2005–06 Melbourne Victory FC season

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Melbourne Victory
2005–06 season
Manager Ernie Merrick
A-League 7th
Pre-Season Challenge Cup Semi-Final
Top goalscorer Archie Thompson (8)
Highest home attendance 18,260 vs Sydney FC (16 October 2005)
Lowest home attendance 10,078 vs New Zealand Knights (4 February 2006)
Average home league attendance 14,158

Melbourne Victory were considered to be one of the future "powerhouse" football clubs in Australia prior to the 2005/06 A-League season, with Socceroos Kevin Muscat and Archie Thompson returning to Melbourne from successful club careers in Europe. It was widely believed that they would be contenders for the A-League championship. However, the team ended up finishing a disappointing seventh and missed out on the finals.

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 Theoklitos
2 Australia MF Kevin Muscat (captain)
3 Australia DF Daniel Piorkowski
4 Australia DF Mark Byrnes
5 Belgium DF Geoffrey Claeys
6 Australia DF Steve Pantelidis
7 Australia FW Michael Ferrante
8 Australia MF Andy Vlahos
9 Australia FW Daniel Allsopp
10 Australia FW Archie Thompson
No. Position Player
11 Australia MF Vince Lia
12 Australia MF Carl Recchia
13 Australia MF Kristian Sarkies
15 Australia DF Adrian Leijer
16 Australia DF Simon Storey
17 Austria MF Richard Kitzbichler
18 Australia MF Chris Tadrosse
19 Australia FW Ricky Diaco
20 Australia GK Eugene Galeković

Transfers[edit]

In

Player From Country/State & League From Date
Australia Michael Theoklitos Bulleen Zebras Australia VPL
Australia Kevin Muscat Millwall England English Championship
Australia Daniel Piorkowski Melbourne Knights Australia VPL
Australia Mark Byrnes FC Hameenlinna Finland Finnish First Division
Belgium Geoffrey Claeys Excelsior Mouscron Belgium Jupiler League
Australia Steve Pantelidis Heidelberg United FC Australia VPL
Australia Michael Ferrante Fawkner Blues Australia VPL
Australia Andy Vlahos Cercle Brugge Belgium Jupiler League
Australia Danny Allsopp Hull City England English Championship
Australia Archie Thompson Lierse SK Belgium Jupiler League
Australia Vince Lia Fawkner Blues Australia VPL
Australia Carl Recchia South Melbourne FC Australia VPL
Australia Kristian Sarkies South Melbourne FC Australia VPL
Australia Adrian Leijer Melbourne Knights Australia VPL
Australia Simon Storey Altona Magic Australia VPL
Austria Richard Kitzbichler Austria Wien Austria Austrian Bundesliga
Australia Chris Tadrosse Blacktown City FC Australia NSW Premier League
Australia Ricky Diaco Bulleen Zebras Australia VPL
Australia Eugene Galekovic SC Beira-Mar Portugal Primeira Liga

Matches[edit]

2005-06 Hyundai A-League fixtures[edit]

Ladder[edit]

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Adelaide United 21 13 4 4 33 25 +8 43 2007 AFC Champions League Group stage
2 Sydney FC (C) 21 10 6 5 35 28 +7 36
3 Central Coast Mariners 21 8 8 5 35 28 +7 32 2006 A-League Finals Series
4 Newcastle Jets 21 9 4 8 27 29 −2 31
5 Perth Glory 21 8 5 8 34 29 +5 29
6 Queensland Roar 21 7 7 7 27 22 +5 28
7 Melbourne Victory 21 7 5 9 26 24 +2 26
8 New Zealand Knights 21 1 3 17 15 47 −32 6

Updated to games played on 5 February 2006
Source: theworldgame.sbs.com.au
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1First place through to fourth place qualify for the 2006 A-League Finals Series.
2First place qualifies for the 2007 AFC Champions League Group stage.
3Winning the 2006 A-League Grand Final earns qualification for the 2007 AFC Champions League Group stage, unless the Grand Final winners are also first place, in which case the Grand Final runner up qualifies.
4New Zealand Knights cannot qualify for the 2007 AFC Champions League as they are not recognised as an AFC club.

2005/06 end-of-season awards[edit]