A-League preview 2010/11: Brisbane Roar

The word ‘transition’ has been used when talking about the Brisbane Roar ahead of the new A-League season.

The word ‘transition’ has been used when talking about the Brisbane Roar ahead of the new A-League season.

With no less than 12 arrivals, Queensland’s foundation club will need to get everything together in 2010/11 after struggling last term.

The coaching saga involving Frank Farina may have unsettled some players but the Roar actually came good after Ange Postecoglou took over so you cannot blame a change of manager for the poor showing.

But new faces always means that pre-season training is all about impressing the coaching staff so no doubt the Roar have been training hard and with some key ins such as midfielder Thomas Broich from Germany, Costa Rican attacker Jean Carlos Solorzano, and former A-League Goalkeeper of the Year Michael Theoklitos, Brisbane may improve on last season’s second bottom placing.

But for me, too much of a changeover is not necessarily the means to getting good results and a lot of the expected first team players will take time to work out the A-League and I fear another low finish for the Roar.

Last season: 9th
tribalfootball’s Prediction: 10th

Arivals: Kosta Barborouses (Wellington Phoenix), Andrew Redmayne (Central Coast Mariners), Luke Brattan (Youth), Matthew Smith (North Queensland Fury), Shane Stefanutto (North Queensland Fury), Michael Theoklitos (Norwich City, England ), Erik Paartalu (Greenock Morton, Scotland), Rocky Visconte (Heart of Midlothian, Scotland), Milan Susak (SpVgg Unterhaching, Germany), Thomas Broich (1. FC Nuremberg, Germany), James Meyer (Eastern Suburbs FC), Jean Carlo Solorzano (LD Alajuelense, Costa Rica)

Departures: Andrew Packer (retired), Adam Sarota (FC Utrecht, Netherlands), Tommy Oar (FC Utrecht, Netherlands), Matthew Ham (North Queensland Fury FC), Josh McCloughan (retired), David Dodd (released), Sergio Van Dijk (Adelaide United), Steven Bryce (released), Isaka Cernak (North Queensland Fury), Griffin McMaster (released), Tim Smits (released), Michael Zullo (FC Utrecht, Netherlands), Pieter Collen (released)

Biggest signing: Thomas Broich, Michael Theoklitos

Biggest loss: Sergio van Dijk

Key men: Reinaldo, Henrique, Michael Theoklitos, Matt McKay

Team list

Goalkeepers

Andrew Redmayne
Michael Theoklitos

Defenders

Luke DeVere
Ivan Franjic
Matt Mundy
Matthew Smith
Shane Stefanutto
Milan Susak

Midfielders

Luke Brattan
Thomas Broich
Matt McKay
James Meyer
Massimo Murdocca
Mitch Nichols
Erik Paartalu

Forwards

Kosta Barbarouses
Henrique
Reinaldo
Jean Carlo Solorzano
Rocky Visconte

Coach

Ange Postecoglou

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