Victory confident of avoiding FFA Cup hangover against Phoenix

Melbourne Victory certainly enjoyed winning their first trophy since the Heist in the Hunter on Saturday evening, but coach Tony Popovic says not to expect any sort of hangover in their A-League Men (ALM) clash with Wellington Phoenix on Wednesday evening.  Golazos from Jason Davidson and Chris Ikonomidis lifted Victory to their second FFA Cup … Continue reading Victory confident of avoiding FFA Cup hangover against Phoenix

Victory and Adelaide share spoils after explosive conclusion to latest Original Rivalry clash

Inevitably across the length of a footballing season, you’re going to get the odd lemon here or there; a game that begins to feel more and more like a chore to watch as it progresses and in which, if you’re not viewing out of obligation, makes you wonder why you’re still there as the minutes … Continue reading Victory and Adelaide share spoils after explosive conclusion to latest Original Rivalry clash

Popovic: Melbourne Victory’s intangible strength growing

After coming from behind to claim a second-straight road win over bitter rivals Adelaide United, Melbourne Victory coach Tony Popovic believes the character of his group is strengthening.  Almost two months after the Popovic-era properly commenced at Victory and life is going pretty well for the four-time A-League Men (ALM) champions. Top of the table … Continue reading Popovic: Melbourne Victory’s intangible strength growing

Deck the halls with Derby Classics — City and Victory put on a show in “real derby”

When football is good, it’s very good. And when a game is as entertaining as Saturday evening’s traditional Christmas Derby, there are few spectacles that can hope to compare. Bolstered by a loud and partisan crowd of 19,640, Melbourne City and Melbourne Victory's thrilling 2-2 draw -- in particular its madcap closing half an hour … Continue reading Deck the halls with Derby Classics — City and Victory put on a show in “real 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 … Continue reading “We want a derby not just on the field” – Popovic embracing Christmas Derby sense of occasion

Tony Popovic ready for a first taste of an ‘Original Rivalry’ hostile reception

Getting a rapid education on the importance his new club places on its games with Adelaide United, Melbourne Victory boss Tony Popovic is looking forward to testing his side in front of a hostile Hindmarsh Stadium. Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United – colloquially christened as the A-League Men’s ‘Original Rivalry' – has been the forum … Continue reading Tony Popovic ready for a first taste of an ‘Original Rivalry’ hostile reception

Something navy, this way comes — Victory hint at revival under Popovic

Unfortunately for A-League Men (ALM) fans that have been revelling in their two years of misery, the signs, it appears, are there that normal service may soon be resuming at Melbourne Victory.  In defeating Brisbane Roar 3-0, Melbourne’s original ALM side secured wins from their first two regular seasons games for the first time since … Continue reading Something navy, this way comes — Victory hint at revival under Popovic

Nigro embracing opportunities to play with Victory set to rotate squad for FFA Cup

Melbourne Victory defender Stefan Nigro isn’t quite sure what to expect from Perth Glory in their FFA Cup meeting on Wednesday evening, but he’s nonetheless embracing an opportunity to state his case for more minutes in a competitive hitout.  Victory’s Tony Popovic-era got off to a winning start on Saturday evening; downing Western United 1-0 … Continue reading Nigro embracing opportunities to play with Victory set to rotate squad for FFA Cup

Culture Kings: How Popovic and Aloisi are looking to mould their team’s ethos

Building a winning football team, especially a sustainable one, is not something that happens overnight. On and off the field, both tangible and intangible factors must be brought together in harmony to put a club in a position to succeed and, while many hands are involved, the principal figure in this construction is the coach.  … Continue reading Culture Kings: How Popovic and Aloisi are looking to mould their team’s ethos

Aloisi turns to the grapevine to prepare for Popa’s mystery Victory

Tony Popovic's Melbourne Victory may represent a bit of an enigma heading into the 2021-22 A-League Men season, but Western United coach John Aloisi doesn't believe he's going to be caught off guard when the two sides meet on Saturday evening. Due to the chaos surrounding Australia’s internal borders, meaning the club’s FFA Cup Round … Continue reading Aloisi turns to the grapevine to prepare for Popa’s mystery Victory