Brisbane to host Glory in last 32 of FFA Cup

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Brisbane Roar have been drawn against fellow A-League side Perth Glory in the FFA Cup Round of 32. The fixture, for which the details will be announced in the coming days will be Brisbane’s first home tie in the competition and the second straight year the Roar have drawn an A-League opponent in the last 32.

The dates and venue for the game will be confirmed in the coming days, with Suncorp Stadium, QSAC, Robina Stadium and Perry Park all likely considerations.

Elsewhere in the State there are home games for Redlands United and Far North Queensland Heat, while Brisbane Strikers and Surfers Paradise Apollo will being their campaigns on the road.

The tie of the round from the Queensland perspective has to be the debut of NPL Queensland ladder leading Redlands United, who will host 2015-16 A-League double winners Adelaide United, most likely at Perry Park.

FNQ will also get a first home game at the third time of asking, drawing a home tie against NPL Northern NSW side Edgeworth Eagles, following trips to Melbourne and Sydney in previous years.

Brisbane Strikers however weren’t so lucky, drawn away from home for the third consecutive year in the Round of 32, this time facing a trip to the Northern Territory to take on Shamrock Rovers Darwin.

Surfers Paradise Apollo, Queensland’s surprise qualifier for the last 32 have been given a tough debut on the national stage, facing a trip to the nations capital to take on Canberra Olympic.

Here’s the full 2016 FFA Cup Round of 32 draw
Brisbane Roar vs. Perth Glory
Newcastle Jets vs. Melbourne Victory
Wellington Phoenix vs. Western Sydney Wanderers
Melbourne Knights vs. Cockburn City
FNQ Heat vs. Edgeworth Eagles
Shamrock Rovers Darwin vs. Brisbane Strikers
MetroStars vs. Bentleigh Greens
Canberra Olympic vs. Surfers Paradise Apollo
Devonport Strikers vs. Lambton Jaffas
Bonnyrigg White Eagles vs. Manly United
Hume City vs. Marconi Stallions
Blacktown City vs. Sydney United
Wollongong Wolves vs. Sydney FC
Redlands United vs. Adelaide United
Green Gully vs. Central Coast Mariners
Floreat Athena vs. Melbourne City

Times, dates, venues & broadcast details to be confirmed later in the week. The Round of 32 is scheduled to have four match days, featuring four games each, starting July 26 and concluding August 10th.

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FFA Cup Draw Preview

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Tomorrow afternoon the draw for the 2016 FFA Cup Round of 32 takes place in Sydney, with teams all across the country eagerly anticipating who they may draw. For the member federation clubs, it’s especially exciting to consider the possibility of hosting one of the ten A-League clubs at their ground.

For Brisbane Roar, the FFA Cup Round of 32 marks the start of the new campaign, with this game set to be the first competitive hit out of the 2016-17 season. In the two previous seasons, Brisbane have drawn away ties in the Round of 32, with a trip to Perth to take on Stirling Lions in 2014, before an all A-League tie against Western Sydney last year.

Throw in Brisbane’s round of 16 clash with Adelaide, and the Roar have played all three of their games in this competition on the road, yielding a return of one win and two defeats.

Brisbane however wont be the only side from Queensland represented in the draw, with perennial qualifiers Brisbane Strikers and Far North Queensland Heat once again navigating their way through the rounds to reach the national stage for the third consecutive year.

This time around they will be joined by a pair of newcomers, with Redlands United taking the second Brisbane Zone berth, while Surfers Paradise Apollo caused the shock of the qualifying rounds by beating Gold Coast City, South West Queensland Thunder and Sunshine Coast FC to reach the national round of 32.

For the five Queensland sides, and the remaining 27 from Australia –and New Zealand- all eyes now turn to the draw, however changes to the draw procedure throw things up in the air more than in previous seasons.

With the Roar finishing third in the A-League last season, in years gone by that would have guaranteed another game on the road against a member federation club, however with the FFA changing that rule it’s now possible they could draw an A-League opponent for the second straight year.

This year, the ten A-League clubs will be throw into one pot, with three all A-League ties, while four clubs will be drawn to play against member federation clubs. The other 18 member federation clubs not drawn to play an A-League side will be drawn in one of nine all member federation ties.

In the draw, each club has been issued a specific number which represents them, for Brisbane Roar that is number 2. Below is the full 2016 Round of 32 entry list, and accompanying draw number.

A-League
1) Adelaide United, 2) Brisbane Roar, 3) Central Coast Mariners, 4) Melbourne City, 5) Melbourne Victory, 6) Newcastle Jets, 7) Perth Glory, 8) Sydney FC, Wellington Phoenix, 10) Western Sydney Wanderers.

Member Federation
11) Bentleigh Greens (VIC), 12) Blacktown City (NSW), 13) Bonnyrigg White Eagles (NSW), 14) Brisbane Strikers (QLD), 15) Canberra Olympic (ACT), 16) Cockburn City (WA), 17) Devonport Strikers (TAS), 18) Edgeworth Eagles (NSW), 19) FNQ Heat (QLD), 20) Floreat Athena (WA), 21) Green Gully (VIC), 22) Hume City (VIC), 23)Lambton Jaffas (NSW), 24) Manly United (NSW), 25) Marconi Stallions (NSW), 26) Melbourne Knights (VIC), 27 MetroStars (SA), Redlands United (QLD), 29 Rovers Darwin FC (NT), 30) Surfers Paradise Apollo (QLD), 31) Sydney United (NSW), 32) Wollongong Wolves (NSW).

The order of the draw will be as follows
– 3 all A-League ties (6 teams)
– 9 all Member Federation ties (18 teams)
– 4 A-League v Member Federation ties (8 teams)

The draw will be broadcast live on Fox Sports News and live streamed on the FFA Cup website. Here’s hoping for a couple of home ties here in Brisbane for the Queensland teams, and hopefully a first ever home tie for the Roar should they draw an A-League side.


Season Review Part 7- Miscellany

Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll take a look back at the season that was, the success stories, the disappointments and take a brief look to what may lie ahead for next season. In this final part we’ll look at a few miscellaneous stats, facts and figures from the previous season.

General Stats
Number of players used- 25
Top Goalscorer- Jamie Maclaren (20)
Number of Goalscorers- (11)
Number of Clean Sheets- (8)
Most Clean Sheets- Jamie Young (7)
Most assists- Dimitri Petratos (7)
Hat-tricks- Jamie Maclaren (1)
Fastest Goal- Jamie Maclaren (5’- R22 v West Sydney)
Latest Goal (Normal time) (90+4’- Henrique R12 v Melb. City)
Roar own goals (3)
Most opposition goals- Romeo Castelen (4)
Penalties Scorer- 4
Penalties Conceded- 3
Home form (Regular season) Played 14. W11, L1, D2.
Away form (Regular season) Played 13. W3, L6, D4.
Home points (35) Equal highest in club history (ties 2010-11 season)
Away points (13) Lowest since 2012-13 & second lowest since League expansion.

Appearance milestones
Matt McKay became the first player to play 200 games for Brisbane Roar, while Thomas Broich became just the third to play 150 games for the Roar after McKay and fellow foundation midfielder Massimo Murdocca.

Corey Brown (57), Brandon Borrello (56), and Jamie Young (51) all played their 50th competitive games for Brisbane Roar over the course of the season.

Jack Hingert -99 games- is just one game shy of reaching the century of appearances for Brisbane Roar, while Jade North (88)and Dimitri Petratos (87) are both also likely to reach the milestone in 2016-17.

Luke DeVere (49) and Daniel Bowles (41) are likely to reach the 50 game milestones in 2016-17, while the likes of Corona, Tommy Oar and Jamie Maclaren could also reach the mark provided they stay injury free.

Debutants
Over the course of the season, four players made their senior debuts for Brisbane Roar, with Jamie Maclaren, Corona, Nicholas D’Agostino and Javier Hervas becoming the 112th, 113th, 114th and 115th players to represent the Roar respectively.

Discipline and Injury and National Team
Number of Yellow Cards- 45
Number of players cautioned- 15
Players with the most cautions- Daniel Bowles and Jade North (6)
Number of Red Cards- 1
Number of players sent off- 1
Player with most send offs- Jack Hingert (1)
Players who missed games via suspension (2)-  Shane Stefanutto and Jack Hingert

Number of players who sustained injuries- 12
Player with longest run of injury- Jean Carlos Solórzano (17 games)
Most common injury- Quad- (22 games)
Number of different injuries (15)
Games missed via injury- 73
**Injury stats based on the weekly A-League media squad release

Number of players to miss games due to National Team commitments – 5 (McKay, Brown, Maclaren Borrello and Donachie
Most games missed- Maclaren (4)

W-League
Number of players used- 20
Top Goalscorer- Emily Gielnik (4)
Number of Goalscorers- (8)
Home form (Regular season) Played 6 W2 L4 D0
Away form (Regular season) Played 6 W3 L2 D1
Home points- 6 (Fewest in club history)
Away points- 10

2015-16 debutants
– 9  players made their debut in 2015-16 (Haley Kopmeyer, Summer O’Brien, Malli Forbes, Gabe Marzano, Sofie Persson, Cortnee Vine, Elise Franco, Kristy Yallop, Carrie Simpson). Players number 56-64 respectively.

Milestones
– Clare Polkinghorne -90- and Tameka Butt -86- are closing in on the century and could become just the first and second players to ever play 100 W-League games for the Roar.


Season Review Part 6- Youth & Womens

Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll take a look back at the season that was, the success stories, the disappointments and take a brief look to what may lie ahead for next season. Previously we’ve looked at the first team squad, today we’ll look at the both the W-League and Youth sides.

W-League
After the W-League side missed the finals for the first time in the seven seasons of the competition and Belinda Wilson’ side was desperate to return to the top four in 2015-16.

In order to achieve that goal, the team underwent a major overhaul with a number of high profile players departing the team as a bunch of exciting youngsters were coupled with a couple of experienced recruits.

The likes of Matildas Kim Carroll, Larissa Crummer, Elise Kellond-Knight and Laura Alleway all moved on, and were replaced by a number of players from the NPL Queensland such as Gabe Marzano, Ruth Blackburn, Angela Beard and Sofie Persson who become important members of the side as the season went on. International recruits Haley Kopmeyer, the American goalkeeper on loan from Seattle, and New Zealand international Kristy Yallop added some experience to the mix.

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The season for Brisbane began with a bang at Suncorp Stadium, as two early goals from Tameka Butt and Ruth Blackburn gave the Roar a 2-1 win over Canberra. Another win in round two against the Wanderers was followed up by a five game losing streak, which culminated with a 2-0 loss once again against Canberra left their finals hopes looking unlikely. From there however, the Roar ladies hit a strong run of form to round out the regular season with three wins from four, before a 0-0 draw away to Newcastle was enough to see Brisbane return to the finals.

That finals campaign began in Melbourne against unbeaten Premiership winner Melbourne City, who in their first season had emerged as the leading force in the W-League. On the day however they were lucky to get past the Roar, who fought gallantly over 90, and then 120 minutes as they forced a penalty shootout to decide who would advance to the Grand Final. With the shootout delicately poised at 4-4, Angela Beard unfortunately missed, which left Lisa de Vanna the chance to win the game.

One of best parts of the W-League season was the two games played at Suncorp Stadium as part of a double header with the A-League side, and plans are reportedly in place for another game or two at the venue for next season.

On the whole, it was an impressive bounce back season for Belinda Wilson’s side, with the team once again lead by the likes of Clare Polkinghorne, Katrina Gorry, Tameka Butt and Emily Gielnik, who were all rewarded for a stellar season with inclusion in the Matildas squad which secured a berth at this years Olympic Games. The real emerging star of the season however was left-back Angela Beard, who was a finalist in the W-League young player of the year award and is now on the fringe of national team selection.

Looking to next season, things appear to be heading in the right direction for the Roar who will have a more stable squad entering the new season and with more experience with a lot of the younger players entering their second year at W-League level.

Youth
The Young Roar side entered the new looked National Youth League as a new looked side following the release of a number of key players following the conclusion of the 2015 NPL Queensland campaign where they finished in a respectable 6th place.

Following the conclusion of that season however, the likes of Abrahim Yango, Lachlan Jackson, Luke Pavlou and Patrick Theodore, who all made A-League cameos late in the previous season all departed, as did impressive youngsters Fraser Chalmers, Shelford Dais, Austin Ludwik and both Conor and Stephen O’Neil.

Replacing them in the squad were a number of players stepping up from the u-18’s such defender Tom Jarrad, midfielder Adam Sawyer and winger Dane Ingham while the likes of goalkeeper Andre Jannese –Melbourne Victory-, defender Mark Rodic –Blacktown-, wingers Joseph Champness –Moreton Bay- and Jayden Prasad –Redlands-, and striker Harrison Sawyer –Western Pride- supplemented the group of youngsters.

Despite being a much younger side than in 2014-15, the Young Roar attacked the new looked NYL competition which saw them play home and away games with Perth, Adelaide and both Melbourne sides with vigour.

The season began in the west with a 2-0 win over the Glory, before a follow up home win over the Victory set the side up in a position to top the group. Two straight losses to Adelaide and Melbourne City however seemingly put paid to that, before the performance of the season in round 5 against Adelaide, where the Roar put 10 past the Reds, with Harrison Sawyer who stole the headlines with five goals on the day.

The next week however was the day where Brisbane ultimately cost themselves a spot in the Grand Final, where they controlled the game against Perth but went down 1-0 to the classic sucker punch goal midway through the second half. That put the group surprisingly in Adelaide’s hands, who would win their final two games to secure their spot in the Grand Final. Brisbane would also win their last two games, firstly at home against City before a 5-1 dismantling of the Victory in Melbourne rounded out the season in style.

Despite narrowly missing the out on the Youth League prize once again, it was a promising sign that the side was able to gel together quickly, with the likes of Dane Ingham, Jesse Daley and Nicholas D’Agostino excelling.

Ahead of the 2016 NPL season –which began just weeks after the conclusion of the NYL, team captain Mitch Hore and striker Harrison Sawyer both moved on from the squad, with first team signing Joe Caletti left back Connor O’Toole –who would go on to sign a first team deal-  and former Adelaide United midfielder Nathan Konstandopoulos added to the squad.

So far in the 2016 NPL, the Young Roar sit in 8th position, with 18 points from 13 games, and have a game in hand against SWQ Thunder to be played next week. The standout results so far in 2016 for the Young Roar arrived recently, when they beat both Redlands and Moreton Bay at home in the same week.

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Performances and player development is what really matters however, and the star of the 2016 side is striker Nicholas D’Agostino, who is amongst the race for the Golden Boot with 10 goals from 11 games this season.

Others who’ve excelled include winger Joseph Champness, whose contributed 4 goals in 12 games from the left and has been a pacy and direct option for Josh McCloughan’s side, captain Jesse Daley whose provided energy and quality in midfield and defender Cameron Crestani, whose been a part of the Young Roar setup for two years.

Earlier this week, seven members of the squad – Joe Caletti, Joseph Champness, Nicholas D’Agostino, Nathan Konstandopoulos, Conor O’Toole, Jayden Prasad and Mark Rodic- were rewarded for their performances with call ups to the A-League side’s pre-season campaign when it kicks off next month.

After the somewhat controversial decision to release a bunch of young players who seemed to be on the cusp of breaking into the A-League squad, the Young Roar squad is once again in a position where it has the potential to provide some fringe A-League squad players and quality back-up options as we progress through the season. More on that in the coming days when the focus switches towards 2016-17.


Season Review- Part 5 (Coaching)

**Apologies for the delay on this final part of the season review, had a few personal matters to attend to.

Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll take a look back at the season that was, the success stories, the disappointments and take a brief look to what may lie ahead for next season. Previously we’ve looked at the playing group as a whole, so today we take a look at the coaching staff.

Since arriving in Brisbane in May of 2015, John Aloisi has had a lot to deal with in his new job, with the clubs off-field financial dramas robbing him of one of the teams’ best players and threatening to destabilise the entire club. Despite all of that however, the team flourished under Aloisi’ leadership, with the Roar falling just short of silverware in his first year at the helm. Today we assess his performance in 2015-16, breaking it down into four categories; results, recruitment, player development and style of play, before taking a brief look ahead to 2016-17.

Results
The main thing that coaches get judged on is ultimately the results, and in his first season it’s hard to argue against the results John attained in his first season. Losing just one of fourteen home games in the regular season saw Aloisi’ side equal the Roar record for home points in the regular season –with the 2010-11 double winning side-. Away from home however it was rather different, with just thirteen points from as many games in the regular season –three wins-, which is the second lowest tally of points on the road since the league expanded from 8 teams to 10 in 2009-10.

Coupling those two sets of numbers together however, Brisbane were in the frame for silverware entering the final round of the season before a 0-0 draw saw them finish in third position. All up, 14 wins from 27 A-League games, plus an Elimination Finals win over Melbourne capped off a solid first season in charge for Aloisi.

From a statistical standpoint, through 30 games Aloisi stacks up well in comparison with his predecessors, with John having the best record of any through 30 games. Given the circumstances surrounding the Roar when he took over back in May 2015, to get the side to the finals, one win from the Grand Final is a phenomenal first season in charge.

Recruitment
In: Corona, Hervas, Maclaren, Oar, Caletti, Jannese
Out:  Kaluderovic, Jackson, Brattan, Yango. Donachie, Solórzano, Clut, Lustica, Henrique.

There were a lot of questions in this area surrounding John given his missteps at the Heart, and he was restricted somewhat in the transfer market given his arrival midway through the off-season and with many players already off the board.

Despite that however, Aloisi was able to attract one of the biggest prizes on the open market with Jamie Maclaren signing a two year deal. Coupled with late in the off season recruits Corona and Javier Hervas, in addition to January addition Tommy Oar, Aloisi certainly was able to add quality to his squad.

Going the other way the biggest loss was from circumstances beyond his control with Luke Brattan departing the Roar just weeks before the start of the season due to the clubs financial crisis. The other big departure that Aloisi had to deal with was that of Andrija Kaluderovic, who scored 7 in 16 games since arriving midway through the year.

Player development
When it comes to player development, two names stand out for Brisbane in 2015-16, Jack Hingert and Jamie Maclaren.

Hingert, who played in 29 of the Roar’s 30 games last season, established himself as the first choice right back last term with a string of solid performances. Corey Brown and Daniel Bowles are others who improved massively this season under Aloisi’ stewardship.

Maclaren, who arrived in the off-season after a stellar end to the season in Perth, flourished here in Brisbane with twenty goals this season and culminating with a Socceroos call-up for the recent friendly against England. Dimitri Petratos, who contributed seven goals and seven assists added some consistency to his game after an up and down season the year prior.

On the other side of things, one player who failed to develop and ended up being released was midfielder Devante Clut. Clut was one of the few shining lights of Brisbane’s unsuccessful title defence in 2014-15 and was expected to have a bright future in Brisbane under John Aloisi, however the young midfielder quickly found himself on the outer under the new regime.

Nine substitute appearances, none of which were overly long in length was all the first team football afforded to Devante, who spent the majority of the season in the youth league. Another player who found himself in a similar situation was Shannon Brady, with the young winger in the first year of a four year contract struggling to make the breakthrough last season.

On the whole however, it’s hard not to give a big tick to Aloisi in this regard. The improvement of Maclaren and Hingert in particular played a big part in the success of last season, while the likes of Petratos, Brown and Bowles have gone from fringe squad players to first XI calibre players under Aloisi.

Style of Play
Finally to the teams style of play, and in truth there wasn’t a lot of change in Aloisi’ first season in charge, with the traditional possession style of play still at the heart of the Roars performances.

One subtle change that he did introduce was the introduction of some more direct/counter attacking balls over the top of defences, which opened up changes on the counter for Brisbane’s pacy attacking duo in Brandon Borrello and Jamie Maclaren. This change netted a significant dividend for Aloisi and the Roar, with a number of the teams goals coming from this.

While things remained similar with the ball, there was no doubt change off the ball, with the combative but technically gifted Brattan replaced by Spaniard Corona, who albeit better on the ball than Brattan, lacked the defensive bite of his predecessor. The 49 goals conceded in the regular season was the most Brisbane had conceded, since the last time they missed the finals back in 2009-10, and looms as the one area that Aloisi will need to get right next season if silverware is to return to Brisbane.

2016-17
The challenges don’t get any easier for Aloisi, with the clubs off-field dramas resurfacing once again in the closed season which will impact both recruitment and preparations for the new season. So far just youngsters Connor O’Toole and Kye Rowles have been added to the squad, while a number of useful squad players have departed for fresh challenges.

Next season also comprises bigger challenges for Aloisi, who will now be expected to repeat last seasons strong form –particularly at home- and challenge for silverware once again. The real challenge however perhaps lies on the continent, with the Roar set to play a qualifier in February to see if they will participate in the Group Stage for a third time.

Conclusion
On the whole, it’s hard to fault Aloisi for his first season in charge of the Roar. He kept the team in the hunt for silverware right up until the end, qualified for Asia and saw many of the teams potential young stars emerge as genuine first team contributors. If you wanted to be critical, the teams defensive woes –particularly on the road- is an area which can be improved, but despite that they remained in the hunt until the end.. At the end of the day, to be in the position the Roar found themselves entering April was an achieving in itself given the tumultuous pre-season, although it would have been nice to cap it off with some silverware. Next season perhaps.


Seven Roar youngsters to join pre-season

Seven of Brisbane’s best young players will take part in pre-season when it kicks off next month as a reward for stellar form in the opening half of the 2016 NPL Queensland season. Joe Caletti, Joseph Champness, Nicholas D’Agostino, Nathan Konstandopoulos, Connor O’Toole, Jayden Prasad and Mark Rodic.

Caletti, 17, joined Brisbane in January as an understudy for Spanish midfielder Corona, although he’s been used sparingly since his arrival with just the three games in the NPL so far this season with his passing range suggesting he has plenty to offer moving forward.

Champness has been one of the best players in the youth side this season since his transfer from Moreton Bay United, with his dynamic performances on the left side of the front three leading to four goals in twelve games so far this season.

D’Agostino has been the standout player of this years youth side, with his goalscoring exploits amongst the best in the NPL. After making his first team debut against Perth in round 5 last season, has scored 10 goals in 11 games so far this season and figures to play a part in the A-League squad this upcoming season.

Konstandopoulos, 19, joined the Brisbane youth setup in March for this seasons NPL campaign where he’s made 10 appearances this season in the midfield. Prior to his time here in Brisbane, Nathan spent time with his hometown side Adelaide United, where he made two appearances back in the 2013-14 season, including one against Brisbane where the Reds scored a late winner.

O’Toole, 19, has made five appearances for the Young Roar at left full-back this season in the NPL following his signing with the first team squad after arriving for a trial period following stints with Adelaide’s youth side and Japanese Football Academy Seiritsu. Given his first team contract which kicks in for the next A-League season, it was a given that he would be apart of the pre-season program.

Prasad, another new signing this season after transferring from Redlands, has been a solid contributor in the attacking third in his first season with the Roar, with four goals in eleven games so far despite spending equal amount of time in both in the starting side and on the bench.

Finally, Rodic, who arrived midway through the last pre-season as a trialist, has been a solid if unspectular member of the backline, with twelve appearances in the NPL this term along with a full season in the National Youth League.

Of the seven players, Champness and D’Agostino have been the best performing players so far this season in the NPL of those selected, however the brief glimpses we’ve seen of Caletti have indicated he has the potential to be a very solid #6.

As always with things like this there are players who are unlucky to be left out, and in this case defender Cameron Crestani and midfielder Jesse Daley are those players in this case. Crestani has been the best defender in the side, while skipper Daley is an all action midfielder whose put in a string of impressive performances this season.

With the seven players mentioned above switching their focus towards the first team’s pre-season space has opened up in the youth squad, with Western Pride midfielder Hayden McHenery joining the side.

While a lot will be made of this, im not sure how much it really means for Brisbane’s 2016-17 A-League squad. This time last season, four players- Luke Pavlou, Mitchell Hore, Abrahim Yango and D’Agostino- were given a similar opportunity, however two of those departed at the conclusion of the pre-season while Hore moved on after the NYL campaign.

Regardless of that however, it’s always promising to see so many good young players get their chance in the pre-season and most likely the FFA Cup campaign which kicks off in August.


Henrique departs Brisbane

Another long serving Brisbane player was officially confirmed as leaving the club today with the long awaited conformation that Henrique has decided not to extend his contract with the Roar. Instead, after eight years in both Brisbane and the A-League, Henrique has decided for a new challenge in Malaysia with Negeri Sembilan.

“I just want to thank all the people at the club. The coaches, the players, staff and the fans for everything. We have done it together. It was a pleasure being part of the Brisbane Roar family. It’s one chapter on my life finishing and I will start another one. But one thing is for sure, I will never forget the memories we have created. I wish the Brisbane Roar all the very best and see you soon.” Henrique.

After arriving late in the 2008-09 season, Henrique made his debut off the bench for Brisbane in the second leg of the Minor Semi-Final series with Central Coast Mariners. With the Roar up 4-1 on aggregate, Henrique made a late and lively cameo off the bench and followed that up with a simular performance the next week in the Preliminary Final loss to Adelaide.

That resulted in then manager Frank Farina giving Henrique a deal for the following season, before strong early form in that season saw the Brazilian rewarded with a fresh three year contract extension through the 2011-12 season.

The 2009-10 season was a disappointing one for the Roar in general, however one of the few memorable moments of that campaign came from Henrique late in a loss to Melbourne Victory. With the visitors ahead 1-0, Melbourne launched a counter attack only for Henrique to intercept a long ball -which would have sent Archie Thompson through for a 1v1- with his best goalkeeper impersonation.

The next season, under new boss Ange Postecoglou was a far more memorable season, although for Henrique it was one which saw him sidelined for a large part. After a strong challenge from Victory captain Kevin Muscat, Henrique broke his arm in the Roars 3-0 loss –their solitary defeat of the season-, an injury which would keep him out until the penultimate game of the season against North Queensland.

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His return from injury however came at just the right time for Brisbane, and after scoring in the final two games of the regular season Henrique became the hero for the first time this season, with his last gasp goal in the second leg of the major Semi-Final against Central Coast securing the Roars first Grand Final berth while simultaneously preserving a then 26 game unbeaten run.

That Grand Final, once again against Central Coast, was seemingly gone for the Roar before Henrique scored a goal just minutes before the end of extra time to keep Brisbane’s championship hopes alive. After Erik Paartalu’s last second equaliser from a corner, it was time for the penalty shootout, and with the Mariners having missed a pair of spot kicks it was left for Henrique to take the decisive penalty. He scored, low to the keepers right to secure the win.

The next year, after seven goals in 20 games and another stretch where he was cut down with injury, Brisbane were back in the Grand Final but Henrique was substituted midway through the second half as the Roar went on to secure back to back Championships.

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After another injury riddled season in 2012-13, Henrique returned to fitness in the 13-14 season, playing a key role off the bench in Brisbane’s double winning campaign. The biggest contribution came on the final day of the season as he scored the winner in the Grand Final against Western Sydney.

After outjumping Iacopo La Rocca of the Wanderers for a header which landed at the feet of James Donachie, Henrique was left free on the penalty spot, and after controlling the ball he rifled his shot into the roof of the net to secure the Roar’s third Championship.

The 2014-15 season was a good one for Henrique, who went on a regular run in both the side, with seven goals in nine games before a knee injury cut short his season. After undergoing a lengthy rehabilitation period, Henrique returned this year in the round six clash against Perth scoring just minutes into his return to action, with the emotional reaction becoming one of the moments of the season.

This season was another typical Henrique season with 8 goals in 24 appearances, including typical energetic and game changing performances off the bench. In his 142nd and final game for Brisbane, Henrique came off the bench to set up a late equaliser against Western Sydney to send the Semi-Final to extra time.

All up Henrique departs Brisbane after 142 appearances over eight and a bit seasons, and is one of just ten players to have played 100 games for the Roar. His 39 goals over that span leaves him second all time on the goal scoring charts, and his five goals in the A-League Finals is the most of any Brisbane player. Best of luck in the future.

Henrique de Andrade Silva
Player Number: 56
Debut: Minor Semi-Final Leg 2, 2009/10
Games: 91 (51)
Goals: 39
Honours: 3x Championship winner (2010/11, 2011/12 & 2013/14), 2x Premiership winner (2010/11 & 2013/14).