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Aloisi bringing out best in Petratos

 Roar striker Dimitri Petratos is looking to build on last week's impressive performance when Brisbane host Melbourne City FC in Round 7 of the Hyundai A-League at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night (7pm kick-off)

Petratos gave a stand-out performance in the Roar's 1-0 win over Perth Glory last Sunday and the attacking midfielder was unlucky not to find the net, hitting the woodwork twice.

"Sometimes it doesn't go in but I have to keep doing my job and try to hit the target," Petratos said today.

Petratos and the Roar squad have trained solidly this week despite just  a five-day turnaround between their Round 6 and 7 matches.

"We're very happy we got the win but we can make some improvements on some things. We have to work hard at training and look forward to the next game," he said.

Petratos believes he is in the best shape of his career and back to the form that saw him impress in the 2012/14 season where he scored five goals in 27 appearances.

"I feel a lot fitter this season, I worked very hard in the off-season," he said.

"I'm trying to get on the ball more. We have a good system here with the new coach (John Aloisi)."

Petratos is taking nothing for granted despite the Roar's positive start to the season (four wins and a draw), and says Friday night's clash with Melbourne City will be another challenge agains

Hiddink's frank Socceroos assessment

HE is the man that led Australia to a first World Cup in 32 years, but Guus Hiddink has admitted even he doubted the Socceroos? ability to achieve the remarkable feat.

The Dutchman is in Australia to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the drought-breaking World Cup qualification and told Fox Sports? Simon Hill that the regard in which he is still held among Australian football fans brings him great joy.

In an exclusive interview, Hiddink also revealed how he captured the hearts of a nation by transforming a footballing minnow with little self-belief into a force capable of competing on sport?s biggest stage.


On his first trip to Australia since leaving the Socceroos post, Hiddink was treated to a pulsating clash between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory in Saturday night?s A-League ?Big Blue?.

But despite doing his best to hide away in a box alongside Frank Lowy and fellow FFA heavyweights, Hiddink found himself swamped by fans eager to express their appreciation for his work a decade ago.

?Every now and then I have contact with people in Australia ? every year or every two or three months, but that was contact with friends,? Hiddink said.

?But now I?m here, I was yesterday at the game ? and people come to you, to me, and I was surprised about the depth of this contact.

?Normally after ten years things fade away, losses and also victories.

?But su

Henrique scores on return from knee injury to send Brisbane Roar to top

AN emotional Henrique scored in his return from a serious knee injury as Brisbane Roar jumped to the top of the A-League ladder with a 1-0 win over Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.

The Roar favourite, who required a knee reconstruction after coming unstuck in an AFC Champions League match eight months, netted the decisive goal 17 minutes after coming on as a replacement for 17-year-old striker Nick D?Agostino.

Brisbane?s three substitutes combined to seal Brisbane their three points, with Devante Clut heading the ball to Javier Hervas, who with his first touch in the A-League flicked the ball with the outside of his left foot to Henrique.

The recently naturalised Australian did the rest, beating advancing Glory goalkeeper Ante Covic to the ball to knock it home to the delight of the 11,748 fans.

Embraced by his teammates, Henrique was in tears after the goal as emotion got the better of him in his A-League return.

The win, the Roar?s fourth of the season and third at home, moved Brisbane to 13 points on the ladder, two clear of second-placed Sydney FC, who lost 4-2 to Melbourne Victory on Saturday night.

The Roar deserved their latest win, but the Glory made it hard for this hosts, particularly for a large chunk of the second half.

However, Brisbane?s superiority told

Bangladesh vs Australia - 17/11/15 - WC/AC Qualifier - Bangabandhu Ntl. Stadium

Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Tuesday, 17th November 2015
Kickoff 5:30pm (BANGLADESH), 9:30pm (QLD)
Coverage on FS4 from 9:00pm QLD (Pre Game) & SBS from 10:00pm QLD

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I'm here to help: Henrique

 Crowd favourite Henrique and rising Youth player Nick D'Agostino have been named in the Brisbane Roar squad to take on Perth Glory in Round 6 of the Hyundai A-League 2015/16 season at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday (4pm kick off).

Spanish signing Javier Hervas Salmoral, who previously played with Sevilla FC, also has been included in the 17-man squad. He will wear No.18.

Henrique returns nearly six months after a knee reconstruction. His last game for the Roar was on 18 March - an AFC Champions League 3-3 draw against Suwon Bluewings when he came off injured in the second half.

The "Slippery Fish", who last month was awarded his Australian Citizenship (below), has been in a controlled rehab and training program for the last few months.

He looked sharp and strongly in an 11 versus 11 training game on Wednesday after earlier being given a medical all-clear.

After the session, Roar Head Coach John Aloisi called Henrique aside for a private chat. What was said is between them but a huge smile lit up Henrique's face.

Aloisi said he had not yet made any decision on what role Henrique could play on Sunday.

Henrique said it had been a challenging seven months on the sidelines and he was happy to be back in a position to help the team again.

"It is still one step at a time and there is plenty more hard work to be done," Henrique said.

"I am more determined

Brisbane Roar striker Jamie Maclaren named the PFA player of October

BRISBANE Roar continue to be recognised for their good start to the A-League season, with striker Jamie Maclaren named the Professional Footballers Australia player of October.

Maclaren?s reward from his peers came hot on the heels of strike partner Brandon Borrello last week being named the A-League?s young player of the month.

Between them, they have scored seven of the second-placed Roar?s 10 goals this season and tormented rivals.

?The season has started really well and I?m really enjoying my football and this award just tops it off,? 22-year-old Maclaren said.

?I would like to thank my teammates and the coaching staff who have made me feel so welcome at the club.?

Maclaren, who has netted three goals in five matches this season, is relishing being a regular starter since moving to the Roar from Perth Glory, where he was confined to a supersub role.

?As a striker you want a coach that backs you and I wasn?t backed at Perth for whatever reason,? he told The Courier-Mail last month.

Unfortunately for the Roar, Maclaren won?t get the chance to take on the Glory on Sunday at Suncorp Stadium due his selection in the Olyroos squad playing matches against Qatar and Iran.

His place in the Roar forward line is expected to be taken by Dimitri Petratos, who will shift from the midfield role he has occupied this season.

At the defensive end of the park, the Roar have kept successive cle
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