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2019/2020

Perth Glory

In


Bruno Fornaroli (att) free agent; Gregory Wuthrich (def) Young Boys; James Meredith (def) Millwall; Jacob Tratt (def) Sydney FC; Dane Ingham (def) Brisbane Roar; Riley Warland (def) Fulham U18; Osama Malik (mid) Al Batin; Su-beom Kim (mid) Jeju United; Nick D'Agostino (att) Brisbane Roar;

Out


Andy Keogh (k) (att) Al Qadisiyan; Jason Davidson (r) (def) Ulsan; Shane Lowry (r) (def) Al Ahli; Scott Neville (sp) (def) Brisbane Roar; Fabio Ferreira (sp) (mid) Adelaide City; Brendon Santalab (sp) (att) end of career; Jacob Italiano (mid) Borussia M’gladbach U21 – end of loan;

Very impressive last season, first under coach Popovic, saw Violets winning convincingly the regular season only to suffer heart-breaking penalty shootout defeat in the home Grand Final vs. Sydney FC. Still it was common consensus that Glory were by far the best team in the A-League in 2018/19! Excitement in Perth is only growing with coach Popovic and his troops expected to mount an even stronger challenge on the title this season. Also Glory are gearing up to make debut in the Asian Champions League. This might be challenging experience, but the gaffer knows how to keep players fresh as he has proven in the past. Violets had to refresh their back line and also their attack in the summer, but only 3 regulars left the club. Popovic is not leaving anything to chance though as he added 4 new full-backs and experienced Swiss centre-back Wuthrich to the squad, which hints that Glory again will be aiming to have the best defensive record in the division. Veteran strikers Keogh and Santalab left too, but the signing of the prolific Fornaroli means that scoring goals won’t be an issue. Considering that the Uruguayan will be supported up front by magician Castro and hugely talented Oikonomidis Glory’s front line looks as formidable as the defence. Added to all that the stability in midfield that Kilkenny, Juande and new signing Malik bring and Glory look really impressive. To top that the team’s depth is arguably the best in the entire league, with at least 3 options for every position on the pitch. Undoubtedly Popovic will want quick start to the season as he will seek decisive point tally before the Champions League travels begin in February.

Target


Glory’s only target is the title and with top 4 finish seemingly almost certain presence in the Grand Final will be the only satisfying outcome this season.

Season Review
2018/2019

№2: Perth Glory

Glory transformed their fortunes in Popovic’s first year in charge and they were mightily close to being crowned champions for the first time ever, but in the end dramatic penalty shootout loss was suffered in the home Grand Final vs. Sydney FC. The regular season was major success for Glory, who comfortably top the table after 27 rounds with the crucial improvement defending. From team struggling to keep clean sheets for years prior Popovic’s appointment, the Violets transformed into the side with the best defensive record this campaign. The 3-4-2-1 formation worked really well, and with all of the centre-backs solid and experienced players, Glory were really impressive at the back. They kept record-breaking 12 clean sheets during the regular season. Goalkeeper Reddy undoubtedly had huge contribution for that achievement and he also was the main hero in the semi-final penalty shootout vs. Adelaide when he saved 4 penalties and scored 1 himself to give Glory place in the Grand Final. Up front Glory were good as usual with absences for 6-7 games of both Castro and Oikonomidis not impacting the overall stability and goal flow much. Chianese had a breakthrough season in attack and he is one to watch for the future. Undoubtedly Glory will be angry and even hungrier next season, with Popovic also desperate for a title after losing 4 Grand Finals in his managerial career already.


Player of the Season: Liam Reddy

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