Hyundai A-League 2009/10 Round 1 Preview

The wait is over and football is back with Round 1 of the Hyundai A-League 2009/10 season.

Round 1 Preview

The wait is over and football is back with the Hyundai A-League 2009/10 season set to kick-off tomorrow with an exciting first round. 2 new teams, 5 opening matches and more minutes of weekly Hyundai A-League action than ever before.

This is the Official Preview for the Hyundai A-League Round 1. Please note squads are subject to change.

Weekend Matches

Melbourne Victory v Central Coast Mariners Thursday 6 August, 2009 Etihad Stadium, Melbourne Local kick-off 8.00pm Referee: Matthew Breeze

Live & exclusive broadcast on Fox Sports 3 and Sky Sport 3. Hyundai A-League club broadcast partner is 774 ABC Melbourne, Coast FM (Gosford) 96.3FM. To purchase tickets visit

Melbourne Victory: 1.Mitch LANGERAK (gk), 2.Kevin MUSCAT (c), 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Matthew KEMP, 8.Grant BREBNER, 9.Danny ALLSOPP, 10.Archie THOMPSON, 11.NEY FABIANO, 12.Rodrigo VARGAS, 14.Billy CELESKI, 15.Tom PONDELJAK, 16.Carlos HERNANDEZ, 19.Evan BERGER, 20.Glenn MOSS (gk), 22.Nick WARD

In: n/a

Out: n/a

Others Unavailable: Nil

Central Coast Mariners: 1.Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 4. Pedj BOJIC, 5. Brad PORTER, 7. John HUTCHINSON, 8. Dean HEFFERNAN, 11. Dylan MACALLISTER, 14. Michael McGLINCHEY, 16. Nigel BOOGAARD, 17. Chris DOIG, 18. Alex WILKINSON (c), 19. Matt SIMON, 20. Danny VUKOVIC (gk), 21. Ahmad ELRICH, 22. Nicky TRAVIS, 23. Adam KWASNIK.

In: n/a

Out: n/a

Others Unavailable: Nil

Stats, Facts & Milestones It-s been three years since a reigning Championship side won its first match of the following season. Only Sydney FC (2006 reigning Champions) did it in their opening tie in 2006-07 (1-0 v Mariners).

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions All matches (played 12): Melbourne Victory wins 6, Central Coast Mariners wins 3 (3 draws). In Melbourne (played 6): Melbourne Victory wins 3, Central Coast Mariners wins 1 (2 draws).

Adelaide United v Perth Glory Friday, 7 August 2009 Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide Local Kick-off 7.30pm Referee: Craig Zetter

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1 Hyundai A-League club broadcast partner is LIFE FM, 6PR (Perth) 882AM. To purchase tickets visit

Adelaide United Squad: 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), 2.Robert CORNTHWAITE, 3.ALEMAO, 4.Iain FYFE, 6.CASSIO, 7.Lucas PANTELIS, 9.CRISTIANO, 10.Adam HUGHES, 11.Lloyd OWUSU, 12.Paul REID, 13.Travis DODD (c), 14.Scott JAMIESON, 15.Francesco MONTEROSSO, 16.Inseob SHIN, 17.Michael MARRONE, 23.Joe COSTA, 30.Daniel GODLEY (gk). *two to be omitted

In: Daniel GODLEY (gk) (short term contract)

Out: n/a

Others Unavailable: 5.Daniel MULLEN (hamstring - 3 weeks), 8.Kristian SARKIES (calf - 2 weeks), 18.Fabian BARBIERO (groin - 2 weeks), 20.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk) (international duty)

Perth Glory Squad: 1.Tando VELAPHI (gk), 3.Jamie COYNE, 4.Andy TODD, 6.Chris COYNE, 7.Jacob BURNS (c), 8.Victor SIKORA, 9.Todd HOWARTH, 11.Branko JELIC, 12.Scott NEVILLE, 14.Eugene DADI, 15.Howard FONDYKE, 16.Adriano PELLEGRINO, 18.Brent GRIFFITHS, 19.Naum SEKULOVSKI, 20.Aleks VRTESKI (gk), 21.Mile STERJOVSKI, 23.Andrija JUKIC *two to be omitted

In: n/a

Out: n/a

Others Unavailable: Jimmy DOWNEY (knee - 6 weeks), Jamie HARNWELL (hamstring - 3 weeks), Wayne SRHOJ (hamstring - 1 week), Scott BULLOCH (achilles - 2 weeks), Anthony SKORICH (hip - 8 weeks)

Stats, Facts & Milestones Perth Glory-s Jacob Burns and Mile Sterjovski, are set to reunite in their first national league match in Australia in over nine years. The two played in the same final match, for Parramatta Power, on 7 May 2000.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD in all official competitions All matches (played 12): Adelaide United wins 7, Perth Glory wins 2 (3 draws). In Adelaide (played 6): Adelaide United wins 4, Perth Glory wins 1 (1 draw)

North Queensland Fury v Sydney FC Saturday 8 August, 2009 Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville Local kick-off 5.30pm Referee: Stebre Delovski

Live & exclusive broadcast on Fox Sports 3 and Sky Sports 3. To purchase tickets visit

North Queensland Fury Squad: 1. Paul HENDERSON (gk), 2. Robbie MIDDLEBY, 3. Chris TADROSSE, 7. Jason SPAGNUOLO, 9. Robbie FOWLER, 11. David WILLIAMS, 12. Jack HINGERT, 13. Beau BUSCH, 14. Christopher GROSSMAN, 15. Fred AGIUS, 16. Paul KOHLER, 17. Osama MALIK, 18. James ROBINSON, 19. Daniel MCBREEN, 20. Justin PASFIELD (gk).

In: n/a

Out: n/a

Others Unavailable: Jeremy BROCKIE - quadriceps (6-8 weeks), Jacob TIMPANO - hamstring (8weeks), Ufuk TALAY - calf (2-3 weeks), Scott WILSON - foot (6-8 weeks)

Sydney FC Squad: 1. Clint BOLTON (gk), 3. Stephan KELLER, 4. Simon COLOSIMO, 6. Karol KISEL, 7. Brendan GAN, 8. Stuart MUSIALIK, 9. John ALOISI, 10. Steve CORICA (c), 11. Kofi DANNING, 12. Shannon COLE, 14. Alex BROSQUE, 15. Terry MCFLYNN, 17. Matthew JURMAN, 19. Mark BRIDGE, 20. Ivan NECEVSKI (gk), 22. Sung Hwan BYUN. *one to be omitted

In: n/a

Out: n/a

Others Unavailable: 2. Sebastian RYALL (suspended - 4 weeks).

Stats, Facts & Milestones Never before in over 6,000 matches played at national league level in Australia has a match been played north of Brisbane.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions n/a

Brisbane Roar v Gold Coast United Saturday 8 August, 2009 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Local kick-off 7.30pm Referee: Peter Green

Live & exclusive broadcast on Fox Sports News. To purchase tickets visit

Brisbane Roar Squad: 1. Liam REDDY (gk), 2. Andrew PACKER, 3. Luke DEVERE, 4. Craig MOORE (c), 5. Josh MCCLOUGHAN, 6. David DODD, 7. Michael ZULLO, 9. Sergio VAN DIJK, 10. Charlie MILLER, 11. REINALDO, 12. Matt MUNDY, 13. HENRIQUE, 14. Adam SAROTA, 15. Matt MCKAY, 16. Bob MALCOLM, 17. Mitch NICHOLS, 18. Danny TIATTO, 19. Isaka CERNAK, 20. Griffin MCMASTER (rgk), 21. Tommy OAR, 23. Tim SMITS, 24. Robbie KRUSE. *seven to be omitted

In: n/a

Out: n/a

Others Unavailable: 8. Massimo Murdocca (fractured leg - 3-4 months)

Gold Coast United Squad: 20.Scott HIGGINS (gk), 2.Steve PANTELIDIS, 3.Michael THWAITE, 4.Daniel PIORKOWSKI, 5.ROBSON, 6.Adam GRIFFITHS, 9.Shane SMELTZ, 10.Jason CULINA (c), 11.MILSON, 13.Bas VAN DEN BRINK, 14.Joel PORTER, 15.Tahj MINNIECON, 16.Kristian REES, 17.Matt OSMAN, 22.Adama TRAORE, 23.Steve FITZSIMMONS, 30.Jerrad TYSON (gk - yth). *two to be omitted

In: n/a Out: n/a

Others Unavailable: 8.JEFFERSON (knee injury - 3 months), 18.James BROWN (shin injury - 2 weeks), 1.Jess VANSTRATTAN (ankle injury - 2 weeks), 7.Zenon CARAVELLA (groin injury - 1 week)

Stats, Facts & Milestones The historic first-ever Queensland derby pits Gold Coast United coach Miron Bleiberg against his former team (Brisbane Roar) for just the second time in Hyundai A-League history. The first time a coach came up against his old club was in September 2008, when John Kosmina led Sydney FC to a 3-1 victory over his old club Adelaide United.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions n/a.

Newcastle Jets v Wellington Phoenix Sunday 9 August, 2009 EnergyAustralia Stadium, Newcastle Local kick-off 3.00pm Referee: Chris Beath

Live & exclusive broadcast on Fox Sports 3 and Sky Sports 1. Hyundai A-League club broadcast partner is 1233 ABC Newcastle, The Radio Network (Wellington) 1035AM. To purchase tickets visit

Newcastle Jets Squad: 1. Ben KENNEDY (gk), 2. Angelo COSTANZO, 3. Adam D-APUZZO, 5. Ljubo MILICEVIC, 7. Jin-Hyung SONG, 8. Matt THOMPSON (c), 9. Sasho PETROVSKI, 11. Tarek ELRICH, 13. Shaun ONTONG, 15. Sean ROONEY, 16. Jason HOFFMAN, 19. Jason NAIDOVSKI, 21. Brodie MOOY, 20. Neil YOUNG (gk), 22. Kaz PATAFTA

In: n/a

Out: n/a

Others Unavailable: 4. Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY (knee - 1 week), 6. Ben KANTAROVSKI (knee - 2 weeks), 10. Donny DE GROOT (knee - indefinite), 12. Jobe WHEELHOUSE (ankle - indefinite), 18. Marko JESIC (knee - indefinite)

Wellington Phoenix Squad: 1. Mark PASTON (gk), 2. Manny MUSCAT, 3. Tony LOCHHEAD, 4. Jon McKAIN, 5. DIEGO, 6. Tim BROWN, 7. Leo BERTOS, 8. Paul IFILL. 9. Chris GREENACRE, 10. Michael FERRANTE, 11. DANIEL, 13. Troy HEARFIELD, 16. David MULLIGAN. 17. Vince LIA, 18. Ben SIGMUND, 20. Reece CROWTHER (gk), 21. Marco ROJAS, 22. Andrew DURANTE (c), 23. Costa BARBAROUSES. *four to be omitted

In: n/a

Out: n/a

Others Unavailable: 15. Jason Hoffman (knee - season),18. Noel Spencer (ankle - season), 20. Ben Kennedy (ankle - season), 19. Jason Naidovski (knee - season), 24. Marko Jesic (knee - season), 29. Sean Rooney (hand - season).

Stats, Facts & Milestones Newcastle Jets- defender Adam D-Apuzzo is set to make his 50th Hyundai A-League appearance.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions All matches (played 6): Newcastle Jets wins 2, Wellington Phoenix wins 3 (1 draw). In Newcastle (played 3): Newcastle Jets wins 1, Wellington Phoenix wins 1 (1 draw)

Note: Match date and kick-off times are subject to change without notice.


It-s a big week for birthdays with six teams lighting the candles for their players

• Queensland teams will be helping cut the cake for five players with Brisbane Roar players Sergio Van Dijk turning 27 on Thursday and goalkeeper Liam Reddy turning 28 this Saturday; Jason Culina of Gold Coast United turns 29 on Wednesday; and North Queensland Fury-s Rob Middleby turns 34 this Sunday while Paul Kohler hits the 30 milestone. • Melbourne Victory-s Kevin Muscat is still ahead of the game at 36 and Matthew Kemp turns 29 on Saturday. • Shannon Cole of Sydney FC turns 25 and Newcastle Jets striker Mario Jesic leaves his teens turning 20 on Friday.