Every continent has produced many stars in England’s top-flight division and one particular country to have churned out many a key player has been Australia. There has been no shortage of top-tier players to arrive on the scene from Down Under, showcasing their talents to the English crowds for many years.
There was international success for the Aussies this year, as they managed to make it to the 2018 World Cup after a triumphant qualification campaign but they find themselves in a tough group in Russia. They are, however, 30/1 to finish ahead of France, Denmark and Peru in their standings through the live betting on sportsbet.io come next summer when the finals finally kick-off. Continue reading →
Socceroos legend Tim Cahill will be fondly remembered by Premier League fans across the world for his combative nature and aerial dominance, with many agreeing that he left Everton and the Premier League too early. Everton could certainly do with their former charge this season to bolster a limp front line currently firing them straight to the Championship.
The opinion that Cahill left too soon for New York Red Bulls was reinforced further still when he lit up the 2014 FIFA World Cup with a tremendous solo effort versus the Netherlands.
Not many players can boast the longevity that Cahill has achieved in their career and the dedication and desire that he has shown. Many Socceroo fans’ hearts would have sunk when they saw the legendary striker limp off just 25 minutes into Melbourne City’s A-League match following a collision with Sydney FC’s Jordi Buijs and landing awkwardly on his right ankle. However, following extensive round-the-clock treatment, for 48 hours, the 37-year-old was passed fit to fly to San Pedro Sula to face Honduras. Continue reading →
Sydney FC have made an excellent start in their bid to retain their A-League title this campaign after taking ten points from a possible twelve in the top flight. Brazilian striker Bobo hit 15 goals last season and appears to have carried on where he left off with four in as many games so far this campaign. He will be pivotal to their chances of retaining their crown this year.
In May 2017, Sydney FC announced that they had managed to retain the services of Bobo with fans welcoming the news that the hitman would be staying with the club until the end of the 2017-18 season. He is one of two marquee players in their squad who averaged just shy of a goal every two games last season and is also the club’s regular penalty taker. Continue reading →
“It’s like hell, you cannot imagine what happens there” said one former Australia coach when asked about playing in places such as Honduras. Hell will indeed be the reality for the Socceroos when they face the Central American side in San Pedro Sula. The Aussies will travel to Honduras and one of the most-dangerous cities on earth, as they look to secure their fourth consecutive World Cup berth.
While avoiding the United States was seen as a blessing, the Socceroos must now be wondering if they’ve been let off lightly after all. Throw in the fact both games will be played in the space of five days, including 24-hours of transpacific travel, and this could be a gruelling tie for both nations. Continue reading →
Melbourne Victory new signing Rhys Williams insists that he has no regrets over a difficult season with Perth Glory.
The 29-year-old ended his long-term association with Middlesbrough to join hometown club Glory on a two-year deal last season.
Williams suffered a rocky start in his first season in the A-League, which included a mid-season speculation linking him with a switch to Sydney FC. He has since pursued a fresh challenge with Victory, where he hopes to revive his flagging career, which has been hampered by injuries.
Speaking to Fox Sports, Williams said: “I’ll never take it back. I needed to find my love for the game again after so many injuries in England and I found it. And I enjoyed last season — although everything that happened was put in the media a lot. But ultimately that’s what happens in life and you’ve just got to get on with it. I’d never take anything back and sometimes you’ve just got to say it doesn’t work and we all move on.” Continue reading →
Brisbane Roar head coach John Aloisi is happy with the performance of his side despite going down to Melbourne Victory by a 3-1 scoreline.
Brisbane did not arrive in Ballarat until Friday afternoon after they were forced to take an early morning flight to Melbourne which was followed by a two hour bus trip to the Inland Victorian city.
Speaking after the game, Aloisi admitted that his side put in the best performance of their pre-season – barring the first 15 minutes of the match, where the Victory took an early 2-0 lead. He said: “The players said how stiff they felt at the start of the game. We thought an extended warm-up might help, but that’s why we had such a slow start and why the Victory got the jump on us. Otherwise we played really well. We created about six or seven clear chances. It’s the best we’ve played so far in the pre-season.”
Aloisi had wanted the squad to arrive a day earlier to make the preparations, but it appears that the club knocked back the request due to financial limitations. Surprisingly, the Ballarat Council paid for the Roar’s flights and accommodation on Friday night, but the club were reluctant to spend anything other than refreshments from their pocket. Continue reading →
Australia A-League side Melbourne Victory have completed the signing of Argentine midfielder Matias Sanchez on a one-year contract. The 30-year-old was part of the Argentina Under-20 side which won the World Cup in 2007, and he has since not developed in the same wavelength as former teammates Sergio Romero, Sergio Aguero, Angel di Maria and Gabriel Mercado.
Sanchez started his initial career with Racing club before moving on to Estudiantes de La Plata side where he won South America’s prestigious Copa Libertadores in 2009. Prior to his arrival to Melbourne, the midfielder played for Club Atletico Temperley for whom he featured 33 times in the Argentine Primera Division. Continue reading →
Brisbane Roar continued their poor run at the FFA Cup as they were thrashed 5-1 by Melbourne Victory at the meeting at Perry Park.
The Victory squad were near full capacity and it showed as they humbled their rival on Wednesday.
The loss is another for Roar as they are embarrassed at the FFA Cup. This means that they have gone past the Round of 32 just once in the last four years. On the other hand, Victory won the title in 2015 and have provided decent returns over the same period. In fact, the showing that night hints of another deep run at the Cup this year.
Mitch Austin and James Troisi scored in the first half to hand Victory the edge going into the short break. They started early upon return, sealing off the contest after only five minutes. BesartBerisha and Mark Mulligan converted their penalty kicks in quick succession to see the game almost end as the competitiveness died. Continue reading →
Melbourne Victory are set to clash against Adelaide United in the FFA Cup on Wednesday night. The performance will depend largely on star players James Troisi and Mark Milligan in the Round of 16 game. The Socceroos star would need to be in high spirit to deliver as they are days away from one of their biggest games in the international scene. Coach Ange Postecoglou names his final 23-man shortlist on Wednesday.
Melbourne should have all the major players available for selection for the FFA Cup game bar Argentine Matias Sanchez who is yet to sort out his visa issues. Carl Valeri skippered the recent friendly against Oakleigh so he should be available for the match. Continue reading →
Australian midfielder Stefan Mauk could become the first player to join Melbourne Victory after having represented Melbourne City earlier in his career.
The NEC Nijmegen ace is likely to pursue a fresh challenge this summer after he saw his club relegated to the second tier of Dutch football. The likes of Harry Kewell, Fred, TandoVelaphiamong a few others have swapped Victory for a move to their cross-city rivals, but Victory have not made a similar attempt in their seven year rivalry.
Mauk, who is regarded as a box-to-box midfielder is being linked with a proposed return to the A-League with a host of clubs seeming vying for his services. Yet to be capped at international level, the 21-year-old largely struggled during his stint at NEC, where he made just two league starts. As a result, he has become an outsider to make the Socceroos squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup held in Russia. Mauk managed seven goals in 25 games during his previous season (2015-2016) spent in the A-League with City and Adelaide United. Continue reading →
At the Play Station 4 NPL2 West, Melbourne Victory started slowly by losing 4-0 to Moreland Zebras.
Amir Osmancevic and Daniel Petrov scored three goals in the first nine minutes to turn the game on is head at Epping Stadium. Osmancevic scored from a cross in the first goal but sent his effort to the bottom corner following a long pass. Petrov scored a 20 yard screamer that was no match for Victory keeper Majak Mawith.
Victory eventually came out of the shock goals to put on a decent display. The team had eight 17-year old as Coach Gareth Naven wanted to change things a bit. Continue reading →
A-League side Melbourne Victory are yet to offer rave of the moment James Troisi a new deal, according to reports.
The player was impressive for the club last season but he is yet to receive details for contract renewal.
Victory earned a qualification for the 2018 AFC Champions League, and Troisi played an important part. His future at the club remains unclear, but he remains focused on the forthcoming game against Saudi Arabia in the FIFA World Cup qualifier.
The Socceroos are hoping to get victory so they can place second in the group, with two games to spare. They want to use that route to qualify directly for Russia 2018 as the top two teams get auto spots.
Troisi says he remains focused on his duties in the international team but he raised concern as to why talks are halted. He revealed talks begun before the season ended but that he has not heard anything since then.
He scored five goals from outside the box last term, aside contributing five assists. He is not worried as he knows things will fall in place soon enough. Continue reading →
Melbourne Victory were impressive in the game against Brisbane Roar in the A-League semi-final.
They left everyone content with their performance and high intensity in the big game. But the fear was if they would be able to replicate such display when they faced Sydney FC in the grand final?
Victory were decent in the final though Sydney had the momentum in the second half of the clash. The first half was scintillating and it was worth the A-League grand final. The most successful Premiership club in the A-League could not oust their Big Blue rivals after two hours of football.
Victory played liked their lives depended on it, they showed the needed grit. Unlike the decider two years ago, they did not fail despite the pressure. Sydney’s Alex Brosque said the first half was the quickest he has played in. Continue reading →
Melbourne Victory FC secured the 2nd spot of the 2016-17 season of the Australian A-League with a total of 49 points.
The last league match that Melbourne Victory FC played was on April 14 as they overcame CC Mariners with a final scoreboard of 1-0 and a few days after that, the head coach of the club Kevin Muscat talked about the season which recently reached it’s end and how he feels about everything that has been going on.
Kevin Muscat is confident that his squad has significantly improved their mentality as the 43 year old Australian manager said: “It was good to finish with a win and build some momentum, and the players are buzzing now that the finals are here’’
“You’ve got to get to that point of competing and playing to the best of your abilities because anything short, you won’t have any success. Knowledge tells me you can’t just turn up in a semifinal or a final and play 30 or 40 percent better. You’ve got to go in playing some decent stuff, and I thought we were decent tonight.” Continue reading →