2010–11 Melbourne Victory FC season

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Melbourne Victory
2010–11 season
Manager Ernie Merrick
Mehmet Durakovic (caretaker)
A-League 5th
Finals Qualified
AFC Champions League Qualified
Top goalscorer Robbie Kruse - 11
Highest home attendance 32,231 v Melbourne Heart (22 Jan 2011)
Lowest home attendance 10,287 v Gold Coast United (30 Jan 2011)
Home colours
Away colours

The 2010–11 season was Melbourne Victory's sixth season in the Hyundai A-League. It was the first A-League season with two teams from the same city, after the introduction of Melbourne Heart.

Season Summary[edit]

The 2010–11 season was Melbourne Victory's sixth in the A-League. It was the first A-League season with a second club from Victoria (Melbourne Heart). This hoped to create a Melbourne derby more fierce than those with Sydney FC and Adelaide United. The rivalry reached a new level when Victory skipper Kevin Muscat was red carded for an unacceptable tackle on young Heart player Adrian Zahra.[1] Victory moved their home games to AAMI Park for regular season matches. Melbourne Victory started their pre-season by signing former Socceroos keeper Michael Petkovic from Sivasspor,[2] promoted Diogo Ferreira, Petar Franjic and Sebastian Mattei from the youth team[3][4] and with Archie Thompson sidelined with a long term injury, Ricardinho was officially unveiled as Melbourne Victory's international marquee player from Oeste Futebol Clube, where he signed a two-year deal and was handed the number 9 shirt.[5] Victory also loaned Geoff Kellaway from Victorian Premier League Premier Dandenong Thunder.[6] On 24 December 2010, Daniel Allsopp rejoined Victory after a year with Al-Rayyan Sports Club and D.C. United.[7]

Meanwhile, promising goalkeeper Mitch Langerak was transferred to Borussia Dortmund after his impressive 2010 AFC Champions League performance.[8] goalkeeper Glen Moss was also transferred to Gold Coast United[9] and attacking midfielder Nick Ward to Wellington Phoenix.[10] Nathan Elasi was released to Bonnyrigg White Eagles and Mathew Theodore was released to Dandenong Thunder.

2010–11 saw Melbourne Victory finish in fifth place in the regular season and qualify for the finals to face fourth placed Gold Coast United in the first week knockout stage. On 20 February 2011, Gold Coast United's Dino Djulbic 90+1 header bundled Melbourne Victory out of the championship race with a stunning 1–0 win in sweltering conditions at Skilled Park.[11]

Melbourne Victory were drawn into Group E in the 2011 AFC Champions League along with Jeju United, Gamba Osaka and sister city team Tianjin Teda.[12] Isaka Cernak had been signed from North Queensland Fury for the 2011 AFC Champions League and the following season.[13]

Towards the end of the 2010–11 A-League season was preceded by major changes at the club, not only in the playing group but also on the board. Inaugural chairman Geoff Lord stepped down and was replaced by Anthony Di Pietro.[14] This led to a changing of the coaching staff. On 12 March 2011, Ernie Merrick came to an agreement with the board of directors to part company with the club after being publicly criticised by fans and media for the club's poor 2010–11 season performance, especially the 4–1 loss to arch rival Adelaide United, and the 5–1 loss to Gamba Osaka in its opening 2011 AFC Champions League game.[15] Youth team head coach and former Socceroo Mehmet Durakovic was then appointed as caretaker manager for the remaining 2011 AFC Champions League competition.[16] Merrick's sacking was followed by that of former Socceroos striker Gary Cole on 12 April 2011 as Football Operation Manager after six years of service.[17] Assistant coach Aaron Healey joined the casualty list of the post-Merrick era the following week, as the club sought to reinvent itself as the pre-eminent football force in Australia.[18] Captain Kevin Muscat announced his retirement after the 2011 AFC Champions League.[19]

Many changes were made to the playing group in the off-season. The club announced on 8 February 2011 that they had signed Perth Glory goalkeeper Tando Velaphi on a two-year deal.[20] On 28 February 2011, it was announced that Mate Dugandžić strengthened the rivalry between the two Melbourne clubs by signing for cross town rival Melbourne Heart and became the first player transferred directly from Victory to Heart.[21] Aziz Behich and Kristian Sarkies were the first two players to play for both teams but not transferred directly as Aziz Behich played for Hume City FC after Victory and before Heart during the A-League off-season while Kristian Sarkies transferred via Adelaide United. The club ended weeks of speculation on 11 March 2011 by officially confirming that they had signed attacking midfielder Marco Rojas for the upcoming season, securing him on a two-year deal.[22] Ricardinho was not selected as one of the five foreign imports for Melbourne's 2011 AFC Champions League campaign, and as a result was loaned to Campeonato Brasileiro Série B club Paraná Clube until 31 December 2011.[23] On 26 March 2011, Socceroos striker Robbie Kruse announced he had signed with 2. Bundesliga side Fortuna Düsseldorf on a three-year contract beginning with the 2011–12 season.[24] The club announced the signing of Jean Carlos Solorzano from Brisbane Roar on 28 March 2011, with L.D. Alajuelense extending his loan deal for one more season so that the move could take place.[25]

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 Petkovic
2 Australia DF Kevin Muscat (Captain)
3 Australia MF Mate Dugandžić (Youth)
4 Australia DF Petar Franjic (Youth)
5 Thailand DF Surat Sukha
6 Australia MF Leigh Broxham
7 Australia DF Matthew Kemp
8 Scotland MF Grant Brebner
9 Brazil FW Ricardinho (Marquee)
10 Australia FW Archie Thompson (Australian Marquee)
11 Costa Rica MF Marvin Angulo (on loan from CS Herediano)
12 Australia DF Rodrigo Vargas
No. Position Player
13 Australia MF Diogo Ferreira (Youth)
14 Australia MF Billy Celeski
15 Australia MF Tom Pondeljak
16 Costa Rica MF Carlos Hernández
17 Australia DF Matthew Foschini (Youth)
18 Australia FW Danny Allsopp
19 Australia DF Evan Berger
20 Australia GK Sebastian Mattei (Youth)
21 Australia FW Robbie Kruse
22 England MF Geoff Kellaway
23 Australia DF Adrian Leijer (Vice Captain)

Transfers[edit]

Winter[edit]

In[edit]

Player From League Fee Date
Australia Diogo Ferreira Melbourne Victory – Youth Australia National Youth League Free April 2010
Australia Petar Franjic Melbourne Victory – Youth Australia National Youth League Free April 2010
Australia Michael Petkovic Sivasspor Turkey Turkcell Super League Free June 2010
Australia Sebastian Mattei Melbourne Victory – Youth Australia National Youth League Free July 2010
Wales Geoff Kellaway Dandenong Thunder Australia Victorian Premier League Loan August 2010
Brazil Ricardinho Oeste Futebol Clube Brazil Campeonato Brasileiro Série D Not disclosed August 2010
Australia Danny Allsopp D.C. United United States Major League Soccer Free December 2010

Out[edit]

Player To League Fee Date
Australia Mitchell Langerak Borussia Dortmund Germany Fußball-Bundesliga Not disclosed May 2010
Australia Nathan Elasi Bonnyrigg White Eagles Australia NSW Premier League Released May 2010
Australia Mathew Theodore Altona Magic Australia Victorian Premier League Released May 2010
Australia Nik Mrdja Central Coast Mariners Australia A-League End of Loan May 2010
New Zealand Glen Moss Gold Coast United Australia A-League Free July 2010
Australia Nick Ward Wellington Phoenix Australia A-League Free August 2010

Summer[edit]

In[edit]

Player From League Fee Date
Australia Tando Velaphi Perth Glory Australia A-league Free March 2011
Australia Isaka Cernak North Queensland Fury Australia A-league Free March 2011
New Zealand Marco Rojas Wellington Phoenix Australia A-league Free March 2011

Out[edit]

Player To League Fee Date
Australia Mate Dugandzic Melbourne Heart Australia A-League Free March 2011
Australia Evan Berger Perth Glory Australia A-League Free March 2011

Managerial and captain changes[edit]

Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Table Incoming manager Date of appointment Time
ScotlandAustralia Ernie Merrick Sacked 12 March 2011[26] 5th (10–11) Mehmet Durakovic (caretaker) 12 March 2011 GF week
Previous captain Manner of change hand Date of change hand New captain Date of appointment Time
Australia Kevin Muscat Resigned as captain 16 Feb 2011 Adrian Leijer 16 Feb 2011 Regular season

Matches[edit]

2010–11 Pre-season friendlies[edit]

2010–11 Hyundai A-League fixtures[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Game was moved to stop a clash with the AFL grand final replay [1]

2010-11 Finals series[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Brisbane Roar (C) 30 18 11 1 58 26 +32 65 2012 AFC Champions League Group stage[a]
2 Central Coast Mariners 30 16 9 5 50 31 +19 57
3 Adelaide United 30 15 5 10 51 36 +15 50 2012 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off
4 Gold Coast United 30 12 10 8 40 32 +8 46 2011 A-League Finals Series[b]
5 Melbourne Victory 30 11 10 9 45 39 +6 43
6 Wellington Phoenix 30 12 5 13 39 41 −2 41
7 Newcastle Jets 30 9 8 13 29 33 −4 35
8 Melbourne Heart 30 8 11 11 32 42 −10 35
9 Sydney FC 30 8 10 12 35 40 −5 34
10 Perth Glory 30 5 8 17 27 54 −27 23
11 North Queensland Fury 30 4 7 19 28 60 −32 19 Disbanded at end of season
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: the-AFC.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ First place qualifies for the 2012 AFC Champions League Group stage.
    Winning the 2011 A-League Grand Final automatically earns qualification for the 2012 AFC Champions League Group stage, unless first place are champions.
    Second place qualifies for the 2012 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off, unless they qualify for the 2011 A-League Grand Final alongside first place or become A-League Champions, subsequently third place then qualify for the 2012 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off.
  2. ^ First place through to sixth place qualify for the 2011 A-League Finals Series.

Statistics[edit]

Leading scorers[edit]

Total Player Goals per Match
 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
11 Australia Robbie Kruse 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1
5 Costa Rica Carlos Hernández 1 1 1 1 1
Australia Mate Dugandžić 1 1 1 2
Australia Daniel Allsopp 1 1 1 2
4 Australia Archie Thompson 1 1 1 1
3 Australia Rodrigo Vargas 1 1 1
2 Australia Kevin Muscat 2
Brazil Ricardinho 1 1
Scotland Grant Brebner 1 1
Australia Tom Pondeljak 1 1
1
Australia Leigh Broxham 1
Australia Billy Celeski 1
Australia Diogo Ferreira 1

Discipline[edit]

Updated as end of the Season

Name Cautions YC 2nd Caution – Send-Off YCYCRed card Send-Offs Red card
Australia Rodrigo Vargas 6
Australia Billy Celeski 6
Scotland Grant Brebner 5
Australia Adrian Leijer 6
Australia Leigh Broxham 4
Australia Robbie Kruse 5
Australia Diogo Ferreira 5
Australia Mate Dugandzic 2
Australia Matthew Foschini 1
Brazil Ricardinho 3
Thailand Surat Sukha 1
Australia Kevin Muscat 5 1 1
Costa Rica Carlos Hernández 4
Costa Rica Marvin Angulo 3
Australia Michael Petkovic 4
Australia Matthew Kemp 1
Australia Tom Pondeljak 3
Australia Daniel Allsopp 2
Australia Evan Berger 1

AFC Champions League 2011[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Group E
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Japan Gamba Osaka 6 3 1 2 13 7 +6 10
China Tianjin Teda 6 3 1 2 8 6 +2 10
South Korea Jeju United 6 2 1 3 6 10 −4 7
Australia Melbourne Victory 6 1 3 2 7 11 −4 6

Gamba Osaka Japan 5–1 Australia Melbourne Victory
Takei Goal 4'
Adriano Goal 7' (pen.)
Lee Keun-Ho Goal 10'
Futagawa Goal 62'
Kim Seung-Yong Goal 90+1'
Report Muscat Goal 21' (pen.)
Attendance: 12,949
Referee: Ali Hamad Madhad Saif Albadwawi (UAE)
Tianjin Teda China 1 – 1 Australia Melbourne Victory
Zorić Goal 19' Report Muscat Goal 52'
Melbourne Victory Australia 2 – 1 China Tianjin Teda
Hernández Goal 44'
Muscat Goal 45+1' (pen.)
Report Chen Tao Goal 37'
Attendance: 5,693
Melbourne Victory Australia 1 – 1 Japan Gamba Osaka
Leijer Goal 12' Report Nakazawa Goal 43'
Attendance: 7,437
Round Date Home Team Score Away Team Crowd Stadium
Group Stage 1 March 2011 Gamba Osaka 5–1 Melbourne Victory 12,949 Osaka Expo '70 Stadium, Suita
Group Stage 15 March 2011 Melbourne Victory 1–2 Jeju United 4,825 Etihad Stadium
Group Stage 5 April 2011 Tianjin Teda 1–1 Melbourne Victory 25,456 TEDA Football Stadium, Tianjin
Group Stage 20 April 2011 Melbourne Victory 2-1 Tianjin Teda 5,693 Etihad Stadium
Group Stage 4 May 2011 Melbourne Victory 1–1 Gamba Osaka 7,437 Etihad Stadium
Group Stage 11 May 2011 Jeju United 1–1 Melbourne Victory 1,519 Jeju World Cup Stadium

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Michael Petkovic signs for Melbourne Victory". The World Game. Special Broadcasting Service (SBS). 30 June 2010. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Angulo to stay in A-League with Victory". The Age. Melbourne: Fairfax Media. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Victory call up Mattei". A-League Official Website. 28 July 2010. Archived from the original on 25 February 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
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  8. ^ "Melbourne Victory Agree Fee With Borussia Dortmund For Mitch Langerak". Goal.com. 13 May 2010. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
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  21. ^ "Heart signs former Victory striker Dugandzic". The Age. Melbourne: Fairfax Media. 1 March 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  22. ^ "Victory secure Rojas signing". A-League Official Website. 11 March 2011. Archived from the original on 3 April 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
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  25. ^ "Victory sign Solorzano". melbournevictory.com.au (Melbourne Victory). 28 March 2011. Archived from the original on 21 August 2011. 
  26. ^ Merrick and Melbourne Victory part ways

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