Popovic looking for the right midfield fit against Brisbane Roar

Melbourne Victory boss Tony Popovic says his side has options to replace the suspended Josh Brillante against Brisbane Roar but that they won’t be able to fully replicate what their captain provides in the midfield.  Capping off a nightmarish 15-minute stretch that had already his side fall into a two-goal deficit against their bitter rivals, … Continue reading Popovic looking for the right midfield fit against Brisbane Roar

Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate: Victory and City ready to light the fuse on another Melbourne Derby

There’s nothing like a derby. The familiarity between two sporting foes breeding the best form of contempt, a derby contest will reliably elicit emotions, passion, joy, and despair like no other contest.  And with the Melbourne Derby on track to be one of the biggest fixtures since the COVID-19 pandemic, Melbourne Victory coach Tony Popovic … Continue reading Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate: Victory and City ready to light the fuse on another Melbourne Derby

Bills to pay, games to win: Izzo prepares for a first taste of the Melbourne Derby

Paul Izzo admits that his history with Adelaide United did briefly give him pause before signing with Melbourne Victory, but he holds no regrets as he soaks up the atmosphere of his first Melbourne Derby week.  Izzo, 27, signed a three-year contract with Victory ahead of the 2022-23 season, joining as a free agent after … Continue reading Bills to pay, games to win: Izzo prepares for a first taste of the Melbourne Derby

Four years on, Maclaren feeling “more valued” heading into Socceroos’ World Cup tilt

As he seeks to put the final flourishes on his case for Qatar, Melbourne City striker Jamie Maclaren says that he feels like a more “more valued” of the Socceroos squad coming to the end of the 2022 World Cup cycle.  What a difference four years can make. Despite a strong run of form at … Continue reading Four years on, Maclaren feeling “more valued” heading into Socceroos’ World Cup tilt

“We’ve copped it from the boss” – Victory looking to bring the aggression to Melbourne Derby

After ‘copping it’ from coach Tony Popovic following their defeat to Western Sydney Wanderers, Nick D’Agostino and Melbourne Victory will look to bring a heightened level of aggression into the season’s first Melbourne Derby this weekend.  Despite riding a wave of momentum after a round one win over bitter foes Sydney FC and being lifted … Continue reading “We’ve copped it from the boss” – Victory looking to bring the aggression to Melbourne Derby

“Confident and dynamic” Ikonomidis headlines Tony Popovic’s selection headaches

Melbourne Victory boss Tony Popovic has welcomed the selection headaches that have accompanied Chris Ikonimidis’ match-winning cameo against Sydney FC, with potentially more to come in the weeks ahead.  Introduced as a 62nd-minute substitute in round one’s Big Blue, it took just five minutes for Ikonomidis to latch onto a cross from Luis Nani and … Continue reading “Confident and dynamic” Ikonomidis headlines Tony Popovic’s selection headaches

“It’s a great achievement” – Maclaren prepares to raise the bat after 100 games at City

Melbourne City coach Patrick Kisnorbo has praised the consistency and work ethic of Jamie Maclaren as the striker prepares to celebrate a century of games for the club.  Maclaren will become just the fourth player in City/Melbourne Heart history to reach 100 games in their colours when he runs out against Brisbane Roar on Friday … Continue reading “It’s a great achievement” – Maclaren prepares to raise the bat after 100 games at City

City looking to rise to the occasion as new ALM season commences

Preparing to commence the 2022-23 A-League Men (ALM) season against the side that vanquished his Melbourne City in last year’s decider, Patrick Kisnorbo says his side is targeting an improvement in “one-off games” heading into a new year.  City will host Western United at AAMI Park to open the new ALM campaign on Friday evening, … Continue reading City looking to rise to the occasion as new ALM season commences

How two former tormentors helped Melbourne City land Valon Berisha

Friends with Erling Haaland and a former teammate of Sadio Mane, new Melbourne City arrival Valon Berisha certainly isn’t lacking in high-profile connections. But it’s two former Melbourne Victory legends that City might have to thank for landing him.  First reported by French publication L'Équipe, City on Wednesday afternoon confirmed the arrival of Kosovan international … Continue reading How two former tormentors helped Melbourne City land Valon Berisha