Category: Melbourne City


Finals narratives carry A-League beyond ordinary football | Jonathan Howcroft

A pair of gripping contests over the weekend provided a timely reminder why it is we all botherStorytelling is at the heart of how we understand the world. Our brains have evolved to mould complex information into convenient narratives, creating and re…


Stunning backheel volley lights up A-league semi-final – video

Riley McGree scored an incredible backheel from the edge of the box to bring Newcastle Jets level against Melbourne City. The Jets went on to win the tie and progress to their first final since 2008. After some intricate play in midfield McGree’s stunn…


A-League semi-final: Newcastle Jets v Melbourne City – live!

The race for the championship hots up as Newcastle Jets take on Melbourne City in semi-final oneJoin the conversation by email or Twitter 10.25am BST Good evening everybody and welcome to live coverage of the antepenultimate fixture in this season’s A-…


Melbourne City eye shedding A-League albatross as pieces come together

With Asian Champions League action on the horizon and perhaps a first grand final, Melbourne City are finally ready to deliver on their potentialMelbourne City began the A-League season beating Brisbane Roar 2-0 at AAMI Park and in an act of neat symme…


A-League end of season awards: our team of the year

In a season dominated by back-to-back premiers Sydney FC it’s no surprise to see the Sky Blues dominatingWe’re at the end of the A-League season – well, the end before the end – so before the tussle for the toilet seat begins it’s time to discuss somet…


Newcastle Jets v Melbourne City: A-League – live!

Updates from the round 25 game at McDonald Jones StadiumFeel free to get in touch on email 8.54am BST 45+2 min: Newcastle were very poor in the first half. They’ve made the finals, they can’t be usurped from second, Sydney are already premiers and the …


A-League: Adelaide’s lack of goals all about the type of shots they are generating

Adelaide United rank first in shots this season (328) but only eighth in goals (25) and, along with most A-League sides, live in a mass of predictable grey“Balance, clearly, is part of it, but there must also be intelligence: endlessly repeating the sa…


International tug of war prompts calls to hand Daniel Arzani Socceroos cap

Melbourne City midfielder torn between Australia and IranPFA chief John Didulica says call-up is a ‘no brainer’It’s a no-brainer to give Daniel Arzani a Socceroos cap before the teen revelation is snapped up by Iran, players union chief John Didulica s…


Daniel Arzani towers over his Melbourne City team-mates

City coach Warren Joyce seems to not fully appreciate what a talent he has in ArzaniAs the ball helplessly rolled out of bounds, Melbourne City’s Warren Joyce barked from the touchline, “That’s fuckin’ schoolboy stuff!” After his attempted dummy in Cit…


Ten-man Melbourne City draw with Mariners after VAR awards equaliser

Central Coast Mariners 2-2 Melbourne City in GosfordMarcin Budzinski’s goal in the 86th minute was first given offsideMelbourne City played an hour with 10 men but still managed to snare an A-League point from Central Coast on Sunday.The eighth-placed …


A-League team-by-team report card: two out of 10 for quality

At the midpoint of the season, Sydney’s dominance puts them in a rosy light, but suggests almost every other team is coming up short At the midway point of the A-League season, despite some positive sub-plots, only two sides have performed at an enco…


Late strike seals Melbourne derby win for Victory, Sydney smash Phoenix

Melbourne City 0-1 Melbourne Victory – as it happenedWellington Phoenix 1-4 Sydney FCDean Bouzanis’ moment of madness allowed Melbourne Victory to snatch a last-gasp 1-0 win in the A-League’s annual Christmas derby. Melbourne City were second-best at A…


Melbourne City v Melbourne Victory: A-League – live!

Live updates from the Melbourne derby at AAMI ParkGet in touch with Richard by firing off an email 6.32am GMT Richard will be here shortly. In the meantime, here’s the latest from a festive David Squires: Related: David Squires on … Australian footba…


Tim Cahill has next club lined up, says Kevin Muscat

Cahill walked away from Melbourne City on Wednesday after agreeing terms to rip up his contract Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat says he knows Tim Cahill well enough to believe he has his next playing deal stitched up.Cahill sensationally walked fr…


Tim Cahill leaves Melbourne City casting doubt over World Cup hopes

Cahill’s next move unknown with World Cup six months awayStriker says his focus is now on making squad for RussiaTim Cahill’s participation in next year’s World Cup finals has been thrown into doubt after the Socceroos striker and his A-League club, Me…


A-League: Roar snatch win as injuries hit Wanderers

Western Sydney Wanderers 0-2 Brisbane Roar Roar get badly needed winBrisbane have finally got their A-League season on track by snatching a sorely needed 2-0 A-League win off an injury-hit Western Sydney.Ivan Franjic marked his return to the Roar with …


Melbourne City coach sees red over VAR system as Glory prevail

• There’s got to be something a bit more instant, Joyce says• Ten-man City battle valiantly but go down 3-1 to GloryBoth Melbourne City and the A-League’s video assistant referee are in for a week of scrutiny after Perth Glory’s 3-1 win at AAMI Park.Ci…


‘It’s just tittle-tattle’: Melbourne City coach shuts down talk over Tim Cahill

Joyce says the speculation has not affected the team as City suffer error-ridden 3-1 defeat to Brisbane RoarMelbourne City coach Warren Joyce has declined to answer questions about his supposedly strained relationship with Tim Cahill amid speculation t…


Socceroos dealt major blow as Tim Cahill limps out of A-League clash

Striker sustains ankle injury in Melbourne City’s defeat to Sydney FCScans will determine fitness before World Cup qualifier against Honduras Socceroos star Tim Cahill was sent to hospital and is in doubt for Australia’s win-or-bust World Cup qualifier…


Melbourne City v Brisbane Roar: A-League season opener – live!

  • Updates from the first game of the new campaign at AAMI Park
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9.24am BST

Lucky 13? The latest season of the A-League begins tonight with Australian football on the brink of crisis. The enigmatic Socceroos are in very real danger of failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, while the brawl between Football Federation Australia and other stakeholders (A-League clubs among them) shows no sign of detente. Amid the gloom, will the domestic league emerge as a ray of hope?

Player recruitment has been sensible, if not splashy, and administrators have revamped the competition’s marketing. The likes of Xavi Torres (Perth Glory) or Tom Hiariej (Central Coast Mariners) might not improve gate receipts, but they do bring European quality to the pitch. With little to separate the top six or seven sides, fans could be in for a riveting season. As the off-field drama inevitably continues, perhaps some actual football could do everyone a world of good.

4.09am BST

Kieran will be here shortly. In the meantime, have a read of Jonathan Howcroft’s season preview.

Related: A-League: off-season recruitment augurs well for new season

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