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  1. Melbourne City Family Day

    This needs to happen quickly, Valkanis needs to go.
  2. Daniel Arzani

    Arzani: I’m just grateful for any opportunity I get Arzani’s spot kick after 21 minutes on Friday night was enough to separate the sides in Shepparton as City continued to work towards October 6’s season opener with a win over Western Sydney. Despite regulars Bruno Fornaroli, Nick Fitzgerald and Tim Cahill not playing a part in the match, Arzani didn’t look out of place during the contest, winning the penalty to give his side the match-winning goal and says his focus this pre-season has been to impress with every opportunity he gets. “It’s always good to get out there with the boys. I’m really grateful for every game I get to play for the Club and just try to do the best I can whenever I am given a chance to,” Arzani said. “I’ve been training with the squad for a while now. The match intensity was quite high and it was a good hit out for us despite all the circumstances. “I’m looking for a breakthrough season. I want to get as much game time as possible, score goals and help the boys win games. “It’s essential that everyone is ready for Round 1 to set the tone for the rest of the season and we go on from there.” The competition for places in the squad has been intense this pre-season and will continue to be during the season proper but that hasn’t fazed Arzani, with the starlet knowing what he has to do to take his game to the next level. “I think it’s the work I do off the ball that will count,” he said. “It’ll be about making sure I can keep my concertation defensively, making forward runs and playing a role in the side. “I think one of the main things to taking it to the next level is working on your deficiencies and being a bit more all-rounded. “That’s what I’ve been working on this pre-season and working on my defensive side of the game and keeping up with the rest of the boys.” Arzani and City have one more pre-season match against Adelaide United behind closed doors in South Australia before returning to prepare for our season opener on Friday 6 October.
  3. Marcin Budzinski

    Budzinski: This week has been a positive start Two pre-season matches and an intense training schedule has seen the Pole in the thick of the action in both matches and the former Cracovia man says he wouldn’t have it any other way. “It was my second game this week but I’m feeling good and that’s a positive start,” Budzinski said. “With every day, it’s getting better but I think I still have a long way to go. I hope next week it will be better and this week was a step in the right direction. “We have two weeks to go and for me, the most important thing is to work towards the first game of the season. I feel good and it’s good that I can have more time with the team to work and get to know them better.” The midfielder started in both Tuesday’s intra-club match and Friday’s pre-season friendly with Western Sydney Wanderers, playing multiple roles across the middle third, and says he’s just happy to be out on the field and getting used to Australian football. “I’m just happy that I could play my first game against different opponents,” he said. “Now I know a little more about the team and how they play here, especially against an A-League team, so it’s a new experience for me. “I was expecting the physicality during the match. The coach wanted me to be strong and tough on the pitch but also show my skills. “I was prepared for it in the match, it can be tricky but for me, it’s nothing new because in Poland its similar. Budzinski and City have one last pre-season friendly with Adelaide United behind closed doors at Coopers Stadium before October 6’s season opener against Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park.
  4. All I see is Wazza trying to fix what's broken from last season and that is our defence and a piss weak culture/mentality. He has got some hard nut defenders in, so that's a tick, but fixing the second issue takes time. If players and coaches aren't buying in then they need to go by January. Tbh I don't expect massive success this season, but what I do expect is a solid foundation to be set for the next 4 years. 9 years of rubbish doesn't get fixed in 4 months. As for this first game, all I want to see is a solid and unified defence and some solid fast counter attacks with front line creativity. 0-0 would be encouraging, a 0-1 loss wouldn't mean the end of the world either. Edit 24/9...... Ross changes things a bit. Attacking potential all of a sudden looks much better.
  5. In Shep 22 Sep 7:30pm WSW Friendly

    how was the defence
  6. In Shep 22 Sep 7:30pm WSW Friendly

    How has Budzinski started?
  7. Tim Cahill

    Cahill’s big call on retirement plans TIM Cahill has revealed that retirement plans could be postponed and declared Asian qualification was a must for Melbourne City on the eve of the A-League season. The Socceroos’ leading goalscorer joined Melbourne City last season on a three-year deal, with a two-year playing contract expected to morph into a coaching role in 2018-19. He may be turning 38 in December but Cahill, who will miss Round 1 as he and the Socceroos navigate the World Cup playoffs, dropped the strongest hint yet that this may not be his final season. Tim Cahill has revealed that he will consider playing a third A-League season for Melbourne City. Here he is relaying the news to Josh Brillante. Photo by Getty Images “Way too early (to call it his last season), with the way my body is and the way that I’m feeling, I’m concentrating on the 27 games this year,’’ Cahill said. “Last season I was injured for pretty much 40 per cent of the season and I played 23 (games) plus internationals. “This year I’ve upped my running data and really pushed myself that I’m going to have a better year when it comes to on track, fitness-wise. So that’ll be a great test for me. “I’m lucky that my body’s like this and it’s been a great eight week pre-season and I have not missed a day of training or pulled out of sessions. “We’ve set out a plan and it’s all about playing. That’s why it frustrates me missing the start of the season, if selected (for Australia).” Cahill will miss the opening round of the A-League season as he and the Socceroos face Syria in the World Cup playoff. Cahill said City’s lower profile heading into this season was by design, but said securing an Asian Champions League spot was a pass mark. “We have to be looking for Asia, that (missing out) was the biggest disappointment for me,’’ he said. “I wouldn’t be as ambitious saying we’ll win everything. We’ll let Sydney FC and the other clubs say that. “There’s a lot of new players and a new manager and we’ve got to adapt as soon as we can. Now we’re out of the Cup, the total focus is looking for an Asian spot. “No hype this year. We’re the biggest club because of our name and the badge (but) I think some of our players will flourish (without the hype). This season, I don’t think much is expected of us from (the media) and public.’’ Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou still views Cahill as an important part of his set up. Photo by Getty Images. Cahill said City, who host Brisbane Roar in Round 1 on October 6, had learnt lessons from the disappointing 2-0 FFA Cup loss at Sydney FC. “The FFA Cup was a disappointment. That’s something we have to put right pretty quickly,’’ Cahill said. “It wasn’t good enough and it needs to be rectified, which will happen in the next few weeks.’’
  8. In Shep 22 Sep 7:30pm WSW Friendly

    None. Valkanis called JVS and is going to play him LB so we can go back to our old way of playing. Oooh the memories. Seriously though, I hope he cannons one in and cuts Janjetovic in half.
  9. 2017/18 Melbourne City Media

    Yep. We have gone backwards, yes doom and gloom, yes Wazza is shit. Now back to reality....... The season hasn't started yet.
  10. Transfer Talk, Rumours and Speculation

    Milos Lujic, no thanks. Would rather start Crowley every game if we don't get an equal replacement for Bruno.
  11. 2017/18 Melbourne City Media

    Defences win championships, so I think we are on a good footing to do well this season.
  12. 2017/18 Melbourne City Media

    My prediction is that if Mauk doesn't shut his mouth then Wazza will kick his head in.
  13. 2017/18 Melbourne City Media

    The guy is tool. It was just click bait to promote his football holiday camp.
  14. Transfer Talk, Rumours and Speculation

    Haven't we got 3 youth players in our team already?
  15. Transfer Talk, Rumours and Speculation

    So is Crowley ready to start?
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