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  1. The Run Home and Realistic Expectations

    By the way, at the moment Victory have a +5 goal difference and we have a +2 goal difference. So we need 2 points to jump them on the ladder
  2. Some fair comments. Unfortunately, apart from maybe Sorensen (and that’s debatable) It’s very hard to name senior or important players (like Socceroos) who have left the club on impeccably good terms. Especially Australian players. Aloisi, Skoko, Colosimo, Bolton, Garcia, Kewell, Kennedy, Paartalu, Franjic, Cahill Kilkenny. None of these players have good or ongoing ties with the club (even though some have been named “club ambassadors”). And too many players are badly regarded the moment they exit the club IMO (Bolton is merely a Sydney player? Really?). I know there are lots of circumstances our struggling club has had with these players, and maybe a few or some are fully correctly criticised and disregarded. Nonetheless, overall I hope former players aren’t so disregarded and dismissed so easily in the future. We know there’s too much instability with the playing squad, and i would like to see less instability with former players too in the future too.
  3. Maybe Bolton does have an axe to grind. It can both be true that A) Bolton is very informed about Melbourne Heart/City (he really knows his stuff), and B.) he has an axe to grind (perhaps he is bitter about how he left and/or how CFG treated the old club--"the club that would become Melbourne City"--of which Bolton was once one of the main faces of). I'm not saying that everything that Bolton says is gospel. I'm just saying that I wouldn't dismiss his claims easily (some counter-evidence to dismiss his claims would be a good start).
  4. Bruce Kamau

    Warren Joyce says Bruce Kamau was left out of squad against Adelaide due to speculation he’s moving to the Wanderers Anna Harrington March 16, 2018 MELBOURNE City coach Warren Joyce says Bruce Kamau was left out of Friday’s clash with Adelaide United due to reports the forward had signed with Western Sydney. Kamau was named in City’s initial squad but come game time, had been omitted. Joyce said speculation the forward had signed with the Wanderers was the reason he wasn’t playing. “Well obviously that news broke, it was news to myself this morning,” he told Fox Sports’ Kick Off. “We’ll discuss it with Bruce next week. “He was left out tonight because of that.” Former Adelaide coach John Kosmina said he admired Joyce’s honesty and said the coach potentially had to take action after seeing a change in Kamau during training. “One thing I’ve got to state is Warren Joyce’s honesty is refreshing to be honest, a lot of coaches would fluff around a question like that,” he said. “You have to, you’ve got to be truthful. “But the thing is if Bruce Kamau’s already been talking to Western Sydney, his head’s not in the right space. “And that’s probably what Warren Joyce has assessed during his time on the training park, ‘is he really here for the next five games?’” Kamau has dazzled at times this season for City, but has also been in and out of Joyce’s starting line-up. Former Sydney defender Sasa Ognenovski said the onus was on the player to remain professional, even if they were planning to leave a club at the end of a season. “I’ve been in the same situation when I’ve moved from Brisbane to Adelaide and Frank Farina was my coach and he didn’t drop me because he knew I was going to Adelaide,” he said. “But you need to be a professional either way. “So if Bruce Kamau’s going to Western Sydney, he needs to fulfil his contract with Melbourne City, so I’m guessing that they’ve seen a shift in his attitude and the way that he’s training and his output to come to a decision like that. “Because Bruce Kamau in top flight, in top form, can help Melbourne City in this finals series for sure.” https://www.perthnow.com.au/sport/soccer/warren-joyce-says-bruce-kamau-was-left-out-of-squad-against-adelaide-due-to-speculation-hes-moving-to-the-wanderers-ng-83d8f6fd69c51b3b49225502ffe0d4c3
  5. Bolton joined us in Feb 2010, and stayed 3 full seasons until July 2013, when he got an office job at Melbourne Heart (as the "Strategic Projects Manager" source). Bolton was at least doing community work (goalkeeping clinics) at the club until September 2014 or even December 2014 (source and source). So Bolton's been and worked at the club for roughly 5 years. Apart from Munn, has anyone else been at the club that long (I'm pretty certain no players have)? Indeed, I think he is still living in Melbourne since he joined Heart around Feb 2010. All up it looks pretty clear to me that Bolton is closer and more informed about Melbourne Heart/City than most others. So I certainly wouldn't dismiss what he says easily.
  6. Spud of the Match: Rd 23 vs Adelaide

    We should have more capable dead-ball players (McCormack really carried us in that regard in Bruno's absence until he left). We should also have more centre forwards, because apart from Bruno we have no one in the whole squad (hence midfielders, defenders etc. being chucked up front). The team also arguably lacks goal-scorers, full stop. Yet because of the playing list we're not flush any of these types of players, hence why this team is often lacking a cutting-edge.
  7. I agree that Joyce was seemingly brought in to do some laudable things, like: 1 Improve the culture at the club (more hardworking, more discipline, etc.) 2 More focus on the defence (ultimately conceding less goals by more organisation, more backbone and grittiness etc.) 3 Selecting the best players every week (seriously factoring in performance) We can also say there is another point that's always true: 4 Playing City football (which from the start CFG has called attacking football, with lots of goals). Now, while Joyce did 1 and 2 over the first four games, twenty-two games into the season in my view Joyce has not done 1 to 3 fully and/or properly, while he hasn't done 4 at all (the big home win against a weak Adelaide being an outlier that proves the point). I won't go into the details here where Joyce has fallen short this season of fully fulfilling these goals. So, while I think we can all agree that these goals are good, if someone aims to accomplish these goals, but gets things wrong when attempting to accomplish these goals, then this person can't get a lot of credit. Actual performance counts, stated goals are not enough. If Joyce could get back to the early season football where: A) we understood his goals, B.) Joyce played football in a way where he could accomplish his goals, and C) Joyce performed well (selected seemingly the best starting 11, played with a defensive focus, the culture at the club was seemingly good and getting results) then that would be a big improvement on the present where Joyce's goals are less clear, and I can't see what Joyce is trying to accomplish with the football the team's playing, or why he's starting and subbing on the players that he is.
  8. Transfer Talk, Rumours and Speculation

    It should be recalled that Kamau was a player Joyce highly rated--even before arriving in Melbourne. Indeed, Joyce said: So around half or two thirds of the way into his first season, Joyce is shipping out players he (seemingly) rated as some of his best, in Kamau. Joyce's track-record of signings players since the season started is: - 28 November 2017, Harrison Delbridge, three year contract (31/5/2020) - 29 December 2017, Dario Vidosic, one year and a half contract ["with the option for a further season"] (31/5/2019) - 10 February 2018, Oliver Bozanic, 6 months (31/5/2018) Vidosic is definitely a tick, a big tick IMO. However, the other signings indicate a far weaker performance with recruitment. So, not only is Melbourne City seemingly losing players at rapid speed, but I'm weary that our replacements are effectively weaker than our outgoing players. The club has to sort out it's player list management pronto, and show why fans should view the management of the player list favourably.
  9. The "Where are they now?" thread

    Iain Ramsay, One-on-one: Felda's Filipino hotshot setting the MPL alight as Asian Cup history beckons by Vijhay Vick 3 March 2018 Philippines international Iain Ramsay revived his career with Ceres Negros in 2017 before rejecting an offer from Thailand to sign with Felda United. He shares with FourFourTwo why the Fighters were appealing and his unfinished business with the Azkals... Ramsay, who is of Scottish and Filipino descent, was at a crossroads just over a year ago having seen his move from the A-League to Iranian club Tractor Sazi not go the way he had hoped. A move to Ceres – his first Filipino club despite already representing the nation – put the winger’s career back on track as the Busmen won the inaugural Philippines Football League (PFL) and made the region take note of them in the AFC Cup. The former Adelaide United and Melbourne City player was a key figure as Ceres defeated perennial Malaysia Super League (MSL) winners Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) en route to becoming AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal champions. They were then knocked out by Istiklol in the Inter-zone semi-final. Ramsay, who saw the club as a stop-gap measure, became a fan favourite and gave them a parting gift they’ll never forget, scoring a hattrick against Global Cebu to seal the PFL title. “I didn’t intend to stay at Ceres for a long time. I’ve always wanted to push myself,” Ramsay told FourFourTwo. “I mean no disrespect to Ceres. I loved my time there and worked well with the coach, Risto Vidakovic, who I think has abilities to be a very good coach at a high level. “But with the leagues in Thailand and Malaysia opening up a slot for ASEAN players, I wanted to make a jump. “There was one Thai club I thought I was heading to, but Felda came in and I knew about them after we met in the AFC Cup. I knew about the coach and they’ve kept many players from last season, which is good to see. It shows they believe in building a team. “I took it seriously when they came in for me, It wasn’t just about the football … I have a family and Malaysia is a lovely country to live in.” Ramsay admits it was disappointing to find out that Felda were demoted to the Malaysia Premier League (MPL) for matters off the pitch, after they failed to obtain a club licence, a mandatory requirement starting in 2018. The Fighters were unhappy with the demotion but have since come to terms with it, making it a mission to win the second tier competition, complete their license and make a big return to the MSL. If recent form is anything to go by, Felda look set to waltz their way to the MPL title. B. Satiananthan’s men have a 100 per cent record in the opening four matches, scoring 15 goals in the process. “It’s been enjoyable so far. Everyone has been very welcoming and it really helps that the team is winning,” said the 30-year-old midfielder. “We’ve got a lot of depth in our squad. It’s early days but the good start gives us confidence. I hope this momentum can take us through the league and also go a long way in the FA Cup and Malaysia Cup. We want to make improvements and to show that we mean business too.” Led by influential skipper Shukor Adan, the Fighters have a talented squad with the likes of Wan Zack Haikal Wan Noor, Hadin Azman, Thiago Fernandes, GIlberto Fortunato and Christie Jayaseelan in their ranks. In Satiananthan, they have a former Malaysia coach and one of the most experienced mentors around. Ramsay admits Satiananthan demands a lot of discipline from the players, but he insisted he has nothing but admiration for his gaffer. “Satiananthan has a lot of experience and has won things in Malaysia in the past. I can see from our training sessions that he has good knowledge of the game and you can’t really buy that,” said Ramsay. “He has a touch of European style too in terms of his knowledge and the way he takes care of the players. He has the winning mentality that rubs off on the players, who are very responsive to him.” While Ramsay has admired football in Malaysia during his short time in the country, he holds out hope that the sport also takes flight in the Philippines. Football has often taken a backseat to basketball, boxing and volleyball in a nation surrounded by the sea, but progress has been made in recent years. The Azkals are the second highest ranked Southeast Asian side in the FIFA World Rankings at No.123, only behind Vietnam (No.118) and ahead of Thailand (No.129), Myanmar (No.142), Indonesia (No.160), Cambodia (No.172), Singapore (No.173) and Malaysia (No.174). Yet the rankings and a run to the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup final – a tournament for emerging nations – is all the Azkals have to parade in terms of success. The Philippines have never reached an AFF Suzuki Cup or SEA Games final. In fact they have only qualified out of the group stage on four occasions (1991, 2010, 2012 and 2014). The Azkals have never played at the Olympics or Asian Cup, but Ramsay could be part of an Azkals side that etches its name into the history books when it hosts Tajikistan in the final Asian Cup qualifying match on March 27. The Philippines currently top their qualifying group and only need a draw to progress. They could also progress with a defeat but that will only be in the unlikely case Nepal manage to hold Yemen in the other group match. “Football in Philippines is growing but we are still behind in terms of fanbase and such. As a national team player, I hope I can play a massive part in raising the interest levels of football,” said Ramsay. “Basketball has always been number one but if we can qualify for the Asian Cup, I think interest in football will pick up. “It’s been a good experience so far and we are one game away from making history. Any country would be proud to be part of the competition. I’m determined along with my teammates … we want to be on a plane to United Arab Emirates in January.” https://www.fourfourtwo.com/my/features/iain-ramsay-one-one-feldas-filipino-hotshot-setting-mpl-alight-asian-cup-history-beckons
  10. THE DECIDER Melbourne Derby 2/3, 7.50pm

    Melbourne set for bonanza in week one of A-League finals with City, Victory joining race for Asia MATT WINDLEY AND DAVID DAVUTOVIC March 5, 2018 MELBOURNE is on track to play host to two A-League finalsin the one weekend for the first time. Melbourne Victory’s 2-1 derby win over Melbourne City on Friday night helped consolidate its hold on a top four spot, a grip that tightened further on Saturday when fifth-placed Adelaide lost to Brisbane. City is third on 33 points, one ahead of Victory, who is three points clear of the chasing pack. But both teams have inviting runs home, with Victory in particular helped by a draw that sees them play teams below it for the next four weeks. Home games for City against Western Sydney and Central Coast are must win, while a trip to also-ran Wellington in the final round is another big opportunity. The third and fourth-place finishers receive home elimination finals in week one of the playoffs, before travelling for the semi-finals in week two. But the other subplot to the final five weeks of the season is the race for Asia, with a third-placed finish likely to secure that team entry into the 2019 Asian Champions League playoffs. And City is hellbent on making it to the Champions League for the first time. City has lived in the shadows of Victory since joining the A-League in 2010, finishing above their arch rivals just twice. The City Football Group has invested millions since buying Melbourne Heart in 2014 and is keen to expand its Asian footprint. City midfielder Stefan Mauk admitted watching Victory and Sydney FC play in this year’s ACL was tough to swallow. “The owners didn’t buy the club for us to finish fourth or fifth on the table, they want us to win things,” Mauk said. “It (Asia) hasn’t been spoken too much to us as players, but it’s something we understand. It’s a massive tournament. “As a player you want to play as many games as possible. Training is OK, but you want to play and watching Victory and Sydney play in China in front of the big crowds, against Oscar and Hulk, you want to play at the highest level against the best players.” Lack of international breaks could again come back to hurt Victory with Kosta Barbarouses and possibly James Troisi and Rhys Williams to miss their side’s Round 24 trip to Perth. While snapping a six-game losing streak against Sydney in Round 27 could also be enough to see Victory finish above City on the table once again. THE RUN HOME MELBOURNE CITY 3rd, W 10, D 3, L 9, GD +2 pts 33 R23 v Adelaide (A) L R24 v Western Sydney (H) W R25 v Newcastle (A) L R26 v Central Coast (H) W R27 v Wellington (A) W MELBOURNE VICTORY 4th, W 9, D 5, L 8, GD +2 pts 32 R23 v Central Coast (H) W R24 v Perth (A) L R25 v Western Sydney (H) W R26 v Wellington (H) W R27 v Sydney (A) L * Matt Windley’s predicted results PREDICTED LADDER 1 Sydney 67pts 2 Newcastle 57pts 3 Melb City 42pts 4 Melb Victory 41pts 5 Western Sydney 38pts 6 Adelaide 36pts ----- 7 Perth 31pts 8 Brisbane 28pts 9 Central Coast 20pts 10 Wellington 20pts PREDICTED FINALS ELIMINATION FINALS Melbourne City v Adelaide, AAMI Park Melbourne Victory v Western Sydney, AAMI Park SEMI-FINALS Sydney v lowest-ranked week one winner, Allianz Stadium Newcastle v highest-ranked week one winner, McDonald Jones Stadium GRAND FINAL Winner of semi-final 1 v winner of semj-final 2 TOUGH MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB City/Heart has only twice finished above Victory FINISHING POSITIONS VICTORY // CITY 2010-11 5th // 11th 2011-12 8th // 6th 2012-13 3rd* // 9th 2013-14 4th // 10th 2014-15 1st // 5th 2015-16 6th // 4th 2016-17 2nd // 4th 2017-18 # 4th // 3rd * Denotes qualified for Asian Champions League #After 22 of 27 rounds http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/football/a-league/melbourne-set-for-bonanza-in-week-one-of-aleague-finals-with-city-victory-joining-race-for-asia/news-story/0e77905a5301f6632f24aab4c4453211
  11. Agree with a lot. One big issue is that every player that becomes unavailable is only only a small problem, but somehow a big problem. McCormack, Schenkeveld, Malik (?). Football is not just a team game, but a squad game. And with Joyce in charge it seems that his preferred starting XI are somehow irreplaceable, and there is no cover for any of these players in the squad. Even Joyce's new signings--Delbridge, Bozanic, etc.--can't even be useful backups for the absent 1st choice players. This all reflects poorly on the manager.
  12. THE DECIDER Melbourne Derby 2/3, 7.50pm

    Is Osama Malik the missing link for Melbourne City, after another loss? Michael Lynch MARCH 3 2018 What's Melbourne City coach Warren Joyce's biggest headache? The fact that teen star Daniel Arzani, the club's brightest attacking talent, can't play 90 minutes without cramping up and needing to be stretchered off the field? His team's poor recent record, where a real chance to snatch second spot on the A-League ladder has become a battle to stay in the top four? Or the fact that without Osama Malik, City can't seem to find the right blend of steel and strength in midfield? Yes, you read that right - Osama Malik. As Joyce pointed out after City slid to a third defeat in a row in the final Melbourne derby of the season, it might be no coincidence that his side has fallen out of winning ways with the absence of the tall defensive utility who has been a cornerstone of Joyce's midfield when fit. Malik injured himself in the warm-up in the home defeat to champions Sydney early in February, forcing Joyce into a hasty pre-kick-off revamp. City lost that game 4-0. Malik was also unavailable for last week's heartbreaking 2-1 loss to a 97th-minute goal in Perth, and wasabsent for the 2-1 defeat to Victory on Friday night. Joyce believes that had City had his physical presence on the pitch, things might have been different on at least one occasion. ''I think Malik gets a hell of a lot of stick at this place, but he's been out of the team for three games and we have lost three games with him not playing,'' Joyce said. City now have 13 days before their next game, away to Adelaide, which the coach hopes will allow the player to recover. ''We will just have to look this week [at how he is].'' Arzani is firing, but the teenager currently lacks the strength and fitness to play a full game at A-League tempo. Whether that will stop Bert Van Marwijk picking him for the upcoming Socceroos squad is a moot point but Joyce said that while he is a precocious talent, Arzani needs to work on his game. ''I wouldn't be surprised no,'' he said when asked about the prospect of national selection. ''I look at Marcus Rashford [Manchester United's young striker, who Joyce worked at Old Trafford] at the time before he broke in and he got a call-up to the national group. ''He's [Arzani] got X-factor talent, but he has also got things in his game that he has to improve on. ''He's a young kid developing in a man's league and he's going to make mistakes and at times those mistakes cost us. But he also does some really dynamic, clever and exciting things as well.'' In Friday's derby, Arzani lasted 70 minutes before going down with cramp, having to be stretchered off. Could he last a whole game? ''No, he's not capable in my opinion, no,'' Joyce said bluntly. Joyce's decision to throw on giant centre back Harrison Delbridge in the closing minutes as City chased a late equaliser raised some eyebrows, especially with attacking players Nick Fitzgerald and Stefan Mauk on the bench. ''I thought we were still looking like we could score … I still thought we could create [chances]. I thought we had a pattern and sometimes you can slow the tempo down. I thought we were still maybe good value for a goal.” http://www.watoday.com.au/sport/soccer/melbourne-city/is-osama-malik-the-missing-link-for-melbourne-city-after-another-loss-20180302-p4z2nl.html
  13. THE DECIDER Melbourne Derby 2/3, 7.50pm

    Bragging rights? Warren Joyce just wants three Melbourne Derby points ByJoey Lynch March 1, 2018 Warren Joyce is declining to get caught up in the hype of this week’s Melbourne Derby. Joyce’s Melbourne City side will head into Friday night’s fixture in third position on the A-League table, just four points clear of cross-town rivals Melbourne Victory with only six games left to play in the 2017-18 regular season. But with the second-placed Newcastle Jets sitting eight points clear of his side heading into the round, Joyce is not proselytising the need to secure Melbourne bragging rights or a desire to enact revenge for December’s 1-0 Christmas Derby defeat; but instead the need for consistent wins. Speaking at City’s Bundoora headquarters on Thursday, Joyce called on his City side to bring the intensity and passion concomitant with derbies to every game they play during the rest of the campaign. “Derbies … you look forward to big games all the time,” he said. “We can’t approach it and treat it any bigger than any other game. “If you do that its detrimental to your own mind, it means you are not putting all that concentration and effort into every game. “Every game from now until the end of the season has got to feel like a derby game or a grand final. “That’s how you have got to look at it, you’ve got to relish it, look forward to it, stand up to it and enjoy it, put every little bit of concentration effort and skill into getting through those games. “We have six, seven eight, nine grand finals to come and we have to win every single game that we play from now to the end of the season.” While Joyce himself claims to be focusing on the next game, there are likely to be others – in Bundoora, Manchester and Abu Dahbi, with a different view. Since their purchase of the then Heart in 2014, much has been made of the City Football Group’s desire to see their Australian investment play Asian Champions League football, with City yet to qualify for the prestigious tournament since the purchase. Asked how important he himself felt playing in the ACL was, or if the importance of City taking part in it had been communicated to him, Joyce once again played a straight bat. “First and foremost, you’re are trying to win the league, that’s your aim at the start,” he added. “You’re trying to win every single game. “If that’s your aim and you put all your focus on that, the other things look after themselves. “It’s got to be the same focus on that, you try and win every game and if you do that all the little side things that come from winning games and being successful happen. “You look at the short term, concentrate on that, and if you don’t have the performances, don’t have the wins you don’t get them things. “It’s an obvious statement that you want to be competing with the Sydneys, be involved in Asia, involved in all the cup competitions right down to the death. “That’s been the same approach from the first day of preseason. “Every single game that we lose is a massive disappointment. Every single game we draw is a massive disappointment, but you pick up and go again and try and win the next one. “Any player, if you have something about you, you do those things all the time.” One player that will come under intense focus during the derby is City’s new signing, Oliver Bozanic. Signed as a free agent to the club on 10 February, Bozanic made his first start for City last week against Perth, playing a full 90 minutes as his side lost 2-1 thanks to two late goals from Perth Glory’s Neil Kilkenny and Adam Taggart. Bozanic of course, spent two seasons at Victory, scoring five goals in 48 appearances after signing a three-year marquee deal with the club in September of 2015. Asked if he expected his history with Victory to give his new signing an extra boost during the game, Joyce downplayed the impact that playing his former club would have on Bozanic. “It’s not about having a point to prove, players who are professional conduct themselves the right way and live the right way and do the right things all the time anyway,” he said. “I’ve been impressed by him as a man as well as a player. “Fitness and game time is lacking but he has come into the group as type of professional you want at this club. “You can sense he has got some pride about him, I would imagine the pride in his own performance is no different playing from last week to this week, to playing a five a side game out there or playing a game behind closed doors. He wants to do the right things. “You want to perform well for the fans and the owners of the clubs, then they want to perform for themselves and their families, but that’s the same for every game to the end of the season.” http://dailyfootballshow.com/bragging-rights-warren-joyce-just-wants-three-melbourne-derby-points/ Will Bruno Fornaroli start in the Melbourne derby? By Michael Lynch 1 March 2018 Melbourne City coach Warren Joyce doesn't say he has a dillemma in whether or not to make Bruno Fornaroli his key man in Friday night's derby against Melbourne Victory. Fornaroli has a heart like a lion, is desperate to play, but having missed most of the season through injury is not fully fit and is still coping with pain from a broken ankle. The temptation is to take him at his word when he says he can do the job. ''His heart is massive, he's desperate to be involved, then you come back from Perth and he can't train,'' Joyce reflected when asked about the Uruguayan's readiness for what is always a bruising, high tempo encounter. ''He's itchy to get playing (but) if you got one day, two days, five days where you don't train and you have been out for a long time it's hard to get up to the levels that people expect and have seen before. '"It's managing him one day to the next, saying how are you this morning. That's the thing we have got to contend with. ''It's not like coming back from a thigh strain where you have done all the rehab and you have got the build up and the muscles and you have had the scan and i'ts clear and now you can kick on. It's not as simple an injury as that.'' In the absence of the now-departed Ross McCormack and the captain Fornaroli, teenage forward Daniel Arzani has become the go-to man for City. Joyce is an unabashed admirer of Arzani's talent, and is sure to make him a focal point of City's frontline in what will be the 19-year-old's first derby start. But he also knows that for all his ability, Arzani, who has now played the number of games required to trigger the next year of his deal at City, has lots to learn. ''He still has things he can improve on, but you see little bits every day (where he is) better in understanding and better in decision making and even physically better. "I think if he continues that journey you would expect him to have a really bright footballing career. When you are that young, with that amount of talent, you have to challenge yourself to be perfect for everything. ''He has got a brain, and he's one of the last to leave this club every day, and if you keep working like that you improve in all areas and there's no limit to what you can reach. ''I think he's got to aim to do that, put high demands on himself all the time and not just target one area, target everything and see how good he can really become and how far he can go.'' One fascinating sub-plot in this match will be the performance of Oliver Bozanic, who is likely to line up in midfield for City having previously done the same thing in Melbourne derbies for Victory. Joyce says he has been impressed by the contribution Bozanic has made around the club in the short time he has been there and doesn't believe that the midfielder will need any special motivation against his former club. ''It's not about a point to prove ... players who are professional, who conduct themselves the right way and live the right way do the right things all the time anyway. ''I have been impressed by him as a man as well as a player. Fitness and game time is lacking but he has come into the group as the right type of professional you want at this club. ''You can sense he has got some pride about him, I would imagine the pride in his own performance is no different playing from last week to this week, to playing a five-a-side game out there or playing a game behind closed doors. He wants to do the right things.'' Tall defender Harrison Delbridge is set to start at the heart of defence to cover for suspended Bart Schenkenveld, while Osama Malik is still not fit enough to take his place in midfield. Youngster Nathaniel Atkinson has come through his first match back from injury well and could start. https://www.smh.com.au/sport/soccer/will-bruno-fornaroli-start-in-the-melbourne-derby-20180301-p4z2ax.html
  14. 2017/18 Melbourne City Media

    Pre-derby interview with Scott Jamieson: https://www.melbournecityfc.com.au/news/scott-jamieson-a-positive-response-melbourne-derby Pre-derby interview with Dario Vidosic: https://www.melbournecityfc.com.au/news/dario-vidosic-his-first-melbourne-derby Bruno Fornaroli and Daniel Arzani "Macca's Chat to a Champion":
  15. The "Where are they now?" thread

    Stoke City favourite sets off on month-long bike ride across Australia with $150k charity mission By Peter Smith 1 MAR 2018 Jack Butland and Asmir Begovic send off Thomas Sorensen as he begins marathon fundraiser for seriously ill children Thomas Sorensen has finished months of training to set off on a 3,500km bike ride across Australia with a plan to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for children most in need. The Stoke City favourite, whose star performances in goal helped keep the Potters in the Premier League in the seasons following promotion, jumped on two wheels after officially hanging up his gloves last summer. He had finished his playing career at Melbourne City and has stayed Down Under to support the charity Starlight Australia. The 41-year-old planned this RideForKids mission with the aim of collecting $150,000 that could either grant 23 life-changing wishes for a seriously ill child or be invested in brightening the hospital experience for 3,800 children on the Starlight programme. He said: “When I was growing up I had one dream, to be a professional footballer. With the support of many people I was incredibly fortunate to be able to do it – but not every child gets to live their dream. “So I’m undertaking a 3,500km bike ride from one side of Australia to the other to raise money for an inspirational charity, the Starlight Foundation Australia, which has one simple mission: to brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families.” Sorensen set off yesterday from the Barosssa Valley, South Australia, with a 67km – and 809m climb – through the wine region towards Hahndorf. He will wind his way through from Adelaide to Melbourne before a second stage around Tasmania and final stage heading north to Sydney, finishing at Sydney Opera House on April 1. That's about 2,200 miles all in all. The goalkeepers’ union has been out to cheer him on, including his old pals from Stoke. Jack Butland posted on Twitter: “Good luck to a good friend of mine and the team on their 3,500km Australian bike ride in aide of the Starlight Foundation. Please support and donate if you can.” Asmir Begovic wrote: “Wishing my good friend Thomas Sorensen aall the best with his latest challenge.” Sorensen is also hosting an auction for the cause, with donations of signed shirts from Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero. He has been on a big charity bike ride before, clocking up 4,000 miles cycling across the United States in aid of the University Hospitals of North Midlands charity and underprivileged children in Denmark. For more information or to make a donation, visit rideforkids.com https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/thomas-sorensen-stoke-city-rideforkids-1281056?utm_source=google_news&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=google_news&utm_content=sitemap