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 YET TO OFFER TROISI NEW DEAL

A-League side Melbourne Victory are yet to offer rave of the moment James Troisi a new deal, according to reports.


The player was impressive for the club last season but he is yet to receive details for contract renewal.

Victory earned a qualification for the 2018 AFC Champions League, and Troisi played an important part. His future at the club remains unclear, but he remains focused on the forthcoming game against Saudi Arabia in the FIFA World Cup qualifier.

The Socceroos are hoping to get victory so they can place second in the group, with two games to spare. They want to use that route to qualify directly for Russia 2018 as the top two teams get auto spots.

Troisi says he remains focused on his duties in the international team but he raised concern as to why talks are halted. He revealed talks begun before the season ended but that he has not heard anything since then.

He scored five goals from outside the box last term, aside contributing five assists. He is not worried as he knows things will fall in place soon enough. Continue reading

VICTORY FOUGHT HARD BUT LOST TO SYDNEY FC

Melbourne Victory were impressive in the game against Brisbane Roar in the A-League semi-final.


They left everyone content with their performance and high intensity in the big game. But the fear was if they would be able to replicate such display when they faced Sydney FC in the grand final?

Victory were decent in the final though Sydney had the momentum in the second half of the clash. The first half was scintillating and it was worth the A-League grand final. The most successful Premiership club in the A-League could not oust their Big Blue rivals after two hours of football.

Victory played liked their lives depended on it, they showed the needed grit. Unlike the decider two years ago, they did not fail despite the pressure. Sydney’s Alex Brosque said the first half was the quickest he has played in. 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

MELBOURNE VICTORY SHOCKED BY PHOENIX

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

VICTORY CHAIR WANTS FFA CRITERIA RELEASED

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

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

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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MELBOURNE CITY WANT BOCA JUNIORS’ NICOLAS COLAZO

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.
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Melbourne Victory may sign Greek defender

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.
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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

Arsenal qualified for the Champions League and Wenger is getting ready

Arsenal are guaranteed that they will be finishing in at least the 4th spot of the Premier League in this season and this is enough for them to snatch a Champions League qualification spot for their upcoming campaign.


Arsene Wenger is a continuous target of criticism as the Frenchman fails to push Arsenal to the Premier League title and it has not been any different this time around as it was Leicester City which came out on top and won the English league but Arsenal has consistently been able to compete in the Champions League and the Premier League club will be competing once again for the 19th successive season.

The French coach of Arsenal has revealed minor details in relation to the approaching summer transfer window as he is already preparing his team for the next season and a few signings are expected to take place as he said: ‘’We have to add something defensively as a team to be more ruthless. I don’t think we are soft but yes, we need to toughen up. In some games we were caught, but a lot of the teams have the same problem.” Continue reading

Melbourne Victory knocked out from the A-League finals

The season of Melbourne Victory in the A-League is over after having suffered a loss against Brisbane Road when they faced off at Suncorp Stadium on April 15th.

It actually was Melbourne Victory the team that took the lead through Besart Berisha as he scored the opening goal of the game at the 86th minute but Brisbane Roar responded quickly after as Matt McKay tied the game up 1-1 and Thomas Broich sealed the victory for Roar.

Brisbane Roar will have to face off with Western Sydney on April 24 and the winner from that match is going to reach the grand finals of the A-League while Melbourne Victory’s season is finished.

It didn’t take long for the head coach of Melbourne Victory to voice his disappointment as Kevin Muscat said: “I don’t think we deserved that tonight. We were very good. We were the better team but it can be a cruel game sometimes and it’s certainly one of those nights tonight. For the season to finish like it has for us tonight, I’m gutted. I’m shattered for the group. I don’t think I need to convince you that we didn’t deserve that tonight. We were very good,” Continue reading

Giggs has warned Jose Mourinho regarding the youth policy at Manchester United

Ryan Giggs, the Manchester United assistant manager, has issued a warning to Jose Mourinho about the importance of the youth academy in Manchester United. Indeed, Mourinho has always been perceived as a manager that is more interested in signing accomplished players rather than developing them.

Manchester United, who is renowned for the success of their youth policy, will want their culture to remain whoever becomes the next manager. With reports that Jose Mourinho has agreed to a verbal agreement to be the next Manchester United manager, Ryan Giggs will want to ensure that the new manager will respect the United tradition.

Despite the current season that has not been up to the expectations, Louis van Gaal has given the opportunity to players such as Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Marcus Rashford, who have performed extremely well. Rashford has gained praise for his performance in the Champions League game where he scored two goals against Midtjylland.

Ryan Giggs believe that it is part of the Manchester United culture to ensure that there are not only world-class players from abroad on the pitch but also good academy players. According to Giggs, this is what separate Manchester United from the other clubs and any manager will have to abide by this philosophy. 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