Preview: Brisbane Roar v Newcastle Jets

Saturday, 15 February 2014 7:46 PM

Preview: Brisbane Roar v Newcastle Jets

Brisbane Roar and Newcastle Jets will meet in a Round 19 fixture of the 2013-14 A-League season at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday, February 16 at 5pm (AEDT).

 

Head-to-head:

Played: 26 – Wins: Roar 9, Jets 10, Draws: 7

Previous encounter:

Roar 0-2 Jets, December 20, 2013

Form:

Past five matches:

Roar: DWWDL

Jets: LDLLD

The Game:

Brisbane maintained their healthy lead at the top of the A-League ladder after last weekend’s gripping 1-1 draw with the Western Sydney Wanderers. It makes it four games without defeat for the Roar and with the Wanderers not in action this weekend, Mike Mulvey’s side could open up a 10-point gap at the top with a victory here and put one hand on the Premiers’ Plate. There are no fresh injury concerns for the home side, although skipper Matt McKay is still missing with a foot injury.

Things aren’t so rosy at Newcastle with Clayton Zane’s side now going seven games without victory after their disappointing 3-2 loss at home to Wellington last Sunday. While exciting youngster Andrew Hoole misses out through suspension, marquee man Emile Heskey has been named in the squad after two weeks out with a back injury while Socceroos hopeful avid Carney could also make his club debut. The Jets won’t fear heading to Suncorp, having lost just twice from 12 games at the venue.

The big issue:

Roar – They may be the most successful side of the last few seasons but there’s something about coming up against the Jets that doesn’t agree with the men in Orange. Brisbane haven’t won any of their last four games against the Jets, including two defeats both home and away already this campaign. Form might be on the Roar’s side but they need to overcome their Newcastle hoodoo to get the points in this one.

Jets – If Newcastle are to stop the rot and get kick-start their finals hopes then they will need to start games much better. Of the last 11 goals the Jets have scored in the A-League, nine of those have come in the second half as they try and salvage something from the game. Against a Brisbane side at the peak of their powers, they can’t afford to be playing catch-up again.

The game breaker:

Besart Berisha – If there were any question marks over how Berisha would perform since announcing his move to Melbourne Victory for next season, the Albanian has answered them emphatically. One of the best marksmen to ever grace the A-League, Berisha seems to be hitting top gear at just the right time and has bagged three goals in his last four appearances. If Brisbane are to end their Newcastle nightmare, expect Berisha to play a leading role.

 
Source : Football Federation Australia

Ferroviário 2 x 2 Horizonte

Horizonte x Ferroviário

Kid Júnior

 

Horizonte e Ferroviário ficaram no empate em 2×2, na tarde deste sábado (15), no Estádio Domingão, em Horizonte, em partida válida pela 16ª rodada do Campeonato Cearense. O Ferroviário, lutando contra o rebaixamento, esteve próximo da vitória, mas permitiu o empate do Galo do Tabuleiro no final da partida.

Com o empate, o Ferroviário ficou com 15 pontos, em situação difícil no campeonato. OTubarão da Barra precisa vencer suas 2 últimas partidas na competição. O Horizonte, que poderia ter assumido a vice-liderança, continua na quarta posição. O Galo pode sair do G4 caso o Itapipoca vença na sequência da rodada.

Horizonte sai na frente em primeiro tempo equilibrado

O Horizonte começou o jogo indo para o ataque. Na primeira oportunidade da equipe mandante, Adriel Goiano arriscou da intermediária e Fernando Júnior mandou para escanteio. O Ferroviário respondeu também com chute de longa distância. Welitinho arriscou e obrigou Jéfferson a se esticar para salvar o Galo.

Aos 26 minutos, André Cassaco saiu na cara do gol, driblou o goleiro, perdeu o ângulo e ainda finalizou. No rebote de Fernando Júnior, quem salvou foi Júlio Carvalho, de cabeça, em chute forte. Três minutos depois, Adriel assutou em cruzamento que foi direto para o gol. Fernando Júnior fez outra defesa.

O Ferroviário só voltou a assustar aos 41 minutos, com lance individual de Mauri. O meio-campo driblou três adversários e chutou forte para a defesa difícil de Jéfferson.

Nos acréscimos do primeiro tempo, André Cassaco ganhou na corrida de Charles e foi derrubado dentro da área do Ferroviário. O artilheiro do Horizonte cobrou a penalidade e abriu o placar.

Ferroviário melhora e Horizonte tem jogador expulso

O segundo tempo começou com o Ferroviário melhor, com as investidas ofensivas de Lecão. Aos 8 minutos, o atacante recebeu cruzamento no segundo pau e deixou tudo igual no Domingão.

O Ferroviário continuou com a sua postura ofensiva. Em cruzamento cobrado por Mauri, Júnior Carvalhose antecipou à defesa adversária e cabeceou para o gol, aos 24.

Dois minutos depois, Franklin, que tinha entrado há pouco tempo na partida, recebeu o segundo cartão amarelo e deixou o Horizonte com um jogador a menos.

O Ferroviário não aproveitou a expulsão e permitiu que o Galo crescesse na partida. Quando a partida já se encaminhava para o seu término, Marciel recebeu cruzamento dentro da área, dominou a bola e chutou no cantinho do gol de Fernando Júnior para empatar a partida.

Os dois times só têm 2 partidas para encerrar sua participação na primeira fase do Campeonato Cearense. O Horizonte enfrenta o Quixadá, em casa, e o Fortaleza, fora. O Ferroviário encara o Tiradentes, em casa, e o Quixadá, adversário direto na luta pelo rebaixamento, fora. Para fugir da degola, o Peixe precisa vencer os dois confrontos.

 

Diário do Nordeste – Jogada – 15/02/2014

Being Stein Huysegems

Sunday, 16 February 2014 8:17 AM

Being Stein Huysegems

When Wellington striker Stein Huysegems turns 32 in June he will have been a professional footballer for half his life. Before that happens he hopes to have another cause for celebration, with the Phoenix now right in the finals mix and the prospect of a new contract spurring him on.

For many A-League fans Huysegems remains somewhat of an enigma, and yet the Phoenix’s No.10 has played in some of the grandest theatres of Europe and been capped by Belgium on 16 occasions. The 31-year-old hopes to play on for at least another two seasons but right now is relishing the buoyant mood in the Phoenix squad.

“I think that first win really gave our team the confidence we were lacking,” said Huysegems when reflecting on the fact it took his team until round 11 to register their first three points of the campaign.

“We knew we were playing some good football in our first 10 games but as a team were just lacking some composure.”

The Wellington frontman scored the solitary goal in that win against Sydney FC just before Christmas. His personal form has mirrored Phoenix’s rise up the ladder to the point that he now leads the golden boot standings and Ernie Merrick’s men are the form team of the competition.

“I think my second goal – the backheel against Wanderers is my favourite.”

“The last couple of years we haven’t been able to win away, so to do so at the home of the Premiers was a special night.”

Huysegems began his career as a young boy playing in the amateur leagues with Boauberg. The 6.1 foot striker trialled with professional clubs from the age of eight and was signed by Lierse S.K. as soon as he was eligible.

The Belgian would go on to have a prolific career in the Dutch Eredivisie with powerhouses Feyenoord and FC Twente. Huysegems’ football journey went full circle when he returned to the club where it all began in 2011 but not content to see out his career in his homeland he signed a two-year deal with Wellington.

The decision to relocate his family to New Zealand has seen his career continue to prosper and Huysegems is clearly enjoying playing under coach Ernie Merrick. With his contract set to expire at season’s end, he hopes his current form will see him extend his stay.

“I’m presently negotiating a new deal,” said Huysegems. “I’m almost 32 and you want a two-year contract.

“I’d like to sign for two-years but we’ll have to see what the team offers and what I want and we’ll see.”

Throughout his junior career Huysegems was a part of the Belgium national set-up, representing his country from the age of 15 through to the U-21 level. He earned his last senior cap back in 2009 against Australia’s World Cup opponents Chile and has played alongside many of the current crop of players that are forecast to do well in Brazil.

“I’ve played with a lot of the national players,” said Huysegems. “Vermaelen, Van Buyten, Vertonghen.

“They are a very young side now and it would be nice to see them do well.

“I think the quarter-finals will be their minimum expectation.

This weekend the Phoenix welcome another side that have been in great form of late, with the newly acquired Heart making the journey to play at the Cake Tin. While the two sides were rooted to the bottom of the ladder for much of the season, they’ve only lost one game between them in the last month.

Huysegems acknowledges the Phoenix will need to be on their game to continue their surge into the top six and said the team is coveting the opportunity to play finals.

“We will have to play our game from a technical point of view and won’t change a lot.”

“At the beginning of the season it must’ve been a goal for every team to play finals and we’re no different.

“If we keep playing the way we’ve been playing we’ll make it and you never know what’s going to happen.”

Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne Heart
Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand
Sunday, 16 February 5:00pm local (3:00pm AEDT)

Live and exclusive coverage on FOX Sports 2HD and Sky Sport 3 (New Zealand)

 

Source : Football Federation Australia