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Iraq vs Australia - 23/3/17 - WC Qualifier - Shahid Dastgerdi Stadium

Shahid Dastgerdi Stadium, Tehran, Iran
Thursday, 23rd March 2017
Kickoff 4:30pm (IRAN), 10:00pm (QLD)
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Broich hopes crucial clash can lift tired team

Broich hopes crucial clash can lift tired team

MARCO MONTEVERDE @marcothejourno, The Courier-Mail
18 minutes ago

BRISBANE marquee man Thomas Broich is banking on the occasion of a crucial AFC Champions League clash to lift a team running on empty.

The three-time A-League champions produced a tired weekend display against Wellington Phoenix, suffering a rare 2-1 home defeat to a battling team that had picked up just a point in its previous five matches.

It was the Roar?s eighth game in 29 days, with the combination of a busy and inflexible schedule, little recovery time between matches, trips to China, Melbourne and Perth, and a lengthy injury list taking its toll.

?It was a big opportunity for us that we couldn?t grab,? Broich said following a defeat that dropped the Roar to fifth spot on the A-League ladder.

?I was actually not too unhappy with the way we played sometimes, but it felt like we were just missing that strength and sharpness when it really mattered.

?We?re paying the price a little bit in terms of injuries, because we?ve had players coming back from injuries and others who couldn?t play at all.

?We know we can play better but given the circumstances at the moment, the schedule and the injuries, we?re not able to tap into our full potential.?

And there?s no respite for the squad, who left yesterday for South Korea, where they will meet Ulsan Hyundai in a

Bowles out for the rest of 2017 with a ruptured ACL

Brisbane Roar FC are disappointed to advise, defender Daniel Bowles, requires major knee surgery which will rule him out of football for the rest of 2017.

The injury to Bowles occurred after a collision with a Melbourne City player in the 88th minute of last Saturday night?s match at AAMI Park in the Hyundai A-League competition.

Bowles, on Monday, 13 February had an MRI Scan on his right knee.

Unfortunately, after consulting Club surgeon Jeremy Bartlett it was determined that Daniel suffered a rupture to his right Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) and has some associated damage to surrounding cartilage.

Regrettably, surgery will now be performed as soon as possible to allow rehabilitation and recovery to commence.

BRFC will support Daniel throughout his recovery, providing the best possible medical care and help him make a successful return to action in 2018.

http://www.brisbaneroar.com.au/article/daniel-bowles-injury-update/1sz28kdh6dtb61gpz8n98l77xh

Qatar spending $655m a week on World Cup projects

Qatar spending $655m a week on World Cup projects, Russia increases 2018 budget by $426m
 
AFP, AP, AFP
23 minutes ago

HIGH-spending World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar are splurging almost $US500 million ($AU655m) every week on major infrastructure projects for football?s biggest tournament, the country?s finance minister said on Tuesday.

That eye-watering level of spending could continue until 2021, Ali Shareef Al-Emadi said.

?We are spending close to $500 million per week on capital projects,? he told journalists.

?And this will carry on for the next three to four years to achieve our goal and objective of really getting the country ready for 2022.?

More than $US200 billion ($AU262bn) will be spent in total by the gas-rich Emirate in preparation for 2022.

Emadi said this figure covered not only stadiums but huge and costly projects such as roads, a new airport and hospitals.

?Ninety per cent of the 2022 contracts have already been awarded,? added Emadi.

?That doesn?t mean the stadiums only, we are talking about highways, rail, ports, airports, those are really underway, even hospitals and everything.? He added: ?We are really giving ourselves a good chance of delivering things on time and we don?t want to get in a place that we start painting while people are coming to the country.? Asked if this would make Qatar?s tournament the most expensive World Cup ever, the minister

DeVere signs on for 2 more seasons

Brisbane Roar FC have re-signed Luke DeVere, locking down the key defender for a further two Hyundai A-League seasons.

The 27-year-old centre-back is entering the prime of his career and is thrilled to continue his footballing journey at the Club he joined as a 19-year-old.

?I?m excited to be extending my contract with Brisbane, the team that gave me my first opportunity in professional football,? DeVere said.

?We have such a great Club here in Queensland and I can?t wait for what the future holds.

"With this extremely talented group of players, I?m looking forward to a successful future.?

DeVere has played the majority of his football in the Hyundai A-league for Brisbane, making 87 appearances and scoring four goals in Orange after a brief stint abroad in South Korea.

The dependable defender?s 2015/16 campaign was ruined by injury but hard work and determination has seen DeVere reestablish himself in the heart of Brisbane?s backline, starting every game this season.

DeVere?s defensive partnership with Jade North has been tough to crack, with the Roar boasting the Hyundai A-League?s second best defensive record.
 
Football Director Craig Moore is pleased to have a cornerstone of the Club?s defensive future secured and praised DeVere?s professionalism and leadership.

?Luke is a valuable member of our squad who not only leads by example but embraces the values we have

Roar midfielder Dimitri Petratos signs with Newcastle Jets

Roar midfielder Dimitri Petratos signs with Newcastle Jets

Marco Monteverde, The Courier-Mail

BRISBANE Roar attacking midfielder Dimitri Petratos will leave the three-time A-League champions at the end of the season to join the Newcastle Jets.

Former Sydney FC prodigy Petratos, 24, has made 92 A-League appearances for the Roar since moving to Brisbane in 2013 and was part of the squad that won the 2014 premiership-championship double.

The Roar offered him a new deal to remain in Brisbane beyond this season, but his desire to be closer to his NSW-based family as well as a better offer from the Jets led to his decision to depart Queensland.

Petratos?s agent Tony Rallis confirmed his client?s move, and also said there was a strong change that Petratos?s brother Kosta, currently at Perth Glory, will also join the Jets next season.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/football/a-league/teams/brisbane/roar-midfielder-dimitri-petratos-signs-with-newcastle-jets/news-story/f5c5ac4e7f87cacbee36a3d8524adde5
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