Former Players wrap: 11/03/15Posted: March 11, 2015
A few pieces of news to catch up on, starting with today’s National team selections which see former Brisbane players Ivan Franjic and Tommy Oar join Luke DeVere and Matt McKay in Ange Postecoglou’s first squad since the Asian Cup triumph. They will meet up in Germany to take on the World Champions on March 25, before moving on to face Macedonia in Skopje on the 30th.
Congratulations are also in store for foundation Brisbane midfielder Massimo Murdocca, who made his 200th A-League appearance on Sunday in Melbourne City’s clash with Central Coast. Murdocca made 162 appearances in the orange of Brisbane from 2005-2013, helping the Roar to back to back Championships and a Premiership in his time in Brisbane.
In signing news, a bit of catching up to do with Reinaldo moving from Operario PR to Caxias in the Brazilian lower leagues. The tall striker, now 30, has had a tough run with injuries after returning to his homeland. Elsewhere Yuji Takahashi has departed his hometown Kyoto Sanga in search of regular football, joining fellow J2 side Kamatamare Sanuki. Reinaldo, Takahashi and Liam Miller – who joined Cork City after his short term stint with Melbourne City ended- have all been added to the tables below.
Finally this week, there has been something of a goal glut with a host of former Brisbane players finding the back of the net in the last week. Stef Nijland grabbed himself a hat trick off the bench for PEC Zwolle, in a 6-2 rout of Cambur. Here’s his 3rd goal, a sublime strike from outside the box:
In Thailand, Matt Smith got his first goal for Bangkok Glass in a 1-0 win over Siam Navy. The header from a corner is not unlike some of the goals he scored here.
Sergio van Djik also scored in the Thai Premier League this week, netting Suphanburi’s 89th minute equaliser against Buriram:
Sayed Mohamed Adnan also scored for Al Haad in their AFC Cup clash with Wadi Al-Nes, however there is no video of that one.
* Leverkusen will host Bayern Munich in the ¼ finals of the DFB Pokal on 08/04
** Sion will travel to Zurich in the ½ final on 08/04