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Melbourne Heart's van 't Schip admits it's strange football is not number one

Melbourne Heart coach John van 't Schip admits that it is strange football is not the number one code in the city.

The Dutchman is used to being around the world game 24/7 but says he has found it odd that football takes a back seat in Melbourne to rival codes.

"It's strange, of course, and I already knew it when I accepted the job with the Melbourne Heart," he said in an interview in the Australia v New Zealand match program.

"I'm used to European football where it is the main sport and always shown on TV, and the newspapers are full of it. But the interest isn't the same here as compared with the AFL."

van 't Schip also touched on the impending rivalry with fellow Melbournians the Victory.

"It is great to have two teams in the one city," he added. "When I played in Italy, I played in Genoa and we had the derby between Sampdoria and Genoa. I think it's beautiful to have a derby in Melbourne because it is a great sporting city and it deserves to have such a rivalry.

"We're going to have this great new stadium (AAMI Park), so all the ingredients are there to have great excitement. We'll look forward to the rivalry with the Victory."

Andrew Slevison
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