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

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