Former Players Update: 20/05/2014

*Im bringing this back, however with less detail than before. Rather than including every player, I’ll just include the headlines. This will probably be just a semi-regular feature as opposed to a weekly one.

The European seasons have just concluded- here’s a brief summary of some of the more noteworthy players:

-FC Utrecht finished the season in 10th place. Tommy Oar made 31 appearances -1 goal-, while Adam Sarota made 15 after returning mid-season from an ACL injury. Both are in with a good chance of going to Brazil.

-Fortuna Düsseldorf enjoyed a solid end to the season, finishing 6th in the 2.Bundesliga. Halloran eventually won himself a regular spot in the side, and went of a late season scoring blitz with an impressive 6 goals in 18 games. He too is in with a good chance of going to Brazil.

– Dario Vidosic ended up having a solid first season in the Swiss Super League, with 6 goals in 29 games for FC Sion. Sion ended up finishing 8th in the 10 team league.

While European seasons are predominantly over, the Asian Leagues are just warming up:

– Mitch Nichols has struggled for playing time since his January move from Melbourne, making just the six appearances to date. Cerezo currently sit 13th in the J-League.

– Luke DeVere appears to have won back his spot in the Gyeongnam side after an injury riddled 2013 season. DeVere has made 6 starts this season for the club, scoring once for a side sitting 10th in the K-League.

– Finally in Asia; Mohamed Adnan has moved from Al Arabi in the Qatari Stars League, to Bahraini side Al Hadd.

Issey Nakajima-Farran:
Issey, who was signed by Toronto FC in January, has been traded to fellow Canadian MLS side Montreal Impact. Issey was traded for a combination of player Collen Warner and cash. Issey scored two goals in five games for Toronto and is yet to play for Montreal.

Charlie Miller:
Charlie is now retired and according to his twitter runs an academy for youngsters in Glasgow, however he’s now facing some legal troubles. According to STV News, Miller has been charged with public urination and failing a breath test. Miller, who scored 8 goals in 30 games for Brisbane has been retired since 2011 after a 5 game spell with Scottish lower league club Clyde FC. He has plead not guilty to both charges and will face court again in September.

Bob Malcolm:
Another ex-Scottish import –and one were all trying to forget- Bob Malcolm has spent the latter part of the European season as an assistant coach to ex-Rangers teammate Barry Ferguson.

Big Bob doing what he does best.

Big Bob doing what he does best.

Malcolm proceeded engage in an argument substitute Steven Dobbie before slapping him in the face. Unsurprisingly he was sent off and given a touchline ban for his actions. Blackpool finished 20th in the English Championship, and Ferguson –and Malcolm- were dismissed at the end of the season. It was Malcolm’s second coaching stint after being a player/assistant manager at East Fife last year.

If you haven’t seen it yet- here it is:

Alex Brosque:
Brosque and his Al-Ain teammates won the UAE Presidents Cup over the weekend with a 1-0 win over Al-Ahli in the final. Brosque however was released earlier today from the club after his contract expired, and he’s been linked with a return to the A-League with Sydney FC.

Rocky Visconte:
Finally, Rocky Visconte is back in his native Adelaide playing for Croydon Kings in the South Australian NPL. Visconte’s previous club was Thai outfit Suphanburi FC.


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