Australian Soccer Thread (A-League/FFA Cup/Socceroos)

edited September 2014 in The Sports Bar

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Melbourne Heart‘s new marquee signing Orlando Engelaar has been taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg following a trial match against Brisbane Roar in Lismore today. The midfielder has undergone scans and is being assessed but the club are yet to confirm the extent of the injury.

In what was a disappointing day for the Heart, the club relinquished the Craig Foster Cup after being beaten 3-0 by Brisbane Roar on the back of a Besart Berisha hat-trick. However it is the injury to the Dutchman that will be of greater concern to Coach John Aloisi and his squad.

The injury occurred just prior to the half-hour mark, after Engelaar clashed heavily with Thomas Broich as both players jostled for the ball. The pair stayed down after the heavy collision, but while Broich soon resumed, Engelaar was carried off and replaced by Paulo Retre.

While initial reports suggested Heart‘s new No.4 had only suffered a bruised shin, it is now thought to be more serious - much to the disappointment of Heart Head Coach John Aloisi.

"We‘re not 100 per cent sure yet but it looks like a fracture, which is terrible news," said Aloisi after the match in northern New South Wales.

"It‘s a shame because he just got off the plane. I thought I‘d get him straight into it and play some football because we need to get used to the way he plays and he needs to get used to our style.

"For this to happen so early in the pre-season is hard to take."

Heart‘s other big off-season signing Harry Kewell was similarly anxious for his new teammate, but was hopeful Engelaar would not face a lengthy period on the sidelines.

"I hear on the grapevine it‘s not great at the moment for Orlando," Kewell said.

"Hopefully it‘ll be all good because he‘s going to be an important player for us."

The contribution of Kewell was one positive the Heart will take away from the match as they continue their four-day camp in Lismore, with the Socceroos veteran keen to get on the ball as often as possible in front of 5132 fans at Oakes Oval.

"This was the first big kind of test for us,” said Kewell “That‘s why I‘ve come out here three months before the season started, to get to know the boys and get to know how they play."

Unfortunately for Kewell and the Heart the match got off to the worst possible start, with Bersart Berisha netting with just 16 seconds on the clock. The Albanian scored twice more in the second half to notch his hat-trick as the Roar ran out 3-0 winners.

After the match Berisha warned rivals that the Roar were ready to regain the Hyundai A-League crown.

"We are really hungry," said Berisha. "It‘s good to see the boys want it."



  • Transfer wrap

    Adelaide United


    Tarek Elrich (from Western Sydney Wanderers)

    Isaias Sanchez (from Ponferradina, Spain)

    Sergio Cirio (from Hospitalet, Spain)

    Jordan Elsey (elevated from youth side)

    Awer Mabil (elevated from youth side)


    Iain Fyfe (to Mes Kerman, Iran)

    Iain Ramsay (to Melbourne Heart)

    Tomi Juric (to Western Sydney Wanderers)

    Fabian Barbiero (to Croydon Kings, South Australian Premier League)

    Evan Kostopoulos (released)


    Brisbane Roar


    Matt McKay (from Changchun Yatai)

    Liam Miller (from Perth Glory)

    Diogo Ferreira (from Melbourne Victory)

    Dimitri Petratos (from Kelantan, Malaysia)

    Corey Brown (elevated from youth side)

    George Lambadardis (elevated from youth side)


    Massimo Murdocca (to Melbourne Heart)

    Matt Jurman (to Sydney FC)

    Mitch Nichols (to Melbourne Victory)

    Ben Halloran (to Fortuna Dusselldorf, Germany)

    Stefan Nijland (to PEC, Zwolle, Netherlands)

    Steven Lustica (to Hadjuk Split, Croatia – loan expired)

    James Meyer (released)


    Central Coast Mariners


    Marcos Flores (from Melbourne Victory)

    Tom Slater (from Sydney FC)

    Storm Roux (from Perth Glory)

    Matt Simon (from Chunnam Dragons, South Korea)

    Marcel Seip (from VVV Venlo, Netherlands)

    Michael Neill (elevated from youth side)

    Hayden Morton (elevated from youth side)


    Pedj Bojic (to Sydney FC)

    Oliver Bozanic (to FC Luzern, Switzerland)

    Bernie Ibini (to Shanghai SIPG, China)

    Mattew Ryan (to Club Brugge, Belgium)

    Daniel McBreen (to Shanghai Dongya F.C – on loan until 30/10/2013)

    Brad McDonald (to Central Coast Mariners Academy – NSW Premier League)

    Adriano Pelegrino (to Central Coast Mariners Academy – NSW Premier League)

    Patrick Zwaanswijk (retired)


    Melbourne Heart


    Orlando Engelaar (from PSV Eindhoven)

    Massimo Murdocca (from Brisbane Roar)

    Iain Ramsay (from Adelaide United)

    Tando Velaphi (from Melbourne Victory)

    Harry Kewell (from Al-Gharafa, Qatar)

    Robert Wielaert (from Roda JC Kerkrade, Netherlands)

    Aziz Behich (from Bursaspor, Turkey)

    Sam Mitchinson (elevated from youth side)

    Stefan Mauk (elevated from youth side)


    Cameron Edwards (Perth Glory)

    Josip Tadic (HNK Rijeka, Croatia)

    Eli Babalj (AZ Alkmaar, Netherlands)

    Simon Colosimo (to Dempo, India)

    Clint Bolton (retired)

    Matt Thompson (released)

    Fred (released)

    Marcel Meeuwis (released)

    Jamie Coyne (released)


    Melbourne Victory


    Mitch Nichols (from Brisbane Roar)

    Kosta Barbarouses (from FC Alania)


    Marcos Flores (to Central Coast Mariners)

    Diogo Ferreira (to Brisbane Roar)

    Tando Velaphi (to Melbourne Heart)

    Marco Rojas (to VfB Stuttgart, Germany)

    Daniel Mullen (Dalian Aerbin, China)

    Billy Celeski (to Al Shaab, UAE)

    Sam Gallagher (to Richmond, Victorian Premier League)

    Spase Dilevski (released)

    Theo Markelis (released)

    Matthew Foschini (released)


    Newcastle Jets


    Kew Jaliens (from Wisla Kraków)

    Joey Gibbs (from Western Sydney Wanderers)

    Nathan Burns (from Incheon United, South Korea – on loan)

    John Solari (from White City, South Australian Premier League)


    Jack Duncan (to Perth Glory)

    Bernardo Ribeiro (to IFK Mariehamn, Finland)

    Ryan Griffiths (mid-season transfer to Beijing Baxy)

    Dominik Ritter (released)

    Marko Jesic (released)


    Perth Glory


    Ljubo Milicevic (from Melbourne Knights)

    Isaka Cernak (from Wellington Phoenix)

    Cameron Edwards (from Melbourne Heart)

    Jack Duncan (from Newcastle Jets)

    Jamie Maclaren (from Blackburn Rovers, England)

    Ryan Edwards (from Reading, England – on loan)

    Sidnei Sciola (from Alki Larnaca, Cyprus)

    Matthew Davies (elevated from youth side)

    Riley Woodcock (elevated from youth side)

    Daniel De Silva (elevated from youth side)


    Liam Miller (to Brisbane Roar)

    Dean Heffernan (to Western Sydney Wanderers)

    Storm Roux (to Central Coast Mariners)

    Lewis Italiano (to Wellington Phoenix)

    Evan Berger (to Marconi Stallions, NSW Premier League)

    Neil Young (to Perth Glory coaching staff)

    Nick Ward (released)


    Sydney FC


    Pedj Bojic (from Central Coast Mariners)

    Matt Jurman (from Brisbane Roar)

    Marc Warren (from Airdrie United, Scotland)

    Corey Gameiro (from Fulham, England)

    Nick Carle (from Bani Yas - UAE returns from loan)

    Richard Garcia (from Melbourne Heart)


    Terry Antonis (to Parma, Italy)

    Fabio Alves (to Philadelphia Union, USA)

    Adam Griffiths (to Selangor FA, Malaysia)

    Joel Griffiths (to Qingdao Jonoon, China)

    Paul Reid (to Rockdale City Suns, NSW Premier League)

    Lucas Neill (released)

    Kruno Lovrek (released)

    Nathan Sherlock (released)

    Trent McClenahan (released)

    Jarrod Kyle (released)


    Wellington Phoenix


    Lewis Italiano (from Perth Glory)

    Reece Caira (from Western Sydney Wanderers)

    Carlos Hernandez (from Prayag United, India)

    Luke Adams (from Derby, England)

    Kenny Cunningham (from Club The Strongest, Bolivia)

    Alex Rufer (from Wairarapa United, New Zealand)

    Luke Adams (from Derby County, England)


    Isaka Cernak (to Perth Glory)

    Benjamin Totori (Oakleigh Cannons, Victorian Premier League)

    Tony Lochhead (released)

    Alex Smith (released)

    Dani Sanchez (released)

    Jimmy Downey (released)

    Lucas Pantelis (released)

    Mark Paston (retired)


    Western Sydney Wanderers


    Dean Heffernan (from Perth Glory)

    Tomi Juric (from Adelaide United)

    Brendon Santalab (from Chongqing Lifan, China)


    Tarek Elrich (to Adelaide United)

    Joey Gibbs (to Newcastle Jets)

    Reece Caira (to Wellington Phoenix)

    Rocky Visconte (to Suphanburi, Thailand)

    Dino Kresinger (to Zavrc, Slovenia)

  • riley13riley13 Younger and not as fat as you

    Absolutely pumped for the start of the season, will be a nice way to forget everything's that happened this year!

  • Absolutely pumped for the start of the season, will be a nice way to forget everything's that happened this year!

    Yep agree.


    Going to try and do as many Victory away games as i can i think I only ended up missing about 4 games all up.


    But that does mean i sat through a 5-0 in bris a 4-2 in adel and a 6-2 in gosford.


    But that 2-1 win at wsw was awesome

  • rossonerirossoneri #standbynickyd

    Surprised we released Flores and disappointed we lost Celeski and spewing about Rojas.


    Still have alot of spots to fill.


    I worked out I probably won't be able to go to a game until late November.

  • nicolalanicolala Bob Loblaw no habla español

    First Melbourne Storm, now Essendon are in trouble, if Melbourne Victory aren't on their best behaviour forever I'm going to lose it.

  • The World Game are report that MV are talking to William Gallas

  • New MV away kit is sky blue! FFS

  • NandozNandoz EL FARAONE

    away kit is **** disgusting


    wanderers home kit launched today, sales unprecedented. going H.A.M.

  • The_Mad_BomberThe_Mad_Bomber carlscum hater & creator of the word "blose".

    New MV away kit is sky blue! FFS

    I thought the fluro one last season was bad, this looks even worse.  At least someone with the sound down might have thought a Dortmund game was on the box (not a dig, a massive compliment about the play, massive dig about the look).  Gallas in the A-League would be a huge get for whoever gets him.  I never liked him but tolerated him at Arsenal (like I did with Justin Murphy at Essendon)...Very similar comparison in my opinion.

  • away kit is ******* disgusting

    wanderers home kit launched today, sales unprecedented. going H.A.M.

    Yep. Went to both games up there last year and every one in the stadium has thier Jersey on when the place is full ut looks awesome.

    But having said that it's western sydney so DOGGIEZ!
  • matrixgeekmatrixgeek The Meedia? Ehhhh...
    edited August 2013
    Apparently the away kit looks heaps better in person, and not like the Smurf kit at all. Apparently.

    The sooner that the adidas deal is up and Nike can make a bid the better
  • RiolioRiolio Maybe it's the TB4 talking this?




    FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk

  • MendozaaaaMendozaaaa Love the game, hate the league

    Adidas gear is alright.


    It's marginally worse than the fluro yellow one. That was average. Best one was the white/silver one.

  • New away kit



  • NandozNandoz EL FARAONE


  • riley13riley13 Younger and not as fat as you

    As long as we're winning in it.

  • Robbo#7Robbo#7 CHAPPY TIME!!

    New away kit



    Wasnt the color driven by the sponsor ship.

  • matrixgeekmatrixgeek The Meedia? Ehhhh...

    Don't give a **** about the sponsors or their ship, it's horrible

  • NandozNandoz EL FARAONE


  • Harry **** is the new captain at heart

  • NandozNandoz EL FARAONE


  • matrixgeekmatrixgeek The Meedia? Ehhhh...


  • edited September 2013

    Tipping time:


    Premiers: WSW

    Champions: MV

    Spoon: Nix

    Golden boot: Berisha

    How many goal: 15

    Johnny Warren Medal: ADP

  • Harry **** is the new captain at heart

    sigh. As a Heart fan, though not a very passionate one, he shouldn't be captain. He should at least earn his spot in the team through performances first.  Wasn't a big fan of getting his in the first place either to be honest.


    but meh, bring on the ashes

  • Tipping time:


    Premiers: WSW

    Champions: MV

    Spoon: Nix

    Golden boot: Berisha

    How many goal: 15

    Johnny Warren Medal: ADP

    I'll give it a go:




    Golden Boot:Archie


    Spoon: Wellington

    Johnny Warren: MIlligan

    I think the GF will be between Victory and WSW in sydney. VIctory will hit their straps from the first game this year imo.

  • The_Mad_BomberThe_Mad_Bomber carlscum hater & creator of the word "blose".

    When does the season start?

  • riley13riley13 Younger and not as fat as you
    Brazil 6- 0 Australia

  • Though it could be 3-0 or 4-0.


    We do have an average team.

  • NandozNandoz EL FARAONE

    traore and finkler made their first appearances after long injury layoffs today in a friendly v hume out in westmeadows, won three zip

  • edited September 2013

    Traore when fit should be Australian left back. Good defensively, good on the ball, and has pace-which is something we lack.

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