2008–09 Melbourne Victory FC season

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Melbourne Victory
2008–2009 season
Manager Ernie Merrick
A-League Championship 1st
Pre-Season Challenge Cup Champions
A-League Premiership 1st
Top goalscorer Daniel Allsopp (13)
Highest home attendance 53,273 vs Adelaide United (28 February 2009)
Lowest home attendance 18,036 vs Perth Glory (4 October 2008)
Average home league attendance 24,516
Home colours
Away colours

The 2008-09 Hyundai A-League season was Melbourne Victory's fourth season. They finished top of the table at the end of the regular season and defeated Adelaide United in the Grand Final to take their second A-League title.

Season Summary[edit]

The 2008–09 season brought the start of the A-League Youth League and the introduction of the W-League with Melbourne fielding teams in both competitions. Melbourne actively recruited, bringing in Socceroo Michael Thwaite on a one year loan,[1] Costa Rican World Cup player José Luis López,[2] as well as Ney Fabiano from Asian Champions League rivals Chonburi FC.[3]

Melbourne's season got off to an optimal start, winning the Pre-Season Challenge Cup. A 0–0 draw resulted in a penalty shoot-out, with Victory winning 8–7 on penalties against Wellington Phoenix.[4]

After winning the pre-season cup, the Victory were held to a 0–0 draw away against Sydney FC.[5] They reinforced their premiership favouritism by coasting to 4–2 and 5–0 victories against Wellington Phoenix and the Newcastle Jets respectively.[6][7] Despite this, they succumbed 0–2 to an undermanned Sydney side at the Telstra Dome in front of 31,564 fans.[8]

On 6 December 2008, Melbourne Victory became the first A-League club to amass total crowd figures of 1,000,000 after their away match against Perth Glory.

On 24 January 2009, Melbourne Victory won its final game of the season against Wellington Phoenix.[9] The 2–0 win in front of 28,905 fans placed Victory ahead of Adelaide United on goals scored for the premiership title, a margin United failed to achieve in its 1–0 win over the Central Coast Mariners.

The Victory kicked off their finals campaign on 7 February 2009 in the major semi-final first leg against bitter rival Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium, a game which was won courtesy of goals from Carlos Hernández and Danny Allsopp.[10] In the second leg Melbourne defeated Adelaide United 4–0 with goals from Archie Thompson, Hernandez, Allsopp and Tom Pondeljak, granting Melbourne passage to the Grand Final on a 6–0 aggregate.[11]

Adelaide then defeated Queensland Roar to set up a rematch with Melbourne in the Grand Final,[12] which the Victory won 1–0 with Tom Pondeljak scoring in the 59th minute to regain the A-League Championship and becoming the first A-League team to win their second championship,[13] a feat since achieved by Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar.

Players[edit]

First team squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Michael Theoklitos
2 Australia MF Kevin Muscat (captain)
3 Australia DF Michael Thwaite (loan)
4 Australia DF Steven Pace
5 Australia DF Sebastian Ryall (youth)
6 Australia DF Steve Pantelidis
7 Australia DF Matthew Kemp
8 Scotland MF Grant Brebner
9 Australia FW Danny Allsopp
10 Australia FW Archie Thompson (marquee)
11 Brazil FW Ney Fabiano
No. Position Player
12 Australia DF Rodrigo Vargas
13 Australia FW Nathan Elasi (youth)
14 Australia MF Billy Celeski
15 Australia MF Tom Pondeljak
16 Costa Rica MF Carlos Hernández (loan)
17 Costa Rica MF José Luis López
18 Australia MF Leigh Broxham
19 Australia MF Evan Berger
20 Australia GK Mitchell Langerak
21 Australia DF Daniel Vasilevski
22 Australia MF Nick Ward (marquee youth)

Transfers[edit]

In

Player From League Fee Date
Australia Billy Celeski Perth Glory Australia A-League February 2008
Australia Tom Pondeljak Central Coast Mariners Australia A-League February 2008
Australia Nathan Elasi Marconi Stallions Australia New South Wales Premier League February 2008
Australia Steve Mautone* Retired Australia None February 2008
Brazil Ney Fabiano[14] Chonburi FC Thailand Thailand Premier League $13,500 USD 1 July 2008
Australia Michael Thwaite SK Brann Norway Norwegian Premier League Loan 1 July 2008
Costa Rica José Luis López Deportivo Saprissa Costa Rica Primera División de Costa Rica Loan 14 July 2008

* Steve Mautone is the current Melbourne Victory Goalkeeping coach and was named as the third choice goalkeeper for the AFC Champions League

Out

Player To League Fee Date
Australia Ljubo Milicevic Released Australia February 2008
Australia Steve Mautone Retired Australia June 2008
Australia Adrian Caceres Central Coast Mariners Australia A-League July 2008
Australia Daniel Piorkowski Released Australia July 2008
Brazil Leandro Love Vissel Kobe (loan ended) Japan J.League July 2008
Australia Kaz Patafta[15] Newcastle Jets Australia A-League July 2008

Matches[edit]

2008 Pre-Season Cup fixtures[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
Melbourne Victory 3 2 0 1 3 2 6
Adelaide United 3 1 2 0 2 1 5
Newcastle Jets 3 0 2 1 1 2 2
Perth Glory 3 0 2 1 1 2 2

2008-09 Hyundai A-League fixtures[edit]

2008-09 finals series[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Goals[edit]

Total Player Goals per Round
 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 S1 S2 GF
13 Australia Daniel Allsopp 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
9 Australia Archie Thompson 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1
5 Brazil Ney Fabiano 1 1 1 1 1
5 Australia Kevin Muscat 1 1 2 1
4 Costa Rica Carlos Hernández 1 1 1 1
3 Australia Tom Pondeljak 1 1 1
2 Scotland Grant Brebner 1 1
2 Australia Rodrigo Vargas 1 1
2 Australia Nick Ward 1 1
1 Australia Billy Celeski 1
A goal was scored from a penalty kick
Two goals were scored from penalty kicks

Ladder[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Melbourne Victory (C) 21 12 2 7 39 27 +12 38 2010 AFC Champions League Group stage
2 Adelaide United 21 11 5 5 31 19 +12 38
3 Queensland Roar 21 10 6 5 36 25 +11 36 2009 A-League Finals Series
4 Central Coast Mariners 21 7 7 7 35 32 +3 28
5 Sydney FC 21 7 5 9 33 32 +1 26
6 Wellington Phoenix 21 7 5 9 23 31 −8 26
7 Perth Glory 21 6 4 11 31 44 −13 22
8 Newcastle Jets 21 4 6 11 21 39 −18 18

Source: the-AFC.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1First place through to sixth place qualify for the 2009 A-League Finals Series.
2First place qualifies for the 2010 AFC Champions League Group stage.
3Winning the 2009 A-League Grand Final automatically earns qualification for the 2010 AFC Champions League Group stage, unless first place are champions.
4Second place qualifies for the 2010 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off, unless they qualify for the 2010 A-League Grand Final alongside first place or become A-League Champions, subsequently third place then qualify for the 2010 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off.


Finals series[edit]

  Semi-finals Preliminary-final Grand Final
    L1 L2    
                           
1  Melbourne Victory 2 4    
2  Adelaide United 0 0              Melbourne Victory 1
       Adelaide United 1      Adelaide United 0
       Queensland Roar 0  
3  Queensland Roar 2 2
4  Central Coast Mariners 0 1  

2008–09 Awards[edit]

W-League[edit]

2008–09 Westfield W-League fixtures[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thwaite Signs For Victory". FourFourTwo Australia. Haymarket Group. 19 June 2008. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Pupy Lopez Signs For Victory (At Last)". FourFourTwo Australia. Haymarket Group. 14 July 2008. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Desira, Peter (24 May 2008). "Ney Fabiano signs two-year deal with Melbourne Victory". Herald Sun (Herald and Weekly Times). Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Victory claim Pre-Season Cup". A-League Official Website. 6 August 2008. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Sydney and Melbourne share honours". A-League Official Website. 16 August 2008. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Clinical Victory blasts past Phoenix". A-League Official Website. 24 August 2008. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Victory run riot". A-League Official Website. 29 August 2008. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "Sydney's double bonus". A-League Official Website. 25 October 2008. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "Victory get jump in premiers' race". A-League Official Website. 23 January 2009. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  10. ^ Goraya, Raman (7 February 2009). "Victory head home with hefty advantage". ABC News. 
  11. ^ Maasdorp, James (14 February 2009). "Victory maul Adelaide en route to home final". ABC News. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  12. ^ "Adelaide earns shot at redemption". ABC News. 21 February 2009. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  13. ^ "Victory prevail in epic". A-League Official Website. 28 February 2009. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  14. ^ FIFA.com Fabiano leaves Chonburi for Victory Accessed 31 May 2008
  15. ^ a-league.com.au Patafta moves north to join Newcastle Accessed 31 May 2008
  16. ^ Match re-scheduled due to Adelaide's participation in FIFA Club World Cup

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Central Coast Mariners
A-League Premiers
2008/09
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Sydney FC
A-League Champions
2006/07
Succeeded by
Newcastle Jets