Hyundai A-League Round 4 Preview & Squads

All the team news for Round 4 of the Hyundai A-League

With the end of August already looming Round 4 of Hyundai A-League 2009/10 is set to kick-off this Friday night when new boys North Queensland Fury travel to Hindmarsh Stadium to take on Adelaide United and head coach Aurelio Vidmar set to make it 50 Hyundai A-League matches in charge at the club.

Can North Queensland Fury get their first points for the year? Can Brisbane Roar turn their attacking form into goals against an unbeaten Central Coast Mariners and will Newcastle Jets be the first Hyundai A-League team to topple Gold Coast United when the Culina-s, Branko and Jason, go head-to-head for only the second time ever at national league level?

This is the Official Preview for the Hyundai A-League Round 4. Please note squads are subject to change.

Stats, Facts & Milestones

Round 3 saw the Hyundai A-League-s 5 millionth fan enter the turnstiles. Congratulations to Kate Sullivan of Salisbury Heights who won a trip for two to see the Qantas Socceroos take on Oman in their ‘do or die- AFC Asian Cup qualifier at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne on 14 October.

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Weekend Matches

Adelaide United v North Queensland Fury Friday 28 August, 2009 Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide Local kick-off 7.30pm ACDT (8.00pm AEST) Referee: Peter Green

Live & exclusive broadcast on Fox Sports 3. 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, 7.Lucas PANTELIS (c), 9.CRISTIANO, 10.Adam HUGHES, 11.Lloyd OWUSU, 12. Paul REID, 14.Scott JAMIESON, 15.Francesco MONTEROSSO, 16.Inseob SHIN, 17.Michael MARRONE, 20.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), 21. Mark RUDAN, 23. Joe COSTA *two to be omitted

In: Paul REID (returns from injury), Mark RUDAN (promoted)

Out: Fabian BARBIERO (calf - 1 week), Travis DODD (calf - 1 week)

Others Unavailable: Fabian BARBIERO (calf - 2 weeks), Travis DODD (calf - 2 weeks), Cassio (calf - 4 weeks), Kristian SARKIES (calf - indefinite)

North Queensland Fury Squad: 1. Paul HENDERSON (gk), 2. Robbie MIDDLEBY, 3. Chris Tadrosse, 6. Ufuk Talay, 8. Shane STEFANUTTO, 9. Robbie FOWLER (c), 14. Chris GROSSMAN, 15. Fred AGIUS, 16.Paul KOHLER, 18. James ROBINSON, 19. Daniel MCBREEN, 20. Justin PASFIELD (gk), 22. Karl DODD, 23. Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 24. Dyron DAAL


Out: John TAMBOURAS, David WILLIAMS (thigh - 1 week)

Others Unavailable: Scott Wilson (foot - 4 weeks), Jacob Timpano (hamstring - indefinite), Jeremy Brockie (quadriceps - indefinite), Osama Malik (thigh - 1 week), Jason Spagnuolo (hamstring - 1 week)

Stats, Facts & Milestones This will be the 50th Hyundai A-League match coached by Adelaide United coach Aurelio Vidmar. Since taking on the role in 2007, Vidmar's Win-Draw-Loss record stands at W19-D13-L17, and includes a AFC Champions League Final (2008) and Hyundai A-League Grand Final (2009)

Adelaide United goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic is set to make his 100th appearance at national league level

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

Perth Glory v Melbourne Victory Friday 28 August 2009 ME Bank Stadium, Perth Local Kick-off: 8.00pm AWST (10.00pm AEST) Referee: Chris Beath

Live & exclusive broadcast on Fox Sports 3. Hyundai A-League club broadcast partner is 6PR 882AM (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, 25.AMARAL *three to be omitted

In: Scott BULLOCH (promoted), Eugene DADI (promoted), AMARAL (promoted - guest player)

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: Jamie COYNE (knee - 2 weeks), Jimmy DOWNEY (knee - 4 weeks), Jamie HARNWELL (hamstring - 1 week), Anthony SKORICH (hip - 5 weeks)

Melbourne Victory: 1.Mitchell LANGERAK (gk), 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, 20.Glen MOSS (gk), 22.Nick WARD

In: Matthew FOSCHINI (promoted)

Out: Evan BERGER (groin - 2 weeks)

Others Unavailable: Kevin MUSCAT (hamstring - 2 weeks)

Stats, Facts & Milestones Melbourne Victory goalkeeper Glen Moss is set to make his 50th appearance at national league level. Moss' national league career has so far included stints at Sydney Olympic (3 appearances), New Zealand Knights (9), Dinamo Bucharest (Romania - 1 appearance), Wellington Phoenix (33) and Melbourne Victory (3 so far)

Meanwhile, Victory's Nick Ward is due to make his 50th appearance in Australian national leagues. Before joining the Melbourne Victory Ward made 23 national league appearances for Perth Glory

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD in all official competitions All matches (played 12); Perth Glory wins 4, Melbourne Victory wins 4, Drawn 4 At ME Bank (played 6); Perth Glory wins 4, Melbourne Victory wins 1, Drawn 1

Brisbane Roar v Central Coast Mariners Saturday 29 August, 2009 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Local kick-off 3.00pm Referee: Ben Williams

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

Brisbane Roar Squad: 1. Liam REDDY (gk), 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, 15. Matt McKAY, 16. Bob MALCOLM, 17. Mitch NICHOLS, 18. Danny TIATTO, 20. Griffin McMASTER (gk), 24. Robbie KRUSE. *two to be omitted

In: Josh McCLOUGHAN (returns from injury), REINALDO (promoted)

Out: Tommy OAR (suspended - 1 week)

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

Central Coast Mariners: 1. Andrew REDMAYNE, 4. Pedj BOJIC, 5. Brad PORTER, 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, 21. Ahmad ELRICH, 22. Nicky TRAVIS, 23. Adam KWASNIK *one to be omitted

In: Andrew CLARK (promoted)

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: Chris DOIG (calf - 2 weeks), Shane HUKE (knee - 4 weeks), Adrian CACERES (hamstring - 1 week)

Stats, Facts & Milestones Brisbane Roar will be aiming to continue their club record of scoring in the most consecutive home matches, having scored at least one goal in the past eight matches at Suncorp Stadium. The last time Roar was kept scoreless at Suncorp Stadium was on 8 November 2008 (Brisbane Roar 0 - 1 Melbourne Victory)

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions All matches (played 14): Brisbane Roar wins 6, Central Coast Mariners wins 2, Drawn 6 In Brisbane (played 7): Brisbane Roar FC 2 wins, Central Coast Mariners FC 2 wins, Drawn 3

Newcastle Jets v Gold Coast United Sunday, 30 August 2009 EnergyAustralia Stadium, Newcastle Local kick-off: 3.00pm AEST Referee: Matthew Breeze

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

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, 10. Donny DE GROOT, 11. Tarek ELRICH, 13. Shaun ONTONG, 15. Sean ROONEY, 16. Jason HOFFMAN, 17. Fabio VIGNAROLI, 19. Jason NAIDOVSKI, 20. Neil YOUNG (gk), 22. Kaz PATAFTA, 24. Chris TRIANTIS *four to be omitted

In: Angelo COSTANZO (promoted), Donny DE GROOT (promoted), Kaz PATAFTA (promoted), Chris TRIANTIS (promoted)

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: Jobe WHEELHOUSE (ankle - 3 weeks), Marko JESIC (knee - indefinite)

Gold Coast United Squad: 20.Scott HIGGINS (gk), 3.Michael THWAITE, 4.Daniel PIORKOWSKI, 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, 22.Adama TRAORE, 23.Steve FITZSIMMONS, 24.ANDERSON, 40.Robbie BAJIC

In: Daniel PIORKOWSKI (promoted)

Out: Steve PANTELIDIS (suspended - 1 week)

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

Stats, Facts & Milestones The Culina's reunite on the football pitch - but this time with dad, Branko, coaching Newcastle Jets and son, Jason, as the marquee player for the undefeated Gold Coast United.

Newcastle Jets defender Angelo Costanzo is set to make his 300th appearance at national league level. Before joining the Jets in 2009, Costanzo played at Adelaide City (133 national league appearances), Marconi (90) and Adelaide United (73)

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

Sydney FC v Wellington Phoenix Sunday 30 August, 2009 Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney Local kick-off 5.00pm AEST (7.00pm NZST) Referee: Strebre Delovski

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

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, 18. Adam CASEY, 19. Mark BRIDGE, 20. Ivan NECEVSKI (gk), 22. Sung Hwan BYUN, 23. Rhyan GRANT. *four to be omitted

In: Mitchell PRENTICE (promoted), Stuart MUSIALIK (promoted), Adam CASEY (promoted), Rhyan GRANT (promoted)

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: 2. Sebastian RYALL (suspended - 1 week)

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, 12. Jiang CHEN, 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 *five to be omitted

In: Tim BROWN (return from injury), Jiang CHEN (promoted), David MULLIGAN (promoted), Marco ROJAS (promoted), Costa BARBAROUSES (promoted)

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: Nil

Stats, Facts & Milestones Having won their previous three home matches, Sydney FC is aiming to equal its all-time Hyundai A-League record of four consecutive home wins. Sydney FC has not won four matches in a row since 2006

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions All matches (played 6): Sydney FC wins 2, Wellington Phoenix wins 3, Drawn 1 In Sydney (played 3): Sydney FC wins 1, Wellington Phoenix wins 2

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


• It-s the quality not the quantity this week in the Hyundai A-League birthday callout with Andrew Clark of the Central Coast Mariners turning 35 today, 24 August • Also this week Adelaide United-s Mark Rudan turns 34 on Thursday 27 August