Key moments from Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Season -Besart Berisha 100th goal in tournment

BES BRINGS UP THE TON: The Hyundai A-League’s deadliest marksman became its first goalscoring centurion, sweeping home goal #100 from close range against the Mariners to the delight of the AAMI Park faithful.


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Epic battle sees Sydney FC crowned champions

Sydney FC have crowned an extraordinary season by defeating arch-rivals Melbourne Victory on penalties 4-2 in a titanic Hyundai A-League Grand Final at Allianz Stadium on Sunday.

The game ended 1-1 after extra time.

In the shootout, Brosque opened the scoring, Troisi replied to kick off the shooout.

Wilkinson then missed to give Victory the advantage, and Broxham made it 2-1.

Carney coolly made it 2-2 and Valeri smashed his shot against the bar to hand Sydney a lifeline.

O’Neill scored to make it 3-2 with Rojas to take for the Big V. Vukovic saved brilliantly.

And the player of the season Milos Ninkovic stepped up to score the winner 4-2.

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After confirming the Premiership with weeks left in the regular season, Graham Arnold’s Sky Blues have now done the double to cement their position as the A-League’s most dominant club side – and one of the greatest in league history.

Sunday’s finale in the Harbour City wasn’t one of the great grand finals but it was certainly the most intense.

It was a frantic and electrically charged first half as both sides threw themselves into the contest in front of 41,546 fans.

It was fierce, feisty and intense football with referee Jarred Gillett having his hands full.

Amid the scrappy play, one moment of pure class broke the game open when Berisha pounced to give Victory the lead on 20 minutes.

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Sydney FC, as expected threw everything at their opponent in the second half with David Carney thrown on early, but Victory kept their shape and excellent defensive discipline.

That was till the Sky Blues’ pressure finally paid off and Rhyan Grant as popped up in the box to tap in the equaliser.

Suddenly, and for the first time, Victory were looking shaky as the Sky Blues sensed it was their time.

But in a game of few clear chances, neither side could find a winner and the game went to extra time.

Clearly both sides looked fatigued in the final stages of the finale after an epic 90 minutes.

Troisi could’ve won it for the Big V but it wasn’t to be and so to penalties it went.



1-0 Besart Berisha, Victory 20’

Rojas was crunched by two Sky Blues near the centre circle, Valeri picked up the loose ball, fed Berisha centrally, and the Big V talisman drove into the box, shifted the ball onto his left foot and powered home a low shot into the corner of the net.

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1-1 Rhyan Grant, Sydney FC 69’

Sydney FC finally found enough space to get a shot off, with Carney’s effort parried onto the post and as the ball rolled along the line Rhyan Grant was first to it to drill home.

Sydney FC players celebrate Rhyan Grant's equaliser in the Hyundai A-League Grand Final.


James Troisi, in the first minute of the second half in extra time, turned and shot brilliantly to beat Vukovic but not the post. A goal then and Victory may’ve been able to hold on for a win in extra time.


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Besart Berisha’s focus is on Melbourne Victory, not Sydney FC

According to Besart Berisha, Victory's focus this week has been on themselves and not Premiers Sydney FC.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Jason Pine @pineyzb
Melbourne Victory haven’t spent Hyundai A-League grand final week searching for chinks in Premiers Sydney FC’s armour. Instead, they’re concentrating on their own strengths.


While acknowledging the Sky Blues’ outstanding campaign, Victory’s master marksman Besart Berisha left no doubt about where his focus has been in the lead-up to Sunday’s Big Blue blockbuster.

“They had an amazing season – they’re a very strong side,” Berisha told reporters when asked about Sydney FC.

“But the most important [thing] is not to look at where their good side is and their bad side is.

“The most important [thing] is to look where our good side is and perform the best in this game.

“What counts is to look after us,” he said.


After a record-breaking season, Sydney FC are warm favourites to win a third championship.

But the weight of expectation on them has been a talking point this week.

However, Berisha wouldn’t be drawn on how much pressure there might be on the Sky Blues to cap their all-conquering season.

“I’ll leave it to them [with] how much pressure they have,” said the Kosovo international.

“We are ready – we are looking forward to it.

“We are very focused – we’re working really intensive and hard and preparing for the big game.

“I can see it in training, I can see that we’re hungry and we want more.

Besart Berisha“This is what football players play for.

“For me it’s something special playing another grand final.

“These are the moments when you have to make sure you want to step up to win another trophy,” he said.


Despite Victory taking the lead in two of the three meetings between the sides this season, the Sky Blues won all three encounters.


But that won’t matter on Sunday according to Berisha.

“We can score against them, we can play good football,” said Berisha.

“We proved against Brisbane how dangerous we are, how good we are defensively and the way we play up front.

“We believe that we can do it and we go there with big motivation,” he said.


And on the eve of his fourth Hyundai A-League grand final, Berisha said the whole Victory squad is fit and firing.

“Everyone is 100 percent this week,” he said.

“Even if [we’re] not, these are the games where we lift.

“Everybody is not 100 – everyone is 1000 percent,” Berisha declared.

Sydney FC will play Melbourne Victory in the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Grand Final.


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Besart Berisha fires Melbourne Victory into grand final

Victory star Besart Berisha races off to celebrate after opening the scoring in the semi final against Brisbane Roar.

Melbourne Victory star Besart Berisha races off to celebrate after opening the scoring in the semi final against Brisbane Roar.

Melbourne Victory are through to a record fifth grand final after Besart Berisha broke Brisbane Roar hearts in a 1-0 win at AAMI Park on Sunday.

The former Roar favourite headed the only goal in the 70th minute of a tense semi final, booking Victory’s third Grand Final meeting with Big Blue rivals Sydney FC.

Victory were liveliest in the opening 25 minutes and should have taken the lead through either Besart Berisha or Leigh Broxham, but heavy touches allowed the brave Jamie Young to smother both chances.

Brisbane evened out the contest until the hour when Young was needed for another pair of fine saves in quick succession.

The visitors’ resistance finally broke with 20 minutes to play as their former hero ghosted between two markers and met Fahid Ben Khalfallah’s beautifully flighted cross.

Berisha’s 101st Hyundai A-League goal confirmed a second decider in three seasons against the Sky Blues, to be contested at Allianz Stadium in Sydney next Sunday.



1-0 Victory: Berisha, 70’

Besart Berisha found space between defender and fullback to clinically head in Ben Khalfallah’s exceptional curling cross.

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Besart Berisha and Thomas Broich set for blockbuster semi final

Melbourne Victory striker Besart Berisha and Brisbane Roar star Thomas Broich.

Melbourne Victory striker Besart Berisha and Brisbane Roar star Thomas Broich.

Roar progress after Elimination Final shootout

Sunday, 23 April 2017

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Two great mates. Two absolute stars of the Hyundai A-League. Besart Berisha versus Thomas Broich is just one of the fascinating sub-plots to Sunday’s Semi Final in Melbourne when Victory host Roar.

They both have legitimate claims to the title of best-ever Hyundai A-League import.

The competition’s greatest ever goalscorer Besart Berisha and one of its most decorated individual players Thomas Broich.

Besart Berisha celebrates scoring his 100th goal in the win over the Mariners on Friday night.

And on Sunday, they try to drive their sides to the 2016/17 Grand Final.

Who is more influential – Victory’s Bes or Roar’s Broich?


Broich has made 873 passes to Berisha’s 631 this season with the German making 43.5 passes per 90 minutes, compared to 24.8 from the Kosovo international.


Berisha’s accuracy is slightly better though at 79%, compared to Broich’s 75%.

In the opposition half, Berisha’s accuracy is 77.31% and Broich’s 72.56%.

This can perhaps be explained in part though by the length of the passes played by each, with only 1% of Berisha’s passes being long ones, compared to 5% of Broich’s.


Broich has created 57 chances compared to Berisha with 33.

Thomas Broich will depart Brisbane Roar at season's end.

Broich has supplied five assists for his team-mates while Berisha has provided four.

And while Berisha’s 19 goals leaves Broich’s two in the dust, his shooting accuracy is also very impressive with 58.2% of his efforts on target, compared to 52.9% by the Roar man.


A good indicator of the danger a player presents is how often he is fouled.

Broich has been fouled 46 times by opposition players while Berisha has won 33 free-kicks.

And with ball at feet, Berisha has been on 20 successful dribbles while Broich has embarked on just one fewer.


Berisha has conceded 34 fouls this season and Broich just 17.

Besart Berisha

And despite a combustible reputation, Berisha has earned just two yellow cards and had his sole red card rescinded.

Broich has been booked only once, just his eighth yellow card in seven Hyundai A-League seasons.


This category can’t be quantified with statistics.

But it certainly comes into play.

Thomas Broich knows when Roar are knocked out of the Finals Series, his Brisbane career comes to an end.

Brisbane Roar legend Thomas Broich is set to leave the Hyundai A-League club at the end of the season.He’ll want nothing more than to go out with another Championship. He’s already stated that – he wants a fourth Championship.

But Berisha is one of the most motivated players in the A-League, full-stop.

His seemingly unquenchable thirst for goals and silverware ensures his whole-hearted commitment from the first to last whistle.

The fact he’s playing his former side just adds to the mix.



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Besart Berisha honoured with purple hero shield

Melbourne Victory striker Besart Berisha and Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

Melbourne Victory striker Besart Berisha and Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
Hyundai A-League 100-goal striker Besart Berisha joins some of the biggest names in world football – including Real Madrid’s Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic – after being honoured by EA SPORTS.

Berisha been awarded the coveted purple hero shield by EA SPORTS after a stellar career in Australia that saw him reach the magical century of goals last weekend.

And in doing so, the deadly striker and Kosovo international becomes the first ever player from the Hyundai A-League or Asia to have been given this honour.

Berisha, who began his career in Australia with Brisbane Roar before transferring to Victory, joins football royalty in Ronaldo and Premier League stars Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane who have also received the coveted purple hero shield.

Besart Berisha.

Last week, Berisha confirmed himself as one of the greatest-ever in the Hyundai A-League after he slammed his 100th goal in Australia’s top league when Victory defeated Mariners 1-0 at AAMI Park.

FIFA 17 Hero purple cards are awarded in FUT 17 for particularly significant achievements.

The Heroes were created in FIFA 15 Ultimate Team to reward individual honours, like best players and best young players awards, and heroic contributions during an important match.

To be the first ever player from the Hyundai A-League – or any league in the AFC – to be awarded the purple shield is a massive achievement for Berisha and the whole game in Australia.

Besart Berisha celebrates scoring his 100th goal in the win over the Mariners on Friday night.

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Besart Berisha scored his 100th goal in the Hyundai A-League with his strike for Melbourne Victory against Central Coast Mariners on Friday night.

Besart Berisha

Melbourne Victory striker Besart Berisha has reached the magical century of goals in the Hyundai A-League.

The Victory talisman brought up the 100 milestone with his 19th goal of the season in Friday night’s Round 27 clash with Central Coast Mariners at AAMI PARK.

Berisha has been a consistent scorer ever since notching his very first goal in the competition for Brisbane Roar back in round two of the 2011/12 Season.

That goal came in a 2-0 win over Sydney FC  when he was on hand to finish off a rebound.


Besart Berisha.And he’s been delivering ever since, especially in the big games.

And there are none bigger in the Hyundai A-League than the grand final, where Berisha scored four times in three Championship wins for both Roar and Victory.

On Monday, look out for a data analysis of all 100 goals scored by the history making striker affectionately called “Bes”.


#MelbDerby - Victory star Besart Berisha has scored 10 goals in his last 12 Hyundai A-League games against Melbourne City, including seven goals in his last eight.How they were scored: 
Right foot – 50
Left foot – 35
Header – 15

Where they were scored from: 
Inside box (including 17 penalties) – 94
Outside box – 6

When they were scored: 
First half – 49
Second half – 51

Where they were scored: 
Home – 59
Away – 41


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Melbourne Victory 1-0 Central Coast Mariners – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Besart Berisha notched his 100th Hyundai A-League goal to hand Melbourne Victory a 1-0 win over Central Coast Mariners on Friday night. In a tight tussle at AAMI Park, Berisha struck with 10 minutes left to snap Victory’s three-game winless run and thrust his name into A-League folklore with his special ton.

Berisha’s goal lit up a tense contest which looked like it would end goalless for long periods. In an even first half, Roy O’Donovan had the best chance for the Mariners but shot straight at Lawrence Thomas, while James Troisi forced a stunning full-stretch save from Paul Izzo down the other end.

Victory dominated after the break and created a stack of chances before Berisha made the difference with 10 minutes left.

While the Mariners will need to wait another day to see if they avoid the wooden spoon, Victory will head into the semi-final in a fortnight in a confident mood.


1-0 Melbourne Victory: Besart Berisha 80’

James Troisi surged down the left and crossed with Berisha missing the ball, only for it to make its way to Jai Ingham. The Kiwi winger unselfishly played it back to Berisha who blasted it home from close range.

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Analysis: Hyundai A-League hat-trick heroes

Jamie Maclaren (Roar), Brendon Santalab (Wanderers) and Besart Berisha (Victory).

Jamie Maclaren (Brisbane Roar), Brendon Santalab (Western Sydney Wanderers) and Besart Berisha (Melbourne Victory).

Red-hot Roar man Jamie Maclaren added his name to the list of 2016/17 Hyundai A-League hat-trick heroes last weekend. But how many triples have we seen this season and how does “Macca” compare to Bruno and “Santa”?

The Roar marksman scored three times in eight explosive minutes during Brisbane’s emphatic 5-1 win over the Mariners at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.


It also helped earn him a selection as a reserve for this week’s FIFA 17 Team of the Week.

It was the fifth hat-trick of the 2016/17 A-League season…

Andy Keogh, Perth Glory v Melbourne City, round 3

Besart Berisha, Melbourne Victory v Wellington Phoenix, round 4

Besart Berisha, Melbourne Victory v Western Sydney Wanderers, round 10

Brendon Santalab, Western Sydney Wanderers v Melbourne City, round 24

Jamie Maclaren, Brisbane Roar v Central Coast Mariners, round 25

That surpasses the number of hat-tricks in three of the last four seasons, with two rounds and the Finals Series still to come.


But there is still some way go to match the lofty heights of 2014/15, which saw nine hat-tricks netted.


Brendon Santalab is making a habit of scoring in clumps.

In nine of the games in which he’s scored this season, Santa has gone on to get at least one more goal four times.

It means 64% of his goals for the Wanderers (nine out of 14) have come as part of a brace or hat-trick.


While he hasn’t scored a hat-trick this season, Melbourne City talisman Bruno Fornaroli has had more multi-goal games than any other player.

His five braces account for 59% of his total goal scoring tally for the season.

In a record-breaking debut A-League campaign in 2015/16, the Uruguayan scored 25 goals in 29 games, including a hat-trick and six braces.


Not surprisingly, all five hat-trick scorers this season have led their side to victory.

And of the 40 instances of a player scoring two or more goals in a game, all but five of them have been in a winning effort.


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Melbourne Victory 4-1 Perth Glory- Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Melbourne Victory have kept alive the Premiership race and ended their Perth Glory hoodoo after romping to a 4-1 win over the WA outfit at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

The home side hadn’t beaten Perth in their last eight outings and they got off to an inauspicious start when Diego Castro opened the scoring against the run of play after just five minutes.

However Victory rallied on the back of a vintage Besart Berisha performance, with their talisman netting his 99th Hyundai A-League goal before teeing up Fahid Ben Khalfallah in sensational fashion before the break.

Both sides continued to play an expansive brand of football after the interval but just when it looked like Glory would draw level they were hit with a sucker punch via the boot of Marco Rojas.

James Troisi celebrated his recall to the Caltex Socceroos fold with a sublime individual effort to bank Victory’s fourth, while Lawrence Thomas made a couple of spectacular late saves to maintain the final three goal margin.

The result means Kevin Muscat’s side have now won nine of their last 11 home matches, while Glory have work to do over the remaining four rounds in their quest to host an Elimination Final.



0-1 Perth Glory: Diego Castro, 5’

A goal bound Adam Taggart header was well saved by Thomas following a cross from Andy Keogh but Castro was on hand to lash home the parry from an acute angle.

1-1 Melbourne Victory: Besart Berisha, 23’

Marco Rojas picked out the front post run of his strike partner with a curling free-kick, with Berisha heading strongly between Liam Reddy and the post to draw his side level.

Besart Berisha

2-1 Melbourne Victory: Fahid Ben Khalfallah, 42’

Berisha dug into his bag of tricks, juggling the ball multiple times on the byline before whipping in a cross with his back to goal that the Tunisian nodded home after getting the better of Josh Risdon.

3-1 Melbourne Victory: Marco Rojas, 48’

The home side hit Glory in transition with Ben Khalfallah feeding the run of Rojas, who darted towards goal before cutting inside Marc Warren and bending the ball inside the far post.

4-1 Melbourne Victory: James Troisi, 73’

The in-form midfielder did it all himself, winning the ball and ghosting past a couple of defenders before hammering the ball past Reddy who was left rooted to the spot.

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