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When it comes to the Bakrie Group, spare a thought for David Gallop

When it comes to the Bakrie Group, spare a thought for David Gallop

 | by Bonita Mersiades back 

It all sounded so promising.

The inaugural Chairman of Brisbane Roar under the Bakrie Group?s ownership, Dali Tahir, told SBS-TV on day one in 2012 what he?d like to see in ten years time.

?For Brisbane Roar to have its own stadium,? he said. ?That would be fantastic.?

So far so good.

But the alarm bells really should have started ringing when Tahir also brushed aside the gently-asked question about the Bakrie Group?s ?chequered past?.

Tahir said there are always things that get in the way of one hundred per cent success, that the Bakrie?s had ?solutions on sensitive issues? and he was confident that none of these issues would be a drag on football investment.

This should have been enough for the celebratory champagne at FFA HQ to lose its effervescence.

How does FFA ?do? due diligence?

If the football community ever doubted the need for appropriate due diligence when it comes to A-League owners, the Bakrie Group?s purchase of Brisbane Roar is a rich case study. Clearly, there was little to none applied by former CEO Ben Buckley and his closest advisors in this instance.

Buckley told Shaun Mooney, co-author of The A-League with John Stensholt, that he was flicking through the newspaper when he noticed an article about the Bak

FFA Cup 2016 Strikers Vs Melb City at Perry Park 24th August

Well what a week it's been so far, Cobb is out and hopefully the FFA step in and sort this mess out ;D

On other news, i noticed the Strikers are playing a FFA cup game at Perry Park against Melbourne City.

Kick of is 7.30pm and tickets are $15 a piece.

Not sure if Cahill is playing, but I'm going to try and get there, should be a good game to watch.

Also i just saw the Strikers won the NPL on the weekend, it's got me reminiscing 1997.

Caltex Socceroos squad named for World Cup qualifiers

Caltex Socceroos squad named for World Cup qualifiers

 Wednesday, 17 August 2016  - 
Staff writer

The Caltex Socceroos will face Iraq and UAE in the opening 2018 FIFA World Cup final stage qualifiers at full strength with coach Ange Postecoglou selecting an experienced and powerful 23-man squad for the first two matches early next month.

For just the second time in his tenure, Postecoglou has named a squad with no uncapped players as the Caltex Socceroos look to get off to a flying start against Iraq in Perth (1 September) and then the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi (6 September).

?This squad sets us up well for the huge challenge we have ahead over the next 12 months to qualify for the World Cup but importantly it is specific to the first task at hand, which is Iraq in Perth and then the UAE in Abu Dhabi,? Postecoglou said.

?Both Iraq and UAE present challenges for us and every player will need to be ready to hit the ground running. As has been the case right through, form and fitness are central to the squad we?ve selected and I believe we have the squad to get us off to a good start.

?Some of our players have made moves during the off season and I?m pleased that the vast majority will come into the camp with a good pre season and a few meaningful matches under their belt.?

The squad not only reflects the importance of starting this phase of World Cup Qualification strong

Roar chasing Diego Forlan for a guest spot

URUGUAYAN star Diego Forlan wants to play for Brisbane Roar as part of Football Federation Australia?s marquee guest rule that presented Socceroos stalwart Tim Cahill to Melbourne City.

The Courier-Mail has learnt Forlan?s representatives have been in touch with the Roar, with coach John Aloisi and football director Craig Moore identifying the 37-year-old attacking weapon as a perfect addition to Brisbane?s squad.

Forlan was the player of the 2010 World Cup during his 112-game Uruguayan international career and has played for European giants Manchester United, Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan.

The onus is now on Roar managing director Daniel Cobb to act quickly as free agent Forlan?s services are also being chased by overseas clubs and he needs to make a decision as soon as possible.

City yesterday confirmed the acquisition of Cahill, who has signed a multi-million dollar three-year contract with the rich Melbourne club.

The deal is split in two parts. Cahill will have a playing contract for the first two years before joining the City Football Group?s coaching team for the third year of the agreement.

?I am incredibly excited to have signed with Melbourne City and ultimately the City Football Group,? Cahill said.

?There is real ambition and purpose here, qualities that are immensely important to me.??

Cahill will link with his new teammates on Monday and could play in Queensland later this

BRFC Memberships on sale August 10

BRFC Memberships on sale August 10

Tuesday, 9 August 2016  - 

Brisbane Football Club would like to thank all our loyal supporters for great patience while we have been working on the 2016/17 memberships which will be available from 9am tomorrow, Wednesday 10 August. Please find some details below to keep you up to date with our membership packages.

Important information:

? 2015/16 members will receive a priority email tonight Tuesday 9 August. The email will contain the Membership URL, Membership 1300 number to our in-house Membership team and information on how to login and renew.

? Memberships will be available online to the general public from 9am tomorrow Wednesday 10 August

? Pricing will remain the same as 2015/16 memberships

? 2015/16 members allocated seats will remain on hold for renewal until midnight on Wednesday 7 September.

Membership Details:

Based on feedback, you?ll receive a Merchandise Pack with your 2016/17 membership. It will include the following Members only items:

? Brisbane Roar Members Scarf

? Lapel Pin

? Club Sticker

? Magnetic Draw

? Member Lanyard

This year you?ll have more membership options t

Matildas @ the Olympics

Thought it'd be good to start chatting about the girls.

Very disappointing loss first up but girls put up a great fight against the Germans and really should've won! Now onto their last game against Zimbabwe. From what I've heard a decent win here should be enough to see us progress as (at least) one of the 3rd best teams to go through to the finals from the group stage.

On a side note I was thinking about the 2 games played so far and about the composure and maturity of our team and feeling it's not quite there.
Now I realise how bloody young the squad is and believe this is just the start of something special in relation to the Matildas!!

Lydia Williams - 28
Mackenzie Arnold - 22

Clare Polkinghore - 27
Laura Alleway - 26
Steph Catley - 22
Ellie Carpenter - 26
Alanna Kennedy - 21

Katrina Gorry - 23
Chloe Logarzo - 21
Elise Kellond-Knight - 25
Caitlin Foord - 21
Emily van Egmond - 23
Tameka Butt - 25

Larissa Crummer - 20
Lisa De Vanna - 31
Sam Kerr - 22
Michelle Heyman - 28
Kyah Simon - 25
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