How Will Australia Replace Tim Cahill?

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

Australia face Honduran Test

“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

Brisbane Roar coach happy despite Melbourne Victory defeat

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

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

Kevin Muscat Almost Rules out Possibility of Overtaking Sydney

Melbourne Victory manager Kevin Muscat claims that his team have a mountain to climb when it comes to the Australian league after a 1-0 loss against Sydney during the weekend.


It was a surprise result for the team hoping to take some points away from the table leaders. Melbourne Victory came into the game with a slim chance of finishing top of the tree. They were trailing Sydney by seven points, which seemed an achievable figure considering that the league still had five matches left in the season. Furthermore, three of those games were at home.

Yet, a 1-0 loss against the table leaders has left the club with a mountain to climb, according to Muscat. Bobo scored the only goal of the game in the 50th minute to help Sydney extended their lead at the top of the table. Continue reading

MELBOURNE VICTORY LOSE TO SYDNEY FC IN A-LEAGUE

Sydney FC claimed a huge victory over Melbourne Victory as they won 1-2 in the A-League supermatch.


The big match between both sides continued in the tradition of meeting in January.

Victory made four changes to their starting eleven; Marco Rojas, Jason Geria, Fahid Ben Khalfallah and Liver Bozanic. George Howard was on the bench while Leigh Broxham made a record of 225 appearances for Melbourne Victory.

On the other hand Sydney FC played without Rhyan Grant as he remained suspended. Aaron Calver came in for injured Seb Ryall. Alex Wilkinson played in the middle, with new addition Jordy Buijs joining him. Bobo led the attack as usual.

Sydney remain unbeaten after 16 games and they could run off with the title after the victory over Victory as they stretched their lead to eleven point. Victory had lost important matches at Wellington and Perth before Kevin Muscat’s men worsened their comeback. Continue reading

Berisha Thanks Kevin Muscat for Placing Faith during Tough Times

Melbourne Victory striker BesartBerisha says that he is extremely thankful of manager Kevin Muscat for keeping the faith in him through a tough time.


The 31-year-old went through a tough spell during the end of the last campaign after not managed to score for several matches. Now, though, he seems to back to his best after managing four goals in the last two matches. His return to form was marked with a hat-trick against Western Sydney Wanderers. Prior to this run, Berisha had not scored a goal since the hat-trick against Wellington Phoenix towards the end of October.

His return to form has helped Melbourne Victory win three out of the last four matches. The club are now seven points from the top of the table, as Sydney continue to be runaway leaders in the Australian A-League. After having taken his tally to five goals going into the 10th game of the campaign, there is little doubt thatBerisha can help Melbourne Victory continue their climb up the table. 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

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.”

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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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