A-League: My Team of the Season

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A couple of weeks ago the Hyundai A-League Grand Final was taking stage, where Brisbane Roar ended up defeating Perth Glory with a 90+4 penalty on the last play of the regular time with Besart Berisha slotting home the winner in front of 50,000 in Suncorp Stadium.

A couple of weeks ago I named the All-Time A-League XI and now it’s time for the best A-League players of the 2011/12 season. 

Here is my team in a 3-4-3 formation.

*Assists only up to round 17

GK: Matt Ryan (Central Coast Mariners)- 24 Games (Including Young Player of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year and a call up to the Socceroos)

Taken from the FFA

You can’t go past the 20 year old Central Coast Goalkeeper, he is a star of the future and has impressed in the past two seasons by winning the A-League Young player of the year for 2 seasons straight and the John Marston Medal for Player of the Game in the 2011 Grand Final. 

This season he continued his fine form with some brilliant saves which came most notably against Melbourne Heart, where the hashtag #thingsmattryancouldstop started to trend on Twitter. 

He earned his first Socceroos call up after his impressive and consistent performances throughout the season.

CB: Andrew Durante (Wellington Phoenix)- 28 Games, 1 Goal

Taken from Arntrnassets

Durante had yet another fantastic season at Wellington with more consistent performances where he held the defence strong throughout the season and played 28 games. 

He is a strong, fast defender who is always willing to go in for a challenge to hold up the opposition and win the ball. He had some great performances against Newcastle in the 5-2 demolition in Wellington and also the 2-0 win against Brisbane. 

Andrew has been unlucky to not be called up to the Socceroos squad.

CB: Patrick Zwaanswijk (Central Coast Mariners)- 29 Games, 6 Goals

Taken from Australia’s News.com

Patrick has been described as the best defender to ever play in the A-League and it’s a fair enough call with another impressive season at the back for the Mariners. He controls the defence line along with Alex Wilkinson on making a strong defensive backline. 

Mariners only conceded 24 goals all season. He isn’t too bad at scoring either with 6 goals from the back which included a bolter free-kick.

CB: Pedj Bojic (Central Coast Mariners)- 27 Games, 2 Goals, 5 Assists*

Taken from Australia’s News.com

Pedj was one of the stand out defenders this season playing at right back. His runs up the field and assists helped Mariners on course to the Premiers Plate. Pedj dribbles past players with his pace and crosses in the ball with pace. 

He was rumoured to be heading off to the MLS but ended up staying put and continue his fine form for the Mariners. 

He is yet another A-League star who has come from the lower state leagues and worked himself up to be one of the best right/left defensive wingers in the competition.

RM: Mitch Nichols (Brisbane Roar)- 24 Games, 9 Goals, 3 Assists*

Taken from Australia’s News.com

Nichols is a future talent of Australian Football after emerging as a regular starter this season for Roar after the departure of Matt Mckay he has taken the opportunity with both hands and stared in the midfield. 

He was called up to the Socceroos squad for a World Cup Qualifier and helped Brisbane Roar to go back to back in the A-League championship. 

He can always see a through ball, and his passing ability and vision are top notch.

CM: Carlos Hernandez (Melbourne Victory)- 22 Games, 10 Goals

Taken from The Age

Hernandez is a star player for Victory and has the best long range finishing in the A-League. Nearly every goal he has scored this season was from outside the box and have been bolters. 

He is a very lazy footballer but such a good player. His passing, shooting, vision are top class and have helped Victory through a pretty miserable season.

CM:  Nicky Carle (Sydney FC)- 25 Games, 4 Goals, 4 Assists*

Taken from Australia’s News.com

May be a surprise in the A-League best XI but he was the only shining light in Sydney’s season, when all other players didn’t look a part of the game Carle would do his best to guide his team. 

He is short, pacey and has a good shot on him as well. 

He gave 100% throughout the season even when Sydney were down and out. Once Sydney start firing again you will see even more of the best of Nicky Carle.

LM: Thomas Broich (Brisbane Roar)- 20 Games, 2 Goals

Taken from Australia’s News.com

In just two seasons, Broich has won 11 awards in all different categories from individual to team which is an amazing achievement. 

After a spectacular season in 2010/11, he continued it in 2011/12 after beginning the first half of the season injured, he came back strongly in 2012 and still ended up winning the A-League player of the season. 

His runs down the left side of midfield, his dribbling, crossing and his passing have been the top of the A-League and he is regarded as the best ever A-League import.

ST: Besart Berisha (Brisbane Roar)- 29 Games, 19 Goals

Taken from Australia’s News.com

Besart came into the A-League as an unknown figure to Australian football fans and it only took a few weeks for him to be known around the country with his smart and precise finishing. 

He is a fiery character which put him in a bit of trouble, but Brisbane fans could not be happier to have the seasons leading goal scorer in their team. 

He scored the winning penalty in the A-League Grand Final and finished the season with 19 goals.

ST: Shane Smeltz (Perth Glory)- 26 Games, 13 Goals

Taken from the Examiner

Shane Smeltz led the line in Perth Glory’s resurgence to the A-League Grand Final with some fine performances. 

He is always certain to score goals and especially in the big moments of the season including 7 goals in two games to get Perth a home finals match. 

Once he is in position to shoot, then you’ll be lucky if it’s a bad shot, and all season long, he was a constant threat against the opposition.

ST: Archie Thompson (Melbourne Victory)- 27 Games, 7 Goals, 4 Assists*

Taken from the Herald Sun

Victory has a poor season, although, one player that shined above the rest was Archie Thompson. He wouldn’t stop running all season and gave his full every single match no matter what the score line was. 

His speed for a 33 year old is outstanding and he got a recall to the Socceroos squad in the World Cup Qualifiers.


GK: Clint Bolton
CB: Michael Marrone
CM: Fred
CM: Behich
ST: Jeremy Brockie

Also, check out the video below of the top 20 best goals of the A-League this season. Enjoy!

Written by Tom Moxey
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