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  1. City Football Group (CFG) [Owner of Melbourne City]

  2. City vs WSW, 7;50 @AAMI Park. Must win game.

    Melbourne City has selected an unchanged squad for the all-important clash against the Wanderers with Warren Joyce naming the same 18 as last week’s clash with Adelaide. With no injuries or suspensions from the bruising contest at Coopers Stadium, squad continuity will be an important factor for City heading into the pointy end of the season and this week’s clash is an important step towards it. Bruce Kamau and Denis Genreau have been added to the extended side with the squad set to be cut by two 90 minutes before kick-off. Osama Malik remains on the side lines dealing with a quad injury while Iacopo La Rocca and Christian Cavallo have made positive returns from injury and are continuing to work their way into the selection mix. https://www.melbournecityfc.com.au/news/team-news-citys-round-24-squad Melbourne City FC squad: 1.Dean BOUZANIS (gk), 2.Manny MUSCAT, 3. Scott JAMIESON, 4. Harrison DELBRIDGE, 5.Bart SCHENKEVELD, 7. Nick FITZGERALD, 8.Oliver BOZANIC, 10.Dario VIDOSIC, 11.Bruce Kamau, 13. Stefan MAUK, 14.Daniel ARZANI, 15.Denis GENREAU, 18. Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), 22. Michael JAKOBSEN, 23.Bruno FORNAROLI, 26. Luke BRATTAN, 27. Marcin BUDZINSKI, 37.Nathaniel ATKINSON Ins: 11.Bruce Kamau (promoted), 15.Denis GENREAU (promoted) Outs: nil Unavailable: 6.Osama MALIK (quad)
  3. Talking City Fan Channel

    IIRC that was indeed the case. I suppose that begs the question why, if we had AC already signed (which we did) why were we chasing alternatives? we ended up with only Carrusca, and he lasted 5 minutes with Joyce.
  4. Talking City Fan Channel

    Agreed. Since we've had eight seasons of mediocrity and underperformance by chopping and changing the squad every season and every match, I was hoping this season that we could try some stability for a change. If for no other reason than that I would have kept Caceres. Well, we did, but after he had signed for us on a season's loan he upped and went to Al-Wasl. IIRC, Joyce indicated his disappointment as he had been impressed with Caceres in pre-season. So presumably Manchester City and Petrillo?
  5. City vs WSW, 7;50 @AAMI Park. Must win game.

    This is "Salary Cap Banking": · Salary Cap Banking will allow clubs to carry over money not spent inside the Salary Cap in the previous two seasons to the following season, up to 105% of the Salary Cap in the relevant contract year. (From "Changes to Salary Cap Rules" announced 11th August 2015.) The Cap will be about $3m next season, meaning about $150,000 of unused cap (if any) is allowed to be carried over, meaning the cap will be $3.15m. For those interested, there follows a summary of all the changes announced at that time: Football Federation Australia (FFA) has confirmed significant changes to the Hyundai A-League Salary Cap and Player Roster framework with the release of the 2015/16 Hyundai A-League Player Contract Regulations. The changes are aimed at giving clubs more flexibility in assembling and retaining squads, rewarding youth development and long term player loyalty while significantly increasing the capability of clubs to invest more money on its Player Roster. The following changes have been implemented: · A Loyalty Player allowance has been included to give clubs a sliding scale of Salary Cap relief for players who have played between 5-10 years at the club. The total amount that can be spent on Loyalty Players is $200,000 outside the Salary Cap. · Clubs can pay a Mature Age Rookie outside the Salary Cap to encourage talented players in the National Premier Leagues. This player must be over the age of 21, not played in a fully professional competition for the last 18 months and last played football in Australia. This player must be paid at least the Minimum Salary. · The existing Home Grown Player allowance outside the Salary Cap has lifted from $150,000 to $200,000. Each Club can include three players who started their careers with the Club, either through the Youth System of the Hyundai A-League squad. · The two Marquee Players (which sit outside the Salary Cap) can now be two foreigners, two Australians or one Australian and one foreigner. This has changed from Two Marquee Players whereby at least one must be Australian. · Salary Cap Banking will allow clubs to carry over money not spent inside the Salary Cap in the previous two seasons to the following season, up to 105% of the Salary Cap in the relevant contract year. · The Salary Cap floor (minimum amount that needs to be spent) lifts from 85% to 90%. · The length of the maximum stint for a Guest Player has increased from 10 to 14 weeks. · The Minimum Annual Salary for players aged over 21 years has risen from $51,000 to $55,000. “The Player Contract Regulations changes offer significantly increased salary opportunities for players as well as providing flexibility and rewards for clubs who plan their roster around Marquee Players, youth development and long term loyalty to its players,” said Head of Hyundai A-League Damien de Bohun. “These changes will allow clubs to bring talented players through their expanding youth systems, retain cult heroes like Melbourne Victory’s Archie Thompson and continue to search for Marquee and Guest Players that can add impact to the continued growth of the Hyundai A-League. “We believe these changes allow flexibility for the Hyundai A-League clubs with different objectives and structure the opportunity to build their rosters to suit their individual needs, while adding benefits at both ends of a player’s career. “On top of these changes, FFA continues to work with the PFA to finalise a Collective Bargaining Agreement that will ensure player salary growth increases in line with the growth of the sport.” 2015/16 Salary Cap breakdown: Salary category Cost Increase Salary Cap $2.55 million - Salary Cap floor (85% to 90%) $2.29 million $127,500 Salary Cap Banking $127,500 maximum Up to $127,500 Home Grown Players (3 players) $200,000 $50,000 Loyalty Players (unlimited players) $200,000 $200,000 Mature Age Rookie $55,000 minimum $55,000 minimum Two Marquee Players Unlimited - One Guest Player (Up to 14 weeks) Unlimited -
  6. Talking City Fan Channel

    Yes, he is. His current loan to Al-Wasl ends on 30th June 2018. He's played in 19 UAE League matches plus a couple of cup matches for one goal and two assists. His minutes per match are decreasing. In hindsight his departure was a mistake, because we've had no effective no. 10 throughout the season. I agree, we should get him back for next season.
  7. City Football Group (CFG) [Owner of Melbourne City]

    Yes, maybe it was a bit of a rant. But seriously, all the other A-League clubs have the same restrictions as we do, and you can't deny that the Budzinski situation is ridiculous, the Kilkenny situation stank, Joyce not talking to Kamau stank. Etc. etc. May be CFG do want success, but their management isn't delivering it.
  8. Marcin Budzinski

    We have only 4 visa players, and one didn't get on the field in an important match. It's no wonder we continue to underachieve. We can't go on like this.
  9. I wonder...

    Oh G**, another stupid "Round" this weekend. "Harmony Round." What's that all about? Can't we just play football without all this shit?
  10. Central Coast Mariners

    Okon gone, along with Ivan Jolic. https://www.a-league.com.au/news/paul-okon-resigns-as-central-coast-mariners-coach-aleague-shock
  11. City Football Group (CFG) [Owner of Melbourne City]

    TBH I just wish now that City Football Group would sell us off and be done with it. We're at the bottom of their pile, and their walk for us does not match their talk. Our squads get weaker, not stronger. If they had plans for us to have good loan players coming to us then those plans have been well and truly scuppered by the "Lampard Rule." We'll never see the likes of David Villa playing for us again. The groups buying into the A-League now such as those owning Newcastle and Adelaide may not have the wealth of CFG, but because their football club interests are at a lower level in the global scheme of things they are more likely to put more focus on their A-League club than CFG will.
  12. 2017/18 Matchday Thread

    TBH, I'm finding these statistics a bit disturbing, because they indicate that whatever the reason is (or reasons are) that we run out of steam at the end of the season, it appears that we have so far not been able to eliminate the problem(s). Is it injuries, is it selection, is it fiddling with the squad in mid-season... There will be some effects from the actual fixture - opponents in the last few matches, rest periods between matches, home or away matches, etc. etc. - but to be so consistently in roughly the middle of the list for each season really puzzles me.
  13. Marcin Budzinski

    For me, what has happened to Budzinski is up there with what Joyce did to Kilkenny this season. A marquee player signed on a two-year contract who can't get a start. How a marquee can ever demonstrate that he's a marquee unless he gets on the pitch is beyond me. Either Budzinski was a very poor signing, or he is another player who is being poorly managed by Joyce. What's happening at the moment is ridiculous. Surely someone's head has to roll over this?
  14. 2017/18 Matchday Thread

    @haz Each club has played 6 of its final 10 matches in the regular season 2017/18. The results make even more interesting reading. Newcastle : 14 points. Sydney : 12. Brisbane: 12. WSW: 11. Perth: 10 Victory: 9. Adelaide: 6. City: 5. Central Coast: 4. Wellington: 3.