The Big Blue (A-League)

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The Big Blue
The Big Blue.jpg
City or region Melbourne / Sydney (Australia)
Teams involved Melbourne Victory,
Sydney FC
First contested 28 August 2005
Number of meetings 32
Most wins Melbourne Victory FC (10)
Most recent meeting Melbourne 2-1 Sydney (18 Apr 2014)
Regular season series 27
Postseason results 4
Largest victory

Melbourne 5 - 0 Sydney
(16 October 2005)

Melbourne 0 - 5 Sydney
(26 January 2014)

The Big Blue,[1] also known as The City Derby[citation needed], is a match in Australia's premier soccer competition, the A-League. It is contested between rivals Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory.

History[edit]

First played on the opening weekend of the inaugural 2005-06 season, this clash is one of the biggest soccer rivalries in Australia, along with The Melbourne Derby, The Cross Border Rivalry and the The Sydney Derby. The Big Blue generally attracts some of the largest crowds and TV audiences of the regular season. The rivalry came about due to Sydney and Melbourne being the two largest cities in Australia, two of the league's most supported clubs and a number of highly competitive meetings between the two teams in early seasons. The name has its origins in Australian slang, with "blue" meaning "fight" or "confrontation" and the fact that both clubs play in blue jerseys. It carries on from a longstanding rivalry between the two cities. After sealing the 2010 Premiership at home on the final day of the season by beating Melbourne 2-0, Sydney FC went on to win the Championship Grand Final on penalties at Melbourne's home stadium.

The rivalry reached another level in 2011, with both teams in pursuit of the signature of Socceroo Harry Kewell pre season. Melbourne Victory announced they had signed Kewell on August 20 and five days afterwards Sydney FC announced that they had signed Socceroo Brett Emerton from Blackburn Rovers. The teams played out a 0-0 stalemate in the first round of the 2011-12 A-League season, with Australia's head coach not picking either player for national duty, allowing the eagerly-anticipated match up to occur.

In their most recent encounter, on 10 November 2012, Melbourne Victory came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Allianz Stadium, with two late goals from substitute player Andrew Nabbout helping them achieve the result. This match turned out of be Ian Crook's last match as Sydney FC manager, as he announced his resignation shortly after the defeat, which was Sydney's 4th in 6 games.

Since 2012, the teams have played for the BeyondBlue Cup, which is awarded to the winning team in the Big Blue.[2] Sydney FC claimed the inaugural BeyondBlue Cup by defeating Melbourne Victory 1-0 at Allianz Stadium on 10 March 2012.

A Big Blue match has been played each Australia Day at either the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium or Docklands Stadium in Melbourne.

The fixture played 8 December 2006 holds the record for the highest attendance at a regular season match with 50,333 in attendance. In total five fixtures between the two sides make up the top ten of the League's highest regular season attendances.[citation needed]

Regular season matches[edit]

# Date Home team Score Away team Goals (home) Goals (away) Venue Attendance
1 28 August 2005 Sydney
1 – 1
Melbourne Yorke (44) Thompson (72) Sydney Football Stadium 25,208
2 16 October 2005 Melbourne
5 – 0
Sydney Kitzbichler (34), Muscat (53, 78), Thompson (57, 69) - Olympic Park Stadium 18,208
3 3 December 2005 Sydney
2 – 1
Melbourne Corica (24), Carney (81) Allsopp (88) Sydney Football Stadium 17,272
4 2 September 2006 Melbourne
3 – 2
Sydney Allsopp (8), (51) Muscat (p 11) Fyfe (18), Vargas (o.g. 83) Docklands Stadium 39,730
5 21 October 2006 Sydney
1 – 2
Melbourne Corica (8) Thompson (50, 73) Sydney Football Stadium 20,881
6 8 December 2006 Melbourne
0 – 0
Sydney - - Docklands Stadium 50,333
7 6 October 2007 Sydney
0 – 1
Melbourne - Allsopp (82) Sydney Football Stadium 18,436
8 10 November 2007 Melbourne
0 – 0
Sydney - - Docklands Stadium 31,884
9 20 January 2008 Sydney
2 – 2
Melbourne Corica (4), Brosque (62) Milligan (o.g. 46), Allsopp (76) Sydney Football Stadium 33,458
10 16 August 2008 Sydney
0 – 0
Melbourne - - Sydney Football Stadium 16,227
11 25 October 2008 Melbourne
0 – 2
Sydney - Bridge (20) Aloisi (62) Docklands Stadium 31,654
12 27 December 2008 Melbourne
3 – 2
Sydney Thompson (14), Ward (78), Ney Fabiano (80) Cole (1), Gan (4) Docklands Stadium 33,458
13 9 October 2009 Melbourne
0 – 3
Sydney - Brosque (14), Bridge (17,19) Docklands Stadium 30,668
14 19 December 2009 Melbourne
0 – 0
Sydney - - Docklands Stadium 27,344
15 14 February 2010 Sydney
2 – 0
Melbourne Kisel (34), Aloisi (49) - Sydney Football Stadium 25,407
16 7 August 2010 Sydney
3 – 3
Melbourne Brosque (36), McFlynn (54), Cole (85) Broxham (66), Dugandzic (67), Celeski (73) Sydney Football Stadium 12,106
17 16 October 2010 Melbourne
3 – 0
Sydney Vargas (20), Hernández (49), Kruse (90) - Docklands Stadium 17,299
18 15 January 2011 Sydney
1 – 1
Melbourne Mäkelä (90) Allsopp (51) Sydney Football Stadium 11,387
19 8 October 2011 Melbourne
0 – 0
Sydney - - Docklands Stadium 40,351
20 26 January 2012 Melbourne
2 – 2
Sydney Cernak (45), Fabio (45+2) Cazarine (56), Ryall (90) Melbourne Rectangular Stadium 20,053
21 10 March 2012 Sydney
1 – 0
Melbourne Kisel (p 34) Sydney Football Stadium 18,180
22 10 November 2012 Sydney
2 – 3
Melbourne Yau (14), Bosschaart (48) Nabbout (75,88), Thompson (83) Sydney Football Stadium 21,531
23 26 January 2013 Melbourne
3 – 1
Sydney Rojas (23,73), Thompson (67) Griffiths (75) Melbourne Rectangular Stadium 26,882
24 16 March 2013 Sydney
1 – 1
Melbourne Yau (85) Milligan (3) Sydney Football Stadium 22,233
25 9 November 2013 Sydney
3 – 2
Melbourne Garcia (3), Ryall (15), Del Piero (p 37) Thompson (18), Troisi (27) Sydney Football Stadium 18,784
26 26 January 2014 Melbourne
0 – 5
Sydney Despotovic (11), Del Piero (p 20), Ryall (25), Del Piero (54), Carle (87) Docklands Stadium 24,354
27 29 March 2014 Melbourne
1 – 1
Sydney Troisi (63) Chianese (48) Melbourne Rectangular Stadium 20,447

Finals series matches[edit]

# Date Round Home team Score Away team Goals (home) Goals (away) Venue Attendance
1 18 February 2010 Semi Final 1st Leg Melbourne
2 – 1
Sydney Mrdja (16), Hernández (40) Aloisi (43) Docklands Stadium 28,453
2 7 March 2010 Semi Final 2nd Leg Sydney
2 – 2 AET
Melbourne Kisel (36 Pen), Bridge (54) Kruse (15), Thompson (114) Sydney Football Stadium 23,818
3 20 March 2010 Grand Final Melbourne
1 – 1 AET
2 – 4 pens
Sydney Leijer (81) Bridge (63) Docklands Stadium 44,560
4 18 April 2014 Elimination Final Melbourne
2 – 1
Sydney Thompson (19), Finkler (92) Ryall (33) Docklands Stadium 20,802

Cup matches[edit]

# Date Round. Home team Score Away team Goals (home) Goals (away) Venue Attendance
1 11 August 2007 7th Place Play-off Melbourne
0 – 1
Sydney - Brosque (34) Olympic Park Stadium 3,400

Head to head[edit]

Team Win Draw Loss Goals for
Melbourne
9 13 9 42
Sydney 9 13 9 40
Team Home Win Home Draw Home Loss
Melbourne
6 6 5
Sydney 4 7 3

Leading goalscorers[edit]

Sydney Football Stadium prior match (14 February 2010).
Player Club Goals Scored
Australia Archie Thompson Melbourne 9
Australia Danny Allsopp Melbourne 5
Australia Mark Bridge Sydney 5
Australia Alex Brosque Sydney 4
Australia Sebastian Ryall Sydney 3
Italy Alessandro Del Piero Sydney 3
Australia John Aloisi Sydney 3
Australia Shannon Cole Sydney 2
Australia Steve Corica Sydney 2
Costa Rica Carlos Hernandez Melbourne 2
Slovakia Karol Kisel Sydney 2
Australia Robbie Kruse Melbourne 2
Australia Andrew Nabbout Melbourne 2
Australia James Troisi Melbourne 2
Australia Leigh Broxham Melbourne 1
Australia David Carney Sydney 1
Australia Nick Carle Sydney 1
Australia Billy Celeski Melbourne 1
Serbia Ranko Despotović Sydney 1
Australia Mate Dugandžić Melbourne 1
Australia Joel Chianese Sydney 1
Brazil Ney Fabiano Melbourne 1
Australia Brendan Gan Sydney 1
Australia Richard Garcia Sydney 1
Austria Richard Kitzbichler Melbourne 1
Northern Ireland Terry McFlynn Sydney 1
Australia Nik Mrdja Melbourne 1
Australia Nick Ward Melbourne 1
Trinidad and Tobago Dwight Yorke Sydney 1
  • BOLD indicates player still playing for that club.

Players who played for both clubs[edit]

Player Nation Sydney Melbourne
Sebastian Ryall
Australia
2009- 2007-2009
Mark Milligan ǂ
Australia
2005-2008 2012–
Fabio
Brazil
2012-2013 2011-2012
  • ǂ: Mark Milligan moved to Melbourne Victory via a loan from JEF United Chiba which was later made permanent (2012).

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