Hyundai A-League – Round 3 Preview

Get all the information you need for this weekend’s Round 3 action.

To kick off the season and in celebration of achieving 700,000 sales last month, Hyundai is giving football fans who attend a Hyundai A-League match* during the first 3 rounds of the 2008/09 season the opportunity to win a Hyundai i30 SR 2.0 litre petrol 5 speed manual car.

The i30 SR is the top of the line model featuring 17” alloy wheels, leather and cloth seats, an in-dash 6 stack CD system with amplifier and iPod & USB connectivity.

To enter the competition, football fans attending one of the first three round matches in Australia have to keep proof of attendance (e.g. ticket stub or season pass) and register their details at

Terms and Conditions can be viewed at.
* Australian matches only (excludes NZ)

Melbourne Victory v Newcastle Jets
Friday 29 August
Telstra Dome
Local Kick-Off 8.00pm
Referee. Mark Shield

Live & exclusive broadcast on Fox Sports1 and delayed coverage on Sky Sports 3.
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Melbourne Victory Squad 1. Michael THEOKLITOS (gk), 2.Kevin MUSCAT (Captain), 3.Michael THWAITE, 4.Steven PACE, 7.Matthew KEMP, 8. Grant BREBNER, 9.Danny ALLSOPP, 10. Archie THOMPSON, 11.NEY FABIANO, 12.Rodrigo VARGAS, 14.Billy CELESKI, 15.Tom PONDELJAK, 16.Carlos HERNANDEZ, 17.Jose Luis LOPEZ, 18.Leigh BROXHAM, 19.Evan BERGER, 20.Mitchell LANGERAK (gk). *Two to be omitted

In: Michael Theoklitos (return from injury), Archie Thompson (return from injury)

Out: Tommi Tomich (omitted).

Others Unavailable: Daniel Vasilevski (hip – 1 week), Nick Ward (calf – 1 week), Nathan Elasi (National U/20 duties), Sebastian Ryall (National U/20 duties)

Newcastle Jets Squad: 1. Ante COVIC, 2. Adam GRIFFITHS, 3. Jade NORTH, 5. James HOLLAND, 6. Jesper HAKANSSON, 8. Matt THOMPSON, 9. Joel GRIFFITHS, 10. Jin-Hyung SONG, 11. Tarek ELRICH, 12. Jobe WHEELHOUSE, 13. Adam D-APUZZO, 15. Jason HOFFMAN, 16. Ben KANTAROVSKI, 18. Noel SPENCER, 20. Ben KENNEDY, 23. Edmundo ZURA. *one to be omitted

In: Jason Hoffman (returns from Qantas Young Socceroos duties), Jesper Hakansson (returns from injury).

Out: Kaz Patafta (omitted)

Others Unavailable: Shaun Ontong (ankle – indefinite)

Stats, Facts & Milestones
The next Hyundai A-League appearance for Danny Allsopp will be his 100th appearance at national league level in Australia. Allsopp commenced his first-class career in November 1995 aged just 17. He played 36 matches in the former competition before moving abroad, returning to Australia in 2005 to join Melbourne Victory, where he has so far made 63 appearances in the Hyundai A-League. Following his double against Wellington on Sunday, Allsopp-s Australian national league goal tally stands at an impressive 29 goals from 99 matches.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD in all official competitions
All matches (played 9): Melbourne Victory wins 2, Newcastle Jets wins 5 (2 draws).
In Melbourne (played 5): Melbourne Victory wins 1, Newcastle Jets wins 3 (1 draw)

Adelaide United v Wellington Phoenix
Saturday 30 August
Hindmarsh Stadium
Local Kick-Off 6.30pm (7.00pm AEST)
Referee. Matthew Breeze

Live & exclusive broadcast on Fox Sports 3 and Sky Sports 3.
Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is FRESH FM (Adelaide) and Radio Network (Wellington) 1035AM.
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Adelaide United Squad: 20. Eugene Galekovic (gk), 2. Robert Cornthwaite, 3. Alemao, 5. Michael Valkanis, 4. Angelo Costanzo, 7.Lucas Pantelis, 9. Paul Agostino, 10.Cristiano, 13.Travis Dodd (capt.), 14. Scott Jamieson, 15.Jonas Salley, 16. Daniel Mullen, 18.Fabian Barbiero, 19. Sasa Ognenovski, 21.Jason Spagnuolo, 22. Diego, 24. Paul Reid, 25. Robert Younis, 30 Mark Birighitti (gk) * Four to be omitted

In: Diego (returns from injury), Michael Valkanis (returns from injury), Paul Agostino (returns from injury, Daniel Mullen (returns from international duty), Mark Birighitti (gk) – returns from international duty)

Out: Julian Torresan (gk) – 1 week loan expired)

Others Unavailable: Kristian Sarkies (knee – 1 week), Cassio (calf – 1 week), Daniel Beltrame (knee – season), Isyan Erdogan (hamstring – indefinite).

Wellington Phoenix Squad: 1. Mark PASTON (gk), 2. Jeremy CHRISTIE, 3. Tony LOCHHEAD, 4. Jon McKAIN, 5. Karl DODD, 7. Leo BERTOS, 9. Shane SMELTZ, 10. Michael FERRANTE, 11. DANIEL, 12. Richard JOHNSON, 13. Troy HEARFIELD, 15. Adam KWASNIK, 16. David MULLIGAN, 20. Glen MOSS (gk), 21. Leilei GAO, 22. Andrew DURANTE (captain). * One to be omitted

In: Leo Bertos (return from injury), David Mulligan (promoted), Leilei Gao (return from injury)

Out: Vaughan Coveny (omitted), 25. Manny Muscat (omitted).

Others Unavailable: Vince Lia (knee – season)

Stats, Facts & Milestones
Adelaide United is set to become the third team to attract an aggregate Hyundai A-League audience of 1 million spectators this weekend. If Adelaide United attracts 7,052 or more fans to Hindmarsh Stadium this Saturday, they will reach the magic million milestone. Currently, only Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC have attracted an aggregate Hyundai A-League crowd of more than one million.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions
All matches (played 3): Adelaide United wins 2, Wellington Phoenix wins 0 (1 draw).
In Adelaide (played 1): Adelaide United wins 1, Wellington Phoenix wins 0 (0 draws).

Sydney FC v Perth Glory
Sunday 31 August
Sydney Football Stadium
Local Kick-Off 3.00pm AEST
Referee. Peter Green

Live & exclusive broadcast on Fox Sports 3 and Sky Sports 1.
Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is 6PR (Perth).
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Sydney FC Squad: 1.Clint BOLTON (gk), 2.Iain FYFE, 4.Simon COLOSIMO, 5.Mitchell PRENTICE, 7.Robbie MIDDLEBY, 10.Steve CORICA, 12.Shannon COLE, 14.Alex BROSQUE, 15.Terry MCFLYNN, 16. Chris PAYNE, 17.Jacob TIMPANO, 19.Mark BRIDGE, 20. Ivan NECEVSKI, 25. Robert MILESKI, 26. Dez GIRALDI.

In: Mitchell Prentice (return suspension)

Out: Stuart Musialik (suspended – 1 week)

Others Unavailable: John Aloisi (foot – 1 week), Adam Biddle (ankle – 1 week), Adam Casey (groin – 1 week), Mike Enfield (knee – 6 weeks), Tony Popovic (hamstring – 1 week), Brendon Santalab (quadriceps – 2 weeks), Nik Tsattalios (rested).

Perth Glory Squad: 1.Jason PETKOVIC (gk), 2.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, 4.Jamie COYNE (c), 6.Dino DJULBIC, 7.Nick RIZZO, 9.Adrian TRINIDAD, 10.AMARAL, 11.Scott BULLOCH, 13.Nikita RUKAVYTSYA, 14.Eugene DADI, 15.Hayden DOYLE, 16.Adriano PELLEGRINO, 17.James DOWNEY, 20.Frank JURIC (gk), 21.Mark LEE, 24.Anthony SKORICH * one to be omitted

In: James Downey (promoted), Anthony Skorich (promoted from Youth Team)

Out: Jamie Harnwell (hip – 2 weeks)

Others Unavailable: James Robinson (stomach – 1 week), Josip Magdic (ankle – TBA), Hayden Foxe (foot – 1 week), Naum Sekulovski (hamstring – 1 week), David Tarka (quad – 1 week)

Stats, Facts & Milestones
The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games may be over but the Olympic spirit continues in football with eleven former Olympians likely to take part in this week-s Round 3 Sydney FC v Perth Glory match at Sydney Football Stadium – the largest ‘Olyroos- alumni to take the field in one match. Sydney FC squad members including Mark Bridge (2008 Olympics), Alex Brosque (2004), Simon Colosimo (2000) and Steve Corica (1992, 1996); together with Perth Glory players Amaral (1996, Brazil), Frank Juric (1996), Nick Rizzo (2000), Nikita Rukavytsya (2008) and Nik Topor-Stanley (2008) have taken part in the Olympic Games Football Tournament. And the Olympic Games experience is not only limited to the players. Coaches John Kosmina (Sydney FC) and David Mitchell (Perth Glory) were team mates at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions
All matches (played 9): Sydney FC wins 3, Perth Glory wins 1 (5 draws).
In Sydney (played 4): Sydney FC wins 1, Perth Glory wins 1 (2 draws).

Queensland Roar v Central Coast Mariners
Sunday 31 August
Suncorp Stadium
Local Kick-Off 5.00pm AEST
Referee. Peter O-Leary

Live & exclusive broadcast on Fox Sports 3 and Sky Sports 3. Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner Coast FM (Gosford) 96.3FM. To purchase tickets visit

Queensland Roar Squad: 1 Liam REDDY (gk), 2 Andrew PACKER, 3 Luke DEVERE, 4 Craig MOORE, 5 Josh McCLOUGHAN, 6 Dave DODD, 7 Michael ZULLO, 8 Massimo MURDOCCA, 9 Sergio VAN DIJK, 10 Charlie MILLER, 11 Reinaldo, 13 Chris GROSSMAN, 14 Ben GRIFFIN, 15 Matt McKAY, 16 Hyuk-Su SEO, 18 Danny TIATTO, 20 Griffin McMASTER (rgk), 22 Robbie KRUSE, 23 Tim SMITS.* Four to be omitted

In: Andrew Packer (returns from injury), Luke Devere (returns from national team duty), Chris Grossman, Robbie Kruse.

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: Isaka Cernak (injured)

Central Coast Mariners Squad: 40. Mark BOSNICH (gk); 4. Pedj BOJIC, 5. Bradley PORTER, 6. David D’APUZZO, 7. John HUTCHINSON, 9. Nik MRDJA, 10. Adrian CACERES, 11. Dylan MACALLISTER, 13. Paul O’GRADY, 15. Andrew CLARK, 16. Nigel BOOGAARD, 17. Matthew OSMAN, 18. Alex WILKINSON, 19. Matt SIMON, 21. Ahmad ELRICH, 22. Sasho PETROVSKI, 23. Mile JEDINAK, 30. Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), *three to be omitted

In: Dylan Macallister (Returns from Injury), Paul O’Grady (Promoted), Mile Jedinak (Returns from Injury), Andrew Redmayne (Returns from International Duty – Qantas Young Socceroos).

Out: Danny Vukovic (gk) (Suspended – 5 weeks)

Others Unavailable: Andre Gumprecht (Knee – Indefinite), Dean Heffernan (Leg – Indefinite), Greg Owens (Hamstring – Indefinite).

Stats, Facts & Milestones
Central Coast Mariners- Nik Mrdja is due to make his 100th appearance in all national leagues. Mrdja, who has suffered a run of long-term injuries since scoring the last goal in the old competition in April 2004, played 76 matches in the NSL, 12 matches in the Swedish top division, plus 11 appearances so far in the Hyundai A-League.
Meanwhile Queensland Roar-s Reinaldo is set to make his 50th Hyundai A-League appearance. The flamboyant Brazilian striker, who is the Roar-s highest-scoring Hyundai A-League player, made his debut on 1 January 2006 for Queensland Roar.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions
All matches (played 9): Queensland Roar wins 3, Central Coast Mariners wins 1 (5 draws).
In Brisbane (played 5): Queensland Roar wins 1, Central Coast Mariners wins 1 (3 draws)

– Squads subject to change
– Match date and kick-off times are subject to change without notice.