Goal Australia reveals which players most impressed our match reporters during the 2013-14 season. In something of a surprise, Brisbane Roar's maestro missed out on top spot
Club: Brisbane Roar
Position: Attacking midfielder/playmaker
What we think:
It's impossible to understate just how good Thomas Broich has been this season. The German has played every minute of Brisbane Roar's 28 games, more than any of his team-mates, including goalkeeper Michael Theo. The 33-year-old supplied more assists (10) and created more chances (90) than any other player in the competition.
Unlike Alessandro Del Piero, who admittedly played further forward, Broich isn't greedy. Besart Berisha and Dimitri Petratos have taken more shots than their chief provider, while deep-lying midfield metronome Luke Brattan attempted more passes than the German.
Perhaps a consequence of often being stationed on or near the left flank, Broich supplied significantly more crosses than any other team-mate, entered into almost twice as many duels as any other Roar player and won an enormous 111 fouls from the opposition, without appearing to go down as easily as Del Piero.
So why didn't Broich come out on top in match reporters' poll of the best players in the 2013-14 A-League season? He garnered 25 votes, the same as Del Piero, and we've used the fact the Roar won the premier's plate and are set to contest the grand final on Sunday as the tie-breaker between second and third.
Roar's excellent season counted against Broich in terms of individual accolades. He claimed three votes as the best player in a game on four occasions, picked up two votes four times and one vote five times.
Of the 141 different players to earn votes throughout the campaign, Brisbane had the most players in the top 15, with Luke Brattan, Ivan Franjic and Matt McKay joining Broich in regularly impressing our reporters.
Only two others clubs had more than one player in the top 15, illustrating the extent to which the Roar's praise was shared around.
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What they said:
"We're on a mission and we have to win the game on Sunday so ultimately it's all about the team, it's all about the club and that means more to me than a personal achievement," Broich told the ABC after winning the Johnny Warren Medal for the second time on Monday.
"To win it twice is massive for me. I feel really honoured, but we're team players.
"I don't want to play in a team that doesn't win anything so it's really important for me that we make sure we win a third trophy."
Did you know?
Craig Moore left Brisbane Roar in 2009, the year before Broich's arrival, but the two men, both prominent figures in the history of the Queensland club, briefly shared a dressing room at German club Borussia Monchengladbach in 2005.