Victory embracing the pressure of ALM premiership race

Looking to ensure the fight for the A-League Men Premiership remains a three-way dance when they travel to face Macarthur on Friday evening, Melbourne Victory coach Tony Popovic says these are the stakes his side “should” be relishing.  Caught up in the log-jam of clubs on the fringes of the top-six at the midway point … Continue reading Victory embracing the pressure of ALM premiership race

Popovic looking forward to a reunion with Miličić, but keep him off the highlight reel

If his old friend Ante Miličić and Macarthur FC is somehow able to produce another goal from the heavens against his side on Friday evening, Tony Popovic will be the first to tip his hat. The Melbourne Victory coach, however, is hoping the Bulls won’t be able to get into a position to score them … Continue reading Popovic looking forward to a reunion with Miličić, but keep him off the highlight reel

A-League Men Season Preview 2021-22: New signings, key players, ones to watch

The football world's longest offseason is finally at an end and, with a new name in tow, the A-League Men competition is back, kicking off on Friday as defending champions Melbourne City take on Brisbane Roar. Full story, published alongside Ante Jukic, in ESPN: https://www.espn.com.au/football/australian-a-league-men/story/4521891/a-league-men-season-preview-2021-22-new-signingskey-playersones-to-watch

“They’re the benchmark. And they should be” – 15-minutes of pain secure City comfortable win over Macarthur

Melbourne City: 3 (Jamie Maclaren - 23’ + 25’, Craig Noone - 35’)Macarthur FC: 0 As Craig Noone cut inside and sent Mark Milligan to the shops with a dummied shot before depositing a curling effort inside the far post to make it 3-0, the message for the rest of the A-League couldn’t have been … Continue reading “They’re the benchmark. And they should be” – 15-minutes of pain secure City comfortable win over Macarthur

Melbourne Victory’s A-League decline has been both gradual and sudden

What's gone wrong -- and right -- at Melbourne Victory? Are Central Coast Mariners wizards? Just how close is the A-League in 2020-21? Is having more of the ball better or worse? The ESPN Australia and New Zealand Football Wrap is back to answer all your questions about the round ball game Down Under. Full … Continue reading Melbourne Victory’s A-League decline has been both gradual and sudden

Report: Guarrotxena powers Western to victory in battle of the A-League newcomers

Powered by Iker Guarrotxena, Western United has fired a warning shot to the rest of the A-League with an emphatic, 4-1 win over Macarthur FC in Ballarat.  Much had been made of the arrival of Basque imports Markel Susaeta and Beñat Etxebarria - who between them made over 550 appearances for La Liga powers Athletic … Continue reading Report: Guarrotxena powers Western to victory in battle of the A-League newcomers

Central Coast Mariners paying compliments to Sydney FC; second division declared ‘when and how’

Central Coast Mariners continue chugging along in a manner that was wholly unexpected before the A-League season kicked off. Discussions about the proposed second division also continue -- but perhaps in the expected manner -- and we have a new fixture to look forward to. Good football and social media things, too. It's the wrap! Full article published … Continue reading Central Coast Mariners paying compliments to Sydney FC; second division declared ‘when and how’