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Category: Melbourne Victory

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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…

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David Squires on … the 2017-18 A-League season’s grand finalists

In his penultimate outing this season, our cartoonist looks at the paths taken to title decider and that Riley McGree goalLook back through David’s archive of Australian cartoons Continue reading…

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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…

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Melbourne Victory coaches handed four-match bans for ‘assault’

Jean-Paul de Marigny and Dean Anastasiadis ran onto pitchPair will miss grand final after altercation with David CarneyMelbourne Victory assistant coach Jean-Paul de Marigny and goalkeeping coach Dean Anastasiadis have been handed four-match A-League b…

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A-League semi-final: Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory – live!

Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory battle to see who takes on Newcastle Jets in the A-League grand finalJoin the conversation – email: richard.parkin.casual@theguardian.com, twitter: @rrjparkin 10.46am BST Sydney FCIt’s as expected from the home side who …

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Sydney FC’s failure in Asia is instructive for A-League finals opponents

Sydney FC swept all aside to win consecutive A-League premierships, but for championship rivals Asia shows clues to their shortcomings“We’ve recovered now,” Graham Arnold insisted before his team hosted Kashima Antlers in the AFC Champions League. “I k…

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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…

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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…

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Victory cruise past 10-man Adelaide, Jets edge tight clash with Roar

Brisbane Roar 0-1 Newcastle JetsMelbourne Victory 3-0 Adelaide UnitedMelbourne Victory are back on the winner’s list, easing pressure on coach Kevin Muscat and jumping to fourth on the A-League table with a 3-0 defeat of 10-man Adelaide United.Leroy Ge…