Reinaldo at PSM Makassar
One player that we previously haven’t been able to place at a club is Brazilian striker Reinaldo Elias da Costa, who is now playing in Indonesia with PSM Makassar. Since leaving Brisbane back in January 2011, Reinaldo has played in various parts of Asia including Qatar, China and Malaysia and had a stint back in his homeland.
In his most recent match Reinaldo found the back of the net for PSM in their 2-0 win over Perseru Serui, and you can see the goal here.
Reinaldo is joined in Indonesia by former teammate Sergio van Djik who plays for Persib.
In addition to Reinaldo’s goal for PSM, countless other former Brisbane players found the back of the net last week. In Europe Kwame Yeboah scored for the Borussia Monchengladbach II side in their 4-0 win over Rot Weiss Ahlen, while David Williams had a goal and an assist for Haladas in their 4-2 win at the weekend. You can see video of Williams’ goal and assist here.
In Asia, Sayed Mohamed Adnan scored a brace for Bahraini club Al-Hidd in their 2-0 win over Lebanese club Safa on Matchday 3 of the AFC Cup. We posted video of Adnan’s strike last night, but if you missed it you can view it here. Meanwhile Dimitri Petratos had an assist in Ulsan Hyundai’s win over Gangwon.
Back here in Australia, Abrahim Yango was amongst the scorers last night for Easts in their 5-0 BPL win over Ipswich Knights, while Alex Brosque opened the scoring for Sydney in their win over Melbourne City.
Rodic at Sydney Olympic
Another of those who departed the Young Roar set-up at the conclusion of the 2016-17 NYL campaign was Mark Rodic, with the young defender returning to his hometown of Sydney and joining Sydney Olympic for their 2017 NPL New South Wales campaign.
Rodic joined the Brisbane youth set-up ahead of the 2015-16 season after trialling with the A-League side over the 2015 pre-season, however with Dane Ingham successfully converting to right back over the last six months playing time has dried up for Rodic.
Over the last few weeks we’ve managed to find out where the rest of those players let go from the Young Roar set-up have wound up, with Rodic the final piece of the puzzle.
Joseph Champness is currently in Portugal on loan with Academica and will join Harrison Sawyer in Newcastle for the start of their pre-season in July. Joseph Duckworth, Hayden McHenery and Dylan Wenzel-Halls all returned to Western Pride, while Andre Jannese –Moreland Zebras-, Danny Kim and Jayden Prasad –Hume City- are playing in NPL Victoria for the 2017 season.
Finally this week there were a couple of significant debuts in the recent international window with two former Brisbane attackers making their first appearances for their new countries.
Despite making 17 appearances for Albania from 2006-2009, Besart Berisha made his debut for Kosovo in their recent 2018 World Cup Qualifier after FIFA accepted his request to switch nationalities.
Meanwhile Jai Ingham snubbed interest from Samoa and opted to play for New Zealand and made his debut in a home World Cup Qualifier against Fiji. Jai’s younger brother and Brisbane defender Dane also made his debut for New Zealand in that game.
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Orange Sunday I- Where are they now?
With today being the six year anniversary of Brisbane’s dramatic 2011 A-League Grand Final victory over Central Coast Mariners, here’s a look at where the 16 players who took part that day are now.
Three players from that day, Michael Theo, Thomas Broich and Matt McKay remain at Brisbane Roar today, albeit in the case of McKay he did leave the club after the 2011 Grand Final before returning to the Roar in August 2013.
Kosta Barbarouses (Wellington), Ivan Franjic (Melbourne City), Andrew Redmayne (Sydney) and Mitch Nichols (Western Sydney) all play their football in the A-League for rival clubs while Matt Smith (Bangkok Glass) and Henrique (Chiangrai United) play their football overseas.
Matt Mundy and Shane Stefanutto play in the NPL Queensland for Olympic FC, while Milan Susak (Bonnyrigg), Massimo Murdocca (Avondale), Jean Carlos Solórzano (St. Albans) and Rocky Visconte (Croydon Kings) play NPL football interstate.
Erik Paartalu is currently without a club after leaving Qatari club Al Kharitiyath in January.
Jai Ingham receives All-Whites call-up.
Jai Ingham will join his younger brother Dane to the New Zealand National Team squad for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers against Fiji. Ingham, 20, had been on the radar for Samoa and while born in Australia qualifies for New Zealand due to his mother being born in across the Tasman.
Also on the international scene, Besart Berisha has been called up to represent Kosovo in their upcoming World Cup Qualifier against Iceland.
Kaluderovic moves to Thailand
Andrija Kaluderovic is on the move once again after leaving Lithuanian club Zalgiris to Thai Premier League side Port MTI FC. Kaluderovic 20 goals in 19 games were a vital part of the Lithuanian side’s title run last year. So far for Port, Kaluderovic has scored one goal in three appearances.
Weekend goal scorers
There were a few goals scored over the weekend by former Brisbane players, with Mensur Kurtishi netting a brace in First Vienna’s 5-0 win over Parndorf. Kurtishi now has 13 goals in 17 games this season. Elsewhere Besart Berisha scored for Melbourne Victory in their win over Perth Glory, as did Rocky Visconte, Royce Brownlie, Tim Smits and Ben Litfin for their respective clubs over the weekend.
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BPL season kicks off
The Brisbane Premier League and the Capital Football Leagues kicked off at the weekend, and as you would expect there are a number of former Brisbane Roar players playing in the local competition.
Tim Smits, Royce Brownlie and Abrahim Yango were the only three former players to feature in round one, however there figures to be many more over the coming weeks.
After recently transferring to Thai club Chiangrai United, Henrique made a goalscoring debut for his new club in a 3-1 win against Sisaket FC. You can see the goal here –skip to 9.30-.
Ben Litfin also scored his first goal for his new club at the weekend, finding the net for Bentleigh Greens in their 2-1 come from behind win over North Geelong. You can see highlights of that match here.
Vidosic joins SFC Seongnam
Dario Vidosic has a new club just weeks after leaving Chinese Super League side Liaoning Whowin, with the attacking midfielder joining K-League side SFC Seongnam. Vidosic at least in part left the CSL club due to their January addition of fellow former Brisbane winger Robbie Kruse.
Susak returns to Australia
Milan Susak has returned to Australian Football, joining NPL New South Wales club Bonnyrigg White Eagles. Susak, now 33, returns to his junior club ahead of the new season in NSW.
Calum O’Connell returns to WA
One of the former Brisbane players we’ve had trouble finding out is Calum O’Connell, the young left back who made one appearance for Brisbane back in 2009 in the latter days of the Frank Farina era.
O’Connell has returned to his native Perth and will play the 2017 season with Balcatta FC. In truth Calum has probably been playing in the WA State League for a few seasons, however it’s been tough to find conformation of that until now.
At the weekend in the season opener, O’Connell was a second half substitute in what would ultimately prove to be a tough night as Balcatta lost 5-1 away from home to Sorrento FC.
Switching focus back quickly to the local leagues here in Brisbane briefly, and another player we’ve had trouble placing club wise since his departure is Patrick Theodore. During the week however I stumbled over the fact that he spent 2016 with Bayside United, a club for whom he made 19 appearances last season, scoring 3 goals.
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Cernak moves to Thailand
Isaka Cernak has a new club after leaving SuperSport United at the end of the 2015-16 South African Premiership, with the attacking midfielder heading to Thai Premier League club Sisaket FC. Cernak joins Henrique and Matt Smith as former Brisbane players currently playing in Thailand.
Since making his professional debut with Brisbane back in 2009, Cernak has gone on to represent North Queensland Fury, Melbourne Victory, Perth Glory, Wellington Phoenix and Central Coast Mariners here in the A-League, in addition to a spell in South Africa with SuperSport United.
Solórzano joins St. Albans
Jean Carlos Solórzano also has a new club, with the former Brisbane striker moving to NPL Victoria club St. Albans Saints. After leaving Brisbane at the end of the last A-League season, Solórzano had a brief spell with Rochedale Rovers where he tried to help them through to the last 32 of the FFA Cup.
NPL Victoria gets underway
Speaking of the NPL in Victoria, the season got underway at the weekend, with Solórzano joined by Massimo Murdocca –Avondale-, Ben Litfin –Bentleigh-, George Lambadaridis –Green Gully- and Luke Pavlou –South Melbourne-.
Also playing down in Victoria this season are a few of the clubs former Young Roar players. Ross Archibald and Matt Thurtell –Bentleigh Greens-, Danny Kim and Jayden Prasad –Hume City-, Jordan Lampard –Port Melbourne-, Fraser Chalmers –Melbourne Knights- and Jesse Daley and Liam McCormick –South Melbourne- will all play their football in Victoria’s top competition this season.
While we’ll focus more on those who played for Brisbane at the A-League level, we’ll also keep you up to date on the former Young Roar players playing in the State Leagues to see how they progress.
Ingham to play for All Whites? Jai Ingham’s performances for Melbourne Victory have alerted New Zealand officials to the possibility of the winger representing the Kiwis on the international stage. According to Goal.com, the now 23 year old winger qualifies for New Zealand despite being born in Australia, and the All Whites coach Anthony Hudson is keen to bring him on board ahead of the Confederations Cup in June.
Last year Ingham was linked with representing Samoa on the international stage before opting not to do so. Ingham – older brother of Dane-, came through the youth ranks in Brisbane, making one appearance for the senior side before departing the club in 2014.
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Petratos completes Ulsan move
Dimi Petratos is officially a former Roar player having completed his move to South Korean side Ulsan Hyundai. Ulsan pushed for the deal to be completed this week in order to avoid the attacking midfielder being cup tied with Brisbane Roar for the 2017 AFC Champions League. AFC rules state that players may only represent one club throughout the competition. It’s expected that Brisbane and Newcastle Jets –whom Petratos had signed a three year deal with just two weeks ago- will share the transfer fee, rumoured to be around $300,000. Best of luck Dimi.
Henrique headed for Thailand
Grand Final hero Henrique is headed for the Thai Super League after agreeing to join Chiangrai United last week. It’s been a tough 12 months for the slippery fish since his departure from the Roar, with a brief stint in Malaysia before retiring to the A-League with Adelaide United. Despite the poor season that the defending champions are having, Henrique made 13 appearances for the club, scoring three goals. Henrique will be joining former Western Sydney Wanderers attacker Mark Bridge at the club.
Adnan on the move
Another player on the move in the last days of the transfer window was Sayed Mohamed Adnan, who has returned to his homeland with Al-Hidd after spending the first part of the season in Qatar with Al-Ahli. The now 34 year old Adnan made 14 appearances for the Qatari club, and ironically returns to the club where he spent four seasons between 2013-2016. Unfortunately for Adnan and his new (old?) teammates, Al-Hidd failed in their attempts to make the AFC Champions League Group Stage, losing to Uzbek side Nasaf last week in Tashkent
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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.
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After a break over the Christmas period, the former player’s wrap returns for 2017 with a bunch of news from the past month. This week’s wrap up covers all of the recent transfer moves in addition to the return from injury for one of the Roar’s former Dutch attackers.
Kruse joins the CSL revolution
Robbie Kruse is the latest Australian to join the Chinese Super League, with the former Bayer Leverkusen winger joining Liaoning Whowin. Joining Kruse at Liaoning is James Holland, with the midfielder departing Adelaide United just five months after joining the defending champions.
Kruse has struggled for game time in Germany over the last 12 month, with a string of injuries and the arrival of new players seeing him pushed to the periphery of the squad.
While it isn’t confirmed, Kruse’ arrival in Liaoning could spell the end of Dario Vidosic’ time at the club, with the former Roar attacker joining the club at the end of the last A-League season.
Yeboah aiming for first team football
With his contract set to expire in June, Kwame Yeboah is hoping to break into the Borussia Monchengladbach first team squad, as well as signing a new deal with the club. Yeboah has been a regular in the clubs II side since joining in January 2014, but his run of form this season has seen him on the fringes of the first team. Yeboah has six goals in 16 appearances for the II this year. Here’s a highlights video of his time in Germany.
Ferreira on the move
Diogo Ferreira has a new club for the 2017 season, with the utility player joining Malaysian Super League side Penang FA. Prior to the move, Ferreira made a handful of appearances for Indonesian club Persib Bandung –also home of Sergio van Djik- after leaving Perth Glory at the end of the last A-League season.
Karlovic to Adelaide?
A forgotten member of the Roar, Mario Karlovic could be set for a deal with his hometown club as Adelaide United seeks midfield re-enforcements ahead of their Asian Champions League. The much travelled Karlovic has spent the last few years in South-East Asia following his brief stint with Brisbane back in 2009. Karlovic made five appearances for Brisbane after arriving as an injury replacement for Massimo Murdocca.
Litfin leaves Wellington
Ben Litfin has returned to Queensland after leaving Wellington Phoenix just three months after joining the club. Litfin is taking the chance to find regular first team football back here in the NPL Queensland after finding himself on the outer following Ernie Merrick’s departure. Liftin made just the two appearances for the Phoenix in the A-League. No word yet on where he will play in 2017 at this stage.
Sawyer to the Jets
One move which went under the radar was big striker Harrison Sawyer departing the Young Roar set-up and linking up with the Newcastle Jets. After an initial trial, Sawyer made his debut for the Jets two weeks ago in the National Youth League, scoring a hat-trick against Sydney FC.
That display, in addition to injuries saw Mark Jones call the big striker up to the A-League squad for Sunday’s clash with the Wanderers, with the former Western Pride product coming off the bench for the final 15 minutes.
The big striker burst onto the Young Roar scene last year with a dominating performance against Adelaide United where he scored five goals in a 10-0 win, but was seldom used in the NPL Queensland or this seasons NYL campaign. His only appearance this season for the Roar came as a substitute in round one against the Victory.
Sawyer joins Lachlan Jackson and Devante Clut as former Brisbane players at the Newcastle Jets. With chances for Young Roar players getting a chance here under John Aloisi at a premium, it’s good to see a few of them getting a chance elsewhere.
Stef Nijland returns from injury
Dutch attacker Stef Nijland made his first appearance for PEC Zwolle since August 20th over the weekend, playing the final 11 minutes of their 2-1 win over ADO Den Haag. The 28 year old returned to the first team squad over the winter break training camp in Spain having been out for much of the season due to a hamstring injury.
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