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Melbourne Victory: A-League 2019/20 preview
This will be the first time Victory go into a season without Kevin Muscat as either a player or coach.
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Melbourne Victory finished third in the 2018/19 season of the A-League and had to endure an embarrassing loss in the semi-final, when they were defeated 6-1 by Sydney FC. Soon after that, Kevin Muscat quit, ending his 14-year stint as first a player and then coach for the team. As a result, Victory will approach the new season with a new manager and some fresh blood, mostly imported from overseas.
Even so, the team should prove a force to be reckoned with, boasting some valuable players and managed by Marco Kurz, who proved during his tenure at Adelaide that he knows how to organise a strong defence. If all goes well, there's no reason for Victory not to reach the top of the table in the months to come.
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History of Melbourne Victory
Melbourne Victory entered the A-League during its inaugural season, as the only Victorian club in the league. One of the most successful clubs in the competition, Victory have managed to win an impressive number of accolades over the years. The club have won four A-League Championships, three A-League Premierships, one Pre-Season Challenge Cup and one FFA Cup. As a result, Victory are the only club to have won all four domestic trophies.
Victory play the majority of their home games at AAMI Park, while derbies and other highly anticipated matches take place at Marvel Stadium. Victory boast one of the largest supporter bases in Australia, consistently setting record highs in terms of both membership and attendance.
How to watch Melbourne Victory live
After that, fans will be able to follow Victory live on Fox Sports or on free-to-air TV when available. ABC has the rights to broadcast live one Saturday game, as well as offer delayed broadcasts of one elimination final, one semi-final and the Hyundai A-League 2020 Grand Final. Meanwhile, Fox Sports will show all A-League fixtures live.
On that note, the most convenient way to watch not only Melbourne Victory, but the entire A-League, is with Kayo Sports. The multi-sport online platform will stream every game of the 2019/20 A-League live. Not only that, but matches will also be available on demand for when you need to catch up.
A Basic subscription to Kayo Sports costs $25/month and lets you stream on two screens at the same time, while a Premium subscription supports three simultaneous streams for $35/month. To sweeten the deal, new subscribers get a 14-day free trial.
Kayo Sports offers coverage of over 50 sports from all over the world and several features sports enthusiasts will appreciate. SplitView, for instance, lets you watch up to four videos on the same screen, so you can keep up with competitions that are scheduled at the same time. Moreover, Kayo Minis offer condensed versions of selected match-ups which deliver all the goods in less than 20 minutes. Kayo Minis will be available for the A-League shortly after the final whistle of every match.
You can access Kayo Sports via web or download the app to a smartphone/tablet. The service is compatible with Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV and Telstra TV as well, so you can watch on the big screen. Read more about the platform's features and content in our Kayo Sports review.
Alternatively, Melbourne Victory fans can follow their team through Fox Sports as long as they have a Foxtel IQ subscription with the Sport channel pack. You can watch on TV or stream matches to your laptop or mobile device with Foxtel GO, the free app available for all Foxtel subscribers. Or, you can stream the A-League with Foxtel Now, as Fox Sports is included in the Sport pack. The MyFootball Live App will also broadcast A-League games live. For more information on how to watch the 2019/20 season of the A-League, we have a detailed viewing guide.
Melbourne Victory transfers 2019
After Muscat's departure from Victory, former Adelaide United coach Marco Kurz was signed for two years. The recruitment process also resulted in a revamped team, with new players including Robbie Kruse (Bochum), Tim Hoogland (Bochum), Andrew Nabbout (Urawa), Migjen Basha (Aris Thessaloniki), Jakob Poulsen (Midtjylland), Kristijan Dobras (Rheindorf Altach) and Adama Traore (Goztepe), who's back for a second stint with Victory.
Meanwhile, notable losses for the team were James Troisi, Carl Valeri, Kosta Barbarouses, Keisuke Honda and Terry Antonis. Swedish striker Ola Toivonen has been recently named captain.
The 2019 Melbourne Victory squad
Here's the complete Melbourne Victory squad for the 2019/20 A-League season:
Goalkeepers: Matthew Acton, Matthew Sutton, Lawrence Thomas
Defenders: Corey Brown, Benjamin Carrigan, Thomas Deng, James Donachie, Tim Hoogland, Storm Roux
Midfielders: Jay Barnett, Leigh Broxham, Kristijan Dobras, Joshua Hope, Elvis Kamsoba, Birkan Kirdar, Robbie Kruse, Brandon Lauton, Anthony Lesiotis, Jakob Poulsen
Forwards: Kenny Athiu, Andrew Nabbout, Ola Toivonen
Coaches: Marco Kurz, Paul Trimboli (Football Operations Manager), Filip Tapalovic (assistant coach), Carlos Perez Salvachua (assistant coach)
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