Melbourne Victory sign former Melbourne Heart coach John Aloisi

February 9, 2015 – 4:22PM

John Aloisi in 2013, when he was head coach of Melbourne Heart.

John Aloisi in 2013, when he was head coach of Melbourne Heart. Photo: Getty Images

Former Melbourne Heart player and coach John Aloisi has joined arch-rivals Melbourne Victory as the development coach of their National Youth League and National Premier League sides.

Aloisi, the only Australian to play club soccer at the highest level in England, Italy and Spain, will work alongside youth head coach Darren Davies.

The 39-year-old played 55 matches for the Socceroos and scored the penalty which ensured qualification for the 2006 World Cup finals.

Aloisi returned to Australia in 2007, later joining the Heart (now Melbourne City) as a player and coach.


He was dumped as Heart coach in December 2013 and replaced by John van `t Schip.

“John is a highly respected member of the Australian football community whose experience and pedigree will add real value to our youth football program,” Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat said.

“His appointment is another step towards the development of our own football academy and we’re delighted to welcome him as part of the Melbourne Victory family.”



Source : The Canberra Times

Melbourne City here to stay after total eclipse of Melbourne Heart

October 10, 2014 – 2:00PM

Michael Lynch


When Manchester City took over Melbourne Heart earlier this year, the English Premier League champion did very little except watch, listen, look and learn as the season, yet another campaign of failure for the red and whites, came to its disappointing conclusion.

The brainstrust behind City’s global soccer group quickly decided that, among other things, its new affiliate’s training facilities, particularly its pitches, were not up to scratch.

City’s football staff asked how could a team that was trying to play passing, fluid, moving football train on a sub-standard surface? They can’t, was the obvious answer.

Upgrade: Spanish superstar David Villa is here for a 10-game stint.

Upgrade: Spanish superstar David Villa is here for a 10-game stint. Photo: Getty Images

So City fixed it, in the manner that only a club with the resources and money the Abu Dhabi-owned business could do: by bringing ground staff from Manchester, armed with the latest technology, to improve the conditions and produce pitches that would give the newly branded Melbourne City the chance to prepare for the new season in the best possible fashion.

The result is a playing surface of lush green and a happy coach and players who will hope that the extra attention to detail will pay dividends, starting on Saturday night when City travels to Sydney to take on the “other” Sky Blues in the opening round of the new A-League season.

That, explains Simon Pearce, a Manchester City board member and vice-chairman of Melbourne City, is just one small example of a much wider partnership that the parent club is forging with its Australian affiliate, one of three such arrangements the English club has formed outside its home market. As well as the Melbourne deal, City is an 80 per cent stakeholder in New York City, the new Major League Soccer franchise, and has a 20 per cent interest in Yokohama F Marinos of the J-League.

Slovenian international Robert Koren.

Slovenian international Robert Koren. Photo: Getty Images

Even now, as the pre-season comes to an end, soil samples and data on the surface are being sent between Manchester and Melbourne. It speaks of attention to detail and meticulous planning of the kind Pearce says can deliver dividends for both clubs over a wide range of areas.

The club’s Manchester-based CEO, Ferran Soriano, explains the rationale behind the partnership. “Each club needs to stand on its own individual merits but the City Football Group gives us an ability to create a whole that is much greater than the sum of its parts. There are synergies and benefits across a range of areas: scouting and recruiting, sports science, facility development, marketing and commercial operations, to name a few.”

Many eyebrows were raised when it emerged in January that City, for a price just shy of $12 million, had bought the struggling Heart. What on earth was in it for the plutocrats of the English premiership, and why buy the A-League’s cellar-dweller in a country where soccer wasn’t even the No. 1 sport?

Coach John van't Schip shows his ball skills during training.Coach John van’t Schip shows his ball skills during training. Photo: Getty Images

For City, there was a method in the seeming madness. For starters the A-League, like the MLS, where it is also expanding, is a salary-capped competition. Therefore, its spending would, to a great extent, be circumscribed as it would not be required to splash out vast amounts of cash to sign a huge roster of players to be competitive in a league that might be subject to inflationary wage spirals.

It got to extend its global brand and identity at a competitive price as a result – a cost-effective way of utilising the intellectual property and the City brand name to eventually increase the return on its new owner’s vast investment.

It also found a use for a whole host of services and skills (such as game analysis) which could be applied in other countries, amortising their costs at head office.

City’s Etihad campus, in what was once a run-down and blighted area of inner Manchester, and its state-of the-art training facilities, have taken years to develop but provide a template for its global partners.

The club intends to replicate in Melbourne, on a much smaller scale, what it has done at its home base. Work is taking place to improve the less-than-ideal facilities at Latrobe University, which Melbourne Heart used through much of its existence.

To that end City hired an Australian facilities manager and brought him over to Manchester for a six-week induction in the City way of doing things – hammering home the fact that it is serious about its plans for Melbourne City.

Already it has signed two former Premier League players – Slovenian international Robert Koren and Damien Duff, who won the English title with Chelsea earlier in his career. It has, famously, brought in Spanish superstar David Villa for a 10-game guest stint and he is expected to play on Saturday.

City’s new squad has felt the benefits of the partnership in other ways, too.

In the Melbourne winter it travelled to Manchester for part of its pre-season, using the facilities that the English champion did during its run to the premiership title, and played a handful of tune-up games against English opponents.

Coach John van ‘t Schip and his football department were also able to tap into the City football department for advice and assistance. That will continue during the season. One example of the links Pearce gives is the game analysis that will take place.

City tactical analysts will get footage of the Melbourne club’s games as soon as they have been played. Most are night fixtures in Australia, so by the time van ‘t Schip and his staff wake the following morning in Australia they will have a download of the match and performance analysis data on the game and individual players.

A key to the partnership will be the commercial opportunities that the relationship offers, says Scott Munn, City’s Melbourne CEO. Munn has done the hard yards, having been the inaugural CEO of Melbourne Heart and knows just how hard it is to generate revenue and income for a start-up venture and a struggling team.

“The commercial opportunities that have already been generated have provided significant revenue growth in just a few months. Obviously, that is reflected in major sponsors like Etihad coming on board. But the other benefit from this is that existing sponsors see the benefits of being associated with the City brand and other high-profile sponsors want to deepen or extend their involvement if they can.”

The proof of the pudding will, however, be on the pitch. City plans to develop players – for the A-League, the J-League, the MLS or even the premiership if they are good enough – and also integrate into the community through running City Football Schools.

But if they are not a winning team then the public will be sceptical, as Munn acknowledges. “The bottom line is that we need to deliver a successful football team. The results are an overwhelming reflection of how well the organisation is doing. They impact on fans, commercial activities and ultimately revenues.”

His colleague Pearce stresses the depth of the parent club’s commitment. “City Football Group’s ownership is in this for the long haul. Our track record in Manchester is a reflection of the approach we will take. It’s about strengthening Melbourne City, building the club both on and off the field, and in the process contributing to the growth of the Hyundai A-League.”

Melbourne City players will continue to tour during the off-season, but at some point in the not-too-distant future Manchester City will play here during its pre-season. But only when the time is right.

“Manchester City coming here? There have been a lot of rumours about it. It is inevitable at some point in the future, but we have got to find the right scenario for both teams, one that fits both sporting and commercial needs,” says Soriano.

Source : Football Federation Australia

Umbro launch official Westfield FFA Cup ball

The Umbro Neo 150 Elite has been unveiled as the official match ball for the Westfield FFA Cup 2014.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) and Umbro today announced the Umbro Neo 150 Elite as official match ball for the Westfield FFA Cup 2014 – and the ball will be available for purchase at selected retail outlets.

Ryan Pittaway, Umbro Brand Manager Australia said he is thrilled \ Umbro will be partnering with the FFA for the Westfield FFA Cup.

“The growth of football in Australia and the strength of the local competition is a perfect match for our brand – which celebrates its 90th birthday this year,” he said.

“Our partnership with the FFA and the Westfield FFA Cup is what we hope will be the start of a long and successful relationship supporting the growth of the beautiful game in Australia.”

20 of the 32 teams for the first round of the Westfield FFA Cup 2014 are now known with the remaining clubs to be determined over the course of the next month before the Round of 32 draw on Friday 27 June 2014.

The Umbro Neo 150 Elite Match Ball has a traditional looking football design with modern features.

It is constructed with 14 panels, a tri-pli linings system and a Teijin outer shell to maximise power and control.

Umbro, the ‘Official Ball Supplier of the Westfield FFA Cup’, will supply the Umbro Neo 150 Elite Match Ball to all participating clubs and make it available for football fans at selected retail outlets.

FFA CEO David Gallop expressed his delight at securing the Umbro Neo 150 Elite as the Westfield FFA Cup 2014 official match ball.

“To have an international company with the footballing pedigree of Umbro supply the official match ball for the inaugural Westfield FFA Cup competition is an exciting prospect,” said Gallop.

“We look forward to working with Umbro for this inaugural edition of the Westfield FFA Cup and beyond.”

The official broadcast partner of the Westfield FFA Cup, Fox Sports, will broadcast the Round of 32 draw live and exclusive. Fox Sports’ coverage of the Westfield FFA Cup 2014 will include a minimum of 10 matches from the Round of 32 onwards, including all four Quarter Finals, both Semi Finals and the Westfield FFA Cup 2014 Final.

Key details

Umbro Neo 150 Elite features

·         FIFA Approved

·         14 panels

·         latex bladder

·         A tri-pli linings system

·         Teijin outer shell

Westfield FFA Cup 2014 – qualified clubs as at 3 June 2014

Hyundai A-League

Adelaide United

Brisbane Roar

Central Coast Mariners

Melbourne Heart

Melbourne Victory

Newcastle Jets

Perth Glory

Sydney FC

Wellington Phoenix

Western Sydney Wanderers

Football NSW

Sydney Olympic

South Coast Wolves

Manly United

Blacktown City

Football Queensland

Brisbane Strikers

Olympic FC

Capital Football

Tuggeranong United FC

Football Federation South Australia

Adelaide City

Football West

Stirling Lions SC

Bayswater City SC

Key Dates of the Westfield FFA Cup 2014

Event Date
Live Draw of Westfield FFA Cup 2014 Round of 32 Friday, 27 June 2014
Westfield FFA Cup 2014 Round of 32 matches commence Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Live Draw of Westfield FFA Cup 2014 Round of 16 Thursday, 21 August 2014
Live Draw of Westfield FFA Cup 2014 Quarter Finals Thursday, 25 September 2014
Live Draw of Westfield FFA Cup 2014 Semi Finals Thursday, 6 November 2014
Westfield FFA Cup Final 2014 Activities W/C Monday, 8 December 2014
Westfield FFA Cup Semi Final 2014 (1) Tuesday, 11 November 2014
Westfield FFA Cup Semi Final 2014 (2) Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Westfield FFA Cup Final 2014 Tuesday, 16 December 2014


Source : Football Federation Australia

Melbourne Heart’s bid to become sky blue blocked after Sydney FC object

May 29, 2014

Sebastian Hassett

Football reporter

The proposed colour change of Melbourne Heart from red and white stripes to an all-sky blue kit has fallen through after an objection by Sydney FC was upheld by FFA and an independent arbitrator.

Heart’s proposed change was one of the first points of order for their new owners, English Premier League club Manchester City, who are determined to create a global network of clubs with a similar colour scheme.

After the club’s Abu Dhabi-based owners bought Manchester City in 2008, they have recently embarked on aggressive expansion, creating New York City from scratch, taking an 80 per cent stake in Heart and, earlier this month, buying 20 per cent of Japanese side Yokohama F. Marinos.

However, while it is still expected the club’s name will change from Melbourne Heart to Melbourne City in time for next season, they will – for the moment, at least – continue playing their home matches in red and white stripes.

“While the introduction of Manchester City into the A-League is a fantastic


, we made the decision having regard to the fact that we are only a 10-team competition with young brands in a highly competitive environment,” said FFA head of A-League Damien de Bohun. “Approving the change would have meant two teams with home shirts of an almost identical colour. We will consider any proposals put forward in theinterests of achieving the right balance.”

A grievance hearing took place at FFA headquarters in Sydney last week between Melbourne Heart and FFA, the result of an earlier decision by FFA chief executive David Gallop to reject Heart’s request to change colours.

Gallop had originally told Heart’s representatives that he agreed with Sydney FC’s determination to keep the sky blue colour solely aligned with the two-time champions.

Sources  said the hearing was “very spirited” and that there was a “serious tension developing between Heart and the FFA”, with the Heart hiring senior counsel Garry Hatcher to act on their behalf.

It is understood Heart’s owners believe they are providing the A-League with a significant philanthropic boost and deserve the ultimate say in how they run the club.

However, the decision from the independent arbitrator, Shaun McCarthy, was handed down on Tuesday and ruled in favour of the governing body. Sydney FC chairman Scott Barlow said his club felt the right decision was made.

“We support the FFA’s decision not to approve Melbourne Heart’s proposal to wear a sky blue home strip,” Barlow said. “We also support the decision handed down yesterday by the independent arbitrator to uphold the FFA’s decision.

“The A-League is a young competition with only 10 teams and the idea of two teams wearing sky blue and embracing a sky blue identity is not in the interests of the league. This is a very good decision for Sydney FC and the A-League as a whole.”

However, a statement from Melbourne Heart on Wednesday indicated the matter was not necessarily settled.

“The club remains in constructive discussions with the FFA on a range of matters relating to its future plans including its playing strips,” it read. “On the matter of colours, as we have said previously, any decisions made in relation to the club’s identity will be guided by the traditions of our existing fan base, including their passion for red and white, and the opportunities provided by our new ownership.”

It is plausible that Heart’s ownership conglomerate could now take the matter to the Supreme Court, although they may risk further alienating their fans, many of whom have argued fervently in favour of keeping the club’s existing colour scheme.

In other news, Perth Glory have announced the signing of Newcastle Jets captain Ruben Zadkovich on a three-year deal and are soon expected to announce the arrival of Ireland international striker Andy Keogh.

Elsewhere, Central Coast Mariners striker Adam Kwasnik has retired after a prolonged battle with injury and will take a community coaching role with the club.

Source : The Sydney Morning Herald

Mark Bresciano says he is a marquee target for Melbourne Heart

May 30, 2014 – 4:29PM

Marquee man: Mark Bresciano (R) goes for a beachside walk with Josh Kennedy in Vittoria, Brazil.

Marquee man: Mark Bresciano (R) goes for a beachside walk with Josh Kennedy in Vittoria, BrazilPhoto: Getty Images

Mark Bresciano revealed he’s been offered a chance to join Melbourne Heart as their Australian marquee player next season.

The Socceroo veteran is in Brazil with the national team for the 2014 World Cup but told before leaving that he has been approached by the cashed-up Heart with a view of becoming their new domestic marquee. Bresciano has strong links with Melbourne Heart having trained with the club while under suspension for a breach of transfer regulations this year and had contact from their coach John Van’t Schip about making a permanent move.

After being bought out by the owners of English Premier League club Manchester City, Heart will have plenty of resources to


marquee players but it may not be enough to lure Bresciano away from Qatari club Al Gharafa in the off-season. Bresciano spoke of his preference to see out the remainder of his contract with Al Gharafa before returning to Australia.

“Honestly? There has,” Bresciano told “But I still have one more year in Qatar with Al Gharafa. And I would want to probably go back there and finish my contract there. The things that happened, I want to stay loyal to them. They did help me through the bad situations and this is my way to thank them. Just to go back there and finish the season with them.”

Source : The Sydney Morning Herald

Mark Bresciano confirms Melbourne Heart approach

Mark Bresciano has been approached by Melbourne Heart to become their domestic marquee.

Mark Bresciano has been approached by Melbourne Heart to become their domestic marquee.


Mark Bresciano has confirmed Melbourne Heart have made contact to sound the veteran out about becoming the A-League club’s new domestic marquee player, but it remains to be seen if they can prise him away from Qatar.

Bresciano trained with Heart to maintain his fitness during a four-month ban from club football over transfer irregularities earlier this season.

The 34-year-old returned to action with Al Gharafa and has earned a place in Ange Postecoglou’s Socceroos squad for the World Cup.

Heart, with owners Manchester City writing the checks, are looking for new domestic and international marquee players, with David Williams now being paid under the salary cap and Orlando Engelaar moving on after his one-season stay.

Speaking to Goal Australia ahead of his departure for Brazil, 73-cap Australia international Bresciano admitted he has received an approach from John van ‘t Schip’s side.

“Honestly? There has,” he said when asked if contact had been made.

“But I still have one more year in Qatar with Al Gharafa. And I would want to probably go back there and finish my contract there. The things that happened, I want to stay loyal to them. They did help me through the bad situations and this is my way to thank them. Just to go back there and finish the season with them.”

With City’s super-rich United Arab Emirates backing, Heart could potentially be able to pay a transfer fee to Al Gharafa for Bresciano’s services, a rarity for A-League clubs.

But even if the Qatari club agree to release one of their prized assets, the man himself hasn’t decided if he wants to become the face of what could be the rebranded ‘Melbourne City’.

“I haven’t gone that far to think of that,” he said.

“Honestly I haven’t thought that far into it. I’ll think about it if it does happen.”

Bresciano is deeply grateful to his club for standing by him after being sidelined for such a long period, but feels the lengthy break could yet prove invaluable in enabling him to contribute to Australia’s campaign in Brazil.

“Obviously that came as a surprise to both my club and myself,” he said.

“It was shattering. The first thing that came to my head was the national team, the World Cup. Because I knew how close it was, I knew the duration of the suspension. How that was going to effect my opportunity to make the World Cup (squad).

“In saying that, I had my four-month break, I had the full support of my club. They told me do whatever you have to do to make sure you keep fit, keep match fit. They also allowed me to come back to Australia, train with Melbourne Heart. I’m grateful to both of them, my club and Melbourne Heart, to give me that opportunity to keep my fitness up.

“When the time did come to play my first game after my suspension (ended) I felt good.”

“I’ve seen that this could be a blessing in disguise because I’ve come in to camp where I’m not burnt out, I’m not mentally stressed or not mentally fatigued.”

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Source : Football Federation Australia

It’s official! Aaron Mooy wanders down to Melbourne Heart

Mooy will be looking to add some much needed enthusiasm into the Heart's midfield.
Melbourne Heart has confirmed one of the worst kept A-League transfer secrets this season with central midfielder Aaron Mooy to join the club on a two-year deal.
The 23-year-old will switch from the Red and Black to the Red and White from next season as Heart look to invest in youth to regenerate an ageing roster.
Mooy is the fourth player under the age of 25 to have joined Melbourne Heart this week, following the capture of teenagers Connor Chapman and Jacob Melling, along with midfielder James Brown.
The trio were all signed to two-year deals on Tuesday, as reappointed coach John van’t Schip continues to assemble his squad for the Hyundai A-League 2014-15 season.
The new signings come on the back of the retirement of club captain Harry Kewell and therelease of defenders Patrick Gerhardt, Sam Mitchinson, David Vrankovic and Jeremy Walker.
An emerging Australian talent, Mooy surfaced as one of the league’s premier playmakers during the Wanderers’ inaugural season in which the club lifted the Premiers Plate.
Possessing creativity, a wonderful passing range and a dangerous set-piece, the three-capped Socceroo is comfortable anywhere in midfield.
Van’t Schip said Mooy, who was also a pivotal figure in the Wanderers’ recent Asian Champions League campaign, would be a valuable addition to his squad for next season.
“Everyone who follows the A-League knows of Aaron’s quality,” van’t Schip said. “For us he can be a player who can dictate the style of football we want to play.
“He is one of the best young Australian players so we are delighted to have captured his signature. It shows the Club’s ambition to win trophies and play football a certain way.”
Mooy will commence training with the club when the team returns to pre-season training in the first week of June.
Melbourne Heart players signed for 2014/15 Hyundai A-League season (17 players): James Brown, Connor Chapman, Mate Dugandzic, Ben Garuccio, Jonatan Germano, Jason Hoffman, Nick Kalmar, Patrick Kisnorbo, Stefan Mauk, Jacob Melling, Aaron Mooy, Massimo Murdocca, Iain Ramsay, Andrew Redmayne, Tando Velaphi, Robbie Wielaert, David Williams
Aaron Mooy
DOB: 15 September 1990 (age 23)
Place of birth: Sydney, Australia
Position: Midfielder
Current contract details: Two-year contract (expires end of Hyundai A-League 2015/16 season)
Former Clubs: Bolton Wanderers (0,0), St. Mirren (21,1), Western Sydney Wanderers (49, 4)
International: Australia U-20 (10, 4), Australia U-23 (3,2), Socceroos (3,3)
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Source : Football Federation Australia

Mooy will be looking to add some much needed enthusiasm into the Heart's midfield.

Melbourne Heart sign talented trio

Melbourne Heart have signed youngsters Jacob Melling, Connor Chapman and James Brown.

Melbourne Heart have signed youngsters Jacob Melling, Connor Chapman and James Brown.


Melbourne Heart have announced the signing of three of the Hyundai A-League’s emerging talents in Connor Chapman, James Brown and Jacob Melling.
John van’t Schip continues to shape his squad ahead of the Hyundai A-League 2014-15 season, with Melbourne Heart announcing the capture of three of the league’s most talented young players.
Newcastle Jets’ Connor Chapman and Adelaide United midfielder Jacob Melling, both 19, will join Melbourne Heart alongside 24-year-old attacker James Brown, also signed from the Jets.
Chapman is considered one of the competition’s burgeoning defensive talents, Melling as one of the Hyundai A-League’s best young midfielders, and Brown a player with immense promise.
The trio expand Melbourne Heart’s squad for the upcoming season to 16 players, with further announcements pending.
Melbourne Heart coach John van’t Schip praised the signing of Chapman, whose breakout A-League campaign for the Jets was during the 2012-13 season, while the teenager featured in the Australian U-23 team which competed at the 2013 AFC U-22 Championships in Oman.
“Connor is an outstanding young defender, with a promising career ahead of him and is a gifted individual,” van’t Schip said.
“He has shown experience beyond his age with two full seasons in the A-League and he is still just 19. He will no doubt grow further under the leadership of Patrick Kisnorbo and Robbie Wielaert.”
Van’t Schip supervised the development of promising defenders Brendan Hamill and Curtis Good, with the latter recently named in the Socceroos preliminary squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Adelaide-born Melling made his Hyundai A-League debut for United in January 2012 as a 16-year-old after progressing through the South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) Football Program, and has featured consistently for underage Australian teams.
Melling will join Melbourne Heart outside of the salary cap as a full-time, base salary contract, one of three additional youth players that A-League clubs are afforded outside of its 23-player squad.
“We believe Jacob to be one of the best young midfielders in the system and he is an exciting and competitive midfielder,” van’t Schip said.
Brown, an attacking utility, emerged as a prodigious talent at Gold Coast United in 2011 and established himself as an energetic player who can fill a mixture of attacking roles.
“James possesses a lot of the attributes that we look for in attacking players at Melbourne Heart,” van’t Schip said.
“Two years ago, when he was at Gold Coast, we saw his potential and we feel his best football is still ahead of him.”
Brown, Chapman and Melling will be available for interview once they commence training withthe club in the first week of June.
Players Signed for 2014/15 (16 players): James Brown, Connor Chapman, Mate Dugandzic, Ben Garuccio, Jonatan Germano, Jason Hoffman, Nick Kalmar, Patrick Kisnorbo, Stefan Mauk, Jacob Melling, Massimo Murdocca, Iain Ramsay, Andrew Redmayne, Tando Velaphi, Robbie Wielaert, David Williams
Jacob Melling
DOB: 4 April 1995 (age 19)
Place of birth: Adelaide, Australia
Position: Midfielder
Current contract details: Two-year contract (expires end of Hyundai A-League 2015/16 season)
Former Clubs: Adelaide United (9 apps), Para Hills (8)
International: Australian U-17 (11 apps)
Connor Chapman
DOB: 31 October 1994 (age 19)
Place of birth: Sydney, Australia
Position: Defender
Current contract details: Two-year contract (expires end of Hyundai A-League 2015/16 season)
Former Clubs: Newcastle Jets (25, 0)
International: Australia U-17 (19, 2), Australia U-20 (16, 0), Australia U-23 (3,0)
James Brown
DOB: 19 February 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth: Sydney, Australia
Position: Attacking Midfielder
Current contract details: Two-year contract (expires end of Hyundai A-League 2015/16 season)
Former Clubs: Gold Coast United (38, 9), Newcastle Jets (28, 0)
International: Australia U-17 (7, 2), Australia U-20 (11, 0), Australia U-23 (3,0)
Source : Football Federation Australia

Newscatle Jets duo to join City revolution in Melbourne Heart ?

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 10:12 AM

Jets duo to join City revolution in Melbourne?

Melbourne Heart has reportedly signed Connor Chapman and James Brown from Newcastle Jets ahead of the 2014-15 Hyundai A-League season.

According to The Herald Sun, defender Chapman, 19, has been granted a release of his contract to move south after making six appearances for the Jets last term, down on the 17 matches he featured in during the 2012-13 campaign.

Attacking midfielder Brown, 24, started only three matches last season, and has struggled to build on the early promise he showed when he debuted in the competition with Gold Coast United.

Brown, who reportedly sought to leave Hunter Stadium in the mid-season transfer window, was out of contract.

Heart has secured the services of midfielder Aaron Mooy from Western Sydney Wanderers and will officially announce it after the player’s commitments at Wanderers are completed for the season.

Under new owners, newly Premier League giants Manchester City, and with John van ‘t Schip back at the helm as coach, Heart are embarking on a significant overhaul to their squad, with international and domestic marquee positions yet to be filled and room for two more non-marquee overseas players.


Source : Football Federation Australia

Melbourne Heart 2 x 3 Western Sydney Wanderers

Saturday, 12 April 2014 7:59 PM


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Western Sydney Wanderers came from behind to beat Melbourne Heart 3-2 at AAMI Park on Saturday, denying Harry Kewell a winning send-off and effectively securing second place on the table.

Goals from Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Brendan Santalab and Youssouf Hersi sealed the victory for the away team, after Heart had equalised and then taken the lead through Orlando Engelaar and Jason Hoffman respectively.

Barring an extraordinarily heavy win for the Central Coast Mariners away to Brisbane Roar later on Saturday night, Tony Popovic’s team will secure the runner up berth and enjoy a prized week off before entering finals fray with a home semi.

Heart meanwhile collect the wooden spoon as the competition’s bottom team, having been unable to farewell retiring Socceroo great Kewell in a manner befitting his impressive career.

After both teams threatened in the opening 25 minutes, it was the Wanderers who drew first blood. Topor-Stanley, captaining the visiting team in place of Michael Beauchamp, connected with Shinji Ono’s dipping free-kick to send a looping header over Tando Velaphi and into the back of the net.

Undeterred, Heart levelled the scores seven minutes later. Already involved in most of his side’s good play without tangible reward, marquee midfielder Engelaar took matters into his own hands by unleashing a piercing long-range strike which flew into the corner of Ante Covic’s goal.

Jonatan Germano threatened to become the villain of the piece for the home side when he was deemed, perhaps harshly, to have brought down Mark Bridge inside the area in the 67th minute. Ono however, usually so poised with the dead ball, blasted his spot-kick against the crossbar.

The Wanderers were made to rue their profligacy just minutes later, as the hosts took the lead for the first time in the game courtesy of Hoffman’s deflected strike, the somewhat fortunate result of an ambitious driving run from the right-back.

In the 81st minute Western Sydney levelled, and there was an element of luck about the visitors’ goal.

Fullback Jerome Polenz, played in behind the Heart defence, crossed to the centre of the penalty area. Substitute Santalab appeared to push centre-back Robbie Wielaert before hitting the back of the net, but the match officials were unmoved.

And the away team pounced again five minutes later, Heart failing to clear their lines and Hersi on hand at the back post to drill the ball to the far corner of Velaphi’s net, ending the top-two hopes of rivals Central Coast and Melbourne Victory.

Melbourne Heart 2 (Engelaar 34′, Hoffman 72′)
Western Sydney Wanderers 3 (Topor-Stanley 27′, Santalab 81′, Hersi 86′)

10,003 @ AAMI Park


Source : Football Federation Australia

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