Broich begins countdown

Brisbane Roar’s new midfield maestro Thomas Broich is counting down the days until he makes his long awaited debut in the Hyundai A-League.

Brisbane Roar-s new midfield maestro Thomas Broich is counting down the days until he makes his long awaited debut in the Hyundai A-League.

Little more than three weeks remain until the start of the new season and Brisbane is beginning to finalise its preparations for the opening match against Gold Coast United.

However, the squad-s ability to hit the ground running in the 2010/11 season will be put under the microscope when it faces Everton Football Club in the annual Queensland Roars Against Racism match at Suncorp Stadium on July 17.

The Merseyside club will field a galaxy of superstars as it prepares to launch an assault on the most exciting football competition in the world - the English Premier League.

But despite admitting the Everton match was a great chance to test the squad-s capabilities, Broich said he was looking ahead even further to Skilled Park on August 8.

“The only thing that counts for me is the start of the A-League,” the 29 year-old said.

“It-s good to have a couple of great tests, like Melbourne, Wellington and now Everton.

“But I-m really looking forward to playing my first Hyundai A-League game at the start of August.”

Broich - formerly on the books of German Bundesliga club FC Nuremberg - has experienced playing against English opposition and is expecting a physical, skilled and high paced match from Everton.

And the German import said the exciting match will supply local football fans a smorgasbord of entertainment.

“It will be a quick, entertaining match,” he said.

“Both sides are attacking and it should be good, open match.

“And hopefully it will convince a lot of people to come to the rest of the Roar-s home games.”

Broich said he has easily fitted into his new life in Brisbane and believes coach Ange Postecoglou-s revamped squad is driving the club in the right direction.

“The football we have been playing has been very technical, very attacking and I like it very much,” he said.

“Ange wants to play football, he doesn-t want to kick and rush and I need to get as many touches to be involved in the game

“And I think the position I-m playing now allows me the freedom to move everywhere and that-s something good for me, because I can create a lot of chances.”

Brisbane Roar plays Everton FC in the annual Queensland Roars Against Racism match at Suncorp Stadium on July 17.

Tickets for the match are available through Ticketek on 13 2849 or by visiting the website by clicking here.

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