The chairman of the Australian football apex body Steven Lowy AM joined the CEO David Gallop to praise the efforts of the Australian Women National Football team who were in action at the ongoing Olympic Games in Brazil.
“On behalf of the Australian Football Family, we are extremely proud of our National Women’s team effort in Brazil. To lose against Brazil in front of a sell-out crowd in the quarter finals of such a prestigious tournament was such a courageous achievement for these wonderful Australian role models,” Lowy said. Continue reading →
Melbourne Victory have been involved in a player swap with Central Coast Mariners and it has seen the arrival of star Mitch Austin to the squad.
In order to get the 25-year-old, Melbourne Victory have had to part company with winger Connor Pain, who has moved to the other way. The transfer represents a significant addition to the Melbourne Victory squad. It became apparent that Austin would not be staying at Central Coast for long after news emerged about the player refusing the option of a second year at the club. Last season, Austin played the requisite number of matches to deserve a second year.
Considering that the last season was his debut campaign in the Australian A-League, Austin has done extremely well to turn a lot of heads. Since his move from the lower levels of the English league, Austin has quickly risen into one of the top players in the A-League. Manager Kevin Muscat claimed that everyone at Melbourne Victory are extremely excited to see what Austin brings to the club. On the physical front, Austin is extremely well equipped to help counter-attacking style of football with his great work ethic, speed, and skill. Muscat admitted that Austin’s first season in the A league had convinced everyone at the club that he was the right choice at this moment. Continue reading →
Melbourne Victory might make a move for Greek defender Vangelis Moras.
The latter currently plays for Italian club Hellas Veronas and has reportedly agreed to leave the club. It is believed that the discussions have reached an advance stage and that a decision will be taken very soon.
He will be an ideal replacement for MatthieuDelipierre, who has announced his retirement at the end of the season. Melbourne Victory was looking for a quality defender that possesses a good experience of high-level football in order to replace the French defender. Vangelis Moras has extensive knowledge of European football after having played at Swansea, Bologna, and Hellas Veronas.
During his time at Hellas Veronas, he has managed to make 131 appearances for the team and even helped them to win promotion to Serie A. Vangelis Morashas adapted quickly to life in Serie A and has kept improving with his team.
Last season has been quite difficult for Hellas Veronas and they ended the season with a relegation to Serie B. This has prompted Vangelis Moras to look for a move away from the club and he has agreed to discuss with Melbourne Victory for a potential transfer. Continue reading →
Melbourne Victory were knocked out of the Asian League thanks to Jeonbuk Motors.
Brazilian forward Leonardo dished out another piece of Asian Champions heartache for Melbourne Victory and put Jeonbuk Motors into Asia’s last eight. The A-League club tumbled out of Asia on Tuesday in Jeonju, South Korea, losing 2-1 on the night and 3-2 on aggregate to the K-League giants.
It was not to be for Victory’s departing trio of Archie Thompson, Kosta Barbarouses and Matthieu Delpierre, who will now leave the club. Victory were stretched and ultimately dissembled by Jeonbuk, who boast a formidable record in the elite continental competition.
Just as he did in Melbourne, Leonardo proved lethal, scoring twice to decide the tie. Besart Berisha’s late volley from substitute Jai Ingham’s cross gave Victory seven minutes to find a second, which would have put Victory ahead on away goals, but the hosts held on. The loss came in the same city where their 2014 Asian campaign ended in the group stages. Continue reading →
You may think there would be little to interest Australian soccer fans as Europe’s major tournament plays out in France but this is a massive competition with some great football on show. Added to that general interest are two players in particular who will attract more attention than many as the European Championship develops.
Janko fires a blank
Supporters of Sydney FC will surely be interested to see how their former striker Marc Janko fares as Austria look to make inroads into Group H but it was a poor start for the 32 year old and the country as a whole. The Austrians have only qualified for one major tournament since the World Cup of 1998 and although they were not expected to go deep into Euro 2016, they should have taken at least a point over rivals Hungary. Continue reading →
Leicester centre forward Jamie Vardy is set to miss the friendly against the Australia men national team side as they take on The Three Lions in a friendly match. The striker will miss England’s friendly with Australia on Friday, England’s national team smanager Roy Hodgson has confirmed. The England international, who scored the winner against Turkey, is getting married on Wednesday.
Vardy is set to tie the knot with Rebekah Nicholson, who already uses Jamie’s surname, and the couple will spend a couple of days together before Vardy hooks up with his England team-mates once more. The Leicester striker has enjoyed an incredible season in both the Premier League and for his country and he will be on the plane to France for Euro 2016.
Vardy’s strike rate is one of the reasons that England remain one of the favourites for the tournament, with StanJames, the sports betting website listing their chances above the likes of Italy and Spain, behind just France and Germany to win the whole tournament.
Hodgson said “Jamie will now celebrate his wedding on Wednesday, so we won’t see him for a few days. But we will have more competition when [Wayne Rooney, Marcus Rashford and Daniel Sturridge turn up on Monday.
“Vardy won’t be involved on Friday because he is getting married on Wednesday. His wedding was planned for last June, I called him up for friendlies and he cancelled it, so he is within his rights to get married on Wednesday. The public might be surprised, but the major reason for it is because he had to cancel the wedding last year.
“It was more difficult for me to see it as an issue than maybe it would have been to complain about this date. Under normal circumstances, Wednesday would be when we would join up and, when he planned the wedding, he probably expected ten days off first before coming back for international duty.
“But we know Jamie, we are satisfied with him and I don’t think his place is under serious threat, so it hasn’t caused me too many problems,” he added.
Archie Thompson was teary eyed as fans of Melbourne Victory wished him a very emotional send-off during ACL match. No more will the fans serenade the legendary forward after he played his last home games in 11 seasons for the club on Tuesday in the Asian Champions League game. The player was substituted in the 67th minute. The star player pulled his head into his shirt first then began the long walk to the substitute’s bench as fans pay tribute.
Arsenal are guaranteed that they will be finishing in at least the 4th spot of the Premier League in this season and this is enough for them to snatch a Champions League qualification spot for their upcoming campaign.
Arsene Wenger is a continuous target of criticism as the Frenchman fails to push Arsenal to the Premier League title and it has not been any different this time around as it was Leicester City which came out on top and won the English league but Arsenal has consistently been able to compete in the Champions League and the Premier League club will be competing once again for the 19th successive season.
The French coach of Arsenal has revealed minor details in relation to the approaching summer transfer window as he is already preparing his team for the next season and a few signings are expected to take place as he said: ‘’We have to add something defensively as a team to be more ruthless. I don’t think we are soft but yes, we need to toughen up. In some games we were caught, but a lot of the teams have the same problem.” Continue reading →
While Adelaide United grabbed all the headlines in the A-League after winning only their second Grand Final in the club’s history following their 3-1 victory against Western Sydney Wanderers, Leicester City were enjoying their own fairytale story in the English Premier League.
A team that narrowly escaped relegation last season have surpassed all expectations by lifting the title, and while many waited for Leicester City to slip up, it failed to materialised as they finished ten points clears of Arsenal at the summit. Continue reading →
The season of Melbourne Victory in the A-League is over after having suffered a loss against Brisbane Road when they faced off at Suncorp Stadium on April 15th.
It actually was Melbourne Victory the team that took the lead through Besart Berisha as he scored the opening goal of the game at the 86th minute but Brisbane Roar responded quickly after as Matt McKay tied the game up 1-1 and Thomas Broich sealed the victory for Roar.
Brisbane Roar will have to face off with Western Sydney on April 24 and the winner from that match is going to reach the grand finals of the A-League while Melbourne Victory’s season is finished.
It didn’t take long for the head coach of Melbourne Victory to voice his disappointment as Kevin Muscat said: “I don’t think we deserved that tonight. We were very good. We were the better team but it can be a cruel game sometimes and it’s certainly one of those nights tonight. For the season to finish like it has for us tonight, I’m gutted. I’m shattered for the group. I don’t think I need to convince you that we didn’t deserve that tonight. We were very good,” Continue reading →
Ryan Giggs, the Manchester United assistant manager, has issued a warning to Jose Mourinho about the importance of the youth academy in Manchester United. Indeed, Mourinho has always been perceived as a manager that is more interested in signing accomplished players rather than developing them.
Manchester United, who is renowned for the success of their youth policy, will want their culture to remain whoever becomes the next manager. With reports that Jose Mourinho has agreed to a verbal agreement to be the next Manchester United manager, Ryan Giggs will want to ensure that the new manager will respect the United tradition.
Despite the current season that has not been up to the expectations, Louis van Gaal has given the opportunity to players such as Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Marcus Rashford, who have performed extremely well. Rashford has gained praise for his performance in the Champions League game where he scored two goals against Midtjylland.
Ryan Giggs believe that it is part of the Manchester United culture to ensure that there are not only world-class players from abroad on the pitch but also good academy players. According to Giggs, this is what separate Manchester United from the other clubs and any manager will have to abide by this philosophy. Continue reading →
Melbourne Victory were going through a string of matches where they just couldn’t seal a single triumph but on March 6, the team of Kevin Muscat faced off with Central Coast Mariners and came out on top with a 2-0 victory.
This victory is crucial for Melbourne Victory as the Australian club wants to secure a finals spot and as long as Kevin Muscat is able to keep his team in the top 6 spots of the league, then this mission can certainly be achieved. Continue reading →
Lokomotiv Moscow, the Russian football team, is heading for some difficulty from Europe’s football governing body after one of their footballers players pulled off his jersey t-shirt to show a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin along with a slogan endorsing him.
This incident took place on the field following a game in Istanbul against Turkey club Fenerbahce earlier on Tuesday. Beneath the Putin portrait, who is sporting a Russian navy cap in the shot, Dimitri Tarasov’s vest ‘said’ “The most polite president” in Russian language.
Lokomotiv Moscow is almost certain to confront some disciplinary action from the UEFA as political statements are not allowed at their matches.
In another incident related to the match, the Istanbul police detained 3 people after bottles were thrown off at a bus carrying the Russian squad’s rooters when it headed for Europa League game in the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium. Later, the police reported that the people were drunk and one of the bus’s window was a bit cracked. The Turkish media reportedly stated that those who were responsible for the incident were Fenerbahce fans. Continue reading →
Brisbane Roar recently suffered a thrashing at the hands of Melbourne Victory, but manager Kevin Muscat refused to get carried away because of this impressive win.
Melbourne managed a 4-0 win against the table leaders. The team was coming on the back of a three match unbeaten run, but they were not expected to get such a convincing win against one of the inform teams in the division. After all, Melbourne Victory had just conceded three goals in the win over Central Coast United. Muscat appears to have downplayed the victory since he sees a lot of work ahead of the team.
The team are still on the fringes of going out of a play-off place if results take a sharp turn for the worst. The win over Brisbane Roar has helped Melbourne Victory strengthen their position over Adelaide United and Wellington Phoenix. Both teams are already several points behind Melbourne in the table. Muscat will be hoping to build on this means when his team have yet another home game against one of the teams near the top of the table. Sydney are third in the table and are only three points ahead of Melbourne Victory. This should be a great motivation for the home team to get three points and move up the table. Continue reading →
Tim Cahill, the veteran Aussie midfielder, has criticized the Football Federation Australia for the game’s lack of grassroots charm, the current state of the A-League and how it dealt with marquee players such as ex Juventus star Alessandro Del Piero.
Cahill, 36, was was earlier released by the Chinese football club Shanghai Shenhua earlier this week. He thought of coming back to A-League, but its lack of vision could hurt his career. Continue reading →