2013–14 A-League

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A-League
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Season 2013–14
Champions Brisbane Roar (3rd title)
Premiers Brisbane Roar (2nd title)
Champions League Brisbane Roar
Western Sydney Wanderers
Central Coast Mariners
Matches played 135
Goals scored 371 (2.75 per match)
Top goalscorer Adam Taggart
(16 goals)
Best goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic
Biggest home win Wellington Phoenix 5–0 Melbourne Victory
(18 January 2014)
Newcastle Jets 5–0 Wellington Phoenix
(22 March 2014)
Biggest away win Melbourne Victory 0–5 Sydney FC
(26 January 2014)
Wellington Phoenix 0–5 Melbourne Heart
(16 February 2014)
Highest scoring Sydney FC 2–5 Brisbane Roar
(26 December 2013)
Melbourne Victory 4–3 Adelaide United
(22 February 2014)
Longest winning run Sydney FC, Melbourne Heart (5)
Longest unbeaten run Adelaide United, Melbourne Heart (7)
Longest winless run Melbourne Heart (14)
Longest losing run Melbourne Heart (5)
Highest attendance 45,202
Lowest attendance 5,046
Average attendance 13,041

The 2013–14 A-League was the 37th season of top-flight soccer in Australia, and the ninth of the A-League since its establishment in 2004. The season began on 11 October 2013, with Western Sydney Wanderers as the defending A-League Premiers and Central Coast Mariners as the defending A-League Champions. The regular season concluded on 13 April 2014, with Brisbane Roar crowned Premiers. The 2014 Grand Final took place on 4 May 2014, with Brisbane Roar claiming their third Championship with a 2–1 win in extra time against Western Sydney Wanderers.[1]

This was the first A-League season to be broadcast on free-to-air television, after SBS obtained the rights to a live Friday night game each week of the season, and all finals games on a one-hour delay, on a $160 million four-year broadcast deal.[2][3]

Clubs[edit]

Team City Home Ground Capacity
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Adelaide United Adelaide Coopers Stadium 17,000
BrisbaneRoarColours.png Brisbane Roar Brisbane Suncorp Stadium 52,500
CentralCoastColours 2.png Central Coast Mariners Gosford Central Coast Stadium 20,119
MelbourneHeartColours.png Melbourne Heart Melbourne AAMI Park 30,050
MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory Melbourne Etihad Stadium
AAMI Park
56,347
30,050
NEWicon.png Newcastle Jets Newcastle Hunter Stadium 33,000
PerthGloryColours.png Perth Glory Perth NIB Stadium 20,500
SYDicon.png Sydney FC Sydney Allianz Stadium 45,500
WellingtonPhoenixColours.png Wellington Phoenix Wellington Westpac Stadium 36,000
SydneyWanderersColours.png Western Sydney Wanderers Sydney Pirtek Stadium 21,487

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Kit partner
Adelaide United Spain Josep Gombau Australia Eugene Galeković Kappa Veolia
Brisbane Roar England Mike Mulvey Australia Matt Smith Puma The Coffee Club
Central Coast Mariners Australia Phil Moss Malta John Hutchinson Kappa Masterfoods
Melbourne Heart Netherlands John van 't Schip Australia Harry Kewell Kappa Westpac
Melbourne Victory Australia Kevin Muscat Australia Mark Milligan Adidas Adecco
Newcastle Jets Australia Clayton Zane Australia Ruben Zadkovich ISC Hunter Ports
Perth Glory England Kenny Lowe Australia Jacob Burns Macron QBE Insurance
Sydney FC Australia Frank Farina Italy Alessandro Del Piero Adidas Webjet
Wellington Phoenix Scotland Ernie Merrick New Zealand Andrew Durante Adidas Huawei
Western Sydney Wanderers Australia Tony Popovic Australia Michael Beauchamp Nike NRMA Insurance

Transfers[edit]

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Adelaide United Australia Michael Valkanis Resigned 28 January 2013 Pre-season Spain Josep Gombau 30 April 2013
Wellington Phoenix England Chris Greenacre Resigned 26 February 2013 Scotland Ernie Merrick 20 May 2013
Melbourne Victory Australia Ange Postecoglou Signed by Australia[4] 31 October 2013 4th Australia Kevin Muscat[5] 31 October 2013
Central Coast Mariners Australia Graham Arnold Signed by Vegalta Sendai[6] 14 November 2013 5th Australia Phil Moss[7] 14 November 2013
Perth Glory Australia Alistair Edwards Sacked[8] 17 December 2013 7th England Kenny Lowe (caretaker) 20 December 2013[9]
Melbourne Heart Australia John Aloisi Sacked[10] 29 December 2013 10th Netherlands John van 't Schip[11] 30 December 2013
Newcastle Jets Australia Gary van Egmond Mutual Termination[12] 20 January 2014 7th Australia Clayton Zane (caretaker)[12] 20 January 2014

Foreign players[edit]

Club Visa 1 Visa 2 Visa 3 Visa 4 Visa 5 Non-Visa Foreign
Adelaide United Argentina Marcelo Carrusca Argentina Jerónimo Neumann Portugal Fábio Ferreira Spain Isaías Sánchez Spain Sergio Cirio Brazil Cássio1
Brisbane Roar Albania Besart Berisha Brazil Henrique Germany Thomas Broich Costa Rica Jean Carlos Solórzano Republic of Ireland Liam Miller
Central Coast Mariners Argentina Marcos Flores South Korea Kim Seung-Yong Netherlands Marcel Seip Scotland Nick Montgomery Malta John Hutchinson2
New Zealand Storm Roux2
Melbourne Heart Argentina Jonatan Germano Liberia Patrick Gerhardt Netherlands Rob Wielaert Netherlands Orlando Engelaar
Melbourne Victory Brazil Guilherme Finkler Chile Pablo Contreras Ivory Coast Adama Traore New Zealand Kosta Barbarouses
Newcastle Jets England Emile Heskey England Michael Bridges Netherlands Kew Jaliens
Perth Glory Brazil Sidnei Sciola France William Gallas Lithuania Darvydas Šernas Scotland Steven McGarry Serbia Nebojša Marinković New Zealand Shane Smeltz2
Sydney FC Italy Alessandro Del Piero Serbia Ranko Despotović Serbia Miloš Dimitrijević Serbia Nikola Petković Croatia Vedran Janjetović1
Iraq Ali Abbas1
Northern Ireland Terry McFlynn1
Wellington Phoenix Barbados Paul Ifill Belgium Stein Huysegems Costa Rica Carlos Hernández Costa Rica Kenny Cunningham Spain Albert Riera Malta Manny Muscat2
Fiji Roy Krishna3
Republic of Ireland Shaun Timmins3
Western Sydney Wanderers Croatia Mateo Poljak Germany Jérome Polenz Italy Iacopo La Rocca Japan Shinji Ono Netherlands Youssouf Hersi

The following do not fill a Visa position:
1Those players who were born and started their professional career abroad but have since gained Australian citizenship (and New Zealand citizenship, in the case of Wellington Phoenix);[13]
2Australian citizens (and New Zealand citizens, in the case of Wellington Phoenix) who have chosen to represent another national team;
3Injury Replacement Players, or National Team Replacement Players;
4Guest Players (eligible to play a maximum of ten games)

Marquee players[edit]

Club Australian Marquee International Marquee Junior Marquee player Captain Vice-Captain
Adelaide United None None None Australia Eugene Galeković[14] Brazil Cássio[14]
Brisbane Roar Australia Matt McKay[15] Germany Thomas Broich[16] None Australia Matt Smith[17] Australia Shane Stefanutto[17]
Central Coast Mariners None None None Malta John Hutchinson[18] New Zealand Michael McGlinchey
Melbourne Heart None Netherlands Orlando Engelaar None Australia Harry Kewell[19] Netherlands Rob Wielaert
Melbourne Victory Australia Archie Thompson[20] Chile Pablo Contreras[21] None Australia Mark Milligan Australia Leigh Broxham
Newcastle Jets None England Emile Heskey None Australia Ruben Zadkovich Netherlands Kew Jaliens
Perth Glory None France William Gallas None Australia Jacob Burns[22] Australia Travis Dodd
Sydney FC Australia Brett Emerton[23] Italy Alessandro Del Piero[24] None Italy Alessandro Del Piero[25] Australia Brett Emerton
Wellington Phoenix None None None New Zealand Andrew Durante[26] New Zealand Ben Sigmund
Western Sydney Wanderers None Japan Shinji Ono[27] None Australia Michael Beauchamp[28] Australia Nikolai Topor-Stanley

Regular season[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Brisbane Roar (C) 27 16 4 7 43 25 +18 52 2015 AFC Champions League Group stage 1
2 Western Sydney Wanderers 27 11 9 7 34 29 +5 42
3 Central Coast Mariners 27 12 6 9 33 36 −3 42 2015 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off 1
4 Melbourne Victory 27 11 8 8 42 43 −1 41 2014 A-League Finals Series
5 Sydney FC 27 12 3 12 40 38 +2 39
6 Adelaide United 27 10 8 9 45 36 +9 38
7 Newcastle Jets 27 10 6 11 34 34 0 36
8 Perth Glory 27 7 7 13 28 37 −9 28
9 Wellington Phoenix 27 7 7 13 36 51 −15 28
10 Melbourne Heart 27 6 8 13 36 42 −6 26

Updated to games played on 13 April 2014
Source: ultimatealeague.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1 Since the winner of 2014 A-League Grand Final (Brisbane Roar) qualified for the 2015 AFC Champions League Group stage, the 2nd and 3rd placed teams qualified for the group stage and the qualifying play-off of 2015 AFC Champions League.
*Wellington Phoenix cannot qualify for the 2015 AFC Champions League as they are not recognised as an AFC club.

Home and away season[edit]

The 2013–14 season will see each team play 27 games, kicking off on 11 October 2013, and concluding on 13 April 2014.[29]

Round 1[edit]

Round 2[edit]

Round 3[edit]

Round 4[edit]

Round 5[edit]

Round 6[edit]

Round 7[edit]

Round 8[edit]

Round 9[edit]

Round 10[edit]

Round 11[edit]

Round 12[edit]

Round 13[edit]

Round 14[edit]

Round 15[edit]

Round 16[edit]

Round 17[edit]

Round 18[edit]

Round 19[edit]

Round 20[edit]

Round 21[edit]

Round 22[edit]

Round 23[edit]

Round 24[edit]

Round 25[edit]

Round 26[edit]

Round 27[edit]

Positions by round[edit]

Team ╲ Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27
Brisbane Roar 3 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Western Sydney Wanderers 4 5 2 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 3 2 2
Central Coast Mariners 4 4 3 5 5 7 6 6 5 6 6 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 5 6 4 6 4 4 2 3 3
Melbourne Victory 6 5 4 3 3 6 5 4 6 4 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 5 3 2 3 5 5 4
Sydney FC 2 3 7 8 7 5 4 3 4 3 5 6 5 7 8 5 5 7 6 4 6 4 5 7 6 6 5
Adelaide United 1 2 5 6 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 8 8 5 6 6 5 3 5 3 5 6 5 4 4 6
Newcastle Jets 10 10 10 7 6 3 3 5 3 5 4 5 6 6 7 8 9 9 8 8 8 7 7 6 7 7 7
Perth Glory 9 9 6 4 4 4 7 7 7 7 7 8 7 5 6 7 7 8 9 9 10 10 10 10 10 8 8
Wellington Phoenix 8 8 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 8 6 7 7 7 8 8 8 8 9 9
Melbourne Heart 6 5 8 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 9 9 9 9 10 10

NOTES:

  • Central Coast Mariners were tied with Western Sydney Wanderers at the end of Round 1, as were Melbourne Heart and Melbourne Victory.
  • Melbourne Heart, Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney Wanderers were tied at the end of Round 2.
  • Melbourne Heart were tied with Wellington Phoenix at the end of Round 3.
  • Central Coast Mariners and Wellington Phoenix had a game in hand between Rounds 6 and 10, with their Round 6 game played before the start of Round 11 on Thursday 19 December.
  • Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney Wanderers played their Round 19 game after the end of Round 14 on Tuesday 14 January, putting them a game ahead between rounds 15 and 18.

Finals series[edit]

Elimination-finals   Semi-finals   Grand Final
                   
      Brisbane Roar 1  
Melbourne Victory 2     Melbourne Victory 0  
Sydney FC 1       Brisbane Roar (a.e.t.) 2
    Western Sydney Wanderers 1
      Western Sydney Wanderers 2
Central Coast Mariners 1     Central Coast Mariners 0  
Adelaide United 0  

Elimination-finals[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]

Grand Final[edit]

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

As of match 13 April 2014
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Australia Adam Taggart Newcastle Jets 16
2 Australia James Troisi Melbourne Victory 12
Australia David Williams Melbourne City
4 Albania Besart Berisha Brisbane Roar 11
5 Italy Alessandro Del Piero Sydney FC 10
Belgium Stein Huysegems Wellington Phoenix
7 Portugal Fábio Ferreira Adelaide United 9
Argentina Jerónimo Neumann Adelaide United
9 Spain Sergio Cirio Adelaide United 8
Brazil Gui Finkler Melbourne Victory
Australia Tomi Juric Western Sydney Wanderers
Australia Archie Thompson Melbourne Victory

Own goals[edit]

Player Team Against Week
Australia Justin Pasfield Central Coast Mariners Newcastle Jets 4
Australia James Donachie Brisbane Roar Newcastle Jets 11
Australia Mitch Nichols Melbourne Victory Newcastle Jets 14
New Zealand Glen Moss Wellington Phoenix Melbourne Heart 19
Australia Mark Milligan Melbourne Victory Perth Glory 23
Australia Adrian Leijer Melbourne Victory Newcastle Jets 26
Australia Zachary Anderson Central Coast Mariners Perth Glory 26

Attendances[edit]

These are the attendance records of each of the teams at the end of the home and away season. The table does not include finals series attendances.

Team Hosted Average High Low Total
Melbourne Victory 13 21,808 45,202 14,774 283,507
Sydney FC 14 18,682 40,388 10,148 261,543
Brisbane Roar 14 14,957 21,841 10,101 209,394
Western Sydney Wanderers 13 14,860 18,080 11,892 193,178
Newcastle Jets 14 11,949 16,634 7,692 167,285
Adelaide United 13 11,225 16,504 6,980 145,928
Melbourne Heart 14 9,933 26,491 5,046 139,059
Perth Glory 13 9,418 13,856 5,837 122,431
Central Coast Mariners 14 9,398 17,134 5,787 131,567
Wellington Phoenix 13 8,201 18,056 5,336 106,616
{{ALeague {{{T11}}}}} 0 0 0 0 0
{{ALeague {{{T12}}}}} 0 0 0 0 0
League total 135 13,041 45,202 5,046 1,760,508

Top 10 Season Attendances[edit]

Attendance Round Date Home Score Away Venue Weekday Time of Day
51,153 GF 4 May 2014 Brisbane Roar 2 – 1 (a.e.t.) Western Sydney Wanderers Suncorp Stadium Sunday Night
45,202 1 12 October 2013 Melbourne Victory 0–0 Melbourne Heart Etihad Stadium Saturday Night
40,388 3 26 October 2013 Sydney FC 0–2 Western Sydney Wanderers Allianz Stadium Saturday Night
40,285 22 8 March 2014 Sydney FC 3–1 Western Sydney Wanderers Allianz Stadium Saturday Night
28,350 SF 27 April 2014 Brisbane Roar 1–0 Melbourne Victory Suncorp Stadium Sunday Night
26,491 11 21 December 2013 Melbourne Heart 1–3 Melbourne Victory AAMI Park Saturday Night
25,546 21 1 March 2014 Melbourne Heart 4–0 Melbourne Victory AAMI Park Saturday Night
24,354 16 26 January 2014 Melbourne Victory 0–5 Sydney FC Etihad Stadium Sunday Afternoon
23,226 4 4 November 2013 Melbourne Victory 3–2 Wellington Phoenix Etihad Stadium Monday Night
22,133 12 28 December 2013 Melbourne Victory 1–1 Western Sydney Wanderers AAMI Park Saturday Night

Discipline[edit]

The Fair Play Award will go to the team with the lowest points on the fair play ladder at the conclusion of the home and away season.

1 point Yellow card.svg Yellow Card
2 points Yellow card.svgYellow card.svgRed card.svg Second Caution Red Card
3 points Red card.svg Direct Red Card
Team Yellow card.svg Yellow card.svgYellow card.svgRed card.svg Red card.svg Points
Adelaide United 65 2 2 75
Brisbane Roar 43 2 2 53
Central Coast Mariners 53 0 0 53
Melbourne Heart 59 1 1 64
Melbourne Victory 59 2 2 69
Newcastle Jets 66 0 2 72
Perth Glory 62 1 0 64
Sydney FC 58 3 1 67
Wellington Phoenix 60 2 0 64
Western Sydney Wanderers 62 0 0 62
Melbourne Heart 0 0 0 0
Sydney Rovers 0 0 0 0
Totals 587 13 10

Current as of 13 April 2014

NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award[edit]

The NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award will be awarded to the finest U/21 player talent throughout the Hyundai A-League 2013–14 competition. One nominee is announced per month and all nominees will qualify to be named the NAB Footballer of the Year at the conclusion of the season.

Nominees[edit]

Month Player Club
October 2013 Australia Trent Sainsbury[31] Central Coast Mariners
November 2013 Australia Adam Taggart[32] Newcastle Jets
December 2013 New Zealand Storm Roux[33] Central Coast Mariners
January 2014 Australia Dimitri Petratos[34] Brisbane Roar
February 2014 Australia Joshua Brillante[35] Newcastle Jets
March 2014 Australia Terry Antonis[36] Sydney FC

End of season awards[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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