In a surprise move, the older brother of Brisbane Roar boss, John Aloisi, has been appointed Assistant Coach for the A-League outfit.
Former Matildas mentor, Ross Aloisi, will link up with the Roar players for the first time on Tuesday meaning the two brothers will work side-by-side during the 2015-16 campaign.
(John) Aloisi said the experience his brother had gained in recent top-level coaching positions would be a timely boost for the Roar.
“I have begun to introduce new structures around how the team plays and Ross’s input and assistance will be invaluable as we look to fine-tune and deliver on the way I want us to play,’’ he said.
(Ross) Aloisi said he was excited by the move: “The Roar squad is packed with talented players.
“The club has a reputation for attacking, entertaining football and I am excited to be part of that.”
The 42-year-old was the Senior Assistant Coach with the Matildas during their recent successful FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign in Canada where they reached the quarter-finals.
He is also the coach of the Australian women’s under-17 team.
With his brother a hero of the 2006 World Cup Socceroos - Ross was often dubbed 'the other Aloisi' by rival fans.
A former youth international, who earned three senior caps, Ross played in the A-League and overseas in Switzerland, France, Austria and Italy.
He captained Adelaide United to the premiership in the inaugural season of the A-League and played 50 games for the Reds between 2005 and 2007, scoring three goals.
A central midfielder, he played a 13-game stint for Wellington Phoenix, and 42 games for 12 goals for Adelaide City in the National Soccer League (1989-91).
He also coached South Australian side West Adelaide from the third division to the state’s National Premier Leagues competition in an undefeated run of more than 40 matches.