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A-League 2018-19 preview part one: Adelaide United to Melbourne Victory | Jonathan Howcroft

Keisuke Honda has made headlines but there are plenty of other reasons to get excited about season 14With the help of a World Cup and seismic change in the corridors of power, the usually interminable A-League offseason has flown by. We can now look fo…

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A-League plan for in-game music hits bum note, but clubs have other ideas

Mariners to allow safe smoke after flare experiment at Usain Bolt game, ground announcers and bands being consideredThe prospect of music during corners, goal kicks and substitutions at A-League matches appears dead in the water after clubs distanced t…

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Sweden World Cup striker Ola Toivonen set for Melbourne Victory

32-year-old to link up with Keisuke Honda Toivonen has scored 14 goals in 64 caps for SwedenMelbourne Victory have pulled off a second stunning transfer coup, convincing Swedish striker Ola Toivonen to join the A-League champions. Toivonen is poised to…

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FFA Cup shock as Melbourne Victory dumped out by Apia Leichhardt

Part-time Opera House cook Tasuku Sekiya scores twice in 3-2 winSydney FC scrape 2-1 over Cairns The Sydney club Apia Leichhardt have claimed the biggest scalp yet in the FFA Cup after they defeated A-League champions Melbourne Victory 3-2 on Tuesday n…

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Melbourne Victory convinced Keisuke Honda to postpone retirement

Japanese player reveals A-League offer changed mind‘I’m inspired by Kevin Muscat,’ says HondaKeisuke Honda was planning to retire from football before Melbourne Victory offered him an A-League contract. The Japanese player said he planned to call it qu…

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Keisuke Honda to coach Cambodia national team while playing in A-League

Honda signs two-year contract and won’t receive a salaryMelbourne Victory insist he won’t miss A-League matchesFormer Japan international Keisuke Honda has been named general manager of Cambodia’s national team just a week after signing for Melbourne V…

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Keisuke Honda signing promises to rejuvenate flailing A-League | Oliver Trenchard

In Japan, Honda is box office and there’s little to suggest things will be any different in Australia “Human, man, educator, social activist, entrepreneur, angel investor, soccer player.” So reads Keisuke Honda’s social media biography. Indeed, he is m…

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Melbourne Victory unveil Keisuke Honda as A-League’s latest marquee player

FFA and Fox Sports funding brings star to Australia‘Honoured he has chosen our club,’ says Anthony Di PietroThe A-League finally has a new big-name star after Melbourne Victory confirmed the signing of Japan international Keisuke Honda to put an end to…

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Tim Cahill rules out A-League return but could play on abroad

Socceroo great hints at move to AmericaA-League clubs snap up key import signingsRetired Socceroos great Tim Cahill is open to offers to continue playing club football, but has ruled out any prospect of an A-League return.Cahill spent a season and a ha…

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Lawrence Thomas’ medal reward for Victory’s superior A-League defence | Ante Jukic

Keeper’s performance allowed Muscat’s side to play their tactical game: sit deep and reactIt was the 17th minute. Melbourne Victory had already gone 1-0 up, and James Troisi suddenly hacked the ball into nothingness. Likely to the displeasure of his co…

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From jeers to cheers: A-League title brings redemption for Kevin Muscat | Jonathan Howcroft

Three months after enduring catcalls the Melbourne Victory coach is now one of Australia’s most successful coaches Redemption, thy name is Kevin. As recently as February some Melbourne Victory fans booed the image of their coach Kevin Muscat. “I reckon…

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FFA review finds VAR technology failed during A-League grand final

VAR did not have access to angles required to adjudge goal offsideBarbarouses’s strike was the decisive blow in Victory’s winA “technical failure” with the video assistant referee (VAR) stopped the controversial technology from disallowing the goal tha…

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‘It’s a bit throbby’: grand final hero Lawrence Thomas shrugs off head injuries

‘I tried to do what I do best – get in the way,’ says Victory keeperMarston medal winner heavily bandaged after knocksAs Lawrence Thomas answered questions beneath Newcastle’s McDonald Jones Stadium, deflecting praise as he had goal-bound shots, he had…

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Ernie Merrick hits out at Melbourne Victory’s grand final tactics

‘I would hope not to coach a team that plays like that’Newcastle 0-1 Melbourne Victory – in picturesFrustrated Newcastle coach Ernie Merrick has accused newly crowned A-League champions Melbourne Victory of using negative football to win the grand fina…

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A-League grand final: Newcastle Jets v Melbourne Victory – in pictures

Melbourne Victory secured to a record fourth championship thanks to Kosta Barbarouses’ only goal of the game in Newcastle Continue reading…

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Melbourne Victory claim record fourth A-League title with win over Newcastle Jets

Newcastle Jets 0-1 Melbourne VictoryLawrence Thomas wins Joe Marston medalMelbourne Victory have snuffed out Newcastle’s A-League fairytale at the final hurdle, defeating the Jets 1-0 to win a record fourth A-League title.Kosta Barbarouses scored the q…

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Newcastle Jets v Melbourne Victory: A-League grand final 2017-18 – live

Updates from the game at McDonald Jones StadiumFeel free to get in touch on email or tweet @JPHowcroft 10.12am BST Victory’s starting XI is as expected, and unchanged from their semi-final victory over Sydney FC. There’s one change on the bench though …

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From Tinkler turbulence to triumph: Newcastle jets into a new era | John Davidson

After almost sinking into oblivion three years ago, the club has managed one of Australian sport’s most remarkable revivalsHistory will be made at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday night when the first grand final of any national sporting code is held…

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How the A-League grand final shapes up tactically in the absence of Arnieball | Ante Jukic

In Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Victory, two inherently reactive teams will come up against each otherSign up to receive the latest Australian sports storiesDespite the increased sense of tactical ambiguity that Sydney FC’s absence provides, it still s…

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Forget fairytales, A-League success is borne out of unity of purpose | Richard Parkin

The varied aptitudes of Newcastle Jets’ coach, CEO and owner have created a blueprint to make other clubs envious Football teams are usually defined by their stars. Diego Maradona’s Argentina, Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid. Even those clubs that prof…