Former Players wrap: 11/03/15

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.

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* 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

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5 Comments on “Former Players wrap: 11/03/15”

  1. anon says:

    wow stef Nijland score hatrick after coming on at the 69minute mark.

  2. Waz says:

    Mate, you write some good stuff: could do with your help on this:

    There is a petition for change and for a new rectangular stadium in Brisbane. To get attention the campaign needs e-signatures – will you help?

    The background:

    The Gold Coast – 1 team, 1 stadium costing $200m

    Townsville – 1 team, 1 perfectly good stadium, $100m allocated by the state to build a new one

    Brisbane – 5 teams (NRL, AFL, HAL, Reds, Cricket), potential for two more teams (HAL, NRL) and two stadiums and no more planned.

    Many believe Roar are poor relations at Lang Park after League, Union and Concerts and that’s understandable; it is a commercial entity so Roar take our place in the pecking order. I think we deserve better and the city of Brisbane deserves better.

    And I’m not alone, The Den are United on this. See the following story:

    http://www.fourfourtwo.com/au/news/second-class-tenants-roar-fans-demand-action

    So if you’re happy with the status quo do nothing but if you’re not, if you think this City and this club is deserving of something better (they’re going to spend $100m in Townsville on a new stadium to replace the good one they’ve already got – lets get real on this, Football is being taken for a mug!!) then sign the petition and share it with your mates!

    The petition is at:

    https://www.change.org/p/queensland-government-brisbane-city-council-build-a-second-rectangular-stadium-in-brisbane

    • Scott says:

      Hi Waz, appreciate the feedback.

      I’ve signed the petition and shared it on the page earlier this week.

      Im fully behind what the Den and everyone else is pushing for. Have been saying to others that I’ve seen enough of Suncorp for a while now.

      Might try and find the time to throw something together on here about it over the weekend if I have time.

      Scott.

      • Waz says:

        Perfect, it will take more than petitions of course but I actually think it’s a logical move for everyone – Suncorp for the two rugby sides and (if Roar move) more concerts can be held in summer and a smaller boutique stadium (we’d need at least 25,000) for soccer and smaller sporting events.


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