Wellington Phoenix thrashed Melbourne Victory 3-0, shocking the home team.
The result was stunning as the hosts presented a full-strength squad but with two weeks from the finals everything came crashing down.
Roly Bonevacia scored two long range efforts in the first half of the encounter to draw concern from Victory ahead of the finals. The goals weakened the confidence in the team and Jason Geria reacted to it. The end was him being booked – this means he would miss the next match due to suspension.
The manager Kevin Muscat hinted that Victory would take the game to the visitors but the ball barely reached the front. They were no threats in the first half. Bonevacia was just the man roaming the pitch – the man named to be off to Western Sydney next season. Continue reading
Melbourne Victory chairman Anthony Di Pietro wants Football Federation Australia (FFA) to make public its criteria for prospective license bidders.
Di Pietro said this at a function on Friday, asking the governing football body to involve the clubs more in its activities.
The FFA has been under pressure to change its membership. There are plans for discussions between the FFA and the clubs which could change the body as a whole.
The clubs united in solidarity after the FFA sidelined them while they negotiated the TV deal worth $346 million. At the Victory in Business luncheon, with clubs and the FFA represented, Di Pietro made a strong case for more involvement of clubs in the affairs of the league.
Western Sydney, Sydney FC, Melbourne City, Adelaide, Perth and other A-League clubs were available as they want the FFA to stop redistributing 35 percent of the league’s revenue to other areas as they have for two years. Continue reading
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
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.
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.
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.
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, 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 will be going into the final game of the season against Sydney FC with an opportunity to win the club’s third league title. Manager Kevin Muscat says that this recognition will be extremely important for the club supporters.
Melbourne and Sydney are level on points as the season heads into the final game. It is expected that as much as 30,000 people will be turning out for this match, which is now a sellout. After having won titles during the 2006-07 and the 2008-09 season, Melbourne have gone a long time without reclaiming the league title. This is all about to change even if they avoid defeat against Sydney. Continue reading
Melbourne Victory were involved in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Sydney Wanderers at the Allianz stadium, but the away team boss Kevin Muscat was extremely unhappy with the way the game panned out. Melbourne looked on course for a victory but they were denied by a controversial penalty awarded by the referee.
There were two penalties awarded to the home team in both halves. However, Muscat was unhappy with the second penalty that was scored by Smeltz since he felt that it was awarded for minimal or even no contact.
Refereeing decisions have been the focus in recent weeks with even top leagues being criticised for poor standard of refereeing. Muscat stated that the Australian A-League is also suffering as a result of it. He feels that fans could be turned away from the game if this continues for long. Smeltz ended up scoring the equaliser with five minutes of normal time remaining. Continue reading