While plenty of recent focus has been on the big-name players arriving in the A-League, defending champions Brisbane Roar have once again kept faith on the team spirit that has led them to back-to-back titles.
Alessandro Del Piero and Emile Heskey’s arrival in the A-League have taken most of the attention during the off-season, allowing the Roar to continue their tactic of building a squad that makes up for a lack of star names with a work-rate and togetherness that has been essential to Brisbane’s recent success.
There is still plenty of flair in the side despite not having a World Cup winner or a former England international striker; Thomas Broich has proved himself to be one of the most creative midfielders in the league and Brazilian Henrique brings plenty of pace and trickery on the wing. Punters betting on soccer will do well to avoid being star-struck by some of the big name arrivals over the close-season and take a closer look at the tight knit squad the Roar currently have.
Goalkeeper Michael Theo has been the bedrock on which a lot of the Roar’s stability has come, and the former Melbourne Victory stopper believes the team spirit in the squad, helped by not having any egos, has been the main reason behind Brisbane’s recent dominance.
“Team Spirit has been one of our strengths,” Theo told the gathered news soccer reporters.
“There’s no so-called superstars … there’s no one big player, we all work hard and we’ve got a humble bunch of guys. We’ve maintained that and kept that philosophy of not bringing in any so-called big stars.”
Once again, the Roar will go into a season with a host of other teams boasting squads that perhaps catch the eye more, but none that have a group of players that work as hard for each other as Rado Vidosic has available to him.
Three consecutive A-League championships would be a sensational achievement for Brisbane, but there won’t be many who will completely rule that out this season.