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 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

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

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

Russian footballer in trouble after revealing pro-Putin shirt in a match in Turkey

Lokomotiv Moscow, the Russian football team, is heading for some difficulty from Europe’s football governing body after one of their footballers players pulled off his jersey t-shirt to show a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin along with a slogan endorsing him.

This incident took place on the field following a game in Istanbul against Turkey club Fenerbahce earlier on Tuesday. Beneath the Putin portrait, who is sporting a Russian navy cap in the shot, Dimitri Tarasov’s vest ‘said’ “The most polite president” in Russian language.

Lokomotiv Moscow is almost certain to confront some disciplinary action from the UEFA as political statements are not allowed at their matches.

In another incident related to the match, the Istanbul police detained 3 people after bottles were thrown off at a bus carrying the Russian squad’s rooters when it headed for Europa League game in the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium. Later, the police reported that the people were drunk and one of the bus’s window was a bit cracked. The Turkish media reportedly stated that those who were responsible for the incident were Fenerbahce fans. Continue reading

Brisbane Roar recently suffered a thrashing at the hands of Melbourne Victory

Brisbane Roar recently suffered a thrashing at the hands of Melbourne Victory, but manager Kevin Muscat refused to get carried away because of this impressive win.

Melbourne managed a 4-0 win against the table leaders. The team was coming on the back of a three match unbeaten run, but they were not expected to get such a convincing win against one of the inform teams in the division. After all, Melbourne Victory had just conceded three goals in the win over Central Coast United. Muscat appears to have downplayed the victory since he sees a lot of work ahead of the team.

The team are still on the fringes of going out of a play-off place if results take a sharp turn for the worst. The win over Brisbane Roar has helped Melbourne Victory strengthen their position over Adelaide United and Wellington Phoenix. Both teams are already several points behind Melbourne in the table. Muscat will be hoping to build on this means when his team have yet another home game against one of the teams near the top of the table. Sydney are third in the table and are only three points ahead of Melbourne Victory. This should be a great motivation for the home team to get three points and move up the table. Continue reading

Melbourne Victory are keen to extend their trophy Cabinet

Melbourne Victory are keen to extend their trophy Cabinet according to manager Kevin Muscat who says that the team will not be resting on their laurels for the upcoming match against Adelaide United.

This FFA cup quarter-final match will see the two teams going head-to-head in a bid to compete in the semifinals. Melbourne Victory are amongst the eight teams still left in the competition and they are seen as one of the favourites to win the title. The desire to win the title is much greater after having suffered an exit at a similar stage last season.

The round of 16 provided a huge scare for Melbourne Victory after they could only manage a narrow 3-2 victory over Rockdale City Suns. During the previous rounds, though, they have been fairly comfortable and this was demonstrated by the 6-0 thrashing of Balmain Tigers in the round of 32. Dylan Murnane has been one of the star players during pre-season and he is likely to get the nod against Adelaide United. This will be a major opportunity for him to impress and make himself a permanent fixture in the Melbourne Victory team. Despite already having played several matches in this year’s competition, the game against Adelaide will be the first on home soil for Melbourne. Continue reading