Guilherme Finkler will play in Wellington Phoenix

Gui Finkler 1

Friday, 24 June 2016

Russell Gray
Phoenix marquee signing Gui Finkler was on the training field for the Hyundai A-League club less than 24 hours after landing in Wellington from Brazil.

Finkler had been told he didn’t need to train till Monday but insisted he wanted to get straight into it.

The talented former Melbourne Victory midfielder said it was the first time in seven weeks that he had kicked a football and enjoyed every minute of the session.

“I have learnt over the years that the best thing for me when the season ends is not to kick a ball till pre-season training starts,” Finkler said.

“It means I feel fresh and can start to enjoy training straight away.”

Finkler described his move to the Phoenix as a new chapter and challenge in his life and didn’t foresee any problems settling in at his new club.

“I have been through many changes in my soccer life and I think it is good to have a new challenge,” he said,

“I know many of the players because I played against them many times during my four years at Victory.”

Asked how the move came about Finkler said Phoenix head coach Ernie Merrick had rung him towards the end of last season and asked if he was interested in moving to New Zealand.

“He told me about the club and the direction in which it was headed and I liked what I heard,” he said.

“Everyone speaks highly of Ernie at Victory where he used to coach and hopefully he can help me improve my game.

“He knows the way I like to play and I think he has a plan for me.”

Finkler is delighted that Kosta Barbarouses is also coming to the Phoenix.

“Kosta and myself have played together for two years and have developed a good understanding.

“We can help each other both on and off the field.”

Finkler has definite ideas about what he wants to happen this season.

“We have to aim for the trophy and if we don’t win it then we need to be in the top two because it is very difficult to make the grand final if you finish further back.”

 

Football Federation Australia

Hyundai A-League team of the last 10 seasons – Guilherme Finkler

Guilherme Finkler second striker: After a peripatetic career, the Brazilian has found a home at Victory. Perfectly suited to their attacking ethos, he could well become a club legend.

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‘First 20 mins were key,’ says Guilherme Finkler

Melbourne Victory playmaker Gui Finkler says the first 20 minutes of Sunday’s Hyundai A-League Grand Final made a statement and set-up Victory’s emphatic 3-0 win over Sydney FC.

Speaking at the club’s public appearance at Federation Square on Monday, the 29-year-old Brazilian said the Big V were at the Sky Blues from Jarred Gillett’s first whistle.

Sydney FC star Mickael Tavares suggested it was more a case of having an off day rather than Victory’s play that decided the contest.

Finkler disagreed.

“I think we won the game in the first 20 minutes,” he told www.a-league.com.au.

“We pressed high and we didn’t let them touch the ball as much as they’d love to.

“We showed from the first minute we really wanted to win the game.

“As I said before the game in the interview, who will be the more hungry will win the game. And we were more hungry than them.”

The loss of Sydney FC’s central defender Jacques Faty was another contributing factor.

“It’s not so good to have to change [players] so early in the game. I think we had a lot of positive points from that [change] and we just kept pushing forward,” said Finkler.

And the journeyman Brazilian echoed coach Kevin Muscat’s view that this was a Championship almost a year in the planning.

“In pre-season we decided we wanted to score more goals than any other team and we wanted to win the Grand Final.

“Yesterday we got out rewards. It was a special night for us,” Finkler said.

Victory are now clearly the biggest club in Australia. But being a Continental powerhouse is something Finkler sees as the logical next step.

“Western Sydney did it, why not us,” he said when asked about the 2016 Asian Champions League.

Around 250 Victory fans turned up to see their heroes interviewed on stage before the squad signed autographs and took selfies with the blue and white faithful.

On stage, striker Besart Berisha told the crowd it was a better feeling than winning a Grand Final with Brisbane and professed “love” for his Victory teammates.

Coach Kevin Muscat added the wait had been “a long time” since Victory’s last Championship.

And despite some Victory players doing their best Graham Arnold impersonations, Muscat refused to be drawn on the issue of motivation after images of Arnold’s disparaging quotes stuck up on Victory’s change-room walls at AAMI Park on Sunday.

“This group needs no motivation,” Muscat said. “We made a commitment to each other a long time ago. I couldn’t be happier and prouder of these players.”

Hero and scorer of the third goal Leigh Broxham was in a relaxed mood on stage.

He said it was a similar feeling to the last Championship in 2009 and at one point attempted to interview host Michael Zappone.

On the day after doing the domestic double, clearly winners were grinners.

 

Football Federation Australia

Moments of inspiration the reward for Melbourne Victory

No team wins a championship by accident, but Melbourne Victory’s 2014-15 Hyundai A-League success was truly a triumph borne from years of deliberate, strategic excellence, on and off the field.

Luring Ange Postecoglou away from Brisbane Roar to take over as head coach in 2012 set the Big V on the path to once again becoming a football powerhouse worthy of their status as a commercial juggernaut.

A hiccup was encountered when Postecoglou left to answer the national team’s distress call after just one season in the job.

To their credit, Victory’s top brass put their faith in his assistant, Kevin Muscat, and the club stalwart has not disappointed.

Demonstrating an infectious enthusiasm and prodigious attention to detail, the former captain has infused every aspect of the football department with a rigour and determination the rest of the competition simply haven’t been able to live with.

That attitude and approach was encapsulated in their performance against Sydney FC at AAMI Park on Sunday.

A furious start to the game prevented either team from settling, as the desire of both sides to impose themselves on the contest resulted in a succession of niggling fouls and confrontations between players.

The potential end-to-end thriller predicted by some after two 3-3 draws between the protagonists earlier this season failed to materialise.

In fact, such was the level of vitriol and spite on display early in the contest, the season’s showpiece event threatened to descend into an ugly slog.

With the two sets of players seemingly content to engage in a zero-sum game of foul and counter-foul, it took a moment of genuine inspiration to break the deadlock.

Fittingly, it was crafted by two players intrinsically linked with the long-term vision of the organisation, Guilherme Finkler and Besart Berisha. The former was scouted and signed by Postecoglou, nursed back to health after suffering a serious knee injury and then secured within the constraints of the salary cap on a new contract last year.

Berisha meanwhile, brought to the Roar by Postecoglou but then tempted to Victory during Muscat’s tenure, has been a transformative player, lifting Victory from their status as the nearly men who lost in consecutive semi-finals to the champions feted in front of their own fans on Sunday evening.

In the 33rd minute Kosta Barbarouses fired a cross into the area which struck Berisha on the chest. Finkler, standing opposite him, used his own chest to guide the ball back to the international marquee striker, who showed extraordinary poise and vision to swivel and strike the ball viciously past Vedran Janjetovic and into the far corner of the net.

The job was by no means done for Victory, who somehow managed to maintain the furious tempo they began the match at throughout the duration of the 90 minutes.

They were rewarded for that combination of endeavour and endurance in the closing stages, when Barbarouses’ neat, improvised finish and Leigh Broxham’s rampaging run and near-post strike put the outcome beyond doubt.

Sydney, one of the league’s best attacking teams, were restricted to two meaningful chances, Lawrence Thomas denying Alex Brosque and Marc Janko in the first and second half respectively.

The hosts enjoyed moments of good fortune. Carl Valeri, sent off late in the game for a second bookable offence, could have been given his marching orders much earlier for a studs-up lunge, while the loss of Jacques Faty to a hamstring problem in the first half was particularly damaging to the Sky Blues.

Victory though will be quick to offer a reminder of that old adage – ‘you make your own luck.’

As far as the good fortune that delivered this championship is concerned, it’s been a long time in the making, but had very little to do with chance.

 

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Hyundai A-League Grand Final: 4 key match-ups

Win your individual battles on the park. That’ll be the message from both coaches when Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC square off in the big one: Sunday’s Hyundai A-League Grand Final.

But who’ll battle who? Here are some of the telling match-ups set for the big day on Sunday at AAMI Park.

Victory midfielder Carl Valeri v Sydney skipper Alex Brosque

Is there a hotter player in the Hyundai A-League right now than Brosque?

The 31-year-old has timed his rich vein of form to perfection. He has scored six goals in his last four games, including two in the demolition of Adelaide United.

And his first against the Reds showed just why Brosque looms as a key to Sydney FC’s hopes on Sunday afternoon.

It wasn’t just that the ex-Socceroo was able to execute his cheeky back-heeled flick but the fact he even attempted it shows just how confident Brosque is right now. And that confidence and calmness flows through to the rest of the squad.

If there’s one player who has the know-how to blunt the Sky Blues skipper’s influence it’s Valeri.

Of all the sensational signings Kevin Muscat made for this season, it’s the acquisition of Valeri that’s probably been the most underestimated.

Fahid Ben Khalfallah’s quality has generated all the headlines, Berisha has scored the goals while Matthieu Delpierre has shored up the defence.

But Valeri has gone about his business with little fuss, doing the crucial jobs that go largely unnoticed but are required in every successful side.

He may not be the quickest player on the park on Sunday, but to what extent he can shutdown “Brosky” will go a long way to deciding the decider.

Victory striker Besart Berisha v Sydney defender Jacques Faty

You can’t talk about a Hyundai A-League grand final without mentioning Besart Berisha.

The Albanian has already written his name into the competition’s folklore with three goals in his two previous grand finals wins with Brisbane Roar.

This will be the fiery striker’s third decider in four years and he will become the first player to win back-to-back titles with two different clubs.

That record says it all.

Berisha might play on the edge but it’s what makes him the player – and prolific goal scorer – that he is.

He enjoys a great record against the Sky Blues too.

While Berisha’s passion and winning mentality is infectious amongst his team-mates, Sky Blues defender Faty has the same attributes in abundance as well.

It’s no surprise Sydney’s consistency over the second half of the season coincided with the addition of Faty and his cousin Mickael Tavares to their squad.

The Senegalese international has experience in big leagues and playing against some big players around the world.

He has formed a great partnership with Matt Jurman in the heart of Sydney’s defence and they will be tested to the fullest against Berisha.

The Sky Blues will need Faty to produce his trademark fearless tackling, hunger and distribution from the back to give them the edge.

Strap yourself in because this will be a battle where neither player will hold anything back.

Victory playmaker Gui Finkler v Sky Blues midfielder Mickael Tavares

While both sides are blessed with exceptional attacking talent, the midfield battle will be equally as engrossing.

None more so than the match-up between Finkler and Tavares.

Victory’s Brazilian maestro has enjoyed another remarkable campaign as the architect of many of his side’s attacks.

His influence on the side is impressive and the stats back it up. When Finkler scores, Victory simply don’t lose.

He has a wonderful knack of being able to find pockets of space in between the lines of opposition midfield and defence.

If he gets the ball in those areas and facing forward, it will spell danger for the Sky Blues.

Finkler’s dead-ball skills are also a weapon for Victory, making it imperative for Sydney they don’t concede any free-kicks in range of goal.

The job of stopping Finkler will fall on the shoulders of Tavares.

He has been a wonderful mid-year pick-up for Graham Arnold. A brilliant athlete, Tavares is also a clever technician and is so strong on the ball.

His team-mates know they can give him the ball in traffic and under pressure and he’ll use his impressive frame and control to squeeze out of trouble and keep possession.

That will come as a huge plus in the nerve-jangling atmosphere of a grand final.

Tavares will face a huge defensive challenge this weekend to shackle Finkler and he’ll need to be at his best to stop Victory’s swift and devastating attacks on transition.

No doubt Arnold will be stressing the point, ‘don’t leave the back door open if the attack falls down and Victory counter’.

Tavares will be vital to this part of the game-plan.

Victory defender Daniel Georgievski v Sky Blues winger Bernie Ibini

Ibini might have had a slow start to the campaign but he is finishing with a massive bang.

Goals in four consecutive games means he is a major threat for Victory on Sunday afternoon. And more often than not they are howitzers, too.

It’s not just his goals which make him crucial to Sydney FC’s hopes.

Ibini gets through a huge amount of work for Graham Arnold’s side and has proved equally as effective on the left as well as the right, often interchanging with Chris Naumoff.

A natural athlete, Ibini the Socceroos flyer is blessed with lightning speed.

But he won’t be able to only rely on that pace against the equally fast Georgievski.

The Australian-born Macedonian international has been one of Victory’s most consistent defenders and won’t allow Ibini the space to breath on Sunday.

Tenacious, physical and full of energy, Georgievski is your archetypal defender.

His first job will be to neutralize Ibini but he loves to get forward as well and has his own impressive goals highlights reel this season.

Expect this duo to go at it all match and at both ends of the pitch as they aim to pin each other back and dominate this contest.

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Guilherme Finkler brilliance seals Melbourne Victory win as Benjamin Khalfallah impresses again

December 27, 2014 – 11:32PM

Michael Lynch

Senior sports reporter with The Age

Melbourne Victory 1 Newcastle Jets 0

Melbourne Victory players celebrate the goal by Gui Finkler againsty Newcastle Jets on Saturday.

Melbourne Victory players celebrate the goal by Gui Finkler against Newcastle Jets on Saturday. Photo: Getty Images

Melbourne Victory’s Fahid Ben Khalfallah must have strong claims to be the best foreign signing of the A-League season so far. But it seemed that not even a Herculean effort by the French-born Tunisian international was going to be enough to inspire Kevin Muscat’s team to break down the obdurate Newcastle Jets in a night of frustration for the AAMI Park faithful.

Until one of the best strikers of a dead ball in the league, Victory’s free-kick specialist Gui Finkler, stepped forward to smash home the winner from the edge of the penalty area with just seven minutes remaining.

Jets midfielder James Virgili had fouled Besart Berisha on the edge of the penalty box just as the visitors looked set to hang on doggedly for a point.

Edson Montano of the Newcastle Jets looks for a way through the Victory defence.

Edson Montano (centre) of the Newcastle Jets looks for a way through the Victory defence. Photo: Getty Images

 

It’s never easy to get the ball up over the wall and down again enough to get under the bar from such range, but Finkler has form in this respect and showed his style once again with a perfectly struck delivery that beat Ben Kennedy.

It was the least the hosts deserved after dominating the 90minutes, but it has to be said that for all their pressure they had created few in the way of gilt-edged opportunities against a stubborn Jets team that defended in depth and was hard to open up.

Victory now close the gap on table-topping Perth Glory to four points and can reduce it still further when they meet the West Australians at Geelong’s Simonds Stadium next Friday night.

Phil Stubbins’ Newcastle remain second bottom after the gutsy and narrow loss.

It was a game reminiscent of a cup tie, with a lower-division side defending grimly, putting  bodies on the line and hanging on for dear life to keep the scoresheet blank in the hope of  stealing a goal in a rare attack and pulling off a shock win.

The visitors were physical, committed, aggressive and hard working: virtues that, in the modern Australian game, with its preference for short passing and a technical approach, are often overlooked. But they can be effective – at least in keeping a team that is on the ropes in the contest. It so nearly did for Newcastle, who were only undone by a moment of Finkler brilliance.

The tone was set early on when Jets centre-back Adrian Madaschi went into referee Ben Williams’ notebook in the second minute for a heavy challenge on  Berisha. The latter has been out of sorts in recent weeks and not the threat he was earlier in the season. But to his credit he continues to work and put pressure on opponents.

The French-born and raised but Tunisian international winger Ben Khalfallah has been a thorn in the side of most teams this year, his commitment and physical approach, allied to his skill on the ball making him a difficult opponent to match up on.

He shot wide in the eight minute when a corner was not cleared, then linked with Berisha for a shot which was blocked.

Ben Khalfallah continued to pose a threat, dropping a shoulder, accelerating between defenders and firing a shot which was deflected just wide.

Muscat had rung the changes following the last-minute derby loss to  Melbourne City a week earlier, leaving out centre-half Adrian Leijer and veteran striker Archie Thompson, dropping Leigh Broxham into the heart of defence to partner Nick Ansell and giving Rashid Mahazi a rare start in midfield alongside Carl Valeri. Mahazi’s luck ran out midway through the first half when he stretched to control the ball and injured himself, the 22-year-old  forced to leave the pitch.

A measure of the hosts dominance was that it took Newcastle 25minutes to earn a corner, but on sporadic occasions the hard-working Ecuadorian frontman Edson Montano showed that he could be a handful if the visitors could get the ball to him. Things didn’t change much as the second half opened, with Ben Khalfallah threatening down the left flank at every opportunity. He almost created the opening goal two minutes in with a cross which Berisha touched on but Kosta Barbarouses could not control, volleying the chance over the bar.

Victory survived a scare right at the final moments when Coe dived well to save Scott Neville’s drive, but it was too little too late from the Jets.

 

Source : The Canberra Times

Berisart Berisha, Guilherme Finkler star for Melbourne Victory in 3-0 win over Perth Glory

September 7, 2014 – 5:54PM

Gui Finkler.

Gui Finkler. Photo: Getty Images

Melbourne Victory’s creative duo Besart Berisha and Gui Finkler have shown great promise in a 3-0 friendly win over Perth Glory.

Berisha scored two goals at AAMI Park on Sunday, with Finkler providing the opener.

Albanian forward Berisha, playing as the focal point in Victory’s attack, pleased coach Kevin Muscat in the side’s first hit-out against A-League opposition of the pre-season.

“Once we were in that front four, we did look dangerous,” he said.

On 35 minutes, Brazilian Finkler scored the first with a deflected free kick.

Finkler turned provider for Victory’s second, jinking neatly before setting up Berisha to fire home after 70 minutes.

Five minutes later, Archie Thompson was brought down by Glory goalkeeper Danny Vukovic, allowing Berisha to score his second from the penalty spot.

Victory weren’t without their uncomfortable moments as Perth took control for long periods of the second half.

Glory played a 4-1-3-2 formation with new signings Youssouf Hersi, Richard Garcia and Mitch Nichols sitting behind a front two of Irish international Andy Keogh and Chris Harold.

Coach Kenny Lowe saw enough from his side to be pleased but said he might be tempted to head back into the transfer market for another striker.

“I thought the performance was OK, it was certainly closer than the scoreline indicated,” he said.

“We’ve got one spot left, the marquee position. Whether we fill that or not, I don’t know, I’m certainly trying to fill it.”

Muscat said he had one eye on bringing other players in but wouldn’t be doing it for the numbers.

“We’ll only do that if it’s going to improve the squad and improve the team.”

In Sunday’s other A-League friendly, Central Coast Mariners drew 1-1 with Melbourne City in Lismore.

Rob Wielaert opened the scoring for City in the 56th minute before Malick Mane equalised from the spot a minute later.

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Source : The Sydney Morning Herald

Guilherme Ozelame Finkler re-signs with Melbourne Victory

Saturday, 10 May 2014 9:27 AM

Finkler re-signs with Victory

Melbourne Victory have shrugged off some of the disappointment of losing defender Adama Traore by re-signing midfield lynchpin Gui Finkler for another two seasons.

The deal will see the 28-year-old remain at AAMI Park until the end of the 2016-17 A-League season with Chairman Anthony Di Pietro announcing the news at the club’s end of season awards event on Friday night.

The Brazilian’s decision to stay on with the club will give Victory fans confidence ahead of next season after fullback Traore, a key part of the side over the last two seasons, elected to chase his dream of playing in Europe instead of signing a new contract earlier this week.

Finkler played every one of the Victory’s 29 matches this season finishing with a tally of nine goals and insisted he couldn’t be happier with his decision to extend his stay in Melbourne.

“I love everything about Melbourne and I’m thrilled that I’ll be here for at least another two years,’ he said.

“Next season will be a very exciting one for us as a club and I am really happy to remain a part of Kevin (Muscat)’s squad. I know we’re all desperate to go one step further and make the Grand Final in 2014/15, so I can’t wait to help the club be even better.

“Melbourne Victory is a great club to play for – the fans, the facilities, the coaches, the staff – everything about it is fantastic for a player.”

Victory coach Kevin Muscat was equally happy with the new deal, admitting Finkler is a key part of his squad on and off the field.

“Gui is a talented individual and a big part of our set-up, so it’s fantastic we will be able to call on his services for another two years,” Muscat said

“We also know how big of a presence he is in our changeroom and he certainly provides plenty of advice and insight to the other boys, especially the younger ones, in the squad.”

 

Source : Football Federation Australia

Team of the week | Round 20

Monday, 24 February 2014 8:30 PM

Team of the week | Round 20

The jostling for positions in the Round 20 TOTW was the most competitive we’ve seen this season. With all the goals it was an especially hard choice selecting the strikers.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Cirio (Adelaide United)

The Spaniard could not have done any more to help his side on the weekend. Netting a hat-trick the pint sized forward put together a superb individual performance. Twice giving his side the lead in the epic encounter against Melbourne Victory, Cirio scored with all three shots that he took. Not only limited to shooting, the showman provided four shot assists to his teammates. Whilst his side may have suffered defeat, it was hard to go past him as the Player of the Week for Round 20.

GOALKEEPER

Jerrad Tyson (Western Sydney Wanderers)

After sitting on the pine for 18 months, Tyson put in a faultless performance. Not tested until the second half, Tyson made the first of many crucial saves in the 70th minute. With the Wanderers clinging to a 1-0 lead, Rostyn Griffith’s powerful header was set for the back of the net until Tyson intervened brilliantly. Even at 2-0 Tyson preserved a clean sheet with a string of saves in the final 10 minutes, ensuring Tony Popovic a headache at the selection table this week.

DEFENDERS

Patrick Kisnorbo (Melbourne Heart)

That tackle! Coming from further back than Steven Bradbury, the former Leeds defender preserved a vital three points for the Heart with a last gasp lunge to poke the ball away from Besart Berisha when he seemed destined to score. Tasked with keeping Berisha and Thomas Broich quiet, Kisnorbo ensured the pair were firmly entrenched in his back pocket. After injury cruelled his 2010 World Cup hopes, Kisnorbo could be putting himself into contention for a spot at Brazil 2014.

Sasa Ognenovski (Sydney FC)

The ‘Big O’ was a crucial plank that saw Sydney claim three points from the Jets for the third time this season. Tasked with marking Emile Heskey, Ognenovski started slowly, but claimed every header on offer after the first 20 minutes. His aerial prowess was also used to good effect offensively, with his bullet header from a corner giving the Sky Blues a precious lead. His partnership with Nikola Petkovic will be crucial to Sydney FC’s hopes for the rest of the season.

Nikolai Topor-Stanley (Western Sydney Wanderers)

At the top of his game, Topor-Stanley has been a constant name in the Wandeers season of rotation. Under Tony Popovic, the hulking stopper has shrugged off a reputation for being inconsistent. His performances have started drawing media acclaim, with Socceroos recognition reportedly around the corner. Marking Shane Smeltz, Topor-Stanley ensured the New Zealand marksmen had no service, with 23 clearances for the match.

MIDFIELDERS

Aaron Mooy (Western Sydney Wanderers)

Out of contract and on the market, Aaron Mooy is keeping his name atop transfer wish lists across the country with a series of stellar performances. Dominating the midfield, every touch is turning to gold for the 23 year old. Alongside Mateo Poljak, who was an unlucky omission from TOTW, Mooy ensured the the Wanderers midfield brigade were the dominant one for large parts of the match.

Carlos Hernandez (Wellington Phoenix)

Is this guy Benjamin Button in disguise? Hernandez is rising out of the ashes at the Phoenix a reformed player. The Costa Rican is now perched atop the Alex Tobin medal standings following another standout performance. The playmaker was in vintage form against the Mariners, scoring a goal, having seven shot assists and six shots with his 57 touches. His goal, surely a candidate for goal of the season, disturbed the spider web, such was its placement.

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Orlando Engelaar (Melbourne Heart)

Engelaar is proving to be the four leaved clover for the Heart, not having suffered a loss since he has put on the red and white stripes. His goal capped off a fine performance from the former Dutch international. Playing in the heart of midfield, Engelaar amassed four tackles, two blocks and two interceptions in defence, whilst in attack he had an 83% pass completion rate.

Guilherme Finkler (Melbourne Victory)

After missing the Asian Cup tie the previous week, Finkler showed his importance to Kevin Muscat as he bagged a brace in the thrilling 4-3 win over Adelaide. The Brazillian turned around the contest, twice bringing the Victory level. His first goal showed exquisite skill, taking a touch, before volleying home past an outstretched Eugene Galekovic. For his second, he played a one two with Leigh Broxham before dispatching a shot inside Galekovic’s near post.

STRIKERS

Alessandro Del Piero (Sydney FC)

“Il Pinturicchio” was again at the forefront of Sydney FC’s victory, placing his fingerprints well and truly on the three points that the club gained. Providing a goal and an assist, the Italian secured Sydney’s second win on the bounce almost single-handedly. His corner that led to the opener was perfect. On the counter, Del Piero than drew Taylor Regan into a mistake which led to the decisive second goal via then penalty spot.

Stein Huysegems (Wellington Phoenix)

The big Belgian has been a constant of Team Of The Week this season. Netting his tenth goal of the season, Huysegems is atop the Golden boot charts. However he is hardly a selfish player; on Friday he provided three shot assists, whilst also passing at 83% success. Huysegems leads from the front in defence for the Phoenix as well, making two interceptions and two clearances during the contest.

 

Source : Football Federation Australia

Team of the week | Round 20

Monday, 24 February 2014 8:30 PM

Team of the week | Round 20

The jostling for positions in the Round 20 TOTW was the most competitive we’ve seen this season. With all the goals it was an especially hard choice selecting the strikers.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Cirio (Adelaide United)

The Spaniard could not have done any more to help his side on the weekend. Netting a hat-trick Cirio put together a great individual performance. Twice giving his side the lead in the epic encounter, Cirio scored with all three shots that he took. Not only limited to shooting, the showman provided four shot assists to his teammates. Whilst his side may have suffered defeat, if Cirio can continue performances like this, losing will be a rare occurance.

GOALKEEPER

Jerrad Tyson (Western Sydney Wanderers)

After sitting on the pine for 18 months, Tyson put in a faultless performance. Not tested until the second half, Tyson made the first of many crucial saves in the 70th minute. With the Wanderers clinging to a 1-0 lead Rostyn Griffith’s powerful header was set for the back of the net until Tyson intervened brilliantly. Even at 2-0 Tyson preserved a clean sheet with a string of saves in the final 10 minutes, ensuring Tony Popovic a headache at the selection table this week.

DEFENDERS

Patrick Kisnorbo (Melbourne Heart)

That tackle! Coming from further back than Steven Bradbury, the former Leeds defender preserved a vital three points for the Heart with a lasp gasp lunge to poke the ball away from Besart Berisha. Tasked with keeping Berisha and Thomas Broich quiet, Kisnorbo ensured the pair were firmly entrenched in his back pocket for the entire contest. After injury cruelled his 2010 World Cup hopes, Kisnorbo looks set to don the green and gold once more, with Brazil a realistic hope.

Sasa Ognenovski (Sydney FC)

The big O was a crucial plank that saw Sydney claim three points from the Jets for the third time this season. Tasked with marking Emile Heskey, Ognenovski started slowly, but claimed every header on offer after the first 20 minutes. His aerial prowess was also used to good affect offensively, with his bullet header from a corner giving the Sky Blues a precious lead. His partnership with Nikola Petkovic will be crucial to Sydney FC’s hopes for the rest of the season.

Nikolai Topor-Stanley (Western Sydney Wanderers)

At the top of his game, Topor-Stanley has been a constant name in the Wandeers season of rotation. Under Tony Popovic, the hulking stopper has shrugged off a reputation for being inconsistent. His performances have started drawing media acclaim, with Socceroos recognition reportedly around the corner. Marking Shane Smeltz, Topor-Stanley ensured the New Zealand marksmen had no service, with 23 clearances for the match.

MIDFIELDERS

Aaron Mooy (Western Sydney Wanderers)

Out of contract and on the market, Aaron Mooy is keeping his name atop transfer wish lists across the country with a series of monumental performances. Dominating the midfield, every touch is turning to gold for the 23 year old. Alongside Mateo Poljak, who was an unlucky omission from TOTW, Mooy ensured the Perth midfield were virtual spectators for large parts of the match.

Carlos Hernandez (Wellington Phoenix)

Is this guy Benjamin Button in disguise? Hernandez is rising out of the ashes at the Phoenix a reformed player. The Costa Rican is now perched atop the Alex Tobin medal standings following another standout performance. The playmaker was in vintage form against the Mariners, scoring a goal, having 7 shots assists and six shots with his 57 touches. His goal, surely a candidate for goal of the season, disturbed the spiders web, such was its placement.

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Orlando Engelaar (Melbourne Heart)

Engelaar is proving to be the four leaved clover for the Heart, not having suffered a loss since he has put on the red and white stripes. His goal capped off a fine performance from the former Dutch international. Playing in the heart of midfield, Engelaar amassed 4 tackles, 2 blocks and 2 interceptions in defence, whilst in attack he had an 83% pass completion rate.

Guilherme Finkler (Melbourne Victory)

After missing the Asian Cup tie the previous week, Finkler showed his importance to Kevin Muscat as he bagged a brace in the thrilling 4-3 win over Adelaide. The Brazillian turned around the contest, twice bringing the Victory level. His first goal showed exquisite skill, taking a touch, before volleying home past an outstretched Eugene Galekovic. For his second, he played a one two with Leigh Broxham before dispatching a shot inside Galekovic’s near post.

STRIKERS

Alessandro Del Piero (Sydney FC)

“Il Pinturicchio” was again at the forefront of Sydney FC’s victory, placing his fingerprints well and truly on the three points that the club gained. Providing a goal and an assist, the Italian secured Sydney’s second win on the bounce almost single-handedly. His corner that led to the opener was perfect. On the counter, Del Piero than drew Taylor Regan into a mistake which led to the decisive second goal via then penalty spot.

Stein Huysegems (Wellington Phoenix)

The big Belgian has been a constant of Team Of The Week this season. Netting his tenth goal of the season, Huysegems is atop the Golden boot charts. Howeverm he is hardly a selfish player; on Friday he provided 3 shot assists, whilst also passing at 83% success. Huysegems leads from the front in defence for the Phoenix as well, making 2 interceptions and 2 clearances during the contest.

 

Source : Football Federation Australia