Introducing Brisbane Roar’s dirty thirties

Maybe it has been intentional or maybe it has just happened by coincidence but John Aloisi has assembled one of the oldest teams in A-League history with 10 players (almost half the squad) being 30 years or older. This has only happened a few times in the competition’s 13-year tenure so with the 2017-18 ahead let’s take a look at Brisbane’s pensioners. 

Massimo Maccarone (38)
Massimo Maccarone has the most to prove out of any foreign strikers heading into the 2017-18 season. The 38-year-old has an impressive resume spending his career at clubs such as AC Milan, Empoli, and Middlesbrough, where he won the League Cup and played alongside Socceroos Mark Schwarzer and Mark Viduka in the 2005-06 UEFA Cup final.

However, at age 38, he becomes the oldest player in the A-League this season, he’s three years younger than his 41-year-old boss John Aloisi. That means the Italian is the fifth oldest player to debut in the competition. His 210 goals in 590 appearances leaves a lot to be desired

Michael Theo (36)
Michael Theo was 24 years old when he debuted in the 2005-06 season for Melbourne Victory. Since then we’ve seen him become one of the most decorated players in A-League history (he has won 11 titles) and watched him dive left and right on his way to third place on the most clean sheets chart.

However he’ll be 37 in February and while his experience at the back is paramount who knows how long he’ll be flying around the box.

Jade North (35)
Jade North, like a lot of these players, is like a fine wine. The two-time A-League championship winner has been one of the league’s best defenders for many years now. But will this season finally be the year his age catches up to him?

Fahid Ben Khalfallah (34)
Fahid Ben Khalfallah is a new signing to Brisbane but he’s very familiar to A-League fans, with last season arguably being his best since he debuted in 2014-15 with Melbourne Victory.

Seemingly signed to replace Thomas Broich, Roar fans should be very happy with FBK’s signature and he should provide plenty of goals for his team this season. The Tunisian turns 35 just after their first round against his old rivals Melbourne City.

Thomas Kristensen (34)
If this writer had to describe this Dane in one word. Great. Bad jokes aside Thomas Kristensen didn’t bring the same flair as Corona before him but he had his composure on the ball made him one of the most underrated signings of the 2016-17.

At 34, he’s not too old and brings a lot of maturity and experience to the team. 

Matt McKay (34)
One of the most inspirational captains in the A-League, Matt McKay has led Brisbane throughout a majority of their campaigns since 2010, a period that has brought three championships to the Sunshine state.

Still as hard working as he was the 22-year-old Matt McKay when he debuted. He has slowed down in the past few seasons but makes up for it with his intelligence.

Brett Holman (33)
Brett Holman fell short of the form he produced for the Socceroos between 2010-12 but the attacker still showed why he has played in the Premier League and at a World Cup.

At 33 he still has a lot to offer in the A-League, and while he is unlikely to return to the national team he still has enough legs to bring success to John Aloisi’s side. 

Avraam Papadopoulos (32)
Avraam Papadopoulos is the most intimidating defender in the A-League, that’s just his appearance not going off his playing style.

The centre-back will likely play understudy to North and Luke DeVere which is an odd position for a 32-year-old to be in, but he will be a valuable player to have in the team. 

Jamie Young (32)
Jamie Young has been in-and-out of Brisbane’s goal since he signed with the club in 2014 despite this he remains one of the best shot stoppers in the league.

He’s only 32 so he might get his chance if Theo gets injured or drops off in form, but it’s hard to see him being Brisbane’s number one this season.

Eric Bautheac (30)
Not much is known about Eric Bautheac other than he’s French and Fahid Ben Khalfallah helped get him here. This YouTube video shows he is a clinical, creative player, and at 30 years old he should be hitting his strides at the moment.

 

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