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

“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

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