Brisbane Roar to win A-League this season

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    Forget last season’s grand final win, forget the dominant 2010-2011 side which came back from the jaws of defeat to clinch what many believe to be the greatest A-League grand final in its short history.

    Forget the unbeaten 36 game run, forget Ange Postecoglou, just forget the past two seasons of football; Brisbane Roar will win 2012-2013.

    Why?

    Because Brisbane Roar are from Brisbane! No disrespect to the other states and territories, but in Queensland there is this sense of Queenslander that lies even within the most unexpected of people.

    Michael Theo (formerly known as Theoklitos), is from Victoria and loves Brisbane, recently signing a five year contract and stating, “I know I’m from Melbourne but now we’re Queenslanders, we’ve loved it since day one and the club has been great to us.”

    Thomas Broich, the German, who in his early days was considered “bearer of hope” for the German National team, unfortunately incurred a foot injury which left him unavailable to play in the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.

    After this his football career was in limbo, with the pressure of representing his country and poor relationships with coaches eventually leading him to Brisbane Roar, where he would find his feet once again.

    And last but not least Besart Berisha, the energetic, hot-headed Albanian who lights up the park with his fearless running and consistent desire to score, score, score!

    Even he has found a home in Brisbane. In late February 2012, he signed an extended two year contract and in the process stated, “I’ve played at high level and at small level in Europe but the most I’ve ever enjoyed my football is here now in Brisbane so there’s no reason to change anything.

    “Everything around me – the team is amazing, the club is fantastic and professional, the staff as well… it’s just a pleasure to work here.”

    But Berisha really summed up the feeling of most at the club saying, “I really feel well – I’ve found friends, I’ve found people who really care for other people and especially the team, we really stick together and it’s really a pleasure to be here.”

    Under the tutelage of Ange Postecoglou, Brisbane Roar were transformed into the most dynamic, self-motivated, structured and influential football team Australian football has seen since the days of the National Soccer League.

    Prior to their dominance, Brisbane Roar possessed a team to win a premiership, though lacked self-discipline and consistency in their approach to football. The other aspect that affected their chances was the lack of trust, connection and respect between players and coach.

    One man who has been there since day dot, would wait quietly in the wings, bide his time and take the opportunity when it presented itself. Rado Vidosic, a man who knew football and would implement his tactical genius approach and think outside of the box.

    I could ramble on about how great the team has been over the past two seasons, but that is a whole other story in which I would detail each statistic in which they dominated, which is almost every statistic in the A-League, but I don’t need to.

    Without a doubt, Postecoglou’s time aided significantly the development of Vidosic, and while Postecoglou was at the helm, Brisbane developed their core philosophy for playing football.

    This consisted of respect, team unity, passion, a never say die attitude, fun and most of all focusing on how they played and not always the score board. Wouldn’t exactly call it simple but it covers what the game is all about!

    The current crop of players want to play for Brisbane, they want to stay in Brisbane and they want to create something memorable that in 20 years’ time, the A-League and teams within it will turn around and say they led the way in changing the way Australian football is viewed.

    Forgetting all past achievements, this is simply why Brisbane Roar will become the first team in Australian sport since the Brisbane Lions to win three grand finals in a row.

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    • October 24th 2012 @ 8:46am
      simon said | October 24th 2012 @ 8:46am | ! Report

      Brisbane roars recruitment of Journeymen and giving them a fantastic place to live, enjoy life and more importantly their football is spot on.

    • October 24th 2012 @ 9:12am
      Towser said | October 24th 2012 @ 9:12am | ! Report

      How could you argue with this article if your a Roar fan.
      Ange came saw conquered went ,we move on to the Rado years.
      Rado,there from the start like me & many other fans.
      Thank you Ange for your input but your heart lay elsewhere,whereas Rado is part of the Roar furniture found his place in the Brisbane sun.

    • October 24th 2012 @ 9:33am
      Tigranes said | October 24th 2012 @ 9:33am | ! Report

      And I reckon Berisha will again be the leagues top goal scorer this season!

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      October 24th 2012 @ 9:38am
      Fussball ist unser leben said | October 24th 2012 @ 9:38am | ! Report

      The trophy in Australian club football that I want to win every year is the League Title. The Grand Final – which is basically a knock-out Cup Competition for the top 6 teams – is, for me, a consolation prize for the team that isn’t able to be the best over an arduous 27-match season.

      So far, in the HAL, no team has managed to win back-to-back A-League titles. Will CCM manage it this year? I don’t think so.

      Can Brisbane win the Cup competition? We’ll have to wait until the end of March – form in October is no indication of how a team will perform in the knock-out cup in April the following year.

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        October 24th 2012 @ 9:59am
        Cameron Kellett said | October 24th 2012 @ 9:59am | ! Report

        With no disrespect to your comment above Fussball, but do you honestly believe what you wrote in regards to “The trophy in Australian club football that I want to win every year is the League Title?” In articles I have read prior, you have made it clear you are a follower of the AFL. Does this mean that Sydney Swans although finishing third, basically won a knockout competition? Does this mean that although Melbourne Storm finished second, that they too basically won a knockout competition?

        If this is the case all football seasons should end once the Premiers plate has been won. In Australia, and it is from the overall view of all Australian’s that the Grand Final is the spectacle of the season. Finishing first in the regular season just makes your chances of winning the Grand Final easier.

        I don’t know your background too much, but if you are of European decent or heritage then I can see why you feel this way, but from the majority of Australian’s view this is the major aspect of the season. A premiers plate that not ‘too’ many care for is not even spoken of.

        It would be like “Hey mate, Hawthorn won the premiers plate this season!” “Yeah mate, I don’t care, Swans won the Grand FInal.”

        Perhaps things might change with the future development of Football, and your view point isn’t wrong as pretty much every Footballing nation in the world follows this same system, but if you were to have the same conversation with a Victorian like the above example given, would you honestly get the same response?

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          October 24th 2012 @ 10:30am
          Fussball ist unser leben said | October 24th 2012 @ 10:30am | ! Report

          kellett_1992

          When I was an avid followed of AFL (for nearly 30 years), it’s true that the Grand Final winner is – without doubt considered the ONLY trophy worth winning (in fact, I don’t even know if they award a trophy to the team that is best over the H&A season?)

          But, in football, I’ve grown up with the concept of “Champions” being the team that finishes top of the ladder. When I played football at grassroots level in the 1980s (Amateur League, Provisional League) there were no GFs – just H&A season champions.

          I have no doubt things will change. I’m pretty sure the current end-of-season knock-out competition will be merged with a National Cup Competition & our H&A season will move to 36 rounds, with each team playing every opponent twice at home.

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            October 24th 2012 @ 10:39am
            Cameron Kellett said | October 24th 2012 @ 10:39am | ! Report

            I do agree that in Football terms the team who is top at the end of H&A is deserving, just wanted to point out the Australian perception, which I can see you understand.

            With the current 27 round season which along with most opinions is not long enough, It would be amazing to see a National Cup Competition and A-League H&A season move to a 36 round competition.

            As we would both agree though, the current structures and following in Australian football would not be able to support this system. Systematically it would be wonderful and would work, but financially it is not viable.

            I believe the best option is to build a membership base to support the clubs and aid them in becoming self sufficient. the exposure given to A-League clubs during off season helps dramatically but how would this go running into a storm of coming out of it. If media exposure continues, the right people are in the right jobs and fans speak with their voices these things could happen.

            I am still all for an A-League grand final, it is the most memorable experience in my life I have been too, and that has been the past two in Brisbane. If success and exposure is sustained over the next 5 year reported deal, then a larger deal can be created which then I believe a 30 round competition with a National Cup Competition and Finals series could be viable.

            Unfortunately we are stuck with a 27 Rounds of football, which still isn’t that bad, and a finals series.

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              October 24th 2012 @ 10:47am
              Fussball ist unser leben said | October 24th 2012 @ 10:47am | ! Report

              I, too, find the Grand Final to be a memorable experience – filled with emotion & drama that can only happen with a 90 minute “winner takes all” game.

              This is why I would have the finals series merge with the National Cup competition – the Top 4 teams enter Cup Competition later. Then the winner of the “Grand Final” will be crowned Cup Champions of Australia.

            • October 24th 2012 @ 11:37am
              Nathan of Perth said | October 24th 2012 @ 11:37am | ! Report

              The HAL Premiership would probably have greater validity if we had 1 round of full H&A or 2 rounds of full H&A, rather than the current 1.5 rounds

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              October 24th 2012 @ 11:43am
              AndyRoo said | October 24th 2012 @ 11:43am | ! Report

              I would want to see the Finals and Cup be totally separate events just because we need more football not less.

              I would like to see each A league team compete in their own State Federations cup, like Victoria was proposing for the Mirabella cup. Then all the winners could come together for a cup winners cup competition.
              That would mean a 2nd division Tasmanian team could theoretically become champions of Australia while only requiring interstate travel for 7 matches.
              Would be a good pre season hit out. I don’t think anything other than the final would attract national media interest but it would be absolutely fantastic on a local level and very inexpensive.

          • Roar Guru

            October 24th 2012 @ 11:03am
            dinoweb said | October 24th 2012 @ 11:03am | ! Report

            Fuss, as a football fan, I too highly value the League Title. The changes to the Final series format this season, while possibly making it more initeresting for fans, only devalues that part of the competition further in my eyes.

            All that said though, as a Brisbane fan, would I trade last years grand final win for the Premiers Plate? The excitement of being part of a 50k crowd, knowing that any mistake, or flash of brillinace could decide a trophy winner gives you something as a spectator that a top of the table finish can rarely do.

            Being witness to one of the most talked about sporting moments of the year, because it decided the outcome of the competition, provides a thrill that a week in, week out competition rarely provides.

            To be honest I love them both, and don’t want to decide which is more important.

            Would I trade one for the other? um…..

    • October 24th 2012 @ 9:52am
      jbinnie said | October 24th 2012 @ 9:52am | ! Report

      Fuss – Point taken about GF’s and League winners but there is a new yardstick to be considered and that is the Asian championship. So far Adelaide have done reasonably well ,defending like men possessed ,but until our reps. can match their opponents in all facets of the game the doubt still remains,as to asking is the standard of our football as high as many would have us believe.? That is the real question and to be honest the results from all levels of our international teams is starting to make the observant fan wonder what is going on. Even the purported chief pundit of Australia football ,one Les Murray, posed this same question just last week,a question many of us have been asking for the last 2 years at least.jb

      • Roar Guru

        October 24th 2012 @ 10:13am
        Cameron Kellett said | October 24th 2012 @ 10:13am | ! Report

        During Central Coast Mariners last Asian Champions League campaign, Central Coast were in the thick of the action and trying to qualify for a grand final, he pondered whether it was more important to win the Grand Final or win a match in the ACL. Here is what he said to back formulate arguments from Fuss, Jb and myself –

        “For me it’s more important to get into the last 16 of the ACL than win a grand final,” he said after the loss to Perth
        “The grand final is obviously the Australian way and it’s a beautiful way, but it’s cup football and totally different to what you do for 27 rounds. Our focus now is to get to the last 16 of the ACL.”

        http://aussiesoccerrules.com/2012/04/15/asian-champions-league-more-important-than-grand-final-says-graham-arnold/

        All of these aspects of Football are vital to showing the signs of stability and commitment which will look to build a core club following, then exposure into the Asian market for ACL is the next step. Australian’s not football followers though will believe the Grand Final is the most important aspect. Football followers will know that the Premiers plate is more highly regarded and a Champions League tests your club on an even more difficult stage.

        I believe the ACL will become a much larger experience and importance to fans when a championship is within their grasp. The Adelaide public noticed this when they made the Asian Champions League final last time.

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          October 24th 2012 @ 10:29am
          AndyRoo said | October 24th 2012 @ 10:29am | ! Report

          Nice sentiments about the ACL but I don’t think anyone would really trade a grand final appearance for a top 16 spot.

          It’s a huge occasion for the clubs involved and it’s great for the fan base. I am sure the players enjoy the occasion of playing in front of a big crowd in a do or die game than playing the away leg of an ACL tie out of sight and out of mind.

          I like the ACL but I think the potential is more attractive than the current reality.

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            October 24th 2012 @ 10:41am
            Cameron Kellett said | October 24th 2012 @ 10:41am | ! Report

            Completely agree AndyRoo, from an Australian’s perspective a Grand Final is much more sought after, the experience, the hype, the week leading up to it. There is just so much about it. I see where Graham Arnold is coming from, and I don’t know if you would agree or not, but if Sydney FC, Victory, Brisbane etc were to verse, lets say FC Tokyo in the Final of ACL, Media would jump all over it and knowing Australian’s, we would flock in numbers.

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              October 24th 2012 @ 11:38am
              AndyRoo said | October 24th 2012 @ 11:38am | ! Report

              I would be all over it if any A league team makes the ACL final but I watch a lot more of the ACL than most people.

              Personally ACL qualification is more important than making the Grand Final but I know I am a very very small niche of the fan base. ACL qualification means I get to watch the Roar play live 🙂

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          October 24th 2012 @ 1:45pm
          Griffo said | October 24th 2012 @ 1:45pm | ! Report

          In order to compete in the ACL, you must first qualify for it.

          If you don’t qualify by being Premieres, then you have to make the Grand Final or win it.

          It seems crazy to dismiss your own domestic competition for the ACL, but while competing in the 2012 edition the Mariners had already qualified for the 2013 edition by being A-League 7 Premiers.

          I wonder if the sentiments would be slightly different if Arnold had to make the Grand Final in order to qualify for the 2013 edition.

          J-League teams really have to decide if they concentrate on domestic or ACL glory.

          As some of our teams get structures and consistency in place, I wonder if they will have to make the same decisions as their Japanese counter-parts – sacrificing qualification for the next ACL edition in order to be competitive in the current one.

          While we struggle to consistently make the ACL Final, we will probably try and win both still, even if that is a taller mountain to climb.

    • October 24th 2012 @ 10:36am
      Towser said | October 24th 2012 @ 10:36am | ! Report

      Fuss mentions he regards the League title(Premiers) as the pinnacle,Kellet_192 states that the Grand Final winner is the title Aussies cherish. Might I suggest that both of you are wrong in declaring either better. Reason,one relies on European values other Australian, both overlook the part the competion jbinnie mentions the Asian Champions League trophy plays(BTW jbinnie I agree we fall short in that Comp presently).
      I was born & bred on English Football ,but it ‘s obvious in Australia that the Grand Final winner was the pinnacle whatever the sport.
      That is until we joined the AFC.
      Now we can have two bob each way. The Premiers get an automatic spot to a higher competition the ACL,which personally I find a more than valid reason to put that trophy on an equal status with winning the Grand Final.
      This changes the dynamics of how you regard all facets of the top tier of club football the A-League in Australia as opposed to state leagues downwards & other sports.

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        October 24th 2012 @ 10:47am
        Cameron Kellett said | October 24th 2012 @ 10:47am | ! Report

        Towser, I state Grand Finals are the Australian cherish, I don’t say they are my cherish although they are within my fondest of memories. In fact I agree with both statements, just wanted to point out the significance of an A League Grand Final. In fact, being a football follower, I know perfectly well that the Asian Champions League is a by far a greater test of endurance, team unity, structures implemented in Australian football compared to Japanese. This will definitely point out who’s competitions are greater. I only talk about the current A-League season in progress because the ACL for Australian teams is done and dusted until the next group stage rolls around.

        • October 24th 2012 @ 12:42pm
          Towser said | October 24th 2012 @ 12:42pm | ! Report

          Definitely significant Grand Finals,how can we forget the way the last two have ended for the Roar.
          You could argue that the endings of both matches wouldn’t have occurred except for being involved in a finals series.
          Roar best of both worlds recently.

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