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Matthew Spiranovic


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  • Date Of Birth: 27/06/88
    Nation: Australia
    Birthplace: Geelong, Australia
    Squad Number: 13
    Position: Central Defender
    Secondary Positions: Defensive Midfield
    Joined Wanderers: 01/10/13
    Contract Details: 1 Year initial contract. Signed 2 year extension as Australian Marquee on 17/5/2014.
    Contract Finish: 2015/16
    Previous Club: Al-Arabi
    Wanderers Debut: 8th November 2013 vs Melbourne Heart
    A-League Appearances: 31
    A-League Goals: 1
    ACL Appearances: 12
    ACL Goals: 0
    FFA Cup Appearances: 0
    FFA Cup Goals: 0
    Club World Cup Appearances: 1
    Club World Cup Goals: 0
    Total Appearances: 44
    Total Goals: 1
    Yearly Appearances & Goals: 2013/14: 23 (1), 2014/15: 21 (0)
    Individual Awards: PFA Team Of The Year (2013/14), WestSydneyFootball.com Player of the Year (2013/14)
    Team Honours: Asian Champions League Winner (2014), Asian Cup Winner (2015 for Australia).
    Highlight: Scored his first ever goal for the Wanderers against Brisbane Roar in the A-League Grand Final 2013/14 on 4/5/2014.
    Highlight: Spiranovic was named in Australia's 23 man World Cup 2014 squad as a result of his work in the A-League & AFC Champions League. He played in several leadup games as well as all three Group Stage matches.
    Highlight: Played an integral part of the Australian national team campaign to win the Asian Cup in 2015.
    Description: Spiranovic moved back to Australia to revitalise his career, turning in a superb 2013/14 season as arguably the best central defender in the league. His second season was curtailed by international commitments and injuries, his disjointed schedule not helping his side. After a stellar Asian Cup performance, he was the subject of a 7 figure transfer offer from China, which saw him leave the Wanderers 17 July 2015.
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this guy is really really good. must be a contender for the world cup if he keeps his form 

 

Agree...my major concern is that Postecoglou will have his eyes on either Europe or one of his old A-League clubs and look to them for his choices.

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I have been saying this before: Spira is the best Aussie CB, and it showed yesterday. He didn't play Bundesliga at the age of 17 for nothing. He was always on Osieck's radar. If Ange was to pick Neill over Spiranovic then I won't be happy.

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One of our best, we are going to have a very difficult time hanging onto him.

Edited by Malone

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If he's not in the team for brasil. #angeout

Needs to finish the season strongly, I'm imagine Ange will be looking closely at the ACL and his performances. If he keeps it up yep near impossible to leave him out!

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seriously this guy is a class above. he just continues to impress me. 

Playing at holding mid is also important with La Rocca or Poljak likely to be left out of ACL squad. 

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seriously this guy is a class above. he just continues to impress me. 

 

Playing at holding mid is also important with La Rocca or Poljak likely to be left out of ACL squad. 

Don't let Erebus catch you saying La Rocca will be left out i've lost count how many times i've heard on the Pod that he is going ACL!  :cheeky:

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Easily our best buy of the season, possibly in the aleague for the 2013/14 season. Always puts in consistent performances and has now shown us that he has the skill to shift into CDM.

 

He probably will move but if we can keep him for another season it would most definitely work.

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Put him in on a 4 year contract with an exit clause after another years service so we can keep him for 2014/2015 and get a transfer fee for him. Dont do a 1 year deal!

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Spira came to play, not to stay. Next station WC, then off to Europe, I would hope and suspect. He is way too good for the A-League.

 

Pretty much.

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Spira came to play, not to stay. Next station WC, then off to Europe, I would hope and suspect. He is way too good for the A-League.

He definitely deserves to be playing in a good club in Europe.

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Spira has been named in Ecuador squad so he will likely be missing the Newcastle game and possibly the derby.

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Spira has been named in Ecuador squad so he will likely be missing the Newcastle game and possibly the derby.

 

Well deserved but 'tis a hit to our line up no doubt.

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Spira has been named in Ecuador squad so he will likely be missing the Newcastle game and possibly the derby.

 

Well deserved but 'tis a hit to our line up no doubt.

 

 

Yeah, apparently they will get to play this weekend though. So at most he'll miss the derby.

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Ah well, that's the price you pay for having good players.

 

Worse case scenario, the experience of playing against Equador helps him in the bigger games at the end of the season.

 

Best case, he feels comfortable in the knowledge he can play for Australia while at the Wanderers and he sticks around a bit longer.

 

Would love him to back up against ESFC but we have someone who can do the job so we should be right.

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I meant this fixture as in the Sydney FC away fixture but I was concerned that everyone would have been completely lost so I'm glad we've cleared it all up.

 

Also by captain I meant Michael Beauchamp.

 

Also by scored I meant a goal, not that he banged someone in the dressing room (although I can't definitively say that didn't happen.)

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Spira hints that if he doesn't get the right contract in Europe, he will stay.
 

Western Sydney Wanderers star Matthew Spiranovic said there is still a 'good chance' he will be at the club again next season, but that he may not decide on his future for several months.

Spiranovic has been a key addition to the Wanderers this season and is set to feature prominently in the grand final against Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.

After joining the club just before the start of the season, he eventually forced captain Michael Beauchamp out of the team and formed a strong combination with new skipper Nikolai Topor-Stanley in the central defence.

Spiranovic also forced his way back into the Australia squad, playing for the Socceroos in the international against Ecuador in London in early March.

It is that national team revival that could force a delay in the decision by the 25 year-old on his club football. If he is included in the Socceroos squad for the 2014 World Cup, he may wait to see if his performances there can attract overseas interest in him.

Spiranovic has played for clubs in Germany, Japan and Qatar.

Asked what the chances were of him remaining a Wanderers player for season 2014-2015, Spiranovic replied: "To be honest, a good chance I suppose. I'm keeping all of my options open.

"I've always said my first preference is to go back to Europe, but if the right club doesn't come along that suits me, then by all means I could end up staying here."

To the question of whether he may wait until after the World Cup, Spiranovic replied: "Yeah, possibly."

Audition time there, perhaps? "Yeah, that's it."

Spiranovic's job in the grand final will be of paramount importance. It will be either him or Topor-Stanley who picks up Brisbane's deadly striker Besart Berisha most of the time, when Roar is on the attack.

"The Brisbane team plays with a lot of movement," Spiranovic said. "They're in and out of areas, wide and central, so how we work is we stick to our structure and if players come into our zones then we mark them.

"But we don't go man-to-man following a player all around the park, because then that opens up a lot of gaps.

"If Berisha comes across into my area I'll pick him up. If he goes back into the middle then you pass him on to the midfield. That's generally how we do it."

Spiranovic said Wanderers would look to put the squeeze on the service to Berisha from Roar's A-League player of the year, Thomas Broich, and others, so that Berisha doesn't get the ball with time and space.

Broich found himself in more and more space on the left against Melbourne Victory in the semi-final Roar won 1-0 and Spiranovic said Wanderers couldn't afford to give him similar latitude.

"Yeah, and I think that's how the Victory plays," he said. "The games we've played against them, it's been end-to-end stuff and I think if you get stretched that makes it difficult for your midfielders and the defence to stay compact.

"If you give Roar space then obviously they can be dangerous, so of course we want to keep it compact and tight and close those spaces down and get a lot of players around the ball so we can limit the danger.

"Look, I think in our previous matches against the Roar we've dealt with that (Broich to Berisha) threat pretty well.

"We've managed to control the midfield and that means limiting the touches for Broich, because he obviously has great distribution to the likes of Berisha, and I think we'll be just looking to press in the right areas all the way down the field.

"We'll aim to limit their time on the ball, so they can't pick and choose what they want to do."

Making it as difficult as possible for Roar to score is one thing. The Wanderers have also got to apply pressure with their own attack and Spiranovic says they are very capable of doing that.

The Wanderers have played Roar seven times in two seasons and have scored in every game.

"Berisha is obviously a huge threat, he's a fantastic player, so we'll be looking to close him down, limit his touches, but at the same time we're focusing on our own game," Spiranovic said.

"We think we have the attacking options and threats to force them to worry about us, and as mindful as we are of their players we're concentrating on our game and I think we go in there with a lot of confidence."

http://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/news/1188050/Spiranovic-keeping-club-options-open

Edited by Carns

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Spira as quoted in the SMH today:

 

Spiranoviv admitted the mood in the dressing room was one of raw pain but he felt his colleagues deserved to hold their heads up high.

 

“The boys battled extremely hard tonight. There’s a lot to be proud of, all season, it’s our second grand final in two years. To go out in extra-time is painful but we’ll move on and work towards making it again next season,†he said. “I thought the boys played very well, especially in that first half. Credit to Brisbane, they’ve been great all season and it was a fantastic contest.â€

 

We'll move on? Next season? Matt, I wish you all the best for the WC, and that a suitable European club will come forward. At the same time, I will kiss the lawn of Pirtek should you decide to stay.

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Would love to keep spira at wanderland but because he's a good bloke it would be great to see him succeed at a big club overseas too.

Such a talented player, i hope the youngsters have watched and learnt off him

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Spiranovic hints at staying at Western Sydney Wanderers

Read more: http://www.smh.com.a...l#ixzz31lNE2AHU

 

World Cup-bound defender Matthew Spiranovic has dropped the biggest hint yet that he will likely re-sign with Western Sydney Wanderers after steering the A-League club to the final eight of the AFC Champions League on Wednesday night. 

The giant centre back is off contract with the A-League runners-up but said he was likely to remain at Parramatta next season and could sign a new deal with the club within a week. His announcement came as somewhat of a surprise as the 25-year-old free agent could potentially be lured back to Europe by a number of clubs should he impress on the world's biggest stage with the Socceroos in Brazil next month. The 2014 World Cup is the greatest window-front of football but Spiranovic says he's had positive discussions with the Wanderers' management over a contract renewal and could be enticed to sign before departing for South America. 

Before returning to Australia at the start of the season, Spiranovic previously played in the Bundesliga with FC Nurnberg, with Japanese giants Urawa Red Diamonds and had a season in Qatar with Al-Arabi and has made no secret of his desire to return to Europe in the future. It seems he may delay that goal for another season as he told media immediately after the Wanderers' 2-0 win over Sanfrecce Hiroshima that his future with the Wanderers could potentially be secured within a matter of days. 


Read more: http://www.smh.com.a...l#ixzz31lNG7BFR

 

"I think I'll make a decision in the next few days if not weeks. I think now that the games are done, we'll have a few talks and decide what the next step is. There's a good chance [i will stay here] but we'll see in the next day or two," Spiranovic said. "I've always said that I'm not in any rush but if the right opportunity comes up for me, the right fit, obviously I've really enjoyed this season, if we can make both parties 

 

Spiranovic rediscovered his form and fitness under the guidance of Tony Popovic in a season capped off with a thrilling Champions League round of 16 victory over the two-time champions of Japan, Hiroshima. He was struggling to contain his excitement following the match and hailed the spirit of the squad along with a tactical tweak as decisive factors in their win.  

"The boys are over the moon, we couldn't have ended it on a better note really, I'm lost for words to be honest," Spiranovic said. "We changed to a 3-5-2 and we keep the pressure on. We had a few chances even before we scored and I think we deserved it in the end." 

The central defender will join the Socceroos training camp in Gosford on Sunday to stake his claim for a place in the final 23-man squad for Brazil and said he was confident of assuming a leadership role in a more youthful and inexperienced backline. 

"I feel like I've been part of the set-up for quite a while now. I've been there since I was 18 and I've been involved in a lot of camps, tournaments. I feel like I'm comfortable if I need to take that role but we have a lot of leaders in that squad and I think it's a great opportunity for us to step up and show what we're made of."


Read more: http://www.smh.com.a...l#ixzz31lNJ7lk1

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