Dear Roar fans: Stop complaining, and show up tonight

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    If Brisbane Roar fans are so upset about the sudden exit of Thomas Broich, they should pack Suncorp Stadium tonight to show it.

    Broich’s impending departure after seven trophy-laden seasons in the Queensland capital is certainly worth reflecting on.

    The German playmaker is by far the best foreign import to have ever graced the A-League.

    And it’s not just the trophies – three championships, two Johnny Warren medals among them – that made Broich the most important A-League signing to date.

    It’s the fact he gave fans in Australia something we all crave – a genuine glimpse of the beautiful game.

    But for all Broich’s undoubted impact – and the outpouring of emotion following Tuesday’s shock announcement underscores just how beloved the German is – he’s not bigger than the club.

    Brisbane Roar may have felt blindsided by Broich’s decision to reveal his plans to The Courier Mail’s resident football journo Marco Monteverde, but they still have a business to run.

    And a key part of that business is ensuring they boast a competitive squad that fits under the salary cap next season.

    If a 36-year-old with limited minutes left in his legs no longer fits into those plans, so be it.

    Yet so much of the emotion around Broich’s decision is misplaced.

    Instead of complaining about the club’s handling of events, petitioning for statues to be unveiled or calling for the salary cap to be scrapped, Brisbane Roar fans would be better off rallying the troops and turning out en masse tonight.

    Want to honour Broich? Get 50,000 to his final A-League game in Brisbane.

    That won’t happen, though, because to do so would require more effort than sitting behind a computer and simply venting one’s spleen.

    Thomas Broich celebrates a goal for the Roar

    More’s the pity, because both of this weekend’s elimination finals should be cracking games.

    Football Federation Australia may be hoping for a couple of derbies in the semi-finals, but if John Aloisi and Kenny Lowe are worth their salt, they’ll be using that very idea as extra motivation.

    There’s no real reason why the Roar shouldn’t beat Western Sydney Wanderers at home – they beat them once and drew once at Suncorp Stadium during the regular season – and they’ve got as much finals experience as any club.

    You can’t quite say the same for Perth Glory – who are yet to add to their two National Soccer League titles – but the Western Australian outfit should be equally determined to see off Melbourne City at AAMI Park on Sunday evening.

    Many thought City would be a legitimate title contender this season, but things haven’t quite clicked for Michael Valkanis’ star-studded side.

    And if Perth Glory have any sense – and this is a club that wears its ‘West versus the rest’ mentality on its sleeve – they’ll relish going into Sunday’s clash as underdogs.

    Glory could well upset the applecart against a City side already smarting from its inability to finish the league campaign in the top three.

    You can watch delayed coverage of the game on SBS’ Viceland from 7.30pm on Sunday night – and judging by media reports, we’ll be watching more A-League on a public broadcaster for the foreseeable future.

    According to the Australian Financial Review, not one of the nation’s three commercial networks put in a bid for free-to-air broadcast rights.

    That’s a remarkable statistic, given that for months it has been whispered around the game that the A-League would end up on Channel Ten.

    No doubt it was football’s wasted potential that prompted the Sydney Morning Herald’s resident sporting snob Peter FitzSimons to pen a satirical take on Sydney FC this week.

    It was nice of FitzSimons to take some time out from his Old Boys’ reunions to proffer his thoughts on our humble little league, but he’s right to suggest the A-League should be getting bigger crowds.

    We should start tonight. After all, if anyone deserves a decent send-off, it’s Broich.

    Mike Tuckerman
    Mike Tuckerman

    Mike Tuckerman is a Sydney-born journalist and lifelong football fan. After lengthy stints watching the beautiful game in Germany and Japan, he settled in Brisbane, and has been a leading Roar football columnist from December 2008.

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    • April 21st 2017 @ 8:18am
      KJ said | April 21st 2017 @ 8:18am | ! Report

      My feelings about the Broich issue exactly. For those saying it’s easy to keep him and it’s all the clubs fault miss the fact that the salary cap is quite low and if you pay for sentimentality in the A-League, you’ll likely pay for it in the ladder position.

      By all accounts, BNR were wanting to wait until after the season and all the finances were known before offering Broich a contract. By all accounts they were very open with this. If Broich decides not to wait, I’m saddened but he also needs to look after himself.

      My biggest issue is that the club seems to have muffed the PR.

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        April 21st 2017 @ 11:18am
        Mike Tuckerman said | April 21st 2017 @ 11:18am | ! Report

        “My biggest issue is that the club seems to have muffed the PR.”

        I think they were caught off-guard by the timing. Once it’s out there, it’s out there… I guess.

        Even the fact finals games are administered by Football Federation Australia makes it harder to sell tickets off the back of Broich’s announcement than it should be.

    • April 21st 2017 @ 8:18am
      Whiskeymac said | April 21st 2017 @ 8:18am | ! Report

      Have to agree mike. Broich has been great and has helped grow the club. It wld be sad if fans cut off their nose to spite their face regarding attendance.
      No fta other than abc? What a mess. Other reports suggest it’s not true but at the same time there’s no announcement declaring the partner.
      Peter Fitz: his article was smug and strained but does hold some truth.. sfc have underwhelmed despite winning. What does ffa and sfc do for marketing? ADP was years ago now…

    • April 21st 2017 @ 8:31am
      RBBAnonymous said | April 21st 2017 @ 8:31am | ! Report

      You raise many valid points Mike. Yes the Brisbane faithful should turn up in numbers out of respect for Thomas. The Brisbane Roar have handled this whole situation with Broich extremely poorly. In all honesty while he isn’t the same player he once was, he is still better than 75-80% of players playing in the league including players at the Roar. I think it’s a short sighted decision by Brisbane because you lose so much more than just a football player. From my understanding Brisbane didn’t even consider going into any contract negotiations with Thomas. I find that staggering if true. They should have been a little bit more upfront and honest at the start and all this could have been avoided. I think Thomas deserved that.

      I read Peter Fitzsimmons piece on SFC and their crowd numbers. Even though it was a sarcastic piece I thought it was absolutely ridiculous. He loves a good football, errr, I mean sockah bash.

      Lastly the football rights for the FTA component is nothing short of a disaster. The FFA are not even close to getting the amount they want let alone getting it on one of the 3 big networks. Simply not good enough and is now becoming common place with how the FFA has been performing.

      • April 21st 2017 @ 10:26am
        Waz said | April 21st 2017 @ 10:26am | ! Report

        “From my understanding Brisbane didn’t even consider going into any contract negotiations with Thomas” …. incorrect. Roar said to wait until the winter before they open contract negotiations when they’ll know what position they are in and what players they’re likely to sign. Broich made the call not to wait. Fair enough, but it’s his call – was his exclusive interview with the Mail against the clubs wishes an attempt to force Roars hand or just an honest addition all good things come to an end?

        • April 21st 2017 @ 11:14am
          KJ said | April 21st 2017 @ 11:14am | ! Report

          Precisely my understanding which is why I think FFA restrictions and PR are the biggest failures in this whole debacle.

        • April 21st 2017 @ 11:46am
          Realist said | April 21st 2017 @ 11:46am | ! Report

          Strange that Roar would wait until winter before negotiations with Broich, but resigned North and McKay during the season. Out of those 3, I know who I would prefer to see in orange next season.

          • April 21st 2017 @ 1:24pm
            BES said | April 21st 2017 @ 1:24pm | ! Report

            correct question Realist – absolute bollocks that the club could not have said “Tom – you will have a place in our team – count on it. Lets get to the exact dollars and cents once we have all the numbers”

            Thats all that need to be said.

        • April 21st 2017 @ 12:07pm
          RBBAnonymous said | April 21st 2017 @ 12:07pm | ! Report

          Incorrect, my understanding was it was the other way around. Broich originally said he was retiring and that he changed his mind. Once he changed his mind he let Brisbane roar know that he would stand aside until they had a better idea of their recruitment needs, It seems like he knows now, they dont want him.

          • April 21st 2017 @ 1:43pm
            Waz said | April 21st 2017 @ 1:43pm | ! Report

            Well, that’s how Broich described it. So it’s correct from his perspective

          • April 21st 2017 @ 3:00pm
            Ian said | April 21st 2017 @ 3:00pm | ! Report

            No, I don’t think he ever confirmed he WAS retiring.

    • April 21st 2017 @ 9:00am
      AR said | April 21st 2017 @ 9:00am | ! Report

      “According to the Australian Financial Review, not one of the nation’s three commercial networks put in a bid for free-to-air broadcast rights.”

      After all the talk and setting of a “deadline”, its a fairly embarrassing outcome for the FFA.

      Now, the FFA is doing what it does best: extending its own deadline, saying very little publicly, and scrambling behind the scenes to try and stitch up *something* with the Big 3.

      I too was surprised that not even the Foxtel-owned Network Ten submitted a bid, but reports from yesterday suggest that Network Ten is on the brink of financial collapse.

      • April 21st 2017 @ 10:58am
        pauly said | April 21st 2017 @ 10:58am | ! Report

        I don’t think there’s a lot of money in commercial FTA television anymore. Given that 7 and 9 have effectively blown their wads on AFL and NRL and 9 is set to blow more on cricket, I think us football fans will have to settle for public broadcasting and pay-TV for the medium term.

        They could also be bold and sell the rights to Youtube but boldness and FFA don’t go in the same sentence.

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        April 24th 2017 @ 3:30am
        Martyn50 said | April 24th 2017 @ 3:30am | ! Report

        Channel 10 have been on the verge of financial closer for over 10 years, so not an excuse at all. What needs to be looked at is, ” Does the product, or A League, in this case have something that FTA stations can make a dollar from?’ Hard to sell a product to advertisers with grounds that are only 20% full for the regular season in 95% of games. The final on Friday evening, 33% full. Only 9,000 at the other semi final today.

    • April 21st 2017 @ 9:16am
      Nemesis said | April 21st 2017 @ 9:16am | ! Report

      “Dear Roar fans: Stop complaining, and show up tonight”

      A statement that should be repeated every day during the A-League season.

      To Thomas Broich, as an A-League fan – albeit one who has little affection for anything from Queensland – I would like to say “thanks for all you’ve done for the A-League”. Shame we won’t get to see you in Melbourne again, unless you move to CCM or Jets.

      • April 21st 2017 @ 9:19am
        KJ said | April 21st 2017 @ 9:19am | ! Report

        Nemesis, if Brisbane win tonight, will be not be in Melbourne Sunday week?

        • April 21st 2017 @ 9:29am
          Nemesis said | April 21st 2017 @ 9:29am | ! Report

          Hence, I made the comment I made.

          • April 21st 2017 @ 12:38pm
            Lionheart said | April 21st 2017 @ 12:38pm | ! Report

            little affection for anything from Queensland
            a bit flash from a supporter whose club has picked up quite a few players from Qld, and whose coach has said he loves to recruit them because they’re winners

          • Roar Guru

            April 22nd 2017 @ 12:38am
            Cameron Kellett said | April 22nd 2017 @ 12:38am | ! Report

            Hey Nemesis.

    • April 21st 2017 @ 9:32am
      Ian said | April 21st 2017 @ 9:32am | ! Report

      Well I’m doing both of course. No one knows for sure what happened behind the scenes and no doubt there is half truths being thrown around…….most likely not by Thomas.

      Anyway……we will be there. Have our new neighbours from Spain coming with us to attend their first Roar game. Hopefully it’s a cracker.

      Remember to clap at the 22nd minute.

      • April 21st 2017 @ 10:26am
        Cool and Cold said | April 21st 2017 @ 10:26am | ! Report

        Good idea.

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