Transfer news: Phoenix unveil Croatian midfielder

Head Coach Darije Kalezic presents new signing Goran Paracki with his Wellington Phoenix jersey.

Wellington Phoenix have gone to Croatia to strengthen their midfield stocks, announcing the signing of the experienced Goran Paracki on Thursday morning.

GETTING TO KNOW GORAN

*The 30-year-old has made almost 200 appearances in the Croatian top flight.

*He was capped more than 10 times for the Croatian U19 team, coming from a generation which includes Fiorentina’s Nikola Kalinić and Napoli’s Ivan Strinjić.

*Paracki will begin training with Phoenix on Thursday, and could make his competitive debut in the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32 clash against Western Sydney Wanderers.

WHAT CONVINCED HIM TO COME TO NZ

“I’ve played most of my life in Croatia. But Darije called me and told me about his background, his project here at Wellington,” Paracki explained.

“My position is important, for the club’s goal to play the finals, and afterwards I thought about [this conversation] more and more.

“My mum, I think she is a little sad, but this is football life – my friends understand this, you never know where you are going to go or where you are going to play. My wife she is very excited, she will come join me here closer to the season beginning.”

Dutchman Darije Kalezic is looking forward to getting stuck into pre-season with new club Wellington Phoenix. Pic Credit: Cameron McIntosh“My best friend in Croatia has a good friend, Mateo Poljak. He told me everything good about the league, about the quality of life. He spoke very highly of the reputation as well of Rado, so in the end I was very exciting to take this new opportunity.”

KALEZIC PREDICTING BIG THINGS

“He is hard-working, has a good mentality – a mentality that fits very well with the Australian and New Zealand league style. I think in Goran the fans will get a player they will really like,” the Phoenix boss said.

“He comes from a very good professional environment, on the ball he’s also a very technical player, which adds a lot of quality in the way that we want to play our football.”

Phoenix 2017/18 Season Squad so far:

Goalkeepers: Lewis Italiano, Oliver Sail

Defenders: Tom Doyle, Marco Rossi, Andrew Durante, Scott Galloway, Dylan Fox, Ryan Lowry, Louis Fenton

Midfielders: Gui Finkler, Michael McGlinchey, Sarpreet Singh, Matt Ridenton, Goran Paracki, Alex Rufer, James McGarry

Forwards: Roy Krishna, Adam Parkhouse, Logan Rogerson, Hamish Watson

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Hyundai A-League’s impact on Confederations Cup – Michael McGlinchey

Michael McGlinchey (Phoenix) – The diminutive midfielder played in all three games in Russia and got through a power of work as New Zealand battled against some quality opposition.

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

New Zealand beaten in Confederations Cup

New Zealand were beaten 2-0 by Russia in their Confederations Cup opener.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Chris Myson
Russia cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win over New Zealand as the hosts made a confident start to the Confederations Cup.

Hyundai A-League stars Andrew Durante, Marco Rojas, Michael McGlinchey and Kosta Barbarouses all started for the All Whites.

Three of the previous nine Confederations Cups have been won by the host nation and Russia, playing in the tournament for the first time, impressed with victory in Saint Petersburg.

After having two early chances cleared off the line, they took the lead when Michael Boxall scored an own goal after Denis Glushakov had struck the post.

Russia made sure of victory in the second half, with Fyodor Smolov’s third goal in four internationals ensuring president Vladimir Putin, who called for improved performances in the event, was applauding happily in the stands.

New Zealand are now without a win in 10 Confederations Cup matches and struggled to make an attacking impression.

Portugal and Mexico, who meet on Sunday, are the other two teams in Group A.

Three of the previous nine Confederations Cups have been won by the host nation and Russia, playing in the tournament for the first time, impressed with victory in Saint Petersburg.

After having two early chances cleared off the line, they took the lead when Michael Boxall scored an own goal after Denis Glushakov had struck the post.

Russia made sure of victory in the second half, with Fyodor Smolov’s third goal in four internationals ensuring president Vladimir Putin, who called for improved performances in the event, was applauding happily in the stands.

New Zealand are now without a win in 10 Confederations Cup matches and struggled to make an attacking impression. Portugal and Mexico, who meet on Sunday, are the other two teams in Group A.

 

Source :  Football Federation Australia

Hyundai A-League’s Confeds Cup men -Michael McGlinchey (New Zealand)

Michael McGlinchey (New Zealand) – The classy midfielder had another consistent season in the Hyundai A-League with Wellington.

 

Source : Football Federation Australia

Wellington Phoenix 1-1 Sydney FC – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Wellington Phoenix’s Hyundai A-League Finals hopes are hanging by a thread following a 1-1 draw with league-leaders Sydney FC at Westpac Stadium on Saturday night.

A last-gasp strike from Michael McGlinchey rescued a point for the hosts after a second half penalty from Bobo looked to have sealed all three points for Sydney FC.

The Phoenix enjoyed the better of the opening stanza and went close on two occasions with powerful strikes from Roy Krishna forcing Danny Vukovic into a pair of smart saves.

Sydney grew into the contest after the break and began to dictate proceedings with Alex Brosque, Bobo and Rhyan Grant all fashioning clear-cut chances.

The turning point came with just over 20 minutes remaining after a VAR review ruled Phoenix defender Marco Rossi handled the ball inside the area, with Sydney FC striker Bobo scoring the ensuing penalty.

The Sky Blues continued to press and should have sealed the result just five minutes later with Alex Brosque rattling the cross bar from point blank range.

Wellington threw numbers forward in the dying stages and grabbed a deserved equaliser in stoppage time with Michael McGlinchey on hand to fire home a loose ball.

The Phoenix remain three points behind sixth-placed Perth and will need the Glory to lose at home to the Roar on Saturday night for their season to remain alive.

GOALS

0-1 Sydney FC: Bobo, 72’

Sydney were awarded a penalty via the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) following a Phoenix handball, with Bobo calmly stepping up to send Lewis Italiano the wrong way from the spot.

1-1 Wellington Phoenix: Michael McGlinchey, 90’+2

Kosta Barbarouses fired a ball across the face of goal which was knocked into the path of McGlinchey who bundled the ball home from close range.

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Source : Football Federation Australia

Michael McGlinchey has last laugh as Wellington Phoenix stun Central Coast Mariners

October 18, 2014 – 8:42PM

Adrian Warren

Bad blood: Michael McGlinchey of the Phoenix returned to haunt his former club.

Bad blood: Michael McGlinchey of the Phoenix returned to haunt his former club. Photo: Getty Images

Booed by his former fans, Michael McGlinchey had the last laugh on Saturday as he played a prominent part in Wellington Phoenix’s 2-1 A-League away win over Central Coast Mariners.

New Zealand international McGlinchey scored a first-half equaliser and was involved in the build-up to the 53rd-minute winner from the outstanding Nathan Burns.

The Phoenix held on at the end, after two of the Mariners’ substitutes had great chances to equalise with about 10 minutes to go.

 

Nick Fitzgerald headed against the post and Glen Moss made a great save to push away an on-target shot from Glen Trifiro.

McGlinchey, who was granted an early termination of his contract last month to join the Phoenix after five seasons with the Mariners, started quietly but became increasingly more influential.

He headed home from close range in the 35th minute, when he was first to the ball after Jeremy Brockie blasted a penalty against the crossbar.

Brockie earned the spot-kick when he was fouled by debutant Jacob Poscoliero, who was named ahead of more-experienced defender Zachary Anderson.

McGlinchey’s clever back heel released left back Thomas Doyle whose fine cross to the far post was headed across goal by Brockie to Burns, who netted from close range.

Central Coast had hit the front in the 12th minute through a catastrophic own-goal from Doyle.

A breakdown in communication in the Phoenix defence resulted in Moss coming off his line, only to see Doyle slide the ball past him into an unguarded net.

Phoenix started the game well, but the Mariners had a dominant 15-minute spell after going ahead, highlighted by Moss’s agile save from a fierce Mitchell Duke drive.

The visitors worked their way back into the game and created some chances in the period before the break.

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Source : The Canberra Times

Unhappy Central Coast Mariners to relent on Michael McGlinchey move to Wellington Phoenix

September 10, 2014 – 8:00PM

Sebastian Hassett

Football reporter

On the move to Wellington ... Michael McGlinchey in action for the Mariners.

On the move to Wellington … Michael McGlinchey in action for the Mariners.

The most protracted tug-of-war of the A-League off-season is set to come to an end with the Central Coast Mariners reluctantly conceding in their fight to keep star Michael McGlinchey.

The New Zealand international will finally join Wellington Phoenix, despite being under contract at Central Coast. As A-League regulations prohibit transfers being paid between clubs, the only way the move can occur is if the Mariners agree to release their best player – who is potentially worth up to $1 million on the transfer market – without compensation.

Both the Phoenix and McGlinchey believed they had found a loophole for the move when the Mariners’ players were asked to sign new contracts as part of the club’s ownership change under Mike Charlesworth.

Reckoning that voided the previous existing contracts, and supported by legal advice from Professional Footballers Australia, McGlinchey informed the Mariners he would not be signing the new contact and sought a move instead.

A stand-off intervened, with the FFA stepping in last month and ruling McGlinchey was still contracted to Central Coast and that he was not free to join the Phoenix before his contract expired on January 1, 2015.

However, as the 27-year old joined Vegalta Sendai in January on a 12-month loan deal, McGlinchey has not subsequently reported for duty at the Mariners, even though the Japanese club mutually terminated the deal after the departure of ex-Mariners boss Graham Arnold.

Despite the FFA’s decision going against him, it’s understood McGlinchey has already relocated to Wellington and the Phoenix have commenced assisting him. He has recently been away in the Middle East and Uzbekistan with the New Zealand national team, where over a third of the squad are prospective Phoenix teammates.

After McGlinchey informed coach Phil Moss via text message that he wanted out, the club has scarcely heard from the player since, and have – after much internal debate – decided to cut their losses.

“Obviously we have a very special culture in the Mariners’  and that culture doesn’t allow for anyone that doesn’t want to be here. Nor am I the type of coach that caters for players who don’t want to be here,” Moss told the Herald. “We had some great times with Mikey at the club but he made it clear to us he wanted to leave, under different financial terms.

“We’re moving on with those who want to be a part of what we’re doing and we’ve recruited some players, like Malick Mané and Richárd Vernes, who are very capable of having a big impact.”

The Mariners have made no secret of their disquiet with the PFA for the advice they afforded McGlinchey and the Phoenix, which created momentum for the move to take place, in spite of the existing contract.

“I am at least delighted with the arbitration ruling of the FFA because that was a test case for all players’ contracts and it was a massive can of worms that could have exploded if the ruling went the other way,” Moss said. “The PFA fought to exploit a loophole, but if we had used that same loophole to release a player, I’m sure they would have jumped all over me and the club.”

The Mariners will turn their attention to matters on the field from Friday, when they play three games in 10 days – starting with an exhibition match against Brisbane Roar, followed by an FFA Cup match against Olympic FC on Tuesday and a friendly against the Newcastle Jets.

“We’ll use these games to get some match fitness and sharpness,” Moss said. “We had a great week away in Lismore, getting some huge training loads into the boys, drawing 1-1 with Melbourne City, who’ve already played eight games compared to our one. Physically and tactically, we’re probably only 40 per cent of where we need to be, but that’s what the next month is all about.”

Source : The Sydney Morning Herald