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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 22 August 2015
SPORT 28 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 22 AUGUST 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Brisbane Roar on brink of financial ruin The FFA urged to take over embattled club A-League club Brisbane Roar has failed to pay player and staff wages for the second time in three months, leading to calls for Football Federation Australia (FFA) to take over the club. Robbie Kruse has been recalled for the qualifiers against Bangladesh and Tajikistan. PHOTO: AP/ROB GRIFFITH. Postecoglou recalls three for World Cup qualifiers Tom Rogic, Massimo Luongo and Robbie Kruse return for national duty Three big name Socceroos have been recalled by coach Ange Postecoglou for the side's two upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Bangladesh and Tajikistan. Tom Rogic, Massimo Luongo and Robbie Kruse will all return after stints on the sidelines. Rogic has not featured for the Socceroos since the side’s 4-3 defeat to Ecuador in a friendly in March 2014, after an unrelenting groin injury kept him out of the 2014 World Cup and Australia's triumphant Asian Cup effort earlier this year. Robbie Kruse, on the other hand, has not featured for the national side since the triumph against South Korea in the Asian Cup final. Postecoglou has welcomed the inclusion of his three star players. "It's a positive that we've been able to recall Massimo, Robbie and Tom Rogic after they missed recent matches, and they add attacking options to the squad for the two matches in Perth and Dushanbe," he said. "All three have regained fitness and started the season in form so they come back in and give us plenty of options and good depth in an attacking sense. "When you add them to the likes of Tim Cahill, Mat Leckie, Tomi Juric, Nathan Burns and Tommy Oar, the fans in Perth have a lot to get excited about." The Socceroos defeated Kyr- gyzstan 2-1 in their first qualifier and will play Bangladesh at Perth Oval on September 3, and then face Tajikstan in that country's capital Dushanbe on September 8. Squad: Aziz Behich, Nathan Burns, Tim Cahill, Alex Cisak, Jason Davidson, Tarek Elrich, Adam Federici, Jackson Irvine, Mile Jedinak (capt), Tomi Juric, Robbie Kruse, Mathew Leckie, Massimo Luongo, Ryan McGowan, Matt McKay, Mark Milligan, Aaron Mooy, Tommy Oar, Tom Rogic, Mat Ryan, Matthew Spiranovic, Alex Wilkinson, Bailey Wright. A-League clubs feature mid-week As A-League sides prepare for the forthcoming season starting in October, some of the league's sides featured across the country throughout the week. Melbourne Victory defeated Brisbane Roar 1-0 courtesy of a Jason Geria goal in the 71st minute on the Gold Coast. Sydney FC kept Belconnen United (ACT) scoreless as it put three past its opponent in Canberra. Newcastle Jets defeated Bentleigh Greens 1-0 in Melbourne thanks to a Mateo Poljak goal before halftime. Adelaide United breezed past Alice Springs Stars XI, putting 11 past the Territorians. Perth Glory defeated Western Australia All Stars XI by the slimmest of 1-0 margins courtesy of Nebojsa Marinkovic. Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar in action midweek. PHOTO: TWITTER/@GOMVFC. Indonesian conglomerate The Bakrie Group, which owns the struggling club, will send representatives to Australia to hasten its proposed sale, but the FFA may have to intervene sooner - with the organisation telling the owners the details of the club's ownership is a "matter of urgency". Player union group Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) boss Adam Vivian has criticised the club's late payments. "The situation must be re- solved immediately," he said. "The effectiveness of the salary cap and the model which underpins the game must be reviewed. "The A-League is now approaching its 11th season, and if the salary cap was achieving its objectives of financial stability and viability, we would not be witnessing the uncertainty that the Roar players currently face." Despite agreeing to have the payments in respective bank accounts by last Monday, the club then made arrangements to issue money throughout the week. Brisbane Roar has a long list of creditors, including player agents, Lang Park and the Queensland Rugby Union - the latter of which threatened legal action to have the club wound up on Wednesday for failures to repay over $60,000 in rent for the use of Ballymore as a training ground. PFA CEO Adam Vivian. PHOTO: TWITTER/@THEPFA Mitroglou sparks Benfica on debut The Greece international makes his mark on new club after joining on loan Former Olympiakos striker Konstantinos Mitroglou has made his mark on the Portuguese First Division, opening up his scorecard on debut for new club Benfica. The reigning Portuguese champion was slow off the mark but made it count late, with Mitroglou's strike in the 74th minute against Estoril opening up a flurry of goals, which saw Benfica come away with a 4-0 victory. Mitroglou joined the Portuguese side on a full-year loan from English side Fulham, after spending last season in the Greek Super League on loan with Olympiakos. Mitroglou celebrates after scoring a goal against Estoril. PHOTO: EPA/JOSE SENA GOULAO.
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