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David Squires on … Melbourne Victory’s coaching hot seat

Our cartoonist looks Marco Kurz’s dismissal and who may replace him in the long termTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…

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Melbourne Victory sack coach Marco Kurz after 13 A-League games in charge

German pays price for winning just four gamesKevin Muscat’s replacement leaves with club in sixthThe unhappy reign of Marco Kurz at Melbourne Victory has reportedly come to an end just 13 A-League games into his tenure.Kurz took over at the traditional…

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Marquee hits and misses highlight A-League’s evolution | Richard Parkin

Once signed primarily to sell jerseys, star players are increasingly expected to deliver on-fieldOver its first decade marquee signings were trumpeted as critical to the commercial success of the A-League – generating excitement among fans, and garneri…

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David Squires on … A-Pocalypse Now: the horror, the horror

Our cartoonist on Melbourne Victory’s poor start to the A-League season under coach Marco KurzTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…

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Assessing A-League’s visa signings: a tale of two Melbournes | Richard Parkin

They’re the players expected to lift the quality of a playing squad, but getting it wrong can sink a seasonFour rounds into the 2019/20 campaign fans have had a chance to appraise most of their foreign signings. Serious injuries have robbed the competi…

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Assessing A-League’s visa signings: a tale of two Melbournes | Richard Parkin

They’re the players expected to lift the quality of a playing squad, but getting it wrong can sink a seasonFour rounds into the 2019/20 campaign fans have had a chance to appraise most of their foreign signings. Serious injuries have robbed the competi…

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Socceroo Thomas Deng: ‘It’s our time to be a voice for Africans’ | Lucas Radbourne

The defender opens up on the challenges he has faced during his short career – although football is not his only priority nowThomas Deng doesn’t remember the year his father died. He can’t recall the feeling of leaving Kenya, where his father stayed to…

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Kevin Muscat stands down as Melbourne Victory coach

Wednesday’s ACL game will be coach’s last in charge‘An undisputed legend of the club,’ say VictoryMelbourne Victory have never known life without Kevin Muscat but soon will after the four-time A-League champion agreed an exit from the club. Muscat, the…

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Lack of plan B leaves Victory with plenty to think about in A-League off-season | Richard Parkin

The 6-1 capitulation to Sydney FC and no plan B should prompt some uncomfortable questions“Sport, sometimes this happens, where you have a really off night.” Six goals conceded. A record drubbing against historical arch-rivals. A campaign started with …

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Sydney FC hand Melbourne Victory record A-League Big Blue belting

Sydney FC 6-1 Melbourne VictoryFirst time in A-League history Victory concede sixAfter a week of epic footballing comebacks, Sydney FC have served up a Big Blue belting, smashing Melbourne Victory 6-1 to march into next weekend’s A-League grand final.A…

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What’s more important in football: modern tactics or old school physicality? | Jonathan Howcroft

It is possible to enjoy a match on one plane alone but it can be enhanced by combining both – as Victory and Phoenix did“I’m fed up listening to people talk bull about tactics and formations and too much football science,” remonstrated Graeme Souness l…

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‘Humble, no-fuss’ – model leader Carl Valeri hangs up A-League boots

As the last of the Socceroos ‘golden Generation’ call it quits, Carl Valeri’s quiet contribution back home deserves due respectCarl Valeri announced his retirement last week, elegantly concluding an A-League career executed to near perfection. It’s bee…

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PFA slams substandard SCG pitch after serious injury in A-League blockbuster

Melbourne Victory await news of Terry Antonis’ knee Sydney CEO says club are considering ‘all options’The players’ union has called for an independent investigation of the SCG playing surface, which has been slammed as dangerous after Saturday’s game b…

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Melbourne Victory scrap deal with ACL sponsor linked to gambling

Club removed branding for ACL game this weekNew partner to be announced last on FridayMelbourne Victory have scrapped all deals with Kaishi Entertainment after removing the would-be sponsor because of its links with online gambling.Kaishi would have be…

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

Updates from the derby at Marvel StadiumAny thoughts? Email or tweet @mike_hytner 9.25am GMT 26 mins: This is going to be a real test of City’s character now, just as much as Victory’s. You’d expect them to put the game beyond Victory’s reach before it…

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Early Wellington Phoenix goal sinks Melbourne City

David Williams scores against former clubWellington remain on course for playoffsStriker David Williams has returned to haunt former A-League club Melbourne City, scoring the only goal in a pulsating 1-0 win for the Phoenix in Wellington.Williams’s fir…

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Keisuke Honda injury deals Melbourne Victory and A-League a massive blow

Marquee and Japanese superstar out for an additional monthHonda has five goals and three assists in eight appearancesMelbourne Victory’s championship defence has been dealt a major blow after star Keisuke Honda was ruled out for a further month with a …

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Terry Antonis: an A-League rarity and Melbourne Victory’s secret metronome

Keisuke Honda has spearheaded Melbourne Victory this season, but it’s the understated work of a teammate that helps them tick“The system serves as a reference when the ball is lost,” Jorge Valdano wrote in his Saturday column for El País. “When you rec…

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

Live updates from AAMI Park from second Melbourne derbyJoin the conversation: email or tweet to @rrjparkin 8.28am GMT With Sydney FC’s controversial win in the West on Friday, Melbourne Victory have the chance to go top of the A-League for the first ti…

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David Squires on … Keisuke Honda’s impact at Melbourne Victory

Our cartoonist takes a look at the A-League’s latest – and maybe greatest – marquee playerIf you like David’s cartoons, buy his new book Goalless Draws Continue reading…