Sydney FC captain re-commits to champions

Sydney FC have re-signed captain Alex Brosque for the 2017/18 Hyundai A-League season.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Sydney FC have re-signed club captain Alex Brosque for a further season, the club confirmed today.

Brosque will bring his tenure as Sydney FC captain to four seasons as he eyes a Hyundai A-League Premiership and Championship defence in season 2017/18.

The Sky Blues leader was an integral member of the double winning squad, finishing as the second highest goal scorer at the club with 11 goals, while also laying on five assists.

Brosque said he was excited to be remaining a Sky Blue and set his sights on even more silverware in 2017/18.

“I’m very happy to be staying on for another year,” Brosque said.

“After the incredible highs of the season just gone we want to carry that on into next year and have another successful season.

“I believe we’ll be even better next year, retaining the core of the squad, and I’m looking forward to season 2017/18 getting underway.”

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Sydney FC Head Coach Graham Arnold said it was an easy decision retaining the club captain, and said he expects even more from him in the new season.

“Brosquey is a major part of everything we do at the club, not just on the field but off it as well,” Arnold said.

“He’s a leader and mentor for both the young and experienced players, he brings the dressing room together and I expect him to continue to live up to the standards bestowed upon him as Captain in season 2017/18.

“It’s a pleasure to have Brosque at the club and long may our form continue in the new season.”

Alex Brosque will lead the Sky Blues out against English Premier League heavyweights Liverpool FC at ANZ Stadium tomorrow, before departing on holidays and reporting for pre-season with the remainder of the squad in July.

 

 

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Alex Brosque proud of Sydney FC’s ‘perfect’ plan

Sydney FC skipper Alex Brosque is being held  back by Glory defender Marc Warren.

Sydney FC skipper Alex Brosque is being held back by Glory defender Marc Warren

Sydney FC captain Alex Brosque says the Sky Blues specifically plotted a fast start against Perth Glory in order to make a “statement” in Saturday night’s semi final.

Renowned for overrunning their opposition after half-time, the Sky Blues stunned Perth with a three-goal blitz inside the first 45 minutes at Allianz Stadium.
A typically professional second half sealed the 3-0 victory along with hosting rights for next Sunday’s Hyundai A-League Grand Final.

“We wanted to make a bit of a statement tonight with the way we came out and the intent we had,” Brosque told Fox Sports.

“It’s been a fantastic year and to back it up again tonight after a week off … we had time to freshen up and plan exactly what we were going to do tonight and we did it perfectly.

“We’ve set ourselves up perfectly now with a home Grand Final and we’ll get the job done next week.”

Sydney FC fans show their support at Allianz Stadium.

Brosque revealed his 2010 Grand Final winners’ medal remained on his bedside table as a source of inspiration for this year’s championship assault.

“I give it a good look every morning when I wake up,” the 33-year-old added.

“It’s just reminding me what’s at stake and what’s there to be won.

“It’s a great group, fantastic players, fantastic team. But it is all about the trophy and that medal.”

 

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Sydney FC 2-0 Newcastle Jets- Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Sydney FC have celebrated their Hyundai A-League Premiership party in style after a 2-0 win over Newcastle Jets on Saturday night, although there could be an injury concern for star playmaker Milos Ninkovic.

Second half goals from Ninkovic and Alex Brosque proved the difference as the Sky Blues finally got their hands on the Premiers’ Plate after fulltime in front of almost 16,000 fans at Allianz Stadium.

Jets players provided a guard of honour for the Sydney FC players before the match and then put up a huge fight, especially in the first half.

While Alex Wilkinson went close for the Sky Blues with a header that hit the woodwork, the Jets wasted the best chance of the opening 45 minutes when Andrew Nabbout missed a penalty.

Sydney FC midfielder Josh Brillante looks to avoid the challenge of a Jets defender at Allianz Stadium.

Graham Arnold’s side then took control after the break, with Ninkovic scoring his ninth of the season before Brosque pounced late on to ensure the Sky Blues broke a host of Hyundai A-League records.

But they will be sweating on the fitness of the star Serbian who was forced off in the second half with a left leg problem ahead of their semi-final in a fortnight.

 

GOALS

1-0 Sydney FC: Milos Ninkovic 56’

Bobo started the move in the middle of the park, with Rhyan Grant then finding Filip Holosko who went around Lachlan Jackson before squaring the ball to Ninkovic who had the simple task of tapping the ball in from close range.

Jets midfielder Ben Kantarovski puts in a wonderful tackle to stop Sydney FC playmaker Milos Ninkovic in his tracks.

2-0 Sydney FC: Alex Brosque 86’

Another flowing move with Brandon O’Neill’s cross flicked-on by David Carney, with Brosque at the far post to volley past Jack Duncan with an assured finish.

KEY MOMENT

Just before the break the Jets won a penalty when referee Shaun Evans ruled Rhyan Grant had brought down Andrew Hoole in the box. But Nabbout blazed his spot-kick wide of the mark to let the Sky Blues off the hook, with the home side making them pay after the break.

INJURY WARD

In a huge concern for the Sky Blues, Ninkovic limped off with 15 minutes left with a left leg problem following a heavy challenge from Jets midfielder Ben Kantarovski.

CROWD

15,787 @ Allianz Stadium

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Flashback: Caltex Socceroos v Saudi Arabia

Alex Brosque netted a brace as Australia downed Saudi Arabia 4-2 at AAMI Park in 2012.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Jason Pine @pineyzb
With Australia to face Saudi Arabia in a crucial World Cup qualifier in Adelaide on June 8, we look back at the last time the two nations clashed on Aussie soil – and what a night it was with Alex Brosque the star.

It was a FIFA World Cup qualifier. The date: February 29, 2012 on a pristine AAMI Park surface.

And it was one of the most entertaining nights you could wish for: six goals – some of them absolute screamers – and loads of passion.

Unlike what’s to come this June, there was nothing riding on this game for Australia. Earlier results had already ensured Holger Osieck’s Socceroos would progress to the final stage of World Cup qualifying for Brazil 2014.

The Saudis however needed a result and went at Australia in the first half.

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SOCCEROOS SLOW OUT OF THE BLOCKS

That might explain the sluggish start with Australia going a goal down after 19 minutes to a brilliant low rocket from distance that had Saudi fans (and their media throng) off their seats and excited.

Alex Brosque squared the ledger just before the break, making his run off the shoulder of the defenders, running onto a clinical through ball from Mark Bresciano before poking home an equaliser.

But the crowd of 24,214 were stunned when Nassir Ali Alshamrani netted Saudi Arabia’s second in first-half stoppage time.

After a cheap turnover, the Saudis hit Australia on the transition  and after neat lead up play, Alshamrani made space for himself in the box to clinically smash his first time effort past Mark Schwarzer.

1-2 at the break with the Saudis sensing an upset.

Saudi.

SKIPPER DENIED BY LINESMAN’S FLAG

It looked like Saudi Arabia – coached by Dutch legend Frank Rijkaard – might be about to inflict the first home defeat in three years on the Socceroos.

Instead, the game was turned on its head inside four dramatic second-half minutes.

BROSQUE TAKES OVER

Into the final 20 minutes and first Brosque – who was playing in Japan at that time for Shimizu S-Pulse – set up a 73rdminute equaliser for Harry Kewell, who was enjoying his first season in the Hyundai A-League with Melbourne Victory.

He was one of nine A-League players in the matchday squad, including Sydney FC’s Brett Emerton, who set up Brosque’s second with a pinpoint cross onto his head two minutes later to make it 3-2.

Brosque brace gives Socceroos win

The Socceroos were on a roll as the Saudis fatigued in the latter stages of the second half.

Emerton iced a very entertaining night to make it 4-2, bursting into the box with an attempted clearance rebounding off his outstretched boot and into the net.

Suddenly, the Aussies were 4-2 up and the Saudis looked a beaten side.

What a night of entertainment and goals.

AUSTRALIA 4 (Alex Brosque 43m, 75m, Harry Kewell 73m, Brett Emerton 77m)  SAUDI ARABIA 2 (Salem Al Dosari 19m, Nasser Al-Shamrani 45+2m) Venue: AAMI Park. Crowd: 24,214. Referee: Dong Jin Kim

SocceroosAustralia: Mark Schwarzer, Lucas Neill, Matt Spiranovic (David Carney 82), Jade North, Sasa Ognenovski, Brett Emerton, Mark Milligan, Harry Kewell, James Troisi (Archie Thompson 62), Alex Brosque (Nick Carle 87), Marco Bresciano.

Subs not used:  Michael Marrone, Erik Paartalu, Matt Ryan, Adam Sarota, Michael Thwaite.

Coach: Holger Osieck

 

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Sydney FC 2 x 0 Adelaide United – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Sydney FC have extended their lead at the league’s summit to eight points following a convincing 2-0 win over Adelaide United at a soggy Allianz Stadium on Friday night. Two goals in two minutes midway through the second stanza was a fair reward for the home side’s enterprise after they were denied a first-half opener following an incorrect offside call.

Alex Brosque and Milos Ninkovic bagged the goals, with the Reds struggling to fashion a reply once their resolute defence was breached. Instead Sky Blue substitutes Bernie Ibini and Matt Simon threatened in the closing stages with their bustling cameos but Graham Arnold’s side had to be content with the final two goal margin.

The result sees the Sky Blues extend their unbeaten start to the season to 16 matches ahead of next week’s blockbuster Big Blue on Australia Day. Meanwhile last week’s win over City proved to be a false dawn for the defending champions, with the Reds suffering their tenth loss of the season.

GOALS

1-0 Sydney FC: Alex Brosque, 58’

An inviting cross from Rhyan Grant allowed Brosque to charge into the box, connecting with his outstretched left boot to divert the ball past Galekovic and register his ninth goal of the season.

2-0 Sydney FC: Milos Ninkovic, 60’

A long throw from Michael Zullo caused havoc in Adelaide’s box, with the ball eventually falling to the feet of Ninkovic, who had time to take a touch before blazing it into the back of the net.

Milos Ninkovic

KEY MOMENT

Filip Holosko thought he’d opened the scoring midway through the first-half when he got on the end of a threaded pass and dispatched the ball past an onrushing Eugene Galekovic. The linemen had raised his flag for offside however, with replays suggesting it was a harsh decision.

OPTA STATS

Sydney FC have now kept a clean sheet in four of their last five games.

Adelaide United remain winless on the road this season.

YELLOW CARD Sky Blues right back Rhyan Grant was lucky to stay on the park following a clumsy studs up challenge on Marcelo Carrusca inside the 20 minute mark. The referee saw fit just to issue a caution, which will still see Grant miss next week’s clash against Melbourne Victory due to an accumulation of yellow cards. Re-live the action on Twitter @ALeague, @SydneyFC, @AdelaideUnited, #SYDvADL

 

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Sydney FC 2 x 0 Brisbane Roar FC – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

A goal in each half was just reward for the home side’s dominance, while the Sky Blues were able to see out the result despite being reduced to ten men for the final half-hour.

It was a mixed evening for Sky Blues skipper Alex Brosque, who netted the opener and had multiple chances to bag a double, before he saw red for an unnecessary challenge.

Serbian midfielder Milos Ninkovic had doubled the advantage for Graham Arnold’s men just prior to the incident, finishing with aplomb after being played through on goal by teammate Bobo.

Brisbane created plenty of chances of their own whilst trailing by a solitary goal with Dimitri Petratos hitting the side netting with a second effort and Manuel Arana volleying against the crossbar.

However Sydney FC were deserving of the three points, extending their unbeaten start to the campaign, while Brisbane suffered just their second defeat of the season.

GOALS

1-0 Sydney FC: Alex Brosque, 36’

An incisive run from Bobo attracted a couple of Brisbane defenders before he laid the ball off for his skipper who slotted it inside the far post to register his eighth goal of the campaign.

2-0 Sydney FC: Milos Ninkovic, 62’

A deft ball in behind Roar’s defence from Bobo gave Ninkovic a one-on-one chance with Theo. The Serbian buried the ball in the back of the net to put his side two goals to the good.

RED CARD

Alex Brosque picked up a second yellow card for kicking out a Luke DeVere as the pair competed for the ball, forcing his side to play the final half hour with ten men.

OPTA DATA

Sydney FC remains unbeaten, extending their record for the best ever start to a Hyundai A-League season to 13 matches.

The result was Brisbane Roar’s first loss in six matches away from Suncorp Stadium.

CROWD

16,510 at Allianz Stadium

Re-live the match action on Twitter

@ALeague, @SydneyFC, @brisbaneroar, #SYDvBRI

 

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Alex Brosque not giving up on Caltex @Socceroo recall

Sydney FC captain Alex Brosque celebrates scoring against the Mariners in Round 2.

In-form striker Alex Brosque says he hasn’t given up hope of earning a recall to the Caltex Socceroos but is content to concentrate on his club performances at league leaders Sydney FC.

The Sky Blues skipper has been in vintage form since returning from injury this season, with his side six points clear at the top of the Hyundai A-League table and set to contest next week’s Westfield FFA Cup Final against Melbourne City.

The 33-year-old hasn’t played for the Socceroos since 2013, when the side drew 2-2 at home against Oman in World Cup qualifying for Brazil 2014.

 

Fast forward three and a half years and it’s that same scoreline against Thailand that has some local commentators spruiking a return for the experienced left footer.

“[I’ve] not given up on [Socceroos selection]. I guess it’s something that you never do,” Brosque told Fox Sports at Sydney FC training on Wednesday.

“It’s nothing that I’m thinking about at the moment. For me it’s great to be playing again, great to be in some great form.

 

“I’m completely focusing on our boys, on the team here and if anything comes of that great but if not I’m more than happy to play week to week.”

Brosque has four goals from seven Hyundai A-League appearances so far this season, solidifying his spot in a side that only dropped their first points of the campaign last weekend with a 1-1 draw in Brisbane.

Despite the praise, the former Shimizu S-Pulse, Al Ain and Roar favourite preferred to talk up the contribution of some of his younger teammates at Moore Park.

“I think for a lot of boys, guys like Rhyan Grant is playing fantastic, Josh Brillante, [Brandon] O’Neill,” said Brosque.

“There’s so many boys putting their hands up and that comes when you’re top of the league and playing well.

“So hopefully a few of those boys get themselves in the mix.”

 

The Socceroos will finish the year in third spot in Group B on their road to Russia 2018, one point behind leaders Saudi Arabia and Japan and level with the UAE.

Australia’s next two qualifiers against Iraq and UAE in March next year loom as critical, with Brosque throwing his support behind coach Ange Postecoglou despite never being picked in one of his squads.

“Ever since Ange came in he’s had his vision and it’s been great. It’s worked well,” said Brosque.

“He’s brought in a lot of young boys that are real mainstays in the team now. They’re doing well.

“We’re at a critical point in qualification but I’m sure they get the result next game and everything will be fine.”

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Newcastle Jets 0 – 2 Sydney FC – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Sydney FC have maintained their perfect start to the season after outclassing Newcastle Jets 2-0 at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Sky Blues started the brighter and took the lead inside 10 minutes with returning skipper Alex Brosque netting his third goal of the season.

Graham Arnold’s side continued to press and should have extended their advantage with Matt Jurman, Bobo and Filip Holosko all spurning clear-cut chances in the opening half.

Jets midfielder Steve Ugarkovic butchered a gilt-edged chance on the stroke of half-time and it proved costly with Milos Ninkovic doubling Sydney’s advantage early in the second stanza.

Newcastle grew into the contest as the game progressed but failed to make their most of their opportunities as the Sky Blues held on for a deserved victory.

GOALS

0-1 Sydney FC: Alex Brosque, 8’

Michael Zullo pounced on a loose ball on the halfway line before feeding Milos Ninkovic who played a well-weighted ball into the path of Alex Brosque. The striker took a touch before calmly slotting past the onrushing Jack Duncan.

0-2 Sydney FC: Milos Ninkovic, 49’

Filip Holosko fired a stinging effort on goal which was paried by Jack Duncan with the rebound falling to Ninkovic who buried his strike into the back of the net.

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KEY MOMENT

The Jets rarely troubled the Sky Blues’ goal in the first half but they should have gone level on the stroke of half-time through Steve Ugarkovic.

Andrew Hoole won the ball inside the box before finding Morten Nordstrand who showed great composure to tee-up Ugarkovic but the midfielder fired wide from just 12 yards.

OPTA DATA

– Sydney are now unbeaten in their last 11 against Newcastle (W9, D2), keeping nine clean sheets in their last ten meetings with the Jets.

– The Sky Blues have kept a clean sheet in five consecutive games

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Western Sydney Wanderers 0 x 4 Sydney FC – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

In front of a record Hyundai A-League crowd of 61,880, a scorching second half ensured Sydney FC’s derby dominance over Western Sydney Wanderers continued at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night with a 4-0 win.

After a first half of missed chances – and an all-in melee – the derby burst into life after the break with four goals to the Sky Blues.

Two goals in four minutes to Sydney FC’s Filip Holosko and Bobo had the travelling fans on their feet.

The game ramped up in excitement as Wanderers pressed desperately, but despite the massive crowd’s backing, the red and black couldn’t find a way back.

And after a red card to Wanderers defender Aritz Borda, Brandon O’Neill calmly stroked home a peach of a free kick before Alex Brosque ended a forgettable night for Wanderers.

 

GOALS

0-1 Sydney FC: Filip Holosko 51’

David Carney popped up on the left, his cross wasn’t dispatched by the Wanderers backline with Holosko pouncing to smash the ball home.

0-2 Sydney FC: Bobo, 55’

Holosko was again, this time as provider receiving a ball on his chest then cutting the ball back across Wanderers’ box and with a static defence Bobo slammed home to double the lead.

0-3 Sydney FC: Brandon O’Neill, 85’

From the red card decision, O’Neill on the edge of the box curled a ripper past Redmayne who barely moved.

0-4 Sydney FC: Alex Brosque, 89’

Sub Matt Simon burst through and his cross fell to Brosque who stroked it home.

KEY MOMENT

Vukovic’s brilliant stop kept the Wanderers’ Mitch Nichols out at a crucial time with the lead just 2-0.

RED CARD

Aritz Borda: Wanderers 82’

Brosque was away and on the edge of the box he was taken down by the Spaniard.

 

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Alex Brosque’s fiery comments as Sydney Derby looms

Alex Brosque in action for Sydney FC in one of last season's Sydney Derbies.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

John Greco @Grecs7
Sydney FC skipper Alex Brosque has used the club’s season launch to fuel the fire for Saturday night’s history-making derby against bitter rival Western Sydney Wanderers.

Speaking at the club’s annual Sydney FC in Business Lunch and season launch at the Westin Hotel, Brosque says there’s a reason the Sky Blues have dominated this fixture recently and admitted he hates the Wanderers.

“You definitely can [get too hyped], you feel the anticipation and excitement that comes into this game…it’s more than any other game,” Brosque told more than 500 guests at the lunch at The Westin.

“I’d be lying if I said you treat it like any other game.

 

“We go out there, and I’ve told the boys previously in games, we hate every single one of them.

“We have to play well and win. I think that could be part of the reason why done well against them recently.”

The comments sparked a huge cheer from the crowd and are sure give added spice to what will be a massive occasion at ANZ Stadium.

A crowd in the region of 65,000 is expected – in what would be a Hyundai A-League record – in a blockbuster opening to the 2016/17 season.

“We’re very excited about the squad we’ve assembled for this year, there’s a lot of quality to add to what we already have.

“The training has been great and our [Westfield FFA] Cup form has been good as well. It doesn’t get any bigger than playing our main rivals on Saturday night.

“It’s hard to contain what we’re feeling, we just can’t wait to get out there.”

 

A serious hamstring injury meant Brosque only managed 13 appearances last season, with the 32-year-old admitting he thought he could struggle to make it back it on the pitch.

But after working vigorously with Sydney’s medical staff, Brosque is on board for another season and is part of a Sky Blues attack which will be led by marquee Bobo.

“Goals,” said Brosque when asked what the Brazilian will bring to Sydney’s side this season.

“He’s a player that, as a striker, you can’t teach a player how to score like he does. Form the very first session we noticed it straight away.
“He’s already got one already in the Cup and if he can get another one on Saturday I think the goals will flow for him because he’s definitely what I think we need.”

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