Griffiths brothers have big plans for Beijing Guoan

Joel and Ryan Griffiths are planning big things for Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan.
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Joel and Ryan Griffiths are planning big things for Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan.

The Sydney-born pair were joint-leading goalscorers in Beijing’s league triumph last season and are planning a lot more success with the Imperial Guard in the future.

The older of the two, Joel, a former A-League star is hoping he can produce some great performances in the next few months to help the club begin their title defence as well as continue to progress in the Asian Champions League with a personal goal intertwined throughout.

“I hope to win the second league title with Beijing and help my team fare better in this year’s AFC Champions League,” Joel told FIFA.com. “Furthermore, I wish to represent Australia in the forthcoming World Cup.”

But although Joel knows that he needs to score plenty of goals to be considered for the World Cup squad, he knows it is not the be all and end all.

“As a forward I always want to score as many goals as possible, but to top the scoring chart is not on my priority list,” continued Joel. “For me the team invariably comes first and winning three points is more important than me scoring three goals.”

And younger brother Ryan was of the same belief, understanding fully that the game is about creating chances as well as finishing them.

“If you have only goalscoring in your mind, you don’t pass to your team-mates when they are in better positions. As a result the team may lose the chance to win,” the 28-year old added.

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