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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 13 October 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 13 OCTOBER 2018 27 SPORT BRISBANE ROAR The Roar are a team with a great history. Initially established back in 1957 by the Dutch (hence the orange colour of their kit and the lion of their emblem), the club was originally known as Hollandia-Inala before it adopted the Queensland Lions moniker and eventually it became known as it is today (Roar). The club holds the title with the most unbeaten games in a row, with 36, and are the only Premiers to successfully defend their title since the establishment of the A-League. They have won the Championship a total of three times and their home ground is the Suncorp Stadium. Their manager is former international John Aloisi and their squad is highly dependent on key figures such as Kristensen, Holman, Bautheac and newcomer Taggart. Last season: 6th in regular season, knocked out in elimination finals Transfers: Adam Taggart (Perth Glory), Dylan Wenzel-Halls (Western Pride), Stefan Mauk (NEC Nijmegen), Tobias Mikkelsen (Nordsjaelland), Stefan Nigro (Melbourne Victory), Alex Lopez (Sporting Gijon) Players out: Corey Gameiro, Mitchell Oxborrow, Jade North, Massimo Maccarone, Corey Brown, Fahid Ben Khalfallah, Michael Theo, Ivan Franjic Squad: Jamie Young, Brendan White, Luke DeVere, Daniel Bowles, Avraam Papadopoulos, Stefan Nigro, Jack Hingert, Connor O’Toole, Aaron Reardon, Thomas Kristensen, Jacob Pepper, Stefan Mauk, Alex Lopez, Matt McKay, Joe Caletti, Tobias Mikkelsen, Rahmat Akbari, Adam Sawyer, Jay Barnett, Adam Taggart, Brett Holman, Eric Bautheac, Shannon Brady, Dylan Wenzel-Halls, Nicholas D’Agostino, Henrique, Daniel Leck, Bryce Bafford, Mirza Muratovic ADELAIDE UNITED Adelaide United was founded in 2003, in order to fill the gap left by South Adelaide and Adelaide City, and has since then moved on to become South Australia’s representative in the highest level of the sport. They were the first team to conquer the FFA Cup when they beat Perth Glory 1-0 in the 2014 final, and they were also named first Minor Premiers of the A-League as they finished top of the table in its inaugural 2005-06 season. They have also participated in three grand finals, having only taken home one trophy (2015-16). They play at the Coopers Stadium and the managerial position is currently held by Marco Kurz. The colours of their kits are mainly red. Mirko Boland and Baba Diawara will be catalysts for the squad’s performance this season. Last season: 5th in regular season, knocked out in elimination finals Transfers: Michael Jakobsen (Melbourne City), Craig Goodwin (Sparta Rotterdam), Ken Ilso (Penang), Mirko Boland (Eintracht Braunschweig), Scott Galloway (Wellington Phoenix), Louis D’Arrigo, Ben Halloran (V-Varen Nagasaki) Players out: Tarek Elrich, Johan Absalonsen, Ben Garuccio, Dzengis Cavusevic, Mark Ochieng, Daniel Adlung, Jordan O’Doherty, Ersan Gulum Squad: Daniel Margush, Paul Izzo, Isaac Richards, Michael Marrone, Scott Galloway, Ryan Strain, Taylor Regan, Michael Jakobsen, Jordan Elsey, Aladin Irabona, Vince Lia, Ryan Kitto, Isaias, Nathan Konstantopoulos, Nicola Mileusnic, Lachlan Brook, Ben Halloran, Louis D’Arrigo, Kristin Konstantopoulos, Paul Wilson, Mirko Boland, Carlo Armiento, Baba Diawara, Ken Ilso, Craig Goodwin, George Blackwood, Pacifique Niyongabire, Apostolos Stamatelopoulos WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS The team from Western Sydney might be the youngest (it was established in 2012), however it is the only club in Australian football that has managed to break the boundaries and reach fame on an international level. Back in 2014, after only two seasons of professional football, they not only played in the AFC Champions League as one of the two teams representing Australia, but they also managed to bring home the trophy, going all the way to the final where they beat Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal 1-0 on aggregate. Things aren’t too bad for the Wanderers on the local side either, as their initial presence in the league saw them finish in first place of regular season, claiming the title of Minor Premiers, a not-so-minor accomplishment for a newly formed club. Their colours are red and black and their manager is former Liverpool star Marcus Babbel. They play at the Sydney Showground Stadium. German duo Patrick Ziegler and Alex Baumjohann will have a lot to contribute toward the new season. Last season: 7th in regular season Transfers: Nick Fitzgerald (Melbourne City), Bruce Kamau (Melbourne City), Ruon Tongyik (Melbourne City), Tarek Elrich (Adelaide United), Jordan O’Doherty (Adelaide United), Tass Mourdoukoutas, Daniel Nizic (Morecambe), Nicholas Suman, Patrick Ziegler (1.FC Kaiserslautern), Alex Baumjohann (Vitoria), Rashid Mahazi (Moreland Zebras) Players out: Jack Clis- by, Alvaro Cejudo, Michael Thwaite, Chris Ikonomidis, Jonathan Aspropotamitis, Brendon Santalab, Steven Lustica Squad: Daniel Nizic, Vedran Janjetovic, Nicholas Suman, Josh Risdon, Brendan Hamill, Ruon Tongyik, Tass Mourdoukoutas, Tarek Elrich, Raul Llorente, Tate Russell, Patrick Ziegler, Mathieu Cordier, Kostas Grozos, Jordan O’Doherty, Alex Baumjohann, Kearyn Baccus, Keanu Baccus, Marc Tokich, Roly Bonevacia, Rashid Mahazi, Nick Fitzgerald, Oriol Riera, Bruce Kamau, Jaushua Sotirio, Mark Bridge, Lachlan Scott, John Roberts, Abraham Majok PERTH GLORY Glory was also one of the teams that played in the top ranks from back in the NSL days. They don’t have anything to show from the new format of the competition, however they do hold two NSL Championship titles. The nib Stadium is where they host their games and they dress in purple and white. The club manager is Tony Popovic and the team will be expecting a lot from newcomer Chris Ikonomidis, strikers Andy Keigh and Fabio Ferreira and midfielders Juande and Diego Castro. Last season: 8th in regular season Transfers: Ivan Franjic (Brisbane Roar), Tomislav Mrcela (Jeonnam Dragons), Brendon Santalab (Western Sydney Wanderers), Matthew Spiranovic (Hangzhou Greentown), Tando Velaphi (Wellington Phoenix), Jason Davidson (Rijeka), Fabio Ferreira (Sydney FC), Juande (Spezia), Chris Ikonomidis (SS Lazio) Players out: Adam Taggart, Joseph Mills, Andreu Guerao, Jeremy Walker, Joe Knowles Squad: Tando Velaphi, Liam Reddy, Jackson Lee, Nick Feely, Alex Grant, Jason Davidson, Shane Lowry, Ivan Franjic, Dino Djulbic, Matthew Spiranovic, Tomislav Mrcela, Scott Neville, Neil Kilkenny, Brandon Wilson, Diego Castro, Daniel Stynes, Jake Brimmer, Jacob Italiano, Callum Timmins, Walter Scott, Juande, Yagoub Mustafa, Henry Hore, Andy Keogh, Brendon Santalab, Fabio Ferreira, Chris Ikonomidis CENTRAL COAST MARINERS The last team from New South Wales, the Mariners hail from the central coast area of the state in Gosford (hence their name). Even though it is the first professional sports team to come from within the area, the Mariners have not done bad for themselves, conquering the Championship once and topping the table in regular season twice. They have participated in the grand final a total of four times which is the same number of appearances they have in the AFC Champions League. Their colours are blue and yellow and their fans call themselves the “yellow army”. Their head coach is Mike Mulvey and they play at the Central Coast Stadium. The Mariners are affiliated with a number of international clubs, most notably the English Premier League side Sheffield United. Corey Gameiro, Kalifa Cisse and Ross McCormack are three players to keep an eye on in the new squad. Last season: 10th in regular season Transfers: Jack Clisby (Western Sydney Wanderers), Jonathan Aspropotamitis (Western Sydney Wanderers), Corey Gameiro (Brisbane Roar), Matt Simon (Sydney FC), Mario Shabow (Newcastle Jets), Joe Gauci (Birkalla), Michael McGlinchey (Wellington Phoenix), Kalifa Cisse (BEC Tero Sasana), Peter Kekeris, Jordan Murray (APIA), Josh Macdonald (Wollongong Wolves), Aiden O’Neill (Burnley, loan), Matt Millar (South Melbourne), Ross McCormack (Aston Villa, loan), Tommy Oar (APOEL Nicosia) Players out: Josh Rose, Trent Buhagiar, Liam Rose, Storm Roux, Jacob Poscoliero, Josh Bingham, Blake Powell, Peter Skapetis, Tom Glover, Wout Brama, Alan Baro, Daniel De Silva Squad: Ben Kennedy, Adam Pierce, Joe Gauci, Jonathan Aspro, Jack Clisby, Anthony Golec, Kye Rowles, Matthew Millar, Kalifa Cisse, Josh Nisbet, Alec Vinci, Lewis Miller, Jaek McGing, Tom Hiariej, Michael McGlinchey, Aiden O’Neill, Adam Berry, Jacob Melling, Mario Shabow, Charles M’Mombwa, Andrew Hoole, Tommy Oar, Connor Pain, Josh Macdonald, Peter Kekeris, Matt Simon, Corey Gameiro, Jordan Murray, Ross McCormack WELLINGTON PHOENIX The only team to participate in the A-League that is not actually from Australia, Wellington Phoenix originates from New Zealand and was introduced back in 2011 in order to replace the New Zealand Knights. The ‘Nix (as they’re known to fans) are one of the few teams to take place in a league that is not in their own confederation, in the same manner as AS Monaco are in the Ligue 1 in France. Their colours are black and yellow and their home turf is the Westpac Stadium. The club manager is Mark Rudan and in their best season to date, they reached the elimination finals. With the addition of Michal Kopczynski during this transfer period, they will hope for something better. Last season: 9th in regular season Transfers: Steven Taylor (Peterborough United), Filip Kurto (Roda JC), David Williams (Haladas), Mitch Nichols (Perth Glory), Michal Kopczynski (Legia Warsaw, loan) Players out: Michael McGlinchey, Matthew Ridenton, Matija Ljucic, Andrija Kaluderovic, Goran Paracki Squad: Filip Kurto, Oliver Sail, Ryan Lowry, Dylan Fox, Louis Fenton, Tom Doyle, Andrew Durante, Steven Taylor, Mitch Nichols, Alex Rufer, Michal Kopczynski, Sarpeet Singh, Liberato Cacace, Nathan Burns, David Williams, Roy Krishna.
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