|Brisbane Roar 2-1 Adelaide United. Suncorp Stadium|
Each side in the A-League is allowed what they can an "international marquee" player. It has allowed the likes of Sydney United to lure Alessandro Del Piero, the Newcastle Jets Emile Heskey and Perth Glory William Gallas to play for them. So which former international star could we look forward to seeing for the Brisbane Roar? Liam Miller. Liam bloody Miller.
Of course, the Australian marketing machine - almost as effective as their cousins in America - bills him as a former Manchester United player which gets the locals blood pumping even if the majority of them seem to support Liverpool. To seasoned observers of the EPL it is hard not to stifle a laugh. How excited would they get over the thought of Eric Djemba Djemba? Probably enough to bring on a seizure.
|Roar = Lions. Get it?|
Brisbane pride themselves on the atmosphere inside the stadium, with chants taken from various European clubs and adapted to the Roar. The best of these being a remix of Erasure and Just Can't Get Enough which ends with the imaginative line of "WE LOVE BRISBANE". The majority of that influence seems to come from Germany (where else?) with one bloke leading the singing section from a platform at the front, his back to the game with a megaphone. This area was known as The Den, so I'm sure you can imagine the disappointment when they didn't produce a long, intimidating BRISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS drawl in true Millllllllllllllllll style.
|"WE LOVE BRISBANE"|
|The Den march through Milton - BRISSSSSSSSS|
And back to that man Ferreira as promised. An Aussie right back who had somehow spent time at Porto, he was the definition of liability. Within a matter of minutes he'd managed to get himself booked and it was pretty clear to anybody who had the smallest piece of knowledge about association football what was going to happen before the game was out. And that inevitable arrived on 40 minutes when a tackle that would be considered rash even if he wasn't on a yellow was dished out with the resulting red card to follow. The fact he then had the nerve to have a complete breakdown at the referee over the decision just added to the pantomime feel of the character.
|Bye bye David Ferreira|
|The Roar thank the fans after the defeat|
Adelaide United: Eugene Gelakovic, Jonathan McKain, Daniel Bowles, Tarek Elrich, Nigel Boogaard, Steven Lustica, Cameron Watson (Anthony Costa), Isaias, Awer Mabil (Jordan Elsey 1), Jeronimo Neumann 1 (Ryan Griffiths), Michael Zullo.