Hyundai A-League Round 3 Squads Preview

All the team news as the Hyundai A-League celebrates its 5 millionth spectator through its gates in Round 3.

Hyundai A-League Round 3 Preview

It-s Round 3 of the Hyundai A-League already. Last week saw another milestone reached with Carlos Hernandez scoring the 1000th Hyundai A-League goal. This week crowd numbers will reach 5,000,000 for all-time Hyundai A-League attendance. To celebrate this milestone Football Federation Australia (FFA) is giving the 5,000,000th Hyundai A-league attendee tickets for 2 to catch the Qantas Socceroos take on Oman in their must-win AFC Asian Cup qualifier at Etihad Stadium on 14 October.

This is the Official Preview for the Hyundai A-League Round 3. Please note squads are subject to change.

Stats, Facts & Milestones

As a relatively new competition, building from the ground up, 5 million spectators in less than five years is a cause for celebration.

The 12,161st spectator to make it to match day in Round 3 is all it will take to record the 5,000,000th attendee to the Hyundai A-League. 4,987,839 fans have already attended a Hyundai A-League fixture to date and the 5,000,000 mark will be eclipsed this coming weekend.

With 34 goals in just 2 rounds, including another milestone with Carlos Hernandez scoring the Hyundai A-League-s 1000th goal, the Hyundai A-League will heat up even further in Round 3 with Perth Glory to host their first home match versus Newcastle Jets, Wellington Phoenix crossing the Tasman to face the Brisbane Roar, the Hyundai A-League's best credentialled team, Adelaide United, taking on league leaders Gold Coast United and Sydney heading to Gosford to face the Mariners.

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Weekend Matches

Adelaide United v Gold Coast United Friday 21 August, 2009 Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide Local kick-off 7.30pm ACDT (8.00pm AEST) Referee: Matthew Breeze

Live & exclusive broadcast on Fox Sports 1. Hyundai A-League club broadcast partner is 107.9 LIFE FM (Adelaide). To purchase tickets visit

Adelaide United Squad: 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), 2.Robert CORNTHWAITE, 3.ALEMAO, 4.Iain FYFE, 5.Daniel MULLEN, 6.CASSIO, 7.Lucas PANTELIS, 9.CRISTIANO, 10.Adam HUGHES, 11.Lloyd OWUSU, 13.Travis DODD (c), 14.Scott JAMIESON, 15.Francesco MONTEROSSO, 16.Inseob SHIN, 17.Michael MARRONE, 20.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), 23.Joe COSTA *two to be omitted

In: CASSIO (returns from illness), Daniel MULLEN (returns from injury), Lloyd OWUSU (promoted)

Out: 12.Paul REID (abductor - 3 weeks), 21.Mark RUDAN (omitted)

Others Unavailable: 8.Kristian SARKIES (calf - 3 weeks), 18.Fabian BARBIERO (groin - 1 week)

Gold Coast United Squad: 20.Scott HIGGINS (gk), 2. Steve PANTELIDIS, 3.Michael THWAITE, 4.Daniel PIORKOWSKI, 5.ROBSON, 7.Zenon CARAVELLA, 9.Shane SMELTZ, 10.Jason CULINA (c), 13.Bas VAN DEN BRINK, 14.Joel PORTER, 15.Tahj MINNIECON, 16.Kristian REES, 17.Matt OSMAN, 19.Andrew BARISIC, 22.Adama TRAORE, 23.Steve FITZSIMMONS, 24.ANDERSON, 40.Robbie BAJIC (gk) *three to be omitted

In: Robbie BAJIC (short-term contract), Daniel PIORKOWSKI (return from groin injury), ROBSON (return from groin injury), Andrew BARISIC (promoted)

Out: Jerrad TYSON (not selected)

Others Unavailable: JEFFERSON (knee injury - 9 weeks), James BROWN (shin injury - 1 week), Jess VANSTRATTAN (ankle injury - 4 weeks), Steve PANTELIDIS (suspended - 1 week)

Stats, Facts & Milestones Adelaide United hosts its 50th Hyundai A-League match, the first club to reach the half-century of home matches. In its 49 Hyundai A-League home matches to date, Adelaide have a formidable record of W26-D12-L11.

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

Central Coast Mariners v Sydney FC Saturday 22 August 2009 Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford Local Kick-off: 3.00pm Referee: Strebre Delovski

Live & exclusive broadcast on Fox Sports 3. Hyundai A-League club broadcast partner is Coast FM 96.3 (Gosford). To purchase tickets visit

Central Coast Mariners: 1.Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 4. Pedj BOJIC, 5. Brad PORTER, 6. David D'APUZZO, 7. John HUTCHINSON, 8. Dean HEFFERNAN, 9. Nik MRDJA, 11. Dylan MACALLISTER, 14. Michael MCGLINCHEY, 15. Andrew CLARK, 16. Nigel BOOGAARD, 18. Alex WILKINSON (c), 19. Matt SIMON, 20. Danny VUKOVIC (gk), 21. Ahmad ELRICH, 22. Nicky TRAVIS, 23. Adam KWASNIK *two to be omitted

In: Andrew Clark, David D'Apuzzo (promoted)

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: Chris Doig (Calf, 1 week), Shane Huke (Knee, 4-5 weeks)

Sydney FC Squad: 1. Clint BOLTON (gk), 3. Stephan KELLER, 4. Simon COLOSIMO, 5. Mitchell PRENTICE, 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, 23. Rhyan GRANT. *three to be omitted

In: 5. Mitchell PRENTICE (promoted), 8. Stuart MUSIALIK (promoted), 23. Rhyan GRANT (promoted)

Out: Nil

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

Stats, Facts & Milestones With 48 goals scored in 13 previous Hyundai A-League matches to date, the Central Coast Mariners and Sydney FC could be the first fixture pairing to have 50 goals scored between them Central Coast Mariners and Sydney FC played out the highest-scoring Hyundai A-League game to date, Sydney getting up 5-4 at Bluetongue Stadium in Round 15, 2007/08.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD in all official competitions All matches (played 13); Central Coast Mariners FC 4 wins, Sydney FC 6 wins (3 draws) At Bluetongue (played 6); Central Coast Mariners FC 2 wins, Sydney FC 3 wins (1 draw)

North Queensland Fury v Melbourne Victory Saturday 22 August, 2009 Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville Local kick-off 5.00pm Referee: Peter Green

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

North Queensland Fury Squad: 1. Paul HENDERSON (gk), 2. Robbie MIDDLEBY, 3. Chris TADROSSE, 6. Ufuk TALAY, 8. Shane STEFANUTTO, 9. Robbie FOWLER (c), 11. David WILLIAMS, 16.Paul KOHLER, 18. James ROBINSON, 19. Daniel MCBREEN, 20. Justin PASFIELD (gk), 21. John TAMBOURAS, 22. Karl DODD, 23. Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 24. Dyron DAAL


Out: Beau BUSCH, Jack HINGERT, Kojiro KAIMOTO (all omitted), Jason SPAGNUOLO (hamstring - 2 weeks)

Others Unavailable: Scott WILSON (foot - 6 weeks), Jacob TIMPANO (hamstring - 6 weeks), Jeremy BROCKIE (quadriceps - 4 weeks), Osama MALIK (thigh - 1 week)

Melbourne Victory: 1.Mitchell LANGERAK (gk), 4.Steven PACE, 5.Surat SUKHA, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Matthew KEMP, 8.Grant BREBNER, 9.Danny ALLSOPP, 10.Archie THOMPSON, 11.NEY FABIANO, 12.Rodrigo VARGAS (c), 14.Billy CELESKI, 15.Tom PONDELJAK, 16.Carlos HERNANDEZ, 17.Matthew FOSCHINI, 19.Evan BERGER, 20.Glen MOSS (gk), 22.Nick WARD *two to be omitted

In: Steven PACE (promoted), Matthew FOSCHINI (promoted)

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: Kevin MUSCAT (hamstring - 3-5 weeks)

Stats, Facts & Milestones After losing their first two matches, North Queensland Fury will be striving to avoid the record of longest losing start for a new club: never before has a team lost its first three matches in the Hyundai A-League

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

Brisbane Roar v Wellington Phoenix Sunday, 23 August 2009 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Local kick-off: 3.00pm AEST (5.00pm NZST) Referee: Chris Beath

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

Brisbane Roar Squad: 1. Liam REDDY (gk), 3. Luke DEVERE, 4. Craig MOORE (c), 6. David DODD, 7. Michael ZULLO, 9. Sergio VAN DIJK, 10. Charlie MILLER, 12. Matt MUNDY, 13. HENRIQUE, 15. Matt McKAY, 16. Bob MALCOLM, 17. Mitch NICHOLS, 18. Danny TIATTO, 20. Griffin McMASTER (gk), 21. Tommy OAR, 24. Robbie KRUSE. *one to be omitted

In: Tommy OAR (promoted)

Out: Josh McCLOUGHAN (groin - 2 weeks)

Others Unavailable: Massimo Murdocca (fractured leg - 3-4 months), Andrew PACKER (adductor - 2-3 months),

Wellington Phoenix Squad: 1. Mark PASTON (gk), 2. Manny MUSCAT, 3. Tony LOCHHEAD, 4. Jon McKAIN, 5. DIEGO, 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. *three to be omitted

In: David MULLIGAN (promoted), Marco ROJAS (promoted), Costa BARBAROUSES (promoted)

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: Tim BROWN (groin - 1 week), Jiang CHEN (visa)

Stats, Facts & Milestones Brisbane Roar will be aiming to put a halt to an unwanted all-time Hyundai A-League record, having conceded in their previous 12 matches at home. The last time the Roar kept a team scoreless at Suncorp Stadium was on February 8, 2008 (Brisbane Roar 2-0 Sydney FC)

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions All matches (played 6): Brisbane Roar FC 4 wins, Wellington Phoenix FC 0 wins (2 draws) In Brisbane (played 3): Brisbane Roar FC 3 wins, Wellington Phoenix FC 0 wins

Perth Glory v Newcastle Jets Sunday 23 August, 2009 Members Equity Stadium, Perth Local kick-off 3.00pm AWST (5.00pm AEST) Referee: Craig Zetter

Live & exclusive broadcast on Fox Sports 3. Hyundai A-League club broadcast partner is 6PR 882 AM (Perth). To purchase tickets visit

Perth Glory Squad: 1.Tando VELAPHI (gk), 4.Andy TODD, 6.Chris COYNE, 7.Jacob BURNS (c), 8.Victor SIKORA, 10.Wayne SRHOJ, 11.Branko JELIC, 12.Scott NEVILLE, 13.Scott BULLOCH, 14.Eugene DADI, 16.Adriano PELLEGRINO, 17.Todd HOWARTH, 19.Naum SEKULOVSKI, 20.Aleks VRTESKI (gk), 21.Mile STERJOVSKI, 23.Andrija JUKIC, 24.Matthew MAYORA *two to be omitted

In: Scott BULLOCH (return from injury), Eugene DADI (promoted)

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: Jamie COYNE (knee - 3 weeks), Jimmy DOWNEY (knee - 5 weeks), Jamie HARNWELL (hamstring - 1 week), Anthony SKORICH (hip - 6 weeks)

Newcastle Jets Squad: 1.Ben KENNEDY (gk), 2. Angelo COSTANZO, 3. Adam D-APUZZO, 4. Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, 5. Ljubo MILICEVIC, 6. Ben KANTAROVSKI, 7. Jin-Hyung SONG, 8. Matt THOMPSON (c), 9. Sasho PETROVSKI, 11. Tarek ELRICH, 15. Sean ROONEY, 16. Jason HOFFMAN, 17. Fabio VIGNAROLI, 19. Jason NAIDOVSKI, 20. Neil YOUNG (gk), 24. Chris TRIANTIS *one to be omitted


Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: Donny DE GROOT (knee - indefinite), Jobe WHEELHOUSE (ankle - 4 weeks), Shaun ONTONG (groin - 1 week), Marko JESIC (knee - indefinite), Kaz PATAFTA (back - indefinite)

Stats, Facts & Milestones Newcastle Jets will be aiming to avoid a club record winless streak of ten away matches

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions All matches (played 12): Perth Glory FC 5 wins, Newcastle Jets FC 3 wins (4 draws) In Perth (played 6): Perth Glory FC 1 win, Newcastle Jets FC 1 win (4 draws)

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

• This week best birthday wishes go out to Gold Coast United-s Steve Pantelidis who turns 26 on Monday, August 17 • Newcastle Jets Captain Matthew Thompson turns 27 the following day, Tuesday, August 18 • Eugene Dadi of Perth Glory turns 36 on Thursday August 20 • Sydney FC-s Clint Bolton hopes to celebrate his 34th birthday with a win on Saturday August 22 • And Mitchell Langerak of the Melbourne Victory may have to postpone his 21st birthday celebrations until he returns from his trip away to Townsville to face North Queensland Fury on Saturday, August 22