Brisbane Roar: A-League 2019/20 preview
Brisbane Roar are tackling the new A-League season with a new coach and a transformed team.
Brisbane Roar had a pretty disastrous 2018/19 season in the A-League. They finished ninth, missed the finals and amassed only four wins over the course of the competition. The club recorded their lowest ever points total (18) and conceded a league-record 71 goals. Even so, Brisbane scored a shock 2-1 win over Sydney FC, so fans still had a few reasons to keep their excitement levels up.
The Queenslanders now have a new coach in former Liverpool forward Robbie Fowler, who is hoping to turn things around as the new season kicks off. With a fresh dose of players, there's a good chance Brisbane Roar will be able to recover and put on a better display this time around.
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History of Brisbane Roar
The club was formed in 1957 as Hollandia-Inala before becoming the Brisbane Lions. It then transitioned to Queensland Roar and played under that name from the inaugural season of the A-League in 2005/06. However, following the establishment of two additional Queensland teams, the club re-branded in 2009 as Brisbane Roar.
Since joining the A-League, Brisbane Roar have won two league Premierships and three Championships. They hold the record for the longest unbeaten run at the top level of any Australian football code with 36 consecutive wins. They are the only club so far to win back to back A-League Championships. The club play home matches at Suncorp Stadium in Milton.
How to watch Brisbane Roar live
Brisbane Roar kick off their 2019-20 campaign with a match against Perth Glory on Sunday 13 October, which will be broadcast live on Fox Sports. After that, you can follow Brisbane Roar on Fox Sports or free-to-air television when available. ABC will broadcast one of the Saturday games every week, as well as offer delayed broadcasts of one elimination final, one semi-final and the Hyundai A-League 2020 Grand Final.
That being said, the most convenient way to keep up with Brisbane Roar's campaign is through Kayo Sports. The multi-sport streaming platform will stream every match of the A-League 2019-20 season live.
You can get a Basic subscription, which enables you to watch on two screens at the same time, for $25/month. Premium subscriptions to the service cost $35/month and support three simultaneous streams. Whichever option you choose, new subscribers get a 14-day free trial.
Kayo Sports offers subscribers a generous content library with over 50 sports from all over the world, as well as plenty of features that will likely appeal to sports enthusiasts. SplitView, for instance, lets you watch up to four videos at once on the same screen.
You can access Kayo Sports via web or download the app to your smartphone/tablet. The platform is also compatible with Chromecast, Telstra TV, Apple TV and Android TV. Read our full Kayo Sports review for more details.
With all matches broadcast on Fox Sports, Foxtel IQ subscribers with the Sport pack can keep up with their favourite team by watching on TV or streaming matches to their smartphone or laptop with Foxtel Go. The app is free for all Foxtel subscribers.
You can also live stream matches with Foxtel Now, as long as you subscribe to the Sport pack. Finally, all matches will also be available on the MyFootball Live App. For more information on how to watch this season of the A-League, we have a comprehensive viewing guide.
Brisbane Roar transfers 2019
Brisbane Roar announced the appointment of Robbie Fowler as head coach back in April. John Aloisi, the club's longest serving manager, resigned at the end of 2018. Darren Davies acted as interim until Fowler's appointment. Fowler, a Liverpool legend, has dabbled with coaching in the past, but his contract with Roar is his first significant foray into managing.
His first move was to completely rebuild the team and had 14 players released soon after his appointment. Notable losses for the team ahead of the new season include Eric Bautheac, Thomas Kristensen, Luke DeVere, Alex Lopez and Joe Caletti. Plus, Roar legends Matt McKay and Henrique retired.
As for fresh blood, the squad is diverse. In an exciting move, Roy O'Donovan came over from the Newcastle Jets. Other transfers include Aaron Amadi-Holloway, Tom Aldred, Macaulay Gillesphey, Jay O'Shea, Scott Neville and Brad Inman.
The 2019/20 Brisbane Roar squad
Here's the complete Brisbane Roar squad for the 2019/20 A-League season:
Goalkeepers: Max Crocombe, Macklin Freke, Jamie Young
Defenders: Tom Aldred, Daniel Bowles, Jordan Courtney-Perkins, Macaulay Gillesphey, Jack Hingert, Jake McGing, Scott Neville, Connor O'Toole, Izaack Powell, Aeron Reardon, Kai Trewin
Midfielders: Rahmat Akbari, Stefan Mauk, George Mells, Aiden O'Neill, Jay O'Shea, Jacob Pepper
Forwards: Aaron Amadi-Holloway, Jai Ingham, Bradden Inman, Roy O'Donovan, Dylan Wenzel-Halls
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