Melbourne Derby (A-League)

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Melbourne Derby
Melbourne Derby December 2014.jpg
A Melbourne Derby match at Etihad Stadium in progress in 2014.
Locale Melbourne
Teams Melbourne City
Melbourne Victory
First meeting Melbourne City 2–1 Melbourne Victory
(8 October 2010)
Latest meeting Melbourne Victory 2–1 Melbourne City
(4 February 2017)
Next meeting 2017
Statistics
Meetings total 23
Most wins Melbourne Victory (10)
Top scorer Besart Berisha (9)
Largest victory Melbourne City 4–0 Melbourne Victory
(1 March 2014)

The Melbourne Derby is an intra-city local derby in Australia's premier soccer competition, the A-League. It is contested between the two Melbourne teams in the competition, Melbourne City and Melbourne Victory, and was the A-League's first intra-city derby.

History[edit]

With the introduction of Melbourne Heart (who would later be known as Melbourne City) to the A-League at the start of the 2010–11 season (the Victory having joined the league at inception), the first derby was held on 8 October 2010 at AAMI Park. The match was originally scheduled for 2 October 2010 however due to the 2010 AFL Grand Final Replay occurring on the same day, the match was postponed.[1]

Melbourne Heart won the inaugural derby 2–1, with goals from Alex Terra and John Aloisi. Robbie Kruse scored for Victory. Aziz Behich was sent off late in the second half, but Heart were able to hold on and secure the win. Although the game was an official sell out, only 25,897 fans turned up, well short of AAMI Park's official capacity of 30,050. The Victory hosted their first home derby on 22 January at Docklands Stadium, with the match ending in a 2–2 draw.[2] The match was marred by an unacceptable tackle by Kevin Muscat on Adrian Zahra, which earned the Victory captain his second straight red card and a subsequent eight-match ban, ending not only his season, but his A-League career.[3]

The first scoreless draw in the derby occurred in the third round of 2011/12 season, whilst a record crowd at AAMI Park was in attendance for the second derby of the season. This derby was arguably one of the best in the rivalry's brief existence, with Heart midfieldier Matt Thompson scoring twice in a matter of minutes late in the first half to put Heart in the lead 2–1, before Heart substitute Alex Terra scored controversially after appearing to handball preceding his goal in the second half. Heart would win the match 3–2.[4] The intense rivalry and passion between both sets of supporters occasionally boiled over, as occurred in February 2011 when four Melbourne Heart supporters were charged with "conspiracy to falsely imprison a [Victory supporter] ".[5]

In the 2014/15 season, Heart underwent a takeover by the City Football Group. Melbourne City had their first derby win under the new management that season, winning the pre-Christmas derby 1-0 with Erik Paartalu scoring one of the latest winners in a derby.[6] Victory and City later met in the Finals Series for the first time, in front of a derby record attendance of 50,873 at Etihad Stadium. Melbourne Victory won the Semi Final convincingly with a score of 3-0, with goals from Besart Berisha, Kosta Barbarouses and Archie Thompson.[7] The third derby of the 2015/16 season was marred by a series of flares let off both outside AAMI Park before the match and inside the arena during the match by some Melbourne Victory supporters. The poor behaviour from Victory fans also extended to "an alleged assault on TV news personnel outside the stadium, throwing missiles at Melbourne City player Thomas Sørensen and a Victoria Police officer, and altercations with police after the match".[8] Football Federation Australia subsequently issued Melbourne Victory a $50,000 club fine and a suspended three competition points deduction.[8] On the field, the match was lauded as one of the most "captivating" derbies of the rivalry and featured an incredible passage of play for a goal from City striker Bruno Fornaroli.[9] In Round 2 of the 2016/17 season, City recorded just their second ever derby win at Etihad Stadium, comfortably defeating Victory 4-1. The match featured the A-League debut of Socceroos all-time leading goal scorer Tim Cahill for City, who scored an incredible long-range goal to open City's account.[10] The February 2017 derby was a spiteful and controversial affair. Most notably City goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis was forced to undergo an education course after ethically slurring Victory striker Besart Berisha during the late stages of Victory's 2–1 win.[11] Tim Cahill was also red carded before even being entering the field of play, and Victory held on to record a stunning come from behind win.[12]

The two rivals have been drawn for an FFA Cup derby only once; in 2016 at the semi-final stage of the tournament. Melbourne City advanced to the Final, knocking out Victory 2-0 in what was one of the most physically confrontational clashes between the two rivals.

Matches[edit]

Heart/Victory era[edit]

  • The following table details Melbourne Derby results from 2010–14, during which time Melbourne City were known as Melbourne Heart
Season Derby
Comp* Date
Home team
Score
Away team
Goals (home)
Goals (away)
Venue
Attendance
2010–11 1 RS 8 October 2010 Heart 2–1 Victory Aloisi (10), Terra (56) Kruse (35) AAMI 25,897
2 RS 11 December 2010 Heart 1–3 Victory Sibon (17) Kruse (12, 28), OG Srhoj (54) AAMI 23,059
3 RS 22 January 2011 Victory 2–2 Heart Allsopp (11), Hernández (30) Aloisi (45+2, 51) Etihad 32,231
2011–12 4 RS 22 October 2011 Victory 0–0 Heart - - Etihad 39,309
5 RS 23 December 2011 Heart 3–2 Victory Thompson (37, 39), Terra (62) Thompson (21), Hernández (90+2) AAMI 26,579
6 RS 4 February 2012 Heart 0–0 Victory - - AAMI 26,396
2012–13 7 RS 5 October 2012 Victory 1–2 Heart Rojas (24) Williams (14), Macallister (45+2) Etihad 42,032
8 RS 22 December 2012 Heart 1–2 Victory Fred (81) Rojas (67), Thompson (90+2) AAMI 26,457
9 RS 2 February 2013 Victory 2–1 Heart Thompson (29), Milligan (55) Williams (72) Etihad 41,203
2013–14 10 RS 12 October 2013 Victory 0–0 Heart - - Etihad 45,202
11 RS 21 December 2013 Heart 1–3 Victory Kalmar (80) Nichols (28, 63), Troisi (60) AAMI 26,491
12 RS 1 March 2014 Heart 4–0 Victory Engelaar (8), Dugandzic (15) Williams (83) Kewell (86) - AAMI 25,546

City/Victory era[edit]

  • The following table details Melbourne Derby results from 2014–present, since Melbourne City were taken over by the City Football Group
Season Derby
Comp* Date
Home team
Score
Away team
Goals (home)
Goals (away)
Venue
Attendance
2014–15 13 RS 25 October 2014 Victory 5–2 City Thompson (23, 87), Berisha (45+1, 46, 67) Wielaert (13), Jason Hoffman (26) Etihad 43,729
14 RS 20 December 2014 City 1–0 Victory Paartalu (90) - AAMI 26,372
15 RS 7 February 2015 Victory 3–0 City Berisha (10), Barbarouses (53), Ben Khalfallah (62) - Etihad 40,042
16 FS 8 May 2015 Victory 3–0 City Berisha (18), Barbarouses (30), Thompson (87) - Etihad 50,873
2015–16 17 RS 17 October 2015 Victory 3–2 City Ben Khalfallah (23), Barbarouses (57), Berisha (90) Fornaroli (68), Mauk (71) Etihad 40,217
18 RS 19 December 2015 City 2–1 Victory Mauk (20), Retre (30) Berisha (45) AAMI 23,572
19 RS 13 February 2016 City 2–2 Victory Fornaroli (22, 31) Ben Khalfallah (29), Finkler (47) AAMI 25,738
2016–17 20 RS 15 October 2016 Victory 1–4 City Rojas (62) Cahill (27), Fornaroli (31), Brattan (52), Brandán (62) Etihad 43,188
21 CUP 25 October 2016 Victory 0–2 City - Brattan (9), Brandán (77) AAMI 15,791
22 RS 17 December 2016 City 1–2 Victory Cahill (16) Rojas (24) Berisha (78) AAMI 24,706
23 RS 4 February 2017 Victory 2–1 City Berisha (84), OG Muscat (86) OG Baró (70) Etihad 35,426

* RS: A-League Regular Season, FS: A-League Finals Series, GF: A-League Grand Final, CUP: FFA Cup

+ AAMI: AAMI Park, Etihad: Etihad Stadium

Statistics[edit]

As of 25 October 2016, there have been 21 competitive meetings between the teams. Thus far, both Victory and City have won on eight separate occasions, with five games drawn. The first finals series derby match occurred on May 8, 2015, a game which Victory won 3-0. The first FFA Cup derby came in the 2016 Semi-finals, which City won 0-2.

The biggest victory went to Victory,[a] who won 5-2 on 25th of October 2014. The most frequent result in the derby is 2–1, which has occurred in seven encounters, Victory having won four of those games.

Competition City wins Draws Victory wins City goals Victory goals
League 7 5 9 33 37
Finals 0 0 1 0 3
FFA Cup 1 0 0 2 0
Total 8 5 10 35 40

Top goalscorers

Player Club Goals
Albania Besart Berisha Melbourne Victory 9
Australia Archie Thompson Melbourne Victory 6
Uruguay Bruno Fornaroli Melbourne City 4
Australia John Aloisi Melbourne City 3
New Zealand Kosta Barbarouses Melbourne Victory
Tunisia Fahid Ben Khalfallah Melbourne Victory
Australia Robbie Kruse Melbourne Victory
Australia David Williams Melbourne City
Brazil Alex Terra Melbourne City
  • Players in Bold are still active for their club.

Players who have played for both clubs[edit]

Correct as of 18 December 2016
Player Melbourne City career Melbourne Victory career
Span League
apps
League
goals
Span League
apps
League
goals
Australia Aziz Behich 2010–2014 89 2 2009–2010 5 0
Australia Mate Dugandžić 2011–2015 75 13 2009–2011 36 7
Australia Paulo Retre 2013– 43 1 2011–2012 0 0
Brazil Fred 2011–2013 38 3 2006–2007 20 4
Australia Tando Velaphi 2013–2015 22 0 2011–2013 3 0
Australia Harry Kewell 2013–2014 16 2 2011–2012 25 8
Australia Kristian Sarkies 2010–2012 12 2 2005–2007 35 3

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ At the time, the club was known as Melbourne Heart

References[edit]