Revealed: The greatest Brisbane Roar side of all time

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The Roar have had their fair share of glory days. So, let us go back and determine which Brisbane Roar team was the best to ever take the field.

From the way the Roar are playing this season, you would struggle to believe that the Roar sit in third place for most A-League Men’s titles.

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But make no mistake, Brisbane once dominated the ALM and are known to be a championship winning club.

The Roar have won the ALW grand final three times, and it is fair to say those three seasons were the club’s best in its history.

So, let us delve into the three championship winning seasons, and decide which Roar side was the greatest.

2010/11 Brisbane Roar side

Starting XI: Michael Theoklitos (GK), Ivan Franjic, Matthew Smith, Milan Susak, Shane Stefanutto, Erik Paartalu, Matt McKay, Mitch Nichols, Kosta Barbarouses, Jean Carlos Solorzano, Thomas Broich

Ange Postecoglou’s 2010/11 Roar team was a side that ran rampant throughout the season.

The season also proved to be a record-breaking one.

The Roar broke their longest unbeaten streak, by playing 23 consecutive games without suffering a defeat. Throughout the whole of the regular ALW season, the Roar registered one loss, and as a result were crowned premiers with finals still looming.

This Roar side also proved to be a fortress in defence, and be a clinical team on the attack, having scored 58 goals and only conceding 26.

They went onto win their first ever ALM Championship in a dramatic penalty shoot-out against the Central Coast Mariners who fumbled their 2-0 extra-time lead.

In total the Roar registered 18 wins, 11 draws and one loss throughout the season finishing on 65 points.

The Roar possessed a dangerous front three consisting of Kosta Barbarouses (top goalscorer – 12), Jean Carlos Solorzano, and Thomas Broich who combined for a total of 29 goals between the trio.

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The Roar’s talented backline consisting of Ivan Franjic, Matt Smith, Milan Susak, Shane Stefanutto, coupled with the goalkeeping skills of Michael Theoklitos, proved to be able to break down opponent team’s attacks as the Roar recorded 11 clean sheets that season.

So, it is no surprise that after such a dominant season that seven Brisbane Roar players were selected to be in the ALM’s Team of the Year.

Postecolgou’s brilliance to lead this team to its championship was recognised as he was awarded the Manager of the Year Award, and the Roar were also awarded the ALM Fair-play Trophy for being the most disciplined team in the league.

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2011/12 Brisbane Roar side

Starting XI: Michael Theoklitos (GK), Ivan Franjic, Matthew Smith, Sayed Mohamed Adnan, Shane Stefanutto, Erik Paartalu, Massimo Murdocca, Mitch Nichols, Henrique, Besart Berisha, Thomas Broich

Ange Postecoglou led the 2011/12 Brisbane Roar side to back-to-back A-League championships.

The team started the season off the way they left the previous, in fine, dominating form.

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They won their first three games and showed they were indeed a championship side by thrashing Adelaide United 7-1, setting a new club record for the biggest winning margin.

But the season did not go as well as they had hoped.

Despite signing new striker Bersart Berisha – who would later become the club’s top goal scorer in its history. As well as taking home all the top awards the club had to offer at their annual event – Brisbane looked shaky as a team and were on a pretty poor losing streak before they regained their championship form.

Brisbane scored 50 goals in the season, which was the most by any club, while still managing to hold off opponent teams to concede only 28 goals.

As a result, Brisbane recorded 14 wins, seven draws, and six losses finishing in second place with 49 points.

Though the team did not look as strong, Roar went into the grand final against Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium ready to complete a back-to-back championship win.

They did exactly that and repeated to some extent the theatric finish that happened the previous season.

Postecoglou became the club’s most successful manager, before he left the club on a good note and the impact was felt immediately.

Brisbane’s success fell short the season after and finished mid-table.

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2013/14 Brisbane Roar side

Starting XI: Michael Theoklitos (GK), Ivan Franjic, Matthew Smith, Jade North, Shane Stefanutto, Matt McKay, Luke Brattan, Liam Miller, Dimitri Petratos, Besart Berisha, Thomas Broich

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The Roar were now being led by new head coach Mike Mulvey, who was eager to show his managerial prowess to the ALM.

Despite the mid-table finish from the previous season, Mulvey was able to regain Brisbane’s ‘best team in the country status’, by winning the A-League Premiership and Championship.

Brisbane gained that status in front of a packed home crowd, and in dramatic fashion. Leaving it to the last minute to beat Western Sydney Wanderers 2-1.

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Overall the season was steady, and Brisbane seemed to dominate in every game they played, particularly with Broich and Berisha proving to be a deadly forward combo.

Brisbane finished the season on 52 points, with 16 wins, four draws, and seven losses.

Verdict:

Conclusively, the 2010/11 Brisbane side seemed to be unstoppable, hence why they are the greatest Roar team of all time.

The winning streak, the points, and the dominance make it hard to go past as the best.

They seemed to steamroll over any team they faced that season, and displayed the perfect balance of rock-hard defence, and clinical offence.

Featured Image credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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Min-Gyu Shim
Min-Gyu Shim
Bachelor of Journalism student at UQ, and a full time football fanatic. Covering Brisbane Roar for the 2020/21 season.

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