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Roar V NPL U/23's

Surprised I haven't seen any comments regarding the game. This was our last hit out before MV.
I thought there were some good performances...and some not so good.
Im hoping that we don't play that way against Victory or we will cop a shallacking.

Was good to see Holman...I always liked him for the National team - always thought he was underated. Box to Box midfielder that always plays positive

Just wondering on any other perspectives of the game

Marquee man Thomas Broich to stake claim for left wing spot in trial vs Glory

Brisbane Roar marquee man Thomas Broich to stake claim for left wing spot in trial against Perth Glory

MARCO MONTEVERDE, The Courier-Mail
September 19, 2016 8:37pm

MARQUEE man Thomas Broich gets the chance to prove he should retain his long-time Brisbane starting spot at the expense of Tommy Oar when the Roar meet Perth Glory on Tuesday in Sydney.

Former whiz-kid Oar has been ruled out of the trial at Leichhardt Oval because of groin tightness, meaning the evergreen Broich is set to start in his favoured left wing position.

Oar isn?t the only Brisbane star who will miss Tuesday?s behind-closed-doors clash, with new recruit Brett Holman?s maiden appearance in Roar colours being delayed until Saturday?s trial against an NPL under 23 select squad at the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre this weekend.

Goalkeeper Jamie Young is also sidelined because of a finger injury, with Michael Theo to start between the posts.

Roar coach John Aloisi is yet to settle on his starting XI for Brisbane?s A-League opener against Melbourne Victory on October 7 at Suncorp Stadium, with the Oar-Broich selection battle among the most intriguing.

The pair have both had time on the left wing and in the midfield during the pre-season, but it has usually been a case of one or the other in the starting side.

Two-time Johnny Warren Medallist Broich, 35, is in the final season of his Roar contract, while ex

Brisbane Roar in better nick than last year: John Aloisi

Brisbane Roar in better nick than last year: John Aloisi

Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi believes they are in better shape compared to this time last year as they prepare for their final pre-season match against A-League opposition.

The Roar will field a near full-strength team for Tuesday's friendly against Perth Glory in Sydney, with new signing Brett Holman, star winger Tommy Oar and goalkeeper Jamie Young the only senior faces to sit out.

Holman is still being eased into full training while Oar (groin) and Young (finger) are dealing with minor injuries.

However, former Danish international Thomas Kristensen - the replacement for Brisbane's departed player of the year Corona - has overcome some recent knee troubles and will play.

"We've had a bit of turnover but the core group is still here," Aloisi said.

"If I look back and see where we were last pre-season to where we are, we feel we're ahead.

"We've changed a little bit, the way we play, but not too much. I feel we're a lot more fluent than where we were, this time last year, when we've got the ball and defensively, we're ahead.

"It's nice to see the progression of the group."

Brisbane finished one game short of the grand final last season, losing 5-4 away to Western Sydney in their semi-final.

The Roar only faced the Glory last m

Postecoglou announces latest Caltex Socceroos squad

Postecoglou announces latest Caltex Socceroos squad

 Tuesday, 20 September 2016  - 
Staff writer

Caltex Socceroos Head Coach Ange Postecoglou has made three changes for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Saudi Arabia in Jeddah (6 October) and Japan at Docklands Stadium on Tuesday 11 October.

Reliable defender Bailey Wright comes back into the squad after missing the first two matches through injury while Postecoglou has called up youngsters Craig Goodwin and James Jeggo after strong starts to the domestic season in Europe.

The squad will start arriving into Jeddah on Sunday 2 October for the match against a Saudi Arabian side that also won its first two matches last month before returning to Melbourne for the glamour clash with Japan at Docklands Stadium in Melbourne.

?We?ve made a couple of slight tweaks to the squad in line with our mantra of selecting players who are in form and fitness and we?d like to have a good look at Craig Goodwin and James Jeggo, who have started their seasons well in Europe,? Postecoglou said.

?Bailey Wright also comes back in after he missed the first two matches through injury and we go to Saudi Arabia and then back to Melbourne with a squad we are comfortable can continue the good start we achieved last month."

The Caltex Socceroos face a top of the group clash with Saudi Arabia, who defeated Thailand and Iraq in their first

FFA powerbase under fire as FIFA says clubs left out in cold

FFA powerbase under fire as FIFA says clubs left out in cold

The Australian
12:00AM September 13, 2016
Ray Gatt

Football Federation Australia could have some of its powers diluted if it is forced to bow to pressure from FIFA to make changes to its constitution.

World governing body FIFA have confirmed to The Australian that their representatives and several from the Asian Football Confederation will be in Sydney on September 21 and 22 to meet with FFA and its stakeholders to discuss bringing its constitution in line with FIFA?s statutes used for member associations around the world.

It is understood FIFA are concerned that some sections of the game in Australia are not properly represented. A-League clubs, who have long been unhappy that they have not had a bigger say in the national competition, would likely benefit from FIFA?s move, which is believed to have been instigated after AFC intervention.

One of the implications of FIFA?s push for constitutional change is the introduction of an independent commission to run the A-League or, at the very least, the clubs having a representative on the independent FFA board.

The relationship between FFA and the clubs has been strained at times. There was much rancour this time 12 months ago when the head body identified three candidates to take over from retiring board members, including chairman Frank Lowy.

It was suggested the candidates be

UAE v Australia - WCQ - 07/09/2016

What a great result!

Under extreme pressure in relation to the conditions, who else but Timmy slotted the vital goal to get us the 3 points. Great start to our campaign. 2 from 2!!

We've got Saudi Arabia away on Oct 6 and Japan at home on Oct 11.

Incidentally Saudi Arabia are 2 wins from 2 games as well. Beat Thailand 1-0 at home and then last night beat Iraq 2-1 away from home.
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