Preview: Melbourne City vs The Mariners

At almost the mid-point of the current A-League campaign, Melbourne City FC have what should be a walkover clash with bottom-of-the-league Central Coast Mariners on January 19th. The former side is coming off a bad run of results (one win in seven outings, including a 1-2 loss to wooden spoon candidates, Adelaide United, on the 12th) but City ought to win Thursday’s game easily.

At thirteen points adrift of first-placed Sydney FC and six behind local rivals, Melbourne Victory, City have probably blown their chances of claiming the A-League title. They’ll drop to fourth next week if they don’t outdo the Roar in upcoming games. The recent resignation of long-serving coach John van ‘t Schip hasn’t helped matters for Melbourne, even if it was out of the Dutchman’s hands. Continue reading

LAWRENCE THOMAS EXPECTED TO RETURN TO ACTION

Melbourne Victory is expecting first choice goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas to return from his fitness concerns.


The new shot stopper in Matt Acton would not be happy with the news as his clean sheet on his debut would not be enough to stop Thomas from taking over regularly.

Thomas injured his finger and had to be sidelined. Acton was in action for Victory against Alastair Bray but was pushed forward for the game against Newcastle Jets last week barely after a day’s rest.

Thomas is set to feature in the game against Perth Glory on Friday meaning Acton’s run might have to pause. The player must have been happy when he was given the opportunity to stay in goal in the 2-0 victory at AAMI Park. The game was his first’s since December 2013 when Brisbane thrashed Adelaide united 2-1.

“Lawrence trained this morning. That’s out of my hands. I came here not expecting to play straight away anyway, so whatever they decide to do – if [Thomas] is back playing, I’ll support him 100 percent, “Acton said.

The player admitted that he craves to be the first choice as “no goalkeeper aspires to be on the bench.” The 24-year old player used to play at Kaya in Philippines after previous experience in Myanmar.

Acton says that the rest of the weeks he will spend in the A-league would be beneficial even with Thomas in goal for the rest few months.

“I think it’s going to be beneficial, that’s for sure, because the standard of training is so high. I’m not worried about what the future holds,” he said. He added that he has never really worried much about the future, preferring to “improve every single day.”

5 Greatest Australians Ever to Have Graced the Premier League

The English Premier League is said to be the greatest league in the world, and the fact that 49 Australians have graced it is testament to the talent on offer Down Under. With so many great players to choose from, it’s hard to say who deserves to be in a top ten. But there should be absolutely no question over which players belong in the top five. Here are the five greatest Australians ever to play in England’s top flight.

5. Mark Schwarzer

Schwarzer is one of the best goalkeepers the Socceroos have ever had, and made a whopping 109 appearances for the country which included two World Cups in 2006 and 2010. It stands to reason that the 44-year-old was well-coveted by teams in England’s top flight up until the twilight days of his career. Continue reading

Valeri is ready to get back into the pitch

The captain of Melbourne Victory, Carl Valeri has had to miss out from his teams’ recent matches against Sydney FC and Welligton Phoenix, the reason why the 32 year old player could not perform in these matches was because of a hamstring injury that the veteran performer has picked up recently which has left him out of the playing grounds for the past few weeks but when Valeri was asked about his physical condition, the Australian player responded by saying that he is ready to get back in the pitch.

“I’ve ticked all of the boxes and I’m feeling good. I want to get back amongst the boys ad I think it’s a good week to do that. It was just high loads with my hamstring. I’ve just got to take it easy and be careful.I ended up missing an extra week, but I think I’ll benefit in the long run. If you break it down like that you look at what’s really serious and what’s not.It was hard, though, watching the boys.” Melbourne Victory’s Carl Valeri said. Continue reading

Jose Mourinho never Slams Team in Media

Not often do the coaches slam their teams on TV, but, Jose Mourinho is the one who doesn’t mind doing so.


After every match Chelsea lost the previous season, Mourinho came up with the name of one or two players whom he held responsible for it and it sort of disunited the Chelsea squad.

And now as the tide has turned a little bit against him at United, he is on to his blame game again and is starting to pick out the names he thinks are the culprits of the defeats in open.

Regardless of his positive intention, if that’s what it is, behind speaking extrovertly, it will help him very little as it can give rise to negativity, insecurity and also conspiracy within the camp.

And, once the locker room refuses to back him, the exit door would open soon.

However, Deco, one of the old pupils of Mourinho, reckons his players should make peace with that habit of his as he will not stop doing that. Continue reading

Kevin Muscat Wants Focus on Next Game in Order to Overcome Shock Loss

A shock 4-1 defeat suffered by Melbourne Victory in the recent outing against Melbourne City has left Kevin Muscat in a spot of bother.


The manager, though, is confident that the club can recover quickly from this heavy defeat. However, he says that they should start focusing on the next game immediately if they are to recover properly. The result comes as a major surprise considering that Melbourne Victory were in a good shape coming into the game. Muscat admitted that he is likely to make some changes for the next game in order to keep the squad on its toes.

Most of the changes are likely to happen in the defensive side of the pitch after having seen the team concede four goals. In any other team, making changes after such a major slump would be extremely difficult due to the lack of quality across the squad. This, however, is not a problem with Melbourne Victory since the team has almost fully fit squad at the moment. Apart from James Troisi, the club does not have any major injury worries at the moment.Troisi is struggling with a collar bone injury and is unlikely to return soon. Muscat has hinted the possibility of using an unlikely player in the squad and it is likely to be teenagerSebPasquali, who was quite good in his debut against City.
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MELBOURNE CITY WANT BOCA JUNIORS’ NICOLAS COLAZO

A-League giant Melbourne City are reportedly interested in another Latino addition. The global scouting network of the football club is in play here, as the side is looking for another Bruno Fornaroli-esque talent.


Boca Juniors Nicolas Colazo is the man targeted by the Australian side as the Argentine is the latest player to hit the club’s wish list.

Fernando Brandan was unveiled last month, but the attacking player might see some of his countrymen join him if all goes to plan. Colazo is reported to be among five players that are expected to join the side soon as marquee signings. The Herald Sun say no contract talks have been discussed, but the players are aware that they could earn around $500,000.

Aside the list, there are three others that City is considering as well. Two possibilities from Europe, and another South American. The City Football Group is tapping into their 35-man scouting network to get players that fit into its culture. The scouts are particularly interested in acquiring another raw talent as Uruguayan forward Fornaroli. City have denied comments on the matter until they decide to go forward with the deals. The 26-year old Colazo is a likely possibility, but his agent has downplayed links as he spoke to an Argentine radio station that they player was yet to sign with the A-League side.
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Melbourne Victory continued their impressive form in pre-season

Melbourne Victory continued their impressive form in pre-season after a 3-1 win over Newcastle Jets.


This victory came in the FFA Cup and the club will now be playing in the round of 16. Manager Kevin Muscat says that he is extremely happy with the progress that the team has made in the pre-season. Over the last few weeks, Melbourne Victory have been involved in friendly matches against the likes of Atletico Madrid. Their biggest challenge was probably the game against Juventus in the International Champions Cup. Melbourne Victory managed to come out successful after a penalty shootout win.

All these results make for a good reading for the team ahead of the season opener in October. Even though Melbourne Victory will only be involved in the FFA cup matches for quite a while, the results do give the team a lot of hope. The fixtures for the Australian A-league have been announced with Melbourne Victory set for a very tough start. They take on Brisbane Roars in the opening game of the season. Muscat admitted that it had been quite a while since the team came back from the intense touring and pre-season preparation. However, he was delighted to see the team get a comfortable win over Newcastle Jets.
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FFA CHAIRMAN PRAISES OZ WOMEN

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

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 may sign Greek defender

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.
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MELBOURNE VICTORY CRASH OUT OF ASIAN LEAGUE, THANKS TO JEONBUK MOTORS

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

A Leaguers looking to make their mark

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

VARDY TO MISS AUSTRALIA FRIENDLY

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.

FANS WISH THOMPSON WELL

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.

His replacement was teenage sensation George Howard who bowed humbly to the legend, embraced him as the emotions of Thompson got the better of him. The chants and applause were rousing. Continue reading