A-League 2018/2019


#61

Poor guy. Can’t even imagine how scary that must of been for him

Kosta scored a cracker to get us through to the next round


#62

Could be in strife. Named as Cambodia’s National Coach.


#63

General Manager, not Manager.


#64

Apia WTF???
Huge upset


#65

Just a shame cairns couldn’t knock off sydney. So close…


#66

Wouldn’t be surprised if he was a figurehead appointment doing it for free. Having a once a week video conference to communicate with Cambodia initially.

Honda also doing a $100 million Hollywood creative charity project with Will Smith. So I think he is diversifying his interests and its not all about money.


#67

MV close to signing swedish stricker Ola Toivenan

He tore Germany to bits at the WC


#68

Who are your visa players if you get Toivenan?


#69

Honda (Midfielder, Japan)
Toivenan (Striker, Sweden)
Neidermeir (Defender, Germany)
Kosta (Midfielder, NZ)
Storm Roux (Dedender, NZ)


#70

How many can you have?


#71

Five


#72

Well and truely gained more than we’ve lost.

Gettimg Toivonen under the cap is huge


#73

New kit is ■■■■■■■ hideous


#74

Toivonen offical. 2 year deal


#75

Need to correct this. As Honda is marquee we still have one more Visa spot.

Going to sign a spanish defensive Midfielder from Granada


#76

Victory are putting together a very nice squad for next season


#77

How did we get Swedish World Cup starting player Ola Toivonen from Toulouse to Victory, and under the salary cap?

Leroy George got a lot of publicity for the interview he did with a Dutch magazine, and although not entirely complementary, it may have been a very good advert for older talented players who wouldn’t mind a working holiday in Australia, with perhaps more emphasis on holiday than working compared to what they are used to in Europe:

LEROY GEORGE ON WHY HE LEFT PARTY-HARD MELBOURNE VICTORY

By Staff Writer Jul 12 2018 2:29PM

Leroy George has given an eye-opening account of his time in the A-League and the party-hard exploits of his former Melbourne Victory teammates.

The Dutch winger was a standout for the 2017/18 Champions but left disenchanted when Victory failed to up his wages in line with a performance agreement.

In a wide ranging interview with Dave Aalbers of Vice Sports the 31-year-old said he was “now negotiating with three other clubs in Australia,” but required a lucrative deal to offset the hardship of playing far from home.

ALL THE A-LEAGUE OFF-SEASON PLAYER MOVES

George, who has plied his trade in Holland, Turkey and Azerbaijan, chipped in with nine goals and 14 assists in Victory’s championship-winning season, yet seemed bemused the club lifted silverware.

“In the regular season we ended up as number four with more than twenty points less than the number one,” he told Vice Sports from the Netherlands where he made a surprise return to his family. “You can run a (poor) season in Australia and then still celebrate a championship. I am very proud that I managed to win the title after two championships in Azerbaijan on the other side of the world.”

It was a week before he knew of the Grand Final controversy and admits it didn’t dampen post-match spirtis. The only goal, which started with his own free kick, was offside but went undetected by the VAR system which malfunctioned during 30 crucial seconds.

“The party was certainly no less,” he said. “Those guys there know how to celebrate a championship. We only celebrated for a week.

“Crates of beer in the locker room, steps, and more of that sort of thing…those teammates of mine (celebrated) the whole week. I sometimes drink something myself, but what those Australians do is really next level.

“(They) were in the drink from 10 o’clock in the morning. That was quite different from the titles in Azerbaijan. There I asked: ‘Hey, where is the beer?’ But of course these were all Muslims, and they do not drink.”

George seemed equally impressed with the Mad Monday frolic.

“It is a tradition and everyone has to dress up,” he said. “I do not know exactly what that day entails, but it was really a laugh. I was dressed up as a Formula 1 driver. Of course they started again at 10 O’clock in the morning and ended it after midnight. Man, they know what parties are there.”

George said he never imagined playing in Australia when he left Turkey in May last year but the desire for a new challenge meant the deal was done in three days.

“Life in Australia was…super-relaxed,” he said. “ I usually went to the club at 9 O’clock in the morning and then we started training at 10 o’clock. Around 12 O’clock I discussed with my teammates what we were going to do in the afternoon. Often it would be nice to have lunch and drink coffee. Then I took a nap and it was already evening. I then sent an app to my teammates: ‘Where are we going to eat?’ That was the life in Australia pretty much. Nothing wrong with that.”

George said people were surprised he had not stuck with Victory. “We had agreed that if I would perform well that would also be seen in the next contract. The club also wanted to extend, but then just for the same amount…I am old and wise enough now that I know this is part of football. It remains business.”

He added: “As a little boy who grew up here in the Staatslieden neighbourhood I never expected that I would ever see Australia.

“I do what I am good at, the game that I love. I come to countries where I would not come without football. That’s great to experience. It is therefore too early for a return to the Netherlands. I would like to play abroad for another year or two. Around that time I am 33 and then we see again.”


#78

And now offical.

Raul Baena


#79

How’s our salary cap going?


#80

@rossoneri Now you’d think its maxed out. Toivonen, Neidermeir and Beana would be on big coin but at the other end you’ve got the likes of Ingham, Hope, and Kenny would be minimum wage.

Broxy is outside the cap as a loyalty player. Think he is still the only one in the league that qualifies for that