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Everything posted by jw1739

  1. Transfer Talk, Rumours and Speculation

    Back four Schenkeveld, La Rocca, Jakobsen and Jamieson looks very sound, I agree. Who do we bring in should there be an injury or other unavailability?
  2. Gathering a few thoughts in one thread instead of being spread around...is activity in this transfer window just media speculation or is there any real substance to it? I thought we were close up against the salary gap, which makes signings virtually impossible unless we can find opportunities elsewhere for one or more of our existing players.
  3. Transfer Talk, Rumours and Speculation

    I'm not so confident at this stage but time will tell. Schenkeveld is a good addition, and Budzinski looks as though he will be if he comes. We seem to be relying fairly heavily on a core bunch of senior players supplemented by some largely untried U-23s and then scholarship players. I have my doubts about Bouzanis, Muscat, Malik and Kamau. I'd like to know just where Galekovic and Mauk are. The FFA Cup match on 29th will be a good indicator, because we can't afford to experiment in that sort of match or ship goals and have to play catch-up. I've just put up my latest calculated reserved seat memberships in the Memberships thread.
  4. Memberships

    It's clear that when I calculated the reserved seating memberships a week ago the number of seats shown as "sold" by the club was well out of date and over-stated the actual number. As of today 23rd August the number of reserved seat memberships in all sections is...7,183.
  5. Memberships

    Released today. http://www.melbournecityfc.com.au/article/201617-memberships-on-sale/14nuw8xbtr8321pnunrz6o01lf I have to say my initial reaction is that it's far too early - we haven't even finished the regular 2015/16 season.
  6. Melbourne City Pre-Season Friendlies 2017

    It's too early to be really concerned, but we shipped two goals to Central Coast last week (and Hoole also missed a penalty that would have given him a hat-trick) and we've shipped three today. That's against two teams that many have written off as bottom four for the coming season. Not really what we want to see.
  7. Domestic Politics

    Quite so. Removing monuments or changing dates doesn't make a jot of difference to what actually happened in the past. "Erasing" the past by removing reference to it is extremely dangerous, because it erases what we need to learn from in order to create a better future. And it's now and the future that we should be concentrating on.
  8. Transfer Talk, Rumours and Speculation

    As @bt50 has already pointed out it will be the highest-paid player who becomes the second marquee. We were clearly prepared to pay Troisi $600,000 outside the cap. If we end up with all three of Cahill, Budzinski and Carrusca, then it would be the highest-paid of those who becomes the second marquee, but I'd be rather surprised if we could accommodate two of those three inside the cap at this stage of our recruiting. I would therefore be surprised if we are courting Carrusca now.
  9. Transfer Talk, Rumours and Speculation

    Conditions attached to Scholarship players. If he's a "minimum wage" Scholarship player then he can't be paid less than the minimum wage, which is currently around $700 per week for 38 hours. Contracted NYL Players/ Scholarship Players – Each Club can contract up to 6 under 20 Australian Players on the minimum youth salary (Contracted NYL Players) or national minimum wage (Scholarship Players). Any payments above the minimum youth salary or national minimum wage (whichever is applicable) to these Players are included in the Club’s Salary Cap; Read more at http://www.a-league.com.au/about#lisBSSbpRA17YrBu.99
  10. Transfer Talk, Rumours and Speculation

    "Budzinski arrivera cette (fin) de semaine à Melbourne. Il part de Pologne direction l'Australie (Mercredi/Jeudi)" "Budzinski will arrive this weekend in Melbourne. He leaves from Poland to Australia (Wednesday / Thursday)" I would say that there will be an announcement Monday 28th August or shortly thereafter.
  11. The "Where are they now?" thread

    For the record, JA's overall A-League coaching record is 36.08% win (35 wins from 97 matches). Almost identical to JvS at 36.11% (52 wins from 144 matches). Also, so what if his record is good because of his choice of assistant(s)? Isn't that the idea - have assistant(s) who complement you?
  12. Suning Cup 2017

    Finished in 3rd place after a 4-3 win over F.C. Koln. http://www.melbournecityfc.com.au/article/city-finishes-third-in-2017-suning-cup/1vfe1mbo5nas71ww2ambq6gt0f John Roberts won the Golden Boot for the tournament. IMO this tournament performance is a worthy and significant achievement for our Academy.
  13. Suning Cup 2017

    Our Under-16 lads beat Red Star Belgrade 3-1 in their opening match. John Roberts with a hat-trick. http://www.melbournecityfc.com.au/article/suning-cup-report-city-3-1-red-star-belgrade/1i469pzs4dtu11vzt4odscd6jt
  14. Aaron Mooy

    “He doesn’t really say much, doesn’t smile a lot, he’s very calm but he is for sure very happy and very proud as well, and I think he deserves all the credit for his goal,” Wagner said of Mooy. “He’s a great technical footballer with such unbelievable working attitude. This is why I love this player.”
  15. Transfer Talk, Rumours and Speculation

    Yes, his Twitter says he's a reporter for Sport.pl.
  16. Transfer Talk, Rumours and Speculation

    Outs from 2016/17: Sorensen, Franjic, Rose, Retre, Caceres, Colazo, Kuzmanovski, Gameiro. Ins for 2017/18: Galekovic, Jamieson, La Rocca, Mauk. Possible (unconfirmed) ins for 2017/18: Schenkeveld, Budzinski. I agree with @Shahanga that it's probably unwise to assume anything with Brandan because we have almost no official information from the club. I too wonder whether he can make a full return to his "jack-in-the-box" style of play.
  17. Rugby Union

    From someone who knows bugger all about rugby union, would we have been better to develop and add to existing Australian club rugby rather than go for the "super rugby" concept?
  18. Transfer Talk, Rumours and Speculation

    Later he tweets: Udziński o krok od Australii (Melbourne City). Umowa na 2 lata, 200tys€/rok, which Google Translate tells me is "A step away from Australia (Melbourne City). Contract for 2 years, 200tys € / year" However, it seems his source is this "sport.pl" mob. http://www.sport.pl/pilka/7,96012,22250399,budzinski-rusza-na-podboj-australii-polak-trafi-do-trzykrotnego.html
  19. Transfer Talk, Rumours and Speculation

    New manager. What I've read in translation suggests both player and club wanted to renew his contract - he'd been at Cracovia for 5 seasons so doesn't look like a Novillo-esque situation - but Budweiser's agent wanted too much for the player and too much commission for himself, and so renewal talks failed.
  20. Transfer Talk, Rumours and Speculation

    I'm not sure that for this season Wazza would have had too much input - some, but possibly not all that much. I don't think he was on board when Petrillo and Munn went to Manchester to discuss recruitment, and I suspect that it's Petrillo (local) and CFG (visa, and overseas-based Australian players) who do the scouting and the leg-work.
  21. The "Where are they now?" thread

    From what I can see Corey Gameiro is yet to kick a ball for Brisbane. I don't think he's been named in any pre-season match squad so far.
  22. Suning Cup 2017

    The lads will play in the 3rd-place play-off against F.C. Koln of Germany. They demolished the local F.A. Xinjang boys 13-0 in their final group match. Report here: http://www.melbournecityfc.com.au/article/suning-cup-report-city-13-0-yili-xinjang/16q7t1mbcibr11h6ngy7k1emfx
  23. City tactics 2016-17

    I rate Malik as a dreadful tackler. He turns his back almost every time.
  24. 2017 NPL Season

    This kicks off on Saturday 4th February 2017. We are in NPL2 East this year. Fixture here: http://websites.sportstg.com/comp_info.cgi?c=0-10178-160768-435484-0&a=FIXTURE