Roar and Griffith University partner in AFC Champions League

Brisbane Roar Football Club is proud to announce Griffith University as a Principal Partner for its 2015 Asian Football Confederation Champions League campaign, which starts on the Gold Coast on Wednesday.

Griffith University will hold the club’s prestigious Front of Shirt asset throughout the six-game, home-and-away AFC Champions League Group Stage. 

The Roar’s matches against Asian opponents will be viewed by a potential audience of tens of millions across a region where Griffith University is admired as a pioneer of Asian studies.   

As Australian Champions, Brisbane Roar will play three matches at Gold Coast Stadium at Robina and three in Asia over the next 10 weeks in what is the region’s most prestigious club football competition. 

Brisbane Roar FC Managing Director Sean Dobson said the partnership was fitting as Griffith University is one of the most respected tertiary institutions in the Asia-Pacific region.

“Brisbane Roar are Australian champions with an ambition to become a powerhouse in Asian football,” Dobson said. 

“Griffith University achievements in the region are an inspiration for us.”

Griffith University Pro Vice Chancellor (International) Professor Sarah Todd warmly welcomed today’s announcement. 

"Griffith University is very proud to be one of Australia’s foremost sporting universities with a long history of supporting high-level sports and sports performers,” Professor Todd said.

“This partnership provides further opportunity to do this on an international level and it is also a very visible way of Griffith signalling its deep engagement with Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Asia.

"I anticipate there will be high interest from within our student body, and I also fully expect to see the new Brisbane Roar kit, featuring Griffith’s logo, being worn with pride on all of our campuses."

The Roar begins its campaign to be Asian Champions against Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan at Robina on Wednesday night (7.30pm kick-off). 

Also in the Roar’s AFC Champions League Group G are two-time Asian champions Suwon Bluewings, from South Korea, and 2007 champions Urawa Red Diamonds, from Japan. 

The Roar’s other Gold Coast games are against Suwon on Tuesday, March 17, and Urawa on Tuesday, May 5. Their away schedule is March 4 (Urawa), April 8 (Suwon) and April 21 (Beijing). 

Tickets to the Roar’s three AFC Champions League Group Stage games at Robina are just $10 (adults) and $5 (children) pre-purchase and $12 and $7 at the gate. A discounted three-game ticket buy is available at $25 for adults and $15 for children. 

Tickets are available now through Ticketek. 

The ticket price includes free train travel to and from Robina. Gold Coast-based fans can also travel free to the game on Surfside bus routes, trains and the G-Link tram. 

Brisbane Roar has announced a 29-man squad for the 2015 AFC Champions League: 1. Michael THEO (gk); 3. Shane STEFANUTTO; 4. Adam SAROTA; 5. Corey BROWN; 6. George LAMBADARIDIS; 8. Steven LUSTICA; 9. Andrija KALUDEROVIC; 10. HENRIQUE; 13. Jade NORTH; 14. Daniel BOWLES; 15. James DONACHIE; 16. Devante CLUT; 17 Matt McKAY; 18. Luke BRATTAN; 19. Jack HINGERT; 20. Kofi DANNING; 21. Jamie YOUNG (gk); 22. Thomas BROICH; 23. Dimitri PETRATOS; 26. Lachlan JACKSON; 27. Ben LITFIN; 28. Brandon BORRELLO; 29 Patrick THEODORE; 33. Luke DeVERE; 34. Shannon BRADY; 35. Mitchell HORE; 36. Fraser CHALMERS (gk); 37. Denver CRICKMORE (gk); 38. Nicholas D’AGOSTINO.