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Besart Berisha
Besart Berisha
(born 29 July 1985) is an Kosovo Albanian
Kosovo Albanian
professional footballer who plays as a forward for Australian club Melbourne Victory.[2][3] With 115 goals (48 for Brisbane, 67 for Melbourne), Berisha is the A-League's all-time highest goalscorer.[4]

Contents

1 Club career

1.1 Youth and Hamburger SV 1.2 Burnley

1.2.1 Loan to Rosenborg 1.2.2 Loan to Horsens

1.3 Arminia Bielefeld 1.4 Brisbane Roar

1.4.1 2011–12 season 1.4.2 2012–13 season 1.4.3 2013–14 season

1.5 Melbourne Victory

2 International football

2.1 Albania

2.1.1 UEFA
UEFA
Euro 2008 qualifying 2.1.2 2010 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup qualification

2.2 Kosovo

2.2.1 Early departure

3 Career statistics

3.1 Club 3.2 International 3.3 International goals

4 Honours

4.1 Club 4.2 Individual 4.3 Records

5 References 6 External links

Club career[edit] Youth and Hamburger SV[edit] Berisha began his youth career at German side Berliner VB 49 academies at age of 9. He then moved to various German teams, such as Berliner FC Dynamo, TSV Lichtenberg, SV Lichtenberg
SV Lichtenberg
47 until 2003, then he moved to NOFV-Oberliga
NOFV-Oberliga
club Tennis Borussia Berlin, where a 17-year-old Berisha won the national youth league’s golden boot, outclassing future Germany strikers, Mario Gomez
Mario Gomez
and Lukas Podolski.[5] He stayed for just a year before being spotted by Bundesliga
Bundesliga
club Hamburger SV. For the first half of the 2004–05 season, Berisha wasn't included in Hamburg's starting lineup for any of the matches, and for the second half he was loaned to Danish Superliga
Danish Superliga
team Aalborg Boldspilklub where he spent a rather unsuccessful spell, playing only three games and scoring no goals.[6] The following season 2005–06 he was loaned to fellow Superliga side AC Horsens, where he scored 11 goals in 32 appearances, becoming the team's top scorer that season. For the 2006–07 football season, he remained at Hamburg and was given his chances in the first team making his German Bundesliga
Bundesliga
debut on 12 August 2006 against Arminia Bielefeld, coming on as a substitute in the 78th minute in place of Nigel de Jong, as the match finished in a 1–1 draw.[7] On 6 December 2006, Berisha became the first Albanian ever to score a goal in the group stages of the UEFA
UEFA
Champions League[6] by scoring his first goal for Hamburg in the match against CSKA Moscow at home in Hamburg. Exactly 10 days later, on 16 December 2006, Berisha managed to score his first Bundesliga
Bundesliga
goal against Alemannia Aachen, as the starting striker and scoring the opening goal in the 32nd minute in the match as it finished in an away draw 3–3.[8] He went on to make a total 14 appearances for Hamburg in the 2006–07 season, including one in the German cup and two in the UEFA Champions League, and eleven of them as a substitute. After the sacking of Thomas Doll
Thomas Doll
and the arrival of Huub Stevens
Huub Stevens
as Hamburg's new manager, Berisha was not seen as part of his plan for the team and remained on the bench for the rest of the season. Burnley[edit] On 3 July 2007, Burnley
Burnley
purchased Berisha from Hamburg for £340,000, this followed his impressive performance for Albania
Albania
against England
England
B on Burnley's home ground Turf Moor.[9] After his performance many European clubs were interested in signing the player [6] but Berisha was eventually signed to Burnley
Burnley
on a three-year deal, subject to the player being granted a work permit. The permit was eventually granted on 3 July 2007 and the deal was completed.[10] Berisha was ruled out for the 2007–08 season when he picked up an injury whilst playing for his country in an International friendly against Malta.[11] It was originally believed to be a minor knock to the knee but it was later discovered that the injury was more serious and was likely to keep the player out for 5–6 weeks.[12] After seeing a surgeon it was further revealed that the player had in fact snapped his cruciate ligament in his knee and would not return to football for a year.[13] The reason that doctors had originally failed to discover the damaged ligament was due to a buildup of fluid in the knee which distorted the scans image.[11] Ten months after suffering his serious knee injury, Berisha made his return to football in a pre-season friendly match in the USA against Carolina Railhawks, He came on in the 71st minute for Joey Guðjónsson. Berisha had just flown to America 24 hours earlier from Albania
Albania
which proved to be the reason for him not making an impact in the 20 minutes that he spent on the field. The match ended in defeat for Burnley
Burnley
with a 2–1 loss to the American side. Loan to Rosenborg[edit] He was loaned out to Rosenborg in the autumn of 2008, scoring twice in his debut on 10 August 2008 against rivals Molde FK
Molde FK
on Lerkendal Stadion, match finished in the victory 3–1.[14] On 21 September 2008, Berisha scored the latest goal in the victory 4–0 against HamKam.[15] With Rosenborg Berisha managed to play in 2008–09 UEFA
UEFA
Cup qualifying rounds, as he played in a two-legged match against Djurgården, were the first-leg played on 14 August 2008 finished in the loss 2–1 with Berisha playing as a starter and substituting off in the 76th minute[16] and in the second-leg victory 5–0, playing only a first-half match.[17] Rosenborg won in aggregate 6–2 and advanced to the next round, playing in another two-legged match against Brøndby, with Berisha playing only in the second-leg match on 2 October 2008 finished in the victory 3–2.[18] Rosenborg won on aggregate 5–3 and advanced to the Group stage and were shorted with Saint-Étienne, Valencia, Copenhagen and Club Brugge, were Berisha played only against Club Brugge on 23 October 2008, coming on as a substitute in the 90th minute and match finished in the goalless draw.[19] Loan to Horsens[edit] Berisha joined AC Horsens
AC Horsens
on loan on 8 January 2009 and was released to return to Burnley F.C.
Burnley F.C.
on 26 May 2009. AC Horsens
AC Horsens
dissolved the loan contract after an incident in training involving Berisha and Kenneth Emil Petersen. Despite scoring some important goals for AC Horsens Berisha returned prematurely to Burnley, where he had a contract running until 2010. Despite failing to make a single competitive start for Burnley, on 31 July 2009 it was announced that Burnley
Burnley
had agreed the sale of Berisha to German Bundesliga
Bundesliga
2 team Arminia Bielefeld
Arminia Bielefeld
for a fee believed to be £75,000. Arminia Bielefeld[edit] Berisha completed a move back to Germany on 5 August 2009, joining 2. Bundesliga
Bundesliga
side Arminia Bielefeld. In the 2009–10 season, Berisha finished scoreless and he made it just 11 appearances, which only two were as a starter since his debut on 10 August 2009 against Hansa Rostock. The match was a 3–1 victory where Berisha came as a substitute in the 80th minute.[20] He started the 2010–11 season on 22 September 2010 playing as a substitute against Bochum the 3–1 loss[21] and scored his first season goal a week later on 29 September 2010 against Union Berlin eventually losing 1–2.[22] He finished the season with a total of 19 appearances, where he made 12 as a starter and in 15 matches Berisha was an unused substitute. Brisbane Roar[edit]

Berisha celebrating Brisbane's 2012 A-League Grand Final
2012 A-League Grand Final
win in 2012.

Berisha and Erik Paartalu
Erik Paartalu
celebrating Brisbane's 2012 A-League
A-League
Grand Final win in 2012.

2011–12 season[edit] On 16 August 2011, Brisbane Roar manager Ange Postecoglou
Ange Postecoglou
announced that Berisha had agreed to a one-year deal with the 2010–11 A-League champions.[23] Berisha scored his first goal for Brisbane in round two against Sydney FC.[24] Berisha scored four goals in a 7–1 thrashing against Adelaide United in round four, Brisbane's biggest ever victory and making him the first player to score more than three goals in a single game for the club.[25] On 14 January 2012, Berisha was involved in an on-field melee with Sydney FC
Sydney FC
defender Pascal Bosschaart. Despite being cleared by the referee's post-match report and the Match Review Panel, Berisha was found to have breached the FFA Code of Conduct and was banned for one match.[26] On 14 February 2012, it was announced that Berisha had signed a two-year contract extension, taking him to the end of the 2013–14 season.[27] Berisha's "volatile" personality led to occasional clashes with team mates, both at training and on-field, as well as with opposition players. However, he was largely praised for his passionate approach to the game.[28][29][30] In the 2012 A-League Grand Final
2012 A-League Grand Final
against Perth Glory, Berisha scored a brace, one in the final seconds from a controversial penalty kick, to help the Roar win 2–1 and become the first team to win back-to-back A-League
A-League
championships. Berisha became the first Albanian to score in two different Champions Leagues when he scored against F.C. Tokyo
F.C. Tokyo
in the Asian Champions League.[31] In the 2011–12 A-League
2011–12 A-League
season, Berisha won the Golden Boot with 19 goals, the Football Media Association Player of the Year, the Players' Player of the Year, and Members' Player of the Year awards.[32][33][34] Berisha finished the season with 23 goals from 35 games, a record for a player in a season for Brisbane. His season tally included 19 goals in the regular season of the A-League; a joint all-time record. 2012–13 season[edit] Berisha's 2012–13 season was less notable than his debut season for the club. However, he still managed to finish what was a disappointing season for Brisbane with 14 goals from 28 appearances in all competitions. Berisha scored a number of important goals for Brisbane as they struggled to find the form that won them two consecutive championships; he scored the sole goal in Round 9 as ten man Brisbane saw off Newcastle Jets at home. However, arguably none were as important as the opening goal of the final round victory over Sydney FC which confirmed Brisbane's place in the post-season finals series. 2013–14 season[edit]

Berisha playing against Jérome Polenz
Jérome Polenz
in 2013.

The 2013–14 season started poorly for Berisha, despite scoring in the opening round win over Wellington Phoenix, he injured his hamstring in Round 2 which kept him on the sidelines for four weeks. Upon his return, he scored four goals in his next five appearances including a second half winner against Perth Glory and a brace in a 2–1 defeat of Adelaide United, however a hip injury then sidelined him for a further two weeks. Despite Berisha again scoring on his return from injury, on this occasion he could not prevent defeat to Adelaide at home. In the following match away to Perth Glory he received his first red card in the A-League. He was unfortunate to be booked in the first 30 seconds of the game whilst contesting a header with Michael Thwaite; he was then given his marching orders in the 32nd minute after receiving a second yellow card for a reckless tackle on the same player. Berisha scored on his return from suspension, netting a 90th-minute winner against Central Coast Mariners. On 27 April 2014, Berisha scored and gave his team the victory 1–0 against Melbourne Victory, valid for semi-finals of the A-League.[35] With this victory, Brisbane Roar advanced to the final match and played on 4 May 2014 against Western Sydney Wanderers winning the match with the 2–1 result after the extra-time, were Berisha scored also in the match equalising goal of 1–1 result after being that Wanderers scored the opening goal and then after that 90-minutes has finished in the 1–1 draw, match passed in to the 30-minutes of the extra-time, where Brisbane scored the winning goal in the 108th minute with Henrique Silva and this way Brisbane Roar were declared the champions of the 2013–14 season.[36] Berisha finished the 2013–14 season with a total of 20 appearances and scoring 13 goals, ranked second top-scorer of the A-League. Melbourne Victory[edit]

Berisha playing in a pre-season friendly match for Melbourne Victory in 2014

On 22 January 2014, it was announced that A-League
A-League
club Melbourne Victory had agreed to sign Berisha as the club's International Marquee player when his contract with Brisbane expires at the conclusion of the 2013–14 season.[2] The contract is for two seasons commencing in the 2014–15 season and is worth $1.5 million, more than double his wage at Brisbane.[37] Berisha had his competitive debut for Victory on 20 August 2014 in a 2014 FFA Cup Round of 32 match against Bayswater City SC
Bayswater City SC
away in Perth winning praise for his impact, assisting Archie Thompson's 77th-minute goal,[38] followed by a hat-trick in the next round of the same competition in a 0–6 win away to Tuggeranong United
Tuggeranong United
in Canberra
Canberra
on 16 September.[39] Berisha made his A-League
A-League
debut for the Victory in their first round clash with the Western Sydney Wanderers. In the same match, Berisha scored his first A-League
A-League
goal for the Victory, and the 2nd goal of the new A-League
A-League
season, from a penalty kick in the 19th minute of the match, putting the Victory 2–0 up, in an eventual 4–1 win for the Victory. In his third appearance & start for his new club, Berisha made his debut in the newly re-established Melbourne Derby against Melbourne City FC in round 3 on 25 October 2014. In this match, Berisha scored his first hat-trick for the club, scoring Victory's second, third and fourth goals in an eventual 5–2 win in front of an attendance of 43,729 at Docklands Stadium, with the first and last goals coming from veteran teammate Archie Thompson. At this point of his Melbourne Victory career, Berisha had played a combined total of five games for the club, scoring seven goals and giving one assist. His goal scoring tally went up to 13 goals in the regular part of season, thus helping Melbourne Victory
Melbourne Victory
to win Premiership. In the final, Berisha scored the opener against arch rivals F.C. Sydney which Victory went to win 3–0. On 2 December 2015, Berisha extended his contract with Victory for two further seasons, with his new deal set to end at the completion of the 2017–18 A-League
A-League
season.[40] In November 2016, Berisha was announced as seeking Australian citizenship, after spending the required five years in the country, to be naturalised. He will be eligible for citizenship in October 2017. Once this has been achieved, Victory will be able to sign an additional visa player.[41] On 17 December 2016, Berisha scored the winning goal in the 22nd Melbourne Derby. In doing so, he equalled Archie Thompson's tally of 90 goals in the A-League, the most ever scored by an individual in the league.[42] On 2 January 2017, Berisha became the A-League's all-time leading goalscorer, after scoring a penalty in an eventual 4–2 win over Newcastle.[43] On 14 April 2017, Berisha became the A-league's first ever player to score 100 goals in the competition after scoring a goal in a 1–0 win over the Central Coast Mariners.[44] This goal also brought his regular season tally to 19, earning him a tie with Jamie Maclaren
Jamie Maclaren
for the 2016–17 Golden Boot.[45] International football[edit] Albania[edit] He started applying for the Albanian citizenship in September 2006 along with Mërgim Mavraj, Genc Mehmeti and Alban Dragusha, this following the recommendations of Hans-Peter Briegel
Hans-Peter Briegel
before he resigned from his role as the manager of the Albanian national team. Despite these four players were tested and selected by Hans-Peter Briegel, but only three of them were in plans of the next upcoming coach of Albania, Otto Barić, where the Croatian coach meet Berisha in Germany and coach Thomas Doll
Thomas Doll
and had only required his services, Mërgim Mavraj's and Genc Mehmeti's, as for Alban Dragusha he has not given any concrete statement.[46] UEFA
UEFA
Euro 2008 qualifying[edit] Berisha received his first call up and played his first game for Albania
Albania
under the coach Otto Barić, on 11 October 2006 against the Netherlands valid for the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying Group G and where Berisha came on as a substitute in the 79th minute for Erjon Bogdani, as the match finished in the 2–1 loss.[47] In another four following matches he was called up and played in all four matches including two in the starting line up.[48] First he played as a substitute in a goalless draw on 24 March 2007 against Slovenia replacing Devi Muka in the 86th minute and playing for the first time as Attacking midfielder behind the back of Alban Bushi and Erjon Bogdani.[49] Then four days later in another goalless draw in a row, against Bulgaria, Berisha played as a starter along Erjon Bogdani in the forward line forming the duo-strikers partnership, Then Berisha was substituted off in the second half 79th minute by Alban Bushi.[50] In the next upcoming matches both against Luxembourg on 2 and 6 June 2007, Berisha returned to play as a starter in the midfield in the first match, but got substituted off by Devi Muka at half-time as the match finished in 2–0 with both goals scored by Edmond Kapllani
Edmond Kapllani
in the first half when Berisha played.[51] For the second match, Berisha came in as a substitute in the 67th minute for Alban Bushi and five minutes later Edmond Kapllani
Edmond Kapllani
scored for Albania
Albania
to secure the clean 3–0 win.[52] He scored his first goal for Albania
Albania
on 25 May 2007, during a friendly match with England
England
B played at Turf Moor, in Burnley, England, where he showed impressive form and was the Albanian man of the match.[9] This goal was not recognized because the match was not between two fully senior teams. The first fully senior international goal was scored by Berisha on 22 August 2007 in a friendly match against Malta which Albania
Albania
won 3–0. Berisha was in the starting line up and managed to score in the 46th minute of the second half.[53] On 19 November 2008, Berisha assisted the equalizing goal scored by Ervin Skela in the friendly match against Azerbaijan which ended exactly as a 1–1 draw.[54] 2010 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup qualification[edit] During the World Cup 2010 qualifiers, he was called up regularly in the national team for all 10 group matches, playing on eight of them. For the two matches against Hungary on 28 March 2009 and Denmark on 1 April 2009, coach Arie Haan
Arie Haan
left out Erjon Bogdani, a regular starter during the tournament, because the striker of Chievo Verona did not play for some time in the Italian Serie A.[55] In those two matches Berisha gained a chance to play as a starter and in the 0–1 loss against Hungary on 28 March 2009, he completed the entire 90-minutes match forming a striker partnership with Hamdi Salihi.[56] And four days later in a 0–3 loss against Denmark on 1 April 2009, he played once again in the starting line up as a single striker, then substituted off by Migen Memelli in the 85th minute.[57] After the end of the tournament, he refused permanently to be called up for the national team's fixtures, one reason being that he is living a long distance away from Albania. As of 14 October 2009, his last game with the national team, Berisha had made 17 appearances and scored one goal for Albania.[58] On 9 December 2013, he declared that after the opening of the winter transfer period he will sign for a football-club in Europe to be more close Albania
Albania
and to play again for the national team,[59] but suddenly on 22 January 2014 it was announced that fellow A-League
A-League
club Melbourne Victory
Melbourne Victory
had agreed to sign Berisha for next season 2014–15.[2] On 5 April 2014, he was asked by Albania
Albania
national team coach Gianni De Biasi to play again for Albania
Albania
only for the official matches valid for UEFA Euro 2016
UEFA Euro 2016
qualifiers and Berisha asked just ten days for final response.[60] His late response was definitive to not accept latest invitation, as he declared that as long as he was playing in Australia he couldn't come to Albania
Albania
due to the long distance.[61] In January 2016, Berisha declared that he was interested in representing Albania
Albania
in UEFA
UEFA
Euro 2016.[62] Kosovo[edit] On 16 August 2016, it was announced that Berisha had accepted an invitation to represent Kosovo, after was officially recognized by UEFA
UEFA
and FIFA
FIFA
in May 2016.[63][64] On 4 November 2016, FIFA
FIFA
accepted Berisha's request to play for Kosovo.[65] On 20 March 2017, he received a call-up from Kosovo for a 2018 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup qualifying match against Iceland,[66] making his debut after being named in the starting line-up.[67] Early departure[edit] On 11 June 2017, after the 2018 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup qualifying match against Turkey, Berisha decided to step down from international duty because he felt Albert Bunjaki, the Kosovo coach, was the worst coach he had ever worked with and accused Bunjaki of not giving him any reason as to why he was not being selected. Berisha said he would be available for selection again should Bunjaki leave his role as coach of the Kosovo National team. [68] Career statistics[edit] Club[edit]

As of 14 April 2017 [69][70]

Club Season Division League1 Cup Continental2 Total

Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals

Tennis Borussia Berlin 2003–04 NOFV-Oberliga
NOFV-Oberliga
Nord 4 1 — — 4 1

AaB (loan) 2004–05 Danish Superliga 3 0 — — 3 0

Horsens (loan) 2005–06 Danish Superliga 32 11 — — 32 11

2008–09 10 4 — — 10 4

Total 42 15 — — 42 15

Hamburger SV 2006–07 Bundesliga 12 1 1 0 2 1 15 2

Rosenborg (loan) 2008 Tippeligaen 8 3 — 4 0 12 3

Arminia Bielefeld 2010–11 2. Bundesliga 28 2 1 0 — 29 2

Brisbane Roar !Brisbane Roar 2011–12 A-League 29 21 — 6 2 35 23

2012–13 27 14 — 1 0 28 14

2013–14 20 13 — — 20 13

Total 76 48 — 7 2 83 50

Melbourne Victory
Melbourne Victory
!Melbourne Victory 2014–15 A-League 28 15 3 3 — 31 18

2015–16 26 18 5 5 8 4 39 27

2016–17 26 19 4 2 — 30 21

Total 80 52 12 10 8 4 100 66

Career Total 253 122 14 10 16 4 281 136

1 – includes A-League
A-League
final series statistics 2 – includes FIFA Club World Cup statistics; AFC Champions League
AFC Champions League
statistics are included in group stages commencing during domestic season (i.e. ACL and A-League
A-League
seasons etc.) International[edit]

National team Year Apps Goals

Albania[69][71]

2006 1 0

2007 6 1

2008 4 0

2009 6 0

Total 17 1

Kosovo[71]

Year Apps Goals

2017 1 0

Total 1 0

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Albania's goal tally first.

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition

1 25 May 2007 Turf Moor, Burnley, England England
England
B 1–2 1–3 Non-official/recognized Friendly match

2 22 August 2007 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tiranë, Albania  Malta 2–0 3–0 Friendly match

Honours[edit] Club[edit]

Brisbane Roar[70]

A-League
A-League
Premiership: 2013–14 A-League
A-League
Championship: 2011–12, 2013–14

Melbourne Victory[70]

A-League
A-League
Premiership: 2014–15 A-League
A-League
Championship: 2014–15 FFA Cup: 2015

Individual[edit]

A-League
A-League
Golden Boot: 2011–12, 2016–17 A-League
A-League
Team of The Week: 2011–12 (Rounds 3, 8 and 13) Gary Wilkins Medal: 2011–12 A-League
A-League
PFA Team of the Season: 2011–12, 2013–14, 2014–15 A-League
A-League
All Stars: 2013, 2014 A-League
A-League
PFA A-League
A-League
Team of the Decade: 2005–2015 Melbourne Victory
Melbourne Victory
Golden Boot: 2015–16

Records[edit]

Fastest hat-trick: 6 minutes (Brisbane Roar v Adelaide United, 28 October 2011)

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External links[edit]

Official website (in English) (in German) Brisbane Roar profile Besart Berisha
Besart Berisha
at fussballdaten.de (in German) Besart Berisha
Besart Berisha
at kicker.de (in German) Besart Berisha
Besart Berisha
at UEFA.com Besart Berisha
Besart Berisha
at Soccerbase

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Melbourne Victory FC
Melbourne Victory FC
– current squad

1 Acton 4 Williams 6 Broxham 7 Athiu 8 Berisha 9 Barbarouses 10 Troisi 11 Austin 14 Deng 15 McGilp 16 Hope 17 Donachie 18 Sánchez 19 Waring 20 Thomas 21 Valeri (c) 22 Nigro 23 Ingham 24 Antonis 31 Theoharous 40 Sutton 41 George Coach: Muscat

Awards

Awards and achievements

Preceded by Sergio van Dijk A-League
A-League
Golden Boot 2011–12 Succeeded by Daniel McBreen

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A-League
A-League
Golden Boot

2006: Brosque, Despotovski, Thompson & Petrie (8) 2007: Allsopp (11) 2008: Griffiths (12) 2009: Smeltz (12) 2010: Smeltz (19) 2011: van Dijk (16) 2012: Berisha (19) 2013: McBreen (17) 2014: Taggart (16) 2015: Janko (16) 2016: Fornaroli (23) 2017: Berisha & Maclaren (19)

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2011–12 A-League
2011–12 A-League
PFA Team of the Season

GK: Mathew Ryan DF: Michael Marrone DF: Patrick Zwaanswijk DF: Josh Rose MF: Fred MF: Mitch Nichols MF: Thomas Broich MF: Aziz Behich FW: Paul Ifill FW: Besart Berisha FW: Archie Thompson Subs: Bolton Durante Carle Hernández Kewell

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2013–14 A-League
2013–14 A-League
PFA Team of the Season

GK: Eugene Galekovic DF: Ivan Franjic DF: Matthew Spiranovic DF: Matt Smith DF: Adama Traoré MF: Thomas Broich MF: Luke Brattan MF: Marcelo Carrusca FW: Adam Taggart FW: Besart Berisha FW: David Williams Subs: Vukovic Malik Hernández Milligan Huysegems

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2014–15 A-League
2014–15 A-League
PFA Team of the Season

GK: Eugene Galekovic DF: Tarek Elrich DF: Andrew Durante DF: Matthieu Delpierre DF: Scott Jamieson MF: Mark Milligan MF: Aaron Mooy MF: Marcelo Carrusca FW: Fahid Ben Khalfallah FW: Marc Janko FW: Nathan Burns Subs: Vukovic Boogaard Dimitrijević Berisha Finkler

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2016–17 A-League
A-League
PFA Team of the Season

GK: Danny Vukovic
Danny Vukovic
(c) DF: Rhyan Grant DF: Alex Wilkinson DF: Michael Jakobsen DF: Michael Zullo MF: Brandon O'Neill MF: Miloš Ninković MF: James Troisi FW: Marco Rojas FW: Besart Berisha FW: Diego Castro Subs: Reddy North Brillante Fornaroli Brosque (c) Tongyik (U20) McGree (U20)

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PFA A-League
A-League
Team of the Decade (2005–2015)

GK: Eugene Galekovic DF: Ivan Franjic DF: Kevin Muscat DF: Patrick Zwaanswijk DF: Cássio MF: Thomas Broich MF: Carlos Hernández MF: Matt McKay FW: Archie Thompson FW: Besart Berisha FW: Shane Smeltz Subs: Theo Traoré Milliga

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