Based on the interest and discussion created by the Other Guys FC and that for many people twelve teams in the Hyundai A-league is the ideal amount, I’ve decided to put together a second team. The same as last time, the team will compromise of NPL talent, unsigned Aussies and five realistic visa signings (my visa signings might be a little costly to be honest). The idea is to put together a 23-man squad (although I’ve only gone with 22, You could throw in a midfielder like Jackson Bandiera or Jamie Dimitroff from the Joeys on a youth deal) that could be competitive in the A-league this season.
Caleb Patterson-Sewell – The Australian goalkeeper was a youth footballer in Belgium and England at Anderlecht and Liverpool respectively. most of his senior football has been in the NASL of the United States and the Portuguese second and first divisions. At 28, he is at a good age for goalkeeper and after spending last season in the top flight of Portugal as a backup keeper he’d be hungry to impress. Almost 100 senior appearances gives him the experience required to be a first choice in the A-League.
Aaron Lennox – Recently released from QPR, the 22 year old is a member of the Australian U23s which would indicate he’s rated as a good prospect. He had some very impressive performances for the Development Squad at QPR where his shot stopping ability kept them in contests. His age makes him a good understudy that is also able to step in to the physical and mental demands of senior football.
Alex Baird – A 21 year old keeper who came through the junior ranks of English Premier League side Newcastle United befor emoving to Dundee in the Scottish Premier League where he was the second choice keeper in the first team. The Woolongong native then moved back to the English lower leagues where he was also the second choice in the senior team but did well when given a first team chance.
Luke Wilkshire – One of the babies of the Golden Generation, the versatile defender/midfielder is only 33 years old. He’s played at a high level for most of his career and just left Feyenoord for arriving under done. If his fitness can be kept under control then he’d be a great acquisition for an A-League team as he was for most of the season last year for Feyenoord with whoscored.com giving him 7/10 rating for his league form.
Cameron Burgess – Having already made his senior debut Fulham FC in the Championship, the 19 year old would be a season long loan signing. A regular now in the Australian national team youth setups after being a Scotland youth international. He’s listed at 194cm and a solid enough build to compete physically in senior football and he can play either as a center back or defensive midfielder. A year on loan in the A-League would not only help his development but also provide good competition for places in the team.
Andrew Marveggio – The 23 year old South Australian has spent the last few years in the second tier of Dutch football where he made around 50 senior appearances. He can play as a right back and in the midfield. Impressed in Holland with his work rate and physicality and the time in Holland has improved him technicaly and tactically.
Liassine Cadamuro – An Algerian International who plays mostly as a centre back but can play anywhere along the back four. Has spent most his senior career in Spain and has 27 La Liga appearances. Was on loan to Osasuna in the segunda division last season. Was in the last African Cup of Nations and World Cip squads but didn’t get an appearance.
Brad Smith – A former Liverppol and England youth international left back whi has been recently brought in to the Australian national setup. Made his debut in the English Premier League against Chelsea and performed well on loan at Swindon in League One. Pace and power with a bag of tricks to beat opponents. His style would excite the crowd and give the opposition headaches.
Brayden Sorge – Has been named to the NSWNPL Team of the Season for two consecutive years. Gets it done on both the defensive and offensive ends. The Sydney Olympic right back’s forays forward keep his opponents honest.
Christian Verbi – The U17 Australian representative has been an Adelaide United junior and a part of the Australian Institute of Sport. The West Adelaide wing back impressed on tour in Italy against teams like AC Milan And Inter Milan. Explosive speed, strength on the ball and technically proficient, the 17 year old is one for the future.
Jurica Buljat – Over 100 games experience in the top flight of Croatia as well as stints in Germany, Israel, and Ukraine. The 29 year old also has been capped for Croatia. A strong center back who reads the game well.
Iqi Jawadi – The South Melbourne midfielder is a dynamic player who has developed into a solid box to box midfielder. The 21 year old has had trials at A-League teams and trained with Graham Arnold and the Mariners when he was 18.
Marcus Schroen – This 22 year old winger has been impressive for Hume City in the league and FFA Cup where his goals have been invaluable in their progression in the cup competition. Spent time in Holland with Den Bosch and Heart’s youth team. Described as big and strong with an eye for goal.
Tyson Holmes – What the 27 year old lacks in pace he makes up for in craft with the ability to play the killer through ball and link up with his forwards with nice touches and short passing. The attacking midfielder has been an important cog in Bentleigh’s winning season. Has been on the cusp of an A-League gig for a few seasons now.
Brendan Cholakian – Manly United’s number 10 was picked in the NSWNPL Team of the Season. Now 22, he was youth player at both Liverpool and Stoke in England from 2007 to 2009. Can play in central midfield, either wing, and even up front. Known for scoring spectacular goals. His versatility would be an asset and add depth to the roster. Recently trialled at Sydney FC.
Tiago Gomes – This former Portuguese youth international and Benfica youth product has played in a number of leagues of a high level such as La Liga, Liga NOS, Segunda Division, and the Championship (17 UCL appearances as well). A central midfielder who at 30 can bring his experience and quality to a young and raw team.
Urby Emanuelson – Our marquee man. The 29 year old Dutchman has pedigree as evidenced by the big clubs he’s played at such as Ajax, AC Milan, and Roma (played with Fulham in the Premiership too). Can play in the centre but prefers to play out left. His career has stalled somewhat in recent seasons. Released by Atalanta after only 9 league appearances, the Aleague would be a great chance for this Dutch international to reignite career ala Dwight Yorke back in the day at Sydney FC.
Lassad Nouioui – This 29 year old Tunisian international has played in the La Liga, Liga NOS and for Celtic FC with Samaras. He can play as a secondary striker or a centre forward. Known for his height and strength, he could be an ideal target man. Although good in the air he likes the ball at his feet and to play simple football. Recently released by FC Tokyo.
Geogios Samaras – Would throw everything at the Greek international with the Aussie passport to get him to the club. A real marquee that’d especially bring in Celtic and Greek fans but also could get it done on the pitch which is where it really matters.. At 30 years of age, he still has plenty to offer. Not having to use a visa spot too is a huge bonus.
Reece Vittaglia – A former Australian youth international and a member of the Perth Glory NYL side. Can play as a forward or an attacking midfielder. Trialled with Everton, Middlesbrough, and Sunderland. Now at Perth SC he has had some prolific seasons and scored some important goals in big games. Also an endorsement by former Socceroo Mile Sterjovski is good enough for me.
Jordan Figon – A classy forward who made his first grade debut as a 16 year old before joining Sydney FC youth team. Two knee constructions have hampered the player nicknamed ‘Anelka’ for his touch and scoring ability. Now 21, he has against all odds come back to star for the Sutherland Sharks. Would be a good squad player for Pick Me FC.
Adrian Vranic – Joined the Sydney Olympic U20s where he scored 7 goals in the last 3 games in the finals series. Previously trained with Dinamo Zagreb and has been described as an X-Factor player. The 19 year old would be worth a punt to see how he would do in a full time professional environment. Skill and ability are certainly without question.
HEAD COACH – John Anastasiadis
ASST. COACH – Arthur Papas