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  1. Tim Cahill

    Big credit to him: he delivers when it counts. We don't need him to score every game--we another marquee in Fornaroli who can do that. Also his attitude is first class, and it lifts the team. Hopefully the knock he got in the FFA Cup final is insignificant.
  2. Michael Jakobsen

    Arguably our most important signing this season? What a player. The first name on the teamsheet for our defensive half.
  3. THE FINAL! Wednesday 30 November 7:30pm

    First final, first trophy!! It's been a long time coming, and it was great to watch the win the other day. Wish I could have been there. I saw a lot of heroes on the pitch, and Timmy stepped up with a great goal and played the marquee role. The future can only be brighter now that the club's got the monkey off its back with the first trophy. Keen to see how much more history this squad of players can make. With Fornaroli, Cahill, Colazo, Brattan, Brandan, Jakobsen and co., it's exciting times to be following this club.
  4. The JvS thread

    I nearly kicked a hole in my tv when he said that. But, on the plus side he looked very nervous. And not his usual nervous. Like he is about to get torn to shreds by someone much higher up the food chain than him type of nervous. He's even poor at making up excuses. From January 2012: http://www.melbournecityfc.com.au/article/we-need-to-improve-van-t-schip/yr8g54gpzh4814hs7cf7qhjug There are absolutely no excuses in the world for not getting 1 shot on target, with Melbourne City's squad, a whole 6 weeks after what was really our first competitive game, the FFA Cup Quarter-Final against WSW. He really should be getting torn to shreds by this point.
  5. What a huge goal to score. Brandan's now surpassed Novillo, IMO.
  6. Will be following this match live from afar. Kamau's form was stellar in pre-season, and I'm thrilled he's kicked on in the season. It's just a matter of time before he bags his first goal. Lots of other great individual performances last week--Brattan, Brandan, Fornaroli Cahill--that should make this a very entertaining match.
  7. Talking City Fan Channel

    Great to have a fan podcast up and running. I've really liked the the podcasts this club has had, such as Bleeding Hearts and The Red and White Unite podcast, so well done on getting this podcast going! Excellent match-day listening.
  8. Strider Presents - Victory derby v1

    Melbourne Derby analysis: Cahill lives up to the hype Saturday, 15 October 2016 Michael Huguenin If there was any doubt about Tim Cahill’s ability to perform following his big-money move to the Hyundai A-League with Melbourne City, the Caltex Socceroos legend has taken just one game to prove he’s worth every cent. Cahill opened the scoring in Saturday night's Melbourne derby, half-volleying past Melbourne Victory goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas from 40 yards. Cahill's goal kick-started an emphatic 4-1 win for City in the Melbourne derby, which makes them early favourites for the A-League title. Cahill magic lifts City to thumping Melbourne Derby win Cahill didn't start brilliantly - he spent more time in the first 15 minutes clattering into opposition players than touching the ball - but in the 27th minute he announced himself in spectacular fashion. A high ball skimmed off the head of Victory defender James Donachie and Cahill pounced, lashing it with his right boot over Thomas' head and into the top corner of the net. But while Cahill's goal will undoubtedly grab the headlines, the real story was City's dominance at Etihad Stadium. For just about the first time in the history of the Melbourne derby, Victory looked utterly second rate. City's pressing left Kevin Muscat's side with little time on the ball, while the three-time A-League champions were bemused by the movement of John van 't Schip's men. In defence, City lined up in a 4-1-2-3 formation, with Neil Kilkenny as a centre-back and Nicolas Colazo and Tim Cahill as the two advanced midfielders. Once they won possession, however, Van 't Schip's side morphed into a 3-2-5. Kilkenny stepped into midfield alongside Luke Brattan, Cahill moved up front and Colazo pushed to the left wing, with Fernando Brandan drifting inside. Victory's defenders didn't seem to know who to mark and, in the 31st minute, Colazo was left alone on the wing to whip in a perfect cross for fellow marquee Bruno Fornaroli to slide in at the back post and head home. Just six minutes into the second half, Bruce Kamau - who was one of City's best - left Alan Baro on the deck and surged into the box, cutting back for Luke Brattan to score the visitors' third goal. Victory gained a foothold in the contest after the introduction of Leigh Broxham and Nick Ansell, with Marco Rojas showing impressive skill to weave his way past three defenders and score in the 62nd minute. But just two minutes later Brandan wrapped up three points for City, holding off Jason Geria and then firing his shot inside Thomas' near post. The win took City to six points from two games but - more significantly - has installed them as favourites for the A-League title alongside Sydney FC. http://www.a-league.com.au/article/melbourne-derby-analysis-tim-cahill-lives-up-to-the-hype/1sds2s9018ius148465hx8dyea
  9. Tim Cahill

    Tim Cahill has revealed the reason tears led to his A-League move Tyson Otto OCTOBER 17, 2016 MELBOURNE City fans owe everything to Shae Cahill. The club’s recruitment coup in signing Tim Cahill on a two-year deal is largely due to the emotions Cahill’s 11-year-old son brought out of him with a text message. The 36-year-old has already set the A-League on fire with a stunning goal in his A-League debut against rivals Melbourne Victory on Saturday. City fans owe Shae more than they know. Speaking to November’s edition of the Foxtel magazine, Cahill has revealed he last shed tears when Shae sent him a text urging the family to move back to Australia. He said Shae’s text came after he was already strongly leaning towards signing with the City Football Group-owned club after meeting with chief executive Scott Munn and director Simon Pearce. “My son Shae sent me a text message about my next decision in football and it helped me decide to come back to play in Australia (A-League),” Cahill said. “It really did help me make this decision. It definitely made a difference. Front cover of November’s Foxtel magazine. “Kids always tell the truth, which I love. They [my family] were back here for a few weeks when we were texting each other. “He was talking about wanting to be close to his cousins, and my mum and dad. I was at a stage in my career where I could make decisions based on family and football, and this was an easy one.” The decision has already been validated in the way the entire Cahill family has settled straight into life in Melbourne. “It’s an amazing feeling,” he said. “I feel like I’m really reaping the rewards of coming home, especially because I am closer to my family and parents, and my kids are closer to their cousins. “It’s an environment I haven’t been in for 19 years, and though Melbourne isn’t the city I’m from, it’s been welcoming. “Excited is an understatement. My wife and kids are over the moon. Other than New York and going from the Premier League, this has been one of our biggest family decisions ever. “The reaction I got was priceless. That’s what you want as a father — to be able to provide for your family and put them in great places where they are going to be happy.” The Melbourne City supporter base is just as happy. They’ll be even more thrilled about Cahill’s plans to help build the club around the key players signed to long-term contracts. “We have the foundation to strive for something special,” Cahill said. “We have everything at our disposal to do that. So far it feels great, trying to bring some authenticity to our club.” “What comes first as a team is to build that togetherness. Then from that, doing what we want to do as a club.” http://www.news.com.au/sport/football/tim-cahill-has-revealed-the-reason-tears-led-to-his-aleague-move/news-story/8ce49c14fd6bfba1982b7f6efb6f3a28 World reacts to Tim Cahill’s incredible 35-metre goal on Melbourne City A-League debut October 16, 2016 IT’S not just Australia going crazy over Tim Cahill’s incredible goal on his Melbourne City A-League debut. Australia’s all-time top goalscorer belted a half-volley from 35 metres to open the scoring in the Melbourne Derby against Victory. Cahill’s side went on to a comfortably win 4-1, but his goal was the big moment that Australian football fans had been waiting and hoping for. UK Tim Cahill made his A-League debut for @MelbourneCity today. This happened: (🎥: @ALeague)pic.twitter.com/0WNJkcxou1— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) October 15, 2016 Does Tim Cahill rank as one of Everton's greatest Premier League players? #timcahill #evertonfc #efc #aleague https://t.co/msHaEl6JoO— HITC Premier League (@HITCepl) October 15, 2016 Tim Cahill scores insane 40-yard goal on A-League debut... ▶️https://t.co/lMtWGCRnLY pic.twitter.com/ITfc11rRPo— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) October 15, 2016 The 'finest debut goal EVER': Twitter footie fans go ape over #TIMCahillmasterpiece https://t.co/oN0kBkQTJb pic.twitter.com/C8jMOtvaJQ— Daily Star (@Daily_Star) October 15, 2016 FRANCE Australie : Le but splendide de Tim Cahill https://t.co/KFbmdxouxe— L'ÉQUIPE (@lequipe) October 15, 2016 En vidéo : le but totalement fou de Tim Cahill https://t.co/MwbBxuAqJhpic.twitter.com/hT4L6qxN8W— ⚽ FootBot™ (@FootBot2016) October 15, 2016 Le but complètement fou de Tim Cahill https://t.co/8q762NjUMOpic.twitter.com/tzJ1wrkYih— Le Matin (@Lematinch) October 15, 2016 [Eurosport] A 36 ans, Tim Cahill régale encore : son but magnifique dans le derby de Melbourne: FOOTBAL... https://t.co/8bAwJJEx3O #foot— Footballekt (@Footballekt) October 15, 2016 PORTUGAL Tim Cahill estreou no Australiano com um petardo de fora da área no dérbi de Melbourne. https://t.co/KwP3Hlkgz7 pic.twitter.com/RTjR3RjjGg— Trivela (@trivela) October 15, 2016 Vídeos - Bomba de Tim Cahill só acabou no fundo da redehttps://t.co/maVfWKWL04— Diário Record (@Record_Portugal) October 15, 2016 Na Austrália, Tim Cahill faz golaço a 36 metros de distância no clássico de Melbourne https://t.co/BMM13ctqVK pic.twitter.com/G1rOpEDNGs— Mundo ESPN (@ESPNagora) October 15, 2016 SPAIN ¡Qué joyita se acaba de mandar Tim Cahill! https://t.co/AUkMBBMc3T— VICE Sports (@VICESportsLAT) October 15, 2016 #Video #ESPNFC ¡Sorprendente gol de Tim Cahill en la Liga de Australia! https://t.co/KdypqDQGpK— ESPN Fútbol Club (@ESPNFutbolClub) October 15, 2016 #Video #SportsCenter ¡Sorprendente gol de Tim Cahill en la Liga de Australia! https://t.co/EZwENvtRS6— SportsCenter (@SC_ESPN)October 15, 2016 SWEDEN TV: Tim Cahill med dunderskott från 35 meter i återkomsten i Australien.https://t.co/WzkWZdhckD pic.twitter.com/rqRhKMl676— Fotbollskanalen (@fotbollskanal) October 15, 2016 TURKEY 36'lık Tim Cahill'den harika gol - İZLEhttps://t.co/REjiK04453pic.twitter.com/5GNkiFYy4G— kralspor (@kralspor) October 15, 2016 USA Welcome home, Tim Cahill. What. A. Goal. https://t.co/Qs8Q6PT7R9— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) October 15, 2016 😲 Australia legend Tim Cahill burst onto the A-League scene with a stunning long-range strike in his debut. WATCH: https://t.co/JtogiNWPxQ pic.twitter.com/27JZTvCg1B— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) October 16, 2016 VIDEO: Stop it Timmy. Watch @Tim_Cahill score amazing long-range goal for Melbourne | #MelbDerby #ALeague https://t.co/RSBwb5bI6N— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) October 15, 2016 #RBNY #redbulls #newyorkredbulls #mls Watch: Fmr. Red Bull Tim Cahill scores rocket in Melbourne debut https://t.co/zBzkI7ZBvP— Red Bulls Fans (@NYRedBullsNews) October 15, 2016 Tim Cahill's still got it! https://t.co/DgrIKxnwlH— SB Nation Soccer (@SBNationSoccer) October 15, 2016 http://www.foxsports.com.au/football/a-league/world-reacts-to-tim-cahills-incredible-35metre-goal-on-melbourne-city-aleague-debut/news-story/c15a136eab1d9cf082ccc775987c9e47
  10. Tim Cahill

    Tim Cahill ready to get ‘real’ in Melbourne City A-League debut against rivals Melbourne Victory October 15, 2016 Tom Smithies “THIS is the real stuff, the week-in, week-out,” says Tim Cahill, and you can almost hear him rubbing his hands together in anticipation. Whether they’re 16 or 36, footballers of all ages mostly just want to play, and circumstances have conspired against Cahill in the past few weeks and months. Since he left China in July, Cahill has been limited to barely 140 minutes of football, thanks to the A-League’s interminable pre-season and his supersub role with the Socceroos. The one consolation is the prospect of immersing himself back into club football in the small matter of a Melbourne derby tonight, with a large crowd and all the spice that an intra-city encounter brings. “I can’t wait, it’s going to be awesome,” Cahill said. “I’m just looking forward to some game time, club football is our bread and butter. You just know it’s going to be a massive crowd, and the key for us is to embrace a game of this size. “There’s a responsibility on me and all the Aussie players coming back to grow the league and grow the awareness. People want to watch more and more football and have these competitive rivalries, and we aim to give them that. “I know I won’t have a lot of the ­Australian supporters on my side this week — which is fine because you’ve gotta have a team.” That last phrase is the cutest possible acknowledgment of his key role in marketing the A-League, summoned back by Football Federation Australia as the figure who could persuade nonbelievers that the A-League is worth watching. “The great thing in Melbourne has been the people in the streets, Victory fans, coming up to me and welcoming me back,” Cahill said. “Little things, like people on social media telling me that as Victory fans they can’t support me this Saturday but they love the Socceroos. “You wouldn’t have it any other way — internationally everyone’s supportive, but you want every one to follow a team. If we can get all the fans who play football to follow an A-League team, to embrace it, it’ll be so special for the growth of the game.” If Cahill couldn’t produce a defining moment in Australia’s two draws this past week against Saudi Arabia and Japan, his goal the month before in the UAE is a major reason why Australia sit second in their World Cup qualifying group, and are well-placed to secure an automatic spot at Russia 2018. “I honestly think we’re more than well-placed,” he said. “You always want to have more points but with three home games to come, we’re sitting in a good position. Yes, it was a slow start against Japan but we were dominating by the end and they chose to defend. Another 10 minutes and I think we’d have found that winner.” But for now Russia can wait, and the focus is on his domestic league debut tonight, and the partnership he might strike up with Melbourne City’s free-scoring captain Bruno Fornaroli. Predictably, Cahill gave short shrift to the idea they might not be a perfect blend. “Just watch the Western Sydney game in the FFA Cup,” he says of the 4-1 thrashing City handed out last month. “To be involved in that, and put one on a plate for Bruno, was the perfect start. Basically whatever he doesn’t want to do, run, or shoot or head, I’ll do. I’ll run through brick walls for him.” http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/sport/football/a-league/teams/melbourne-city/tim-cahill-ready-to-get-real-in-melbourne-city-aleague-debut-against-rivals-melbourne-victory/news-story/55dd043c2e1195aaa81f561417aae2bd *A great anecdote here about Cahill just a few days before the derby, about his ice-cool personality, and how he thrives under pressure: http://www.foxsports.com.au/football/a-league/david-davutovic-previews-the-melbourne-derby-and-tim-cahills-first-aleague-appearance/news-story/9d5beeee259d91cf049b7179719af368
  11. Neil Kilkenny

    Tim Cahill in headlines but Neil Kilkenny really making Melbourne City tick Jonathan Howcroft Sunday 16 October 2016 Tim Cahill deserves the headlines. Inside just 27 minutes of his A-League debut he delivered Football Federation Australia’s sizzle reel pitch to commercial free-to-air television. A single nonchalant swipe of his right boot making the hoo-ha surrounding his recruitment feel like an undersell. Believe the hype. Luke Brattan deserves his $500 Officeworks-laminated ironically proportioned man of the match award. For the second game in a row Brattan was perpetual motion, passing and moving, passing and moving. Unfussy, unhurried, he does the simple things well and it’s pleasing he’s recognised for it. But the Melbourne City star most likely to be keeping rival A-League coaches up at night will be Neil Kilkenny. For the second match in a row the 14-cap Socceroo was listed as a central defender but instead ran the game from central midfield. It was a tactic Melbourne Victory had no answer to. City effectively operated dual formations, one with and one without possession. Defending, Kilkenny dropped alongside Michael Jakobsen as a recognisable centre-half, but when City had the ball he pushed into the engine room, freeing Brattan and the also excellent Nicolas Colazo. In both matches this season City have outnumbered their opponents in midfield allowing Cahill and co to catch the eye higher up the pitch. It all hinges on Kilkenny. The former Preston North End utility is responsible for turning City’s defensive four into a three, for shoring up possession in uncomfortable areas, and for stepping out and intercepting following turnovers. It’s no surprise that for the entire 90 minutes on Saturday Kilkenny was shouting and gesticulating to players around him, manipulating his team’s shape like an orchestral conductor. Manny Muscat and Josh Rose seemed odd winter recruits but both sit comfortably tucked into a back three and both have the nous to respond to Kilkenny’s choreography. Like holding a shell to your ear and hearing the ocean, if you watch a modern day football match closely enough you’ll see Johan Cruyff. Admittedly, when one coach is an old team-mate and disciple of the Dutch legend, it’s easier to spot. Since arriving at City, John van ’t Schip has largely relied on the classical Dutch 4-3-3 model, to limited success. After a squad overhaul in the offseason he’s reverted to a system Cruyff introduced to Barcelona, spawning his feted Dream Team. It’s a system that relies on the football intelligence of the defensive libero. For Cruyff that man was Pep Guardiola, for Van ’t Schip it’s Kilkenny. Cruyff talked openly about the vulnerabilities of the approach and the “suicide” of sacrificing a defender for a midfielder. He countered those anxieties with reason - the opposition can’t score if they don’t have the ball, he philosophised. Hence the modern obsession with possession, as much for its defensive properties as creative. City finished Saturday’s game with 59% possession of the ball with 80% of passes hitting their target. Kilkenny made 55 passes, the second-most on the ground, and three more than Victory’s starting front four combined. Kilkenny’s touchmap reveals only one pass came from inside his own penalty area. When the game was most at stake, City’s dominance of the ball was pushing 70% and fans in the bleachers could be forgiven for thinking Kilkenny had been cloned. It made for attacking brilliance and defensive solidity. It helps when you know exactly what you’re up against. Kevin Muscat’s Victory are the easiest team in the competition to predict, a reflection of the tried and tested 4-2-1-3 formation over a number of years. With players fit and in form it’s difficult to combat but it falls down when the link between defence and attack fails, as it did on Saturday. This has been a recurring malfunction for Victory since the departure of Mark Milligan but one without any apparent willingness to seek an alternative plan of action. By contrast City’s moving parts all functioned in elegant synergy, crafting some memorable goals and working in unison off the ball. The front four pressed Victory’s defence smartly, denying the easy release pass. Neither Carl Valeri nor Oliver Bozanic were afforded time on the ball to build attacks from deep. Instead, James Donachie and Alan Baro were forced into long diagonals, too often disrupted by the awkward gusts of wind buffeting Melbourne’s docklands. This gifted possession back to City and the pattern, established around 20 minutes in, continued for the next hour. The question long-term is how rival coaches adjust to City’s adaptation. City have played the opening two matches on their terms, but they won’t always have things their own way. However, if they are found out during the season, their title ambitions need not be derailed. This iteration of City has more character than any of its predecessors. There is experience, leadership and fight all over the park, players not only prepared to mix it, but actively seeking and relishing contact. Fernando Brandan is the perfect example, an unyielding pitbull of a footballer, the antithesis of the clichéd mercenary forward courting the A-League for a cushy superannuation. He is part of a Melbourne City team that is tougher, smarter, and more versatile than we’ve ever seen that football club produce. After flattering to deceive for so long, Van ’t Schip looks to have assembled something special. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/oct/17/tim-cahill-in-headlines-but-neil-kilkenny-really-making-melbourne-city-tick
  12. Bruce Kamau

    Melbourne City recruit Bruce Kamau delivers blistering performance to tear Melbourne Victory to shreds Anna Harrington, FOX SPORTS October 15, 2016 ALL EYES were on Tim Cahill during Saturday night’s derby. But one other, lesser-known recruit lit up the Etihad Stadium pitch. Former Adelaide winger Bruce Kamau had looked exceptionally promising in Melbourne City’s 1-0 win over Wellington in Round 1, with his creativity and dash causing havoc for the Phoenix defence. Having crossed from Adelaide in the off-season, it had always seemed likely the youngster would continue to improve under the tutelage of Bruno Fornaroli and Tim Cahill. But on the Derby stage, the 21-year-old took his game to another level.. Opposed to Victory left back Daniel Georgievski, Kamau took his far more experienced defender to the cleaners with a tremendous show of pace, physicality and evasiveness. First, he turned Georgievski inside out to unleash a dangerous ball inside the area in the opening minutes. The next time, a more wary Georgievski clipped the winger’s heels, giving away a free kick in a dangerous position. Kamau would continue to have a burning influence throughout the first 45 minutes, cutting swathes through the Victory defence and making multiple runs down the right hand side. While appearing to have a directive to take his opponents on, Kamau said his instinctive play was the combined result of enjoying his football and having an increase in playing time at Melbourne City. While appearing to have a directive to take his opponents on, Kamau said his instinctive play was the combined result of enjoying his football and having an increase in playing time at Melbourne City. “Personally I just go out there and play my game, go out there and try and enjoy it as much as possible,” he told Fox Sports after the match. “(If) the result of that is me playing well every week, so be it. “I think that (my form has) come with gaining more time and playing more consistently, having a solid pre-season under my belt with a new team. “So I think I’ll just continue improving slowly.” Kamau’s physicality for a young player was particularly impressive, while his composure under pressure also stood out. While his touch was impressive, it was Kamau’s ability to quickly change between a halting, stuttering gait and an explosive sprint that left opponents reeling that proved crucial to City’s fortunes. But the youngster saved his most impressive move for the second half. Receiving the ball after some impressive persistence from City skipper Bruno Fornaroli, Kamau took on Victory centre-back Alen Baro, sending the defender sprawling as he turned on the afterburners. But the humiliation didn’t stop there — after leaving Baro on the floor, Kamau confidently cut the ball back between four Victory defenders to leave Luke Brattan wide open for City’s fourth goal. Former Socceroos striker Josh Kennedy said he was impressed by the youngster’s physicality and strong decision-making ability, something that he believed set Kamau apart from other wingers. “For me, (he was) fantastic to watch,” Kennedy said on Fox Sports. “Any player who can go one-on-one and obviously do something with the ball, that’s something Australia misses, that’s what we lack. “(It was impressive) for him to do that right at the beginning of the game — Georgievski had a big problem with him — and he showed that football intelligence to cut that ball back to Brattan as well. “We may see a young man mature and be a future star of the league.” Former Melbourne Victory forward Archie Thompson was also wowed by Kamau’s physicality and said he considered the winger best afield. “I actually thought he was man of the match,” Thompson said on Fox Sports. “Adelaide would be pinching themselves to (have) let this boy go, I mean, you can see with the way he attacks players … (especially the) third goal where he pushed (Baro) off the ball, there’s not much of him either. “To have that composure at his age in that box to find Brattan, he’s got a very, very bright future.” http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/sport/football/melbourne-city-recruit-bruce-kamau-delivers-blistering-performance-to-tear-melbourne-victory-to-shreds/news-story/b9232ad12cda89f21db3ae615851a852
  13. Nicolas Colazo

    Adam Peacock meets Nicolas Colazo, who joins Melbourne City from Boca Juniors October 14, 2016 Adam Peacock TIM Cahill rightly has all the headlines and attention, but if Melbourne City are to achieve anything this season, he and Bruno Fornaroli need help, especially with Aaron Mooy off the scene. Enter a man still in his prime who knows all about dealing with pressure. Argentinian Nicolas Colazo arrives in Melbourne from the famed Boca Juniors club, where he played over 100 games after graduating from their youth set up. That means he won’t be overawed by the occasion tomorrow night as he looks to become this season’s version of Fornaroli… (Many thanks to his wife Solange Rivas for acting as translator!) Adam Peacock: Nicolas, welcome to Australia. Does it feel like a new home already, or a surreal adventure that you’re happy to go along with? Colazo: Honestly, I already feel like (I’m at) home. I’m very thankful to my teammates and the people of this beautiful city who made me feel that way. When your agent calls, he says to you: “Melbourne City in Australia are interested”. What did you Google first – Melbourne, Australia, A-League, or kangaroo? Well, I’ve visited Australia (and Melbourne) with Boca Juniors before (in 2010), so I knew how nice it is. That’s why my first Google search was ‘Melbourne City FC’ and the A-League after that. Tell us the story of how this move came about… I was analysing different club offers to continue my career when my agent called and told me about the chance of becoming part of Melbourne City. And I felt instantly that was my new path. I was very excited about it from the beginning. I’ve travelled with young kids, and I’ve had more fun cleaning a toilet. Is the plane ride with a young infant son one of the most difficult periods of your life?! (Laughs), thank God no. It was quite easy because he fell asleep more than half plane trip, and played calm with mom and dad the other half. He is most of the time in a good mood. We are very lucky. No doubt you were told about the professionalism of a club like Melbourne City… but what did you make of the training ground when you got there? The training ground is amazing, it has all what a professional player needs to be always in optimal conditions. I’m very impressed with all facilities. Just to name some, the medical centre, gym, locker room, dining room and even the play room are five stars. I didn’t know it was so organised. Awesome. Here in Australia, there’s not a stack of external pressure on players to perform. From Boca Juniors, do you have a good example of what type of expectation there is when playing for a club like Boca? At Boca Juniors you must win. No matter what and how. That’s the demand of the club and the fans as well. You feel the pressure inside and outside the match. But that’s something that teaches you a lot. I’m thankful for that experience, I really enjoyed it. What was the realisation like that you had to leave Boca – where’d you’d been since nine years old! – to further your football life? It’s harsh, but it’s football… It was not so hard, because this profession is about that too. I was prepared to make a change and I did. Do you have any good Maradona stories… or one that can be printed?! We’ve seen him acting like a lunatic at Boca games (mind you, seems everyone does). I never had the pleasure to meet Diego. I’m a big fan of him and I hope to meet him any time. Although I can tell you, I saw him in many matches on his special seat at La Bombonera, yelling crazy. He is the biggest fan of Boca Juniors. Who is the best player you’ve played with and why? Riquelme, Martin Palermo and (Carlos) Tevez – because of their soccer importance, and for all that I’ve learned from them, inside and outside the game. Are you impressed with hearing what Bruno Fornaroli did last season, because you’ll be a bloody hero if you can do what he did in his debut season? Bruno Fornaroli is just a brilliant player. With just one year he became the biggest scorer of the league and he is a great captain. I would be pleased doing a little part of what he did last season! If it is more, it would be cool for the club! Tim Cahill, he’s our big star, how have you found him? Tim is the biggest soccer idol here in Australia. He’s an excellent partner and he has a winning kind of mind. It’s an honour to train and play with him. He has a wonderful head shot! What has to happen for this to be a good time for you in Melbourne? To win a title would be very important to me. This Saturday night will be special at Etihad Stadium, but you know about dealing with a big atmosphere, perhaps the biggest there is? Sure, I’ve felt the best atmosphere every Boca vs River. La Bombonera definitely trembles with the support of the fans. I was very lucky being there. In that regard, what are you expectations then for the Melbourne Derby. It’s my first match in a derby, and I feel that will feel very similar. I can’t wait to get out to the pitch. I hope to see there all Melbourne City fans supporting us! Wish you all the best mate, and look forward to seeing you out there on Saturday. http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/sport/football/adam-peacock-meets-nicolas-colazo-who-joins-melbourne-city-from-boca-juniors/news-story/3dfce7e81ad0734f11fe15076c0b3d46
  14. Luke Brattan

    Brattan seeks consistency in A-League return 19 SEP 2016 Luke Brattan is hoping for a consistent, injury-free season with Melbourne City after an unsuccessful stint in Europe. In a signing that seemed to come out of nowhere, the 26-year-old midfielder made headlines last October when he joined Premier League giants Manchester City after securing a release from Brisbane Roar. Brattan never came close to playing for City and failed to take to the field during a loan-spell at Bolton Wanderers, with the 90 minutes he played for Melbourne City in last month's FFA Cup win over Brisbane Strikers his first senior game since May 2015 with Roar. Now a key man for City, the midfielder is one of several players coach John van 't Schip will be counting on to pick up the playmaking slack left following Aaron Mooy's departure to England. "I just want to be consistent all year and injury free," Brattan said. "I fit straight into the team. I think I'm pretty comfortable in and around the boys in midfield. "We've got some fantastic talent this year. "It's a great club to be at. The facilities, the professionalism of the club, from the staff in the office to the staff out on the field - it's one big family, and that's what I love about it." A good A-League season could also revive Brattan's Socceroos hopes after Ange Postecoglou selected him in his squad for World Cup qualifiers against Bangladesh and Tajikistan in 2015 following an injury to Mile Jedinak. While Brattan didn't play a minute, he left an impression on talisman Tim Cahill, who compared Brattan's passing style and control to that of Mark Bresciano. "You guys might think that's a big comment. But I think give it some time and this kid will be making some noises." Cahill said. Melbourne City host Western Sydney Wanderers in their FFA Cup quarter-final on Wednesday night at AAMI Park. http://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/article/2016/09/19/brattan-seeks-consistency-al-return-0 Herald Sun Player of the Year: All the votes from every round of the A-League 2016-17 season October 17, 2016 MELBOURNE City star Luke Brattan’s early season dominance has propelled him to the early lead in the Herald Sun A-League Player of the Year voting. Brattan followed up his best on ground performance in the season-opener with a two-vote effort in his side’s 4-1 thrashing of Melbourne Victory to give him five of a possible six votes to start the campaign. He leads Sydney FC goal machine Filip Holosko and Newcastle playmaker Andrew Nabbout, locked together on four. See below for the leaderboard and every vote from every round. LEADERBOARD 5 L.Brattan (City) 4 F.Holosko (Sydney), A.Nabbout (New) 3 J.Geria (Victory), C.Pain (CCM), W.Brown (New), F.Brandan (City), Isaias (Adel), M.Ninkovic (Syd), D.Castro (Perth) http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/sport/football/a-league/herald-sun-player-of-the-year-all-the-votes-from-every-round-of-the-aleague-201617-season/news-story/2a0ab4a26e45b8b1ef13e1644a401925
  15. Bruno Fornaroli - "El Tuna"

    Bruno Fornaroli says Melbourne City can build on impressive derby demolition MATT WINDLEY, Herald Sun October 16, 2016 MELBOURNE City captain Bruno Fornaroli says his side’s 4-1 derby demolition of Melbourne Victory is only the ­beginning of what it can achieve this season. But Fornaroli and Socceroos superstar Tim Cahill urged their teammates not to become distracted by talk the team was on track to deliver City a maiden A-League title, saying Friday night’s visit of Perth is all they should be thinking about. After a first-up 1-0 victory against Wellington, City has won its first two games of the season for the first time in the club’s history. It sets up a mouth-watering clash with fellow title fancy Glory at AAMI Park this week in what will be Cahill’s first A-League home game for the club since making his much-publicised move to Melbourne in August. City bullied Victory from start to finish at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night. Cahill’s 35m wonder volley in the 27th minute was followed soon after by a goal from Fornaroli. In the second half Luke Brattan and Fernando Brandan scored either side of Marco Rojas’ consolation effort for Victory. Fornaroli said he was happy with City’s early-season form. “It’s very important to start like this,” Fornaroli said. “I think we had more than one captain on the pitch. Everyone around was fighting (hard), everyone put their heart on the pitch. “If we want to continue like this then we need to work hard. OK, we win a massive game, a derby. But we start now.” Cahill said it was “evident” City was on the verge of something special. “But the good thing now is that people are going to be concentrating on and writing about our football,” he said. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/football/bruno-fornaroli-says-melbourne-city-can-build-on-impressive-derby-demolition/news-story/c8580e6a0c0510d0f6b6ffc3f47d195c