Melbourne Victory FC

Melbourne Victory FC
Melbourne Victory
Melbourne Victory.svg
Full name Melbourne Victory Football Club
Nickname(s) Victory, Blues
Founded 2004
Ground AAMI Park, Etihad Stadium
(Capacity: 30,050,[1] 56,000)
Chairman Anthony Di Pietro
Manager Mehmet Durakovic
League A-League
2010–11 5th (league)
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

Melbourne Victory Football Club is an Australian professional football (soccer) club based in Melbourne, Victoria, that plays in the A-League.

Founded in 2004 after the announcement of a revamped domestic league in Australia, which saw the National Soccer League disbanded in 2003 and replaced by the A-League, Melbourne Victory has led the A-League in attendances every year since the 2006-07 season and is also considered the most successful club domestically in the A-League, having won two A-League Championships and two Premiers Plates.

Melbourne Victory have completed the Premiership-Championship double twice, winning both during the 2006–07 and 2008–09 seasons and is also the first and only A-League club to complete the domestic treble, winning the (now defunct) Challenge Cup, Premiership and Championship, all in the 2008–09 season.




On 1 November 2004, Melbourne Victory was unveiled as Melbourne's representative in the A-League, along with 7 other foundation clubs; with Belgravia Leisure Pty Ltd backing the club.[2] The chairman and CEO of Belgravia Leisure, Geoff Lord, was installed as the inaugural chairman of Melbourne Victory FC. Samsung were announced as Victory's major sponsor on 5 December 2005.[3] Melbourne Victory is considered a broad-based club,[by whom?] appealing to all nationalities. The team colours — navy blue and white — are traditionally Victorian state colours.[4]

The Victory continued the sister-city relationship between Melbourne and Tianjin by playing against Chinese Super League club Tianjin Teda FC annually during the off-season just like its previous NSL predecessors, for the Lord Mayor's Cup.

Former Socceroo Gary Cole was hired as Football Operations Manager,[5] and was soon joined by Ernie Merrick, appointed as head coach from the Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS).[6] Archie Thompson, a then fringe player for the Socceroos who had been playing in Belgium with Lierse S.K., was the club's first player signing.[7] The club soon signed three more internationals for the inaugural squad — then Socceroo Kevin Muscat,[8] Austrian Richard Kitzbichler,[9] and Belgian Geoffrey Claeys.[10]

The Victory finished in a disappointing 7th place in the club's inaugural season.

2006-07 season

Melbourne began the 2006–07 Hyundai A-League season hoping to vastly improve on their 7th place in the inaugural season. Coach Ernie Merrick had made a number of off-season signings to bolster the squad with skill and experience including 3 Brazilians Alessandro, Claudinho, Fred along with Scottish Premier League player Grant Brebner. After a hugely successful Round 2 fixture against Sydney FC at the Telstra Dome (now the Etihad Stadium) in front of a crowd of 39,730,[11] Melbourne Victory announced that they would move all but one match from Olympic Park to Telstra Dome.[12] Melbourne became the first team to complete the A-League double in the history of the competition; clinching the premiership against the New Zealand Knights 4–0 at Olympic Park with 4 rounds of the A-League season remaining,[13] then beating Adelaide United 6–0 in the Grand Final at a sold out Telstra Dome to take the championship.[14] Melbourne also qualified for the 2008 AFC Champions League as A-League Champions.

2007-08 season

Looking to capitalise on their successful 2006–07 campaign, Melbourne made some strong off-season signings including Costa Rican international Carlos Hernández to cover the hole left by the departure of Fred to MLS club D.C. United.[15] Again with the league's largest crowds and a record membership of over 20,000,[16] Melbourne were undefeated after 7 rounds but the season slipped away with some poor home performances and a mounting injury list. A late season rally gave Melbourne a hope of making the finals up to the second last round but they finished 5th, 4 points out of the finals.

Melbourne became the first side in A-League history to score 100 goals, reaching the mark after 65 games, with their first goal against Wellington Phoenix at the Telstra Dome on 11 January 2008.

Melbourne Victory's 2008 Asian Champions League campaign began with a 2–0 home victory over South Korean side Chunnam Dragons;[17] however, the Victory were unable to progress past the Group Stage, finishing runners-up to Gamba Osaka.

2008-09 season

The 2008–09 season brought the start of the A-League Youth League and the introduction of the W-League with Melbourne fielding teams in both competitions. Melbourne actively recruited, bringing in Socceroo Michael Thwaite on a one year loan,[18] Costa Rican World Cup player José Luis López,[19] as well as Ney Fabiano from Asian Champions League rivals Chonburi FC.[20]

Melbourne's season got off to an optimal start, winning the Pre-Season Challenge Cup. A 0–0 draw resulted in a penalty shoot-out, with Victory winning 8–7 on penalties against Wellington Phoenix.[21]

After winning the pre-season cup, the Victory were held to a 0–0 draw away against Sydney FC.[22] They reinforced their premiership favouritism by coasting to 4–2 and 5–0 victories against Wellington Phoenix and the Newcastle Jets respectively.[23][24] Despite this, they succumbed 0–2 to an undermanned Sydney side at the Telstra Dome in front of 31,564 fans.[25]

On 6 December 2008, Melbourne Victory became the first A-League club to amass total crowd figures of 1,000,000 after their away match against Perth Glory.

On 24 January 2009, Melbourne Victory won its final game of the season against Wellington Phoenix.[26] The 2–0 win in front of 28,905 fans placed Victory ahead of Adelaide United on goals scored for the premiership title, a margin United failed to achieve in its 1–0 win over the Central Coast Mariners.

The Victory kicked off their finals campaign on 7 February 2009 in the major semi-final first leg against bitter rival Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium, a game which was won courtesy of goals from Carlos Hernández and Danny Allsopp.[27] In the second leg Melbourne defeated Adelaide United 4–0 with goals from Archie Thompson, Hernandez, Allsopp and Tom Pondeljak, granting Melbourne passage to the Grand Final on a 6–0 aggregate.[28]

Adelaide then defeated Queensland Roar to set up a rematch with Melbourne in the Grand Final,[29] which the Victory won 1–0 with Tom Pondeljak scoring in the 59th minute to regain the A-League Championship and becoming the first A-League team to win their second championship,[30] a feat since achieved by Sydney FC.

2009-10 season

From the 2009–10 season, Greek gambling giant Intralot became the Melbourne Victory's new major sponsor to replace Samsung in a two year deal valued at $2 million.[31] Their logo subsequently featured on the front of Melbourne Victory's strip.[31]

The Victory made some off-season changes by releasing Steve Pantelidis and Michael Thwaite to Gold Coast United,[32][33] Sebastian Ryall was transferred to Sydney FC,[34] and veteran goalkeeper Michael Theoklitos ended his contract and later joined Norwich City F.C..[35] Moreover, José Luis López Ramírez's loan spell was terminated from Deportivo Saprissa[36] and Daniel Allsopp moved to Al Rayyan.[37]

Several new signings were made, bringing New Zealand international goalkeeper Glen Moss from Wellington Phoenix,[38] Thai midfielder Surat Sukha from Chonburi FC,[39] the promotion of Mathew Theodore and Matthew Foschini from the youth squad[40][41] and the permanent signing of veteran Carlos Hernández from L.D. Alajuelense for three years (after his two year loan).[42]

Meanwhile, Mate Dugandžić was signed from Melbourne Knights,[43] Robbie Kruse from Brisbane Roar,[43] Marvin Angulo from Club Sport Herediano[44] and Sutee Suksomkit was signed as a nine match guest player.[45]

On 1 December 2009, it was announced that Ney Fabiano was leaving Melbourne and had signed a contract with Thai Premier League team Bangkok Glass FC for the 2010 season.[46]

The Victory finished second to Sydney FC on the ladder and lost the 2010 A-League Grand Final to Sydney 4-2 on penalties.[47]

Melbourne Victory were drawn into Group E in the 2010 AFC Champions League along with Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma, Beijing Guoan and Kawasaki Frontale.[48] With key players Archie Thompson, Matthew Kemp and Billy Celeski sidelined for long term injuries,[49][50][51] Victory finished bottom of Group E.

2010-11 season

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.[52] Victory moved their home games to AAMI Park for regular season matches.

Victory made several signings during pre-season by signing former Socceroos keeper Michael Petkovic from Sivasspor,[53] promoted Diogo Ferreira, Petar Franjic and Sebastian Mattei from the youth team[54][55] 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.[56] Victory also loaned Geoff Kellaway from Victorian Premier League Premier Dandenong Thunder.[57] On 24 December 2010, Daniel Allsopp rejoined Victory after a year with Al-Rayyan Sports Club and D.C. United.[58]

Meanwhile, promising goalkeeper Mitch Langerak was transferred to Borussia Dortmund after his impressive 2010 AFC Champions League performance.[59] goalkeeper Glen Moss was also transferred to Gold Coast United[60] and attacking midfielder Nick Ward to Wellington Phoenix.[61] 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 Đulbić 90+1 header bundled Melbourne Victory out of the championship race with a stunning 1-0 win in sweltering conditions at Skilled Park.[62]

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.[63] Isaka Cernak had been signed from North Queensland Fury for the 2011 AFC Champions League and the following season.[64]

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.[65] 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.[66] Youth team head coach and former Socceroo Mehmet Durakovic was then appointed as caretaker manager for the remaining 2011 AFC Champions League competition.[67] 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.[68] 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.[69] Captain Kevin Muscat announced his retirement after the 2011 AFC Champions League.[70]

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.[71] 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.[72] 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.[73] 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.[74] 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.[75] The club announed 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.[76]

2011-12 season

The 2011-12 season is Melbourne Victory's seventh in the A-League. With Greek gambling giant Intralot departed, Melbourne Victory confirmed a new major sponsor with Swiss human resources company Adecco signing on as a principal front of shirt sponsor in a three-year deal.[77]

On 27 May 2011, erratic Costa Rican Marvin Angulo was axed by Melbourne Victory just weeks after his loan deal appeared set to be extended,[78] while goalkeeper Michael Petkovic announced his retirement.[78] Thai defender Surat Sukha left to join Buriram PEA after he was released by the Victory on compassionate grounds.[79][80] It was also announced on 16 June 2011 that Adidas had signed a five-year deal as the club's official kit manufacturer.[81] On 21 June 2011, Mehmet Durakovic was appointed as head coach of Melbourne Victory while former Socceroo and SBS football analyst Francis Awaritefe was appointed as Director of Football.[82]

On 20 August 2011, Melbourne Victory officially confirmed the signing of Socceroos and former Leeds, Liverpool and Galatasaray player Harry Kewell on a three-year contract.[83]

On 15 September 2011, it was announced Brazilian Fabio Alves had signed a one year contract with A-League club Melbourne Victory, after an impressive trial performance in a pre-season friendly against reigning champions Brisbane Roar.[84]

On 4 October 2011, Ante Covic signed a one year deal with Melbourne Victory as an injury replacement for Tando Velaphi who was ruled out for 12 weeks.


Melbourne Victory has the largest supporter base in the A-League, and has consistently set membership and attendance records.[16] Melbourne Victory is unique within the A-League in that they have several distinct active supporters groups located in the Northern Terrace (Blue and White Brigrade (BWB), Horda, DSC,Nomadi) and Southern Terrace (Southern Death Crew).

In January 2011, the HORDA active group was suspected to have stolen a Melbourne Heart banner.[85] This led to an alleged kidnapping attempt by members of Melbourne Heart terrace group YARRASIDE.[86] In the following games, HORDA banners were banned, which led to great protest from the Northern Terrace active members.[87] 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 Northern Terrace organised a silent protest for the Melbourne Victory - Newcastle Jets match. They left the Northern Terrace empty, and had a banner saying "No fans no past no future - without us you are nothing",[88] "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 unacceptable behaviour by fans. Problems included violence, anti-social behaviour and the lighting of flares.[89][90]


Rivalry exists with Sydney FC, Melbourne Heart and Adelaide United. Victory have recorded big wins against Adelaide (6–0 in the 2006–07 Grand Final) and Sydney (5–0 during the 2005–06 Season).

Melbourne Victory's cross-town rival is Melbourne Heart,[citation needed] who entered the competition in the 2010-11 season, 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.[52] Currently 4 former Victory players are at Melbourne Heart, with Mate Dugandžić doing the first ever direct switch from Victory to Heart in 2011. Currently no players have gone the other way (Heart to Victory)

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.

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,[91] 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.[92] Victory and Adelaide contested both the 2006–07 and 2008–09 Grand Finals, with Melbourne winning both.


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.[93]

The FFA took a ten per cent holding in the club in return, as well as having a representative on the Victory board.[93]

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.[93]

On 5 December 2005, South Korean electronics giant Samsung became the club's major sponsor in a two year deal.[3] 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.[94] 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.[95]

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.[96]

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.[97]

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.[81]

Colours and badge

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2005–2009 Reebok Samsung
2009–2011 Intralot
2011– Adidas Adecco

Melbourne's kit colours are navy blue, silver and white (hence the alternate nickname of the Blues), which encompass the traditional state sporting colours of Victoria. 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 jersey 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 jersey also sported the white chevron on the front. A new kit was introduced for the 2008 AFC Champions League[98] 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 jersey to be a reverse of their home jersey; a white shirt with a blue chevron.[31] On 16 June 2011, the current kits were announced via the club's YouTube channel,[99] which features a change to a fluoro yellow away jersey. Adidas were announced as the club's official kit manufacturer for five years.[81]


2011 – present
2011 - present

AFC Champions League



2007 A-League Grand Final at Docklands Stadium
Melbourne Victory v Gamba Osaka at the Etihad Stadium in April 2008

Melbourne were 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 has 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.

On 2 September 2006, Melbourne Victory played Sydney FC at the 56,000 capacity Docklands Stadium. The match was a runaway success in terms of crowds, with 39,730 in attendance.[11] As a result the club moved all home games to the ground,[12] except for the Round 17 clash against the New Zealand Knights on 17 December 2006 where the match was moved to Olympic Park due to a Robbie Williams concert that was held on the same day.

This move to such a large stadium was viewed with scepticism by many,[by whom?] but 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. However, some of the Victory's active supporter groups have little affection for "The Dome", citing over-zealous security restrictions for hampering their efforts on match day.[citation needed]

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.[100] The new stadium was originally expected to sit approximately 20,000 spectators (expandable to 25,000) and was to be completed by 2009.[100]

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.[101]

Docklands Stadium continued to serve as the club's only home ground until the completion of AAMI Park. The club split its home games between the new stadium and Etihad Stadium from the 2010-11 A-League campaign onwards; the games of less importance or potential drawing power at the new stadium and the 'blockbusters' and finals matches at Etihad Stadium. For the future seasons it is predicted that AAMI Park will serve as Melbourne Victory's full time home ground.


First-team squad

As of 4 October 2011.[102] Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Tando Velaphi
2 Australia DF Matthew Foschini
3 Brazil DF Fabio
4 Australia DF Petar Franjic
6 Australia MF Leigh Broxham
7 Australia DF Matthew Kemp
8 Scotland MF Grant Brebner (Vice-captain)
9 Costa Rica FW Jean Carlos Solórzano (on loan from LD Alajuelense)
10 Australia FW Archie Thompson
11 New Zealand MF Marco Rojas
12 Australia DF Rodrigo Vargas
13 Australia MF Diogo Ferreira
No. Position Player
14 Australia MF Billy Celeski
15 Australia MF Tom Pondeljak
16 Costa Rica MF Carlos Hernández
17 Australia MF James Jeggo
18 Australia FW Danny Allsopp
19 Australia MF Isaka Cernak
20 Australia GK Lawrence Thomas
21 Australia GK Ante Čović
22 Australia FW Harry Kewell
23 Australia DF Adrian Leijer (Captain)
25 Australia FW Luke O'Dea
26 Australia DF Nicholas Ansell
30 Australia GK Zaim Zeneli [103]

Youth squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Australia GK Rani Dowisha
Australia DF Adam Nakic
Australia DF Nicholas Ansell
Australia DF Damir Lokvancic
Australia MF Daniel Chaabani
Australia MF Christopher Cristaldo
Australia MF Hernan Espindola
No. Position Player
Australia MF Paulo Retre
Australia MF Luc Jeggo
Australia MF Jake Nakic
Australia FW John Buceto
Australia FW James Riccobene
Australia FW Luke O’Dea
Australia FW James Jeggo

For the Women's squad, see Melbourne Victory W-League.

Notable former players

Below is a list of notable footballers who have previously played for the Melbourne Victory. Generally, this means players that have played 50 or more first-class matches for the club. However, some players who have played fewer matches are also included, are the club's integral founding members, were integral members of a championship winning team, have at least one senior international cap or made significant contributions to the club's history.






Costa Rica






Club officials[104]

  • Chairman: Anthony Di Pietro
  • Managing Director: Richard Wilson
  • Director: Harry Stamoulis
  • Director: Mario Biasin
  • Director: Florin Burhala
  • Director: Robert Belteki
  • Director: Peter Anastasiou
  • Director: Ian McLeod
  • Director: John Harris

Senior squad coaching and medical staff[104]

  • Director of Football: TBA
  • Manager: Australia Mehmet Durakovic
  • Assistant manager: Australia Kevin Muscat
  • Assistant Coach & Goalkeeping Coach: Australia Steve Mautone
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach: Australia Adam Basil
  • Sports Scientist: Amber Rowell
  • Physiotherapist: Sam Bugeja
  • Physiotherapist: Daniel Jones
  • Personal Trainer: Andrew Brown
  • Doctor: Dr Anik Shawdon

Youth Squad Coaching Staff

W-League Team Coaching Staff

  • Manager: Vicki Linton[105]
  • Assistant manager: Bobby McGuinness[106]
  • Team Manager: Liam Bentley[107]

Director of Football

Dates Name Notes
2005 - 12 April 2011 Australia Gary Cole Football Operation Manager
21 June 2011 – 22 Nov 2011 [108] Australia Francis Awaritefe Director of Football


Dates Name Notes Honours
20 December 2004 – 12 March 2011 ScotlandAustralia Ernie Merrick Inaugural manager 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 – 20 June 2011 Australia Mehmet Durakovic Caretaker manager
21 June 2011 – present Australia Mehmet Durakovic First manager that represented the Socceroos

Club captains

Dates Name Notes
5 May 2005 – 16 February 2011 Australia Kevin Muscat Inaugural club captain
16 February 2011 – present Australia Adrian Leijer -


  • A-League Premiership:
    • Premiers (2): 2006-07, 2008–09
    • Runners-up (1): 2009-10
  • A-League Championship:
    • Champions (2): 2006-07, 2008–09
    • Runners-up (1): 2009-10
  • A-League Pre-Season Challenge Cup
  • QNI North Queensland Trophy
    • Winners (1): 2006
  • Lord Mayors Cup
    • Winners (1): 2007

List of Individual award winners who won awards while playing for Melbourne Victory FC.

  • A-League Golden Boot Winners
- 2005/06: Australia Archie Thompson *
- 2006/07: Australia Daniel Allsopp
  • Joe Marston Medal Winners
- 2006/07: Australia Archie Thompson
- 2008/09: Australia Tom Pondeljak
  • A-League Rising Star
- 2006/07: Australia Adrian Leijer
  • A-League Goalkeeper of the Year
- 2006/07: Australia Michael Theoklitos
- 2007/08: Australia Michael Theoklitos
  • A-League Coach of the Year
- 2006/07: Scotland Ernie Merrick
- 2009/10: Scotland Ernie Merrick
  • A-League Johnny Warren Medallist
- 2009/10: Costa Rica Carlos Hernandez

(*) Indicates co-winner

Year-by-year history

Melbourne League history
Season Teams Pre-Season Premiership Ladder
Final Ladder
ACL Qualification ACL Placing
2005–06 8 Semi-Final 7th DNQ 7th DNQ DNQ
2006–07 8 5th Premiers Qualified Champions Qualified for 2008 DNQ
2007–08 8 8th 5th DNQ 5th DNQ Group Stage (2nd)
2008–09 8 Winners Premiers Qualified Champions Qualified for 2010 DNQ
2009–10 10 N/A 2nd Qualified 2nd Qualified for 2011 Group Stage (4th)
2010–11 11 N/A 5th Qualified 5th DNQ Group Stage (4th)

Records and statistics

For detailed records and statistics see Melbourne Victory records and statistics.


Most appearances

Rodrigo Vargas holds the record for most league appearances with 126 (including finals) as of June 2011[113]

Last updated 15 October 2011

Competitive, professional matches only, appearances including substitutes appear in brackets.
Name Years A-League Finals ACL Total
1 Australia Rodrigo Vargas 2006- 118 (1) 10 (0) 14 (0) 142 (1)
2 Australia Kevin Muscat 2005–2011 113 (0) 9 (0) 16 (0) 138 (0)
3 Australia Archie Thompson 2005- 104 (4) 9 (2) 10 (2) 123 (8)
4 Australia Grant Brebner 2006- 100 (19) 9 (3) 7 (0) 116 (22)
5 Costa Rica Carlos Hernández 2007- 93 (9) 7 (1) 13 (4) 113 (14)

Leading scorers

Archie Thompson holds the record for most league goals with 53 (including finals) as of June 2011.[114]

Last updated June 2011

Competitive, professional matches only, appearances including substitutes appear in brackets.
Name Years A-League Finals ACL Total Games per goal
1 Australia Archie Thompson 2005- 46 (101) 7 (9) 1 (7) 54 (121) 2.20
2 Australia Danny Allsopp 2005–2009, 2011- 38 (91) 3 (7) 4 (11) 45 (109) 2.38
3 Australia Kevin Muscat 2005–2011 28 (113) 0 (9) 6 (16) 34 (138) 4.00
4 Costa Rica Carlos Hernández 2007- 23 (85) 3 (9) 2 (11) 28 (112) 3.92
5 Australia Robbie Kruse 2009–2011 15 (36) 1 (3) 0 (8) 16 (47) 2.88

See also

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