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Melbourne Victory
Melbourne Victory.svg
Full name Melbourne Victory Football Club
Nickname(s) Melbourne, Dark Blues, Victory
Founded 2004
Ground AAMI Park
Ground Capacity 30,050
Chairman Anthony Di Pietro
Head Coach Kevin Muscat
League A-League
2013–14 A-League, 4th
Website Club home page
Current season

Melbourne Victory F.C. is a professional soccer club based in Melbourne, Victoria. It competes in the country's premier competition, the A-League, under license from Football Federation Australia.[1] Victory entered the competition in the inaugural season as the only Victorian-based club in the newly revamped domestic Australian league. The club has won two A-League Championships, two A-League Premierships and has competed in the AFC Champions League on three occasions.

The club plays matches at both multi-use venues, Melbourne Rectangular Stadium and Docklands Stadium, with seated capacities of 30,050 and 56,347 respectively. A youth team competes in the National Youth League. A women's team competes in the W-League. The youth and women matches are played at various locations across Melbourne, including Lakeside Stadium, Kingston Heath Soccer Complex as well as Melbourne Rectangular Stadium.

History[edit]

Archie Thompson was Melbourne's first signing. He leads in most appearances & most goals scored for the club, and has been the only player to wear the number 10 in victory colours.

Colours and badge[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor (front) Shirt sponsor (back)
2005–09 Reebok Samsung Samsung
2009–11 Intralot La Ionica
2011–12 Adidas Adecco (home)

EnergyWatch (away)

La Ionica
2012-14 Adecco (home)

Oliana Foods (away)

La Ionica
2014- Community Training Initiatives (home)

Oliana Foods (away)

La Ionica

Melbourne Victory's club colours are navy blue, silver and white (hence the alternate nickname of the Blues), which encompass the traditional state sporting colours of Victoria. In the Victory's inaugural A-League season, only the club badge displayed a chevron, known colloquially as the "Big V", a symbol traditionally used by the Victoria Australian rules football team. From the 2006–07 season the away strip was changed to a grey jersey with a white chevron on the front. This was an immediate hit with the club's supporters, and from the 2007–08 season onwards Melbourne's home jersey also sported the white chevron on the front. A new kit was introduced for the 2008 AFC Champions League[2] due to AFC rules requiring kits to have player numbers on the front of the uniform as well as the back, which would not fit well with the 'V' on the Victory's regular kit. For the 2009–10 season, Melbourne changed their away jersey to be a reverse of their home jersey; a white shirt with a blue chevron.[3] In 2010, Melbourne wore the TAC 'seatbelt' shirt against Perth Glory in a charity event to raise awareness for the necessary use of seat belts in cars. On 16 June 2011, the current kits were announced via the club's YouTube channel,[4] which features a change to a fluoro yellow away jersey. Adidas were announced as the club's official kit manufacturer for five years.[5] For their 2013-14 kits, Melbourne Victory received backlash from supporters following the releasing of the kits, as the away kits had a large resemblance to rivals Sydney FC.[6]

Stadium[edit]

2007 A-League Grand Final at Docklands Stadium

Melbourne were originally based at the 50-year old Olympic Park Stadium, where they played all home matches during the 2005–06 A-League season. This stadium had seated areas only on the wings, with standing-room sandy terraces on the north and south ends. The average crowd during the first year was 14,158.

On 2 September 2006, Melbourne Victory played Sydney FC at the 56,000 capacity Docklands Stadium. The match was a runaway success in terms of crowds, with 39,730 in attendance.[7] As a result the club moved all but one of their home games to the ground.[8]

This move to such a large stadium was viewed with scepticism by many,[by whom?] but proved to be an outstanding success, with the Grand Final held there. The average attendance rose to 27,728 for the 2006–07 season, 10,000 above the next highest in the A-League.

Prior to the 2006–07 season the club had planned to move to a new $190 million stadium being built to the east of the current Olympic Park complex.[9] The new stadium was originally expected to sit approximately 20,000 spectators (expandable to 25,000) and was to be completed by 2009.[9]

These plans were revised after the Victory refused to commit to playing at such a small capacity stadium. On 23 May 2007, the club announced it had signed as a founding co-tenant of the new stadium, which would now be built to accommodate a maximum of 30,050 spectators with further renovations to 50,000 possible. However, further expansion in the near-term is unlikely as it was discovered during Australia's World Cup Bid process that to build such an expansion would be prohibitively expensive.[10]

Docklands Stadium continued to serve as the club's only home ground until the completion of AAMI Park. The club split its home games between the new stadium and Etihad Stadium from the 2010–11 A-League campaign onwards; the games of less importance or potential drawing power at the new stadium and the 'blockbusters' and finals matches at Etihad Stadium.

On 15 February 2014, Melbourne Victory played their Asian Champions League qualifying game against Muangthong United at Kardinia Park in Geelong due to AAMI Park and Etihad Stadium being unavailable.[11]

Support[edit]

Season Members Average attn. Total attn.
2005–06 14,908 14,167 141,668[12]
2006–07 19,235 25,427 352,412[13]
2007–08 22,591 27,728 407,144[14]
2008–09 21,908 26,504 368,420[15]
2009–10 22,526 26,620 376,516[16]
2010–11 17,642 19,458 224,875[17]
2011–12 18,047 20,714 268,916[18]
2012–13 18,432 23,789 329,298[19]
2013–14 22,021 21,808 283,507

Melbourne Victory has the largest supporter base in Australia and has consistently set record highs in membership and attendance.[20]

In January 2011, the Horda group was suspected to have stolen a banner from Melbourne Heart's Yarraside active group.[21] In the following games, Horda banners were banned, which led to great protest from the Northern Terrace active members.[22] At the following games, there was an increase in police and security present at the active area. Fans that were perceived as being "too aggressive" were escorted from the terrace, and in some cases fined or banned from the terrace.[citation needed] This led to the fans' anger escalating as they protested against the police control. On 2 February 2011, the fans from the North Terrace organised a silent protest for the Melbourne Victory – Newcastle Jets match. They left the North Terrace empty, and had a banner saying "No fans no past no future – without us you are nothing",[23] "NT United". The banner was later confiscated by the police.

In February 2011, Victoria Police said they were reluctant to cover Melbourne Victory games because of behaviour by fans that they claimed was unacceptable. Problems included violence, anti-social behaviour and the lighting of flares.[24][25]

On 3 January 2014 the Football Federation of Australia charged both Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney Wanderers with bringing the game into disrepute following violent fan behaviour before and during their game on 28 December 2013.[26]

Rivalries[edit]

Rivalry exists with Sydney FC, Melbourne City and Adelaide United. Victory have recorded big wins against Adelaide (6–0 in the 2006–07 Grand Final) and Sydney (5–0 during the 2005–06 Season).

  • Melbourne City – (Melbourne Derby.) Melbourne Victory's local rival is Melbourne City, who entered the competition in the 2014 season, becoming the 2nd club in Melbourne. The rivalry reached a whole new level when Victory skipper Kevin Muscat was red carded for an unacceptable tackle on Heart player Adrian Zahra.[27] Currently 4 former Victory players are at Melbourne City, with Mate Dugandžić doing the first ever direct switch from Victory to City in 2011. Currently no players have gone the other way (City to Victory)
  • Sydney FC – (The Big Blue). Sydney is considered Melbourne's major interstate rival, due to Melbourne and Sydney being Australia's two largest cities (see Melbourne-Sydney rivalry). Matches between the two teams are regularly controversial and bitter encounters. Strong tensions are also emerging between the supporters from opposing teams, evident in the sell-out crowds. The rivalry between the two teams was escalated further after Sydney beat Melbourne in the final match of the 2009–10 season to win the A-League Premiership, and again beat Melbourne in the 2010 A-League Grand Final.
  • Adelaide United – (The Cross Border Rivalry). Melbourne Victory also has a rivalry with Adelaide United. This rivalry stems from the other football codes, where the interstate rivalry is big between Victorians and South Australians (see South Australia-Victoria rivalry). There has also been altercations between sets of opposing fans in Melbourne and Adelaide. The rivalry has built up from previous encounters, when an incident between the then Adelaide United manager, John Kosmina, and Victory skipper Kevin Muscat took place during a sideline altercation during a match in the 2006–07 season,[28] and when Victory striker Ney Fabiano allegedly spat in the direction of Adelaide defender Robert Cornthwaite during Round 4 in the 2008–09 season he was banned for 9 matches; however, this was reduced to 6 after a successful appeal.[29] Victory and Adelaide contested both the 2006–07 and 2008–09 Grand Finals, with Melbourne winning both.

Players[edit]

Senior squad[edit]

As of 19 September 2014.

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 Nathan Coe
2 Australia DF Jason Geria
4 Australia DF Nick Ansell
5 Australia MF Mark Milligan (captain)
6 Australia MF Leigh Broxham (vice-captain)
7 Brazil MF Gui Finkler
8 Albania FW Besart Berisha
9 New Zealand FW Kosta Barbarouses
10 Australia FW Archie Thompson
11 Australia FW Connor Pain
13 Australia FW Andrew Nabbout
No. Position Player
14 Tunisia MF Fahid Ben Khalfallah
15 Republic of Macedonia DF Daniel Georgievski
16 Australia MF Rashid Mahazi
17 France DF Matthieu Delpierre
18 Australia DF Dylan Murnane
20 Australia GK Lawrence Thomas
21 Australia MF Carl Valeri
22 Australia MF Jesse Makarounas
23 Australia DF Adrian Leijer (2nd vice-captain)
24 Australia DF Scott Galloway
26 Australia MF Jordan Brown

Youth 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
27 Australia MF Kieran Dover
28 Australia DF Milos Ridesic
30 Australia GK Lucas Spinella
-- Australia GK Keegan Coulter
-- Australia GK Gian Tapia
-- Australia DF James Karvelis
No. Position Player
-- Australia MF John Buceto
-- Australia MF Anthony Duzel
-- Australia MF Luc Jeggo
-- Australia FW Christopher Cristaldo
-- Australia FW Damien Miskulin
-- Australia FW Anthony Proia

Corporate[edit]

Club chairman Anthony Di Pietro took charge in the 2011-12 pre-season following inaugural chairman Geoff Lord's resignation.
Period Chairman
2005–2011 Australia Geoff Lord
2011– Australia Anthony Di Pietro

Victory struggled to raise the initial $5 million equity capital to join the A-League in its first year and the FFA helped the club over the line by contributing franchise and set-up fees of about $500,000.[30] The FFA took a ten per cent holding in the club in return, as well as having a representative on the Victory board.[30] The shareholding was offered back to the club in 2007 and Geoff Lord and his partners – including Ron Peck, Richard Wilson and John Harris – raised the money to buy the shares.[30] On 5 December 2005, South Korean electronics giant Samsung became the club's major sponsor in a two-year deal.[31] This would ensure that Samsung would have their logo feature on the front and the back of Victory's home and away kits. Prior to the 2006–07 season, KFC were announced as Victory's sleeve sponsor, with their logo appearing on the sleeve of Victory's home and away kits.[32] On 28 January 2009, Samsung announced that they would not be renewing their sponsorship for the 2009–10 A-League season. Intralot became the Melbourne Victory's new major sponsor when they signed a two season $2 million contract on 4 May 2009. Their logo subsequently featured on the front of Melbourne Victory's playing strip, starting from the 2009–10 season.[33] On 6 August 2010, it was announced that law firm Florin Burhala Lawyers would be Melbourne Victory's official shorts sponsor for the 2010–11 season.[34] On 1 June 2011, it was announced that human resources company Adecco Group signed a three-year deal as the club's major sponsor, replacing Intralot. As part of the deal, Adecco's logo will appear on the front of the club's playing strip.[35] Melbourne Victory announced on 16 June 2011 that they had signed a five-year deal with global sportswear giant Adidas as the club's official kit manufacturer.[5]

Personnel[edit]

Board members[edit]

Source:[36]

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Football Operations Manager Australia Paul Trimboli
Head Coach Australia Kevin Muscat
First Assistant Coach Australia Jean-Paul de Marigny
Second Assistant Coach Wales Darren Davies
Goalkeeping Coach Australia Steve Mautone
Strength and Conditioning Coach Australia Peter Cklamovski
Sports Science Australia Amber Rowell
Doctor Australia Dr Andrew Jowett
Doctor Australia Dr Krishant Naidu
Physiotherapist Australia Travis Maude
HAL Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention Coordinator Australia Domenic Trimboli
Assistant HAL Physiotherapist & NYL Physiotherapist Australia Ryan Florence-Rieniets
NYL Coach Wales Darren Davies
NYL Assistant Coach New Zealand Vaughan Coveny
NYL Goalkeeping Coach Australia Dean Anastasiadis
Assistant HAL and NYL Conditioning Coach Australia Aaron D'Antino
Women's Head Coach England Dave Edmondson

Source: "About Us". Melbourne Victory FC. 
"W-League: Edmondson named as coach". Melbourne Victory FC. 4 February 2013. 

Director of football[edit]

Dates Name Notes
2005 – 12 April 2011 Australia Gary Cole Football Operations Manager
21 June 2011 – 22 November 2011[37] Australia Francis Awaritefe Director of Football
25 June 2012 – present Australia Paul Trimboli[38] Football Operations Manager

Managerial history[edit]

Dates Name Notes Honours
20 December 2004 – 12 March 2011 ScotlandAustralia Ernie Merrick Inaugural head coach and first dual-nationality head coach 2006–07 A-League Premiership
2008–09 A-League Premiership
2009–10 A-League Premiership Runner Up
2006–07 A-League Championship
2008–09 A-League Championship
2009–10 A-League Championship Runner Up
2008 A-League Pre-Season Challenge Cup
A-League Coach of the Year 2006–07
A-League Coach of the Year 2009–10
12 March 2011 – 20 June 2011 Australia Mehmet Durakovic Caretaker head coach
21 June 2011 – 6 January 2012 Australia Mehmet Durakovic First head coach who previously represented Socceroos
6 January 2012 – 7 January 2012 Australia Kevin Muscat Caretaker head coach for one match
7 January 2012 – 1 April 2012 Northern Ireland Jim Magilton First foreign head coach
26 April 2012 – 26 October 2013 Australia Ange Postecoglou First head coach to progress from the club directly to the Socceroos
31 October 2013 – present Australia Kevin Muscat First former club captain & club player appointed as head coach

Club captains[edit]

Dates Name Notes
5 May 2005 – 16 February 2011 Australia Kevin Muscat Inaugural club captain
16 February 2011 – 17 September 2013 Australia Adrian Leijer
17 September 2013 – present Australia Mark Milligan First club captain as Australian marquee

Affiliated clubs[edit]

Honours[edit]

Premiership (2): 2006–07, 2008–09
Runners-Up (1): 2009–10
  • A-League Finals
Champions (2): 2007, 2009
Runners-Up (1): 2010

Records[edit]

For more details on this topic, see List of Melbourne Victory FC records and statistics.

Archie Thompson holds the team record for number of total games played with 174 matches. Thompson also holds the record for all-time highest goalscorer in all competitions with 74 goals.

Melbourne Victory's record win came against Adelaide United 6–0, on 18 February 2007, in the 2007 A-League Grand Final.[39] Victory's record defeat was against rival Sydney FC, in a 0–5 on 26 January 2014.[40] The clubs highest home attendance is 55,333 for a league Big Blue match on 8 December 2006, at Docklands Stadium.[41] The clubs highest home attendance for any match is 95,446 for pre-season friendly at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 24 July 2013, against Liverpool.[42]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  33. ^ "Intralot and Victory a perfect fit". Melbourne Victory FC. 4 May 2009. 
  34. ^ "Melbourne Victory welcomes new sponsor". Melbourne Victory FC. 6 August 2010. 
  35. ^ "Adecco recruited on a three-year deal". Melbourne Victory FC. 1 June 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
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  42. ^ "Melbourne tells Liverpool: You'll never walk alone". The Age (Melbourne). 

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