BRISBANE ROAR THREATENS TO FIELD YOUTH TEAM

Next month will see Brisbane Roar go head on against Melbourne City.


However, the team has threatened to field their youth team against Melbourne City, if their schedule falls 72 hours of their likely AFC Champions League playoff in China against Shanghai Shenhua.

The club’s clash against the Shanghai club was moved back a day to the 8th of February, which thus means that kick-off would be less than 72 hours before Roar’s game against City on February 11 at AAMI Park.

Although the tem is yet to book it’s berth against Shanghai, it is expected they would do so by going on to beat either Tampines Rovers (Singapore) or Global Fc (Philippines) on the 31st of January this year at the Suncorp Stadium.

And if Roar make it to Shanghai, Greg O’Rourke, A-League boss has said that the club’s A-league match against City would not be shifted back by a day, despite the preference of the Football Federation Australia that teams should have 72 hours between games. Continue reading “BRISBANE ROAR THREATENS TO FIELD YOUTH TEAM”

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”