Gameiro brace leads Young Roar to win over Melbourne


Brisbane Roar (4) Gameiro 5’ & 34’, Leck 60’, Muratovic 68’
Melbourne Victory (1) Sehadvic 62’
At Lanham Park, Grange Thistle

Brisbane Roar have got their Conference A National Youth League campaign back on track with a comfortable 4-1 win at home against Melbourne Victory on Sunday Morning on Brisbane’s northside.

A first half brace from Corey Gameiro set Brisbane on their way, before second half strikes from Daniel Leck and Mirza Muratovic secured the three points for James Robinson’s side.

Victory for their part were always second best in the game, with a consolation goal from Nuh Sehadvic midway through the second half. Melbourne’s other big chance of the game arrived 15 minutes into the contest when Josh Hope stepped up the penalty spot, however his penalty was saved by Macklin Freke low to his right.

Brisbane’s attacking quartet of captain Rahmat Akbari, Jay Barnett, Daniel Leck and Corey Gameiro proved a constant threat for the Victory defence, with halftime substitute Mirza Muratovic adding to things in the second half.

Gameiro and Daniel Bowles continued their return from long term knee injuries in the clash, with Gameiro playing 45 minutes and Bowles lasting until the second half drinks break on 65 minutes as the duo build up match sharpness before a recall into the senior side.

5’ (1-0) Brisbane got off to the best possible start after a cross in from the left hand side was headed home expertly by Gameiro who eluded his marker to open the scoring from the edge of the six yard box.

15’ (1-0) Victory thought they had a route back into the contest via the penalty spot, however Josh Hope’s penalty was well saved by Roar keeper Macklin Freke low to his right hand side.

34’ (2-0) Corey Gameiro doubled his personal tally and the Roar’s lead 10 minutes before the break after a sharp counter attack started by Daniel Bowles resulted in Daniel Leck teeing up the striker who had an empty net in front of him after the keeper committed.

60’ (3-0) Daniel Leck rounded out a stellar individual performance on the right wing with Brisbane’s third goal on the hour mark after he beat Hatzikourtis in the Victory goal from a narrow angle. 62’ (3-1) Just as Brisbane thought they had the game wrapped up the visitors got a goal back after Nuh Sehadvic scored from close range after a cross from the left hand side.

68’ (4-1) Any potential comeback was short lived however with Brisbane restoring their three goal advantage with 20 minutes to play after Mirza Muratovic’s shot found it’s way into the back of the net, possible via a deflection off Victory defender Calum Goulding.

Brisbane Roar XI
– Freke, Wellsmore, Bowles, Trewin Beakhurst,, Sawyer, Bafford, Leck Akbari, Barnett, Gameiro.
Substitutions– Muratovic for Gameiro (45’), Driver for Bowles (65’), Duncan for Sawyer (75’)
Unused Substitutes– Hunter.
Yellow Cards– Leck 37’.
Red Cards– Nil.

Melbourne Victory XI– Hatzikouritis, Visciglio, Carrigan, Anderson, Vakirtzis, Hatzigeorgiou, Hope, C Goulding, Said, Sehavdic, Kelic.
Substitutions– Iradukunda for Hatzigeorgiou (57’), Lawton for Visciglio (63’), Sette for Laird (75’)
Unused Substitutes– Sutton.
Yellow Cards- Hatzigeorgiou 29’
Red Cards– Nil.

Up next
Brisbane make the trip to Western Australia to take on Perth Glory next Sunday afternoon at Dorrien Gardens, with kick-off set for 10.30am WA time (12.30 Brisbane time). The next home National Youth League fixture is on December 16th at Lanham Park, Grange Thistle against Adelaide United.


Papadopoulos sees red in comfortable Sydney win


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Sydney FC (3) Carney 7’, Mierzejewski 15’ (p.k), Ryall 79’
Brisbane Roar (1) Hingert 90+3’
10,044 at Allianz Stadium, Sydney

Sydney FC have run out comfortable 3-1 victors in round 8 of the A-League after a sluggish performance at Allianz Stadium. Early goals from David Carney and Adrian Mierzejewski sent the Sky Blues on their way and helped to dispel any concerns regarding their fitness after their FFA Cup exertions midweek.

Despite having some possession in the second half Brisbane never looked like getting back into the game and any chance was snuffed out when central defender Avram Papadopoulos was shown a red card for spitting in the direction of Matt Simon –who also saw red for his reactions-.

Sebastian Ryall then made the points safe for Sydney before Jack Hingert got a consolation goal in stoppage time in what was an otherwise disappointing night for John Aloisi’ side.

7’ (1-0) – A dream start for Sydney FC who opened the scoring in the 7th minute after Adrian’s pass from the left hand side was left by Matt Simon for the advantage of David Carney who slotted past Jamie Young to open the scoring.

15’ (2-0) – Sydney then doubled their advantage after Jacob Pepper was adjudged to have handled the ball from a David Carney cross, with Adrian Mierzejewski stepping up to convert the spot kick.

79’ 3-0) – The points were made save 11 minutes from time after a Jordy Buijs free-kick was headed home by Sebastian Ryall who was left unmarked at the back post.

90+3’ (3-1) Brisbane got themselves a late consolation after Brett Holman managed to find Jack Hingert on the edge of the box, with the right backs shot beating Andrew Redmayne on his near post after a deflection off Alex Wilkinson. Statement from Brisbane Roar regarding incident involving Avram Papadopoulos

Team News
Brisbane XI
– Young, Hingert, Pepper, Papadopoulos, O’Toole, Caletti, McKay, Holman, Ben Khalfallah, Bautheac, Maccarone.
Substitutions– D’Agostino for Ben Khalfallah (80’), Franjic for O’Toole (86’), Oxborrow for Caletti (86’).
Unused Substitutes– White, Ingham.
Yellow Cards– Oxborrow (90’)
Red Cards- Papadopoulos (75’)

Sydney XI– Redmayne, Ryall, Wilkinson, Buijs, Wilkshire, O’Neill, Brillante, Mierzejewski, Carney, Brosque, Simon.
Substitutions– Kalik for Mierzejewski (68’), Bobo for Brosque (85’), Retre for O’Neill (90+4’)
Unused Substitutes– Heward-Belle, Zuvela.
Yellow Cards– O’Neill (51’)
Red Cards– Simon (75’)

Stats, Facts and Figures
– Avram Papadopoulos becomes the 20th Brisbane player to be sent off in a competitive game following his dismissal tonight.

Up next
Brisbane Roar return to the Harbour City next Saturday night to take on Western Sydney Wanderers at ANZ Stadium in Sydney Olympic Park in a game which has been moved from across the street at Spotless Stadium.

2017-18 Round 8 A-League Preview


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2017-18 Round 82 Match Preview After a first win of the season last week at home to Melbourne City, Brisbane Roar make their first of two successive trips to the Harbour City. Next weekend will see Brisbane face the Red and Black half of Sydney, however for this weekend it’s a trip to defending Champions Sydney FC, who lifted a third trophy of 2017 when they won the FFA Cup on Wednesday.

As mentioned Brisbane go into this weekends encounter on the back of a much needed first win of the season, putting in their best performance of the season so far in a 3-1 win over Melbourne City. For their part Sydney FC bounced back from a disappointing showing away to Central Coast with a win over Newcastle in a top of the table clash last weekend, before emerging victorious in the Cup Final.

Recent Form– LDDDW
Top Goalscorer– Avram Papadopoulos, Massimo Maccarone (3)

Injury Update
Michael Theo- Finger (3 weeks)
Luke Devere- Knee (10 weeks)
Corey Brown- Hamstring (2 weeks)
Jade North- Groin (1 week)
Thomas Kristensen- Hamstring (TBC)
Shannon Brady- Foot (TBC)

Team news
Coming off a first win of the season John Aloisi will be reluctant to make any changes to a winning side, which should see the makeshift central defensive pairing of Jacob Pepper and Avram Papadopoulos continue. The return from international duty of Dane Ingham and the now fit Ivan Franjic are contenders for a spot in the matchday squad to provide some additional defensive options off the bench.

Expected Brisbane Roar XI– Young, Hingert, Pepper, Papadopoulos, O’Toole, Caletti, McKay, Holman, Ben Khalfallah, Bautheac, Maccarone.
Substitutes– White, Franjic, Oxborrow, Skapetis, D’Agostino.
Omitted– Ingham, Reardon.

The opposition
Last season’s double winners completed the domestic set on Wednesday night with a 2-1 victory over Adelaide in the 2017 FFA Cup Final and the Sky Blues have marked themselves down as a strong contender to retain their title with a strong start to the season.

Team News
Having played in that FFA Cup Final midweek there will no doubt be some tired legs in Graham Arnold’s squad, however as of now there has been no indication that anyone has been ruled out or would be rested from this weekends encounter. Amongst those potentially in doubt include Alex Brosque and Milos Ninkovic who went off in the second half of normal time due to niggling injuries, and Michael Zullo and Adrian Mierzewski who suffered cramp in the latter stages of extra time.

Recent Form– WLWWD
Top Goalscorer– Bobo (5)

Expected Sydney FC XI- Redmayne, Wilkshire, Wilkinson, Buijs, Zullo, O’Neill, Brillante, Ninkovic, Brosque, Mierzewski, Bobo.
Substitutes– Heward-Belle, Ryall, Retre, Carney, Simon.
Omitted– Kalik, Lokolingoy.

Stats, Facts & Figures
– Brendan White and Aaron Reardon will become the 137th and 138th players to represent Brisbane Roar if they make their debut

– So far in 2017-18, Brisbane Roar have already used 24 different players in all competitions, with Franjic, White and Reardon potentially set to become the 25th, 26th and 27th in just 9 games.

All-Time Record against Sydney FC



Papadopoulos brace helps Roar to first win of 2017-18


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Brisbane Roar (3) Papadopoulos 5’, 70’, Bautheac 42’
Melbourne City (1) Kamau 54’
9,285 at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Brisbane Roar have got their first win of the season at the seventh time of asking, picking up a 3-1 win over Melbourne City on Friday night. A brace from central defender Avram Papadopoulos sent Brisbane on their way, with French import Eric Bautheac also getting his first goal for the Roar.

Got a goal back through Stefan Mauk and had chances to get an equaliser but three defensive errors would up costing Warren Joyce’s side any chance of getting back into the game.

5’ (1-0) Brisbane got off to an ideal start after Avram Papadopoulos stepped forward into midfield to win the ball, and after playing it out to the left hand side the big centre back got on the end of a cross to nod the ball into an empty net after Galekovic came for the cross but didn’t get there.

42’ (2-0) Defensive pressure from Brisbane resulted in a poor back-pass from Iacopo La Rocca which found its way to fellow Italian Maccarone, and after appearing to squander the opportunity before the Roar’s marquee man found the onrushing Eric Bautheac who placed his shot into the bottom corner to double the lead.

54′ (2-1) City got off to a strong start in the second half after Warren Joyce made a pair of half-time alterations, and Stefan Mauk rewarded his boss by getting the visitors back into the game, beating Jamie Young at his near post.

70’ (3-1) After looking nervy in the early stages of the second half, Brisbane regained their composure and their two goal lead after a Fahid Ben Khalfallah free-kick was fumbled by Galekovic, with Papadopoulos on hand to turn the ball into the net for his second of the evening.

Team News
Brisbane XI- Young, Hingert, Pepper, Papadopoulos, O’Toole, Caletti, McKay, Holman, Ben Khalfallah, Bautheac, Maccarone.
Substitutions– Skapetis for Bautheac (63’), Oxborrow for Caletti (83’), D’Agostino for Holman (90’)
Unused Substitutes– White, Reardon.
Yellow Cards– Pepper, Bautheac, Ben Khalfallah.
Red Cards– Nil.

Melbourne City XI– Galekovic, Muscat, Schenkeveld, La Rocca, Jamieson, Jakobsen, Malik, Mauk, Kamau, Fitzgerald, Budzinski.
Substitutions– Brattan for La Rocca (45’), Kilkenny for Kamau (45’), Crowley for Muscat (76’).
Unused Substitutes– Bouzanis, Najjarine.
Yellow Cards– Brattan, Budzinski, Malik, Muscat.
Red Cards– Nil.

Stats, Facts & Figures
– Eric Bautheac became the 74th player to score a goal for Brisbane Roar in a competitive game.

Up next
Brisbane make the first of two successive trips to Sydney, the first of which will be against defending champions Sydney FC next Saturday evening.

Late Brisbane winner sends the Roar top of the table


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Brisbane Roar (1) Raso 86’
Adelaide United (0)
2,127 at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Brisbane Roar have continued their strong start to season 10 of the W-League win a 1-0 win over Adelaide United thanks to a late goal from Hayley Raso. Despite a lack of goals, Brisbane were always in control of the game and had the chances to win the game by a more convincing margin, although the one goal victory was enough to send Brisbane Roar to the table.

86’ (1-0) Despite having the better of the play Brisbane left it late to secure the winner with substitute Abbey Lloyd putting a cross in from the right hand side which made it’s way through to Hayley Raso cutting in from the left, and the Matildas winger beat Campbell via a deflection.

Team News
Brisbane XI
– Arnold, Torpey, O’Brien, Polkinghorne, Pickett, Boureille, Gorry, Butt, Raso, Chapman, Cheung.
Substitutions- Toby for Cheung, Lloyd for Chapman (82’). Unused Substitutes- Worth, Norrie. Yellow Cards- Nil. Red Cards- Nil. Adelaide XI- Campbell, Hodgson, McCormick, Naughton, Campagnale, Checker, Mautz, Peat, Chidiac, Doniak, Jones. Substitutions- Condon for Chidiac (84’), Dawber for Hodgson (90+1’) Unused Substitutes- Wilacy, Calder. Yellow Cards- Mautz. Red Cards- Nil Stats, Facts & Figures

– Tameka Butt became just the second Brisbane Roar player to play 100 W-League games for the club. – First time Brisbane have kept back to back clean sheets for the first time in the W-League since round 12 of the 2015-16 season.

Up next A well timed by for Brisbane Roar given the upcoming internationals featuring Australia and China, with the Roar’s next game not until December 3rd away to Canberra United.

2017-18 A-League Round 6 Match Preview


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Round six of the 2017-18 season and Brisbane Roar remain in search of their first win of the season when they take on Melbourne Victory at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night in a clash between two sides who find themselves 7th and 9th on the table.

Despite picking up a second straight draw at home against Central Coast on Sunday, questions remain over the fitness and fluidity of John Aloisi’ side after the Mariners outplayed and ran over the top of Brisbane in the second half at Suncorp Stadium in what is becoming an alarming trend.

This game is also the first return to Melbourne for Brisbane winger Fahid Ben Khalfallah, who spent 3 seasons with the Victory, helping his old side to the double in his first season back in 2014-15.

Injury Update
Michael Theo- Finger (4 weeks)
Luke Devere- Knee (10 weeks)
Daniel Bowles- Knee (TBC)
Corey Brown- Hamstring (4 weeks)
Thomas Kristensen- Hamstring (2 weeks)
Shannon Brady- Foot (TBC)
Dane Ingham- International Duty (2 weeks)

Team news
John Aloisi will have to change his back four once again with Dane Ingham away on international duty with New Zealand, and to make things worse new signing Ivan Franjic is not in contention to play this weekend due to a lack of fitness. That leaves young defender Connor O’Toole in line to make his A-League debut as the most logical candidate, however Jacob Pepper is a left field option with his experience and utility value. It’s also worth noting that Pepper played on the left side of defence in preseason perhaps with this eventuality in mind.

Outside of that Aloisi will have to decide if he sticks with the players who’ve failed to deliver an elusive win so far or freshen the side up with some new players. If he opts for the latter, the likes of Caletti, D’Agostino will likely come into contention, with Gameiro still a couple of weeks away from starting.

Expected Brisbane Roar XI– Young, Hingert, North, Papadopoulos, O’Toole, Oxborrow, McKay, Holman, Ben Khalfallah, Bautheac, Maccarone.
Substitutes– White, Pepper, Caletti, Skapetis, Gameiro.
Omitted– Sawyer, D’Agostino.

The opposition
This weekend Brisbane find themselves returning to a City they haven’t won in since 2014 against fellow winless side Melbourne Victory, who will be equally desperate to kick start their season. As always there were high expectations of Victory going into the season, but a combination of injuries, suspensions, international duty and poor form leaves the pre-season favourites languishing in 7th place, 10 points off the pace.

Team News
Melbourne Victory have been decimated by international call-ups, with James Troisi, Mark Milligan and Kosta Barbarouses all representing their national teams this weekend in intercontinental WCQ’s, while Mitch Austin is suspended after his red card on Monday night.

The positive news for Kevin Muscat is that reinforcements have arrived in the shape of veteran Leigh Broxham and marquee striker Besart Berisha, who returns from a two game suspension. The return of Berisha will likely result in Leroy George being deployed in a wide midfield role, while Broxham figures to start at left back in place of Stefan Nigro.

Expected Melbourne Victory XI- Thomas, Geria, Deng, Williams, Broxham, Valeri, Sanchez, Hope, Ingham, George, Berisha.
Substitutes- Acton, Nigro, McGilp, Waring, Athiu.

2017-18 Record v Melbourne Victory
FFA Cup Round of 32- Brisbane Roar 1-5 Melbourne Victory.

Stats, Facts & Figures
– Brendan White and Adam Sawyer could make their Brisbane Roar debut in this game, and would become the 136th and 137th players to do so.

– Brisbane Roar have not won on their last 12 visits to the Victorian capital. Their last win in Melbourne was a 3-0 win over Victory in January 2014.

– Brisbane are winless in their last 9 games, which is a club record.

– This is the worst start Brisbane have had to start any A-League season, with just two points out of a possible fifteen from the first five matches. The previous worst was the 2014-15 season where Brisbane got three points out of fifteen.

All-Time Record against Melbourne Victory


Franjic returns to Roar


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Four years after departing Brisbane Roar to pursue a career in Europe Ivan Franjic has returned to Brisbane, penning a deal for the remainder of the 2017-18 season.

Since departing Brisbane on the back of representing Australia at the 2014 World Cup, Franjic has had stops at Torpedo Moscow, Melbourne City and Daegu FC, with the 30 year old being released from his contract back in October.

Arriving for the first time in August 2009 as Frank Farina’s final signing for Brisbane, Franjic went on to become a key part of Brisbane’s three championship winning seasons as he went from state league defender to the Socceroos first choice right back at the 2014 World Cup.

All up Franjic made 123 appearances in all competitions for Brisbane Roar from 2009-2014, which places him 10th on the all time appearances list. His 11 goals sees him sit 13th on the all time goal scoring charts, with Matt McKay (23 goals) the only currently active player ahead of him.

Ivan’s last game for Brisbane was that memorable 2014 A-League Grand Final where Brisbane came from a goal behind to defeat Western Sydney in extra time, claiming their third Championship in four years.

Franjic will add tremendous depth to Brisbane’s full-back options and will be up against Jack Hingert and Dane Ingham for minutes at right-full back, with the likes of Corey Brown and Connor O’Toole on the left.

The signing of Franjic takes Brisbane’s squad to 28 players, a number which includes scholarship players Dane Ingham, Bryce Bafford, Jay Barnett and Emilio Martinez, and recently signed mature aged rookie Brendan White.

Brisbane Roar squad as at 09/11/2017
Goalkeepers: Michael Theo, Brendan White, Jamie Young.
Defenders: Daniel Bowles, Corey Brown, Luke Devere, Ivan Franjic, Jack Hingert, Dane Ingham, Jade North, Avram Papadopoulos, Connor O’Toole.
Midfielders: Bryce Bafford, Jay Barnett, Eric Bautheac, Fahid Ben Khalfallah, Shannon Brady, Joe Caletti, Brett Holman, Thomas Kristensen, Emilio Martinez, Matt McKay, Mitchell Oxborrow, Jacob Pepper.
Forwards: Nicholas D’Agostino, Corey Gameiro, Massimo Maccarone, Peter Skapetis.