Melbourne Victory Talking Points

Category Archives: Melbourne Victory

Melbourne Victory Talking Points

A pulsating first half last round saw five goals scored and Melbourne Victory maintain their unbeaten start to the season, winning 3-2 over arch rivals Adelaide United. The win was largely due to the Reds scoring two own goals in the opening 20 minutes of the Friday night match. Victory now travel to North Sydney Oval, to take on the Mariners, for only the second ever A-League game to be played at the ground. Aftermath Friday night’s game against Adelaide was, for the most part, tame when compared with other Melbourne v Adelaide clashes. With both sides going into the match unbeaten and in prolific goal…

Read More +

Title credentials to be tested

Although Besart Berisha’s first match against his old club didn’t live up to the expectations on the pitch, it certainly created its own drama off the pitch. Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey, as well as the entire league, was unaware at the time that this would be his last game in charge of the reigning champions. An important three points The revelation that Mike Mulvey’s last game in charge was a 1-0 loss to Melbourne Victory was arguably the biggest thing to come out of Friday night’s game. A relatively poor display from both sides resulted in a match that…

Read More +

Berisha vs Brisbane

Leading up to the Melbourne Victory’s nil all draw with Sydney FC was a week focused on the multitude of international call ups and the effect on the squad. With the international break over and a whole host of players coming back, the focus returns to the football and one man in particular. The Big Blue fallout Arguably the biggest rivalry in the A-League, the Big Blue was at times an incredibly frustrating game to watch. The frenetic pace of the first half lead to a scrappy game with neither side able to capitalise on chances in front of goal…

Read More +

The Big Blue Rivalry

The following is an excerpt from Football Central’s upcoming book which profiles and studies the most influential clubs in Australian football history. One of those clubs is Sydney FC, and this passage tells the story of their rivalry with A-League club Melbourne Victory. Sydney dislikes Melbourne, Melbourne dislikes Sydney. It is just how things are. A dispute on the location of the capital leading to the creation of the ACT has seen the two states warring since federation. Naturally it extends to sport – cricket, rugby league, AFL all carry variations of the rivalry but it is the A-League where it…

Read More +

Melbourne Victory talking points

Melbourne Victory played out a 2-2 draw against Newcastle Jets at Hunter Stadium on Saturday afternoon. That result sees them head into the international break, and a massive clash with Sydney, second on the table but under strength. The ‘Bogey’ Factor The term ‘bogey team’ is thrown around loosely in most sports, usually by fans who can’t explain their team’s loss to that one particular side. However, Melbourne Victory do seem to struggle against the Newcastle Jets. Victory haven’t won in Newcastle since October 2009. In this fixture, of the 14 games played in Newcastle, the Victory have only won…

Read More +

Milligan in line for quick return

Mark Milligan appears to be ready for a quick return but Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat will wait until as late as tomorrow morning to make the final call on his skipper, following the Socceroos’ weekend and mid-week fixtures in the Middle East. “We’ll assess him, he’s looked good this morning. He flew in last night, he’s fine and he’s healthy. He looked nice and sharp this morning, but a decision won’t be made until later on tonight or possibly tomorrow morning,” Muscat said. Muscat praised his side’s most valuable player’s ability to handle the quick turnarounds, revealing the club…

Read More +

Season preview – Melbourne Victory

Melbourne Victory’s 2014/15 campaign is being billed as the one that may see them take the next leap as the club seeks to redress the disappointments of falling at the penultimate hurdle in both the 2012/13 and 2013/14 editions. A number of squad and formation adjustments may just be the tweaks needed as the two-time champions aim to make it three. Victory’s 2013/14 season Melbourne made a valiant run to the preliminary final, before being beaten 1-0 by the Brisbane Roar at Suncorp. It qualified for the Asian Champions League courtesy of a win against Muangthong United and eventually finished…

Read More +

The beginning of the glamour club

The following is an excerpt from Football Central’s upcoming book which profiles and studies the most influential clubs in Australian football history. One of those clubs is Melbourne Victory, and this passage tells the story of their journey to “Glamour club” status in season 2006/07. More and more in Australian football today a football club’s success rate is getting harder to judge. Do you judge by the club’s trophy cabinet? Look at the attendance figures? Or its influence on the A-League over a sustained period of time? But judging across a wide range of factors, there has to be little…

Read More +

Is payback on the cards for Victory?

Hosting Sydney FC for the second time this season, Melbourne Victory are out to gain a measure of payback after suffering two losses to the old rival in the season. The issues Victory are still in position to finish second and secure a home semi-final, but last week’s last minute loss away to Brisbane now leaves Victory with little margin for error. Payback should be on the mind, that 5-0 loss is a fresh wound and in a high-stakes match, they have the chance to prove that was an aberration.They will be better off for not having to negotiate an…

Read More +

Victory to spoil a Premier’s Party?

In what is undoubtedly match of the round, Melbourne Victory head north to face Premiers-elect Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night. (7:45pm AEDT, 6:45pm local.) The issues This blockbuster clash comes at a somewhat inopportune time for Melbourne Victory, as their gruelling schedule appears to be beginning to take a toll. Criticism of Kevin Muscat has come as it appears a ‘rotation policy’ has come into place. But to expect the same or best XI was naive and was never going to happen as Victory have had to back up from a trip to Perth and a match…

Read More +

Advertise With Us Image

Latest Video

www.thefullcollection.com Image

Membership Login