November was an interesting month for Australian players, with representative football the highlight. There were new faces in the Socceroos squad in Korea, with A-League players featuring in squad for the EAFF East Asian Cup, and a great run by the U-19s.
Aussies Abroad November 2012
There were a series of permanent transfers across Europe along with some loan deals in England. The Aussie connection has been scaled back at Portsmouth as that club continues to deal with financial difficulties. Possibly our youngest Aussie Abroad, Reno Piscopo, joined giant Inter Milan at the start of the season.Club Level
England (Premiership) - A clean sheet against Chelsea was the highlight during a month in which Mark Schwarzer picked the ball out the back of the net more than he would like.
Brett Holman didn't see many minutes in November but has now broken his scoring duck, while Chris Herd has just returned from his latest injury.
Brad Jones (Liverpool) is now back on the pine after Reina's return, but he did get a few starts including one in a UEFA Europa League fixture.
Adam Federici is back in goal for Reading, which is conceding too many goals as it seeks to pick up important points.
England (Championship) - Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) continues to start every game in his impressive season. His side is chasing automatic promotion with Jedinak leading the charge. Scott McDonald has now scored seven goals in his 11 appearances at Middlesbrough in a welcome return to form.
Millwall’s defence has conceded only two goals in its past seven games, and Shane Lowry is clearly deserving of some of the credit given his centre-back role this season. After a period on the sidelines with injury, Neil Kilkenny is back in the starting line-up at Bristol City.
England (League One) - Dean Bouzanis (Oldham Athletic) has continued in goal until recently seeing red, meaning Alex Cisak was recalled from his loan at Portsmouth after a week. This has given young keeper Liam Jacob a chance to appear on the bench. James Wesolowski is the other Aussie at Oldham, and has now made 15 starts this season. Both Shane Cansdell-Sheriff and Bailey Wright (Preston North End) have now managed over 1000 minutes each this campaign.
Germany (Bundesliga) – It’s been yet another great month for Robbie Kruse at Fortuna Dusseldorf. He has now added a few goals into his highlights reel for the season and is quickly gaining the attention of many. Having now started to make an impression at Mainz 05, Nikita Rukavytsya is still looking for his debut goal. Mitchell Langerak continues to bide his time on the bench at Dortmund.
Germany (2.Bundesliga) - Having returned from injury, Mathew Leckie has now scored three goals for FSV Frankfurt during his loan spell.
Netherlands (Eredivisie) - In a somewhat rare feat over the past few seasons, all the Aussie boys (Tommy Oar, Adam Sarota and Michael Zullo) recently started in the same game. Zullo had been struggling to break back into the side after injury. Jason Davidson (Heracles) is available again after injury but is not seeing much game time.
Scotland (Premier League) - Dylan McGowan has now joined older brother Ryan in the starting line-up at Hearts. Ryan continues to impress with his runs from defence. With the club remaining in difficulty, it will be interesting to see if a fire sale occurs in the January transfer window. Alex Baird continues to wait patiently for 40-year-old former Scotland international, Rob Douglas to make way at Dundee.
Croatia ( 1. HNL) - Young striker Tomi Juric is still looking for his first goal for NK Inter Zapresic after nearly 400 minutes of game time.
Austria (Bundesliga) - A second yellow resulted in a suspension for James Holland (Austria Wien). Prior to that indiscretion, he had started every game.
Portugal (Primeira) - after a shaky start to the season, Caleb Patterson-Sewell still finds himself on the bench at Vitoria Setubal.
Portugal (II Divisao) – It’s early days, but Sydney-born striker Kevin Oliviera is seeing reasonable minutes in his first overseas assignment.
Turkey (Super Lig) - After a slow integration back to the senior side, Ersan Gulum is now getting a good run of minutes at Besiktas.
Denmark (Superliga) - Young Brondby striker Brett McGrath is starting to get some time off the bench after an inconsistent season.
Greece (Football League) - Andreas Govas (Kallonis) has been the most impressive of the Aussie contingent in this league, while Chris Sullivan has scored his debut goal for Odysseas Kordeliou in League 2.
Malta (Premier League) - Young defender Jacob Borg has ended his first month in the starting XI at Balzan Youths.
Qatar (Stars League) - Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa) is getting good minutes but not scoring with the ease he did last season. Matt Spiranovic (Al Arabi) and Sasa Ognenovski (Umm Salal) continue in the centre of defence for their respective teams.
U.A.E. (UFL) - Richard Porta (Dubai Club) continues his scoring feats, now up to eight goals in 10 starts. Alex Brosque (Al Ain) has five goals in six starts. Lucas Neill has been in good enough form to warrant a nomination for AFC Footballer of the Year.Korea (K-League) - Injury derailed the season for Matt Simon, Nathan Burns and at times Luke DeVere, Matt Mckay and Adrian Madaschi. Eddy Bosnar (Suwon), Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Hyundai) and Robbie Cornthwaite (Chunnan Dragons) were the stand-out Aussie performers.
Japan (J.League) - Josh Kennedy had an injury-ravaged season whereas Jade North (Consadole Sapporo) played in the defence of a team that had been relegated with two months of the season to play.
USA (MLS) - Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls) ended his first season in the MLS with 14 starts, 1260 minutes and 1 goal, while Andy Rose (Seattle Sounders) made 25 appearances, 1188 minutes, 1 goal and 3 CONCACAFCL starts.
India (I-League) - Sean Rooney (Salgaocar) has scored two goals in his nine appearances so far this season.
Rhys Williams (ankle) continues to be the biggest name missing and is hoping to be back for the Christmas fixtures as Middlesbrough mounts a challenge for automatic promotion. Josh Kennedy (back), Nathan Burns (knee) and Matt Simon (knee) will use the off season to recover.
UEFA Champions League - Borussia Dortmund continues to lead Group D with Mitch Langerak warming the bench.
UEFA Europa League - Brad Jones was in goal for Liverpool during the 1-0 away loss.
CONCACAF Champions League - Andy Rose (Seattle Sounders) will have to wait until March for his quarterfinal clash.
Reserves and Youth
NextGen - this month saw Jordan Lyden (Aston Villa) and Brad Smith (Liverpool) start their club's fixtures.
U21s - Good form at this level saw both Bradden Inman and Curtis Good secure loan deals. Matthew Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) and Patrick Antelmi (Leeds United) have continued their scoring form in November. By all reports, Luke Adams has been impressive in the Derby U21s.
Youth - Peter Makrillos (Stoke City) has continued his good form. The same can be said for Gethin Jones as he has been featuring for both the U18 and U21 teams at Everton. George Mells has made his debut for the Southampton U18s at the age of 15. In Germany, both Degenek (Stuttgart) and Stojcevski (Astoria Walldorf) continue to progress well.
The friendly against Korea Republic saw four players earn their first cap for the nation. That along with the victory thanks to debut goals to Rukavytsya and Cornthwaite, marked a good night. Certainly a glimpse of the future with Holland, Oar, McGowan, Babalj and Rogic all showing great promise.
Perhaps more exciting was the run enjoyed by the U19's as they sought World Cup qualification. Plenty of the "Aussies Abroad" featured with Corey Gameiro, Ryan Williams and Jackson Irvine having strong tournaments. The progress of these players and many others will be closely monitored over the next six months. Selection in the WC squad will not be easy.
Socceroos Player of the Month: It’s pretty hard to ignore Scott McDonald. Overlooked for the first few months of the season, he has come back hard, scoring plenty of goals and helping push Middlesbrough towards promotion. The question remains, has he already used up all his Socceroos chances?
Under the Radar: A second nomination in three months for Millwall defender Shane Lowry, whose been rock-solid in a miserly defence that has gone on a 13-game unbeaten run to charge up the table.
Young player of the Month: A tough choice but young centre-back Bailey Wright gets the nod. After being transfer listed in the off-season, Bailey has reacted with a wise head and is now a regular at Preston North End. He has made 14 starts this season already, and at 20, looks to have a bright future.
For a full listing of our Aussies Abroad, please see the attachment.
Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) will award former Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer with its highest honour, the Alex Tobin Medal.