Friday, April 6, 2012

Aussies Abroad Month In Review March

Greetings to all!! Compiled by Damian Davies
A lot to report this month with many of the European leagues starting to get to the final one or two months of the season.  The big Asian leagues are back in action with many Aussies now playing in Korea.  The number of Aussies playing in Asia continues to grow as evident in the latest transsfer listing.  On a sour note, many of our players are out with niggliing injuries at the moment. 
Transfers :-    . A number of Aussies now find themselves on European club lists via the Genova International Soccer School (GISS).  The push to Asia, particularly Thailand, continues to be strong as the Hyundai A League winds down for another season.  
Additions/changes to database: -      
Jake Adelson (1996) - transferred to Everton, England
Andrew Barisic (22 Mar 1986) - transferred to Arema, Indonesia  (IPL)
Matthew Bryne (5 Jun 1992) - transferred to Donji Siem, Serbia
Nick Feely (9 May 1992) - loan to Clyde FC, Scotland
Scott Gannon (12 Mar 1988) - transferred to Amicale, Vanuatu
Aleksander Jovanovic (4 Aug 1989) - transferred to BEC Tero Sasana, Thailand
Aaron Lennox (19 Feb 1993) - loan return to QPR, England
Grant Maddern (20 May 1993) - transferred to CFR Cluj, Romania
Dylan Mernagh (1 Jul 1991) - transferred to Waterford United, Ireland
Zac Paraskevas (1995) - transferred to Portogruaro, Italy
Paul Reid (6 Jul 1979) - transferred to Insee Police United, Thailand
Brendon Santalab (9 Sep 1982) - transferred to Chongqing Lifan, China
Taylor Tombides (TBC) - transferred to West Ham, England
Jack Turner (3 Mar 1992) - transferred to CFR Cluj, Romania
Chris Vartaci (8 Jul 1992) - transferred to CFR Cluj, Romania
Chris Velluto (13 mar 1995) -  transferred to Portogruaro, Italy
Daniell Zeleny (19 Oct 1988) - transferred to Greski United, Indonesia (ISL)
Removed from database:-   
Laurence Braude (26 May 1989) - returned to US college system
Iain Fyfe (3 Apr 1982) - transferred to Adelaide United
Tyson Holmes (9 Nov 1987) - transferred to Sunshine Coast, QSL
Michael Matricciani (15 Mar 1986) - transferred to Metrostars, SAFL
Ricky Zucco (2 Sep 1990) - transferred to NSW
Club Level:-    
England (Premier League) – Thirty-nine year old Mark Schwarzer continues in goal at Fulham.  An inconsistent month with a mixture of clean sheets and some narrow defeats.  Tim Cahill has certainly not been as productive this season as in previous campaigns.  He continues to start at Everton, and did score in a cup tie, but not the output that has been seen in the past. Chris Herd is back in the starting eleven at Aston Villa, having now made 12 starts for the season, he has certainly made great strides at club level. Forgotten keeper, Brad Jones, continues to ply his trade in the Liverpool reserves.
England (Championship) – Adam Federici's form across his forty starts this season has been exceptional at Reading.  So much so that his team have moved into an automatic promotion postion.  Would be fantastic to see Fed finally step up to the Premier League after dominating at Championship level.  The next month will be critical.  Our Aussies at Middlesbrough had indifferent months due to injury.  Rhys Williams went down mid March and faces a length break with an ankle problem.  Scott McDonald returned late in the month after an eight week injury lay off.  Mile Jedinak continued his promising first season in England (until sidelined with a groin injury), scoring his first goal during March.  Neil Kilkenny has had several starts for Bristol City during the month, but faces a big relegation battle over the final month of the season.  Shane Lowry has overcome injury problems as well to return to the starting eleven at Millwall.
England (League One) – With majority of the games in hand now played, unfortunately we didn't see a late run up the table from Oldham Athletic.  Alex Cisak was the number one keeper until injury struck him down as well late in the month.  Opening the door for fellow Aussie Dean Bouzanis to make his starting debut. Young defender Bailey Wright has now made several starts for Preston North End.
England (League Two) – Shane Cansdell-Sheriff (Shrewsbury Town) has returned to the starting side as his team fight for automatic promotion.  Another Aussie back starting is Jamie Young at Aldershot.  Undefeated in their past five outings as they make a late charge with Jamie back in goals
Italy (Serie B) – Carl Valeri has been seeing restricted minutes over the past few weeks, in and out of the starting eleven at Sassuolo.
Italy (Serie C1) - Veteran Max Vieri (Prato) has turned back the clock and is currently in the starting eleven.  Having now scored three times in his eight appearances, March was a positive change in fortunes.
Italy (Serie C2) – Having now chalked up nearly 2000 minutes of game time this campaign, Christian Esposito (FC Catanzaro) is having the type of season that will give his career a kick along after being consistently injured over recent seasons.    
Germany (Bundesliga) – March saw Nikita Rukavytsya take his season starts to eleven.  Although his team are struggling, he is certainly getting good game time in a quality league.  Mitch Langerak (Borussia Dortmund) continued his roll as understudy to Weidenfeller.   
Netherlands (Eredivsie) – Aston Villa bound Brett Holman had an eventful month, scoring in a UEFA tie, getting a red card, and continuing to provide many assists.  Tommy Oar returned from injury and to the scoring charts at Utrecht, whereas Michael Zullo spent the month predominately as a squad member. Jason Davidson made his long awaited debut for Heracles.
Netherlands (Eerste) - Andrew Marveggio made his starting debut for SC Telstar, but didn't see the game out after being red carded. His older brother Ryan has been on the bench eight times but is yet to make his debut.
Scotland (Premier) – Ryan McGowan is another young player to be experiencing a break out season.  He continues in the starting eleven at Hearts, scoring again from his defensive position in March.
Scotland (Third division) – Young Western Australian keeper Nick Feely is now getting first team experience at Clyde FC.  He is starting keeper while on loan from Celtic.
Greece (Super League) – Apostolis Giannou's season continues to gain momentum as he has now made four starts for PAOK.  
Turkey (Super Lig) – James Troisi has now scored nine times in his 22 starts.  Continuing his most impressive season at senior level.
Portugal (Liga de Honra) – a challenging month for Caleb Patterson-Sewell (Atletico Clube Portugal). He has started every game this season, but his team have been defeated in their past three outings.  
France (CFA) - the February form of Kearyn Baccus has seen him gain a permanent place in the starting team at Le Mans II. 
Austria (Bundesliga) - James Holland (Austria Wien) has been in and out of the starting team during March.
Austria (1. Liga) - Striker Richie Cardozo has made his starting debut at LASK Linz
U.A.E. (UFL) – mainstay Lucas Neill (Al Jazira) continues to impress in his first season.  Both Neill and Bresciano are playing in the Asian Champions League for their respective club sides.
China (Super League) - the season is now a little over a month old with Joel Griffiths (Shanghai Shenhua) starting well, partnering Nicholas Anelka.  Other Aussies to start most weeks so far are Mile Sterjovski (Dalian Aerbiu), Jonas Salley (Shanghai Shenxin) and Dino Djulbic (Guizhou Renhe).
Japan (J- League) - early days, however Josh Kennedy (Nagoya) , Alex Brosque (Shimizu), Jade North (Consadole Sapporo) are all playing 90 minutes each weekend.
Korea (K-League) - many Aussies now playing great minutes each week.  Will be interesting to see if any players use this as a launching pad into Socceroos calculations as trail blazer Sasa Ognenovski has done over recent seasons.
Hong Kong (HKFA 1st) - our Aussies starting each week are Karl Dodd (TSW Pegasus), Nenad Vekic (Tuen Mun) and Dean Evans (Sham Shui Po).
India (I-League) – the Tolgey Olzbey (East Begal) scoring machine rolls on, now up to 15 goals. Matthew Mayora  has started his club career at Shillong Lajong.
Indonesia (Super League) - in terms of game time, Steve Hesketh (Arema) and Robbie Gaspar (Persib) have been the best achieving Aussies. 
Malaysia (Super League) - Michael Baird and Brendan Gan continue to start and score for mid table Sabah.
Uruguay (Primera) - Richard Porta is back in Uruguay and scoring again for Nacional
Uzbekistan (Premier) - David Carney is finally getting much needed game time at Bunyodkor
Injuries:-    The list of players with minor injuries is very extensive at the moment.  Given the important end of season games across Europe, hopefully the likes of Jedinak, Williams, Cisak and Kruse can get back on the park.
Club Competitions:-
(UEFA Champions League) No Aussies remain.
(UEFA Europa League) Brett Holman scored during AZ's fixture as AZ progressed to the semi finals.
(AFC Cup) - Both Tolgey Ozbey (East Bengal) and Andrew Barisic (Arema) appeared for their clubs.
(Asian Champions League) - half a dozen Aussies appeared during the early stages with Lucas Neill, Mark Bresciano, Josh Kennedy, Milan Susak, David Carney and Sasa Ognenovski all getting starts.
Reserves and Youth:-    No Aussies appeared in the "NextGen Series". Ryan Williams continues to impressive in the Fulham reserves.  Some significant progress in Germany with Nedim Basic (Wuppertaler) and James Stojcevski (Karlsruher) regulars in the youth teams.
International level :-    The Socceroos were not in action during March.  The Olyroos did complete the failed qualifying campaign for the London Olympics, failing to score in their last six fixtures.

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