SANCHEZ SIGNS FOR MELBOURNE

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

VICTORY READY FOR ADELAIDE

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

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

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

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

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

How Australians in the EPL fared this season

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

Victory end their 5 game winless streak

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.

Melbourne 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

Tim Cahill criticizes FFA

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.

Tim Cahill

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

Can Ben Khalfallah lead Melbourne to the A-League title?

Last season, Melbourne Victory were crowned A-League champions after a gruelling campaign. Tunisia international Fahid Ben Khalfallah played a key role in their success after joining the club last September. Ben Khalfallah played 27 matches for Melbourne in the 2014-15 campaign, scoring five goals and racking up numerous assists.

Although his performances were impressive, he may improve further now that he has fully adapted to the pace and style of Australia’s primary soccer competition.  One of the most important aspects of a footballer’s development is his happiness – both on and off the field. It is crucial that a player is happy if he is to perform at his optimum level.  Continue reading