Ferreira commits to Adelaide United

14 December 2012 08:33

Adelaide United winger Fabio Ferreira has capped a breakout year by signing a new deal to keep him at the Reds until 2015.

The former Portuguese youth international, who was plucked from Sydney suburban side Dulwich Hill in August, has played every game for Adelaide in his debut A-League season.

Ferreira, who spent a year at English Premier League giants Chelsea, said he was rapt to be given the opportunity to secure the next phase of his career.

“I’m very happy. I really like the club and it’s very important for me to be able to sign a new deal,” the 23-year-old said.

“The club has been really good for me, as well as the team and the fans, I really like being here and I’m excited that I will be staying in Adelaide for a longer period.”

Adelaide coach John Kosmina was equally pleased after Ferreira followed in the footsteps of Argentine import Jeronimo Neumann, who put pen to paper on his own two-year extension with the Reds on Wednesday.

“It’s terrific that we’ve been able to secure Fabio for another two years,” Kosmina said.

“He came here knowing it was an opportunity to show what he is made of and in the first 10 rounds he hasn’t disappointed.

“I think he has proved that he can compete at this level, and with his pace and skill on the ball, I’m sure he is going to continue to cause a lot of defenders in the A-League headaches, so I’m glad that we’ve managed to keep him here.”

Vidosic focused on Victory

14 December 2012 04:19

Brisbane Roar coach Rado Vidosic says events earlier in the season will not serve as a distraction against Melbourne Victory this time around.

The Roar thrashed the Victory 5-0 in October after Thomas Broich said Vidosic, not former coach Ange Postecoglou, was the brains behind their back-to-back titles.

“We’re at the stage of the season where every game is important. We’re ready, we’re confident. Hopefully things are going to start rolling our way and we’re going to get some good results,” Vidosic said.

“We just need to turn all our attention to the Melbourne game and do the same kind of preparation as we did for Western Sydney, get the same focus, and hopefully we can create as many chances and this time put them away.”

Asked if the Roar’s 5-0 thumping of the Victory back in round two had been rehashed in the Brisbane camp this week, Vidosic was adamant that it had not even been mentioned.

“Not at all. It was a few months ago. It’s a completely different Victory this time and we are different, so that game is not on our mind at all,” he said.

Vidosic says the rest of the A-League should be wary, as Postecoglou is only just starting to bring his vision to fruition at the Victory.

“You can see that there’s a clear structure in his mind. A clear way of playing a football game,” he said.

“I would say he’s only done about 60 percent of what he intends to do. So in a way it’s a frightening thought that Melbourne Victory can improve 40 percent on what they are now.

“If they were a bit more solid at the back, and weren’t leaking so many goals I’d say they’d have five or six points more and would be pushing for first or second spot.”

Brisbane will be attempting to exploit that perceived weakness at the back, says Vidosic, and an early goal from the Roar could open up old wounds for the Victory.

“First of all you need to try to dominate the game, you need to stop them from playing their way, try to impose our style and then hopefully we can create enough chances,” he said.

“From there, maybe if you score that first goal, it’s going to be, ‘oh, not again,’ in their heads. So I think the first goal will be very important.

“Whoever scores that first goal could get momentum going their way and maybe the opposition could have those negative thoughts.”

As for the verbal sparring that took place before the first match this season between the Roar and the Victory, the Brisbane coach insisted his players would be more respectful of Postecoglou this time around.

“What happened last time, that was not Brisbane Roar, and that’s not the way we want to operate,” Vidosic said.

“Ange has been a fantastic servant for this club. What we have achieved under Ange has been just a miracle, unbelievable stuff.

“What happened, I said then and I can say again, I’m very sorry for it, and I’m very happy to see that Ange has done so well since then.”

Postecoglou: Roar clash just ´another game´

14 December 2012 03:30

Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglou insists Saturday’s crunch match against Brisbane does not carry any extra significance for him.

The Victory coach led Brisbane to two successive A-League titles during his time in Queensland, but upset many of the club’s fans when he left to take up the Victory post at the end of last season.

The two sides met in round two, and Thomas Broich lit the fuse ahead of that meeting when he insisted Postecoglou’s assistant at Brisbane and present Roar coach Rado Vidosic had been the brains behind their back-to-back championships.

Postecoglou fired back on the eve of the clash, and again after his side suffered a 5-0 thumping, but he was keen to downplay the significance of the rivalry ahead of Saturday’s meeting at AAMI Park.

“No, it’s another game where we need to win,” Postecoglou said before training at AAMI Park on Friday.

“Every three points is pretty crucial. Look, it’s Brisbane, and as I’ve said previously I had some great times up there.”

When asked about the hostile reception he received from the Roar fans in October, Postecoglou said he had ‘moved on’ but still seemed to be harbouring some resentment over the encounter.

“Some of them weren’t (too friendly), but they probably took their cue from the club – that’s the message the club wanted to send out. I think some supporters took that on board, but some supporters were great to me,” he said.

“That was my first game back at a ground where I had some great memories. There was a couple of ways they could have addressed that as a football club and they chose to try and sell some more tickets, so there you go.”

Postecoglou was unfazed by queries over the fitness of Socceroos duo Archie Thompson and Mark Milligan, after the former raised concerns about his workload in the recent East Asian Cup qualifiers in Hong Kong.

Thompson described the program of four games in a week as ‘hard yakka’, but Postecoglou laughed off his concerns.

“I think that’s just Archie making excuses for training poorly yesterday,” Postecoglou said.

“Just take a look at him now, he’s running around like a two-year old as he always does so he’ll be fine.”

Postecoglou confirmed youngster Andrew Nabbout would make way for Thompson’s return, while he also expected left-back Adama Traore to return to the side after he missed last week’s 4-2 loss to Adelaide.

Murdocca eyes win in milestone game

14 December 2012 03:12

Ahead of his 150th appearance for the Brisbane Roar, stalwart Massimo Murdocca has spoken of his pride at reaching the achievement.

The hard-working midfielder stressed the importance of getting the team’s season back on track as they prepare to face Melbourne Victory on Saturday.

“I’ve been around for a long time, but to get to a milestone it’s quite nerve-racking,” said Murdocca, who is only the eighth player to notch up 150 games in the A-League.

“I’d like to think I can go a bit longer. I’ve been through some dark times and to get to this point in this healthy state that I’m in, it’s just hard work, it’s discipline and it’s just doing the right things all the time. That’s all you can do, you can just do your best and you’re either lucky or you’re not.

“It’s definitely a goal of mine to get to 200 and, you never know, maybe 250.”

Roar coach Rado Vidosic was full of praise for the long-serving Murdocca.

“He’s been with us from day one and he’s just got this Eveready battery somewhere inside and he’s been a fantastic servant for us. I congratulate him and I wish him another 150 for us,” Vidosic said.

“He’s been part of everything (at the Roar). Probably the only thing that’s missing from his game is scoring more goals, but if he were a regular goalscorer he probably wouldn’t be playing for us.

“It’s a pleasure to work with him. This is our eighth year together and I hope we can stay together for another seven, eight years.”

Murdocca has overcome injury woes and struggles to get into the starting 11 in past few seasons, and he says he is very satisfied to be at his peak once more.

“I’ve had a lot of battles over the last couple of years and this year is probably the first year I feel like I’m back to my best, I’m back to where I was four years ago, and the sky’s the limit for me now,” he said.

“I’ve just got to keep going, keep improving as a player, not worry about my body any more, just worry about becoming a better footballer. I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time. To go and play my milestone game being at the top of my game, I think that’s the most fulfilling thing for me.”

The Roar are at a critical point in their season, and Murdocca says his milestone is of secondary importance to the final result on Saturday.

As a player who has seen it all before, he maintains his side have the experience required to turn their season around.

“We’re bottom of the ladder. We definitely don’t want to be here, in this position. So points are probably the biggest priority. The milestone game, yeah it’s nice, but I’m after the points to be honest,” he said.

“I think it’s quite similar to previous years, when we were down in the dumps. You get all these chances, and they just don’t go in, you don’t produce, and we’re losing games.

“We don’t want to be that club again. We want to push, push, push and get that result at the end of the day. That’s what we’ve done the last two years, and we’ve just got to find a way to get back to that.”

Allegri not getting carried away

14 December 2012 02:50

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri is not getting carried away with his side’s resurgence after they beat Reggina 3-0 in the Coppa Italia.

Second-half goals from Mario Yepes, M’Baye Niang and Giampaolo Pazzini sealed the victory, which will now see the San Siro club meet Juventus in the quarter-finals.

“We did not play well in the first period on a technical level. We were very stiff and Reggina made it difficult for us. In the second period we were much better,” Allegri said.

“Juventus? We are now thinking of Pescara, which is more important. We have to recover points we lost earlier in the season. But we do not talk of third place, we have to keep winning as many games as possible.”

Niang’s goal was his first since his move from Caen during the summer and Allegri applauded the 17-year-old on a special night for the teenager.

“Niang has been doing well and tonight he did well to score. He still has to be given time to grow and I think he has great room for improvement,” he added.

Reggina coach Davide Dionigi, who left out several key players for the game, was upbeat despite his side’s elimination from the competition.

“We did well against a Milan side almost at full strength. It is a shame because we were better at times in the opening stages. But we are happy with what the guys have done,” he praised.

“Our focus is the league, hence why I brought this team. There are many games which do not allow us to play every game with all our best players. I am still pleased with the performance of the players today.”