Via David Lewis: Belgian billionaire Roland Duchatelet is reportedly at the centre of the group looking to purchase the Roar off the embattled Bakrie Group it emerged today. Duchatelet, 68, is the majority owner of a number of across Europe with Charlton Athletic being the highest profile along with other clubs in Belgium, Germany, Spain and Hungary.
Representatives of Brisbane’s current owner have reportedly been in Europe trying to tie up a deal for the past two weeks but progress has stalled as things seemingly turn from bad to worse back here with some players reportedly considering their futures at the club.
In the same article, Lewis hinted that some of the playing staff are fed up with the current saga and are considering their futures at the club should things drag out for much longer. No players were named, but it’s understandable that some are growing tired of worrying about being paid.
Late this afternoon the ongoing legal action between the Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) and the Brisbane Roar was settled, with a QRU spokesperson claiming the matter was ‘resolved’.
Last month the QRU launched legal action demanding the courts declare the Roar insolvent should they not receive in excess of 60,000 in unpaid rent costs, however todays news means that tomorrows proceedings will not take place.
Todays news, in addition to the fact that the players are gradually receiving their payments this week should ensure that the FFA won’t be forced to step in and take back the license, added to the fact that the Indonesian group are reportedly close to sealing a deal to sell the club.
The QRU matter may now be behind the Roar, but there are still numerous creditors still owed money by the Roar.
With this matter now behind them, hopefully the Bakrie Group are able to execute a quick sale of the club, allowing John Aloisi and the rest of the staff time to bring in some much needed stability and reinforcements prior to the new season starting in October.
The financial turmoil at Brisbane Roar isn’t just affecting the A-League side, with six high profile members if the sides W-League players departing for pastures new.
Sunny Franco, Kim Carroll, Hayley Raso, Larissa Crummer, Laura Alleway and Elise Kellond-Knight have all been confirmed to be departing the Roar.
Kellond-Knight -a foundation member of the Roar side- has taken up a contract in Germany, while Franco and Alleway have signed for Sydney FC and Melbourne City respectively. The futures of Crummer, Raso and Carroll are yet to be officially confirmed.
Five of the six players played a part in the Australian side which made it to the 1/4 finals of the recent Women’s World Cup, while Carroll was unlucky to miss selection having been involved in prior squads. Add Nadine Angerer, who will retire at the end of the current US season and it figures to be a vastly different ladies team this time around.
Brisbane, who finished a disappointing sixth in the league last season, representing the first time the Roar have missed the finals in the history of the competition. Belinda Wilson now has the tough job of replacing the six international stars.
The news of the six Matildas leaving comes fresh off the news that the Bakrie Group have again failed to make player and staff payments again, leaving the FFA demanding a resolution to the sales process.
For now though, we’d like to wish Kim, Hayley, Elise, Sunny, Laura and Larissa all the rest in their future endeavors.
It’s been almost a month since Brisbane played their high profile friendly against Liverpool, and while they lost that game there was a lot to like about the way the roar played on the night. It’s now time however to put on a similar performance in the first competitive game of the season in the FFA Cup clash against the Wanderers.
So far Queensland sides have done well in the Cup, with Lions and Palm Beach advancing to the last 16 with wins over Croydon Kings and South Melbourne respectively, while the Strikers lost in extra time on the road in Victoria against Hume City. Queensland’s other representative in the last 16 from the local league’s, FNQ Heat of Cairns travel to Melbourne to face Oakleigh Cannons tonight, so best of luck to them.
Focusing on the Roar however, tonight’s game is Brisbane’s third in the competition, after they made it past Stirling Lions of WA at this stage last season before losing to Adelaide in the last 16 last year down in Adelaide. This also represents the third straight road game for the Roar in this competition, should they get through tonight a home game would be nice should they draw an A-League side.
Brisbane obviously go into this game short on match conditioning with just the Liverpool game under their belts, however improvement and progression on the performance against the Reds should be expected with an extra month of training under their belts. The off-field dramas of recent months could well play a factor, however for 90 minutes at least they need to put that out of their minds and put in a performance.
The starting line-up will likely be very similar to that which took the field against Liverpool with experienced trio Michael Theo, Jean Carlos Solórzano and Henrique all still out injured which presents another chance for the younger brigade. Matt McKay however is set to feature having returned to training after being rested from the Liverpool game, with Steven Lustica likely to be the unlucky man to make way. The one interesting area selection wise could be in the full-back roles, with Jerome Polenz likely to be pushing for a start, which could either see Jack Hingert dropped or shifted to the left hand side.
Brisbane Roar squad
1) Michael Theo, 3) Shane Stefanutto, 5) Corey Brown, 6) Jerome Polenz, 8) Steven Lustica, 9) Jamie Maclaren, 13) Jade North, 14) Daniel Bowles, 15) James Donachie, 16) Devante Clut, 17) Matt McKay, 18) Luke Brattan, 19) Jack Hingert, 20) Shannon Brady, 21) Jamie Young, 22) Thomas Broich, 23) Dimitri Petratos, 27) Mitchell Hore, 28) Brandon Borrello, 29) Patrick Theodore, 38) Cameron Crestani, 39) Tomislav Bilic, 40) Abrahim Yango.
Western Sydney are probably a bit further along in their preparations for the new season having had a pair of trial matches recently to tune up for this game, and they’ll be looking for a first ever win in the competition after being dumped out by Adelaide City at this stage a year ago. Their form in those trial games however was sketchy, with a 3-0 win over Mt. Druitt before losing to Central Coast 3-2 in Coffs Harbour on Friday.
Despite those games however, Tony Popovic is still bringing his squad together after making wholesale changes in the closed season with a couple of imports either yet to arrive or having just arrived. It’s unlikely that their new imports will feature in the game, but the hosts still have a good squad of players to choose from who will be desperate to rebound from a sub-par season domestically last time out.
Western Sydney Wanderers squad
1) Dean Bouzanis, 2) Shannon Cole, 3) Scott Jamieson, 4) Nikolai Topor-Stanley, 5) Brendan Hamill, 6) Mitch Nichols, 7) Romeo Castelen, 8) Dimas Delgado, 9) Federico Piovaccari, 11) Brendan Santalab, 12) Scott Neville, 14) Golgol Mebrahtu, 15) Kearyn Baccus, 16) Jaushua Sotirio, 17) Alberto Aguilar, 18) Andreau Guerao, 19) Mark Bridge, 20) Andrew Redmayne, 21) Jacob Pepper, 22) Jonathan Aspropotamitis, 23) Daniel Alessi, 33) Josh MacDonald, 36) Liam Youlley.
Tonight’s FFA Cup clash can be seen live on Fox Sports, with the game scheduled as the main game meaning we should see the majority, if not all of it. I believe there will also be a live stream on the Fox Sports website should they cut away to another game. Also don’t forget that Fields of Dream tonight will have a feature on the Roar. Fields to Dream airs at 6.30, pre-game from 7.00 with kick-off at 7.30pm.
In recent weeks outgoing Chaiman Chris Fong has been upbeat and bullish about a sale going through, however it now appears that the Bakries are scrambling to find a new plan after the reported buyer backed out. A report in the paper today claimed that a European consortium of German and Italian owners turned down the chance to purchase the Roar for $18 million.
The report goes on to say that Fong is now in Paris looking for an owner, however at this point it seems like a sale is unlikely, which could prompt anything from liquidation of ‘Brisbane Roar pty ltd’ to FFA stepping in and removing the Bakries.
With the ownership group vowing not to spend any more money on the Roar, and with next round of player wages due at the end of this week, in addition to the QRU case set to go to court next week, things could be heading towards a conclusion.
On the QRU, their CEO Jim Carmichael has come on defending former Roar MD -and now current Chief Financial Officer at the QRU- Sean Dobson, saying that the recent claims about the Bakrie Group’s investment in the Qld economy is a lie before adding that they’re “sick and tired” of the Bakries blaming problems on current and former Roar staff members. Here’s the link to the story containing those and other quotes, written by Vince Rugari.
It was also revealed that Stadiums Queensland is added to the list of public creditors owed money by the Roar in relation to the clubs use of Robina Stadium on the Gold Coast for this years AFC Champions League campaign. Stadiums Queensland join the QRU, Beecraft Laundry Services and Hart Sports in going public about being owed money.
Meanwhile, the club has today announced a new front of shirt sponsor for the upcoming season with insurance broker Steadfast taking the place for the upcoming season. Previously Steadfast held the back of shirt sponsorship. We also might have seen a glimpse of the kit for the new season. Below is the shirt Brisbane will wear for their FFA Cup clash tomorrow night.
With the European league’s coming back to life over the next week or so, I thought it was a good time to bring this back once again. Before we get to the tables, there’s been a fair bit of player movement with the former Roar players over the European and Australian closed season
Starting with transfers in Europe, Ben Halloran has moved from Fortuna Dusseldorf to fellow 2.0 Bundesliga side Heideheim. Halloran struggled for game time with Fortuna last season and will no doubt be hoping for more game time to try and force his way back into the National Team set-up.
Elsewhere last season’s foreign strikers have found new homes, with Andrija Kaluderovic moving to Qatari side Al Shahania while Mensur Kurtishi moved from relegated Serie B side Varese to fellow Serie C side Matera. Another former Roar import, Reinaldo, has also moved since the last update, with the Brazilian leaving his homeland to join Sime Derby in the Malaysian Super League while Isaka Cernak departed the A-League to join SuperSport United in South Africa.
Finally overseas, two former academy players have made moves, with Kenneth Dougall moving from Dutch Eerste side Telstar to top flight side Sparta Rotterdam, while Ross Archibald has departed Australia to peruse an opportunity in Germany with Fortuna Dusseldorf. The 2 time NYL player of the year here in Brisbane, left the Roar 2 years ago and made his A-League debut last year for Melbourne City.
Tommy Oar, who left FC Utrecht when his contract expired in July remains without a club at the current time.
In Australia, a number of former Roar players have returned to the A-League, with Michael Zullo and Ivan Franjic joining Melbourne City, while another former Roar player at City has left the club with Andrew Redmayne joining the Wanderers. Joining Redmayne in Western Sydney is Mitch Nichols, who returns to Australia on a permanent basis from Cerezo Osaka after a loan spell with Perth last year while one of last year’s breakout youngsters, Lachlan Jackson, has departed the Roar for Newcastle in the chase for first team football.
In the tier below the A-League, Kofi Danning latched on with Oakleigh Cannons in NPL Victoria after being let go by the Roar, while foundation player Massimo Murdocca has signed with Avondale in the off-season after being let go by City. In NSW Anthony Proia has moved from Sydney United 58 to South Coast Wolves in the NSW Premier League.
Two other quick links before we get to the tables, the first of which is a Fairfax interview with former captain Matt Smith about his adventure in Thailand. The interview covers everything that lead the English born defender to Thailand, from his time in the state league’s here in Queensland to his time with the Roar. You can read it here.
Another interview with a former Roar player, this time from 442 in Singapore with Issey Nakajima- Farran about his journey in football from Japan to Canada, Australia and now Malaysia. The story can be found here.
Here’s the latest tables
Via Marco: Brisbane Roar are set to be without Goalkeeper Michael Theo and striker Jean Carlos Solórzano for next Tuesday’s FFA Cup Round of 32 clash with Western Sydney Wanderers down in Penrith. The duo both missed last months 2-1 loss to Liverpool.
Theo, who made just four competitive appearances last season due to a serious wrist injury is being left out, with the coaching staff opting for a more conservative approach in order to make sure he doesn’t re-injure the wrist. It’s likely that Theo will return to action via the pre-season games which were confirmed yesterday.
Solórzano meanwhile missed the Liverpool clash with a foot injury is far less certain to feature in the pre-season, while missing the first game is also a possibility.
Jamie Young will once again play in goals for the Roar, while new signing Jamie Maclaren will be expected to deliver the goals in the absence of Solórzano.
Brisbane’s young chargers will also get another chance to impress on the big stage, with Young Roar goalkeeper Denver Crickmore likely to be seated on the bench for the clash. One of the club’s young forwards like Abrahim Yango, Shannon Brady or Nicholas D’Agostino are also likely to get their chance off the bench.