Brisbane Roar releases players

Brisbane Roar has announced that four players have been released from the club after their contract has expired.


Manuel Arana, Cameron Crestani, Joey Katebian and Nathan Konstandopoulos are all players that are at the end of their contract and have not been renewed.

The managing director said that he wishes all the best to all the players that have been released and that he thanks them for all their contribution to the club. He said that the club has some new objectives and that they feel that a change of personnel is required if they want to achieve them.

He said that the club has been underperforming for quite some time and that it is important that there are changes. He said that the coaching staff has already identified some players that are going to replace the released players. The managing director said that there would be greater emphasis on younger players as they feel that there is a lot of talent locally that need to be exploited. Continue reading “Brisbane Roar releases players”

16-YEAR OLD BREAKS INTO A-LEAGUE

Dylan Pierias played for Melbourne city in the 2-2 draw with Brisbane Roar.


The team has several injuries and a raft of suspensions that necessitated the addition of the 16-year old rising star in a makeshift defence. The youngster displayed maturity, as he was decent in the role against the full-strength opposition.

Pierias repaid good the faith in him as he displayed a calm demeanour, contributing to the youthful team Coach Michael Valkanis fielded. He made the record of being the youngest player from the city’s College of Football to play in the A-League.

“I was playing Aussie Rules at the time just for my local club. We still liked soccer though, my family, so I hopped up and watched the World Cup games and just loved it. Tim Cahill, he was one of my favourite players. I asked my dad if I could give this game a go and he said ‘sure’,” the youngster said, describing how the exploits of the Socceroos a decade ago brought him into the game. Continue reading “16-YEAR OLD BREAKS INTO A-LEAGUE”

BRISBANE ROAR WANT HIGHER NUMBERS THIS SEASON

Brisbane Roar are reported to keen on getting higher numbers this season. Roar want almost 75 percent increase in membership when the A-League begins in October.


The current figures stand at 1413, making it the lowest of the A-League clubs. Rivals Melbourne Victory have over twenty thousand members. In the ten A-League sides, Brisbane have embarrassing figures. WS Wanderers are second in the membership numbers rating with 16876, Sydney FA have 8501, Melbourne City has 7746, Newcastle Jets have 6632, Adel United with 5718, Perth Glory have 5469, Central Coast 3461, and Well Phoenix above Brisbane Roar with 1874.

One of the plans of the membership drive started on August 10 is to send bulk mail to supporters appealing that they renew their membership plans.
“I’d be worried if 1400-1500 was the number of members we had when the season starts,” new managing director Mark Kingsman claimed, trying not to be too concerned with the present figures.

“We are aiming to have the same membership numbers we had at the end of the last season by the time the new A-League season starts,” he added. For the curtain raiser against Victory, Kingsman is counting on crowd figures of 20,000, with the season’s average being 15,000.
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BRISBANE ROAR SAYS PLAYERS AND COACHES HAVE BEEN PAID

Brisbanr Roar FC were shed in bad light when information was made to the public that the club was owing players and coaches their wages.


The club has now issued a public statement to the cause.

The A-League outfit used their official twitter handle to manage the damage the news could do to the brand. Tweeting from @brisbaneroar, the statement reads:

“All Hyundai A-League players, coaches and administration staff of the club have been paid. In addition, superannuation payments for all players, coaches and administration staff are up to date.”

The news caused a lot of reaction from fans and members of the public, so the managing director of the club Daniel Cobb met with officials of Football Federation Australia (FFA) to discuss the issue. It is public knowledge that the Indonesian based owners of the club, the Bakrie Group have been in the market for buyers for at least a year now.

After the meeting, both parties issued a statement regarding the issue to calm nerves. Cobb said: “I have briefed the FFA [Football Federation Australia] and PFA [Professional Footballers Australia] to assure them that player, coach and administration staff wages and superannuation are up to date. Today’s meeting with FFA was brought about by a default from the Bakrie Group on the recapitalisation of the club.
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BRISBANE ROAR STAR ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT AFTER SIX YEARS AT THE CLUB

Shane Stefanutto has announced his retirement from club football after six years with the Hyundai A-League club.

The 36-year-old left-back has played 145 games across all competitions. He featured for in seven games for North Queensland Fury in the 2009/2010 season, and then he went on to play 138 games for Brisbane Roar from 2010 till he retired.


As he hung up his boots, he said:

“I think back to all the wonderful times we have had, the premierships, the trophies . . . all the friends and the battles we had on the field, they are all special things.

“It is something I will definitely miss now but have enjoyed across the whole journey.

“The club has a culture – something that’s really special.

“It’s 23 people who get an opportunity to fulfil that role. They should see that as a real privilege.

“Now that I am not going to be part of that, I realise what a wonderful opportunity I had.

“It’s sad that I am not going to be playing any more but I am excited for those players who will be Brisbane Roar next season and years beyond.

“I wish them, the club, its members, fans and sponsors all the best for the future.”

The three-time Championship medalist and two-time Premiership winner was showered with praises by the head coach, John Aloisi, saying:

“You knew with Stef you were always getting 110 per cent whether it was in the game, on the training field or in the dressing room. Continue reading “BRISBANE ROAR STAR ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT AFTER SIX YEARS AT THE CLUB”

Brisbane Roar going a little tough in the Australian top league

Brisbane Roar has found the going a little tough in the Australian top league in the ongoing season.

They are not at the top of the table where they are quite used to be at in the recent times, but, one of their Premier players, James Donachie, is not so disappointed with it.

Donachie reckons being at the first position is a lot tougher than being lower down the table.

According to the centre half, when you are at the top of the tree, you are in the sight of all the teams and they want to go hard at you, beat you somehow and snatch the points. You are always sort of under that extra bit of pressure which you might not feel if you are at 5 or 6.

Though, Donachie admits that ideally everyone wants to be sitting at the top, but, he emphasizes that if you are not there, the pressure is not on you. It’s on the team which is leading the table.

The Nix (Wellington Phoenix) is the A-League topper team at the moment and the Roar has to face them this Friday.

The Suncorp Stadium is the venue that will be hosting that game. Continue reading “Brisbane Roar going a little tough in the Australian top league”