Where are they now: Brisbane Roar’s first ever team of the decade

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The Roar’s first team of the decade was released in 2015, 10 years after the inaugural A-League Men season. So, let’s take a look at what each of the players from that dream XI are doing now.

Michael Theoklitos (GK)

Better known as Michael Theo, the former Roar goalkeeper helped the Roar win three championships, proving himself to be a crucial player. Best known for his critical saves in the 2011 grand final penalty shootout, Theo is Brisbane’s most decorated goalkeeper in the club’s history.

The champion goalkeeper is now giving back some of his talents and knowledge to the A-League as he is currently the goalkeeping coach at Western United FC.

Craig Moore (CB)

Although having a Brisbane Roar career filled with nothing but controversy, who could undermine Craig Moore’s footballing talent. Moore played overseas in the Premier League and the Bundesliga as well as having appeared 40 times for the Socceroos.

Moore now lives in Scotland, where the 46-year-old is currently working as a football agent and football scout.

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Matt Smith (CB)

The former Brisbane Roar captain spent a successful five years at the club. Out of the five years Smith spent, the Roar went onto win three championships, with two of those being won while he was skipper.

Smith is now at NPL side Brisbane City football club, where he is currently the director and head coach of the football club.

Shane Stefanutto (LB)

Similarly to Smith, Shane Stefanutto’s six-year  Roar career is heavily decorated. Stefanutto won the same three championships as Smith and is regarded as one of Brisbane’s best fullbacks.

Stefanutto’s love for Brisbane remains, as he is still at the club as part of their administrative staff. He is Brisbane Roar’s current Media and Communications officer.

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Ivan Franjic (RB)

Ivan Franjic played alongside Smith and Stefanutto in the backline in the same seasons Brisbane were crowned champions. Not only was Franjic a key player for the Roar, but also helped Australia win the AFC Asian Cup in 2015.

Franjic has since retired from professional football and has now found his place in NPL Victorian side Heidelberg United where the 34-year-old is still playing in his beloved right-back position.

Luke Brattan (CDM)

Luke Brattan made his professional debut for the Roar in 2009 at the young age of 19. Brattan’s vision and ability to connect passes to his teammates earned him the title of ‘best passer at the club’. His presence was like glue for the Roar and was a key player in helping the Roar win their three championships.

The 32-year-old midfielder still plays professional football for A-League Men club Sydney FC.

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Matt McKay (CM) 

Matt McKay is a club hero, legend and can be labelled as the godfather of the Brisbane Roar. McKay was an inaugural member of the club and withstood all their ups and downs. McKay was handed the captains armband after just three seasons and amassed over 200 appearances for his beloved club.

After retirement, McKay has started running a baby-mat business called Freddy & Co with his wife as well being appointed as the Director of Football for Football Queensland.

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Thomas Broich (CM)

Dubbed to the “best foreign footballer ever seen in Australia” Thomas Broich was a crucial part of Brisbane Roar’s success. His footwork and sheer footballing intellect helped Brisbane win all their championships, and his first season even saw Brisbane achieve their first ever championship.

Broich is currently a youth coach at Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany.

Bersart Berisha (ST)

The player that makes defenders tremble. The most successful striker in club and league history, Bersart Berisha would probably be on the team of the century for Brisbane Roar if there ever was one. It could even be argued that without Berisha, Brisbane never would have had the success they had. The striker was a key player in all championship winning seasons and provided the league with spectacular and critical goals. In his first A-League Men season, he claimed all the end-of-season awards as well as the golden boot.

After returning to in his home country’s league the Kosovan international announced his retirement from professional football in early 2022 and has since not declared any decisions about his future endeavours.

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Henrique (Winger)

Henrique played for the Roar for a total of seven seasons and was regarded as one of the more prolific forwards. Mostly known for contributing in game-defining moments, the Brazilian knew how to win the hearts of the Roar fans with his talent.

Henrique still plays professional football for Gold Coast Premier League side, Coomera Colts.

Sergio Van Dijk (Winger)

Sergio Van Dijk played for two seasons with the Brisbane Roar. In that time, Van Dijk scored a total of 27 goals in 51 appearances for the side.

The former forward now runs a sports agency in the Netherlands called SGM Global.

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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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