In the UAE Pro League, Alex Brosque has been showcasing the type of form he hopes to show in green and gold on Tuesday night
In the UAE Pro League, Alex Brosque has been showcasing the type of form he hopes to show in green and gold on Tuesday night.
Brosque's initial move away from Sydney FC to Japan's Shimizu S-Pulse in 2011 was an outstanding success in itself, but his follow up switch to the Emirates has been just as impressive.
Brosque's Al Ain sit top of the UAE's 14-team top-tier with eight rounds to play and have also commenced their AFC Champions League campaign with a home win and away loss.
Through it all, Brosque has been a cornerstone contributor alongside standout local Omar Abdulrahman and Ghana international Asamoah Gyan - netting nine goals from his sixteen starts.
"It-s been going alright, our team is doing quite well," said Brosque.
"Personally I-ve been playing as a striker again, with our team coming first and doing well, it allows me the get amongst the chances and scoring goals again.
“Our team is very good and we-re top by about six points, we do get a lot of chances come our way throughout the games and we-ve got a fantastic number ten (Adbdulrahman).
“I-ve been able to benefit from that.”
The 29-year-old is in line to start for the Qantas Socceroos on Tuesday, which would continue an international renaissance of sorts for the striker.
Brosque's match winning contribution to Australia's 2-1 triumph over Thailand in September 2011 marked his first meaningful appearance for the Qantas Socceroos in seven years.
Since that moment, the former Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar player has been a mainstay in Holger Osieck's squads, playing a role in all but two of Australia's qualifiers en route to Brazil.
"It-s great to be home, being from Sydney, I think it-s always nice to be home, but to be able to play a game here in front of family and friends, it-s pretty special," said Brosque.
"It-s been a while since we last played here, so it-s good to be home and hopefully to get the points in a very important game.
“They-ll (Oman) be tough, they always are, we just really need to focus on those first ten to fifteen minutes.
“I think we-ve shown in the past, if we score early against teams here, it can open up the game a whole lot more for us.
“The longer it stays at nil all or even if they sneak a goal the more they tend to get confidence and think they-re in with a real chance.
“I think the quicker we can stop that and get an early goal, I think it goes a long way to winning the game.”
The Qantas Socceroos- road to Brazil recommences on Tuesday, 26 March at Sydney-s Stadium Australia with a crucial clash against Oman. Kick off is at 7.30pm AEDT.
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