Melbourne City: A-League 2019/20 preview
A new coach and an infusion of fresh talent may be just what City need to reach the Grand Final.
Melbourne City have been going through a lot of changes in the past few months, approaching the 2019/20 A-League season with a revamped squad and a new coach. They finished fifth in the previous season, but lost to Adelaide United in the elimination final. They also made it to the quarter finals of the FFA Cup. All in all, pretty respectable, but not quite as spectacular as fans might have hoped.
All that could change in the near future as Melbourne City are eager to take the A-League by storm with a squad full of youthful promise. Despite kicking off the season with some tough matches, the team should be able to quickly find their footing under the tutelage of Erick Mombaerts. Needless to say, City are sure to have plenty of surprises in store.
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History of Melbourne City
The club was established as Melbourne Heart in 2009, competing under that name in their inaugural 2010/11 A-League season, when they finished eighth. Fun fact: the team's first goal in the competition was actually an own goal in Heart's second league game. In 2014, the club was acquired by City Football Group and rebranded as Melbourne City.
The team play their home games at the AAMI Park stadium in Melbourne, where they celebrated their first ever men's silverware, the FFA Cup, in November 2016. Despite faring well in the A-League each season, they have never qualified for a Grand Final. At least not yet.
How to watch Melbourne City live
Melbourne City kick off their 2019/20 A-League campaign with a match against Melbourne Victory on 12 October, followed by an encounter with Adelaide United on 20 October. Both games will be broadcast live on Fox Sports.
After that, fans will be able to watch Melbourne City matches live on Fox Sports, or on free-to-air TV when applicable. This season, ABC broadcasts one Saturday game live, as well as offering delayed broadcasts of one elimination final, one semi-final and the 2020 Grand Final. Meanwhile, Fox Sports will show all A-League fixtures live.
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Melbourne City fans can also follow their team through Fox Sports as long as they have a Foxtel IQ subscription with the Sport channel pack. If that's the case, you can watch on TV or stream matches to your laptop or mobile device with Foxtel GO. The app is free for all Foxtel subscribers.
Alternatively, you can watch the A-League with Foxtel Now, as Fox Sports is included in the Sport pack. Or, you can stream matches live with the MyFootball Live App. For more information on how to watch the 2019/20 season of the A-League, we have a detailed viewing guide.
Melbourne City transfers 2019
Erick Mombaerts is the new Melbourne City coach, following his appointment in June 2019. His resume includes coaching stints in France and Japan with Paris Saint-Germain, Toulouse and Yokohama F. Marinos, to only name a few.
On the player front, it's worth pointing out Craig Noone from Bolton Wanderers, who has been excellent in the pre-season. Other transfers feature Josh Brillante (Sydney FC), Tom Glover (Tottenham Hotspur), Adrian Luna (Veracuz), Javier Cabrera (Montevideo Wanderers) and Scott Galloway (Adelaide United).
As for notable losses, the list includes Luke Brattan, Bart Schenkenveld, Ritchie De Laet, Eugene Galekovic and Dario Vidosic.
The 2019 Melbourne City squad
Here's the complete Melbourne City squad for the 2019/20 A-League season:
Goalkeepers: Dean Bouzanis, Joe Gauci, Tom Glover
Defenders: Harrison Delbridge, Scott Galloway, Curtis Good, Scott Jamieson, Connor Metcalfe, Kerrin Stokes, Richard Windbichler
Midfielders: Nathaniel Atkinson, Florin Berenguer, Joshua Brillante, Marcelo Cabrera, Denis Genreau, Rostyn Griffiths, Nicholas Hatzigeorgiou, Moudi Najjar, Ramy Najjarine, Craig Noone, Lachlan Wales
Forwards: Raphael Borges Rodrigues, Stefan Colakovski, Yaya Dukuly, Adrian Luna, Jamie Maclaren
Coaches: Erick Mombaerts, Alain Fiard (technical director), Patrick Kisnorbo (assistant coach), Neil Young (goalkeeper coach)