Hyundai A-League 2015/2016 Round 4 Opta Stats preview – Newcastle Jets performance against Melbourne playing as visitor

#MCYvNEW – Newcastle Jets haven’t won away from home against Melbourne City [or Heart] since December 2010. A run of six Hyundai A-League matches.

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Hyundai A-League 2015/2016 Round 4 Opta Stats preview – Thomas Sorensen

#MCYvNEW – No goalkeeper has made more saves so far this season in the Hyundai A-League than City’s Thomas Sorensen (13).
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Hyundai A-League 2015/2016 Round 4 Opta Stats preview – Daniel Mullen

#MCYvNEW – Daniel Mullen has made four blocks so far in the Hyundai A-League. Only Perth’s Dino Djulbic (7) has more.

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Hyundai A-League 2015/2016 Round 4 Opta Stats preview – Bruno Fornaroli

#MCYvNEW – Hyundai A-League top scorer Bruno Fornaroli has been involved in four of Melbourne City’s six goals this season (3 goals, 1 assist).

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First half hurt us against Nigeria: Tony Vidmar

Victor Osimhen scores his opening goal against Australia

The Joeys’ poor first half against Nigeria set the tone for a difficult 90 minutes despite a significant improvement in the second stanza, says head coach Tony Vidmar.

Australia’s U-17 national football team bowed out of the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup on Thursday morning (AEDT) after a 6-0 loss to Nigeria.

The Joeys conceded two goals within the space of three minutes while spurning a golden opportunity of their own, before going into the sheds at half time down 2-0.

Vidmar said his side did not perform to the best of their abilities.

“The disappointing thing is that we didn’t play our game in the first half,” Vidmar said.

“When we didn’t have the ball, our pressing was not good enough and that’s allowed Nigeria to have so much more space. Our lines became so much bigger, and that’s what Nigeria thrived on.

“When we had the ball, we turned it over too easily. We said that if we had the ball for too long, they’d run over us because they were much faster than us.”

The Joeys started the second half with a two goal deficit, but they began to play a style similar to what was seen against Mexico and Argentina in the group stage.

FFA U-16/U-17 technical director Peter de Roo said the Joeys did not deserve to lose by six goals, given the improved performance in the second half.

“The scoreline was not indicative of the performance,” de Roo said.

“We pressed well, didn’t let them out of their half and were more composed on the ball.

“The only thing we didn’t do at that stage was score a goal.

“On their first break, they scored, and then we lost that momentum.”

The second half was more fruitful for the Australians, but they struggled to break down a Nigerian defence that was sitting deep and happy with their two-goal lead.

It was the counter that would be the Joeys’ undoing once again. A hopeful, deep cross caught the Australian defence unawares, and it was again Osimhen again on hand to bag his brace and make it 3-0.

The Nigerians turned on the afterburners in the final 10 minutes, with Osimhen completing his hat-trick, while Edidong Essien and Samuel Chukwueze added goals five and six respectively.

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Hold your heads high, Joeys: Peter de Roo

The Joeys bowed out of the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup after a 6-0 loss to Nigeria

The Joeys’ 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup campaign should be a learning experience for the 21 young footballers selected to represent Australia.

The Joeys bowed out of the tournament after a 6-0 loss to Nigeria in the Round of 16, but not before progressing through the group stage with four points, including a famous 2-1 win over Argentina, and a 0-0 draw against Mexico.

FFA U-16/U-17 technical director Peter de Roo said the Joeys should hold their heads high, having played some periods of great football throughout the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

“When you look over the whole tournament, we can only be proud of these boys,” de Roo said.

“It’s been a great learning experience for all of them.

“We didn’t come here with expectations of reaching a certain stage of the competition.

“Our goal was to play the football we wanted to play, regardless of who we took on, and I think we’ve done that.

“Our expectation was that we wanted to play positive, aggressive football.

“We have matched four world class teams in possession statistics.

“We got out of a group stage with some decent football, not sitting back, really taking it to the opponent.

“We know it takes risk, but it’s the only way to improve the players and it’s how we want to play as Aussies.”

Joeys head coach Tony Vidmar said he hoped his young side learns from this experience.

“I spoke to the boys after the game and told them we were disappointed with this performance,” Vidmar said.

“But I told them we can’t be disappointed with the performances in the tournament before tonight.


“There’s been a lot of fantastic learning football moments – both good and bad – and hopefully the boys can take those bad moments and improve from them.

“That’s all we ask, because we hope that these players will one day become future national team players.”

The Joeys performed admirably over the course of their time in Chile, beginning their campaign with a 4-1 loss to Germany before improving with a 0-0 draw with Mexico, and completing the group stage with a 2-1 win over Argentina.

This group of Joeys will now return to their clubs and start the next stage of their careers, while the next generation of Joeys recently qualified for the 2016 AFC U-16 Championship after going through their qualifying group undefeated.

The 2016 AFC U-16 Championship – from 15 September to 2 October, 2016 – will also serve as the qualification process for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, to be held in India.

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Thomas Broich to light up big screen

Thomas Broich

The spotlight will be on Brisbane Roar marquee player Thomas Broich on Sunday – but this time off the field when his short film Tom Meets Zizou is featured at this weekend’s Football Film Festival at The Barracks.

The documentary by Aljoscha Pause tracks Broich’s life and career in the Bundesliga and his eventual decision to walk away from the premier German competition.

Broich and his German team-mate at the Roar, Jerome Polenz, will participate in a Q&A session immediately following the screening which starts at 2pm on Sunday.

Broich says it has been several years since he last watched the award-winning documentary.


“It is good to see it still creates a fair amount of interest,” he said.

“The documentary is a good opportunity for people here to get a glimpse of what it is like to be a Bundesliga player.”

Although it has been nearly five years since it was filmed, Broich hopes the documentary still delivers strong messages.

“There is a bit of consistency in terms of my personality but there are some thing I said as a young kid that were not good for a role model.”There are some things I would do differently now but that is the path of every human being that, as you grown older, you get a little but smarter . . . hopefully.

“Sometime it is not easy to watch yourself on the big screen, particularly when the subject matter is personal but I will be more than happy to answer any questions from those who attend the screening.

“Whatever you are thinking, throw your questions at me and we will discuss it.”


The festival program kicks off on Saturday, 30 October, from 4pm, with an opening ceremony and the screening of the emotion-charged theatrical documentary Gascoigne, which tracks the life of former England international Paul Gascoigne.

A short film about former Roar skipper Matt Smith – Mr Smith – also is on the festival’s screening list. It will run in conjunction with the Eric Cantona movie Looking for Eric which wraps up the festival from 5pm on Sunday.Click here to see all the Football Film Festivals’ movies, session times and to purchase tickets.


Festival organisers are offering Roar fans the chance to win one of three double passes to one of the festival sessions.

• Send your full name and the session you would like to attend to Please put Roar Competition in the subject line.

Festival organisers will contact the winners before the weekend.

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