Feast of football despite shocker month for the Roar
IT HAS been a miserable few months for the Brisbane Roar - the sacking of the coach, departure of the chief executive, a reported loss of about $2m and in trouble for not paying players earlier this month.
So it's no wonder new coach John Aloisi cannot wait for the new A-League season to start.
The Roar will kick off its 2014-15 campaign at home with a mouth-watering clash against the Wanderers in Sydney on Thursday, October 8 - a repeat of the 2014 grand final which the Roar won 2-1. Its first home game will be against Central Coast at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday, October 18.
Aloisi said he was pleased with Brisbane's draw which includes an historic first A-League clash against Wellington Phoenix in Cairns on December 12.
"It's an exciting draw - we will be using the next couple of months of pre-season to be as best prepared as we can on opening day," the former Melbourne City coach said.
Sydney FC mentor Graham Arnold also said he was looking forward to the new campaign after losing 3-0 to arch-rivals Melbourne Victory in the grand final.
The Sky Blues start with games against Melbourne City and the Jets, but all eyes will be on round three and the derby at Allianz Stadium.
"I've experienced one Sydney Derby at Allianz Stadium last season, which was phenomenal, and to have two at home this season is a mouth-watering prospect," Arnold said.
"I think our first game (against Melbourne City) will be the biggest of the opening round, while the chance to play Melbourne Victory at home so early on in the season is another exciting prospect," Arnold added.
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FIVE MUST-SEE MATCHES
Adelaide United v Melbourne Victory (Round 1 - October 9)
This promises to be a cracker between two of the fiercest rivals of the competition and a great way to start the season.
Melbourne Victory v Melbourne City FC (Round 2 - October 17)
The first derby of the season should be a corker, especially as City has recruited well.
Sydney FC v Western Sydney Wanderers FC (Round 3 - October 24)
Sydney has its turn to have the derby day and this won't disappoint, with plenty of goals guaranteed.
Newcastle Jets v Central Coast Mariners (Round 6 - November 14)
After tumultuous 2014-15 seasons, both the Jets and Mariners will be after fresh starts and brighter days for the upcoming campaign.
Brisbane Roar v Melbourne City (Round 7 - November 20)
Plenty to chew over here with City new boy Ivan Franjic playing against his old team, and Roar coach Aloisi facing his former club.