Queensland clubs based in Brisbane –Olympic FC, Brisbane Strikers, Brisbane City, Redlands United, Moreton Bay United and Western Pride (I assume it’s not QAS) will feature in the cup in future rounds.

Lustica seeking a return to Brisbane?

The Solórzano deal wasn’t the only news of the day today, with Adelaide United releasing a statement through the media in which it alleges that Brisbane have been trying to make an approach

(Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images AsiaPac)

(Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images AsiaPac)

for Steve Lustica. The Reds claim that they’ve reached a verbal agreement with Lustica and his representation on a 1 year contract extension, before demanding an immediate release after being alerted to Brisbane’s interest.

If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the full statement from Adelaide United.

Adelaide United Football Club would like to advise that Steven Lustica has indicated to the Club that he would like to leave Adelaide United to join the Brisbane Roar.
Originally playing in Croatia for HNK Hajduk Split, Steven agreed to join Adelaide United for the current season. Recently, he was offered an extension to his current contract. At the conclusion of these negotiations by way of email from his agent and a verbal commitment from Steven he had agreed to extend his contract with Adelaide United for the 2014/15 Hyundai A-League season. That was followed by an approach from Brisbane Roar and his position has since changed and he has now indicated that he would like to immediately terminate his current contract to join the Brisbane Roar.
This situation is totally different to a transfer based matter where Club and Player alike benefit from a potential move.

As at today, Adelaide United will not release the player. The club will continue to seek to resolve the matter with the player and or his agent and until that time there will be no further comment on the matter.

Lustica, 22, arrived in Brisbane at about this time last season as Mike Mulvey began to re-shape the squad and ended up making 12 appearances at the end of the season, chipping in with two goals from midfield. Following that however the former Sydney FC and Gold Coast youth player returned to his parent club Hajduk Split. Circumstances worked against him from then on as he was released from his contract just days after Brisbane signed Matt McKay to replace him, forcing Lustica to look elsewhere, and he ended up signing with Adelaide. So far he’s been a regular in the Adelaide squad with 15 appearances, and 1 goal to his credit this season.

The question I have surrounding all of this is where would Lustica fit in, given the current state of the Brisbane midfield, and squad in general. It would seem atm that there isn’t an opening in a starters role with Liam Miller, Matt McKay, Luke Brattan and even Ivan Franjic ahead of him you would think. In addition to those there is also George Lambadaridis who will return next season, utility Diogo Ferreira and also the impressive youngsters Devante Clut, Ben Litfin, Julius Doe and Patrick Theodore. So on the surface, there appears to be no immediate need in the middle of the park. So could it be that one of the starters is moving on either immediately or, in the off-season?

Im not sure it would surprise anyone if there was some serious interest from Asia and Europe given the form he’s shown in the last 12 months since getting regular football after Erik Paartalu’s departure. There is also the slight chance that Liam Miller moves on in the off-season, but given his improved form in recent weeks in not sure that’s likely. I think it’s fair enough that Adelaide refused his request for a release, especially given they still have their own ambitions for the season, and he is a required player for them who has featured regularly this season. That makes it a different set of circumstance to the Nick Fitzgerald situation last year where Brisbane had no interest in playing him following his move to Central Coast for this season, and has such they released him.

Solórzano returns to Brisbane for remainder of the season

The spirit fingers are back!(Getty Images: Mark Metcalfe)

The spirit fingers are back!(Getty Images: Mark Metcalfe)

After a couple of weeks back in Brisbane training with the club, today news has emerged that Costa Rican attacker Jean Carlos Solórzano has signed a half season contract with Brisbane Roar. The 26 year old, who has had spells with Melbourne Victory, Alajuelense and Puntarenas since his first spell here in Brisbane. Mulvey said today that the football department were looking for depth following the departure of Kwame Yeboah to Borussia Monchengladbach at the turn of the year. JCS is more than capable of providing depth, and he’s capable of adding to the squad in his own right.

Mulvey went on to say that they were looking for someone to come off the bench and provide a goal scoring threat as the finals get closer, and I think that was one of the most important needs to fill. Brandon Borrello is a nice young player, but if you were needing a goal with 20-25mins to play, you would prefer to have a more experienced, proven option to turn to. Now with the signing of JCS, in addition to one of Henrique or Petratos on the bench, Brisbane now how legitimate options to change the game in the final third.

Despite the recent announcement surrounding the departure of Besart Berisha, this move, although in the same area of the park, is of little consequence to the search for a #9 next season. Depending on how he goes, JCS could become that player, however it wouldn’t surprise if there was a new striker alongside him in the squad next season. Solórzano has been given the #16 shirt, and will be available for selection against Central Coast on Sunday afternoon.

Former Brisbane Players Wrap: 27/01/2014

– Nichols completes move to Cerezo Osaka
– Jean Carlos Solórzano is back training with Brisbane.

Transfer news:
– Nichols completes move to Cerezo Osaka

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

Tommy Oar and Adam Sarota (FC Utrecht)

Roda JC 1-0 FC Utrecht
11th in Dutch Eredivise (After 20 Rounds)
Tommy and Adam both started and played 90 minutes. Oar played his usual left wing role, while Sarota started on the right side of the front three.

KNVB Beker:

Sarota in KNV Beker Cup action (FC Utrecht)

Sarota in KNV Beker Cup action (FC Utrecht)

Round of 16:

NEC Nijmegen 1-0 FC Utrecht. Sarota started and played 80, Oar wasn’t involved. Utrecht are now out of the cup.

Stef Nijland (PEC Zwolle)

NAC Breda 1-2 PEC Zwolle
9th in Dutch Eredivise (After 20 Rounds)
Nijland was an unused sub.

KNVB Beker:
Round of 16:
PEC Zwolle 5-1 JVC Cuijk. Nijland was an unused sub. They will play NEC Nijmegen in the Semi-Finals in the week of March 27.

Alistair Quinn (NAC Breda)
NAC Breda 1-2 PEC Zwolle
14th in Dutch Eredivise (After 20 Rounds)
Quinn wasn’t in the squad.

Robbie Kruse (Bayer Leverkusen)

2nd in Bundesliga (After 18 games)
Robbie is out for the season with an ACL injury.

Spase Dilevski (ATM FA)
Malaysian Super League:

3rd in Malaysian Super League (After 2 Rounds)
Not sure if Spase played, but I assume so.

Mario Karlovic (Terengganu)
Malaysian Super League:

Terengganu 2-1 PKNS
5th in Malaysian Super League (After 1 Round)

Malaysian FA Cup:
First Round: Terengganu 4-0 Shahzan Muda
Second Round: PKNS vs. Terengganu. 4th February.

James Meyer (Pune FC)
AFC Champions League:

Pune will play Vietnamese champions Ha Noi T&T in Round 1 of Qualifying on January 29th.

Indian Premier League:
3rd in I-League (After 10 Rounds)
No league games until February

United Arab Emirates:
Milan Susak (Al Wasl)

Arabian Gulf League
Al Wasl 1-0 Al Shaab
10th in Arabian Gulf League (After 16 rounds)
No Milan in the squad.

Alex Brosque (Al Ain)
Arabian Gulf League
Al Ain 1-1 Al Dhafra
7th in Arabian Gulf League (After 16 Rounds)
Alex played 90 minutes.

UAE Presidents Cup:
Semi Final:

Al Ain v Al Nasr. To be played 31/01/14

Sayed Mohamed Adnan (Al Arabi)
Qatari Stars League

Al Arabi 2-5 Lekhwiya
5th in Qatari Stars League (After 16 Rounds)
Adnan started played 90 minutes.

Persian Gulf League
Sergio van Djik (Sepahan)

Sepahan 3-1 Esteghlal Khuzestan
4th in Persian Gulf League (After 24 Rounds)

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

5th in Paranaense 1 (After 3 games)
3 games into the season, with two draws and a win. Reinaldo didn’t play in any games.

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

Adelaide United 2-2 Melbourne Heart
6th in A-League (After 16 Rounds)
Lustica came off the bench after an hour. Zullo didn’t play. Bowles played in Adelaide’s 0-0 draw with Heart.

Liam Reddy and Nick Fitzgerald (Central Coast Mariners)
Central Coast Mariners 3-0 Newcastle Jets
3rd in A-League (After 15 Rounds)
Reddy and Fitzgerald played 90.

Tando Velaphi, Andrew Redmayne, David Williams, Massimo Murdocca and Ross Archibald (Melbourne Heart)
Adelaide United 2-2 Melbourne Heart
10th in A-League (After 16 Rounds).
Redmayne and Murdocca played 90 minutes. Velaphi was an unused sub. Archibald played in the youth teams 0-0 draw with Adelaide.
Jason Geria, Kosta Barbarouses and Anthony Proia (Melbourne Victory)

Melbourne Victory 0-5 Sydney FC
4th A-League (After 17 Rounds)
Kosta started, Geria came on after half an hour. Proia came off the bench in the youth league, before scoring a last minute free-kick to equalise at 2-2.

Isaka Cernak (Perth Glory)
Western Sydney Wanderers 3-1 Perth Glory
7th in A-League (After 16 Rounds)
Cernak was dropped to the NYL, where they lost 6-2 to Newcastle.

Vedran Janjetovic and Matthew Jurman (Sydney FC)
Melbourne Victory 0-5 Sydney FC
5th in A-League (After 16 Rounds)
Janjetovic and Jurman played a full game.

Tahj Minniecon (Western Sydney Wanderers)
Western Sydney Wanderers 3-1 Perth Glory
2nd in A-League (After 17 Rounds)
Minniecon came with 10mins left.

Late Brattan strike halts home winless streak

Match winner (Joshua Morton Photography)

Winner (Joshua Morton Photography)

Brisbane Roar 2
Wellington Phoenix 1
13,889, at Lang Park, Brisbane

Brisbane: Theo, Hingert, North, Smith, Stefanutto, Ferreira, Brattan, Clut, Petratos, Broich, Henrique.
Substitutions: Donachie for Hingert (64’), Ingham for Clut (72’), Borrello for Ferreira (84’).
Unused Substitutes: Acton, Brown.
Yellow Cards: Ferreira, Broich
Red Cards: Nil

Wellington: Moss, Boxall, Durante, Sigmund, Muscat, Lia, Riera, Hicks, Boyd, Brockie, Huysegems.
Substitutions: Bertos for Boyd (46’), Krishna for Brockie (68’), Caira for Hicks (79’)
Unused Substitutes: Italiano, Rufer.
Yellow Cards: Boxall, Bertos
Red Cards: Nil.

Wellington opened the scoring midway through the opening half following on from some good pressure by the visitors. The goal itself however came from transition play however when they caught Brisbane high up the park in on the attack. They got the ball from the defensive left back corner into the midfield and then out to Boyd on the right wing in two passes eliminating the entire midfield from the play. Huysegems run on the shoulder of North was intelligent, however I still thought it was poor marking and defending from North but well created from Wellington.

Brisbane’s goals were also very well created; however unlike the tap-in from Huysegems they were in addition spectacular finishes. The first goal for Clut came from Broich’s h-t switch from the centre to the left with his chip to Henrique creating the space. The winner was just a brilliant strike from Brattan from sort of a second phase of play following Petratos’ shot.

Brisbane played alright in the first half but like recent home games they lacked the cutting edge in the front third, with the only real chances of the half coming late on when Henrique missed from point blank range, and Broich hitting the bar. In the second half after Broich and Henrique switched there was a lot more space for Broich and in turn Brisbane found themselves creating better opportunities. They definitely overran Wellington however and deserved the win in the end.

Wellington started the game off brilliantly in the opening half with their high pressure and pressing game limited Brisbane to only half chances in the opening half, until the very end when Henrique fired wide from six yards. The visitors definitely had the better chances in the first half with the goal along with a good chance for Vince Lia where he hit the post along with another golden chance which forced a good save from Theo. They did tire however in the second half noticeably due to the humidity last night.

– Devante Clut and Jai Ingham became the 101st and 102nd players to play for Brisbane Roar. They became the 7th and 8th players to debut this season after Liam Miller, Dimitri Petratos, Brandon Borrello, Diogo Ferreira, Patrick Theodore and Matt Acton.
– Devante Clut became the 8th Brisbane Roar player to score on his debut game. He joins Alex Brosque (Season 1, Round 1), Michael Baird (Season 1, Round 1), Simon Lynch (Season 2, Round 1), Dario Vidosic (Season 2, Round 1), Robbie Kruse (Season 3, Round 7), Charlie Miller (Season 4, Round 1) and James Meyer (Season 6, Round 26).


Up next: Brisbane are at home once again next weekend, as they take on Central Coast next Sunday afternoon. This will be the 33rd time Brisbane have played the Mariners, and also the first time we’ve played them in Brisbane on a Sunday since a certain afternoon in 2011.

AIS beat Brisbane in NYL

Brisbane Roar 0
Australian Institute of Sport 2 (Marino 15’, Rose 81’)
At Goodwin Park, Yeronga.


Brisbane: Borrello, Brady, Brown, Chalmers (gk), Cronin, Hore, Ingham, Jackson, Litfin (c), Theodore, Walker.
Substitutes: Altundag, Cox (gk), Crestani, Grillo.

AIS: Appiah, Madden, Marino, Ntoumenopoulos (c), Ochieng, Pizzata, Pudler, Rose, Schmidt, Thurtell (gk), Timotheou.
Substitutes: Danile, Dragicevic (gk), Fotokopoulos, Youlley.

The game itself was a pretty flat one in all honesty with very few chances on goals, with the best chances falling to the visitors. Brisbane’s best chance fell to Borrello in the first half however his shot was straight at the keeper. AIS were in truth the better team, and their goals were nicely worked. The first of which was a through ball which the attacker got on the end of before beating Chalmers, while the second came from some nice passing in and around the box.

As I mentioned there isn’t really a lot to talk about out of this one, with Corey Brown the only first team player to play a part. He played the full 90 minutes on his return from the u/22 Asian Championships and should be in contention for next Sunday’s visit of the Mariners. As for the rest, Borrello looked lively at times, Litfin played well in the midfield, while last night’s debutant Jai Ingham didn’t have the greatest game and perhaps took the wrong option at times.

Up next:
Next weekend Brisbane are at home to Central Coast, in what is their final home game of the 2013-14 NYL season. They conclude the season with trips to Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle. Kick-off next Saturday is set for 2.30pm at Goodwin Park, Yeronga.