Melbourne Victory FC

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Melbourne Victory)
Jump to: navigation, search
Melbourne Victory.svg
Full name Melbourne Victory Football Club
Nickname(s) Victory, Big V[1][2][3]
Short name MVFC
Founded 1 November 2004; 13 years ago (2004-11-01)
Ground AAMI Park
Etihad Stadium
Ground Capacity 30,050 and 56,347
Chairman Anthony Di Pietro
Head Coach Kevin Muscat
League A-League
2016–17 A-League, 2nd
Website Club website
Current season
Active teams of Melbourne Victory
Football pictogram.svg Football pictogram.svg Football pictogram.svg
A-League (Men's) NYL & NPL (Men's) W-League (Women's)

Melbourne Victory Football Club is an Australian professional soccer club based in Melbourne, Victoria. Competing in the country's premier competition, the A-League, under licence from Football Federation Australia,[4] Victory entered the competition in the inaugural season as the only Victorian-based club in the newly revamped domestic Australian league.

Recognised as the most supported,[5] and currently the most successful club in the league to date, Victory has won three A-League Championships, three A-League Premierships, one Pre-Season Challenge Cup and one FFA Cup, the only club to have won all four Australian domestic trophies. They have also previously competed in the AFC Champions League on five occasions, achieving their furthest placement in the 2016 campaign, where they were knocked out in the Round of 16.

Although Victory are supported across the whole Melbourne metropolitan area, as well as regional cities in the state, it is based primarily in the city centre. The club's home ground is the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, playing a majority of home matches at the venue, with the larger Docklands Stadium utilised for matches such as derbies and finals. As well as this, the club has an agreement to play a single match at Kardinia Park in Geelong every season. The club operates two other football departments, with youth & reserves team competing in the National Youth League and National Premier Leagues Victoria 2 respectively, and a women's team competing in the W-League. The NYL/NPL, and W-League home matches are played at various locations across Melbourne, including Lakeside Stadium, Kingston Heath Soccer Complex as well as the senior team's various venues.

History[edit]

Team of the decade[edit]

2005-2014 Melbourne Victory
Football Club Team of the Decade

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
2014–16 Community Training Initiatives (home)

Oliana Foods (away)

La Ionica
2016–2017 Optislim (home)

Builders Academy (away)

La Ionica
2017- Optislim & Optivite (home)

Freestyle Foods (away)

La lonica

Melbourne Victory's club colours are navy blue, white and silver, which encompass the traditional state sporting colours of Victoria. Currently, the home kit consists of a navy blue shirt with a chevron which fades from white at the bottom to navy blue at the top, paired with navy blue shorts and socks. The away kit is all white, with the shirt featuring a yoke consisting of a design reminiscent of the clubs home ground AAMI Park, set inside an off-centre chevron.

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 shirt 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 shirt also sported the white chevron on the front.

A new kit was introduced for the 2008 AFC Champions League[6] 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 shirt to be a reverse of their home shirt; white with a blue chevron.[7] 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. Adidas were announced as the club's official kit manufacturer for five years[8] beginning in the 2011-12 season, after the initial deal for Reebok to supply all A-League clubs had expired. The new kits were announced via the club's YouTube channel,[9] and featured a controversial change to a fluoro yellow away shirt. For their 2013–14 kits, Melbourne Victory received backlash from supporters, as the away kits featured a much lighter blue, bearing a large resemblance to fierce rivals Sydney FC.[10]

Home kit progression[edit]

A-League[edit]

Asian Champions League[edit]

Club songs[edit]

A number of different songs have become synonymous with Melbourne Victory, being both sung by supporters and played over the PA at different moments before, during and after games.

  • "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King. This is sung as the team enters the pitch prior to kick-off, with fans holding their scarves above their heads throughout.[11]
  • "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes. The chorus melody is chanted as a goal celebration, with fans waving their scarves in the air as they sing. It has also been adapted as a player chant for striker Besart Berisha.
  • "Victory The Brave", a rearrangement of Scotland The Brave, penned by Jim Keays of The Masters Apprentices. This has long been played after every home win, but has often been criticised by fans for sounding too much like a song for an AFL team, rather than something more traditionally seen in football.
  • "The Horses" by Daryl Braithwaite. Beginning in the 2015-16 season, members of the South End started singing The Horses after a win, as an alternative to Victory The Brave. Although initially something of a joke, it quickly gained traction with other supporters, and is now played over the PA system at the conclusion of Victory The Brave.

Stadia[edit]

Melbourne Victory currently plays the majority of its home games at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, known as AAMI Park. Games considered to be "blockbusters", which include derbies and finals matches, are played at the larger Docklands Stadium, known as Etihad Stadium. The club also currently plays one league match a season at Kardinia Park in the neighbouring city of Geelong.

Olympic Park Stadium[edit]

The football club was 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, 77% of its capacity of 18'500. As a result, the match-day atmosphere would prove to be a marketing asset not just for Melbourne Victory, but also for the rest of the league. It also proved to be a major factor in the club's decision to relocate home games to Docklands Stadium, then known as 'Telstra Dome', from the 2006–07 season onwards, for both safety reasons, and simplicity in membership and match-day attendance expansion. Despite the club permanently relocating to Docklands Stadium, the venue was still used occasionally for both the 2006–07 and 2007–08 seasons, until being permanently closed in 2009.

Docklands Stadium[edit]

2007 A-League Grand Final at Telstra Dome (now Etihad Stadium)

On 2 September 2006, Melbourne Victory played its first ever match against Sydney FC at the 56,000 capacity Etihad Stadium in a 3-2 victory. The match proved to be a runaway success in terms of crowds, with 39,730 in attendance.[12] As a result, the club moved all but one of their home games to the ground.[13] This move to such a large stadium 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.

During the construction of the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Etihad Stadium continued to serve as the club's only home ground until the completion of the club's new permanent home, which began hosting games from the 2010-11 A-League season. On 11 March 2016, it was announced that the football club had committed to a further lease of 10 years for the continued use of limited blockbuster matches at the venue, ending at the conclusion of the 2026-27 season.[14]

To date, Melbourne Victory have celebrated the 2006–07 and 2008–09 premiership and championship victories at the venue. The stadium was also the permanent venue and operational base of the club during the 2008 Pre-Season Cup, although the grand final was won in Wellington, New Zealand.

Melbourne Rectangular Stadium[edit]

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.[15] The new stadium was originally expected to sit approximately 20,000 spectators (expandable to 25,000) and was to be completed by 2009.[15]

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.[16]

Today, the venue is the home of the club's operations, administration, and the majority of the senior team's home matches, as well as occasional home matches of the NYL/NPL & W-League teams. The club currently holds the highest attendance of any association football (soccer) match played at the venue, and second overall for any sporting event at the venue.[17] The record was set in the 2015 A-League Grand Final on 17 May 2015, with an attendance of 29,843 witnessing Melbourne win its third title, and first at the venue in the club's history. The venue was also the place of celebration with club celebrating the 2014–15 premiership and the 2015 FFA Cup victories.

Kardinia Park[edit]

On 22 August 2007, the football club played its first competitive match at Kardinia Park, then known as 'Skilled Stadium', against Newcastle Jets in the 2007 Pre-Season Cup.[18]

On 15 February 2014, Melbourne Victory was forced to play its first competitive match at the Geelong-based stadium, in playing their Asian Champions League qualifying game against Muangthong United at Simonds Stadium due to AAMI Park and Etihad Stadium being unavailable.[19]

Prior to the start of the 2014–15 season, Melbourne Victory signed a three-year deal to play one home game a year at the venue for the 2014–15, 2015–16 and 2016–17 seasons.[20] In January 2017, the deal was extended to the conclusion of the 2018–19 season.[21]

Support[edit]

Melbourne Victory supporters at the 2007 A-League Grand Final
Season Members Average attn. Total attn.
2005–06 14,908 14,167 141,668[22]
2006–07 19,235 27,728 305,011[23]
2007–08 22,611 26,064 260,642[24]
2008–09 21,908 24,516 269,671[25]
2009–10 22,526 20,750 290,503[26]
2010–11 17,642 15,058 225,875[27]
2011–12 18,047 19,208 268,916[28]
2012–13 18,432 21,885 306,396[29]
2013–14 22,021 21,808 283,507[30]
2014–15 24,200 25,388 355,436[31]
2015–16 27,436 23,112 300,452[32]
2016-17 26,253 22,008 308,115[33]
2017-18 24,025

Melbourne Victory has the largest supporter base in Australia and has consistently set record highs in membership and attendance.[34]

In January 2011, the Horda group was suspected to have stolen a banner from Melbourne Heart's Yarraside active group.[35] In the following games, Horda banners were banned, which led to great protest from the Northern Terrace active members.[36] 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",[37] "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.[38][39]

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.[40]

Notable supporters[edit]

Rivalries[edit]

  • Melbourne City – (Melbourne Derby) Melbourne Victory's local rival is Melbourne City, which entered the competition in the 2010-11 season (as Melbourne Heart, before the name change in 2014), 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.[46] Currently 5 former Victory players have switched to Melbourne Heart (City), with Mate Dugandžić doing the first ever direct switch from Victory to City in 2011. And arguably Harry Kewell in 2013, after being released by victory at the end of the 2012 season. There is some debate to whether he made a direct switch from victory to city (heart at the time), as he was a free agent when he made the switch. 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. However, in season 2014/15, Victory reversed these feats, by first pipping Sydney to the A-League Premiership during the league season and weeks later beat them in the 2015 A-League Grand Final. This rivalry is also known as "The Big Blue".
  • Adelaide United – (The Original 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,[47] 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.[48] Victory and Adelaide contested both the 2006–07 and 2008–09 Grand Finals, with Melbourne winning both.

Players[edit]

First team squad[edit]

As of 29 September 2017[49]

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 Matt Acton
2 Australia DF Jason Geria
4 Australia DF Rhys Williams
5 Australia MF Mark Milligan
6 Australia MF Leigh Broxham (vice-captain)
7 South Sudan FW Kenny Athiu (on loan from Heidelberg United)
8 Kosovo FW Besart Berisha
9 New Zealand FW Kosta Barbarouses
10 Australia MF James Troisi
11 Australia FW Mitch Austin
14 Australia DF Thomas Deng
No. Position Player
15 Australia MF Cameron McGilp
16 Australia MF Josh Hope
17 Australia DF James Donachie
18 Argentina MF Matías Sánchez
19 Australia FW Pierce Waring
20 Australia GK Lawrence Thomas
21 Australia MF Carl Valeri (Captain)
22 Australia MF Stefan Nigro
23 New Zealand FW Jai Ingham
31 Australia FW Christian Theoharous (Youth)
41 Netherlands MF Leroy George

Reserves and Youth squad[edit]

Further information: Melbourne Victory FC Reserves and Youth team

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

As of 2015, the largest of around fifty shareholders of Melbourne Victory Ltd, an unlisted public company, is Mario Biasin, owner of construction company Metricon, followed by others including current Victory chairman Anthony Di Pietro, CEO of Premier Fruits Group.

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.[50] The FFA took a ten per cent holding in the club in return, as well as having a representative on the Victory board.[50] 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.[50]

In 2014, it was announced that major shareholder, real estate investor Harry Stamoulis and fellow shareholder Robert Belteky, Managing Director of car parking company Care Park, along with some other minority shareholders, would offer their combined 35% stake in Melbourne Victory for sale to the general public, making part ownership of the club available to regular fans, a first for an A-League club.[51] However, despite payments already having been collected from fans by the facilitator of the sale Deloitte, on the 12 of November it was announced that the entire allocation of shares were eventually purchased "by a small number of long-term substantial shareholders".[52]

Victory's commercial success has even surpassed many much longer established Melbourne AFL teams (with Hawthorn the only team to report a higher profit in 2014-15). Despite this, Melbourne Victory FC is not a "for profit" business, and as such the shareholders have never taken a dividend.[53]

Sponsors[edit]

On 5 December 2005, South Korean electronics giant Samsung became the club's major sponsor in a two-year deal.[54] 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.[55] 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.[56] 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.[57] 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.[58] 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.[8]

Personnel[edit]

Board members[edit]

[59]

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Football Operations Manager Australia Paul Trimboli
Head Coach Australia Kevin Muscat
Assistant Coach Australia Jean-Paul de Marigny
Assistant Coach Wales Darren Davies
Goalkeeping Coach Australia Dean Anastasiadis
Strength and Conditioning Coach Australia Anthony Crea
Equipment Manager Argentina Guido Chayan
Head of Video Analysis Australia Aaron D'Antino
Sports Science Australia Wes Clarke
Doctor Australia Dr Martin Strikker
Doctor Australia Dr Krishant Naidu
Head of Physiotherapy Australia Ryan Florence-Rieniets
Physiotherapist Australia William Tardiff
Academy Director Portugal Paulo Cardoso
NYL Coach Australia Gareth Naven
NYL Development Coach Scotland Grant Brebner
NYL Development Coach New Zealand Vaughan Coveny
NYL Development Coach Australia Brian Vanega
NYL Goalkeeping Coach Australia Peter Zois
NYL Lead Physiotherapist New Zealand Michael O'Brien
NYL Assistant Physiotherapist Australia Jordan Cook
Women's Head Coach Wales Jeff Hopkins

Source:[citation needed]

[59]

Managerial history[edit]

Dates Name Notes Honours
20 December 2004 – 12 March 2011 Scotland 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 – 6 January 2012 Australia Mehmet Durakovic Caretaker coach to 20 June 2011, then appointed permanent manager
First head coach who previously represented the 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 2014–15 A-League Premiership
2014–15 A-League Championship
A-League Coach of the Year 2014–15
2015 FFA Cup

Club captains[edit]

Dates Name Notes Honours (as captain)
5 May 2005 – 16 February 2011 Australia Kevin Muscat Inaugural club captain 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
16 February 2011 – 17 September 2013 Australia Adrian Leijer
17 September 2013 – 23 June 2015 Australia Mark Milligan First club captain as Australian marquee 2014–15 A-League Premiership
2014–15 A-League Championship
2015 Joe Marston Medal
7 September 2015 – present Australia Carl Valeri[60] 2015 FFA Cup
2016–17 A-League Premiership Runner Up
2016–17 A-League Championship Runner Up

Honours[edit]

Premierships (3) – Record: 2006–07, 2008–09, 2014–15
Runners-Up (2): 2009–10, 2016–17
  • A-League Finals
Championships (3) – Shared Record: 2007, 2009, 2015
Runners-Up (2): 2010, 2017
Winners (1): 2008
Winners (1) – Shared Record: 2015

AFC Club Ranking[edit]

As of 1 April 2017 [61]
Current Rank Country Team Points
29 South Korea Seongnam FC Steady 37
30 South Korea Ulsan Hyundai Steady 37
31 Australia Melbourne Victory Steady 36.923
32 United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira Steady 36.717
33 Japan Kashiwa Reysol Steady 36.68

Records[edit]

Season League/Division Tms. Pos. s. Pos. af. Challenge Cup FFA Cup AFC CL
2005-06 A-League 8 7 DNQ Semi-finals NC DNQ
2006-07 A-League 8 Premiers Champions Group stage NC DNQ
2007-08 A-League 8 5 DNQ Group stage NC Group stage
2008-09 A-League 8 Premiers Champions Winners NC DNQ
2009-10 A-League 10 2 Runners-up NC NC Group stage
2010-11 A-League 11 5 5 NC NC Group stage
2011-12 A-League 10 8 DNQ NC NC DNQ
2012-13 A-League 10 3 3 NC NC DNQ
2013-14 A-League 10 4 3 NC Quarter-finals Group stage
2014-15 A-League 10 Premiers Champions NC Winners DNQ
2015-16 A-League 10 6 5 NC Semi-finals Round of 16
2016-17 A-League 10 2 Runners-up NC TBD DNQ
2017-18 A-League 10 TBD TBD NC Qualified Qualified
Key
  • DNQ = Did not qualify
  • NC = Tournament not contested
  • Pos. af. = Position in league during finals series
  • Pos. s. = Position in league during regular season
  • TBD = Tournament in progress, outcome to be determined
  • Tms. = Number of teams

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Victory star backs Big V ahead of Big Blue". A-League. Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Troisi's bold Big V statement". Melbourne Victory FC. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Archie plays 200th game for Big V". Melbourne Victory FC. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "A-League owners to be offered far longer licences by Football Federation Australia". www.adelaidenow.com.au. 28 October 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/sport/soccer/aleague-melbourne-victory-has-the-image-but-melbourne-city-redefining-itself-20151015-gkahg7.html
  6. ^ "No V For Victory On Asian Kit". Australian FourFourTwo. Haymarket Group. 20 February 2008. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  7. ^ Warner, Michael (4 May 2009). "Melbourne Victory to be sponsored by gambling giant Intralot". Herald Sun. Herald and Weekly Times. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Victory joins the world's elite". Melbourne Victory FC. 16 June 2011. Archived from the original on 21 June 2011. Retrieved 16 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "adidas and Melbourne Victory join forces!". Melbourne Victory Official YouTube Channel. 15 June 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  10. ^ Melbourne Victory unveil new strips – Australia News – Australian FourFourTwo – The Ultimate Football Website
  11. ^ "Stand By Me". melbournevictory.com.au. Melbourne Victory. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  12. ^ Watt, Stuart (2 September 2006). "Record crowd sees Victory down 10-man Sydney". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  13. ^ Desira, Peter (21 September 2006). "Victory makes move to Docklands". Fox Sports. Premier Media Group. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  14. ^ http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/football/a-league/melbourne-victory-signs-10-year-deals-to-continue-playing-at-etihad-stadium-and-aami-park/news-story/00f878ac2ee9e3103fdbeb9a285acfce
  15. ^ a b "New $190m soccer, rugby stadium for Vic". The Age. Melbourne: Fairfax Media. 6 April 2006. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  16. ^ Higgs, Paddy (26 April 2010). "AAMI Park size the right fit for spectators". The Melbourne Leader. News Community Media. Archived from the original on 16 October 2013. 
  17. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-17/dominant-victory-claim-a-league-grand-final-win-over-sydney-fc/6476310
  18. ^ http://www.ozfootball.net/ark/NSL2/20072008/ALCup.html
  19. ^ "Melbourne Victory set to play their Asian Champions League qualifier in Geelong". heraldsun.com.au. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  20. ^ https://www.foxsports.com.au/football/opening-month-of-aleague-season-10-features-a-series-of-blockbuster-matches/news-story/0f2cf4bc5f8ba277837ed1b0a17d99e8
  21. ^ http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/subscribe/news/1/index.html?sourceCode=GAWEB_WRE170_a&mode=premium&dest=http:%2F%2Fwww.geelongadvertiser.com.au%2Fsport%2Flocalfooty%2Fgeelongs-kardinia-park-to-host-more-melbourne-victory-aleague-games%2Fnews-story%2F54490e97668373e1dbbea6f333fa63f6%3Fnk%3Dd80d4e43ac72ea44b81ed41b46676aef-1501849281&memtype=anonymous
  22. ^ "2005/06 Attendance Statistics". Ultimate A-League. Hamson Design Group. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  23. ^ "2006/07 Attendance Statistics". Ultimate A-League. Hamson Design Group. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  24. ^ "2007/08 Attendance Statistics". Ultimate A-League. Hamson Design Group. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  25. ^ "2008/09 Attendance Statistics". Ultimate A-League. Hamson Design Group. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  26. ^ "2009/10 Attendance Statistics". Ultimate A-League. Hamson Design Group. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  27. ^ "2010/11 Attendance Statistics". Ultimate A-League. Hamson Design Group. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  28. ^ "2011/12 Attendance Statistics". Ultimate A-League. Hamson Design Group. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  29. ^ "2012/13 Attendance Statistics". Ultimate A-League. Hamson Design Group. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  30. ^ http://www.ultimatealeague.com/records.php?type=att&season=2013-14
  31. ^ http://www.ultimatealeague.com/records.php?type=att&season=2014-15
  32. ^ http://www.ultimatealeague.com/records.php?type=att&season=2015-16
  33. ^ http://www.ultimatealeague.com/records.php?type=att&season=2016-17
  34. ^ Ormond, Aidan (31 August 2007). "Victory Hits The Magic 20K Mark". Australian FourFourTwo. Haymarket Group. Archived from the original on 5 October 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  35. ^ Buttler, Mark (3 February 2011). "Four men charged after tempers flare following Victory-Heart soccer clash". Herald Sun. Herald and Weekly Times. 
  36. ^ "original terrace boys melbourne australia". Originalterraceboys.com. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  37. ^ "No fans no past no future – without us you are nothing". Facebook. 
  38. ^ Spits, Scott; Levy, Megan (18 February 2011). "Police 'scared off by Melbourne Victory soccer louts'". The Age. Fairfax Media. 
  39. ^ Tatnell, Paul (18 February 2011). "Soccer fans are the most violent, says superintendent Rod Wilson". Adelaide Now. 
  40. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-01-03/victory-wanderers-charged-over-fans-brawl/5183482
  41. ^ http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/victoria-aces-new-pitch-for-sporting-ties-with-sichuan/
  42. ^ http://www.melbournevictory.com.au/article/premier-throws-his-support-behind-victory/bc9ybvg6977w12x9ptr45s9mp
  43. ^ http://www.melbournevictory.com.au/article/masterchef-george-named-no-1/1ag649z0k0cu213tq8qyi26x8b
  44. ^ http://www.theage.com.au/sport/soccer/napthine-weighs-in-as-aleague-grand-final-becomes-political-football-20150420-1mozua.html
  45. ^ http://oneworldentertainment.com.au/photo/laura-pausini-melbourne-victory-jersey/
  46. ^ Bernard, Grantley (23 January 2011). "Kevin Muscat says sorry for his tackle on Adrian Zahra". Herald Sun. Herald and Weekly Times. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  47. ^ Lynch, Michael (16 October 2006). "Muscat and Kosmina in fiery clash". The Age. Melbourne: Fairfax Media. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  48. ^ "Fab Ban Reduced On Appeal". Australian FourFourTwo. Haymarket Group. 24 September 2008. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  49. ^ "Players and staff: A-League". melbournevictory.com.au. Retrieved 13 June 2017. 
  50. ^ a b c Desira, Peter (21 November 2007). "Geoff Lord and Co take control of full Victory". Herald Sun. Herald and Weekly Times. 
  51. ^ "Fans offered to buy stake in Melbourne Victory, with a stake going for as little as $500". Herald Sun. 2 October 2014. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  52. ^ Share sale confirms stability at Melbourne Victory Melbourne Victory FC, 12 November 2014
  53. ^ Melbourne Victory post a record $1.5 million profit for the financial year Herald Sun, Matt Windley, November 26, 2015
  54. ^ "Samsung partners Victory". Melbourne Victory FC. Archived from the original on 26 August 2006. Retrieved 5 December 2005. 
  55. ^ "You Can't Beat the Taste... of Victory!". Melbourne Victory FC. Archived from the original on 22 August 2006. Retrieved 22 August 2006. 
  56. ^ "Intralot and Victory a perfect fit". Melbourne Victory FC. 4 May 2009. 
  57. ^ "Melbourne Victory welcomes new sponsor". Melbourne Victory FC. 6 August 2010. 
  58. ^ "Adecco recruited on a three-year deal". Melbourne Victory FC. 1 June 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  59. ^ a b http://www.melbournevictory.com.au/about/board-and-management/g1iwer3tbs5f1peqfzcweqxgf
  60. ^ Micallef, Philip. "Valeri reveals Victory's success formula". The World Game. Special Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  61. ^ "AFC Club Ranking (2017) - as at 1 April 2017" (PDF). globalfootballranks.com. Retrieved 6 July 2017. 

External links[edit]