Get up to date with the current squads, movements and preparations of all the A-League clubs.The A-League 2009-10 season is just 14 days away and all ten clubs are in the final stages of their preparation for the opening round. Without a formal Pre-Season Cup competition this year, the clubs have been very creative with their choice of opposition for friendly matches, ranging from the local state leagues through to English Premier League teams. All clubs have used the pre-season to trial players, formations and tactics, with their early form pointing to an extremely exciting campaign ahead.
With the so much pre-season activity going on, the A-League 2009-10 season is shaping to be bigger than ever.
A-League 2009-10 - Squad Details
Adelaide United coach Aurelio Vidmar has had the luxury of a longer pre-season campaign than the previous two years. Vidmar has saved his two most interesting signings for last with the addition of former Ghanaian international striker Lloyd Owusu from Cheltenham Town and Korean midfielder Inseob Shin from Kunkuk University.
Owusu definitely has an eye for goal, scoring 92 times during his 11-year period in the English Championship, League One and League Two competitions. Twenty-year-old Shin, as he prefers to be known, impressed the Adelaide coaching staff after a two-week trial and definitely looks to be a player to watch this season.
Vidmar also signed local boys Joe Costa and Francesco Monterosso following their performances in last season’s National Youth League.
United’s pre-season match schedule has focused mainly on local state league clubs and the South Australian representative team, as well as fixtures against Perth Glory at home, North Queensland Fury in Darwin and their traditional pre-season match against Melbourne Victory in Launceston, Tasmania this weekend.
Current Squad: ALEMAO, Fabian BARBIERO, Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), Cassio, Robert CORNTHWAITE, Joe COSTA, CRISTIANO, Travis DODD (c), Iain FYFE, Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), Adam HUGHES, Scott JAMIESON, Michael MARRONE, Francesco MONTEROSSO, Daniel MULLEN, Lloyd OWUSU, Lucas PANTELIS, Paul REID, Kristian SARKIES and Inseob SHIN.
Re-signed: Daniel Mullen (2 years)
In: Joe Costa (Adelaide United NYL – 2 years), Iain Fyfe (Sydney FC – 1 year), Adam Hughes (Drogheda United, Ireland – 2 years), Inseob Shin (Kunkuk University, Korea Republic – 2 years), Michael Marrone (Adelaide United NYL – 1 year), Francesco Monterosso (Adelaide United NYL – 2 years), Lloyd Owusu (Cheltenham Town, England – 2 years).
Out: Paul Agostino (retired), Daniel Beltrame (retired), Angelo Costanzo (released), Diego (released), Isyan Erdogan (released), Sasa Ognenovski (Seongnam Ilhwa, Korea Republic), Jonas Salley (released), Jason Spagnuolo (North Queensland Fury), Michael Valkanis (retired), Robert Younis (released)
The Brisbane Roar embarked on their annual pre-season 'Roar Roadshow' with coach Frank Farina scheduling 11 fixtures in the lead-up to their opening-round blockbuster against local rivals Gold Coast United on August 8 at Suncorp Stadium.
Although the majority of the Roar’s opposition has been local Brisbane state league clubs at suburban venues, their biggest test was against Scottish Premier League powerhouse club Celtic FC in the annual Translink Cup.
Unfortunately for the Roar they were defeated 0-3, but they took many positives out of the match including the memory of an electric stadium atmosphere generated from the 31,340 fans in attendance.
Current Squad: Isaka CERNAK, Luke DEVERE, David DODD, HENRIQUE, Josh McCLOUGHAN, Matt McKAY, Griffin McMASTER (gk), Charlie MILLER, Craig MOORE (c), Matt MUNDY, Massimo MURDOCCA, Mitch NICHOLS, Tommy OAR, Andrew PACKER, Liam REDDY (gk), REINALDO, Adam SAROTA, Timothy SMITS, Danny TIATTO, Sergio VAN DIJK and Michael ZULLO.
Re-signed: Craig Moore (1 year), Matt McKay (2 years), Massimo Murdocca (2 years), Mitch Nichols (2 years), Andrew Packer (2 Years), Danny Tiatto (1 year), Michael Zullo (2 years)
In: Henrique (Formiga, Brazil - 1 year), Matt Mundy (Brisbane Roar NYL - 2 years), Adam Sarota (Brisbane Roar NYL - 3 years)
Out: Chris Grossman (North Queensland Fury),Tahj Minniecon (Gold Coast United), Hyuk-Su Seo (released), Ben Griffin (released)
CENTRAL COAST MARINERS
After participating in their first AFC Champions League campaign, the Central Coast Mariners took a well-deserved break and then re-grouped at the start of June to focus on the season ahead.
Lawrie McKinna has added English defender Chris Doig and promoted National Youth League player Matthew Lewis to his squad, while releasing Andre Gumprecht, Paul O’Grady and Greg Owens.
The Mariners have been undefeated in their six pre-season fixtures to date, a statistic that McKinna hopes his team can take into and continue throughout the season proper.
Current Squad: Pedj BOJIC, Nigel BOOGAARD, Adrian CACERES, Andrew CLARK, David D'APUZZO, Chris DOIG, Ahmad ELRICH, Dean HEFFERNAN, Shane HUKE, John HUTCHINSON, Adam KWASNIK, Matthew LEWIS, Dylan MACALLISTER, Nik MRDJA, Bradley PORTER, Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), Matt SIMON, Danny VUKOVIC (gk) and Alex WILKINSON (c).
Re-signed: Andrew Clark (1 year), Andrew Redmayne (2 years)
In: Chris Doig (Northampton Town, England – 2 years), Shane Huke (Dagenham & Redbridge, England – 1 year), Adam Kwasnik (Wellington Phoenix – 2 years), Matthew Lewis (Central Coast Mariners NYL – 1 year)
Out: Andre Gumprecht (released), Mile Jedinak (Genclerbirligi, Turkey), Matthew Osman (Gold Coast United), Sasho Petrovski (Newcastle Jets), Paul O'Grady (released), Greg Owens (released), Nick Rizzo (released)
GOLD COAST UNITED
Gold Coast United have completed their A-League player roster with the recent signing of 19-year-old Ivorian defender Adama Traore. Traore appeared on Miron Bleiberg’s radar via some DVDs that landed on his desk, and after a short trial period he was promptly offered a contract.
GCU have travelled extensively during the pre-season, with fixtures played in New Caledonia, Singapore and Hong Kong. Like the Mariners, the new boys have been undefeated in their seven pre-season matches to date, the most impressive result being their 2-1 win over English Premier League club Fulham.
Current Squad: Andrew BARISIC, James BROWN, Zenon CARAVELLA, Jason CULINA (c), Steve FITZSIMMONS, Richard GREER, Adam GRIFFITHS, Scott HIGGINS (gk), JEFFERSON, MILSON, Tahj MINNIECON, Matt OSMAN, Steve PANTELIDIS, Daniel PIORKOWSKI, Joel PORTER, Kristian REES, ROBSON, Shane SMELTZ, Michael THWAITE, Adama TRAORE, Bas VAN DEN BRINK and Jess VAN STRATTAN (gk)
In: Andrew Barisic (Melbourne Knights, Australia – 1 year), James Brown (AIS, Australia – 3 years), Zenon Caravella (FC Omniworld, Netherlands – 2 years), Jason Culina (PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands – 3 Years), Steve Fitzsimmons (Beenleigh, Australia – 1 year), Richard Greer (AIS, Australia – 1 year), Adam Griffiths (Newcastle Jets, Australia – 3 years), Scott Higgins (Eastern Suburbs, Australia – 1 year), Jefferson (Atletico Rorairama, Brazil – 1 year), Milson (Madureira, Brazil – 1 year), Tahj Minniecon (U/23 marquee: Brisbane Roar, Australia – 3 years), Matt Osman (Central Coast Mariners, Australia – 2 years), Steve Pantelidis (Melbourne Victory, Australia – 2 years), Joel Porter (Hartlepool United, England – 3 years), Daniel Piorkowski (Newcastle Jets, Australia – 2 years), Kristian Rees (Adelaide City, Australia – 2 years), Robson (Cabofriense, Brazil – 1 year), Shane Smeltz (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand – 3 years), Michael Thwaite (SK Brann, Norway – 3 years), Adama Traore (Ecole de Football Yeo Martial, Ivory Coast – 3 years), Bas van den Brink (FC Omniworld, Netherlands – 2 years), Jess Vanstrattan (Verona, Italy 2 years )
Melbourne Victory pulled off their biggest signing coups in the off-season when they announced that captain Kevin Muscat had signed on for another year along with the successful transfer of Costa Rican Carlos Hernandez to the club for the next three years.
In addition, the Victory signed 26-year-old Thai international defender Surat Sukha on a two-year deal. Unfortunately, foundation goalkeeper Michael Theoklitos was released to take up a contract with English League One club Norwich City, whilst Jose Luis Lopez mutually ended his loan period to return to Costa Rica in the hope of claiming a place in the national team leading into the 2010 World Cup.
Coach Ernie Merrick took his team to China for matches against Guangzhou and Tianjin, and also had an eventful road-trip to Queenstown, New Zealand, for a match against Wellington Phoenix in very chilly conditions. In their other major pre-season match, the Victory were defeated 0-3 by Fulham at Etihad Stadium.
Current Squad: Daniel ALLSOPP, Evan BERGER, Grant BREBNER, Leigh BROXHAM, Billy CELESKI, Nathan ELASI, Carlos HERNANDEZ, Matthew KEMP, Mitchell LANGERAK (gk), Glen MOSS (gk), Kevin MUSCAT (c), NEY FABIANO, Steven PACE, Tom PONDELJAK, Surat SUKHA, Mathew THEODORE, Archie THOMPSON, Rodrigo VARGAS, Daniel VASILEVSKI and Nick WARD.
Re-signed: Evan Berger (2 years), Grant Brebner (1 year), Billy Celeski (2 years), Carlos Hernandez (Alajuelense, Costa Rica - 3 years), Matthew Kemp (2 years), Mitchell Langerak (3 years), Kevin Muscat (1 year), Archie Thompson (2 years), Rodrigo Vargas (2 years), Nick Ward (2 years)
In: Glen Moss (Wellington Phoenix – 2 years), Surat Sukha (Chonburi FC, Thailand – 2 years), Mathew Theodore (Melbourne Victory NYL – 1 Year)
Out: Steve Pantelidis (Gold Coast United), Jose Luis Lopez (Deportivo Saprissa, Costa Rica), Sebastian Ryall (Sydney FC), Michael Theoklitos (Norwich City, England), Michael Thwaite (Gold Coast United)
The Newcastle Jets made it out of the group stage in their first foray into the AFC Champions League but were knocked out by Korean club Pohang Steelers in the round of 16 last month.
Since then, the Jets have signed Brodie Mooy and Sean Rooney after their impressive ACL performances and also appointed Branko Culina as their coach. Culina has had his eye on a number of trialists in the past week and is expected to make his final squad signings in the near future.
Due to their heavy match schedule during the off-season, the Jets have played fewer pre-season friendlies in comparison to the other clubs, but no doubt they will be looking for a flying start come round one.
Current Squad: Angelo COSTANZO, Adam D'APUZZO, Donny De GROOT, Tarek ELRICH, Jason HOFFMAN, Marko JESIC, Ben KANTAROVSKI, Ben KENNEDY (gk), Ljubo MILICEVIC, Brodie MOOY, Jason NAIDOVSKI, Shaun ONTONG, Kaz PATAFTA, Sasho PETROVSKI, Sean ROONEY, Jin-Hyung SONG, Matthew THOMPSON (c), Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY and Jobe WHEELHOUSE.
Re-signed: Jobe Wheelhouse (2 years), Kaz Patafta (2 years)
In: Angelo Costanzo (Adelaide United – 1 year), Donny de Groot (De Graafschap, Netherlands – 1 year), Ljubo Milicevic (Melbourne Victory – 1 year), Brodie Mooy (Newcastle Jets NYL – 2 years), Sasho Petrovski (Central Coast Mariners – 2 years), Nikolai Topor-Stanley (Perth Glory – 2 years), Sean Rooney (Sydney FC NYL – 2 years).
Out: Ante Covic (IF Elfsborg, Sweden), Adam Griffiths (Gold Coast United), Joel Griffiths (Beijing Guoan – on loan), Jesper Hakansson (released), Antun Kovacic (Ulsan Hyundai , Korea Republic), Mark Milligan (Shanghai Shenhua, China), Jade North (Incheon United FC, Korea Republic)
NORTH QUEENSLAND FURY
The North Queensland Fury have had an interesting pre-season, with only one win from their nine matches, but have learned plenty from the experience.
The highlight so far has been seeing their inaugural marquee player, Robbie Fowler, score on debut against newly promoted English Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers in Perth. The addition of Young Socceroo Osama Malik and former youth international David Williams will also provide plenty of speed and excitement for the Fury.
Felipe, Marton Vass and Brendon Santalab will not line up for North Queensland this season with Felipe and Vass mutually terminating their contracts and Santalab moving to Chinese Super League outfit Chengdu Blades.
Current Squad: Fred AGIUS, Jeremy BROCKIE, Beau BUSCH, Robbie FOWLER, Rostyn GRIFFITHS, Chris GROSSMAN, Paul KOHLER, Osama MALIK, Daniel McBREEN, Robert MIDDLEBY, Justin PASFIELD (gk), James ROBINSON, Jason SPAGNUOLO, Chris TADROSSE, Ufuk TALAY, John TAMBOURAS, Jacob TIMPANO, David WILLIAMS and Scott WILSON.
In: Fred Agius (Adelaide City – 1 year), Beau Busch (Sydney FC – 1 year), Jeremy Brockie (Team Wellington, New Zealand – 1 year), Robbie Fowler (Blackburn Rovers, England - 2 years), Rostyn Griffiths (Adelaide United – 1 year , Chris Grossman (Brisbane Roar – 1 year), Paul Kohler (Newcastle Jets – 1 year), Osama Malik (Adelaide United NYL – 1 year), Daniel McBreen (York City, England - 1 year), Robbie Middleby (Sydney FC – 2 years), Justin Pasfield (Wollongong Wolves - 2 years),James Robinson (Perth Glory – 2 years), Jason Spagnuolo (Adelaide United – 2 years), Chris Tadrosse (Central Coast Mariners – 2 years), Ufuk Talay (Avispa Fukuoka, Japan – 2 years), Jacob Timpano (Sydney FC – 2 years), David Williams (Brøndby - 1 year loan), Scott Wilson (Dunfermline Athletic – 2 years)
Out: Felipe (mutual termination), Brendon Santalab (Sydney FC – 2 years), Marton Vass (APIA Leichhardt – 1 year)
Perth Glory have continued their audacious recruitment program with the signings of Socceroos Mile Sterjovski and Chris Coyne along with English defender Andy Todd and Serbian striker Branko Jelic. Twenty-year-old West Australian born and bred goalkeeper Aleks Vrteski returns to Perth after spending the past season in Macedonia with FK Pobeda.
On the field, the Glory’s pre-season campaign hasn’t been as successful with losses to touring Fulham and Wolverhampton as well as Adelaide United. Coach David Mitchell isn’t too worried at the moment and knows that pre-season results mean very little once the competition starts.
Current Squad: Scott BULLOCH, Jacob BURNS, Chris COYNE, Jamie COYNE, Eugene DADI, Jimmy DOWNEY, Howard FONDYKE, Brent GRIFFITHS, Jamie HARNWELL, Branko JELIC, Andrija JUKIC, Scott NEVILLE, Adriano PELLEGRINO, Naum SEKULOVSKI, Victor SIKORA, Anthony SKORICH, Wayne SRHOJ, Mile STERJOVSKI, Andrew TODD, Tando VELAPHI (gk) and Aleks VRTESKI (gk).
Re-signed: Eugene Dadi (1 year), Adriano Pellegrino (2 years), Naum Sekulovski (2 years), Victor Sikora (1 year), Scott Bulloch (1 year), Tando Velaphi (2 years), Wayne Srhoj (1 year).
In: Jacob Burns (FC Unirea Urziceni, Romania – 3 years), Chris Coyne (Colchester United, England - 3 years), Howard Fondyke (Perth Glory NYL - 2 years), Brent Griffiths (Perth Glory NYL – 2 years), Branko Jelic (Energie Cottbus, Germany – 3 years), Andrija Jukic (Perth Glory NYL - 2 years), Scott Neville (Perth Glory NYL - 3 years), Anthony Skorich (Perth Glory NYL – 2 years) , Mile Sterjovski (Derby County, England - ), Andy Todd (Derby County, England – 1 year), Aleks Vrteski (FK Pobeda – 2 years).
Out: Jason Petkovic (retired), Nikolai Topor-Stanley (Newcastle Jets), David Tarka (released), Dino Djulbic (Rot Weiss Ahlen, Germany), Nick Rizzo (released), James Robinson (North Queensland Fury), Adrian Trinidad (released), Amaral (released), Josip Magdic (released), Nikita Rukavytsya (FC Twente, Netherlands), Hayden Doyle (Perth Glory NYL), Hayden Foxe (released), Mark Lee (released)
Sydney FC have enjoyed somewhat of a quiet revolution under new coach Vitezslav Lavicka. The recent signing of Korean defender Byun Sung-Hwan from K-League club Jeju United on a two-year deal goes a long way toward filling the space left after former Socceroo Tony Popovic retired midway through last season to take up a coaching position within the club.
From their 12 pre-season matches, Sydney FC are undefeated, have scored an impressive 25 goals and conceded just 1 goal in 1080 minutes of football. Lavicka is not getting carried away with this early success and has been very careful with the amount of game time that he has given individual players to ensure that they will be ready for the start of the season.
Current Squad: John ALOISI, Clint BOLTON (gk), Mark BRIDGE, Alex BROSQUE, Sung-Hwan BYUN, Adam CASEY, Shannon COLE, Simon COLOSIMO, Steve CORICA, Kofi DANNING, Brendan GAN, Anthony GOLEC, Rhyan GRANT, Matthew JURMAN, Karol KISEL, Terry MCFLYNN, Stuart MUSIALIK, Ivan NECEVSKI (gk), Chris PAYNE, Mitchell PRENTICE and Sebastian RYALL.
Re-signed: Alex Brosque (2 years), Adam Casey (2 years), Shannon Cole (3 years), Ivan Necevski (1 year)
In: Karol Kisel (Sparta Prague, Czech Republic – 1 year), Sebastian Ryall (Melbourne Victory – 2 years), Kofi Danning (Sydney FC NYL – 2 years), Brendan Gan (Sydney FC NYL – 2 years), Antony Golec (Sydney FC NYL – 2 years), Rhyan Grant (Sydney FC NYL – 2 years), Matthew Jurman (Sydney FC NYL – 2 years), Byun Sung-Hwan (Jeju United, Korea Republic – 2 years)
Out: Adam Biddle (released), Beau Busch (North Queensland Fury), Mike Enfield (released), Iain Fyfe (Adelaide United), Robbie Middleby (North Queensland Fury), Tony Popovic (retired), Brendon Santalab (North Queensland Fury), Jacob Timpano (North Queensland Fury), Nik Tsattalios (Newcastle Jets)
Wellington Phoenix have had a somewhat interrupted pre-season with seven players and head coach Ricki Herbert joining the New Zealand national team, the All Whites, to compete at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa during June.
Herbert has also been busy in the transfer market, recently signing goalkeeper Reece Crowther from Queens Park Rangers, striker Paul Ifill from Crystal Palace and Kiwi teenager Marco Rojas from Hamilton Wanderers.
The Phoenix pre-season schedule included matches against Melbourne Victory in Queenstown and a Mainland Select XI in Christchurch before heading to China for fixtures against Tianjin Teda and Guangzhou Pharmaceutical. Wellington’s final pre-season match will be against the Central Coast Mariners in Dubbo this Saturday.
Current Squad: Costa BARBAROUSES, Leo BERTOS, Tim BROWN, Daniel CORTES, Reece CROWTHER (gk), DIEGO, Andrew DURANTE (c), Michael FERRANTE, Chris GREENACRE, Troy HEARFIELD, Paul IFILL, Vince LIA, Tony LOCHHEAD, Jon MCKAIN, David MULLIGAN, Manny MUSCAT, Mark PASTON (gk) and Benjamin SIGMUND.
Re-signed: Tim Brown (2 years), Manny Muscat (1 year), Mark Paston (1 year), Tony Lochhead (2 years), Michael Ferrante (1 year), Daniel Cortes (2 years). Ben Sigmund (2 years)
In: Reece Crowther (Queens Park Rangers, England - 1 year), Chris Greenacre (Tranmere Rovers, England - 2 years), Paul Ifill (Crystal Palace, England - 2 years), Marco Rojas (Hamilton Wanderers - 2 years), Diego Walsh (Adelaide United - 2 years)
Out: Jeremy Christie (released), Vaughan Coveny (retired), Karl Dodd (released), Greg Draper (released), Richard Johnson (retired), Glen Moss (Melbourne Victory), Shane Smeltz (Gold Coast United)