“We want a derby not just on the field” – Popovic embracing Christmas Derby sense of occasion

Melbourne Victory coach Tony Popovic hopes that the derby intensity of his side’s meeting with Melbourne City will be felt on and off the field on Saturday evening.  A veteran of numerous Sydney Derbies from his time as Western Sydney Wanderers boss – albeit in losing efforts more than winning ones – Popovic will get … Continue reading “We want a derby not just on the field” – Popovic embracing Christmas Derby sense of occasion

New arrivals boost Melbourne Victory on and off the field

Melbourne Victory A-League Women coach Jeff Hopkins says the arrival of new signings Lynn Williams and Alex Chidiac has provided his side with an important pick-me-up after the loss of captain Kayla Morrison to a ruptured ACL. After unveiling American international Williams ahead of their 5-1 thrashing of Adelaide United in round one of the … Continue reading New arrivals boost Melbourne Victory on and off the field

Steve Kean keen to kick on in Australia at end of Victory stint

Steve Kean’s tenure as Melbourne Victory caretaker boss may be rapidly reaching its conclusion, but the Scot is hopeful that his time in Australia - and the lessons he’s receiving - can continue. Initially brought over from the UK to serve as an assistant to newly appointed Grant Brebner, Kean took over in the main … Continue reading Steve Kean keen to kick on in Australia at end of Victory stint

Best of fr-enemies ready for NIVEA Men E-League encounter

It’s like Internazionale and Milan at the San Siro, Lazio and Roma at the Stadio Olimpico, Bayern and 1860 Munich – or even Melbourne Victory, Melbourne City and Western United at AAMI Park. Sometimes it really is a matter of keeping your friends close, but your enemies closer.  Full article available on A-League website: https://www.a-league.com.au/news/best-fr-enemies-ready-nivea-men-e-league-encounter

City sink Victory to the lowest ever ebb… again

For the second straight meeting, Melbourne City has made local foes Melbourne Victory look less an A-League entity and more a collection of part-time panal beaters: equalling the competition record for largest ever winning margin as they recorded a 7-0 victory.   Somehow, Andrew Nabbout’s 11th-minute contender for the Puskas Award was a footnote by the … Continue reading City sink Victory to the lowest ever ebb… again

Inversion Therapy – City’s fullbacks loom as potential Melbourne Derby difference makers

The Erick Mombaerts legacy still lingers at Melbourne City. The club having dismissed the monotonously pragmatic stylings of Warren Joyce, Mombaerts was parachuted into the City Football Academy as one-part gaffer and one-part City Football Group (CFG) disciple ahead of the 2019-20 season.  The veteran coach and CFG consultant was entrusted not only with bringing … Continue reading Inversion Therapy – City’s fullbacks loom as potential Melbourne Derby difference makers

Brebner’s Bravehearts: Victory coach wants courage in Melbourne Derby

Melbourne Victory coach Grant Brebner wants his side to be brave, confident, and embrace the risks associated with playing well when his side faces Melbourne City in the second Melbourne Derby of the season this Saturday evening.  Victory recorded their first win since a February 24, 2-0 win over Wellington Phoenix when they downed Newcastle … Continue reading Brebner’s Bravehearts: Victory coach wants courage in Melbourne Derby

One of their own; Colakovski adds to Victory pain with ‘one of the best moments of my life’

Full story first published on SBS' The World Game: https://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/one-of-their-own-colakovski-adds-to-victory-pain-with-one-of-the-best-moments-of-my-life Week after week, the 2020-21 A-League season is empowering more and more youngsters to endear themselves to fans but, for Melbourne City supporters, they’d be forgiven for thinking that Stefan Colakovski had been specifically grown in a lab for such a purpose. While much of … Continue reading One of their own; Colakovski adds to Victory pain with ‘one of the best moments of my life’

Report: Victory capitulate to City in Melbourne Derby humiliation

Melbourne Victory: 0Melbourne City: 6 - Jamie Maclaren (34’), Florin Berenguer (52’) Rostyn Griffiths (56’), Connor Metcalfe (74’, 77’), Stefan Colakvoski (90+3) Melbourne City has fired home five second-half goals against a capitulating Melbourne Victory to record a 6-0 Melbourne Derby triumph. The margin is the biggest in the rivalry's history, the six goals the … Continue reading Report: Victory capitulate to City in Melbourne Derby humiliation

Identity Games: Is 2020-21 the year that Melbourne City overhauls Melbourne Victory?

Full story first published in SBS' The World Game: https://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/identity-games-is-2020-21-the-year-that-melbourne-city-overhauls-melbourne-victory Set to write its latest chapter at Marvel Stadium this Saturday evening, the derby between Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City is, ostensibly, the oldest between two residents of a major metropolitan city in the A-League. Yet despite its head start and Melbourne’s self-styled reputation as … Continue reading Identity Games: Is 2020-21 the year that Melbourne City overhauls Melbourne Victory?