Aussies Abroad – October 2013 Review

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A massive month for our Aussies Abroad and it’s not all about the English Premiership though with Germany, Holland, Greece and Switzerland all popping up with Aussies appearing. Several competitions across Asia have completed their seasons, namely China and Thailand, while Japan and Korea have about a month to go. Another quiet month for transfers but the closing of the Asian season may see a few loan deals in the New Year.

Seems like a long time back, but the Socceroos did appear against France and Canada during the past month.  With a change to the national manager we wait and see what Ange Postecoglou’s first squad will look like. Fair to say that another eight to ten players may suddenly feel their claims for a ticket to Brazil have improved.

Transfers: Very low amount of transfer activity during October, with a little bit of movement in the lower English competitions.

Additions/changes to player database:
Alex Baird (14 Jan 1994) – transferred from Stockport Sports FC to Gateshead, England
Mitchell Davidson (13 Sep 1992) – transferred to Kaya FC, Phillipines
Jamie de Abreu (11 Dec 1990) – transferred to Team Wellington, New Zealand
Charlie Fuller (12 Aug 1995) – transferred to Balzan Youths, Malta
Sam Gallagher (5 May 1991) – transferred to IF Birkebeineren, Norway
Josip Konyit (29 Apr 1992) – transferred from CFR Cluj II to Trento Calcio, Italy
Jesse Martindale (24 Jul 1993) – transferred to Green Archers United, Phillipines
Srecko Mitrovic (19 Feb 1984) – transferred to Sabah, Malaysia
Eoghan Murphy (30 Jan 1995) – transferred to Sheffield Wednesday, England
Stefan Stanojevic (11 Feb 1994) – transferred from Metalac to FK Kolubara Lazarevac, Serbia
Brandon Wilson (TBC) – transferred to Burnley, England
Jamie Young (25 Aug 1985) – transferred to Hayes & Yeading FC, England

Removed from player database:
Terry Antonis (Parma) – deal cancelled, returned to Sydney FC
Scott Gannon (BA FC) – uncontracted, whereabouts unknown
Daniel McBreen (Shanghai SIPG) – loan return to Central Coast Mariners
Jovo Pavlovic (South China) – uncontracted, whereabouts unknown
Mario Simic (HNK Zmaj Makarska) – contracted ended, whereabouts unknown

Playing Time

A healthy sprinkling of Aussies appearing week in and week out

Club Level:
England (Premiership) – Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) continues to have played every minute this season for his club. They are struggling and now find themselves at the foot of the table. Jedinak, club captain, is talking about extending his contract. Mark Schwarzer made his Chelsea debut, keeping a clean sheet in a league cup tie against Arsenal. Brad Jones (Liverpool) and Chris Herd (Aston Villa) remain on the pine for their respective teams.

England (Championship) – a few good stories to come out of the Championship during October. Scott McDonald is finding his feet at new club Millwall, now up to 3 goals in 8 starts. Team mate Shane Lowry seems to have dropped out of favour a little with the manager after choosing not to restore him to the starting eleven since his red card in September. Adam Federici made another start for Reading but is struggling to replace Alex McCarthy. After being relieved of the Middlesbrough captaincy, hopefully now Rhys Williams can go from strength to strength.

England (League One) –Bailey Wright is yet to miss a minute for Preston North End this campaign, scoring a few goals too. His club are reaping the benefits as well as they challenge for the automatic promotion places but still a long way to go. James Meredith has a similar story to tell at Bradford City, also not missing a minute of the first 15 league games. Young midfielder Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town) has 5 goals in his 15 starts for the season, making an impressive start to the season. Youngster Bradden Inman has scored his debut goal for the season at Crewe Alexandria. James Wesolowski is back in the starting lineup at Oldham Athletic, making over a dozen appearances.

Germany (Bundesliga) – two starts in his nine leagues appearances marks mixed success for Robbie Kruse at Bayer Leverkusen. He has appeared in the Champions League, and his club is top three. Tough to break into such a solid starting eleven. Mitch Langerak continues on the bench at Dortmund.

Germany (2.Bundesliga) – Mathew Leckie’s good form continues at FSV Frankfurt, having now scored 5 times in 12 starts. This form might be making life a little tougher for Nikita Rukavytsya who has one start in his seven appearances, but seems to be linking up with Leckie after being pushed up to attacking midfield

Netherlands (Eredivisie) – after missing a few games with a back injury, Tommy Oar has returned to the starting line-up at FC Utrecht. With the exception of his one-game suspension in August, Jason Davidson’s hasn’t missed a minute to this campaign at Heracles Almelo. That certainly makes this a breakout season for him and perfectly timed with the WC around the corner.

Netherlands (Eerste Divisie) – young striker Travis Cooper is now up to 10 appearances in all competitions for VVV Venlo.

Austria (Bundesliga) – James Holland also continues in the starting eleven at Austria Wien, but managed to get his first straight red in his professional career against Wiener Neustadt. Apparently a little unlucky too.

Belgium (Pro League) – Mat Ryan number has 6 clean sheets in his 14 appearances, having not missed a minute this season. Impressive start to his European career.

Scotland (Premier) – an interesting predicament for Hearts midfielder Dylan McGowan. He now starts every week in a team that has fallen into administration and looks set to be relegated at the end of the season. While over at Kilmarnock, Jackson Irvine celebrated his Socceroos debut by returning to his club to score a cracker.

Switzerland (Super League) –Dario Vidosic (FC Sion) has now managed 4 goals in his 8 ninety minute outings. Oliver Bozanic is also tracking well at Luzern, having scored 5 times in his 14 appearances.

Cyprus (1. Division) – Robert Stambolziev continues his solid run, 4 goals in 7 appearances. Strangely, all scored at home.

USA (MLS) – you can’t keep a good man down. Having scored an impressive 12 goals in 28 appearances, taking his team to the playoffs, and scoring the fastest goal in MLS history. If the rumours surrounding Tim Cahill as the next Socceroo captain are true, we could do much worse. David Carney continues to get full games at left back for NY Red Bulls. Young midfielder Andy Rose has now made 8 appearances for the Seattle Sounders.

China (Super League) – with the league reaching its conclusion, worth noting some stats for the Aussies in this league Ryan McGowan (Shandong) 29 appearances for 2610 minutes, Eddy Bosnar (Guangzhou R&F) 13 appearances for 1137 minutes, Jonas Salley (Guizhou Renhe) 28 appearances for 2520 minutes, Michael Marrone (Shanghai Shenxin) 16 appearances for 1349 minutes and Erik Paartalu (Tianjin Teda) 30 appearances for 2654 minutes.

Japan (J League) – Josh Kennedy has taken his season tally to 11 goals at Nagoya Grampus. Lucas Neill (Omiya Ardija) has dropped out of the starting eleven.

India (I-League) – a bright start for Simon Colosimo (Dempo), having played every minute to date. While Sean Rooney’s six goals in seven starts has him tied leader for the Golden Boot at Bengaluru FC

U.A.E (UFL) – of our Aussies in this league Brett Holman (Al Nasr) and Alex Brosque (Al Ain) were the most prominent during October.

Injuries: as we build towards the World Cup, you have to be playing to get selected. Unfortunately the likes of Carl Valeri (Sassuolo) and Adam Sarota (FC Utrecht) are running out of time to impress. A few of the youngsters like Taylor Tombides (knee), Paul Katsetis (hernia) and Liam Graham (knee) have also been yet to appear this season.

Club Competitions

UEFA Champions League – group stages but a memorable month for our Aussies. James Holland saw 90 minutes on two occasions, Mitch Langerak got a start while Robbie Kruse came off the bench. Mark Schwarzer sat on the pine for Chelsea, but worth noting Tom Rogic did the same but against Barcelona and Ajax. Not a bad experience I would imagine!!
(UEFA Europa League) – no Aussies appeared.

Reserves and Youth
There continues to be a large Aussie contigent running around at the reserves/youth level. Brad Smith (Liverpool) has made a solid return from a knee injury. As has 16 year old George Mells who is running around for the Southampton U18′s. Another young propect is Dominic Kurasik who is holding down the keeper position in the Stoke City U18′s. Also a mention to young Tom Beadling who has now cemented his spot in the Sunderland U18′s.While in Italy Chris Ikonimidis (Lazio) and Reno Piscopo (Inter Milan) continue to shine.

International level

The France result led to a shake up in Australian football. Thank you to Holger for his efforts in getting us to WC2014, but time to look forward. Ange brings with him the prospect of reshaping the Socceroos squad. His remit is not only the World Cup, but also the Asian Cup in 2015. A great appointment and interesting times ahead. The Canada game saw minutes going into Langerak, Vidosic, Davidson, Leckie and Irvine. Some big decisions lay ahead.

Socceroo of the Month (Capped) – having transferred from Adelaide United to Sion in Switzerland, Dario Vidosic has hit the ground running. Playing ninety minutes each week, a sprinkling of goals, none better than his brace against Young Boys during October. September – Cahill

Under (uncapped) – Melbourne born striker Billy Konstantinidis has been floating around the Greek leagues for over 8 years. He trialled unsuccessfully in Melbourne over the pre-season but took that in his stride. He signed with Panserraikos and is scoring at nearly a goal a game. At 27 years old, and 191 cm, might be worth a look. September – Wilkinson

Young player (U21) of the Month – an apparent unknown to many Australian fans, Sydney born defensive midfielder Steven Ugarkovic has now appeared 5 times in the senior Osijek squad in Croatia. He has made two appearances for Croatia U19′s this year. September – Ikonomidis

Damian Davies

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