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Rahim Soekasah set to be appointed new Brisbane Roar chairman

A-League: Rahim Soekasah set to be appointed new Brisbane Roar chairman

November 9, 2015 9:00pm

LONG-time Bakrie Group football executive Rahim Soekasah is set to be appointed Brisbane Roar?s new chairman, with the club?s Chris Fong era to officially come to an end.

Fong has been chairman by name and nothing else in recent months as club owner Nirwan Bakrie finalises plans to revive the Roar and appoint a new board.

Having completed his audit of the club, Bakrie is understood to have decided to appoint three directors ? new chairman Soekasah, Demis Djamoeddin and Dali Tahir, who will retain his sport on the board.

Soekasah and Djamoeddin, who spent several weeks in Brisbane before returning to Indonesia last month to report to Bakrie, are expected to base themselves in Queensland permanently.

Djamoeddin could be back in Brisbane in time for the Roar?s clash with Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.

The Roar are also close to finalising their advisory board, which will focus on the club?s legal, accounting and government dealings.
David Pourre, currently the club?s interim chief executive, has been offered the CEO position on a permanent basis.

Meanwhile, the Roar confirmed on Monday that Jean Carlos Solorzano?s hamstring injury was not as serious as first feared but the Costa Rican striker won?t be rushed back into action.

?He?s been

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Polenz to go next?

A-League: Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi puts Jerome Polenz in his place

MARCO MONTEVERDE@marcothejournoThe Courier-Mail

A FRUSTRATED Jerome Polenz was put in his place by Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi on Monday as doubts emerge whether the German fullback will see out his contract with the three-time A-League champions.

Understood to have requested a meeting with Aloisi over his lack of game time this season, Polenz and the Roar boss had an animated and heated discussion in the middle of the pitch after training.

Clearly aggrieved about playing just 75 minutes over four matches and being left out entirely of Brisbane?s 16-man squad for last Saturday?s 3-0 weekend win over Adelaide United, Polenz went head-to-head with Aloisi for at least 20 minutes.

But, as expected, Aloisi seemed to emerge the winner in the argument.

The Roar coach would not comment when asked later about the confrontation, preferring it stayed between him and Polenz, who is contracted with the Roar until 2017.

However, the former German youth international is perhaps heading towards an early exit as it?s doubtful he will accept being nothing more than a squad player. Having been signed by Brisbane?s ex-football director Ken Stead and on the Roar?s books before the arrival of Aloisi, Polenz doesn?t suit the Roar?s style of play this season.

Jack Hingert, for so long the fall guy in the selection stakes, has clearly

Borrello could be lost

Is this a case of the new regime being asleep at the wheel, complete indifference, poor grasp of football economics or who is Borrello?


Brisbane Roar: Young gun Brandon Borrello still on youth deal
November 1, 2015 8:00pm

Brisbane Roar & John Aloisi 'expecting Arnie mind games'

BRISBANE Roar?s failure last season to secure Brandon Borrello to a long-term deal has left them vulnerable to a poaching raid for one of the A-League?s hottest prospects.

Borrello, 20, scored his second brace of the campaign in the Roar?s 3-0 weekend win over Adelaide United, taking his season tally to four goals from as many matches.

His combination with fellow attacker Jamie Maclaren is becoming one of the most feared in the A-League and has played a huge part in the Roar?s promising start to the season.

But while Maclaren is on a full-time A-League contract, Borrello remains on the full-time youth player deal he signed before the start of Brisbane?s 2014-15 season.

It?s understood the South Australian product was on the verge of upgrading his contract to a three-year A-League deal last season under the Roar?s previous administration.

But the failure of ex-managing director Sean Dobson and former football director Ken Stead to seal the deal before the club?s financial cra

Foxtel Lose The EPL

In an unexpected twist, Singtel-Optus have landed the Australian broadcast rights for the English Premier League in a three-year $50 million deal.

Optus, who blindsided Qatar-owned BeIN Sports and Fox Sports, will show the English Premier League as of the 2016-2017 season.

The deal includes "live broadcast coverage and digital rights for broadband and mobile", according to a statement issued by the telecommunications company on Monday morning.

It is a huge blow for the current rights holders Fox Sports, and BeIN Sports, who both reportedly submitted competing bids.

Optus, which holds the EPL rights in its hometown of Singapore, have made no secret of the fact it wants to become a serious sports media rights holders in Australia.

"This is another significant step in our strategy to become a mobile-led multimedia company," Allen Lew, Chief Executive Officer at optus said.

"With 930 million followers worldwide, the Premier Leagiue is one of the most sought after sports properties for content providers.

"Today's announcemet is a great win for Optus and will ensure that Aussie football fans can watch all the action from the world's most popular footba

Congratulation to young Nick D'agostino

D'Agostino Looks To Build On Award

Brisbane Roar Youth star Nick D?Agostino has his sights set on the Hyundai A-League after winning the PlayStation? 4 NPL Queensland 2015 Young Player of the Year award.

D?Agostino won the award after receiving the highest number of Most Valuable Player points by a player under 20 years of age throughout the PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland regular season.

Despite making only nine appearances for Brisbane Roar Youth this season, the 17-year-old striker proved a constant threat to opposition defences and delivered seven goals.

He said he hopes the recognition will help him replicate the progression of previous Young Player of the Year recipients - 2013 recipient Kenneth Dougall (Brisbane City) currently plays professionally in the Netherlands and last year?s winner Braedyn Crowley (Northern Fury) earned a Hyundai A-League debut with Newcastle Jets last season.

?I feel privileged and honoured to win the award and seeing those names that have won it before me - you know that it really means a lot,? D?Agostino explained.

He also acknowledged previous standouts for Young Roar in PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland who advanced to the Hyundai A-League - including Brandon Borello, Devante Clut, Shannon Brady and Jai Ingham.

?I hope I can do the same as they have and emulate them and achieve the best I can do like they have.?

?It?s always good to win awards but really y
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