2007–08 Queensland Roar FC season

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Queensland Roar FC
2007–08 season
Chairman John Ribot
Manager Frank Farina
A-League 3rd
Pre-Season Cup 3rd
Top goalscorer League: Reinaldo - 6 Goals
All: Reinaldo - 9 Goals
Highest home attendance 36,221 v Sydney FC
Lowest home attendance 8,815 v Central Coast Mariners
Average home league attendance 18,556
Home colours
Away colours

2007–08 season[edit]

Failure to qualify for the 2006–2007 finals series resulted in the release from contract of defenders Chad Gibson (the club's first captain and A-league pin-up boy) and Swiss import Remo Buess. Both left on good terms with the club during January 2007 stating that the team had to be altered to make it more competitive in the future.

In further evidence of "spring cleaning" in preparation for Season 3, Chinese signing Yuning Zhang was released from an inauspicious contract with the Roar. Billed as the Chinese David Beckham, Zhang underwhelmed Roar supporters and will return to China in search of a club within the local scene there.

Danny Tiatto has signed a two-year contract with Queensland Roar, becoming Frank Farina's first 07/08 signing . Tiatto, who has played in England for the past 11 years for Leicester City and Manchester City, agreed to terms with Queensland after Melbourne declined to sign him.

Farina has highlighted his favoritism toward young Queensland and indeed Australian players with the signings for the 2007–08 season of highly rated Queenslanders and Youth International Strikers Robbie Kruse and Tahj Minniecon, as well as attacking Midfielder Mitch Nichols. Also, the contracts of highly rated 20-year-olds Chris Grossman and Ben Griffin have been renewed, while Farina has given two-year contracts to Queenslanders Under-17 International Striker Tahj Minniecon and Under-20 and AIS Scholarship holder Robbie. These signings have all made the Roar a team of bright, young talent, predominantly Queenslanders which is Farina's focus.

Queensland Roar's German import Marcus Wedau has been released from the remaining year of his contract by the A-League club on compassionate grounds. Wedau, 31, will return to Germany to be with his pregnant partner who is expecting their first child in October.

On 25 July 2007, Craig Moore was unveiled as the new marquee player for the Roar, returning to his native home state of Queensland, Australia, to play in the 2007/2008 Hyundai A-League Season and the 2008–2009 season [1][2]

Squad[edit]

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Liam Reddy
2 Australia MF Andrew Packer
4 Australia DF Craig Moore (marquee and captain)
5 Australia DF Josh McCloughan
6 Australia DF Stuart McLaren
7 Australia MF Michael Zullo (youth)
8 Australia MF Massimo Murdocca
9 Scotland FW Simon Lynch
10 Australia FW Ante Milicic
11 Brazil FW Reinaldo
12 Australia FW Tahj Minniecon (youth)

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No. Position Player
13 Australia FW Zoran Petrevski
14 Australia DF Ben Griffin
15 Australia MF Matt McKay
16 South Korea MF Hyuk-Su Seo
17 Australia MF Mitch Nichols (youth)
18 Australia MF Danny Tiatto (marquee)
19 Australia DF Sasa Ognenovski
21 Australia MF Chris Grossman (youth)
22 Australia FW Robbie Kruse (youth)
23 Brazil MF Marcinho
30 Australia GK Griffin McMaster (injury cover)
As of 25 August 2007.

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Trialists[edit]

Position Name Current club
FW Victor Fenehia Mitchelton FC
DF Blake Charity AIS
DF Joel Peach AIS
FW Gareth Musson Mitchelton FC

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Name Position Moving from
Danny Tiatto Midfield Leicester City England
Tahj Minniecon Forward AIS
Robbie Kruse Forward AIS
Chris Grossman Midfield AIS / Rochedale Rovers
Mitch Nichols Midfield Palm Beach
Matthew Ham Goalkeeper Brisbane Wolves
Griffin McMaster Goalkeeper Mount Gravatt Hawks
Michael Zullo Midfield Brisbane City Soccer Club
Marcinho Brazil Forward São Paulo FC Brazil
Craig Moore Defender Newcastle United FC England
Zoran Petrevski Forward Preston Lions

Out[edit]

Name Position Moving to
Chad Gibson Defender Released: contract not renewed
Remo Buess Switzerland Defender Released: contract not renewed
Yuning Zhang China Forward Released: contract not renewed
Dario Vidosic Midfield 1. FC Nuremberg Germany
Spase Dilevski Midfield FC Universitatea Craiova Romania
Marcus Wedau Germany Midfield Released: compassionate grounds
Tom Willis Goalkeeper Released: contract not renewed
Ante Milicic Forward Free Transfer: Shahzan Muda FC (December 2007)

Foreign player
Marquee
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Pre-season[edit]

Date Home Team Score Away Team Stadium Scorers
30 May 2007 Palm Beach Sharks 0–5 Queensland Roar Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre, Gold Coast, Queensland McCloughan Goal 7', Marcinho Goal 30', Minniecon Goal 44', Murdocca Goal 60', Peach Goal 66'
5 June 2007 Queensland Roar 3–0 Brisbane City Luxury Paint Stadium Richlands, Brisbane, Queensland Reinaldo Goal 4', Milicic Goal 50', Murdocca Goal 65'
12 June 2007 Queensland Roar 13–0 Souths Utd, Brisbane Luxury Paint Stadium Richlands, Brisbane, Queensland Reinaldo GoalGoal, Milicic GoalGoalGoal, Murdocca Goal, NicholsGoal, McKayGoal, FenehiaGoalGoal, WedauGoal, KruseGoalGoal
19 June 2007 Queensland Roar 5–1 Mt Gravatt Hawks Luxury Paint Stadium Richlands, Brisbane, Queensland Milicic Goal 26', McKay Goal 45+1', 55', Volker (Hawks) Goal, MussonGoal 89', ZulloGoal 90+1'
27 June 2007 Queensland Roar 5–0 Brisbane Strikers Luxury Paint Stadium Richlands, Brisbane, Queensland Milicic Goal 18', Kruse Goal 43', Marcinho Goal 55', 78', Reinaldo Goal 62'
1 July 2007 Queensland Roar 4–1 Supersport United FC Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland Reinaldo Goal 12', 37', Lynch Goal 52', Minniecon Goal 70', Mashego (Supersport) Goal 39'
7 July 2007 Capricorn Cougars 0–6 Queensland Roar Jardine Park, Rockhampton, Queensland Reinaldo Goal 10', 85', Lynch Goal 13', Milicic Goal 44', Marcinho Goal 61', Kruse Goal 73'
17 August 2007 Queensland Roar 1–1 Solomon Islands Luxury Paint Stadium Richlands, Brisbane, Queensland Menapi (Solomons) Goal 19', Milicic Goal 48'

Pre-season Cup group stage[edit]

Round Date Home Team Score Away Team Crowd Stadium Scorers
1 14 July 2007 Queensland Roar 0–0 Sydney FC 4,892 Maroochydore Soccer Club
2 21 July 2007 Central Coast Mariners 1–1 Queensland Roar 3,531 Wade Park Boogaard (CCM) Goal 6', Lynch Goal 60'
3 27 July 2007 Wellington Phoenix 1–2 Queensland Roar 4,081 Queen Elizabeth II Park Lynch Goal 41', Ognenovski Goal 50', Old (Phoenix) Goal 47'

Pre-season Cup semi-final[edit]

5 August 2007
18:00 UTC+9:30
Adelaide United 3 – 2 Queensland Roar
Djite Goal 1'
Petta Goal 45'
Cássio Goal 64'
(Report) Lynch Goal 16'
Milicic Goal 73'
Hindmarsh Stadium,
Adelaide, South Australia
Attendance: 5,221
Referee: Angelo Nardi

Pre-season Cup third place playoff[edit]

12 August 2007
16:00 UTC+10
Central Coast Mariners 1 – 3 Queensland Roar
Simon Goal 9' (Report) Milicic Goal 30'
Nichols Red card 33'
Marcinho Goal 48'
Seo Red card 76'
Reinaldo Goal 86'
Bluetongue Stadium
Attendance: 3,500 (estimate)
Referee: James Lewis

Hyundai A-League fixtures[edit]

Home and Away[edit]

Finals[edit]

Ladder position[edit]

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Central Coast Mariners 21 10 4 7 30 25 +5 34 2009 AFC Champions League Group stage
2 Newcastle Jets (C) 21 9 7 5 25 21 +4 34
3 Sydney FC 21 8 8 5 28 24 +4 32 2008 A-League Finals Series
4 Queensland Roar 21 8 7 6 25 21 +4 31
5 Melbourne Victory 21 6 9 6 29 29 0 27
6 Adelaide United 21 6 8 7 31 29 +2 26
7 Perth Glory 21 4 8 9 27 34 −7 20
8 Wellington Phoenix 21 5 5 11 25 37 −12 20

Updated to games played on 20 January 2008
Source: theworldgame.sbs.com.au
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1First place through to fourth place qualify for the 2008 A-League Finals Series.
2First place qualifies for the 2009 AFC Champions League Group stage.
3Winning the 2008 A-League Grand Final earns qualification for the 2009 AFC Champions League Group stage, unless the Grand Final winners are also first place, in which case the Grand Final runner up qualifies.
4Wellington Phoenix cannot qualify for the 2009 AFC Champions League as they are not recognised as an AFC club.

References[edit]

Coordinates: 27°27′53″S 153°0′34″E / 27.46472°S 153.00944°E / -27.46472; 153.00944 (Suncorp Stadium)