Transfer news: Ivan Franjic heads to Korea

​Melbourne City have confirmed that right-back and Caltex Socceroo Ivan Franjic has left the club to move to Korea.

Melbourne City have confirmed that right-back and Caltex Socceroo Ivan Franjic has left the club to move to Korea.

The 29-year-old and City mutually agreed to terminate his Hyundai A-League contract, allowing Franjic to join Daegu FC in South Korea

Franjic, who signed with City in June of 2015, played 39 matches for the club in the Hyundai A-League.

The defender has also played 20 times for the Caltex Socceroos and was part of the triumphant AFC Asian Cup side in 2015.

Franjic started his Hyundai A-League career with Brisbane Roar, winning three titles with the club, while he also spent time at Torpedo Moscow.

Daegu FC are currently sitting second from bottom in the K-League Classic at the midway point of the 2017 season.


Source  :  Football Federation Australia


Melbourne City FC 1 x 0 Western Sydney Wanderers FC – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

After coach John van ‘t Schip’s shock resignation this week, Michael Valkanis took charge and the interim boss helped guide City to their first win in six matches.

And it was a cracking goal which decided the contest, with defender Ivan Franjic scoring with a stunning volley which was too good for the Wanderers’ debutant keeper Vedran Janjetovic.

Despite playing more than an hour with 10 men following the dismissal of defender Aritz Borda, the visitors didn’t buckle and even had chances to take something from the match.

But City held on to snap their winless run, while the Wanderers have now gone five matches without a victory ahead of next weekend’s Sydney Derby.



1-0 City: Ivan Franjic 19’

Nicolas Colazo’s corner was headed clear by Kearyn Baccus but went straight to Franjic, with the City right-back catching a first-time volley flush. The combination of power and swerve gave Janjetovic no chance.


City bossed the first half and had an incredible nine corners  to zero in the opening 45 minutes.

The defeat was the Wanderers’ first in their last six Harvey Norman Friday night fixtures.


Aritz Borda: Wanderers 30’

In an incident off the ball Borda lashed out at Bruno Fornaroli, catching him in the face, with referee Alan Milliner brandishing a straight red.

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Analysis: Socceroos v Bangladesh

You can only beat what’s in front of you. And that’s exactly what the Socceroos did in Perth on Thursday night, dispatching a Bangladesh side clearly out of their depth.

But if the example of past struggles against so-called minnows is anything to go by, Australian football supporters should be grateful their Asian Cup-winning team had no issues taking the next step on the road to Russia 2018.

This game can now serve as a blueprint for the men in green and gold against other low-ranked nations early in World Cup qualifying.

The home team’s attitude and application was first-rate right from kick-off at nib Stadium, no easy task after a long flight home for some, a lack of competitive action for others and the inherently underwhelming nature of the opposition.

It shouldn’t be forgotten that Ange Postecoglou was missing likely starters through injury in Mathew Ryan, Ivan Franjic, Trent Sainsbury, Mile Jedinak and Robbie Kruse.

Working with a different combination of personnel, the head coach nailed his selection and tactics, employing a 4-4-2 diamond for the first time in his national team tenure.

With Mark Milligan providing stability and security in front of the back four, Aaron Mooy and Massimo Luongo were deployed further forward, where they put their energy and technique to good effect.

The star turn, if it can be called such against the lowly Bengal Tigers, came from Tom Rogic, fit at last and recalled to the Socceroos starting XI for the first time since a 4-3 friendly loss to Ecuador in March 2014.

The Celtic man operated as the most advanced midfielder and was rewarded for his endeavours with two goals.

Moving away from his usual preference for a three-man frontline, Postecoglou rested Tim Cahill and picked Mathew Leckie and Nathan Burns as an old-fashioned centre-forward pairing.

Having a mobile, rotating front line might be preferable against higher-quality opposition, but flooding the midfield and leaving two dedicated strikers to occupy the Bangladesh centre-backs worked a treat on Thursday, with the visitors outclassed and overwhelmed in the opening stages and the match effectively won by the 20-minute mark.

The absence of wide forwards put the onus on the fullbacks to get forward, provide width and supply crosses. Neither man disappointed, with Jason Davidson and Tarek Elrich in particular terrorising their counterparts and having a hand in the first and third goals respectively.

Sterner tests will doubtless await, starting with a considerably more daunting trip to take on Tajikistan next week. A repeat of the hostile cauldron experienced away to Kyrgyzstan in June is a distinct possibility, but at least Australia will run the gauntlet in Central Asia armed with confidence from a convincing triumph.



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Ivan Franjic ready for Socceroos in September

Ivan Franjic celebrates a goal during the Asian Cup.

Despite having played only three competitive games this year, Ivan Franjic has declared he will be ready if Socceroo coach Ange Postecoglou calls on him for in September.

Franjic, who has returned home to play for Melbourne City FC after a tough season in Russia, has only started pre-season training this month, with the Hyundai A-League Season 11 campaign beginning on October 8.

Before that, Australia will face Bangladesh in Perth on September 3 and Tajikistan in Dushanbe five days later in their next 2018 FIFA World Cup™ Qualifiers but Franjic is not concerned by the dearth of competitive action between now and then.

“If I get chosen, I’ll be fit enough to be playing,” he told Omnisport.

Franjic completed 90 minutes for Australia in their 2-1 win over Kyrgyzstan on June 16 – the first time he had done that since April 8 – as his country kick-started their bid to qualify for Russia 2018.


Due to a raft of injuries in 2014-15, the 27-year-old only played four league games for Torpedo Moscow last term.

Franjic could not ignore the opportunity for regular game-time when City came calling last month.

“That was one of the reasons [for] coming back, I could have stayed in Europe or come back but I wanted to sort my future out before I went into the World Cup qualifiers,” the versatile full-back said.

“So [my goal this season is to play] as many games as possible and win a championship with Melbourne City and keep playing international [matches].”

Franjic broke his contract with Torpedo in April due to unpaid wages but has seemingly put that chapter behind him.

“It was difficult because I was injured 80 per cent of the time there, so the club wasn’t happy that I was getting injured on international duty but that’s football, it’s part of the game, so I’m back now and looking forward to the season ahead,” he said.

Franjic has played 19 matches for Australia and was a key part of Postecoglou’s squad that won the Asian Cup in January.

Football Federation Australia

Ivan Franjic focused on World Cup return

Socceroos defender Ivan Franjic stretches at the Socceroos Dubai training camp.

Ivan Franjic is looking forward to playing a lot more football over the next 12 months with his club career sorted and the Socceroos about to embark on their 2018 World Cup qualification campaign.

The 27-year-old ended a tumultuous club spell with FC Torpedo Moscow in Russia last month by signing a three-year deal with Melbourne City FC.

The Socceroos defender said the decision to return to Australia was motivated by the chance to play regularly but didn’t rule out a return overseas one day.

“Going back to the A-League was something I thought long and hard about and I thought it was the right move in my career at this time,” Franjic told FFA TV.

“I really want to focus on playing first-team football and see what happens after that.”

Franjic said the Socceroos were oozing confidence as they take part in a 10-day training camp in Dubai ahead of Tuesday night’s opening World Cup qualifier against Kyrgyzstan.

Ange Postecoglou’s squad are set to play eight internationals as part of the first round of Asian qualification for Russia with the experience of claiming the Asian Cup spurring them to new heights.

“There’s a lot of confidence,” said Franjic. “Obviously the results over the past year have been excellent.

“Especially winning a major tournament we’re going to take all that confidence into our clash against Kyrgyzstan and come out all guns blazing.”

Franjic has been a mainstay at right-back for the Socceroos since making his international debut against Hong Kong in December 2012.

With Australia only beating the Asian minnows 1-0 on their travels that night Franjic was quick to emphaise that the Socceroos would take nothing for granted against the world No.177.


The prospect of competing at another World Cup after his tournament in Brazil ended through injury in the opening match simply another carrot for the workhorse defender.

“I think every game is important. It’s a World Cup qualifier – you don’t want to lose any, you don’t want to be chasing results,” said Franjic.

“Definitely the first game is very important but every game is important and it’s our aim to win all the games and not be chasing anyone.

“We’ll just keep doing what we’ve doing, it’s been getting us results.

“We’ll just keep training and worrying about ourselves and know that the performance will come if we play well.”

Match Information

Tuesday, 16 June

Kyrgyzstan v Australia

Dolen Omurzakov Stadium, Bishkek

Kick off 8pm (Wednesday, 17 June – 12am AEST)

The match will be broadcast exclusively live on Fox Sports and on a one-hour delay on SBS.

Footbal Federation Australia

Melbourne City FC sign Ivan Franjic

Melbourne City FC have announced a major signing coup with Socceroos defender Ivan Franjic penning a three-year deal with the club.

Franjic, 27, returns to his birthplace of Melbourne to join Melbourne City FC, where his career commenced at local Victorian clubs St Albans Saints, Melbourne Knights and Oakleigh Cannons.

Franjic first broke into the Hyundai A-League in 2009 with Brisbane Roar, where he played 115 matches, won two premierships and three championships.

The defender was also selected in the A-League All Star team in 2011 and was recently named in the PFA Team of the Decade.

Regarded as Australia’s current first-choice right-back, Franjic was rewarded for his performances in Australia’s domestic competition with a call up to the Socceroos in 2012, making his international debut in December of that year.

Franjic has since been capped by his country 19 times, featuring in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and Socceroos triumphant 2015 AFC Asian Cup campaign.

After a short spell at FC Torpedo Moscow in Russia, Franjic joins Melbourne City FC and will commence training with the squad in late June.

The Club’s Head Coach John van’t Schip worked closely with the Club’s recruitment team to secure the defender’s services and said he was delighted to have signed Franjic.

“Followers of the A-League and Socceroos know of Ivan’s quality and ability, so to bring him in for next season is positive,” van’t Schip said.

“When we became aware Ivan was available, we were keen to bring him in to strengthen our squad.

“We believe Ivan is a great fit for the Club and has the ability and desire to help us build on last campaign.”

Commenting on his move, Franjic says he is looking forward to making his mark at the Club.

“Coming back home to Melbourne is very important. I will be playing first-team football which has been difficult over the last 12 months but now I can’t wait,” Franjic said.

“Melbourne City are an ambitious club and they want success. These are the clubs I want to be at, that want to go out and win titles and that was a major reason for me coming here.”

Player Details

Ivan Franjic

DOB: 10 September, 1987 (27 years old)
Place of Birth: Melbourne, Australia
Position: Defender

Football Federation Australia

Ivan Franjic parts ways with Torpedo Moscow after pay dispute

April 28, 2015 – 11:50PM

Sports repórter

Dominic Bossi

Ivan Franjic in action for Australia during the Asian Cup.

Ivan Franjic in action for Australia during the Asian Cup. Photo: Getty Images

The future of Socceroo Ivan Franjic is in doubt after the right back parted ways with Russian club Torpedo Moscow due to unpaid wages.

Franjic walked out on the club with five games remaining in the Russian Premier League season due to a wage dispute where the club is alleged to have repeatedly failed to meet payments. After having his contract terminated, the former Brisbane Roar defender will enter the upcoming transfer window as a free agent where he will likely attract significant interest from clubs in the A-League and overseas.

Franjic sought the assistance of the Australian players’ union – the PFA – in seeking an end to his time in Russia. He returns to Australia after making just five appearances for Torpedo this season having joined after the 2014 World Cup.

“The PFA can confirm that Ivan sought the advice of the PFA’s lawyers,” Professional Footballers Australia said in a statement. “This followed the repeated failure of his club Torpedo Moscow to honour its contractual obligations to him. The PFA requested that the club remedy the situation, however this was not done and as a result Ivan terminated his contract for just cause, in accordance with FIFA regulations. Ivan is now a free agent and entitled to sign with the club of his choosing.”

Franjic was named in the PFA’s A-League team of the decade on Monday night and was present at a reception in Sydney.

Meanwhile, Newcastle Jets continue their post-season clean-out after releasing defender Taylor Regan months after he was named as captain. The defender was told his contract would not be renewed for next season and heads an extensive list of players also shown the door on Tuesday. James Virgili, Sam Gallagher, John Solari, Allan Welsh and Travis Cooper were also told to look for other clubs in a season where the Jets finished bottom of the A-League.

Forwards Edson Montano, Serbian Enver Alivodic and Max Burgess are in discussions to extend their stay at the club for at least another season.



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Quality Hyundai A-League is lifting standards across the board

March 28, 2015 – 10:03PM

Craig Foster

Football columnist

An anecdote from a member of the Italian coaching staff in Germany, 2006: Following the epic contest between Italy and Australia in the round of 16, won in highly questionable fashion well into injury time and in which Australia surprised a storied football nation and the ultimate world champion, a member of the Italian staff remarked that if these Aussies ever get themselves organised, with that level of commitment and spirit, no one will enjoy having to play them. We are what we are, but we took a long time to resolve to act like it.

The story has always resonated with me and formed part of the belief that when Australian football made the connection between our national identity and our style of play, the world would open.

From strength to strength: The Socceroos are on an upward trajectory. Photo: Getty Images

I wonder what this wide-eyed Italian would make of where Australian football is today. Very likely nodding his head in approval, I’d say. Yes, they’re finally getting it.

To wit, the Socceroos were outstanding against Germany.

There are always reasons to diminish a performance or result, especially in friendly internationals, but make no mistake that the Socceroos executed their plan exceptionally well, and should have won the match, irrespective of what Germany was or was not trying to implement or who played. They are world champions, and they have several teams of the highest quality.

Australia continue to build cohesion and momentum heading into the first stage of qualification, and confidence is sky high following the fabulous Asian Cup triumph.

Before we move on, though, let’s take a moment to recognise the vital role the A-League has played in this evolution over the past year and a half.

All  our national teams have, at last, committed to a consistent style of dynamic, aggressive and attacking football as far as possible, and are  sharing methods and learnings across the coaching staff.

This is welcome and important, to ensure that every step taken is institutionalised across the entire international program, every team testing and developing as one.

And it is the approach of the Socceroos that is so important, because it is finally starting to make best use of our two best traits at this moment, and two immutable qualities that will always present a competitive advantage, psychological and physical.

There are very few nations with the psychological willingness to commit fully to the collective, to the country, to the shirt and therefore to create a unified whole, rather than a disparate collection of stars from the four corners, nor many nations with the capacity for hard work on and off the field as Australia.

Greater technical qualities will come in time to augment the mix further and make a more potent proposition but, for now, these two strengths must be maximised in a style of play to leverage what we have, and what we are.

The Socceroos’ approach is now consistently one of aggressive attack against any opponent, and this makes best use of our psychological need to confront a contest head on, flowing into belief and confidence, as you will have detected from the players’ comments pre and post-match.

What is equally important, though, is to recognise that the genesis of this approach comes from the A-League.

In recent years, pressing has become a key feature and allows better teams to dominate without the ball as well as less talented teams to utilise their organisation against a stronger opponent, to create an advantage without the ball against a team that has one in possession, Victory  versus the Mariners on Friday night being a pertinent example.

The Mariners disrupted the Victory’s play in the first half, particularly, as they did against Adelaide, the finest  team in the country, and this trend has allowed all  the technical staff to better understand  how to apply, and  to counteract, this part of the modern game.

It is not possible, in other words, to understand how to press other than to do so, nor how to withstand it than to be pressed well.

Ange Postecoglou applied this theory at the Roar and Victory, as did assistant coach Ante Milicic at the Wanderers, and Nathan Burns, Matt McKay, Luke DeVere, Alex Wilkinson, Ivan Franjic, James Troisi, Mark Milligan, Matty Ryan, Tommy Oar and Tomi Juric have all grown up under these organisational methods in recent years in the A-League.

It is, I would  argue, the growth in tactical organisation and systems of play, with detailed mechanical application by today’s new breed of Australian technicians, that has allowed Australia to finally explore what we can become.

The evolution of the domestic competition has been phenomenally good for the tactical development of the players, which is a credit to the coaching departments across the country, as problems are theorised, applied, tested, understood, overcome, reconstituted, and the cycle repeated.

Recently, there has been public discussion about the need for less team mechanics and more chaos. Don’t buy it, it’s absolute rubbish.

The A-League is developing beautifully from a tactical perspective, even if the lower tier  is trailing, and is making an immense contribution to Australia’s future.

The Canberra Times

Socceroos won’t play it safe against Germany, says Ange Postecoglou

March 24, 2015 – 10:36AM

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou.

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou. Photo: Brendan Esposito

Mainz, Germany: The depleted Socceroos won’t play it safe against world champions Germany, with coach Ange Postecoglou vowing to retain the ambitious approach that produced Asian Cup glory.

Australia begin the long road toward Russia 2018 with a daunting friendly assignment against Joachim Loew’s star-studded Germany in Kaiserslautern – their first outing since lifting the continental trophy on home soil in January.

The Socceroos are without several key players due to injury, including superstar Tim Cahill, and have less than two full days together in Germany to prepare for the match.

Without the likes of Tim Cahill in the side, James Troisi could play a prominent role.

Without the likes of Tim Cahill in the side, James Troisi could play a prominent role. Photo: Getty Images

But, in keeping with the mentality in the lead-up to the Asian Cup, Postecoglou will instruct his side to stick to its positive, attacking approach and he won’t be afraid to put faith in internationally inexperienced players.

“We don’t want to waste this opportunity and the way you waste it is by worrying too much about the outcomes and worrying about trying to put on a brave face,” Postecoglou said.

“For us it’s about saying `let’s have a go’.

“We played really well in the Asian Cup. We played a certain style of football and we want to see how that style of football matches up against the very best, as well as giving exposure to some of our players.”

Injuries and retirements have forced Postecoglou into changes at Fritz Walter Stadion but the coach insists he would have made some anyway as he looks to expose his players to challenging situations.

While the Socceroos are still enjoying an Asian Cup high, attention has already switched to the next big picture with 2018 World Cup qualifying beginning in June.

“We want to qualify first, but also go to the next World Cup in a much stronger position than the last one and see where that takes us,” Postecoglou said.

“We won’t put any limits on it and I’m certainly determined to make sure we’re a very strong unit leading into the next World Cup.

“This is just a continuation.”

Cahill and centre-back Matthew Spiranovic have been ruled out of the 10-day European camp, which includes next week’s friendly in Macedonia, while Massimo Luongo and Tomi Juric are in serious doubt to face Germany with groin problems.

It could mean prominent roles for the likes of James Troisi, Nathan Burns and Alex Wilkinson, though Postecoglou must carefully assess his players’ fitness given heavy club schedules and the fact many arrived in Germany with less than three days to prepare.

Socceroos players are eager to test themselves against the likes of Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos, Mario Goetze and Manuel Neuer but Postecoglou warned there was still a job to be done.

“You’ve still got to go out there and perform, work hard and back yourself or they can expose you in the most brutal of ways,” he said.

Australia will be returning to the scene of one of their finest soccer moments in Kaiserslautern, where Cahill inspired Australia’s first World Cup match win in 2006.


Friendly match

6.30am Thursday (AEDT)

Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern

Head to head: Germany 2, Australia 1

Last meeting: Australia d Germany 2-1, 2011, Monchengladbach

Rankings: Germany 1, Australia 65

Possible Socceroos line-up: Mat Ryan (gk), Aziz Behich, Alex Wilkinson, Trent Sainsbury, Ivan Franjic, Mile Jedinak (capt), Mark Milligan, James Troisi, Tommy Oar, Mathew Leckie, Nathan Burns.



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