Discussion in 'Aussies Abroad' started by Wezza, Aug 30, 2009.
Brad Smith- hopefully this will lead to more game time......
Mathew Ryan is about to sign with Danish Champions FC København according to the reliable Danish soccer website Bold.dk
bold.dk afslører: FCK henter VM-keeper
Will he be the starter there? Because that's what he needs- a starting position,
He will right now, because their fairly young polish first keeper Kamil Grabara recently suffered an injury that will keep him out for two month, and his replacement, Swedish international Karl-Johan Johnsson, has been doing quite poorly, which is also why they have been looking for a better option and replacement. In any case, if they do not qualify for the Champions League by beating Turkish Champions Trabzonspor in the play-off's, they qualify automatically to the Europa League group stage, so there will be plenty of games for him to play during the season, with both the Danish Superliga, games in the Europa Cups and Danish Cup games as well.
Btw. Mathew Ryan will be the 19th Australian to play in the Danish Superliga, with 6 of them having played for my own club AGF Aarhus, and more on their way, since the youth players Jing Reec and Diesel Herrington have signed with AGF the past year.
Spillere fra Australien i superligaen, all-time - SuperStats
Diesel Herrington - Player profile 22/23 | Transfermarkt
Jing Reec - Player profile 22/23 | Transfermarkt
Official FCK TV Highlights from the first leg of the Champions League play-off qualifiers between FC København and Turkish Champions Trabzonspor
Mathew Ryan talking about his debut after the match :
The best saves by Mathew Ryan in his Danish Superliga debut for FC København vs. Lyngby :
The official extended highlights (with a bit more of Ryan) from the game :
Lyngby v FC København, 0-3
0-1 Viktor Claesson (15')
0-2 Pep Biel (Pen, 49')
0-3 Viktor Claesson (52')
Attendance : 10,036
Thanks for that. Matt seems to have improved his shot stopping abilities over the years. A few years ago he made the saves you would expect a good keeper to make but rarely pulled off those special saves the top class guys could make. He is starting to become a good all round keeper. He has always been pretty good with the ball at his feet helping out the defence.
FC København have qualified for the UEFA Champions League group stage by holding Turkish Champions Trabzonspor to a 0-0 draw in the 2nd leg of the CL play-off's, not least thanks to Mathew Ryan. Here are his best saves from the second leg in Turkey :
UEFA Champions League Play-off's
FC København v Trabzonspor, 2-1
0-1 Viktor Claesson (9')
2-0 Lukas Lerager (49')
2-1 Anastasios Bakasetas (79')
Attendance : 27,520
2nd leg :
Trabzonspor v FC København, 0-0
Attendance : 36,128
Extended Highlights :
FC København will be in Champions League group G :
FC Nordsjælland v FC København, 3-1
1-0 Andreas Schjelderup (11')
2-0 Martin Frese (50')
3-0 Oliver Antman (90+1)
3-1 Pep Biel (pen, 90+9)
Attendance : 9,497
Perhaps both due to some tiredness among the FCK players after just having progressed to the CL group stage, and also the young highly talented Nordsjælland players being more motivated and hungry for a win, FCK were constantly on the back foot and really did not stand much of a chance in this Superliga match.
FCK were resting their captain and highly important holding midfielder Carlos Zeca, which also seemed highly noticeable, and though Mathew Ryan was doing his best, he had no chance preventing the only 18-yo Norwegian super-talent and U-21 NT striker Andreas Schjelderup from giving Nordsjælland an early lead, and FCK also had a dubious VAR decision and Ryan to thank for the fact that they got away with only a 1-3 defeat, though FCK's Superliga top-scorer Pep Biel managed to convert a penalty at the very end, in the 9th minute of extra-time, shortly after the young Finland U-21 NT striker (and son of Marvel Comics Superhero ? ) Oliver Antman had made it 3-0 to the home team. Ryan's performance and saves you can judge for yourself in the official FCK TV highlights below :
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Nice article on Mitch Duke: