Brisbane Roar FC
|Full name||Brisbane Roar Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||BRFC, The Orange, Lionhearts|
|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, three 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 and national premier league. A women's team competes in the W-League. As of 2014, the Youth and Women teams also compete in the NPL Queensland in order to maintain fitness and further develop their abilities. The youth team competes in the senior men's division while the women's team compete in the U15 boy's division. 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.
- 1 History
- 2 Crest and colours
- 3 Sponsors
- 4 Stadium
- 5 Affiliations
- 6 Ownership and finances
- 7 Support
- 8 Rivalries
- 9 Players
- 10 Club officials
- 11 Records
- 12 Honours
- 13 See also
- 14 Footnotes
- 15 Notes
- 16 References
- 17 External links
The original operators of the Brisbane Roar can trace their history back to the founding of Hollandia-Inala Soccer Club in 1957, by Dutch immigrants and was based in the Brisbane suburb 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 Australian rules football club, Brisbane Lions, 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 and North Queensland Fury.
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 almost identical to the same design used by Tottenham Hotspur during their 2010–11 season with the only difference being full diagonal sashes and a collared neck instead of a "V" neck.
After two seasons in the diagonally sashed kit, both yielding Final Series football, the first season, winning the Grand Final, Puma released a new set of kits, including, for the first time, an alternative strip, deemed by the club as an "Event" kit. The home kit consisted of the usual orange, with black sides, black arm cuffs and a black V-neck collar, which also had a white piece of round-collared fabric attached, which had 3 centrally based lines, white in the centre, orange on the left and black on the right with white on the outside of the black and orange lines. The away kit reverted to the white with orange sides, black arm cuffs and a black V-neck collar. As with the home kit, the away kit had an orange piece of collared fabric attached to the collar, which had 3 centrally based lines, orange in the middle with a white stripe on the left and black on the right of the orange stripe with orange on the outside of the black and white lines. The alternative, or "event" strip, was silver with a top left to bottom right, orange diagonal sash. It also had black arm cuffs and a black V-neck collar with the inner silver fabric and the 3 centrally based stripes. Silver stripe in the middle with a black stripe on either side of the silver stripe and silver on the outside of the two black stripes.
On August 15, 2014, before the 2014 FFA Cup game vs Stirling Lions of the 2014–15 season,the Roar would reveal that Umbro would be making their kits for the next 4 years, ending a 4 year tenure with Puma. Two days later, Brisbane Roar changed their logo to a more "traditional" shield type crest, the biggest change since the club was renamed ahead of the 2009–10 season. The revelation received mixed reviews, some saying it lost the plastic, American franchise logo feel and some saying it's too bland and that not enough time was put into it. Another 2 days later, the Roar would release their new Umbro home kit, ditching the black pants and going with an all orange kit. The top would be completely orange with white piping on the collar with the pants being orange as well and have a white vertical strip going 3/4 of the way up the sides of the pants from the bottom, topped off with orange socks.
|Period||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor|
|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.
Before the start of the 2014/15 A-League season Roar announced that Umbro would be the new apparel partner for the next four seasons.
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. The attendance of the 2012 Grand Final would be bettered two years later when the 2013–14 Premiers, the Roar, would do the double, beating Western Sydney Wanderers in the 2014 A-League Grand Final in front of 51,153 passionate sets of fans.
- Arema Cronus – Affiliation due to The Bakrie Group ownership.
- 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.
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, it shared the name of the main highway between the two cities, the M1. Due to Brisbane's close proximity to the Gold Coast, Brisbane Roar's geographical derby opponent was naturally going to be Gold Coast United. The glitzy Coast side only won 1 more game between the two (4 to 3), having won the first 3 games, all in Gold Coast's first season of 2009–10. They would, however, win only 1 of the 6 other games the two sides would play. The rivalry, however, concluded on 5 April 2012 when Football Federation Australia officially announced the axing of the Gold Coast side. 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. The Fury was axed just a year prior to Gold Coast United being culled.
- 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.
First team squad
Correct as of 20 September - players' numbers as per the official Brisbane Roar website
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Chairman|| Chris Fong
|Managing Director||Sean Dobson|
|Football Director||Ken Stead|
|Commercial Manager||David Pourre|
|Brand & Engagement Manager||Kurt Brutton|
|Operations Manager||Stuart Nixon|
|Community Manager||Andy Pinches|
|Assistant Manager||Jeff Hopkins|
|Conditioning Coach & Sports Scientist||Matt Conwell|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Jason Kearton|
|Doctor||Dr Neville Blomeley|
|Team Manager||Steven Farrell|
|Assistant Physiotherapist||Ryan Timmins|
|Youth Manager||John Sime|
|Youth Assistant Manager||Joel Smith|
|Youth Team Manager||Billy Dawson|
|Youth Physiotherapist||Nigel Smith|
|Youth Assistant Physiotherapist & Team Manager||Ryan Timmins|
|W-League Manager||Belinda Wilson|
|W-League Assistant Manager|| Melissa Andreatta
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 51,153.
Brisbane Roar currently hold the record for most A-League Championships won, and furthermore hold the greatest unbeaten streak in Australian sport of 36 games undefeated, spanning two seasons.
- 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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