Brisbane Roar FC
|Full name||Brisbane Roar Football Club|
|Founded||1957, as Hollandia Inala Soccer Club, 2005 as Queensland Roar|
|Website||Club home page|
Brisbane Roar FC is a professional soccer club based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It competes in the country's premier competition, the A-League under license from Football Federation Australia.  Roar entered the competition in the league's inaugural 2005–06 season as Queensland Roar FC. The club has won two league Premierships, two Championships and it has competed in two AFC Champions League competitions. Brisbane Roar holds the record for the longest unbeaten run at the top level of any Australian football code, which stands at 36 league matches without defeat. Brisbane Roar are also the first and only club to win back to back A-League Championships.
The club plays matches at Suncorp Stadium, a 52,500 seat multi-use venue in Milton. A youth squad competes in the National Youth League. A women's team competes in the W-League. The youth and women matches are played at various locations across Brisbane, including Goodwin Park, QSAC, A.J. Kelly Park, Perry Park and occasionally Suncorp Stadium.
The original operators of the Brisbane Roar can trace their history back to the founding in 1957 of the Hollandia-Inala Soccer Club by Dutch immigrants and was based in the Brisbane suburbs of Richlands. After adopting the name Brisbane Lions in the 1970s, the club competed in the defunct National Soccer League from 1977 until the end of the 1988 season before reverting down to the Brisbane Premier League thereafter. The club changed their name to Queensland Lions after coming to an agreement with the Brisbane Lions AFL club in the 1990s.
At the time of conception of the A-League, teams from several capital cities were preferred to form the foundation clubs. By June 2004 two of the twenty submissions for joining the league were sought by partnerships formed in Brisbane, the capital of Queensland. On 1 November 2004 the group headed by Queensland Lions were chosen as operators of the Brisbane team. In March the following year Queensland Roar FC were officially launched. The clubs's first-ever board consisted of chairman John Ribot, a former CEO of both National Rugby League clubs Brisbane Broncos and Melbourne Storm, deputy chairman Gary Wilkins, former Queensland and Australian player, and CEO Lawrence Oudendyk, who is also Queensland Lions CEO In 2009, the club was officially renamed to Brisbane Roar Football Club due to two other Queensland-based clubs entering the competition; that being Gold Coast United FC and North Queensland Fury FC.
Crest and colours
During the first two seasons the Roar played in a predominantly orange home strip with blue shorts and maroon socks. Queensland sporting teams traditionally play in maroon but the original home strip kept with the colours used by the team in its earlier incarnations. The colours of orange and blue honour the club's Dutch origins. On 31 July 2007 the club announced that it had ordered a strip that was half orange and half maroon, but that the colours were manufactured for prominence on television. For season three the home kit had been redesigned, the home strip is still orange but features maroon sleeves, the shorts are maroon instead of blue and orange socks are worn. Danny Tiatto and Craig Moore modelled in the strip launch on 1 August 2007
Before the 2009–10 A-League season, in accordance with the name changing of the club from Queensland Roar to Brisbane Roar, the club's logo was also changed with "Queensland" being dropped to make way for "Brisbane". On 20 May 2009, Reinaldo and Sergio van Dijk unveiled a new kit for the club, which would be worn for the next two seasons. The club stuck with the maroon and orange they had used for the last kit, but instead opted to drop the white slashes on the home kit. The orange used for the previous kit was brightened to the one used in season 1 of the A-League, with the design of both the new home and away kits changing. The slashes were dropped for a shoulder-pad style. The maroon shoulder pads would be displayed on an orange body, with maroon shorts. This was reversed on the away kit, with the shoulder-pads being orange on a white body with orange shorts.
Prior to the 2011–12 A-League season, the club announced that maroon, which had featured in some way on the clubs' kits since the A-League inception, would be removed and replaced with black. On 5 September 2011, the club released their kits for the upcoming season. The club showed off their home kit, which was orange with black diagonal shoulders with a thin, white line under the black. This was supported by orange with black banded socks. The away kit would turn out to be predominately black, with only the orange shoulders on the top with the white line underneath and the black with orange banded socks. The same pants would be used for both the home and away kits, which would sport two orange bands and a white band on black pants. The kits released were the same design used by Tottenham Hotspur during their 2010–11 season.
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|2007–2011||The Coffee Club|
On 30 November 2007, the club signed a two and a half year deal with cafe chain The Coffee Club to be their main shirt sponsor. The Coffee Club would re-sign with the Roar in August 2010 for another 3 years, making it one of the longest sponsorship deals in the A League. After the clubs license was taken back by Football Federation Australia in March 2011, the Coffee Club committed their future to the club, signing a $2 Million dollar, 3-year contract extension, sealing their future as sponsors until at least 2015.
At the conclusion of the 2010-11 A-League season, the A-League's kit deal with Reebok came to an end meaning that all A-League clubs could enter into their own separate kit manufacturer agreements. On 2 August 2011, the Roar announced that Puma would be the clubs' first kit manufacturer decided by the club itself by signing a three-year deal with the sports brand. The club announced that Puma will manufacture the official playing kits for all Brisbane Roar teams, including the Youth and Women’s teams as well as replica kits and other merchandise.
The Brisbane Roar have always played their home matches at the 52,500-capacity Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Previously known as Lang Park, the stadium was also the home ground for the Brisbane Strikers in the now-defunct NSL. The stadium was also one of five venues in the successful 1993 FIFA World Youth Championship where the ground hosted seven matches. Suncorp Stadium has hosted Socceroos international fixtures, games at the 2003 Rugby World Cup, 2008 Rugby League World Cup and concerts, including the U2 360° Tour.
At the beginning of the 2010–11 Season, during negotiations with the operator of Suncorp Stadium, there were suggestions that the club may move its home games to Ballymore Stadium where the club has its administration and training facilities. However, the owners of the club opted to stay at Suncorp Stadium on a new restructured contract that would ensure the financial viability of hosting games at the more expensive Suncorp Stadium.
Following the flooding of Suncorp Stadium in the 2010–2011 Queensland floods, the Roar were forced to move two home games against Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne Heart to the regular home of Gold Coast United at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast. These matches are the first 'home' league fixtures that the Roar have played at a venue other than Suncorp Stadium in the clubs' history.
In a spectacular 2011 A-League Grand Final, the 50,168 strong fans would make history, being the largest crowd to watch both the Roar and a football match in Brisbane. This was bettered the following season when 50,334 people saw Brisbane defeat Perth in the 2012 A-League Grand Final.
- Queensland Lions – Founded the club and played a part in Queensland Roar's inaugural roster.
- Atlético Mineiro – The partnership was signed in 2008 and it will assist both the Roar and Atlético Mineiro in footballing matters both on and off the field in areas of sports medicine, physiology, fitness training and club marketing. The partnership also adds the possibility of pre-season fixtures between the two teams, as well as an opportunity for the Roars younger players to learn skills with the Atlético Mineiro junior-development programs.
- Arema Cronus – Affiliation due to The Bakrie Group ownership.
- Visé – Affiliation due to The Bakrie Group ownership.
- Patrick Kluivert – Kluivert was brought to the Roar in the 2009–10 season by then manager, Ange Postecoglou for a two-week coaching role. Following the completion of Kluivert's time with the Roar, he was named as an official club ambassador, though the term and/or duties involved with the ambassador role are unknown. Kluivert is the current FC Twente Youth team coach.
Ownership and finances
Currently, the club is owned by:
- The Bakrie Group – 100%
Brisbane Roar was established by Queensland Lions SC in March 2005 as the team that would represent Brisbane in the newly formed A-League. Queensland Lions held a majority share in the club through to 2008. It is understood that in 2008 the 25% share owned by Queensland Lions was bought by the Roar board at a discount. This led to financial instability in the club and rumours of the club handing back its A-League licence to Football Federation Australia (FFA). On 16 April 2009 reports surfaced that the FFA were willing to purchase up to a 55% share in the Roar to ensure its financial stability. This 55% encompassed CEO Lawrence Oudendyk's 15% per cent interest, the 25% previously owned by Queensland Lions and the 15% share owned by Rob Jones and Rob Jansen. FFA advised that any takeover by the FFA would see Oudendyk replaced as CEO. Ultimately a new Brisbane-based ownership structure was formed with investors Emmanuel Drivas, Emmanuel Kokoris, Claude Baradel and Serge Baradel taking over 100% ownership of the club.
On 30 April 2009 the FFA confirmed their offer to take a controlling share in the Roar. The new ownership group declined the FFA's assistance on 22 May 2009. The owners' commitment to the club was reinforced in a statement released by Emmanuel Drivas on behalf of the owners on 12 April 2010 after further speculation that the Roar would require financial assistance from the FFA after a poor 2009–10 season.
In March 2011, just a week after the club won its first Grand Final, the FFA would take back the clubs license, agreeing to fund the club until new owners were found. Football Federation Australia CEO Ben Buckley thanked the previous owners for pouring money into the Roar, who could not keep up with the future costs for the club.
On 4 October 2011, The World Game reported that Indonesian mining magnate, The Bakrie Group, would takeover ownership of the club from the FFA under a 10-year term. Under the terms of the deal, The Bakrie Group paid A$8 million for a 70% share of the club, with the FFA retaining the remaining 30% share. Under the terms of this deal, the Bakrie Group had the option to purchase a further 20% stake in the club with the FFA holding the remaining 10% share. The Bakrie Group also own Indonesia Super League club Arema Cronus and Belgian Second Division club C.S. Visé. Following this change of ownership, the new chairman of the Roar was announced as Dali Tahir.
After becoming the first majority-share foreign owner of an A-League team, on 6 February 2012, the FFA announced that Bakrie had acquired 100 percent ownership of the Brisbane club.
Brisbane Roar have two supporter groups, the main supporter group is known as The Den. The Den are located in Bay 332 of the Northern stand of Suncorp Stadium, where they have been since the inaugural season of the A-League.
In 2010, a breakaway supporters group, the River City Crew (RCC), were formed. Originally members of the Den, the RCC were located opposite the Den, in Bay 310 of the Southern Stand of Suncorp Stadium. While members of the Den the group was known as Brisbane Boys, however broke away to form their own identity. Prior to the commencement of the 2012/2013 season, Brisbane Roar Football club announced to the River City Crew that they would no longer have a designated section in the southern end at Suncorp stadium on match days. The Roar however permitted the group to move to the northern end of the stadium if they wished to actively support the club. The reason for actions taken, in the eyes of the club, were deemed to be down to behavioral issues, with offensive language and the lighting of flares. The issue was fought by the members of the RCC to re-gain a place at Suncorp and continue their support for the team. The group, after many negotiations, and support from around the country, was awarded another section in the stadium, section 326, the closest bay to the den on the Eastern stand of the stadium. Since moving to the new section of the stadium, the group would change their name to the River City Collective, the core of the group originally members of the Den. The RCC moved back to bay 332 with the Den at the start of the 2013/14 season, but still partially hung on to their identity.
- Gold Coast United – Now defunct. Known as the M1 Derby, sharing the name of the main highway between the two cities, the M1. Due to Brisbane's close proximity to Gold Coast, Brisbane Roar's geographical derby opponent was Gold Coast United. This, however, concluded on 5 April 2012 when Football Federation Australia officially announced the axing of the Gold Coast side, just a year after the axing of other A-League side, North Queensland Fury. There was also a rivalry with (now defunct) North Queensland Fury due to both clubs being in the same state although it was widely considered a regular match due to the distance between the two teams.
- Central Coast Mariners – Although it is not a geographical rivalry, the Roar have developed a competitive rivalry with Central Coast Mariners. The rivalry came about at the tail end of the 2010–11 season through either sides strong will to not be defeated by the other. This would be highlighted in the 2011 A-League Grand Final, where the Mariners would take a 2–0 lead into half time of extra-time. With the Roar's will to win still strong, they would come back to level the game at 2–2, with their goals coming in the 117th minute and the other with the all-but the last touch of the game from a corner. During extra-time, Central Coast Mariners striker Daniel McBreen would sledge Roar goalkeeper Michael Theoklitos (aka. Michael Theo). This would come back to haunt the Mariners' striker, with Theoklitos saving McBreen's penalty kick in the resulting penalty shoot-out as the Roar went on to win the game and their first Championship.
- Sydney FC – As the Roar were originally the only A-League team from Queensland and in keeping with the long-standing rivalry between New South Wales and Queensland, specifically for Queensland and all things Sydney-centric, the Roar developed a natural rivalry with Sydney FC. This was initially evident by the increased interest reflected in attendances at home games against Sydney FC. The first evidence of this rivalry on a football pitch was the 2007–08 A-League Finals Series when Brisbane Roar (then known as Queensland Roar) secured victory over Sydney FC after two hard fought legs with the second leg being played in front of a then club record crowd of 36,211 at Suncorp Stadium. After being fairly tame on the pitch for the following seasons, the rivalry between the biggest clubs in their respective states re-ignited after Sydney FC ended the Brisbane Roar's record-breaking 36-game unbeaten streak in the A-League on 4 December 2011. The return clash in Brisbane saw an on field confrontation between Sydney's Pascal Bosschaart and Brisbane's Besart Berisha following Brisbane Roar's late 2–1 victory at Suncorp Stadium.
- As of 28 February 2014.
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Senior Club Officials
Senior Squad Coaching and Medical staff
Youth Squad Coaching Staff
W-League Team Coaching Staff
Massimo Murdocca presently holds the team record for number of total games played with 167 matches. Besart Berisha is the all-time highest goalscorer in all competitions for the club with 43 goals. Brisbane Roar's highest league home game attendance was 32,371. The highest grand final match hosted by the club was 50,334.
- A-League Finals
- 1.^ Brisbane's record unbeaten streak of 36 games considers only the leagues which currently represent the top level in each of the four major football codes, and any predecessors to those leagues, specifically: the VFL/AFL in Australian rules football; the NSWRL/ARL/NRL in rugby league; Super Rugby in rugby union; and the NSL and A-League in association football. The record does not include other leagues in these sports, including those which were once considered to be of equivalent standard to today's top leagues.
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