Champness Jets off to Europe, via Newcastle

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Joseph Champness has signed today a scholarship contract with the Newcastle Jets through the 2017-18 season. The move was announced on the Jets official website.

Champness, 19, joined the Young Roar set-up in October 2015, and while his performances on the left wing have been promising it clearly wasn’t enough to force his way into John Aloisi’ plans moving forward.

While the move is immediate Champness wont link up with the Jets right away, with the winger set for a loan spell in Portugal with Academica de Coimbra who play in the second division.

Champness and fellow Newcastle signing Antonee Burke will link up with Academica de Coimbra reserve team on a six month loan through the end of the current season, before returning to Newcastle to join the first team squad at the start of pre-season.

Over the recently concluded NYL campaign, Champness found himself often in the role of substitute, while in the 2016 NPL Queensland he scored 4 goals in 14 games.

Joining Champness on a Scholarship deal is striker Harrison Sawyer, who recently made his A-League debut for the Jets after also leaving the Young Roar set-up.

Champness joins former Young Roar teammate Harrison Sawyer, and ex Roar players Devante Clut and Lachlan Jackson at the Jets. Dimitri Petratos will join that quartet in the Hunter next season after recently announcing his departure at seasons end.

Champness is the first player to depart the Young Roar set-up following the conclusion of the 2016-17 NYL season. There will likely be a couple more before the 2017 NPL Queensland campaign begins at the end of the month.


5 named in Young Socceroos squad

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Five players from the Young Roar set-up have today been named in the Young Socceroos squad for an upcoming training camp.

Goalkeeper Macklin Freke, full-back Dane Ingham, defender Aaron Reardon, midfielder Adam Sawyer and winger Daniel Leck were all named as part of the squad.

Im not sure what tournament the team are preparing for, with the Young Socceroos failing to qualify for this years u-20 World Cup in South Korea and the qualifying for the 2019 edition not set to get underway until 2018.

The only player named in Ufuk Talay’s 24 player squad with experience in the A-League is Melbourne City midfielder Dennis Genreau, with the rest all still awaiting their chance at the top level.

From a Brisbane perspective, of the five players named in this squad only Dane Ingham figures to be in any sort of contention for a first team debut, with the other four overlooked for the recently named ACL squad.

Brisbane’s five players in the squad is the equal most, with recently crowned NYL Champions Melbourne City also having five players in the squad. Each of the 10 teams in the NYL have at least one representative in the 24 player group.

The camp will however rule Ingham out of next weeks trip to China should Brisbane win their playoff against Global FC tonight, although it was always unlikely that he would feature in that game.

You can see the full squad here.


ACL Preliminary Round 2 Preview- Brisbane Roar v Global FC

After Brisbane kick-started their run of five games in 14 days on Saturday against the Wanderers, attention now turns to the continental competition as Brisbane Roar take on Filipino side Global FC in Preliminary Round 2 of qualifying for the Group Stage.

A win tonight would see Brisbane progress to Preliminary Round 3, which would see them travel to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua on Wednesday week , with the winner of that clash booking a sought after place in the Group Stage.

In order to get to that 3rd round however Brisbane will need to overcome both an unknown opponent and a poor home record in the Champions League, with the Roar having picked up just two draws and four defeats from six home games in the competitions. All up Brisbane have won just two of 13 games in Asian competition.

The real intrigue surrounding this fixture is just how many of the clubs youngsters will John Aloisi entrust the responsibility of navigating this potentially tricky tie to. With the heavy workload of games now here, and potentially here for the remainder of the season if the attempts to qualify for the ACL are successful, rotation is going to be paramount.

Tonight will be an interesting reference point in how much Aloisi trusts the clubs youngsters, with the current boss giving out just the one senior debut to an academy product to date in his 18 month tenure – Nicholas D’Agostino v Perth Glory in round 6 last season-.

What have they done lately?
Unlike Brisbane who are 2/3 of the way through their league season, Global FC are currently in their pre-season ahead of the first season of the newly formed Philippines Football League which kicks off in April.

In order to get to this stage of the competition, Global FC had to defeat Singaporean side Tampines Rovers last week in Preliminary Round one in order to progress to this second stage.  Goals from former BPL attacker Ahamad Azzawi and star striker Misagh Bahadoran were enough to give Global a 2-0 win last week to see off the Singapore side.  For further information on Global FC, have a read of this getting to know you piece we wrote last week.

Expected Line Ups
Brisbane Squad Rotation
A big topic going into this game is just how many changes that John Aloisi will make for tonight’s clash with the clubs busy fixture list in mind. In his press conference after the Westerns Sydney win on Saturday Aloisi hinted there would be a number of changes, emphasising changes in the attacking third due to the exertions of the front three.

It’s doubtful they will be the only changes however, and all up we could be looking at up to five or six changes, maybe more. Brisbane yesterday named a 27 player squad for the ACL which gives John Aloisi options, but what might those changes look like?

Defensive third
Starting in goal, while there’s no real need fitness wise to rest Michael Theo, I think that this would be a good opportunity to give Jamie Young some much needed match time. While Aloisi stressed the importance of rotation in the front third, given the age of Jade North and the injury history of Luke DeVere it would make sense for a change back here as well.

Corey Brown’s suspension on Saturday meant he got a mandatory rest and with the regular left back fit and available, Aloisi has the option of shifting Bowles central as a partner for either North or DeVere. Kye Rowles would have been a candidate to play however he’s away with the Australian u-23 side, while Connor O’Toole will likely have to be happy with a place on the bench due to the return of Brown.

Midfield
The age of Brisbane’s midfield has been a discussion point over the course of the season and this figures to be a good time to give a rest to at least one of McKay or Kristensen. With Jacob Pepper a ready made option to step in for Kristensen that figures to be a likely change, while Konstandopoulos has been given limited time so far.

Attack
Including Dimitri Petratos, I expect that given John Aloisi’ public comments after the Wanderers game that the entire front four will be changed for tonight’s clash. That should result in a front four of Brett Holman, Tommy Oar, Manuel Arana and either Nicholas D’Agostino or Joey Katebian.

The real intrigue tonight will be around how many o of his senior stars John Aloisi gives the night off, as opposed to sitting on the bench if required. Here’s my best guess all things considered as how Brisbane will line-up tonight.

Brisbane- Young, Hingert, Bowles, North, Brown, Pepper, McKay, Arana, Holman, Oar, D’Agostino.

Substitutes- Bilic, Crestani, O’Toole, Caletti, Konstandopoulos, Brady, Katebian.

Before going into the possible starting side for Global, two quick stories about players we didn’t mention last week in our getting to know you piece which have connections to Australian Football. The first of which is Sydney born midfielder Yianni Perkatis, with the former youth international playing 8 games for Western Sydney Wanderers.

The second of the two is much closer to home with midfielder Ahamad Azzawi spending the 2016 with Capalaba in the Brisbane Premier League, and thanks to his 22 goals for the season recently signed for the Filipino Champions. Azzawi’s performances also saw him named BPL player of the year for 2016.

Rather than speculate on how Global FC might line up, here’s how Global FC lined up in their qualifier last week against Singaporean side Tampines Rovers.

Global FC- Deyto, Aguinaldo, Barbaso, Kaole, Hartmann, Mulders, Sasaki, Azzawi, Villanueva, Minegishi, Bahadoran.

Substitutes- O’Donnell, Clarino, Salenga, Maquirang, Salenga, Villarreal, Bugas, Casambre.

Stats and Facts
Brisbane’s home record in the Champions League has been particularly poor, with the club failing to win any of it’s six home games in previous editions of the competition.

– It’s been a long time since an ACL game has been played in the City of Brisbane, with the last occurring back on May 16, 2012 when Brisbane drew 1-1 with Beijing Guo’an on Matchday 6 of the 2012 competition.

– Tomislav Bilic, Joe Caletti, Connor O’Toole, Dane Ingham and Cameron Crestani could all be set to make their debut tonight. If they do they will become the 122nd, 123rd, 124th, 125th and 126th to do so.

– Dane and former Brisbane winger Jai Ingham could become just the second set of brothers to represent Brisbane if the young full-back gets a debut tonight. The Ingham’s would be replicating Tyler and Jordan Simpson, who were part of Miron Bleiberg’s foundation season squad.

All-Time Record in AFC Champions League

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With a trip to Shanghai to take on Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua Wednesday week up for grabs, both sides will be out for the win in order to keep their hopes of reaching the Group Stage alive. Also a reminder that because this is a one leg knockout tie, the game will go to extra time and penalties if required, as it did in Brisbane’s only other playoff game away to Buriram in 2013.


Brisbane name 27 player ACL squad

Brisbane Roar have this evening confirmed their squad for the 2017 AFC Champions League campaign, with John Aloisi opting to register 27 players ahead of the game against Global FC tomorrow night.

Under competition rules clubs can name a maximum of 30 players, with a maximum of four visa players- one of which must be from an AFC member nation. Brisbane’s preliminary squad contains just three visa players –Thomas Broich, Thomas Kristensen and Manuel Arana-.

All players on A-League or Scholarship deals have been named, with three players from the Young Roar squad added to the group for extra depth. Goalkeeper Tomislav Bilic, right-back Dane Ingham and central defender Cameron Crestani were added to the squad.

2017 AFC Champions League squad
Goalkeepers- 1) Michael Theo, 21) Jamie Young, 43) Tomislav Bilic.

Defenders-3) Luke DeVere, 4) Daniel Bowles, 5) Corey Brown, 13) Jade North, 19) Jack Hingert, 24) Connor O’Toole, 25) Kye Rowles, 46) Cameron Crestani, 50) Dane Ingham.

Midfielders- 7) Thomas Kristensen, 8) Jacob Pepper, 16) Nathan Konstandopoulos, 17) Matt McKay, 29) Joe Caletti.

Attacking Midfielders- 10) Brett Holman, 11) Tommy Oar, 15) Manuel Arana, 20) Shannon Brady, 22) Thomas Broich, 23) Dimitri Petratos, 28) Brandon Borrello.

Forwards- 9) Jamie Maclaren, 26) Nicholas D’Agostino, 33) Joey Katebian.


Former Players Wrap 30/01/2017

A quicker former players wrap than last week with far less off field news, infact there’s just the one story to bring you this week. 442 reported last week that Erik Paartalu is looking for a new club in Asia after departing Al Kharitiyath a brief stint in the Qatari Stars League.

Paartalu, 30, had a difficult 2016 with the midfielder frozen out at K-League  and ACL Champion Jeonbuk Hyundai, before a handful of appearances for Al Al Kharitiyath. While Paartalu is said to be looking for a club in Asia, he hasn’t ruled out a return to the A-League. Paartalu made 85 appearances for Brisbane Roar in the A-League before going on to play for Melbourne City.

Here’s the tables

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Holman returns to net Brisbane the three points

Brisbane Roar (2) Borrello 22’, Holman 90+3’
Western Sydney Wanderers (1) Kusukami 32’
13,058 at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

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(Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Brett Holman has returned from injury and given Brisbane a vital three points at home on Saturday night to kick-start the clubs busy upcoming schedule. The attacking midfielder came off the bench to score the winner in stoppage time after Brandon Borrello’s opener was cancelled out by Jumpei Kusukami.

Goals
22’ (1-0) Brisbane took the lead midway through the first half after a Daniel Bowles cross from the left hand side, with the ball finding its way to Brandon Borrello at the back post to score the opener.

32’
(1-1) Western Sydney got themselves back into the game after winning the ball in midfield, with Baccus playing the ball out to Mitch Nichols, who drew the defender before playing in Kusukami who beat Theo at the far post.

90+3’ (2-1) With the game winding down, Brisbane got a throw in around the halfway line and after a neat flick from Arana set Holman into some space, and Brisbane’s returning no.10 shot went through the hands of Janjetovic and into the back of the net.

Selection
With Corey Brown suspended a change at the back was required and Aloisi opted to go with the obvious by giving Daniel Bowles his first start of the season at left back, after his cameo against Wellington.

The aforementioned Brett Holman made his first appearance after going off with injury against Sydney FC back in November, while Thomas Broich returned to the starting XI after a rest last week. With the busy schedule now here Tommy Oar was given a break, with the winger deployed off the bench.

Even first half
The first half was a rather even affair, with precious few chances for either side apart from the two goals. It was a half that was played, and aside from the two goals scored and a foul by Scott Neville which could have been more than the yellow it received, was a very even contest.

Roar chances
Throughout the second half Brisbane began to assert more pressure on the Wanderers goal with a succession of corners penning the visitors inside their 18 yard box. The best chance arguably fell to Jamie Maclaren who was sharply played in by Thomas Broich, but equally sharp was Janjetovic who rushed off his line to deny the striker. West Sydney’s best chance to secure the three points arrived late in the second half when Brendan Santalab’s shot was turned past the far post.

Controversy
There were plenty of controversial moments in the game with the first arriving midway through the first half when Scott Neville clipped the heels of Thomas Broich. The German attacker was in through on goal and with no defender between Broich and the keeper it could easily have been interpreted as an obvious goal scoring opportunity.

Neville was eventually dismissed in the 81st minute for a second bookable offence on Manuel Arana. There were also a number of penalty claims in the game, with Brendan Santalab having the best shout after the striker was seemingly dragged back by Daniel Bowles just minutes after entering the game as a second half substitute.

At the other end of the park Scott Neville was perhaps lucky to avoid a handball decision against him after a Tommy Oar corner struck the defenders hand. It would perhaps have been a harsh call, but one that has been given before.

Line-Ups
Brisbane XI-
Theo, Hingert, North, DeVere, Brown, Kristensen, McKay, Petratos, Borrello, Broich, Maclaren.
Substitutions- Oar for Petratos (70’), Arana for Maclaren (80’), Holman for Kristensen (84’).
Unused Substitutes- Young, Pepper.
Yellow Cards- Borrello.
Red Cards- Nil.

Western Sydney XI- Janjetovic, Neville, Cornthwaite, Aspropotamitis, Clisby, Baccus, Dimas, Nichols, Kusukami, Sotirio, Scott.
Substitutions- Santalab for Scott (57’), Martinez for Kusukami (68’), Antonis for Nichols (77’).
Unused Substitutes- Tyson, Hamill.
Yellow Cards- Neville, Sotirio.
Red Cards- Neville.

Up next
This is just the start of Brisbane’s busy fixture schedule, with the next game in this run on Tuesday night in the AFC Champions League qualifier against Philippines Champion Global FC.


2016-17 Round 17 Preview- Brisbane v West Sydney

After two straight road games Brisbane return to Suncorp Stadium for three games over the next week which will go a long way to defining their 2016-17 season. The crucial Asian Champions League clash against Global FC and the home game against unbeaten Sydney FC are to come later in the week, but for now we focus in on the class against Western Sydney.

Ahead of the busy upcoming schedule Brisbane picked up an important three points across the Tasman last weekend, putting in a solid display that broke a four game winless run to secure a first win in 2017.

It was also Jamie Maclaren’s first goal in open place since round 11 against Central Coast, with the striker showing plenty of energy off the bench as he looks to regain the strong form from the second half of last season.

What have they done lately?
Western Sydney have been  a solid mid-table team for large parts of the season so far, however in recent weeks they’ve shown signs that they are beginning to get things right on a consistent basis.

A credible 0-0 draw away to Sydney FC two weeks ago where they overran the Sky Blues in the second half in terms of chances was a start, before a win last Sunday against Newcastle in their most recent game.

In some respects the season for Western Sydney can be defined by their problems upfront with a league high 9 draws this season outlining their inability to finish games off. The emergence of youngster Lachlan Scott, who scored his first A-League goal at the weekend, in addition to the return of Brendan Santalab indicates the Wanderers are starting to build a solid attacking unit.

Recent Form
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Top Scorer
Brisbane-
Jamie Maclaren (8)
Western Sydney- Brendan Santalab (6)

Expected Line-ups
Brisbane-
Theo, Hingert, DeVere, North, Bowles, Kristensen, McKay, Petratos, Borrello, Oar, Maclaren.
Substitutes- Young, Pepper, Broich, Holman, Arana.
Omitted- D’Agostino, Katebian.

For John Aloisi this is the start of a trick period for him with so many games in such a short time frame, with squad management set to play an important role over the next week weeks.

This weekend specifically though he is boosted by the timely return from injury of Brett Holman, who figures to make his first appearance since the home game against Sydney FC back in November. Thomas Broich is also available after being rested last weekend, although Corey Brown is suspended after picking up a fifth yellow card against the Phoenix.

In his place at left back is likely to be Daniel Bowles after he came on midway through the second half when Brown picked up a knock. If the squad lists are to be believed, Jacob Pepper’s utility role will be extended this week, with no specialist defender named amongst the extended squad this week.

Western Sydney- Janjetovic, Neville, Cornthwaite, Aspropotamitis, Clisby, Baccus, Dimas, Nichols, Martinez, Sotirio, Scott.
Substitutes- Tyson, Hamill, Kusukami, Antonis, Santalab.
Omitted- Pinatares, Lustica.

After a win last week at home to the Jets it’s unlikely that Tony Popovic will be looking to make changes to his side. With Lachlan Scott scoring his first goal last weekend, it’s likely that Brendan Santalab will have to be patient and occupy the super sub role he played so well last season.

This season against Western Sydney Wanderers
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Western Sydney Wanderers 1-1 Brisbane Roar
Round 12- Brisbane Roar 1-1 Western Sydney Wanderers

The two meetings this season between these two sides have been largely even games where both have had their moments, but perhaps in keeping with the season generally for both sides they haven’t been able to put the other away.

Brisbane have taken the lead in both encounters so far this season, with Western Sydney fighting back to secure a point. In the most recent clash between the two, Corey Brown scored sensational volley from a Thomas Broich cross, before Dimas Delgado stepped up from a free-kick on the edge of the box to draw the visitors level.

All-Time record against Western Sydney Wanderers

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