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  1. 24 points
    ========================= Time for some detective work: ========================= 1. His last location was "Ristorante La Nepitella". 17 hours ago 2. This is at Lago di Bracciano, about 45mins from Rome International Airport 3. From the attendant in the red hat on his tv, I assume that's Emirates. 4. He posted that story 40 minutes ago, although it looks like it wasn't taken directly on Instagram (not sure how Instagram works) 5. Let's assume, that he did take the image and posted it immediately. I also assume that he posted this while boarding, not in the air. 6. Therefore, what Emirates flights took off from Rome international airport between 3pm and 4pm CEST. 7. At 3:25pm CEST, Emirates EK 98 departed for Dubai. If he was flying elsewhere in Europe he wouldn't be going through Dubai 8. That flight arrives in Dubai around 11:30pm Dubai time. 9. Since Dubai is the flight hub for Emirates, I doubt he would be changing carriers (ie. Etihad), hence now we look for Emirates flights from Dubai. 10. A further Assumption is that the average transfer time is between 2-4 hours. So what Emirates flights take off (there will be heaps) during between 2am and 4am Dubai time. 11. Flights of interest are, EK408 Melbourne - 02:40am and EK420 Perth - 02:45. ...... I really have no life. But my conclusion is that if he is indeed coming to us, the announcment will be Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning.
  2. 20 points
    In other news I went to see Melbourne Storm for something different today. 16 thousand in the stands. Dead and dull atmosphere. Made me proud of what we do with 8g in the stands. What needs to be done to grow support for the club? Its going to be very slow - probably generational. You chose City for a reason, if you feel those reasons are justified to stick with City, then stick to City, promote City, be present and be part of the foundations that (I Hope) are going to last for many generations to come. About culture: do not trivialise it. Culture grows, it is not manufactured. It will only grow if we feed it right. We live in a Victory dominant city. We are the lesser team. But not Forever. Keep the hope alive, keep supporting and project this passion another 5, 25 and 50 years into the future. Thats right son, I was there to see the Aaron Mooy. I witnessed the clubs greatest striker, Bruno Fornaroli. I was there when we won our first FFA cup. I was there when we won our first A League championship. I was there when we won in Asia. I was there... History is being written lads. We are part of it. Be proud.
  3. 17 points
    Give me my money cunt.
  4. 16 points
    100% agree on the dickhead bit.
  5. 15 points
    As we approach our first friendly of the pre-season and competitive match of the FFA Cup, I wanted to bring a bit of tactical discussion and analysis to the forum for those that are interested. With the news that Erick Mombaerts had been appointed as our Head Coach for three seasons, we finally have a football brain in charge of Melbourne City; someone that has a clear conception of how the game should be played. In his first interview, he spoke about his goal of developing our style of play into the City style of play. But what actually is that and how will it work at Melbourne? I'll discuss it below, but I want to stress that we don't know the extent to which Mombaerts will implement the City style of play, and we don't know if there are strict frameworks that coaches must adhere to. It's entirely possible that the City style is philosophically based, but I do think that Mombaerts will be striving to emulate Manchester City's style. Manchester City The City style of play is presumably the style that Manchester City have been using to win countless Premier League titles. I say presumably because the template is not driven by CFG in a top-down manner, it's mainly driven by Manchester City and then adopted by CFG to be pushed to its other clubs like Melbourne and New York. It's no secret that Pep Guardiola has been able to spend staggering sums of money to build a formidable squad of players. But that's only part of it. Pep has Manchester City playing a very quick, attacking style of football, characterised by high possession counts, high shots on target, complex movement/interplay in the middle/attacking thirds and an extremely effective and complex counter-press. I don't want to go too heavily into these aspects because many of us watch the PL and know how exciting and attacking City are. Plus, it can become too technical and there are parts I don't understand very well. City always play out from the back, using diagonal balls both short and long and finding pockets of space really well. They also 'rest' in certain positions depending on where the ball is, instead of passively watching the play unfold, so that if they lose it they can execute their counter-press, which is where a team will 'press' the ball as a system as soon as they lose possession. It begins with the forward three players, who are very important in initiating the press and continues on with the midfield. If executed properly, the counter-press will force a turnover just after the team lost it, ideally in an even more dangerous position than where they lost it initially. Formation-wise, Pep has almost always used a 4-3-3 with two advanced central midfielders and a single pivot (usually Fernandinho). Sometimes he will change this depending on his opponents but the 4-3-3 is by far the most common and is favoured by most top teams. In terms of personnel, the average City player is technically flawless and spatially very aware. Some City players are very athletic depending on their role but all are comfortable on the ball (even Ederson their GK is very good with his feet) in tight spaces, adept at passing and proficient at shooting. Last season, City were able to rotate players in and out of the starting XI with no discernible drop-off in quality. Any player that comes into the XI is able to fit seamlessly into the system. Melbourne City Now that I've summarised the City style of play, I want to apply it to our team and draw some similarities in terms of personnel. The biggest question that remains unanswered is what formation Mombaerts will use. Leaving aside the potential for him to change it during the season, it seems to me that he is likely to go with a 4-3-3. I'm basing this on his insistence that we will be playing the 'City way', but I'm conscious of the fact that Mombaerts strongly favoured a 4-2-3-1 in his time with YFM and that the 'style of play' can be replicated with a 4-2-3-1. The biggest difference are the two attacking midfielders and designated 10 versus the two wingers and two attacking 8s. It's really a difference in degree rather than kind, so it doesn't need to be analysed in depth here. Suffice it to say that a 4-2-3-1 favours players who are very comfortable on the ball in tight and that can pass between them very quickly and accurately, rather than a 4-3-3 which favours quicker wingers who operate a bit wider and cut in. Our Starting XI And this naturally brings me to our personnel, which suits a 4-3-3 quite well. I'll break it down by player, who I've chosen as the most likely to feature in a theoretical Mombaerts side (obviously this is IMO, it is likely to change in pre-season as they condition the players and form becomes a bit clearer): Bouzanis: Even though Birighitti is a better keeper technically, Bouzanis is good with the ball at his feet and his distribution will allow for us to keep possession of the ball when we need to recycle it. He can also hit long diagonal passes very well for an A-League keeper. For this reason I think Bouzanis will be given the first match, provided he makes the saves he needs to and positions himself well. Galloway/Jamieson: The two Scotts will probably play on the right and left and will need to very mobile. Manchester use their two fullbacks differently, but both will at times tuck in and play centrally as an extra midfielder, and the other will push very high. It tends to be Walker who pushes up and Delph who tucks in. How it will work with Jamieson and Galloway I'm not sure. I think Galloway will be the more expansive fullback. Windbichler/Delbridge: Windbichler is exactly the kind of defender that we need for a possession-based style. He is very good on the ball and has experience as a midfielder. Delbridge will partner well with Windbichler, particularly because Delbridge is a dual-sided defender who can play the ball out. From what I've seen, Windbichler is a very solid defender, and we know that Delbridge is a commanding presence. Brillante: Brillante is made for this formation. A well-rounded player with good athleticism and a decent engine, he will find himself in between the defensive line and the two more advanced midfielders. Essentially, his role will be to 1) facilitate the movement of the ball from the back and be the link between defence and the midfield and 2) cover the other two midfielders and break up attacking movements. He will have a lot of possession in every match, but his role is not to create. His effectiveness will come from his retention of possession and marshalling/positioning of teammates in front of him. Fernandinho is his Manchester counterpart and Josh will model his game on him. Berenguer/Luna: This is the most interesting part of the XI. I know that many City fans are wary of Berenguer and I am too. Joyce used him as a wide player in the 4-3-3, which didn't suit him at all. Berenguer does not shoot much, he does not score, he does not like to dribble past players and cut in. What he does do is find pockets of space, particularly in the half-space when it's free, and his two best assets are his touch and his vision, which is why he needs to be played centrally behind the striker. Naturally he likes to drift to where the ball is but I suspect Mombaerts will have him a bit more central and narrow, to allow the winger on his side enough space. I chose Luna as the other midfielder but this is a tricky one. Luna is comfortable out wide but from what I've seen of him he is actually quite a threat when played centrally. He is very neat on the ball, can dribble well and his passing and creativity are massive ticks in the midfielder box. Bernardo Silva is his closest Manchester counterpart. Noone/Cabrera: Noone is an obvious pick for the wide role, as is Cabrera. Both are quick, natural wingers who like to cut in and shoot. These two will be a big part of our success because they will provide the width for the attacking midfielders and Maclaren. With Berenguer, Brillante and Luna as the playmakers, the wingers should be on the end of quite a few long diagonal passes, if we follow Manchester's style. This is where pace and vision/passing skill complement each other, and I think we've got two wide players who suit that method of chance creation. Maclaren: The obvious and only real pick for the striking position. Manchester's striking options are world-class finishers of the ball. Maclaren is relatively speaking a very good finisher of the ball at this level, and this will be a big part of our success should we achieve it. Maclaren will need to be selfless if the system is to work, because the City system requires players to vacate space for others. Interplay is vital here, which is where Maclaren will have to improve. Conclusion If you're still with me, basically what I've hoped to say here is that we should be optimistic about this season. Being a Melbourne City fan hasn't been easy, and there have a been a few false dawns. But this time feels a bit different when you look objectively at the squad and how it's structured. Mombaerts will obviously be the biggest influence here, and we've already heard from Denis Genreau that the players have had quite a few video/tactical sessions before going out onto the pitch every day. Mombaerts is a tactician, so the most important part of his coaching is his ability to get across the tactical points of the system. Manchester under Pep are a very well-drilled, organised, disciplined unit. The level of skill between Manchester and Melbourne is obviously very different but the ability to cohere to a system is universal. If Mombaerts follows the City style of play developed by Pep Guardiola faithfully, we can look forward to a productive, successful season.
  6. 15 points
  7. 15 points
    In amongst all the doom and gloom...I'd like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. It seems as though club-supporter relations are at an all-time low, and whatever happens in the short-term, I sincerely hope that we can get ourselves out of the mess we're in as quickly as possible, and get back to enjoying football and all the good things it can bring. I regard the Forum as a valuable resource, and again, I hope we can find some optimism soon. All the very best to everyone.
  8. 15 points
    CFG will purchase a number of low cost Hawks. We will use them to deter the Seagulls, once they have become effective they will be moved onto Manchester the be sold around Europe to the highest bidder. We will then start again and continue develop birds for CFG to sell for a profit.
  9. 14 points
    Precisely. The cultural change we needed, and still need, is in the brains, or lack of them, of our owners. Just as we, the fans, are half-hearted in our support for the club - and that's on a good day - so are many of the other people connected to the club, including the players. On the field we stand for nothing except being the antipodean branch office of Abu Dhabi. Joyce himself is just a wrecking ball. He has presided over the departures of a long list of senior players, and introduced a mind-numbingly boring style of play that has almost no attacking intent whatsoever. He may like to blow his own trumpet about McGree, Wales and Atkinson being a part of the recent U-23 squad, but he had fuck all to do with the development of either McGree or Wales, and has to have his arm twisted before giving genuine City youngsters such as Pierias and Metcalfe a few minutes - just as he had to have his arm twisted to start Arzani last season. He's a total fraud.
  10. 14 points
    Obviously applies to yourself as you continue to post the same material over and over and over again...
  11. 13 points
    Hey guys, Good news! Talking City has been approached to do a weekly SEN show so the boys will be live on SEN every Tuesday 7-8 in season. For this first episode we are running tonight (Monday at 7pm). hope you can tune in and even call in and join the conversation.
  12. 13 points
    We were lucky against roar? If we were lucky, then I'll counter by saying roar were even luckier X 50 that they even got within 3 goals of us. Just because we played an unattractive, defensive 25 minutes doesn't mean we were lucky. Starting to get a bit sick of these same old posts week in week out TBH.
  13. 13 points
    Off you go mate https://www.melbournevictory.com.au/news/memberships-sale-now
  14. 13 points
    Then you would make two players less effective. i get the whole nostalgia surrounding Ross. But we are fucking lucky to have Fornaroli. A player with his class loves the club and loves Melbourne are very rare. I remember back in the heart days we were screaming out for a long term player to be a club legend and we finally got it, so savour it
  15. 12 points
    LOL what a joke. Club legend, record holder and fan favourite gets dumped for unknown, unsuccessful coach with a horrible CV. Couldn't make this shit up.
  16. 12 points
    Well if Wazza does get the lemonade now he can have no complaints. That display really summed up why no one apart from insomniacs want to go to City games. If the bloke had had kahunas he would have brought on mcgree for Baccus the minute they scored and actually try to attack. Basically Joyce sees football as a completely different game to me and as s fan it hurts to watch him first destroy the team, then the supporters and last of all the club. If management had had vision they would have moved him on last year (& got Popa). We’ve already missed Ante. Now we need to move him on immediately and do whatever it takes to get Ange here. Joyce Out!
  17. 12 points
    I swear to God if we don't sign anyone in this transfer window i'm going to get really mad and write a really mean post on here and than continue to watch us as normal
  18. 12 points
    Look I'm no Joyce fan but fuck me if this isn't the most pessimistic forum. We have won 3 on the trot. I actually thought we were the better side for much closer to 70 minutes. The last 20 mins we looked deadset average. If Wales was a little more composed we would have won that at least 3 - 0. For all the ribbing he is getting I thought wales had a good game outside of his finishing. He is certainly getting into good spots. Our combinations to get forward seemed much slicker than previously. I think the players (and coach) actually deserve some credit for making roar look average for most of the match. I find the Fornaroli thing strange, I saw him walking into the stadium he gave me a smile. I agree with BT on this we don't have all the facts and should let this play out as annoying as it is. End of the day we got the result and are equal second. The doom and gloom on this forum is actually killing me to the point I check it less than I used too.
  19. 12 points
    Sorry its meant to be a generalisation of AFL clubs ability to communicate compared to City's. Since consistently in the AFL every club is pretty good at all those things, I am putting it down as an AFL thing. City seem to be a worse version of the rest of the A-League clubs in this regard. To your second point, I agree. While both the issues themselves and the way they are not communicated are both bad from a supporters point of view, if the club communicates whats going on better then it's easier for us to accept them. If from the start the club comes out and says "LaRocca is battling an ankle injury and is out for 3 months", or "Bruno has been dropped for disciplinary reasons", or "With the departure of Caceres the club has now signed Baccus to a permanent contract", or "O'Halloran is now fit and eligible for selection", instead of us finding this out 2-6 weeks after it happens it would make being a supporter much easier. And those are all easy issues to explain, nothing which gives the opposition the edge and nothing that breaches any kind of privacy. Atm the club releases stuff all information so either we have to wait for a commentator to tell us a tiny bit of gossip during the next match or otherwise wait until someone talks to some random hairdresser to find out so and so has hurt his shoulder and is out for 3 weeks. What happened with LaRocca last season was like it was from 1984. One minute he was a starting regular, the next it was like the club was making every effort to convince us he never existed. Turns out he was injured. FFS just tell us. I'm convinced we could have one of our players die in a training mishap and we wouldn't hear about it until 3 weeks later when Theo Pizzalaria brings it up mid match as they replay another failed short corner while Ned Zelic makes noises in the background. The club shoots itself in a foot by distancing itself from it's supporters. It wants to be engaging but then acts like it's some kind of huge secret organization which will only tell us what it deems we need to know, and the rest we can remain oblivious too. Not the best strategy for a club that has inherited a disenchanted and somewhat alienated fanbase from takeover and fails to deliver on any other front.
  20. 12 points
    Foundation member here. Please don't say that.
  21. 12 points
    The wankfest over Toivonen is hilarious. The guy hasn't scored more than 7 league goals in a season since 2012. Perfect example of the mentality of the fans and the media in this league to be honest; the name of a signing is apparently the most important quality they provide and anyone who aims for less than a glitzy and recognisable one isn't aiming as high as they could. Let's not let that narrative get in the way of the fact that the Victory won a Grand Final last season thanks to the heroics of a VISA winger who many people scoffed at and Sydney's recent dominance has been on the backs of players with considerably lower profile than guys like Honda, Toivonen or Cahill. They're more than welcome to their over the hill target man who's been struggling to produce a decent scoring record for years and their Marquee attacking midfielder who was basically stopped in the parking lot on his way into his retirement party. Signings like that being considered evidence of superior 'ambition' are a large reason why this league is struggling at the moment IMO. More Fornarolis, Berishas, Georges, Ninkovics, Schenkevelds and Adrians please.
  22. 12 points
    Yea but people might not want to play for peanuts in Australia. Some Victoria's Secret Models are single, but doesnt mean they'll date me
  23. 11 points
    Thank you to everyone who voted throughout the season After 28 games the votes have been tallied And the FORUM PLAYER OF THE SEASON FOR 2018/19 FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW IS BART SCHENKEVELD
  24. 11 points
    Disregarding the opponent.... Isn't it ironic that the most attacking game we've had for months is after Joyce missed most of training with the shits.
  25. 11 points
  26. 11 points
    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/ng-interactive/2018/dec/07/david-squires-on-keisuke-hondas-impact-at-melbourne-victory LOLz, Squires nails it. He's been reading this forum
  27. 11 points
    What is pissing me off is that now any team can declare open season on Fornarolli and teh ref will be afraid to call a foul because O'Rourke has gone public. As far as I'm concerned Melbourne City should launch a protest against O'Rourke's behaviour and should publicly be held responsible for any injury he sustains during the season.
  28. 11 points
    Let’s all just take a moment to laugh at Victory who just lost to APIA Leichhardt in their FFA Cup match
  29. 11 points
    Given the all clear apparently. Great news.
  30. 11 points
    How about something phresh, like: 'Drain the Swamp'?
  31. 11 points
    Has anyone really been far as decided to use even go want to do look more like? You've got to be kidding me. I've been further even more decided to use even go need to do look more as anyone can. Can you really be far even as decided half as much to use go wish for that?
  32. 10 points
  33. 10 points
    Unpopular opinion but I love the away derbies. Feels like all the City fans in our bays - active or not - get really up for it, a true us vs the world sort of atmosphere (which is typically what it feels like being a City fan in Melbourne). It's just sort of this intangible feeling you get from being isolated in our little corner, kind of like you could go up and talk to any City fan and have a really great chat. Plus giving it to the Visitor's South End is an event in it of itself.
  34. 10 points
  35. 10 points
    TTIM: Clubs thinking they have to incorporate their home colours into the away kit.
  36. 10 points
    Mooy was the reason Bruno had that amazing season IMO
  37. 10 points
  38. 10 points
  39. 10 points
    Absolutely perfect signing I think What's the worst that can happen? He sucks and we're in the exact same spot we are now The best? He stars and loves it here, and although he will go back to spurs. Who knows about the future if things don't work out for him in UK I can't see any downsides to this, its almost a no risk throw at the stumps
  40. 10 points
    Bart is objectively speaking one of our most talented players on our list. If marquee money is the difference between him staying and going, please throw every penny we have at him - irrelevant to the fact he’s a central defender. It could be possible that some people are undervaluing how many scoring situations he prevents. He can beat any striker in the league one on one with his pace and strength.
  41. 10 points
  42. 10 points
    "The biggest City-aligned media outlet, podcast Talking City" we've made it baby.
  43. 10 points
    This forum mentality: Tard signings v Our signings
  44. 10 points
    Yeah fuck off @Embee you dick head. If you have time to quickly google the Melbourne Victory website instead of spending your time ranting about how shit our club is based on a new signing none of us have ever seen play then you're clearly not a real fan of this club. Cunt.
  45. 10 points
    I dont think too many people would have a problem with the FFA being proactive in chasing marquees, however they are making major fuck ups on two fronts; a) stop telling everyone who your targets are, because it looks fucking amateur when the league comes and says we're after you and then you fail. It looks amateur because a league is supposed to be a bigger entity than a single club, and if an entire competition gets outbid by some tin pot club in Japan, you make everyone look pathetic. b ) whilst marquees have some impact around the hype of the league, and attendances and ratings in the short term, the way the FFA carries on about them is like they think its the solution to all their problems. It's not, and give us something a bit more palpable to think that you are actually looking after the long term future of the league and the game here in Aus. As a former (guest) marquee once said, "show me your vision"
  46. 9 points
  47. 9 points
    Couldn't resist...
  48. 9 points
    There's only one chant we need: "Give him the Sack" "Give him the Saaaaack" "Get rid of Joyce" "Bring our Sausage Stand back"
  49. 9 points
  50. 9 points
    For many people, India is excellent preparation for the toilet seat...
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