Thomas Broich and Besart Berisha have forged the A-League’s most lethal combination after coming to Brisbane from Germany.
Breaking up is hard to do but the Brisbane Roar’s `Killer Bs’ – two of the five best imports the A-League has seen – think they can cope.
Thomas Broich and Besart Berisha have forged the competition’s most lethal combination in the past three seasons after coming to Brisbane from Germany.
All good things must come to an end and they did in fitting fashion on Sunday night with a 2-1 grand final triumph over Western Sydney where Broich set up Melbourne Victory-bound Berisha for the crucial equaliser.
While Berisha was crying tears of joy on full-time, Broich was more sedate after finishing a dominant season where he played every minute of every match despite being the league’s most fouled player.
“He is a warrior and unfortunately that is what the Victory have now,” he said.
Fiery striker Berisha’s 75-game stint reaped 48 goals, but he stressed he’ll be just as influential at Melbourne – even without his partner-in-crime’s “programmed” right boot.
“Of course I can do it and I will do it,” Berisha said.
“Because next year I will play for a great team too.”
It was Broich, the former German U21 international in his second season in Brisbane, who helped Berisha settle in to the Queensland way of life in 2011 and laid down the law of the Australian sporting culture.
“The first day, he explained the way Brisbane played and the way the Queensland, Australian people are,” Berisha said.
“He has always looked after me.
“Thomas is a great person but I told him, I think you’re foot is programmed to pass me the ball so I think next year when I play for Victory (against Brisbane) he will still pass me the ball.”
Roar coach Mike Mulvey, now heading to Europe to replace Berisha, says the Albanian international easily ranks with Broich, Dwight Yorke, Alessandro Del Piero and Shinji Ono as Australia’s best-ever imports.
“He’s going with our love in his heart,” said Mulvey.
But they’re not looking back.
The Asian Champions League is on the horizon and stands out as a major carrot for Broich, who completed the A-League full house with a Joe Marston Medal in the decider to go along with three championships, two premierships and two Johnny Warren Medals.
“Thomas said to me `Gaffer, I think I’ve won everything I can win in Australia’, in his own modest way,” Mulvey said.
“And I said `Tommy have you won an ACL medal’ and he said `Ah, good point. OK, there’s the next challenge’.”