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2011–12 A-League

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The 2011–12 A-League was the 35th season of top-flight soccer in Australia, and the seventh season of the Australian A-League soccer competition since its establishment in 2004. At the end of the previous season, the North Queensland Fury were cut from the competition by the governing body, Football Federation Australia, due to financial reasons.[1]

A-League
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Season 2011–12
Champions Brisbane Roar (2nd title)
Premiers Central Coast Mariners (2nd title)
Champions League Central Coast Mariners
Brisbane Roar
Matches played 135
Goals scored 365 (2.7 per match)
Top goalscorer Besart Berisha
(19 goals)
Best goalkeeper Mathew Ryan
Biggest home win Brisbane Roar 7–1 Adelaide United
(28 October 2011)
Biggest away win Adelaide United 0–4 Central Coast Mariners
(2 December 2011)
Sydney FC 0–4 Melbourne Heart
(29 December 2011)
Highest scoring Brisbane Roar 7–1 Adelaide United
(28 October 2011)
Perth Glory 4–2 Melbourne Victory
(24 March 2012)
Longest winning run Central Coast Mariners (6)
Longest unbeaten run Central Coast Mariners (15)
Longest winless run Gold Coast United (13)
Longest losing run Brisbane Roar
Gold Coast United (5)
Highest attendance 40,351
Lowest attendance 1,141
Average attendance 10,488

Contents

ClubsEdit

Team City Home Ground Capacity
  Adelaide United Adelaide Hindmarsh Stadium 17,000
  Brisbane Roar Brisbane Suncorp Stadium 52,500
  Central Coast Mariners Gosford Bluetongue Stadium 20,119
  Gold Coast United Gold Coast Skilled Park 27,400
  Melbourne Heart Melbourne AAMI Park 30,050
  Melbourne Victory Melbourne Etihad Stadium
AAMI Park
55,000
30,050
  Newcastle Jets Newcastle Ausgrid Stadium 33,000
  Perth Glory Perth NIB Stadium 20,500
  Sydney FC Sydney Sydney Football Stadium 45,500
  Wellington Phoenix Wellington Westpac Stadium 36,000

Personnel and kitsEdit

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Jersey sponsor
Adelaide United   Kosmina, JohnJohn Kosmina   Galeković, EugeneEugene Galeković Erreà Coopers
Brisbane Roar   Postecoglou, AngeAnge Postecoglou   Matt Smith Puma The Coffee Club
Central Coast Mariners   Arnold, GrahamGraham Arnold   Wilkinson, AlexAlex Wilkinson Hummel Soccer5s
Gold Coast United   Mulvey, MikeMike Mulvey   Thwaite, MichaelMichael Thwaite Fi-ta Hyatt Regency Coolum
Melbourne Heart   van 't Schip, JohnJohn van 't Schip   Fred ISC Westpac
Melbourne Victory   Magilton, JimJim Magilton   Leijer, AdrianAdrian Leijer Adidas Adecco
Newcastle Jets   van Egmond, GaryGary van Egmond   Wheelhouse, JobeJobe Wheelhouse ISC Hunter Ports
Perth Glory   Ferguson, IanIan Ferguson   Burns, JacobJacob Burns X-blades QBE Insurance
Sydney FC   Lavička, VítězslavVítězslav Lavička   McFlynn, TerryTerry McFlynn Adidas UNICEF
Wellington Phoenix   Herbert, RickiRicki Herbert   Durante, AndrewAndrew Durante Adidas Sony

TransfersEdit

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Newcastle Jets   Branko Čulina Sacked 4 October 2011[2] Pre-season   Gary Van Egmond 20 October 2011[3]
Adelaide United   Rini Coolen Sacked 18 December 2011 9th   John Kosmina 18 December 2011
Melbourne Victory   Mehmet Durakovic Sacked 6 January 2012[4] 8th   Jim Magilton 7 January 2012[5]
Gold Coast United   Miron Bleiberg Sacked/Resigned 19 February 2012[6][7] 10th   Mike Mulvey 20 February 2012[8]

Foreign playersEdit

Club Visa 1 Visa 2 Visa 3 Visa 4 Visa 5 Non-Visa Foreign
Adelaide United   Cássio   Sergio van Dijk   Yevhen Levchenko   Francisco Usúcar None   Ricardo1
Brisbane Roar   Besart Berisha   Sayed Mohamed Adnan   Henrique   Issey Nakajima-Farran   Thomas Broich None
Central Coast Mariners   John Sutton   Patrick Zwaanswijk   Michael McGlinchey None None   John Hutchinson2
  Brad McDonald2
Gold Coast United   Robson   Adama Traoré   Paul Beekmans   Peter Jungschläger   Maceo Rigters   Jonas Salley1
  Ante Rožić2
  Samuel Tesfagabr1
  Ambesager Yosief1
  Glen Moss2
Melbourne Heart   Jonatan Germano   Fred   Maycon   Alex Terra   Rutger Worm None
Melbourne Victory   Fábio   Carlos Hernández   Jean Carlos Solórzano   Marco Rojas   Ubay Luzardo   Grant Brebner1
Newcastle Jets   Tiago   Michael Bridges   Francis Jeffers   Byun Sung-Hwan None   Ali Abbas1
Perth Glory   Billy Mehmet   Liam Miller   Bas van den Brink   Victor Sikora   Steven McGarry   Andrezinho3
  Shane Smeltz2
  Ndumba Makeche1
Sydney FC   Bruno Cazarine   Juho Mäkelä   Hirofumi Moriyasu   Pascal Bosschaart   Karol Kisel   Terry McFlynn1
Wellington Phoenix   Paul Ifill   Chris Greenacre   Dani Sánchez   Tony Warner   Alex Smith   Daniel1
  Manny Muscat2

The following do not fill a Visa position:
1Those players who were born and started their professional career abroad but have since gained Australian Residency (and New Zealand Residency, in the case of Wellington Phoenix);
2Australian residents (and New Zealand residents, in the case of Wellington Phoenix) who have chosen to represent another national team;
3Injury Replacement Players, or National Team Replacement Players;
4Guest Players (eligible to play a maximum of ten games)

Regular seasonEdit

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Central Coast Mariners 27 15 6 6 40 24 +16 51 2013 AFC Champions League Group stage
2 Brisbane Roar (C) 27 14 7 6 50 28 +22 49 2013 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off
3 Perth Glory 27 13 4 10 40 35 +5 43 2012 A-League Finals Series
4 Wellington Phoenix 27 12 4 11 34 32 +2 40
5 Sydney FC 27 10 8 9 37 42 −5 38
6 Melbourne Heart 27 9 10 8 35 34 +1 37
7 Newcastle Jets 27 10 5 12 38 41 −3 35
8 Melbourne Victory 27 6 11 10 35 43 −8 29
9 Adelaide United 27 5 10 12 26 44 −18 25
10 Gold Coast United 27 4 9 14 30 42 −12 21 Disbanded at end of season

Updated to games played on 25 March 2012..
Source: the-AFC.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1First place through to sixth place qualify for the 2012 A-League Finals Series.
2First place qualifies for the 2013 AFC Champions League Group stage.
3Winning the 2012 A-League Grand Final automatically earns qualification for the 2013 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off, unless first place are champions.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Home and away seasonEdit

The 2011–12 season saw each team play 27 games, host 13 and play 1 regional game over 25 rounds. On 4 January, over 11 hours of soccer was broadcast with all matches aired back to back starting in Wellington and ending in Perth. The season began on 8 October 2011 and concluded on 22 April 2012. All times are local unless otherwise stated.

Round 1Edit

Round 2Edit

Round 3Edit

Round 4Edit

Round 5Edit

Round 6Edit

Round 7Edit

Round 8Edit

Round 9Edit

Midweek Fixture[Note 1]

Round 10Edit

Midweek Fixture

Round 11Edit

Round 12Edit

Round 13Edit

Midweek RoundEdit

Round 14Edit

Round 15Edit

Midweek Fixture

Round 16Edit

Midweek Fixture

Round 17Edit

Midweek Fixture

Round 18Edit

Round 19Edit

Round 20Edit

Postponed Round 17 Fixture[Note 2]

Round 21Edit

Round 22Edit

Round 23Edit

Round 24Edit

Round 25Edit

Table of resultsEdit

Abbreviation and Color Key:
  • Win
  • Loss
  • Draw
  • Home
Club Match
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Adelaide United PG MV SFC BR MH GCU WP NUJ CCM MV GCU SFC WP MH BR MV CCM NUJ PG WP GCU SFC NUJ PG BR CCM MH
1–0 1–0 1–2 7–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 0–0 0–4 1–1 0–3 2–2 2–0 1–3 1–1 1–1 3–2 1–1 0–3 1–2 1–2 1–2 1–0 0–2 1–1 1–0 1–1 | | |
Brisbane Roar CCM SFC GCU AU MV WP NUJ PG SFC MH WP CCM GCU MV PG AU SFC MH NUJ CCM WP MV PG MH AU NUJ GCU
1–0 0–2 3–0 7–1 2–2 1–1 1–2 4–0 2–0 1–2 2–0 1–2 1–0 3–1 3–3 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 0–2 0–2 3–2 0–3 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–2 | | |
Central Coast Mariners BR GCU NUJ PG WP MV SFC MH AU NUJ BR PG GCU MV SFC NUJ MH AU GCU BR MV WP MH SFC PG AU WP
1–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–2 0–0 2–3 3–1 0–4 2–0 1–2 1–3 0–0 2–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 3–2 3–3 0–2 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–2 | | |
Gold Coast United WP CCM BR NUJ SFC AU MH MV PG SFC AU BR CCM NUJ MH WP SFC CCM MV PG AU MH MV WP NUJ PG BR
1–1 1–1 3–0 3–1 3–2 1–2 1–2 3–2 2–0 0–0 0–3 1–0 0–0 3–2 1–1 0–1 2–1 3–3 1–1 4–0 1–2 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–0 1–2 | | |
Melbourne Heart NUJ PG MV SFC AU NUJ GCU CCM WP BR PG MV SFC AU GCU PG CCM BR WP MV NUJ GCU CCM BR WP SFC AU
3–2 1–2 0–0 1–1 1–1 3–0 1–2 3–1 1–0 1–2 1–2 3–2 0–4 1–3 1–1 1–2 0–1 1–1 3–1 0–0 3–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 | | |
Melbourne Victory SFC AU MH WP BR CCM PG GCU NUJ AU WP MH BR CCM NUJ AU PG SFC GCU MH CCM BR GCU NUJ SFC WP PG
0–0 1–0 0–0 1–2 2–2 0–0 2–2 3–2 3–1 1–1 3–1 3–2 3–1 2–0 2–1 1–1 4–1 2–2 1–1 0–0 2–1 3–2 1–1 1–3 1–0 3–0 4–2 | | |
Newcastle Jets MH WP CCM GCU PG MH BR AU MV CCM SFC WP PG GCU MV CCM WP AU BR SFC MH PG AU MV GCU BR SFC
3–2 2–0 1–0 3–1 2–0 3–0 1–2 0–0 3–1 2–0 1–2 5–2 1–1 3–2 2–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 2–5 3–0 2–0 1–0 1–3 1–1 1–2 3–2 | | |
Perth Glory AU MH WP CCM NUJ SFC MV BR GCU SFC WP MH CCM NUJ BR WP MH MV AU GCU SFC NUJ BR AU CCM GCU MV
1–0 1–2 1–0 2–1 2–0 0–1 2–2 4–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–3 1–1 3–3 0–1 1–2 4–1 0–3 4–0 2–1 2–0 0–3 0–2 1–0 0–3 4–2 | | |
Sydney FC MV BR AU MH GCU PG CCM WP BR PG GCU NUJ AU MH WP CCM BR GCU MV NUJ PG AU WP CCM MV MH NUJ
0–0 0–2 1–2 1–1 3–2 0–1 2–3 2–1 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–2 2–2 0–4 4–2 0–1 2–1 2–1 2–2 2–5 2–1 1–2 0–1 1–1 1–0 2–2 3–2 | | |
Wellington Phoenix GCU NUJ PG MV CCM BR AU SFC MH PG BR MV NUJ AU SFC PG GCU NUJ MH AU BR CCM SFC GCU MH MV CCM
1–1 2–0 1–0 1–2 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 3–1 5–2 2–0 4–2 0–1 0–1 0–1 3–1 1–2 0–2 2–0 0–1 2–0 1–1 3–0 1–2 | | |


Positions by roundEdit

Team / Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 M 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
Central Coast Mariners 9 7 10 8 5 5 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1* 1 1** 1 1 1* 1 1 1 1 1
Brisbane Roar 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1* 2 3 3 2 2 2 2 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Perth Glory 2 2 2 2 3 3 4 5 5 7 8 7 7 9 7 5* 5 4 4 4 3 4 4 3 3 3
Wellington Phoenix 4 3 4 7 8 9 9 8 8 4* 6 5 5 4 4 4 3 2 2 3 4 3 3 4 4 4
Sydney FC 5 9 5 6 4 2 3 4 3 5 4 4 4 5 5 6* 6 6 7 7 6 7 7 7 7 5
Melbourne Heart 7 10 9 10 10 8 5 7 6 3 3 2 2 3 3 3* 4 5 5 6 5 5 5 5 5 6
Newcastle Jets 1 5 3 3 2 4 7 6 4 6 7 8 8 6 9 9 9* 7 6 5 7 6 6 6 6 7
Melbourne Victory 5 8 7 4 6 6 6 3 7 8 5 6 6 8 6 7 8 8* 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
Adelaide United 9 4 6 9 9 7 8 9 9 9 9 10 9 7 8 8 7* 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
Gold Coast United 4 6 8 5 7 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10* 10 10 10 10 10
  • *Team played two games in this round
  • **Team did not play in this round

NOTE: Brisbane Roar were tied with Perth Glory at the end of Round 1

Finals seriesEdit

  Semi Finals Week 1 Semi Finals Week 2 Preliminary Final Grand Final
                         
  1  Central Coast Mariners  0  Central Coast Mariners  2    Brisbane Roar  2
  2  Brisbane Roar  2  Brisbane Roar  3              Perth Glory  1
                             
                   Central Coast Mariners  1 (3)        
  3  Perth Glory  3              Perth Glory (pen.)  1 (5)        
  6  Melbourne Heart  0                      
             Perth Glory  3                
           Wellington Phoenix  2                
  4  Wellington Phoenix  3                        
  5  Sydney FC  2                        

Semi-finalsEdit

Preliminary finalEdit

Grand FinalEdit

22 April 2012
16:00 AEST
(UTC+10)
Brisbane Roar 2–1 Perth Glory
Berisha   84',  90+7' (pen)
Franjic   87'
Report Franjic   53' (o.g.)
Miller   9'
Burns   49'
Heffernan     57', 90'
Vukovic   90'
Mehmet   90+5'
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 50,334[12]
Referee: Jarred Gillett

Season statisticsEdit

Top scorersEdit

As of end of regular season
Rank Player Club Goals
1   Besart Berisha Brisbane Roar 19
2   Shane Smeltz Perth Glory 13
3   Carlos Hernández Melbourne Victory 10
4   Eli Babalj Melbourne Heart 9
  Jeremy Brockie Newcastle Jets
  Ryan Griffiths Newcastle Jets
  Mitch Nichols Brisbane Roar
8   Bruno Cazarine Sydney FC 8
  Harry Kewell Melbourne Victory
  Sergio van Dijk Adelaide United

Own goalsEdit

As of end of regular season
Player Team Against Week
  Nigel Boogaard Adelaide United Wellington Phoenix 7
  Vince Lia Wellington Phoenix Melbourne Victory 11
  Byun Sung-Hwan Newcastle Jets Melbourne Victory 14
  Byun Sung-Hwan Newcastle Jets Melbourne Victory 14
  Adama Traoré Gold Coast United Perth Glory 18
  Nigel Boogaard Adelaide United Gold Coast United 19

AttendancesEdit

These are the attendance records of each of the teams at the end of the home and away season. The table does not include finals series attendances.

Team Hosted Average High Low Total
Melbourne Victory 13 20,281 40,351 11,231 263,648
Brisbane Roar 13 13,387 19,339 9,293 174,033
Newcastle Jets 13 12,117 17,245 9,311 157,518
Sydney FC 14 11,861 18,180 5,505 166,052
Central Coast Mariners 13 9,607 14,838 6,883 124,892
Melbourne Heart 14 9,082 26,579 2,951 127,142
Adelaide United 14 8,797 14,573 2,363 123,160
Wellington Phoenix 14 8,691 20,078 3,898 121,677
Perth Glory 13 8,315 12,358 6,484 108,101
Gold Coast United 14 3,546 6,927 1,141 49,649
{{ALeague {{{T11}}}}} 0 0 0 0 0
{{ALeague {{{T12}}}}} 0 0 0 0 0
League total 135 10,488 40,351 1,141 1,415,872

Updated to the 25/3/12 note: Adelaide United's lowest crowd was at Bathurst's Carrington Park(NSW) as part of the regional round fixtures.

Top 10 Season AttendancesEdit

Attendance Round Date Home Score Away Venue Weekday Time of Day
50,334 GF 22 April 2012 Brisbane Roar 2–1 Perth Glory Suncorp Stadium Sunday Afternoon
40,351 1 8 October 2011 Melbourne Victory 0–0 Sydney FC Etihad Stadium Saturday Night
39,309 3 22 October 2011 Melbourne Victory 0–0 Melbourne Heart Etihad Stadium Saturday Night
26,579 12 23 December 2011 Melbourne Heart 3–2 Melbourne Victory AAMI Park Friday Night
26,395 18 4 February 2012 Melbourne Heart 0–0 Melbourne Victory AAMI Park Saturday Night
24,820 5 5 November 2011 Melbourne Victory 2–2 Brisbane Roar Etihad Stadium Saturday Night
20,959 15 13 January 2012 Melbourne Victory 1–1 Adelaide United AAMI Park Friday Night
20,078 7 19 November 2011 Wellington Phoenix 1–1 Adelaide United Eden Park Saturday Afternoon
20,053 17 26 January 2012 Melbourne Victory 2–2 Sydney FC AAMI Park Thursday Afternoon
19,339 8 26 November 2011 Brisbane Roar 4–0 Perth Glory Suncorp Stadium Saturday Night

DisciplineEdit

Updated to end of Week 17, 2 February 2012 The Fair Play Award will go to the team with the lowest points on the fair play ladder[clarification needed] at the conclusion of the home and away season.

1 point   Yellow Card
2 points     Second Caution Red Card
3 points   Direct Red Card
Team         Points
Adelaide United 44 2 0 48
Brisbane Roar 30 0 1 33
Central Coast Mariners 33 0 0 33
Gold Coast United 38 2 0 42
Melbourne Heart 35 1 0 37
Melbourne Victory 34 2 4 50
Newcastle Jets 41 1 1 46
Perth Glory 35 0 3 44
Sydney FC 48 0 1 51
Wellington Phoenix 32 2 2 42
Melbourne Heart 0 0 0 0
Sydney Rovers 0 0 0 0
Totals 370 10 12

NAB Young footballer of the Year AwardEdit

The NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award will be awarded to the finest U/21 player talent throughout the Hyundai A-League 2011–12 competition. One nominee is announced per month and all nominees will qualify to be named the NAB Footballer of the Year at the conclusion of the season. On 10 April at the End of season awards January nominee Mathew Ryan was named as NAB Young Footballer of the Year for the second year running.[13]

NomineesEdit

Month Player Club
October 2011   James Brown Gold Coast United
November 2011   Bernie Ibini-Isei Central Coast Mariners
December 2011   Mustafa Amini Central Coast Mariners
January 2012   Mathew Ryan Central Coast Mariners
February 2012   Tom Rogic Central Coast Mariners
March 2012   Eli Babalj Melbourne Heart

End of season awardsEdit

All-Star teamEdit

Formation: 3–4–3[14]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit