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Brisbane Roar axe 11 players as Robbie Fowler era begins

The rebuild of A-League strugglers Brisbane Roar under Robbie Fowler has begun with a demolition.

The Roar announced on Tuesday that 11 players would be leaving the club following their disastrous A-League campaign, joining previously announced departures Matt McKay, Henrique and Thomas Kristensen in a clearout that involves half of the senior playing squad.

The exodus sheds 125 Socceroos caps from the squad and also means all five visa positions are now vacant with French marquee Eric Bautheac,...

Brisbane Roar 'prankster' Eric Bautheac targeting A-League top three

Held up by visa red tape, Eric Bautheac arrived at the Brisbane Roar late, lacking match fitness and unable to speak English.

Fast forward a year and the 31-year-old French winger is the joker of the pack, having taught himself English to the point where he is able to hold his own when the banter starts flowing.

And there is plenty of it, with John Aloisi's men full of optimism following a drama-filled campaign and an offseason that has netted Danish winger Tobias Mikkelsen, proven striker Adam...

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Brisbane Roar yet to see the best of Eric Bautheac - John Aloisi

John Aloisi reckons Brisbane Roar fans won't see the best of Eric Bautheac until next season, when he assumes A-League marquee status.

But the Frenchman's sublime free kick on Saturday night should tide them over until then.

Bautheac produced his finest moment yet in a Roar shirt, curling a delightful shot over the wall from just outside the penalty box -- the decisive goal in a 1-0 victory against Adelaide United.

It's been a tough season for the 30-year-old, who signed for the Roar in September...