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Bigger than the Roar: Thomas Broich should not be leaving Brisbane

Adam Daunt Roar Pro

By Adam Daunt, Adam Daunt is a Roar Pro

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    Thomas Broich never wanted to be anyone else but due to his chosen career, that’s exactly what he was.

    In football, even sport in general, we make these common comparisons which go as follows:

    (Insert up and coming player) is exactly like (insert current star or past player).

    Paulo Dybala is the next Leo Messi, Tommy Oar is the next Harry Kewell… the examples are endless.

    The comparisons, personally, are lazy and unimaginative on our part. They deny us the opportunity to see a player for what they are and confide them to a box made from our own perception and biases.

    Thomas Broich was hit with the comparisons early in his career. Along with Lukas Podolski and Bastian Schweinsteiger, Broich was meant to be Germany football’s next big thing.

    In the eyes of some, Thomas Broich never delivered on being the next anything. He was the quintessential football journeyman, frequently moving clubs in Germany with a pattern of clashing with coaches.

    In 2010, Broich, on the verge of quitting football for good, took a gamble on a fledgeling league with a team who were on the rise.

    That team was Brisbane Roar and the rest, as they say, is history.

    As of next season, Broich will no longer be adorned in the orange of Brisbane Roar. A partnership which has spanned three championships, two premierships, two Johnny Warren Medals and two Gary Wilkins medals has ended.

    And it leaves an extremely sour taste.

    Brisbane Roar player Thomas Broich

    Broich has built an impressive resume in the A-League by anyone standards. He is often described as the best foreigner to grace the A-League and will undoubtedly be one of the best to play in Australia.

    When Brisbane Roar were so profusely dominant, Broich was the keystone of their success, often leading the assist charts in silverware-laden years. In a way, Broich’s free-spirited style is symbolic of the Roar side at the time. All the great moments of Brisbane’s success are in some way linked back to the German playmaker

    Argue if you want about the limiting salary cap or the restrictive marquee spots, those arguments in this context deal in hypotheticals and will always pose more questions than answers.

    Modern sport is clouded with clichés about how the team is greater than one individual or how an individual, regardless of their standing, can always be covered and their loss will not be felt. Some players are greater than the club, their achievements entitle them to this very privileged position.

    Thomas Broich is bigger than Brisbane Roar. His achievements have earned him this right – his legacy should have remained intact as a Brisbane Roar icon. Now that legacy is blemished due to poor decision making and Brisbane being unable to see what they had.

    Brisbane should have kept Broich, whatever the cost. In all likelihood, the cost would have been one more contract spanning next season. Is that too large a price to pay to preserve an immortal’s legacy?

    Thomas Broich never was like anyone else and someone should have realised that.

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    • April 20th 2017 @ 4:22am
      RBBAnonymous said | April 20th 2017 @ 4:22am | ! Report

      I am not going to get sentimental about a player because no player is bigger than the club. The only question you should be asking is if he is still good enough to be playing for the Roar next year. The majority of people would answer yes. Even at 36 years of age and being a 45-60 min player, he is still better than 75% of the players playing in the A-league. Furthermore not only do you lose a fantastic player, you lose a lot of goodwill from fans and you lose a leader and coach on the field.

      • April 20th 2017 @ 9:08am
        Chopper said | April 20th 2017 @ 9:08am | ! Report

        The goodwill that Brisbane Roar are losing will be counted in a lot more dollars than the amount of money needed to keep him. Broich has put bums on seats at Suncorp because of the way he brings other players into play. The skill that he possesses in nurturing other talent, in staying calm when others are panicking and displaying professionalism and class that the younger players can aspire to, does not deserve to be pushed aside.

        You may not have noticed RBBAnonymous that Broich has played a lot of 90 minute games lately whilst the “marquees” of next season have struggled to last a full game. True he is not as fast as he once was but the skill and guile are still there.

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          April 20th 2017 @ 10:47am
          Adam Daunt said | April 20th 2017 @ 10:47am | ! Report

          Couldn’t agree more Chopper, well said.

    • April 20th 2017 @ 7:42am
      TK said | April 20th 2017 @ 7:42am | ! Report

      Clearly there is no money at BR either that or we are paying some average contributors way too much.

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        April 20th 2017 @ 10:45am
        Adam Daunt said | April 20th 2017 @ 10:45am | ! Report

        I think Broich leaving wouldn’t be so confounding, if the likes of Tommy Oar and Brett Holman weren’t on marquee wages next season. Personally, Broich is worth more and neither of Oar or Holman have done anything this season too justify it.

        Added to it is Jamie Maclaren possibly leaving despite wanting to stay on Marquee wages, I think the wrong choices have been made. Two average contributors are staying and a club legend and star striker are leaving.

      • April 20th 2017 @ 3:56pm
        j binnie said | April 20th 2017 @ 3:56pm | ! Report

        TK – That is a very, very, shrewd observation,
        Chopper above has also pointed out some very valid issues and could even go further and ask ,does Thomas have to play in a left wing role ,or could he work his magic elsewhere on the field???. This is a question that has been evident all season and yet nothing different has been tried. Ever wonder why???? Cheers jb

        • April 21st 2017 @ 12:46am
          bennyjensen said | April 21st 2017 @ 12:46am | ! Report

          CDM. His defensive game is tight. I would take him over pepper in a heartbeat.

    • April 20th 2017 @ 8:52am
      mattq said | April 20th 2017 @ 8:52am | ! Report

      he was a good player. Time to cut ties I say. Probably could’ve offered him a youth coaching gig or something. who knows what he’s like off the field though, maybe he’s just a great player and that’s it.

      • April 20th 2017 @ 10:12am
        Lionheart said | April 20th 2017 @ 10:12am | ! Report

        He’s all quality off the field. That’s the thing, that’s why he’s not just another player. He is everything the A League needs, and Roar in particular. He’s a fabulous role model and will be a major loss to our game.

        • April 20th 2017 @ 11:47am
          mattq said | April 20th 2017 @ 11:47am | ! Report

          the game will go on without him

          • April 20th 2017 @ 1:22pm
            Lionheart said | April 20th 2017 @ 1:22pm | ! Report

            the game in Brisbane is much worse off without him

          • April 21st 2017 @ 1:09am
            bennyjensen said | April 21st 2017 @ 1:09am | ! Report

            I don’t see many in the squad better than Broich regardless of his age, and if you’re not going to play your best players why bother tuning up. Ditch Oar, play D’agnostino, Brady & Katabian instead and use Oar’s money to keep Broich. No brainer for me really. Oar is another Vidosic. Could have been great but never was for some reason and time to give another guy a shot instead of pegging our hopes on him. Fact is he’s not a proven winner and he’s had plenty of chances.

        • April 21st 2017 @ 9:14am
          Cool and Cold said | April 21st 2017 @ 9:14am | ! Report


          He can be a youth coach.

          He advised Caletti when Caletti came into the play for the first time.

      • April 20th 2017 @ 11:54am
        Ian said | April 20th 2017 @ 11:54am | ! Report

        You don’t know what he is like off the field?

        He is humble, intelligent, gives his time and money to worthwhile causes. It’s a disasterous decision when he could have easily played next year. He is one of our best players still…….how could he not be good enough to be offered some money unless there is someone somewhere who doesn’t want him at Roar.

    • April 20th 2017 @ 9:52am
      Cool and Cold said | April 20th 2017 @ 9:52am | ! Report

      As he is leaving Brisbane Roar, the memory on him has started to rewind.

      Not how many titles! Not how many awards!

      He was so calm when he was mis-identified as Paartalu in the sending off incident. Broich just pointed at himself and walked off. He did not argue. What a gentleman!

      He shot and could not make a goal to make Brisbane Roar the winner of the Premiership, in the last minutes in the last match against Wanderers last year. He lay on the ground with heavy breaths. He had given his all.

      Those were the moments deepest in mind.

      • April 20th 2017 @ 10:24am
        Lionheart said | April 20th 2017 @ 10:24am | ! Report

        Since he joined Roar in 2010, the club has won the A League Fair Play Award five times.

      • April 20th 2017 @ 11:55am
        Ian said | April 20th 2017 @ 11:55am | ! Report

        I have thought about the incorrect send off many times. What an example of his character.

    • April 20th 2017 @ 10:44am
      Chopper said | April 20th 2017 @ 10:44am | ! Report

      John Aloisi failed miserably in his press conference to deflect the attention away from the Broich saga.

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        April 20th 2017 @ 10:52am
        Adam Daunt said | April 20th 2017 @ 10:52am | ! Report

        Rumor is the choice for John was between Joey Caletti and Broich but there are also claims Broich wants a year off to travel before taking up coaching. It’s hard to know what the truth is at the moment so that makes it difficult. It’s also not helped by the announcement being made before finals.

        I sympathise with Aloisi here, it’s not the easiest situation to deal with.

        • April 20th 2017 @ 11:07am
          Jay said | April 20th 2017 @ 11:07am | ! Report

          Isn’t it great though now we get two games to farewell the greatest a-league player of all time at Suncorp? I might not have gone this Friday but knowing it’s the last time I’ll see broich in action live I can’t wait!

        • April 20th 2017 @ 12:06pm
          Chopper said | April 20th 2017 @ 12:06pm | ! Report

          Aloisi could have put the record straight but did not. All the rumours and innuendos are just that until either Aloisi or Broich put out the honest appraissel of what has transpired. I cannot believe that doubling or tripling Caletti’s income led to such an epic fail on behalf of Craig Moore and John Aloisi. The lad was on maybe $50,000 p.a. so the facts as presented do not stack up.

        • April 20th 2017 @ 1:55pm
          Lionheart said | April 20th 2017 @ 1:55pm | ! Report

          I have no sympathy for Aloisi at all. He’s head coach and can not duck his responsibility for player selection, recruitment and management. Thomas has been quite open about his future, albeit seeming a bit vague at times, will he play, won’t he? Last year he spoke of a possible year off and gaining his coach qualification in Germany (not a rumour, press report), then in January press reports were that he might play, he said he was fit and happy, loved Brisbane and Roar, never felt better playing and said that he was happy to wait for the club to sign him if they wanted him. Basically, being the honourable man that he is, he put his trust in the club.
          Next chapter, this week when we hear Thomas tells the club he’d like to play but the club says they don’t want him. That apparently, according to the club, is Thomas announcing his decision to leave.
          Alarm bells ring loud for me when I read the January press report where Thomas puts his trust in the club. Most A League followers would agree that Broich is still a quality player, but that aside, Aloisi may disagree and release him. That’s fine, that’s his job. But Aloisi and Roar management have failed to recognise what they have in Broich, he’s idolised by Roar fans. They needed to manage his future as carefully and openly as they might manage their own careers and contracts. When they decided to release him, which would have been a few week ago probably, they should have worked the retirement plan with him, agreed a plan with him and how to manage this period which was always going to be tough for Roar fans. They could have sold it so well, with Broich standing aside club management announcing his last game and his future, possibly back later etc
          But no, Roar totally mismanaged the whole affair. It’s not egg on their face, it’s far worse. A decent show in the finals series might help, but membership numbers will not grow and crowds will stagnate at best. Roar had a growing passionate fan base which they have just converted to just fans, not so passionate any more.

          • April 20th 2017 @ 2:47pm
            Ian said | April 20th 2017 @ 2:47pm | ! Report

            ‘Basically, being the honourable man that he is, he put his trust in the club’.

            Yes, he is honourable.

          • April 20th 2017 @ 4:58pm
            Cool and Cold said | April 20th 2017 @ 4:58pm | ! Report

            According to reports months or even a year ago:

            Craig Moore was employed as the general manager of BR.

            Then, maybe, Craig Moore’s job had changed because he signed Holman and Oar accordingly.

            Then, just days ago, there is a new TD in Brisbane Roar. A TD??? TD means technical director? I thought Craig Moore is the TD. What exactly is Craig Moore’s job.

            Anyhow, the point I want to make is that John Aloisi may not have the full control of budget and player signatures.

            • April 20th 2017 @ 9:11pm
              Waz said | April 20th 2017 @ 9:11pm | ! Report

              Head of non-football operations = Brendon Boss

              Head of Football operations = Craig Moore

              Technical Director is head of academy = Drew Sherman

              Head Coach = John Aloisi.

              All football related decisions, make & female, youth to senior, are made by John Aloisi.

              Whatever happens in all football teams JA is across. No debate, the football department is his.

              Decisions on players are said to be bade by John, Ross, Craig and relevant other coaches. Talking to one departing player last season he said he was out because he “lost the vote 2-1”.

            • April 20th 2017 @ 9:28pm
              Lionheart said | April 20th 2017 @ 9:28pm | ! Report

              Moore is usually referred to as football manager. He’s listed on the club website as Football Operations (infers manager). TD is not mentioned on their website but it shows GM is Brendan Boss. Aloisi and Moore and Kingsman are all looking incredibly incompetent at present, in so far as their man management is concerned.

              • April 21st 2017 @ 12:57am
                bennyjensen said | April 21st 2017 @ 12:57am | ! Report

                Football operations manager usually helps deal with the ins and outs of running the club. Player and staff contracts, travel bookings, etc.

        • April 21st 2017 @ 1:05am
          bennyjensen said | April 21st 2017 @ 1:05am | ! Report

          Can’t agree with that Adam because on one hand he’s playing a flop like Arana to try to justify his purchase, he’s got Maclaren on the way out because he can’t offer him more money and he’s playing Pepper because he bought him as well. Realistically John has made his own bed. If he weakens the squad and finishes 3rd or below next year he has to fall on his sword if he has any integrity at all. If he was factoring in an honest appraisal of his side for next season based on ability+performance and not politics: North, McKay, Pepper, Oar would be out. Broich, Maclaren, Papadopoulos, Caletti would be retained.

    • April 20th 2017 @ 3:29pm
      FullBack4 said | April 20th 2017 @ 3:29pm | ! Report

      Broich is asking for a salary package of over $400,000 including salary, flights back to Germany, car and agents fees.

      • April 20th 2017 @ 4:25pm
        Chopper said | April 20th 2017 @ 4:25pm | ! Report

        I would love to know the source of your information (as would everyone) otherwise I would have to dismiss it as pure fabrication.

        • April 20th 2017 @ 7:49pm
          FullBack4 said | April 20th 2017 @ 7:49pm | ! Report

          I am a coach in QLD and the coaches network gossips. so it may not be 100% accurate but its too specific to be fabricated. Have you BRFC supporters stopped and considered how much Broich would command – $100k? $200k? $300? and how much he could get at another HAL team or overseas? I don’t see him dropping his demands and as BRFC have made him a millionaire over the recent few years he and his agent will still want the best salary possible. How much is he worth to you? another Hervas instead of a Kristensen or another Kurtishi instead of a Berihas or Maclaren? its a funny discussion when football supporters get emotional, its like watching teenage boys argue over a pretty girl, no thought just testosterone. How much are you prepared to risk to keep Broich? and why do football supporters feel they know more than the coaches with all their analysis and GPS data and medical history and squad knowledge and transfer target knowledge? Thomas Broich has acted like he’s just fallen off his pedestal and he doesn’t like the new view, so he thought he might bring your club down a peg or two in the process. some hero.

          • April 20th 2017 @ 8:57pm
            j binnie said | April 20th 2017 @ 8:57pm | ! Report

            Fullback – And still he is picked in the team week after week so doesn’t that make it obvious that the club management still regard him as a valuable asset. Of course that talent could disappear overnight if you believe the management’s actions on the players future. jb.

          • April 20th 2017 @ 9:49pm
            Lionheart said | April 20th 2017 @ 9:49pm | ! Report

            too specific to be fabricated? I’d stick to the coach’s gossip.
            But that aside, it’s not that Roar is releasing Broich that riles me. It’s the manner in which Roar’s management has handled it. Given Roar’s management history, it’s reliance on outsiders to manage and coach through the years, your own gossip based observations, I can only conclude that football in QLD has a major dearth of management and coaching expertise.
            Let’s hope the Strikers do better if they get a gig, couldn’t do any worse, and let’s face it, there’s a ready made fan base waiting to jump.

          • April 20th 2017 @ 11:44pm
            Charlie said | April 20th 2017 @ 11:44pm | ! Report

            At what level and whereabouts in Qld do you coach? Teams range from Under 6’s through to Seniors and Qld is a very big state. Maybe you don’t know as much as you think you do.

          • April 20th 2017 @ 11:46pm
            Bfc said | April 20th 2017 @ 11:46pm | ! Report

            “…the coaches network gossips…” that is the source…gossip?

          • April 21st 2017 @ 12:45am
            RBBAnonymous said | April 21st 2017 @ 12:45am | ! Report

            In other words you have no clue.

          • April 21st 2017 @ 12:54am
            bennyjensen said | April 21st 2017 @ 12:54am | ! Report

            Fullback – yep under 8’s coaches whispers don’t count mate. Of course he would get paid a mountain of cash. He’s one of the best players in the league. If you’re a coach I’d be asking why isn’t aloiisi doing all he can to build a side that can win three or four titles next year. You’d have to be delusional to think players like pepper, arana and oar are going to win that for you. I read an article today saying Broich is still in the top five in the league for assists and chance creations. A year is a year. If you can keep him in the squad why wouldn’t you? Frankly Aloisi hasn’t done any better than Farina or crazy Miron and if he has another year where he underachieves I’d be happy to see the back of him and the front of Okon.

          • April 21st 2017 @ 1:07am
            marcel said | April 21st 2017 @ 1:07am | ! Report

            Send three and fourpence …were going to a dance.

            • April 21st 2017 @ 4:24pm
              FullBack4 said | April 21st 2017 @ 4:24pm | ! Report

              You horrible peeps. I’ve been coaching for 30 years, I was professional coach in NSL and I coach part time in NPLQ which brings me to contact with Roar coaches weekly via Roar’s activity program, FQ coaching and there scouting. You don’t have to believe me but an adult response might be to suggest what you think he will be asking and what that means for a salary capped franchise like BRFC? I have no reason to disbelieving this, that sounds like a figure Thomas Broich could get elsewhere so why he settle for less in Brisbane? And “gossip” it is but it is nearly always true, and here is two more for you – Michael Theo has signed for another year so to has Jacob Pepper. when they are announced at the proper time, which is AFTER the season finishes, maybe you look back on FullBack4’s post with different eyes no???

      • April 20th 2017 @ 4:46pm
        Cool and Cold said | April 20th 2017 @ 4:46pm | ! Report

        China Super League can make that easy.

        • April 21st 2017 @ 4:25pm
          FullBack4 said | April 21st 2017 @ 4:25pm | ! Report

          and Thailand

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