Hyundai A-League season 2016/2017 review: Brisbane Roar

Brisbane Roar finished one game shy of the Hyundai A-League Grand Final.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Jason Pine @pineyzb
Agonisingly close to the Grand Final for a second straight season, Brisbane Roar will look back on the 2016/17 campaign with a feeling of ‘what might have been’. We review their season and look ahead to the 2017/18 campaign.

Position: 3rd, beaten semi-finalists

Record: Played 29, Won 11, Drawn 10, Lost 8

Goals: 44

Conceded: 39

Leading Goal Scorer: Jamie Maclaren (20)

Best home crowd: 20,198 – Round 5 against Melbourne City

Star performer: Jamie Maclaren

Where would Roar have been without their main man? For a second successive season, the fringe Caltex Socceroos striker notched 20 goals, becoming the first player to achieve the feat. The next best Brisbane player netted just five.

Jamie Maclaren has confirmed his exit from Brisbane Roar.

He was equally potent off both feet, hassled and harried defenders and showed an eye for the spectacular, best demonstrated by his winning goal against Victory in round 24, when he fashioned a dipping volley over Lawrence Thomas from outside the box. He will be sorely missed.

Breakout player: Joe Caletti 

In his first Hyundai A-League season, the former Australian under-17 captain was thrust into the starting side after injury forced Matt McKay to the sidelines. He impressed greatly in his ten appearances (including half an hour off the bench in the semi-final against Victory), showing composure beyond his years.

Joe Caletti.

The young midfielder was rewarded with selection in an under-23 training camp for the upcoming AFC qualifiers and looks set to soon extend his deal at Suncorp to next season and beyond.

Goal of the year: Dimitri Petratos

After less than half an hour in their round 15 clash against Victory at AAMI Park, Roar found themselves 3-0 down. There seemed little danger when they won a free-kick thirty yards from goal, but Petratos produced one of the all-time great Hyundai A-League set-piece strikes, drilling a right-footed piledriver into the top corner. It was a simply jaw-dropping goal.

Roar midfielder Dimitri Petratos netted one of the all-time great Hyundai A-League goals on Friday night.

Highlight: Macca catches fire

With speculation about his future swirling, Maclaren found himself benched by John Aloisi for successive games in mid-January. His response was to do what he does best.

Jamie Maclaren celebrates after scoring against the Wanderers.

After grabbing a late winner as a substitute away at Phoenix, the super-striker went on a golden run, scoring ten goals in seven games, including a round 25 hat-trick against the Mariners.

Lowlight: A stuttering start

After grabbing an equaliser with practically the last kick of their season-opener against Victory, Brisbane travelled to Newcastle in week two and were soundly beaten 4-0 by a rampant Jets side.

#BRIvNEW - Newcastle Jets claimed a 4-0 victory when these teams clashed in the A-League in October, snapping a six-game winless streak against the Roar.

An early own-goal from Jack Hingert put Roar behind before three goals in the final half-hour, including one from former Brisbane player Devante Clut, completed an unexpected rout. It was also Brisbane’s sixth successive away match without a win. Thankfully things improved quickly after that, with no losses in the next ten games.

What they need:

Fresh from signing a new three-year deal, coach John Aloisi has a busy off-season ahead. Top of the list is a replacement for Maclaren, who announced his departure via social media this week. It’s an unenviable task for Aloisi with Maclaren netting 40 goals in his last 53 matches. On top of that, Brandon Borrello is likely to move on and imports Thomas Broich and Manuel Arana haven’t been offered new deals, so the attacking third requires a complete overhaul.

Acquisitions for next season:

TBC

Losses for next season:

Thomas Broich, Jamie Maclaren, Manuel Arana, Cameron Crestani, Joey Katebian, Nathan Konstandopoulos.

Outlook for 2017/18:

Recruitment is absolutely crucial for John Aloisi with so many attacking players leaving the club. Replacing just one of Maclaren, Borrello or Broich would be tough enough but finding players to fill the gaps left by that entire trio is what the former Caltex Socceroos star faces in the next few months.

Roar's Thomas Kristensen and Kashima defender Leo Silva battle for possession in the ACL clash in Brisbane.

If effective goalscoring reinforcements can be found, the experienced core of the squad remains from this season which should see Roar there or thereabouts again in 2017/18.

 

 

Source : Football Federation Australia

Confirmed: Brisbane Roar part ways with quartet

Manuel Arana has been released by Brisbane Roar.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Brisbane Roar have confirmed that four players have been released following the conclusion of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 season.

Manuel Arana, Cameron Crestani, Joey Katebian and Nathan Konstandopoulos will not be part of the Brisbane Roar squad for the 2017/18 season.

Brisbane Roar players celebrate Manuel Arana's goal against Global FC in their ACL qualifier.

Last night striker Jamie Maclaren informed the club that he will leave Brisbane at the end of his contract after making 61 appearances and scoring 43 goals in Orange over the previous two seasons in all competitions.

 

It follows the departure of Roar legend Thomas Broich who announced his exit from the three-time A-League champions last month.

Brisbane Roar Managing Director Mark Kingsman thanked the players for their professional attitude and commitment during their time at the Club.

“We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Manuel Arana, Cameron Crestani, Joey Katebian, Nathan Konstandopoulos, Jamie Maclaren along with German marquee Thomas Broich for their contribution to the Brisbane Roar Football Club,” Kingsman said.

Thomas Broich will depart Brisbane Roar at season's end.“On behalf of the Club, I’d like to wish them all the best for the future.”

Source : Football Federation Australia

Brisbane Roar striker Jamie Mclaren announces exit via social media

Jamie Maclaren has confirmed his exit from Brisbane Roar.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Jason Pine @pineyzb
Jamie Maclaren is leaving Brisbane Roar. The red-hot marksman made the announcement via his Instagram account on Tuesday night.

“To all the Brisbane Roar fans, I’d like to officially announce that I will be leaving the Club,” he posted.

“From day one you have welcomed me, supported me and cheered for me.

“The Red Baron” will never forget your loyalty and kindness.

Golden Boot winner Jamie Maclaren admits a recall to the Caltex Socceroos squad ahead of June’s Confederations Cup is firmly on his radar.

“It’s been a pleasure to play and score goals in front of you all.

“There’s room for improvement and growing as a footballer, I’m excited for the next chapter in my career,” he said.

 

MACCA’S THANKS TO ROAR BOSS

In 2016/17, Maclaren became the first player in Hyundai A-League history to score 20 goals in successive seasons.

He thanked Roar coach John Aloisi for his guidance.

“To the Boss and all of the staff, thank you for showing trust and faith in me,” he said.

Forward: Jamie Maclaren (Brisbane Roar)

“I will be forever grateful.

“Over my two year journey, I have reached many personal milestones.

“These milestones wouldn’t have been possible without everyone’s support.”

FORWARD FAREWELLS HIS ROAR ‘FAMILY’

But Maclaren saved his most heartfelt gratitude for his Brisbane team-mates.

“Lastly to the boys, where do I even begin!!!

“We all started off as mates but we have now become family.

Jamie Maclaren celebrates after scoring Roar's equaliser, taking him level at the top of the golden boot standings.“The dressing room would have to be the best dressing room I have ever been in.

“Walking out with my brothers on gameday is what made playing in this football team so special.

“Lads, I will miss you all!”

PLAYER BECOMES FAN

Maclaren signed off by wishing the club all the best in the future.

“I will be following the Brisbane Roar like a fan!

“Thank you Brisbane.

“Much love #JM9.”

 

 

Source : Football Federation Australia

John Aloisi extends Brisbane Roar stay

John Aloisi has signed a new deal with Brisbane Roar.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi has signed a new three-year deal with the three-time Hyundai A-League Champions, the club confirmed on Saturday night.

Roar Managing Director Mark Kingsman made the announcement at the club’s annual awards.

Meanwhile, left back Corey Brown capped off an excellent 2016/17 season by winning the Gary Wilkins Medal for the Roar’s Hyundai A-League Player of the Season.

Brown joins an illustrious list of winners including current Club Captain Matt McKay and departing German marquee Thomas Broich.

Brisbane’s fullback is the first defender to take home the Gary Wilkins Medal since teammate Luke DeVere won the award in the Hyundai A-League 2009/10 season.

Roar Head Coach John Aloisi congratulated Brown on an outstanding season for the Club.

“Well done to Corey who had a fantastic season. We are proud of his development as a footballer and a leader amongst our group,” Aloisi said.

Broich

Triple Championship-winning import Thomas Broich is the first inductee into the BRFC Hall of Fame after making 203 appearances for Brisbane across all competitions over seven (7) seasons.

Aloisi praised Broich’s contribution to football not only in Brisbane, but Australia and believed the German maestro is the perfect choice as Roar’s inaugural Hall of Fame inductee.

“Thomas is a club legend, a wonderful footballer who has helped build a successful culture within our Club,” Aloisi added.

“Words cannot describe the influence he has had on all of us.

“I’d like to personally congratulate Thomas on becoming the first player to be inducted into the BRFC Hall of Fame.”

Caletti

Jamie Maclaren won Brisbane Roar’s Hyundai A-League Golden Boot & Player’s Player of the Year Awards, after scoring 20 goals for a second consecutive season.

Brisbane Roar FC 2016/17 Award Winners:

Gary Wilkins Medal: Corey Brown

Inaugural BRFC Hall of Fame Inductee: Thomas Broich

Hyundai A-League Golden Boot: Jamie Maclaren

Men’s Player’s Player of the Year: Jamie Maclaren

BRFC Breakthrough Player: Joe Caletti

Westfield W-League Player of the Year: Katrina Gorry

Westfield W-League Golden Boot: Tameka Butt & Katrina Gorry

Women’s Player’s Player of the Year: Maddy Evans

Source : Football Federation Australia

Brisbane Roar ‘all guns blazing’ for Melbourne Victory semi final

Young fit to face Victory
Brisbane Roar’s in-form midfielder Brett Holman says his team will be all guns blazing in today’s do-or-die semi final with Melbourne Victory, adding he’s loving the vibe of Finals Series football.
Roar kicked off the Hyundai A-League 2017 Finals Series last week with a shootout victory over Western Sydney Wanderers in their Elimination Final, and Holman loved his introduction to Finals football.

“It ticked all the boxes; the atmosphere, the whole vibe and the never-say-die Roar attitude,” said Holman.

“I got a great taste of it.”

 

Roar players celebrate after Jamie Maclaren equalised early in the second half.The heart-stopping win arrived after the Roar fought back from 1-0 down, a fact Holman believes will help his team when they take on Victory.

“We’re coming in with massive confidence, against Western Sydney we were up against it in certain parts of the game,” he said.

“Sometimes the big semi finals are just like the grand finals.”

Brisbane also came from behind to win 4-3 in Round 27 against Wellington Phoenix, with Holman scoring two cracking goals to help complete the turnaround.

Holman pointed to the comeback trend as a reason to take Brisbane seriously in the finals.

Brett Holman is set to miss up to six weeks of football.“The boys are feeling great, the past couple of games we’ve gone behind but the heads don’t go down.

“That’s why we’re so tough to beat. Every team should be fearing us.”

Brisbane have tasted every result against Melbourne this season, with a 1-1 draw in Round 1, a 3-2 loss in Round 15 and most recently a 1-0 win at Suncorp Stadium in Round 24.

Holman is confident the Roar will be able to repeat that result and qualify for the Hyundai A-League Grand Final 2017.

“We’re going to Melbourne all guns blazing and hopefully we can continue our season for an extra week,” Holman said.

All the important ticketing information you need to know ahead of the Hyundai A-League Grand Final. 

 

Source : Football Federation Australia

Hyundai A-League Semi Final preview: Melbopurne Victory v Brisbane Roar

A spot in the Hyundai A-League Grand Final is up for grabs when Victory host Brisbane Roar on Sunday.

Golden Boot winners Besart Berisha of Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar’s Jamie Maclaren will aim to fire their respective sides into next week’s grand final when the two teams meet at AAMI Park on Sunday.

Hyundai A-League 2017 Semi Final 2

Melbourne Victory v Brisbane Roar FC

Sunday, 30 April 2017

AAMI Park, Melbourne

Kick-Off: 5:00pm (AEST)

Referee: Kris Griffiths-Jones

Assistant Referee 1: George Lakrindis

Assistant Referee 2: Lance Greenshields

Fourth Official: Shaun Evans

Video Assistant Referee: Strebre Delovski

TV Broadcast: Live coverage on Fox Sports 505 from 4.30pm (AEST). Delayed coverage on SBS VICELAND from 5.30pm (AEST) and Sky Sport Pop-Up (New Zealand)

Radio Broadcast: ABC Digital Extra, Online & via the ABC Radio Mobile App – A-league Live. After 6pm: ABC Radio Brisbane, Grandstand Digital, Crocmedia A-League Live (www.facebook.com/A-leagueLIVERadio), 1116 SEN (Melbourne)

Join the conversation on Twitter using the hash-tag #ALFinals

To purchase tickets visit www.aleague.com.au

Melbourne Victory squad:  2.Jason GERIA, 4.Nick ANSELL, 5.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Marco ROJAS, 8.Besart BERISHA, 10.James TROISI, 11.Mitch AUSTIN, 14.Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH, 15.Alan BARO, 16.Rashid MAHAZI, 17.James DONACHIE, 19.George HOWARD, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (gk), 21.Carl VALERI (c), 22.Stefan NIGRO, 23.Jai INGHAM, 40.Matt ACTON (gk)

**two to be omitted**

Ins: 5.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI (returns from suspension), 19.George HOWARD (promoted)

Daniel Georgievski will leave Melbourne Victory to join Newcastle Jets next season.

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: Nil

Brisbane Roar FC squad: 3.Luke DEVERE, 5.Corey BROWN, 6.Avram PAPADOPOULOS, 7.Thomas KRISTENSEN, 8.Jacob PEPPER, 9.Jamie MACLAREN, 10.Brett HOLMAN, 11.Tommy OAR, 13.Jade NORTH, 15.ARANA, 17.Matt MCKAY (c), 19.Jack HINGERT, 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 22.Thomas BROICH, 26.Nick D’AGOSTINO, 28.Brandon BORRELLO, 29.Joe CALETTI, 43.Tomislav BILIC (gk)

**two to be omitted**

Ins: 15.ARANA (returns from injury), 17.Matt MCKAY (returns from injury), 19.Jack HINGERT (returns from injury), 43.Tomislav BILIC (gk) (promoted)

Defence: Jack Hingert (Roar)

Outs: 1.Michael THEO (gk) (knee – 4 weeks), 46.Cameron CRESTANI (not selected)

Unavailable: 4.Daniel BOWLES (knee – season)

BLUFFER’S GUIDE

Brisbane head into this Sunday’s A-League semi-final against Victory with a major question mark over their goalkeeping options for the clash at AAMI Park.

Michael Theo shone for 98 minutes in Roar’s elimination final against Western Sydney Wanderers last week but a knee injury forced him off in extra time – the five-time A-League champion won’t line up against his former club.

Jamie Young replaced Theo at Suncorp Stadium and produced a couple of noteworthy saves himself, including on the decisive penalty from Jumpei Kusukami, as Brisbane advanced to the last four.

Young then suffered a freak injury in Wednesday night’s 3-0 AFC Champions League (ACL) loss to Muangthong United, cutting his elbow on a broken net hook after colliding with a goal post, with the wound reportedly requiring 26 stitches.

It is unclear whether Young will be able to start against Victory, meaning third-choice gloveman Tomi Bilic – who made his senior debut by coming on against Muangthong – could anchor Roar’s defence.

Young has been named in John Aloisi’s extended squad, while injured duo Matt McKay (knee) and Jack Hingert (cheekbone) return – with Cameron Crestani, who started against Muangthong, dropping out alongside Theo.

Arana made his return from a hamstring injury in midweek and stays in the squad.

Aloisi will regain the services of Corey Brown and Avram Papadopoulos, who were suspended for the ACL fixture, plus rested quartet Jade North, Thomas Kristensen, Brett Holman and Jamie Maclaren.

Corey Brown, Rhyan Grant

Roar defeated Victory in an elimination final last term, with Thomas Broich’s stoppage-time header deciding the match, while in their only other post-season meeting, Brisbane triumphed 1-0 in the 2013/14 semi-finals thanks to a goal from Besart Berisha.

Now with Victory, Berisha will be looking to help the Big V maintain their almost perfect finals record at home.

The 2010 grand final, which Sydney FC won at Etihad Stadium, is the only one of Victory’s 10 home finals they have lost and that came after a penalty shootout.

The home side – who have limped into the finals with two wins in six matches – regain Daniel Georgievski from suspension, while George Howard is also added to an extended squad.

 

Victory defender James Donachie challenges for the ball with Roar striker Jamie Maclaren.Across three meetings so far in 2016/17, Victory and Roar have been effectively impossible to split with both teams securing one win after their opening round clash finished level – the aggregate score in those matches is 4-4, while the game at AAMI Park in January ended 3-2 in favour of the Big V.

OPTA DATA

  • No team has attempted more shots than either Melbourne Victory (396) or Brisbane Roar (402) this season.
  • Brisbane Roar have had 156 shots on target so far this season, the joint-most of any team in the competition (Sydney FC) and 39 more than Melbourne Victory (117).
  • Jamie Maclaren (20) and Besart Berisha (19) are the two highest goal scorers in the A-League this season, and go head-to-head in this fixture.
  • Besart Berisha has scored three goals in his last five games against Brisbane Roar, two of which have come when the Victory have been the hosts.

ROUTE TO GOAL

This clash will see the A-League’s joint Golden Boot winners go head to head.

Roar striker Maclaren edged ahead of Berisha last week with his equaliser against the Wanderers taking him to 20 goals for the campaign.

 

Jamie Maclaren celebrates after scoring against the Wanderers.While that goal doesn’t count in deciding the Golden Boot, there’s no doubt Berisha will want to at least match Maclaren’s effort in front of the Victory faithful.

The Kosovo international reached 100 A-League goals in the final round of the regular season.

 

Besart Berisha celebrates scoring his 100th goal in the win over the Mariners on Friday night.The hosts have a slight edge defensively having conceded 31 goals to Brisbane’s 37 across 27 rounds, and with Broich likely to start on the bench following the midweek trip to Thailand, Victory boss Kevin Muscat will back the likes of Alan Baro and James Donachie to keep Roar quiet.

If Broich can’t start, Aloisi will be putting the responsibility on Brett Holman and Brandon Borrello to give Maclaren the support he needs to open up Victory’s defence.

WHO’S BEEN IN THE SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK?

Jamie Young. Having replaced Theo in extra time versus Western Sydney, the 31-year-old goalkeeper’s first action was a brilliant save to deny Brendon Santalab. Young was Roar’s shootout hero after he parried Jumpei’s spot-kick away but may be sidelined this week following his gruesome injury in Thailand.

 

Roar players celebrate Jamie Young's decisive save in the penalty shootout.FORM GUIDE (all competitions)

Melbourne Victory: WLLDW

Brisbane Roar: LWWWL

PREDICTION

Melbourne Victory 2-1 Brisbane Roar (aet)

All the important ticketing information you need to know ahead of the Hyundai A-League Semi Finals.

 

Source : Football Federation Australia

#AFCChampionsLeague2017 preview for Hyundai A-League clubs

Adelaide United's Kim Jae-sun, Wanderers' Terry Antonis and Brisbane Roar's Brandon Borrello.

Monday, 24 April 2017

John Duerden @JohnnyDuerden
The ACL returns this week. How will Roar do in Thailand ahead of Sunday’s blockbuster with Victory in Melbourne? The revitalised Reds and Wanderers are also in action.

Muangthong United vs Brisbane Roar (Wed night)

If there were those in Korea Republic, Japan and Australia who underestimated the Thailand Premier League champions when the draw was made, they are doing so no longer.

With four games of the six down and two to go, Muangthong is top of the group with eight points. A win at their compact stadium will secure a place in the last 16 and even a draw could be enough.

“We know what we have to do,” said Muangthong head coach Totchawan Sripan at the weekend. “We also know that the game will be very difficult and that Brisbane is a good team.”

The Kirins have plenty of talent with a number of stars who play for the Thailand national team. Chanathip Songkrasin gave the Caltex Socceroos some major headaches in Bangkok in November as two nations played out a 2-2 draw in qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Brisbane Roar and Muangthong United played out a 0-0 draw at Brisbane Stadium on Tuesday night.

The diminutive playmaker is off to Japan soon and helping Muangthong to the knockout stage would be a welcome parting gift. There is also sharpshooter Teerasil Dangda and two of the best full-backs in Asia in Tristan Do and Theerathon Bunmathan, who scored a spectacular free-kick on Saturday.

One plus for Brisbane is that influential midfielder Sarach Yooyen is injured and will not play.

That has not been a problem domestically as the champion has won eight and drawn one of the ten games so far, the latest being a slightly disappointing 1-1 draw at Ratchaburi.

The one defeat was inflicted by Buriram United where Muangthong, accustomed to dictating proceedings, were in the unusual position of being put on the backfoot and struggled.

That could provide some encouragement for an experimental Brisbane who have one eye on Sunday’s blockbuster semi final with Victory, and a trip to Thailand these days is a tough ask.

Just ask the national team.

Urawa Reds vs Western Sydney Wanderers (Wed night)

Six points behind with just two games remaining, Western Sydney Wanderers need nothing less than a win but it is not going to be easy. Far from it.

Urawa needs just a draw to be certain of a place in the knockout stage but head coach Mihailo Petrovic said Saturday that he is targeting a win.

The Reds have reason to be confident. There can’t be a tougher assignment in Asia this week than Wanderers’ trip to Saitama Stadium just north of Tokyo.

Urawa is back to the kind of best that took the team to the top of Japanese football in 2006 and a continental title the following year.

The Wanderers' Kearyn Baccus flies high for a header against Urawa on Tuesday night.

Incredibly, neither feat has been repeated but this year could be the one. The Reds are top of the J.League and is on course to win the title that many think it deserved in 2016.

A 3-2 win on Saturday over Consadole Sapporo in front of 37,000 fans was the fifth successive win in all competitions.

In Asia, Urawa has nine points from four games, recovering from the 3-2 loss at Shanghai SIPG on Matchday 3 to defeat the cash rich Chinese club at home last time around.

Yet Urawa, who let a ten point lead at the top of the 2007 J. League slip with five games remaining, will know that it is not over until it is over.

At the very least for the 2014 continental champion, there is the 4-0 home loss in the opening game in February to avenge for coach Tony Popovic and his men.

Not to mention banishing the bitter disappointment last Friday night in Brisbane, when their domestic season ended in heart-breaking circumstances.

Gamba Osaka vs Adelaide United (Tue night)

If the other two games feature Hyundai A-League teams that are at the bottom of their groups travelling to the home of the leaders, this Group H clash is different.

Adelaide looked down and out with just a few minutes remaining in Matchday 3.

A loss at home to Jeju United would have almost certainly spelled the end of their hopes. Yet the Reds fought back to a 3-3 draw and then went to Korea Republic to defeat the islanders on their own soil.

The victory put the team second, level on points with Jeju and one ahead of Gamba. Should Adelaide win in Japan and Jeju lose in China at the already-qualified Jiangsu Suning then the Australians  are through.

Adelaide United and Gamba Osaka players ahead of kick-off in their ACL opener on Wednesday night.

It won’t be easy. Gamba Osaka famously defeated United in the final of the 2008 tournament and after winning 3-0 at the Hindmarsh Stadium in the opening game,will be confident.

More so after a 6-0 thrashing of Omiya Ardija on Friday – giving the hosts an extra rest day – put the Kansai club up into second.

What was impressive was how all six goals came from different players.

Yet Adelaide can’t be written off. With the ACL their only remaining competition to play for, they’ll be refreshed and ready as they finished their domestic season on April 15 after missing out on the Finals Series.

Gamba has lost both home games so far in the group, most notably a 4-1 loss to Jeju and the Reds can have hope of staying in the hunt for the last 16 and also a little revenge for 2008.

Source : Football Federation Australia