Melbourne Victory FC - A web page dedicated to Melbourne Victory Football Club.
Melbourne Victory Football Club is a Professional Australian A-League Soccer Club which is also called "MELBOURNE VICTORY". They are based in Melbourne and have been one of the most successful club here. Whenever they play, they draw huge crowds and they have a massive following of ardent fans. This Australian Soccer team has won four major domestic titles. They are also the only club to have completed the Premiership-Championship two times in a row during the seasons of 2006-2007 and 2008-2009. The other major achievements for this A-League Soccer Club is that they are the only club to complete the Challenge Cup.
A-League is actually the Australasian Domestic Football (Soccer) Competition. This is conducted by the Football Federation Australia which is the governing body and was founded in 2004. The League has 10 teams out of which 9 are from Australia and 1 is from New Zealand.
These are -
Central Coast Mariners,
Wellington Phoenix (previously New Zealand Knights),
Brisbane Roar (previously Queensland Roar),
Gold Coast United &
North Queensland Fury.
They are known by their nicknames such as 'Victory' & 'Navy Blue'. There have been a few changes in the Kit colours but at present, when the Victory are playing a home game their jersey is navy blue with a white chevron and away games are the opposite colour i.e., the jerseys are white with a navy blue chevron.
The Chairman of the club is Geoff Lord and the head coach is Ernie Merrick. Gary Cole, an ex Socceroo was named to be the Operations Manager of the Club.
Victory were originally based at the Olympic Park during 2005-2006 A-League season. Due to the small number of seating capacity at this ground, the club decided to move to Telstra Dome (now called Etihad Stadium) in the 2006 season. Here they had great success due to the a big jump in the number of spectators. This Football Club in now going to relocate to the new 'Melbourne Rectangular Stadium' as the premise would be able to accommodate up to 50000 spectators with further future renovations.
The major rivals of the club are Sydney FC & Adelaide United, nevertheless Melbourne Victory are the reigning Premieres & Champions due to their success in the 2008-2009 season.
The current squad is listed below -
Mitchell Langerak - Australia
Kevin Muscat (Captain) - Australia
Mate Dugandžic' (Youth) - Australia
Steven Pace - Australia
Surat Sukha - Thailand
Leigh Broxham - Australia
Matthew Kemp - Australia
Grant Brebner - Scotland
Archie Thompson (Marquee) - Australia
Rodrigo Vargas (Vice-Captain) - Australia
Nathan Elasi (Youth) - Australia
Billy Celeski - Australia
Tom Pondeljak - Australia
Carlos Hernández - Costa Rica
Matthew Foschini (Youth) - Australia
Mathew Theodore (Youth) - Australia
Evan Berger - Australia
Glen Moss - New Zealand
Robbie Kruse - Australia
Nick Ward - Australia
Adrian Leijer - Australia
Marvin Angulo (Injury replacement for No.14) - Costa Rica