Former Players Wrap: 17/12/14Posted: December 17, 2014
We offcourse have a new addition to this feature this week, with Brisbane’s former captain Matt Smith moving to Thai Premier League side Bangkok Glass. His first competitive game for his new side will likely be in the Champions League playoff in February. Should they get through that game, and the ensuing clash with Beijing, Matt could be back in Brisbane sooner than expected for the opening game of the 2015 Champions League Group Stage. The above picture is from the official introduction, here’s a bunch more photos of the event, on the training ground for those interested.
A couple of quick notes this week, starting in the Netherlands where there’s two points of interest. The first of which is that Tommy Oar is back in the Utrecht team, where they lost 3-1 to Ajax. Despite that loss, Tommy’s stock continues to grow, sitting second in the league for assists this season with 6. Meanwhile in the second tier, former Brisbane youth midfielder Kenneth Dougall got himself on the scoresheet in Telstar’s 2-1 loss to Den Bosch. The Dutch side, which also has former Brisbane youth defender Alistair Quinn on its books is currently on a 5 game winless run and sit 17th on the table. Unfortunately I can’t find a clip of the goal.
Over in Germany, it was a mixed week for Robbie Kruse, who started in the Champions League against Benfica. He was however subbed at half time, and also got injured in the warm up for this weekend’s league game. Leverkusen did get through their Champions League Group with a 0-0 draw, and will play Athletico Madrid in the last 16. The German side will host the first leg on February 26. In the second tier, Ben Halloran has made it two goals in two games, with Fortuna Dusseldorf’s goal in a 2-1 lost to Braunschweig. Here’s the goal.
In the Indian Super League, they’re up to the Semi-Final stage, which means that for bottom placed NorthEast United –featuring Dong-Hyun Do-, the season is over. Do made eight appearances for NorthEast throughout the competition, the majority of which were substitute appearances and he failed to find the back of the net.