VICTORY DEFEAT ROAR 5-1 AT FFA CUP

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

VICTORY TO MEET SYDNEY IN THE A-LEAGUE OPENING MATCH

Five months after the A-League last match, Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC have been drawn again.


Yet another match like the A-League Grand Final between Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC takes the opening round of the 2017/18 draw that was released.

The two Australian clubs will meet at Etihad Stadium on 7th of October, five months after the Sky Blues won the 2017 decider in a penalty shoot-out in Sydney.

“It gives me great pleasure to release the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 season fixtures under a new logo and brand identity.” Head of Australian A-League Greg O’Rourke expressed.

“Compiling this fixtures has been a challenging process to consider the preferences of the clubs, venue availability, weather condition and also the AFC Champions League 2018.” He added.

O’Rourke also noted that a new feature had been added to the fixtures for the new season, one which will see participating clubs play one another twice within the rounds one to 18. Continue reading

Melbourne Victory looking to sign ex-Melbourne City midfielder

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

Kevin Muscat is satisfied with a 2nd place finish

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

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