Former Players Wrap: 12/11/2014Posted: November 12, 2014
Trying something different this week- rather than run through every player in detail, were trailing a table format featuring all the players at the bottom of the wrap-up.
– Liam Miller signs a 1 game contract with Melbourne City and will play against Central Coast this weekend. That makes it 7 former Brisbane players + assistant coach Luciano Trani on Melbourne City’s books.
– Frank Farina has taken up a coaching role with the Fijian National Team, taking the reins of the u-20 side who are preparing for the u/20 World Cup in New Zealand. Fiji took advantage of the open field in the recent u/20 Oceania Championships on home soil, winning the tournament with regional heavyweights New Zealand qualifying automatically as hosts.
Two links this week, the first of which is about Tommy Oar and his contractual situation at Utrecht. As Mark Thompson of FootballOranje.com pointed out, this is the final year of Tommy’s five year contract at the club, and Ajax Amsterdam amongst others are circling for his signature at the end of the season. He also points out that Tommy has publically stated that he wishes to remain in Utrecht beyond this season. Time will tell.
Secondly– Sergio van Djik has finally (!) made his debut for his adopted nation Indonesia. After first making noises about the possibility back when he was here in Brisbane, Sergio started and scored in a friendly win over Timor Leste. Indonesia are preparing for the upcoming Asean Football Championships which start on November 20. Indonesia will face Vietnam, Philippines and Laos in the group stage.
Moving on to the wrap up itself, it wasn’t a fantastic week for our former Brisbane players in Europe, with, only Dario Vidosic and Ken Dougall starting for their clubs, and Dario’s got his own issues as the Sunday Mail revealed. Robbie Kruse made his return to Europe’s top competition as an injury time sub in their win over Zenit, and he seems to be edging closer to getting more game time upon his return from a knee injury.
Meanwhile in Russia, Ivan Franjic has was banished to the bench for a Moscow derby against Lokomotiv after Nikolai Savichev was sacked and replaced by fellow Russian Valery Petrakov. Franjic has had an injury disrupted start to life in Russia and this latest setback won’t do his Asian Cup hopes any good.
Over in Asia, most of the leagues have wrapped up for the year, however in those still running it was equally disappointing. Luke DeVere wasn’t in Gyeongnam’s game against Chunnam- in which they won a second straight game in the Relegation Group. Mohamed Adnan’s Al Haad side had a solid start to their Bahraini Cup campaign- although it’s tough to find updates on if he was involved or not. Incidentally it’s the same problem with Reinaldo who plays for Operario PR in the Paranaense 1 league.
There was some good news however, as former youth player Dane
Milovanovic and his New Radiant teammates have won the Dhivehi League in the Maldives. A 6-1 win over Mahibadhoo sealed the title. The Maldives season wraps up next weekend. Congratulations to Dane and the rest of his teammates. This was also the third successive title for New Radiant.
I wont go through all the A-League players -those reading this are aware of those players im sure- but I will mention one domestically based player- Liam McCormick who last night played in an FFA Cup Semi-Final against Perth. McCormick, who was apart of the Brisbane youth set-up for a while after winning the TV show ‘Football Superstar’ played about 65 minutes in Bentleigh’s 3-0 loss to Perth Glory.
Finally- Stuart McLaren has gotten off to a winning start as manager of Scottish League one side Stirling Albion. Stirling progressed to the Scottish Cup 4th Round after wining a 3rd round replay against Hurlford United on penalties. They’ll host Raith Rovers in round four. His first league was overnight against Brechin City, and it wasn’t the result he was hoping for with a 2-1 loss.