2016-17 Season Draw unveiled

Today the draw for the 2016-17 A-League season was released, with Brisbane playing the opening the news season with a home clash against Melbourne Victory on Friday, October 7. Brisbane will also conclude the regular season at home against Wellington Phoenix on April 16. Here’s the full draw.

UntitledThe breakdown of the home games sees Brisbane play four home games on Friday nights,  four Saturday games and five games on Sunday’s. In terms of away games, Brisbane will play five games on Fridays,. six on Saturdays and three on Sundays giving people plenty of potential for away trips.

This upcoming season will see the Roar host Melbourne Victory, Sydney FC, Western Sydney and Wellington twice, while Newcastle, Central Coast, Melbourne City, Adelaide and Perth once. In terms of away trips, flip the above breakdown.

The other impact on the A-League draw is Brisbane’s 2017 AFC Champions League playoff  clash which will be played on February 7, 2017. That falls four days after the round 18 home game at Sydney FC and four days before the trip to Melbourne City.

With the unveiling of the season draw, the new season seems a lot closer despite it being the middle of the off-season. 151 days until the new season gets underway.

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Experienced Brisbane trio to miss Liverpool clash

(Masashi Hara/Getty Images AsiaPac)

(Masashi Hara/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Brisbane will be without experienced trio Michael Theo, Matt McKay and Luke DeVere in Friday night’s clash with Liverpool. Theo is missing the clash as he continues to rehab following the Wrist and Groin injuries which ruined his season last time around, while Matt McKay is being rested after his participation in the Socceroos World Cup qualifier in against Kyrgyzstan last month limited his time off.

DeVere’s  situation however is a bit more serious as the defender has been on crutches since being substituted in just the 8th minute of the Villarreal friendly last month. It’s now likely that DeVere will miss almost the entire pre-season, including the FFA Cup Round of 32 clash with Western Sydney, and possibly even the round 1 clash against the same opposition.

In the meantime looking ahead to Friday, new signing Jamie Maclaren will make his first appearance in Brisbane colours against the English side. In addition to Maclaren, experienced players such as Shane Stefanutto, Thomas Broich, Luke Brattan and Henrique are all fit and available for selection in John Aloisi’ first game as Brisbane manager.

There will also likely be a bunch of Brisbane’s younger cubs on display, including the four that Aloisi promoted to the squad last month – Nick D’Agostino, Luke Pavlou, Abrahim Yango and Mitchell  Hore-, while with Theo injured and Fraser Chalmers moving on there will be a need for a goalkeeper. Youngsters Denver Crickmore or Tomislav Bilic are in line to back up Jamie Young.

Expected Brisabne Roar squad for Liverpool Friendly
Goalkeepers: Jamie Young, Denver Crickmore, Tomislav Bilic.
Defenders: Jerome Polenz, James Donachie, Jade North, Shane Stefanutto, Jack Hingert, Daniel Bowles, Corey Brown.
Midfielders: Luke Brattan, Steven Lustica, Devante Clut, Thomas Broich, Luke Pavlou, Mitch Hore, Patrick Theodore.
Forwards: Henrique, Jamie Maclaren, Jean Carlos Solórzano, Dimitri Petratos, Brandon Borrello, Shannon Brady, Nick D’Agostino, Abrahim Yango.


Jackson joins the Jets

Disrespecting the competition? Nah. (Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images AsiaPac)

 (Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Young Brisbane Roar defender Lachlan Jackson has left the club in search of first team football, joining the Newcastle Jets on a one year senior contract.

Jackson, 20, spent five years as part of the Roar’s youth side, going from a fringe player to a key part of the side that went within a solitary goal of winning last years competition.

Despite that however, it wasn’t until the penultimate week of last years regular season that the young defender got the chance to make his A-League debut, when he came off the bench late on against the Melbourne Victory.

Just three days later, Jackson started as part of a young Roar side, keeping the leagues best striker Besart Berisha quiet as the Victory won 1-0 after a dubious penalty.

In his final game for Brisbane, Jackson scored the winner against his now new team, when he scored a goal from a corner late in the 2-1 win over Newcastle in round 27.

While Jackson’s departure could affect the medium to long term, in the short term Brisbane should be able to cover for his loss this season with the likes of Luke DeVere, James Donachie, Daniel Bowles and Jade North as central defenders on the books.

Despite that, it’s never good to see young players who’ve been progressed from the youth team depart the club in search of first team football. All the best to Lachlan for the future, hopefully he can reach his potential in Newcastle.


Report- Bakrie Group set to sell controlling interest in Brisbane Roar

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Brisbane Roar is about to undergo a changing of ownership, with the Indonesian based Bakrie Group set to sell the club after an off-season full of speculation on the clubs future.

The news, which was first reported by David Lewis from SBS, indicates that Brisbane have been sold to a local ownership group had purchased the club and would take control of the three time A-League champions at the end of the month.

With everything that’s happened this off-season, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Bakries have made the decision to sell the club, with upcoming deadlines likely forcing their hand.

Within a week of the season ending loss to Urawa in the Champions League, Managing Director Sean Dobson had announced his resignation amid rumours of cost cutting and financial troubles at the Roar.

The bad news continued for the embattled owners, with player payments made long after they were due, the forfeiting of two NPL Queensland trips up north, and finally last week the departure of the clubs longtime major sponsor; The Coffee Club.

It was reported earlier in the week that the next round of player and staff payments were due next week -July 15th- and if they were late once again that the governing body would be forced to step in.

The timing of this news should it turn out to be correct, could be perfect with the spotlight turning to the Roar with their high profile friendly against English giants Liverpool next week.

More on this story as news comes to light, including on who the new ownership group consists of.


Off-season update

Adelaide
In: Bruce Kamau (NYL Promotion)
Out: Nigel Boogaard (Newcastle Jets)
Out of contract: Miguel Palanca, Cameron Watson

Adelaide are the most settled of the teams across the league with minimal changes to Josep Gombau’s side which fell 90 minutes short of the Grand Final. In terms of needs, the biggest need to fill is at the back with a defender needed to replace the departed Boogaard. Another striker to play either in place of, or alongside the oft-injured Bruce Djite could also be on the agenda. It’s a settled side with a nice mix of experience and young local players however, not a lot to be done.

Brisbane
In:
John Aloisi (Head Coach), Shannon Brady (NYL Promotion)
Out: Andrija Kaluderovic (Released), George Lambadaridis (Released), Kofi Danning (Oakleigh Cannons- NPL Victoria), Adam Sarota (FC Utrecht- Netherlands (Loan Return)), Ben Litfin (Palm Beach Sharks- NPL Queensland),  Jesse Daley (Melbourne Victory NPL), Frans Thijssen (Head Coach), Rado Vidosic (Assistant Coach), Ken Stead (Technical Director).
Out of Contract: Nil.

It’s been an off-season of change for Brisbane off the park with the ownership cleaning house by removing the GM, the Technical Director and the coach, with John Aloisi given the job of bringing the Roar back to the top. In terms of players there’s no new arrivals as of yet, however a few players have departed, most notably Andrija Kaluderovic who scored 7 goals in 16 games. The biggest need will be upfront, with depth in the middle third also needed. The clubs bevy of talented NYL side gives them plenty of options should they look in that direction.

Central Coast Mariners
In: Roy O’Donovan (Mitra Kukar- Indonesia), Mitchell Austin (Cambridge United- England)
Out: Richard Vernes (Budapest Honved- Hungary (Loan Return)), John Hutchinson (Retired), Dejan Pandurevic (Manly United), Zac Anderson, Brent Griffiths, Matt Simon, Tom Slater, Isaka Cernak, Hayden Morton (All Released).
Out of contract– Eddy Bosnar.

Tony Walmsley has a lot of work to do when it comes to re-working this roster, with Irish journeyman Roy O’Donovan and young Australian Mitch Austin the first step. Of those leaving, Anderson was probably their best and is someone who would fit in a few teams across the league. There’s a lot more to do however, and he may look in the direction of Everton, with whom they have a player development relationship. Rebuilding the Mariners, with the restrictions the ownership have implemented will be a tough gig.

Melbourne City
In: Ivan Franjic (Free Agent), Steven Kuzmanovski (Western Sydney Wanderers)
Out: Andrew Redmayne (Western Sydney Wanderers), Damien Duff, Kew Jaliens, Iain Ramsay, Mate Dugandzic, Rob Wielaert (All Released).
Out of contract: Jonatan Germano, Massimo Murdocca, Harry Novillo, Tando Velaphi.

City fell one game short of the Grand Final and have wasted little time in re-tooling with the release of three of their visa players. Coming in is Ivan Franjic, whose back in the A-League after a disappointing year in Russia with Torpedo Moscow. City find themselves in a position where their final recruits will most likely be visa players who they’ll hope make the difference this season. A goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and winger could all be on the agenda.

Melbourne Victory
In: Danny Vukovic (Perth Glory).
Out: Nathan Coe, Andrew Nabbout, Jordan Brown, Michael Turnbull (All Released), John Paul de Marginy (Newcastle Jets- Assistant Coach).
Out of Contract: Daniel Georgievski, Lawrence Thomas, Archie Thompson, Jesse Makarounas.

Last years double winners are another stable side as they look to defend their title, with Danny Vukovic the only new arrival as yet. All eyes are however on Georgievski and Thompson, who could be waiting for the new CBA to be announced to see if they can afford to keep both or if they’re forced to choose between the two. Victory’s recruitment is almost done, with the majority of their squad in tact, however that could change if Mark Milligan departs for the Middle East.

Newcastle Jets
In:
Nigel Boogaard (Adelaide United), Andy Brennan (South Melbourne- NPL Victoria), Scott Miller (Fulham FC-England- Manager), John Paul de Marginy (Melbourne Victory- Assistant Coach).
Out: Andrew Hoole (Sydney FC), Zenon Caravella, Jess Vanstrattan, Taylor Regan, Sam Gallagher, James Virgili, John Solari (All Released), Phil Stubbins (Manager).
Out of contract: Nil.

It’s been all change for the Jets, who now find themselves under the ownership of the FFA. Unpopular manager Phil Stubbins has been shown the door, with English based Australian Scott Miller announced as head coach yesterday. Player wise Nigel Boogaard is the biggest addition to date, however they’ll need much more than that to lift themselves from the foot of the table.

Perth Glory
In:
Mitchell Oxborrow (NYL Promotion), Antony Golec (Western Sydney Wanderers).
Out. Daniel De Silva (AS Roma- Italy), Jack Duncan (Randers FC- Denmark), Brandon O’Neill (Sydney FC), Riley Woodcock (Sydney FC),  Matthew Davies (Pahang FA- Malaysia), Rostyn Griffiths, Denis Kramar, Dejan Paljic (All Released).
Out of contract: Nil

After last year’s salary cap scandal, it’s an off-season of getting things in order as opposed to making big name additions, with Antony Golec their only addition from outside the club. The loss of both De Silva and Rostyn Griffiths will hurt their depth, as will the loss of home grown trio Woodcock, O’Neill and Davies.

Sydney FC
In:
Andrew Hoole (Newcastle Jets), Brandon O’Neill (Perth Glory) Riley Woodcock (Perth Glory).
Out: Marc Janko, Ivan Necevski, Sasa Ognenovski, Corey Gameiro, Milos Dimitrijevic, Hagi Gligor, Peter Triantis, Nick Carle (All Released).
Out of contract: Nil.

Sydney are another settled side, as you’d expect of a side who finished top two and made the Grand Final, with the majority of their recruitment completed back in January with Tavares, Faty and Stambolziev all sticking around. Marquee man Marc Janko departs however, as does Milos Dimitrijevic, who was linked to Brisbane back a couple of months ago.

Wellington Phoenix
In:
Nil.
Out: Tyler Boyd (Vitoria de Guimaraes- Portugal), Michael Boxall (SuperSport United- South Africa), Kenny Cunningham, Josh Brindell-South, Jason Hicks, Joel Griffiths (All Released).
Out of Contract- Nil.

Things have been quiet across the Tasman since their season ended in week one of the finals, with Ernie Merrick looking for 2 or 3 additions to his squad to push his side over the top. They reportedly made an offer to Archie Thompson, before withdrawing it after the deadline they imposed passed. Youngster Tyler Boyd is off to Portugal to further his career.

Western Sydney Wanderers:
In: Andrew Redmayne (Melbourne City), Jacob Pepper (Newcastle Jets), Scott Neville (Newcastle Jets), Shayne D’Cunha (NYL Promotion), Luke Youlley (NYL Promotion).
Out: Yianni Perkatis (Blacktown City- NPL NSW), Antony Golec (Perth Glory), Ante Covic, Tomi Juric, Nikita Rukavystya, Kerem Bulut, Iacopo La Rocca, Nick Ward, Jason Trifiro, Nick Kalmar, Adrian Madaschi, Sam Gallaway, Yusuke Tanaka, Yojiro Takahagi, Martin Lo (All Released).
Out of Contract: Nil.

After an extremely long season, the Wanderers have taken the opportunity to make sweeping changes to the roster after they gave Tony Popovic a new long term extension. Out go players who helped them to the ACL victory like Juric, Covic and La Rocca, in addition to midseason revelation Kerem Bulut and Japanese duo Tanaka and Takahagi. All up a massive 15 players have been let go by the Wanderers after a disappointing domestic season. Replacing them so far are goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne, defender Scott Neville and utility Jacob Pepper. You’d have to think there’s something big coming for the Wanderers with that much turnover.


Links: Suncorp concert restrictions, Gorry FIFA 16 cover vote.

There isn’t a lot of news going around at the moment with new Brisbane boss John Aloisi getting acclimatised to life here in Brisbane, while the players are on their end of season break. Despite that there have been a few minor stories which aren’t worth posting about on their own.

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First up is this above tweet from 9 News on Monday which states that a deal is about to be confirmed which will allow Brisbane’s home ground, Suncorp Stadium, to host more concerts. A petition was launched in April after the venue missed out on hosting ACDC in their upcoming tour, with the band forced out to QSAC as the stadium had previously filled their annual quota.That could be a problem for the past now however as it sounds like the government will be lifting those restrictions which could see more concerts, and more disruptions to Brisbane in seasons to come.

In the past 12 months the venue has began to show it’s hand about it’s desire to host the round ball game at the venue after dishing up a sub par surface for the AFC Asian Cup, before the debacle surrounding the 2015 Champions League campaign which saw the Roar forced to take games to the Gold Coast.

With three concerts over the November/December season Brisbane have already been forced to move one home game away from the venue for the upcoming season, while the quality of the playing surface for others could be less than desirable. Time to consider the options surrounding a second rectangular stadium.

The big off-season intrigue surrounding Brisbane is who will be playing upfront next season. One potential striker solution seems to be off the board, with Tomi Juric reportedly considering an offer from Standard Liege. Juric’ name was circulating as a potential option upfront for new Brisbane manager John Aloisi.

In news that could affect the coverage of the league, Foxtel have purchased a 15% stake in Network 10, a transaction which could lead to the network expanding their sports coverage. That could potentially include a bid to acquire SBS’ free to air rights for the A-League as this link speculates.

Finally, with the inclusion of women’s football in the popular video game FIFA 16, there’s a cover vote to see which Matildas star will be on the cover, a vote which includes Brisbane midfielder Katrina Gorry.

Gorry is up against Steph Catley from Melbourne Victory and Kyah Simon from Sydney FC. Voting closes on Friday. Here’s the link if you wish to vote for Gorry.


John Aloisi confirmed as new coach of Brisbane Roar

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Brisbane’s 8 month search to appoint a new permanent head coach is over this evening with John Aloisi confirmed as the clubs new manager.

After a decorated career as a player for club and country, Aloisi made his first foray into coaching with Melbourne City, where be became manager of their NYL side after retiring in 2011.

Aloisi was then elevated to the clubs first team managerial position after beating Ante Milicic to the role, just 12 months after concluding his playing career at the club.

His coaching tenure at the Heart was hardly a successful one, with a 9th placed finish in his first season, before he was sacked midway through his second season with the side winless and sitting bottom of the ladder.

Since then Aloisi has been an analyst for Fox Sports coverage of the A-League, while also heading off to Europe – most notably Barcelona- to improve his coaching methods in anticipation of a second chance in the A-League which has now arrived.

Most recently he’s been coaching with Melbourne Victory, as their assistant coach in the National Youth League and as the coach of their u/20’s side in the NPL Victoria competition. Currently Victory are winning that competition by 11 points with a game in hand.

Aloisi becomes the 7th manager in Brisbane history and is following in the footsteps of Miron Bleiberg, Frank Farina, Ange Postecoglou, Rado Vidosic, Mike Mulvey and Frans Thijssen who took charge as an interim this season.

John is set to arrive in June, with his first game set to take place against Liverpool on July 17.

In other news today, Kofi Danning and Ben Litfin have been confirmed as departing the club to pursue other opportunities. Litfin returns to the Gold Coast with Palm Beach Sharks in the NPL Queensland, while Kofi Danning heads south to the NPL Victoria where he will join Oakleigh Cannons. Danning is the second former Roar player to join NPL Victoria in the past 24 hours, with Massimo Murdocca signing on with Avondale FC.  While Brisbane Roar haven’t confirmed the news themselves yet, the moves have been confirmed on the NPL Queensland and NPL Victoria website.