Brisbane Roar (6th)
It will be a weird year for the Brisbane Roar. They have had a change of name and a new chairman in former state MP Chris Bombolas. Some of their supporters have been changing their allegiances to the two Queensland teams by going south (Gold Coast) or north (Townsville).
The Roar has lost Tahj Minniecon to Gold Coast United and Massimo Murdocca to a long term injury.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Not too many new signings: 24 year old Brazilian Henrique came late into the campaign and showed glimpses of skill that could be exciting to watch. Michael Zullo will be hoping to benefit from the second coming of Robbie Kruse, and then there is the Indonesian Dutchman with the Brazilian name Sergio Van Dijk, who was on fire during the second half of last season. Mitch Nichols and Tommy Oar are two other exciting players to watch out for.
A Football Story Prediction:Brisbane to make the finals and perhaps even the grand final.
The Den is not the best supporter’s end of the A-League, but can still Roar.
Key Signing: Henrique ( Formiga, Brazil - 1 year), fans had a taste of the small Brazilian last season, will be one to look out for.
Key Player: Craig Moore is the rock at the back for the Roar.
Something interesting:The roar once signed a player dubbed the Chinese David Beckham.
Coach Quote: "Can you call a cab for me please?"
Fact: The Chinese David Beckham was not very good.
Thought: When they get there shit together can be great to watch, however sometimes their players can melt when in front of goal.
Current Squad: Isaka CERNAK, Luke DEVERE, David DODD, Henrique, Josh McCLOUGHAN, Matt McKAY, Griffin McMASTER (gk), Charlie MILLER, Craig MOORE (c), Matt MUNDY, Massimo MURDOCCA, Mitch NICHOLS, Tommy OAR, Andrew PACKER, Liam REDDY (gk), Reinaldo, Adam SAROTA, Timothy SMITS, Danny TIATTO, Sergio VAN DIJK and Michael ZULLO.
Re-signed: Craig Moore (1 year), Matt McKay (2 years), Massimo Murdocca (2 years), Mitch Nichols (2 years), Andrew Packer (2 Years), Danny Tiatto (1 year), Michael Zullo (2 years).
In: Henrique ( Formiga, Brazil - 1 year), Matt Mundy (Brisbane Roar NYL - 2 years), Adam Sarota (Brisbane Roar NYL - 3 years) .
Out: Chris Grossman (North Queensland Fury),Tahj Minniecon (Gold Coast United), Hyuk-Su Seo (released), Ben Griffin (released).
Saturday, 8 August 2009
Queensland Roar v Gold Coast United
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Local kick-off 7.30pm
Referee: Peter Green
Live & exclusive broadcast on Fox Sports News. To purchase tickets visit www.ticktek.com.au
Brisbane Roar: 1. Liam REDDY (gk), 2. Andrew PACKER, 3. Luke DEVERE, 4. Craig MOORE (c), 5. Josh MCCLOUGHAN, 6. David DODD, 7. Michael ZULLO, 9. Sergio VAN DIJK, 10. Charlie MILLER, 11. REINALDO, 12. Matt MUNDY, 13. HENRIQUE, 14. Adam SAROTA, 15. Matt MCKAY, 16. Bob MALCOLM, 17. Mitch NICHOLS, 18. Danny TIATTO, 19. Isaka CERNAK, 20. Griffin MCMASTER (rgk), 21. Tommy OAR, 23. Tim SMITS, 24. Robbie KRUSE. (*seven to be omitted)
Unavailable: 8. Massimo Murdocca (fractured leg – 3-4 months)
Gold Coast United Squad: 20.Scott HIGGINS (gk), 2.Steve PANTELIDIS, 3.Michael THWAITE, 4.Daniel PIORKOWSKI, 5.ROBSON, 6.Adam GRIFFITHS, 9.Shane SMELTZ, 10.Jason CULINA (c), 11.MILSON, 13.Bas VAN DEN BRINK, 14.Joel PORTER, 15.Tahj MINNIECON, 16.Kristian REES, 17.Matt OSMAN, 22.Adama TRAORE, 23.Steve FITZSIMMONS, 30.Jerrad TYSON (gk – yth).
*two to be omitted*
Unavailable: 8.JEFFERSON (knee injury – 3 months), 18.James BROWN (shin injury – 2 weeks), 1.Jess VANSTRATTAN (ankle injury – 2 weeks), 7.Zenon CARAVELLA (groin injury – 1 week)