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Season Preview 2014/15: Brisbane Roar

It will be yet another year of high hopes for the Brisbane Roar faithful, who will be hoping that their team, one of the most successful in Australian football history, will be adding to their trophy cabinet during the 2014/15 season. However, with Asian Champions League football on the cards, key losses in personnel and a newfound competitiveness league-wide to contest with, it won’t be a walk in the park for the boys from Brisbane.

The Manager

Having taken the reigns from Ange Postecoglou in 2012, English-Australian Mike Mulvey has continued the good work of his predecessor, becoming one of the best managers in the country in his own right, capped off with a Premiership-Championship double last season.

The Key Man

Once again, Brisbane’s creative onus will be placed on the shoulders of classy playmaker, Thomas Broich. The former German youth international has been a sterling success since his arrival on our shores back in 2010, winning two Johnny Warren Medals in 2011 and 2014. While many would agree that Broich is part of a well-oiled midfield machine, alongside the likes of Luke Brattan, Matt McKay and loanee Adam Sarota, it’s hard to argue against his contribution to the cause. His ability to create something out of nothing, despite his ageing legs, will be crucial as Brisbane look to continue their domestic dominance.

One to Watch

Having infamously been shunned by former international Zeljko Kalac, the performances of tricky winger Dimitri Petratos made him one of the surprise packages of the 2013/14 season. Another with an innate ability to create something out of nothing, the Sydney native should continue his good form this season, providing he remains injury free. He may also have to be leaned on in the goalscoring department, following the departure of Besart Berisha.

Where they’re lacking

While there can be little doubt about the team chemistry that is present in the Roar squad, the departures of key figures such as Besart Berisha and Ivan Franjic leave them short of quality in key positions. In replacing the former, Roar are looking to Macedonian international Mensur Kurtiši, who possesses a career goalscoring record of 106 goals in 170 appearances in Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Austria, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. In terms of the fullback position, Adam Sarota has been brought in as a deputy, despite normally being a midfielder. The acquisition of Daniel Bowles from Adelaide United may also prove useful, whilst a great deal of pressure will be placed on Jack Hingert to permanently fill the boots of the Torpedo Moscow man.

Final Thoughts

As a neutral, I am a huge fan of the way Brisbane go about their football. They play it on the floor and cooperate with each other as they work for the cause. In saying this, appearing in the Champions League may be a challenge to what is quite a streamlined squad. They still have more than enough quality to finish in the top 3, but the Roar faithful will be hoping for a relatively injury-free season. Broich will again be the lynchpin, while Luke Brattan and Dimitri Petratos will hope to continue their good form, as the duo look to push themselves into Socceroos contention.

Pre-Season Results

Brisbane Roar 8-1 Moreton Bay United — Henrique x4, Broich x2, Petratos, Farina (OG)

Brisbane Roar 3-0 Redlands United — Solorzano x2, Petratos

Brisbane Roar 4-0 Newcastle Jets — Petratos, Henrique, Miller, Brady

Northern Fury 1-5 Brisbane Roar — Kurtishi x3, Brown, Danning

Sydney FC 2-0 Brisbane Roar

Brisbane Roar 1-1 Central Coast Mariners — Henrique

Brisbane Roar 3-0 Brisbane City — Ingham x2, O’Neill

Brisbane Roar 9-0 Palm Beach — Broich x4, Henrique x2, Miller x2, Lustica

Olympic FC 0-10 Brisbane Roar — Kurtishi x5, Petratos x2, McKay, Miller, Lustica

About the author

avatarAlessandro is an avid Sydney FC fan, and a contributor to Ultimate A-League.

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