A week before the season started, the Newcastle Jets changed coach with Gary van Egmond replacing Branko Culina. The Jets seemed unfazed, winning the season’s opening game 3-2 against Melbourne Heart, thanks to a late winner from Byun Sung-Hwan.
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Looking to build on his side’s inaugural Championship, Roar coach Ange Postecoglou brought a little-known Albanian striker Besart Berisha to Brisbane. In round two, he scored the first of his 102 Hyundai A-League goals.
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After 15 years overseas with Leeds United, Liverpool and Galatasaray, Caltex Socceroos icon Harry Kewell returned home to play for Melbourne Victory, where he attracted legions of fans whenever he played.
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In round five, Sydney FC were 2-0 down after an hour at home to Gold Coast, but goals in quick succession from Bruno Cazarine and Nicky Carle drew them level, before an injury-time penalty from Slovakian Karol Kisel stole the Sky Blues all three points.
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Adelaide were ninth after just two wins in their first 11 matches, with John Kosmina replacing Rini Coolen following a 3-0 home loss to Gold Coast United in mid-December.
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After 114 appearances across six seasons with the Mariners, cult hero Matt Simon bid the Gosford faithful goodbye mid-season to take up a contract in Korea. Simon scored a brace in his final game, a 2-0 home win over Victory.
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It was an unhappy season for Melbourne Victory, during which Jim Magilton replaced Mehmet Durakovic as coach. However, Carlos Hernandez scored the goal of the season against the Mariners, belting a tracer bullet into the top corner.
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In his second year with the Roar, German Thomas Broich had a sublime season, winning the Johnny Warren medal for a series of breathtaking performances.
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The Central Coast Mariners were in the top two from round seven onwards and top of the Hyundai A-League from round 11, eventually claiming the Premier’s Plate by two points from Brisbane Roar.
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We said goodbye to Gold Coast United after three seasons in the Hyundai A-League. Here captain Michael Thwaite thanks fans after the side’s final game against Brisbane.
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The Phoenix made the finals for the third straight season and beat Sydney FC in week one in Wellington, thanks to a Paul Ifill penalty in the dying moments.
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Kiwi marksman Shane Smeltz joined Perth Glory and helped fire the Western Australian side all the way to the Grand Final with 17 goals, including a hat-trick in the Elimination Final against Melbourne Heart.
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The Grand Final between Roar and Glory was a pulsating affair with an Ivan Franjic own-goal cancelled out by Besart Berisha’s 84th minute equaliser. In added time, Liam Miller was adjudged to have brought Berisha down in the penalty area…
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…and the Hyundai A-League’s leading scorer fired home his 21st goal of the season to the delight of his team-mates and the 50-000 strong crowd at Suncorp Stadium.
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Brisbane Roar were back-to-back Hyundai A-League champions!