Aussies Abroad – August Review

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The European season is back for 2014/15, the Asian leagues continue, the transfer window has just closed and the Socceroos are getting ready to play a few friendlies – football is back and plenty to review for the month of August!!

Transfers:-  

The number of Aussies Abroad continues to swell with some more interesting destinations like Uzbekistan, Kenya and The Maldives now seeing Aussie expats plying their trade. Some notable movements with several Aussies such as Davidson, Demetriou and Gallifuoco joining the English Premier League. Current Socceroos Ivan Franjic and James Troisi finding new homes, along with recent Socceroos in Luke Wilkshire and Jackson Irvine.  Of the more notable players seemingly still searching for a club are Lucas Neill and Kerem Bulut.

Additions/changes to player database:

Evan Alexandrow-Ridley (19 Jun 1994) – transferred to Ekranas, Lithuania

Mitchell Austin (3 Apr 1991) – loan from Cambridge Town to Brackley Town, England

Emre Balci (5 Apr 1987) – transferred from Inegolspor to Diyarbakir Buyuksehir Belediyespor, Turkey

Andrew Barisic (22 Mar 1986) – transferred from South China to Kerala Blasters, India

Brandon Chin (14 Feb 1995) – transferred to FC Hennof 05, Germany

Daniel Collins (15 Jun 1995) – transferred from Bala Town FC to Wrexham, England

Jason Davidson (29 Jun 1991) – transferred from Heracles Almelo to West Bromwich Albion, England

James Demetriou (14 Aug 1995)  – transferred from Nottingham Forest to Swansea City, England

Kenny Dougall (7 May 1993) – transferred to Telstar 1963, Netherlands

Jonathan Faerber (15 Mar 1988) – transferred from FSV Erlangen-Bruck to TSV 1860 Rosenheim, Germany

Ivan Franjic (10 Sep 1987) – transferred from Brisbane Roar to FK Torpedo Moscow, Russia

Petar Franjic (7 Apr 1992) – transferred to Olmaliq, Uzbekistan

Rocci Gabey (TBC) – transferred to Kaya FC, Philippines

Giancarlo Gallifuoco (12 Jan 1994) – transferred from Tottenham to Swansea City, England

Sam Gibson (11 Nov 1988) – transferred from SV Bergisch Gladbach 09 to TSV Germania Windeck, Germany

Carter Glockner (16 Sep 1994) – transferred to 1. CFR Pforzheim, Germany

Tom Glover (24 Dec 1997) – transferred to Tottenham, England

Liam Graham (14 Aug 1992) – loan from Monza to Pro Partia, Italy

Alex Grant (23 Jan 1994) – loan from Stoke City to Macclesfield Town, England

Max Haubus (8 Mar 1993) – transferred from TuS Koblenz II to SV Rot WeiB Hadamar, Germany

Jackson Irvine (7 Mar 1993) – loan from Celtic to Ross County, Scotland

Luke Kairies (4 Mar 1995) – transferred to FC Eindhoven, Netherlands

Josip Konyit (29 Apr 1992) – transferred from Trento Calcio to Inter Zapresic, Croatia

Evan Kostopoulos (7 May 1990) – transferred from Sydney Olympic to South China, Hong Kong

Theo Markelis (24 Jun 1992) – transferred from Hercules Alicante to PAE Veria, Greece

Josh Macdonald (TBC) – transferred from Sydney FC to Nottingham Forest, England

Ian Niva (1994) – transferred to Gor Mahia, Kenya

Richard Porta (1 Aug 1983) – transferred from Nacional to Independiate del Valle, Ecuador

Alistair Quinn (1 Jun 1993) – transferred from NAC Breda to Telstar 1963, Netherlands

David Rowley (6 Feb 1990) – transferred to Club Sportif Grevenmacher, Luxembourg

Mario Simic (28 Dec 1989) – transferred to Lucko, Croatia

Brad Smith (9 Apr 1994) – loan from Liverpool to Swindon Town, England

Roko Strika (12 Feb 1994) – transferred from Velika Gorica to GNK Dinamo Zagreb, Croatia

Dean Tomeski (4 Feb 1991) – transferred to FY Makedonija GJP, Macedonia

James Troisi (3 Jul 1988) – loan from Juventus to SV Zulte Waragem, Belgium

Luke Wilkshire (2 Oct 1981) – transferred from Dinamo Moscow to Feyenoord, Netherlands

Removed from player database:  

Luis Abadia (Kaya FC) – uncontracted, whereabouts unknown

Dario Al Saad (B&I Svebolle) – uncontracted, whereabouts unknown

Matthew Bonasera (CF Badalona) – uncontracted, returned to Australia

Bryan Bran (FC Chabab) – uncontracted, whereabouts unknown

Kerem Bulut (Akhiser Belediyespor) – uncontracted, whereabouts unknown

Billy Celeski (Liaoning Whowin) – transferred to Newcastle Jets

Christian Esposito (Novara) – uncontracted, whereabouts unknown

Matthew Fletcher (Hull City) – uncontracted, whereabouts unknown

Charlie Fuller (Balzan Youths) – uncontracted, whereabouts unknown

Iain Fyfe (Mes Kerman) – transferred to Campbelltown City, SA

Ryan Go (Feyenoord) – uncontracted, whereabouts unknown

Calvin Lovric (Hercules Alicante B) – uncontracted, whereabouts unknown

Ben McNamara (Northampton Town) – uncontracted, whereabouts unknown

Jordan Nadalin (Balzan Youths) – uncontracted, whereabouts unknown

Lucas Neill (Watford FC) – uncontracted, whereabouts unknown

Conor O’Neill (Middlesbrough) – uncontracted, returned to Australia

Stepehen O’Neill (Middlesbrough) – uncontracted, returned to Australia

Robert Paratore (Leicester City) – transferred to Barwell, England (non-league)

Adam Parkhouse (Stalybridge Celtic) – uncontracted, whereabouts unknown

Steve Pepper (FCV Dender) – transferred to Croydon Kings, SA

Connor Thurston (Blackpool) – uncontracted, returned to Australia

Sebastian Usai (Cowdenbeath FC) – uncontracted, returned to Australia

Daniell Zeleny (Churchill Brothers) – uncontracted, returned to Australia

Club Level:-  

England (Premier League) -

Mile Jedinak’s continued as captain at Crystal Palace, playing 90 minutes in each of the club’s first three fixtures.  Jason Davidson has made his starting debut after a prolonged transfer from Holland.  The only other Aussie that hasn’t made a match day squad to date is Liverpool reserve keeper Brad Jones.

England (Championship) -

Making their senior debuts for Fulham were young defender Cameron Burgess and Ryan Williams.  To recap, Williams had a fantastic loan spell at Oxford United last year and has returned a better player.

Great to see Scott McDonald on the scoresheet early in Millwall’s new campaign.  He seems to have moved to an attacking midfield role, and initial reports were positive on his involvement level.  Also it was positive to see Adam Federici back between the sticks at Reading after a disappointing last season.  Also featuring for Reading has been Ryan Edwards after returning from a loan in the A League.

England (League One) -

Of the Aussies in this league, Brad Inman has possibly started the strongest at Crewe, scoring twice in six league/cup appearances.  The boys at Swindon are also impressing with young defender Brad Smith joining on loan from Liverpool, complimenting our other young Aussie Mass Luongo who will be looking to build on his World Cup experience.

Another returning Socceroo is Bailey Wright, who will also be looking for a career defining club season.  Neil Kilkenny has had a good start to the new season at Preston North End.

England (League Two) -

Early days but Shane Cansdell-Sheriff’s Burton Albion sit top of the table with Shane playing centre back in a miserly defence.

Italy (Serie A) -

A rapid rise to fame with Josh Brillante debuting for Fiorentina in the first game of the season.  Some negative press after the game but tipping Josh to bounce back strongly after featuring in the Socceroos camp this week.

Germany (Bundesliga) -

Mitch Langerak started the first game in goal but was promptly relegated to the bench for the second game.

Germany (2. Bundesliga) -

An impressive start to Mat Leckie’s Inglostadt career with goals and assists flowing.  A mixed start for Ben Halloran as he tries to nail down a starting berth at Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Netherlands (Eredivisie) -

A few great stories with Tommy Oar showing great form after returning from injury at Utrecht.  Trent Sainsbury is moving towards a regular centre-back role at PEC Zwolle after several starts, and Luke Wilkshire may have a new lease of life after starting his career at Feyenood strongly.

Austria (Bundesliga) -

James Holland has returned to the starting eleven but Austria Wien have had a terrible start to their season.

Belgium (Pro League) -

Mat Ryan may not have started with a high number of clean sheets, but qualifying for the Europa League group stage would be arguably more satisfying.

Croatia (1. HNL) -

Great to see Tomislav Mrcela scoring on debut for his new club NK Lokomotiva Zagreb.  He was rewarded with a starting position.  Another to start the season in the senior squad is Steven Ugarkovic at NK Osijek.

Greece (Super League) -

A bright start for Apostolis Giannou with two starts and two goals at Panionios Athens.  A debut as well for Robert Stambolziev at Niki Volos.

Iceland (2. Deild) -

The amazing run continues at club level for Kile Kennedy.  KF Fjardabyggd have 13 points up their sleeve as they look for a second successive automatic promotion while Kile is in goal each week.

China (Super League) -

Plenty of minutes for veteran Jonas Salley at Guizhou Renhe.  Another who has seemingly worked his way back to a regular starting role is Harbin Yiteng midfielder Adam Hughes.

Korea (K-League Classic) -

The standout Aussie in this league for August would have to be defensive midfielder Aleksander Jovanovic.  He has now made 19 starts for Jeju United in a tough league.

Thailand (Premier League) -

Mixed results for our Aussies with Michael Beauchamp and Matt Thompson starting regularly for PTT Rayong.

Maldives (Dhivehi) -

Nearing the end of the season, journeyman Dane Milovanovic has featured prominately on the scoring charts for New Radiant as they push for the title.

Injuries:-

A fair number of Aussies in the medical rooms. Socceroos Curtis Good (hip), Adam Taggart (abdominal), Rhys Williams (achilles), Robbie Kruse (knee) and Tom Rogic (Abductor) all yet to appear this season.

Club Competitions:- 

Europe

(UEFA Champions League) –

No Aussies appeared during August, however Leverkusen (Kruse) did progress to the group stages.

(UEFA Europa League) –

A bit of Aussie action with Mat Ryan appearing as Club Bruge progressed to the group stages.  Similar story for Luke Wilkshire as he started both legs that saw Feyenoord progress.  Trent Sainsbury also played both legs for PEC Zwolle who lost their playoffs and failed to enter the group stages.

North America

(CONCACAF Champions League) –

Tim Cahill started in the 2-0 win against FAS (El Salvador).

South America

(Copa Sudamericana) –

Richard Porta was an unused sub for Independiate del Valle.

Asia

(Asian Champions League) -

No Aussies Abroad remain.

(AFC Cup) -

No Aussies Abroad remain.

Reserves and Youth:-

Youth leagues just recommencing, next report in September.

International level:- 

Preparations begin now for the Asian Cup in January,  most notable inclusions for me were Josh Brillante who was close to the World Cup Squad, but has had a great pre-season in Italy.

Brad Smith has been recognised for a strong season with Liverpool’s reserves and after appearing for the England youth team, would be great to lock him away.

While Chris Herd hasn’t been able to break into the Aston Villa squad, so he is an interesting pick.  He has had injuries preventing him from appearing in the green and gold before now, hope to see how he is travelling now with a position at both club and national level seemingly on his agenda.  He certainly looked very promising a year or two ago so reason to be optimistic.

The last player I wanted to mention was Carl Valeri, certainly a player that has given his all to the Socceroos over the years. With a transfer back to Melbourne Vicotry, I hope he has a fantastic six months at both club and national level.

All in all, great to see Ange continue to look to build the depth of Australian football.

Socceroo (capped) of the month – on hold

Nov – Ryan, Dec – Jedinak, Jan – Jedinak, Feb – Ryan, Mar – Kennedy, Apr – Jedinak

Under the radar (uncapped)  - on hold.

Nov – Luongo, Dec – Mrcela, Jan – Giannou, Feb – Wright, Mar – Lowry, Apr – Halloran

Young player (U21) of the month – on hold.

Nov – Ryan Williams, Dec – Cooper, Jan – B.Smith, Feb – Grant, Mar – Tanner, Apr – Ugarkovic

Damian Davies

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