Tribal Football - Football News, Soccer News, Transfers & Rumours Latest Articles for Melbourne Victory https://www.tribalfootball.com/clubs/melbourne-victory Mon, 21 Oct 2019 16:19:12 +1100 http://www.tribalfootball.com/images/tribal-logo-rss.png Tribal Football http://www.tribalfootball.com <![CDATA[Ex-Premier League chief Scudamore takes on advisory role with A-League]]> <p>Former Premier League chief Richard Scudamore has taken on an advisory role with the Australian A-League.</p><p>Scudamore, who led the Premier League for 19 years, was due to receive a 5million golden handshake after stepping down from the role in November last year.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/ex-premier-league-chief-scudamore-takes-on-advisory-role-with-a-league-4300691?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BVictory'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Former Premier League chief Richard Scudamore has taken on an advisory role with the Australian A-League.

Scudamore, who led the Premier League for 19 years, was due to receive a 5million golden handshake after stepping down from the role in November last year.

And he has landed a role as a 'special advisor' to all 11 A-league clubs and the competition's boss Greg O'Rourke, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

The move is being seen in Australia as a coup for the league, with Scudamore credited as having overseen a period of phenomenal growth for the Premier League, with revenues having risen from 148million in the 1997-98 season to 3.2 billion this season.

The A-League is in the process of transitioning away from the control of Football Federation Australia and towards an independent structure run by the clubs much like the transformation of the Premier League back in 1992.

]]>
https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/ex-premier-league-chief-scudamore-takes-on-advisory-role-with-a-league-4300691?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BVictory https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/ex-premier-league-chief-scudamore-takes-on-advisory-role-with-a-league-4300691?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BVictory Wed, 16 Oct 2019 18:42:17 +1100 Paul Vegas
<![CDATA[Japanese great Keisuke Honda offers himself to Man Utd]]> <p>Japanese great Keisuke Honda has made a 'come and get me' plea to Manchester United.</p><p>Now 33, Honda is seeking one final great experience - no matter the terms - before hanging up his boots.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/japanese-great-keisuke-honda-offers-himself-to-man-utd-4298421?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BVictory'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Japanese great Keisuke Honda has made a 'come and get me' plea to Manchester United.

Now 33, Honda is seeking one final great experience - no matter the terms - before hanging up his boots.

Make me an offer. I don't need money, but I want to play in a great team with great teammates!" wrote Honda on social media.

The striker, once of AC Milan, is currently a free agent. In 2018, he combined his career in Australia at Melbourne Victory with his work as head coach of the Cambodian national team.

]]>
https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/japanese-great-keisuke-honda-offers-himself-to-man-utd-4298421?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BVictory https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/japanese-great-keisuke-honda-offers-himself-to-man-utd-4298421?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BVictory Sat, 28 Sep 2019 18:18:02 +1000 Paul Vegas
<![CDATA[Southampton hire ex-Beijing Sinobo Guoan coach Richard Kitzbichler]]> <p>Southampton have named Richard Kitzbichler as new first team coach.</p><p>The 45-year-old Austrian joins manager Ralph Hasenhttl's staff, in which he will also work as Opposition Analyst, following two years with Chinese Super League side Beijing Sinobo Guoan and an extensive spell in his homeland with Red Bull Salzburg.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/southampton-hire-ex-beijing-sinobo-guoan-coach-richard-kitzbichler-4294110?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BVictory'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Southampton have named Richard Kitzbichler as new first team coach.

The 45-year-old Austrian joins manager Ralph Hasenhttl's staff, in which he will also work as Opposition Analyst, following two years with Chinese Super League side Beijing Sinobo Guoan and an extensive spell in his homeland with Red Bull Salzburg.

A former Austria international, with 17 caps for his country, Kitzbichler began his playing career at Wacker Innsbruck, before spells with Tirol Innsbruck, SC Holz Pfeifer Kundl, Austria Salzburg and Austria Wien.

After one season in Germany with Hamburger SV and a year in Australia with Melbourne Victory either side of a return to Austria Wien he finished his playing days at Salzburg.

It was there that he transitioned into a role as an analyst, working closely with the club's coaches and players.

]]>
https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/southampton-hire-ex-beijing-sinobo-guoan-coach-richard-kitzbichler-4294110?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BVictory https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/southampton-hire-ex-beijing-sinobo-guoan-coach-richard-kitzbichler-4294110?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BVictory Sat, 24 Aug 2019 22:49:12 +1000 Paul Vegas
<![CDATA[Promoted Brescia eyeing Japanese icon Keisuke Honda]]> <p>Newly promoted Brescia are eyeing Japanese icon Keisuke Honda.</p><p>The 32 year-old is off contract after completing a season in Australia with Melbourne Victory.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/promoted-brescia-eyeing-japanese-icon-keisuke-honda-4283062?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BVictory'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Newly promoted Brescia are eyeing Japanese icon Keisuke Honda.

The 32 year-old is off contract after completing a season in Australia with Melbourne Victory.

Honda scored 11 goals and provided 14 assists in 92 appearances for AC Milan between 2014 and 2017.

And now Brescia want to bring him back to Serie A after their celebrated promotion.

For his part, Honda has flirted with retirement in recent months.

]]>
https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/promoted-brescia-eyeing-japanese-icon-keisuke-honda-4283062?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BVictory https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/promoted-brescia-eyeing-japanese-icon-keisuke-honda-4283062?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BVictory Fri, 31 May 2019 08:44:28 +1000 Carlos Volcano
<![CDATA[Keisuke ​Honda confirms Melbourne Victory exit]]> <p>Keisuke Honda has confirmed that he is set to depart the Australian A-League.<br></p><p>The Melbourne Victory star will not be renewing his contract with the team when it expires.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/keisuke-honda-confirms-melbourne-victory-exit-4279391?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BVictory'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Keisuke Honda has confirmed that he is set to depart the Australian A-League.

The Melbourne Victory star will not be renewing his contract with the team when it expires.

Despite the 32-year-old Japanese midfielder enjoying a good campaign, where he netted seven goals and gave five assists in 18 games, he has decided that it is time to move on.

Honda has represented an impressive array of clubs in his career, including CSKA Moscow and AC Milan.

"I still don't decide where I will play next year," Honda told Fox Sports.

"But I knew that I would stay for just [one] year so I hope no one is surprised, no one is disappointed."

]]>
https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/keisuke-honda-confirms-melbourne-victory-exit-4279391?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BVictory https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/keisuke-honda-confirms-melbourne-victory-exit-4279391?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BVictory Sat, 04 May 2019 00:46:54 +1000 Ansser Sadiq
<![CDATA[Exclusive: Clem Morfuni using Swindon board role to fix 'pathetic' Australian pathway]]> <p>Clem Morfuni wants to use his platform as Swindon Town non-executive vice-chairman to fix what he describes as a "pathetic" pathway for Australian kids to play professional football.</p><p>The Sydney native is the founder of Axis Group, a multi-national building services contractor that was involved in the construction of new Wembley and the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/exclusive-clem-morfuni-using-swindon-board-role-to-fix-pathetic-australian-pathway-4252836?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BVictory'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Clem Morfuni wants to use his platform as Swindon Town non-executive vice-chairman to fix what he describes as a "pathetic" pathway for Australian kids to play professional football.

The Sydney native is the founder of Axis Group, a multi-national building services contractor that was involved in the construction of new Wembley and the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium.

Morfuni has sponsored the League Two club since 2015 and was handed a position on the board by owner Lee Power in July last year.

Australian businesses have begun to make their mark in English football recently, with a consortium reportedly favourites to purchase League One club Charlton Athletic.

Speaking to Tribal Football, Morfuni says he plans to use his own standing at Swindon to provide new opportunities for aspiring footballers in Australia.

"We've employed a talent scout who is coming out to Australia in November," revealed Morfuni.

"So we're looking for kids and we want to develop a pathway for kids in Australia to go to English and European football and the best way to have it is to have someone in that level that can pull a proper pathway for kids because I think the pathway in Australia is pathetic.

"And now that people know that I'm Swindon vice-chairman. And there's a couple of other things that I'm trying to do that I can't really announce yet. But we're trying to get that pathway where we're generating really good kids from Australia who can go and play football."

Morfuni does not state whether the idea would evolve in the form of an academy or direct trials at Swindon, but his argument that Australia needs a different platform for their young footballers is a strong one.

The A-League, which commenced in 2005, is one of the few professional domestic leagues in world football that does not have a relegation system.

The National Premier League (NPL), competitions that are based in each Australian state, and the subsequent state leagues, essentially serve as the equivalent to the English football pyramid for Australian football, with the A-League at its apex.

Over the past two seasons, however, only seven players have been recruited from NPL competitions who were under 23, Australian and had no previous A-League experience.

Despite the league expanding to twelve franchises in 2019/2020, Morfuni argues that A-League clubs have no interest in developing youth.

"No disrespect to the A-League, I've been involved in the A-League. But there is no pathway. They just want to win their competition," Morfuni continued.

"They've got a lot of older players in that league and there is probably 10,000 Australian kids that want to play football and the A-League has 10 teams and none of these young kids have an opportunity to get in.

"Hopefully this works so there might be an opportunity for our national league to get even better.

"It's good for Australia because it gives us an opportunity and I'm over there enough to be heavily involved in it."

Morfuni's plans for young Australian footballers makes up a small fraction of his work at Swindon.

Due to his vast experience in the construction industry, Morfuni has become an instrumental figure in negotiations over a proposed purchase of the club's 122-year-old stadium, the County Ground.

Swindon hopes they can buy the 15,728 capacity stadium off the local council and split the ownership 50-50 with two supporter groups, Trust STFC and STFC Supporters Club.

The stadium purchase has long been a topic of debate in Swindon, but Morfuni believes it will pay off in the long-term as Town aims to climb the rungs of the Football League.

"The football club started in 1879 so there's a lot of passion there. We've been in the Premier League before in 1993/94. We were up there for one season but we've been hovering around League One and League Two in the Football League.

"There's absolutely a lot of passion. It doesn't matter what club you support in English football, there's always passion over there. We're in League Two at the moment and we're trying to get promotion.

"We think we should be a Championship club. There's a big enough catchment, I think if we develop the ground it will be a lot better we'll get better income outside the pitch so we can put more money inside the pitch so that's what we're trying to do.

"Lee Power and I have been talking about it making it and that's our goal. To get them in the Championship minimum."

It wouldn't be the first time Swindon find themselves in the upper echelon of British football. The town might be famous for its railway history, but many nostalgic football fans will remember their ill-fated and solitary Premier League season in 1993/94.

Player-manager Glenn Hoddle departed for Chelsea before the season and the Robins would eventually finish bottom with five wins from 42 games.

Significant investment would be needed for a top-flight return, but given the emergence of other smaller clubs in recent years, such as Bournemouth, Brighton and Huddersfield, Morfuni hasn't given up hope.

"I always say we'd love to be in the top-flight but to be in the top-flight you need a couple of hundred million quid.

"If we can get in the Championship it'll be an accomplishment especially if we can purchase the ground with the supporters groups, it will be a good feat.

"You never know, you might get one freak season where you'll get in the Premier League. You got to think eight years ago, Brighton were in our division. But it's going to take time."

]]>
https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/exclusive-clem-morfuni-using-swindon-board-role-to-fix-pathetic-australian-pathway-4252836?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BVictory https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/exclusive-clem-morfuni-using-swindon-board-role-to-fix-pathetic-australian-pathway-4252836?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BVictory Tue, 16 Oct 2018 21:18:44 +1100 Andrew Maclean
<![CDATA[EXCLUSIVE: Japanese insiders say Keisuke Honda can match Iniesta, Torres for Melbourne Victory]]> <p></p><p><br></p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/exclusive-japanese-insiders-say-keisuke-honda-can-match-iniesta-torres-for-melbourne-victory-4244450?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BVictory'>Read more on Tribal Football</a>


Keisuke Honda surprised the world when he announced he was signing for Melbourne Victory. A player of his calibre and international status probably could have found a contract almost anywhere, as evident by his impressive resume spreading from Asia to Europe and North America.

Considering he was mulling over retirement after a strong performance at Russia 2018, it's a complete backflip to sign for one of Australia's most successful clubs. At his unveiling, the word ambition was thrown around quite a bit, showing that Honda and Victory head coach Kevin Muscat are very much on the same page about this not being a publicity stunt, but a true representation of their intent for the season ahead.



But how does this marquee signing differ to that of those past?

Alessandro Del Piero, Tim Cahill, Robbie Fowler, Harry Kewell, Dwight Yorke, David Villa are just a few worldly players that have made appearances in Australia, albeit some longer than others.

For some players the contract had to be right, while for others it was coming at the decline of their careers. It's hardly the type motivation to put your best foot forward on the pitch.

Del Piero stands head and shoulders above the rest of those. His classy influence throughout the season, as well as his status as a World Cup winner, drew in numbers and interest unparalleled in A-League history. Truly shining example of what a marquee player can do for his club, even if doubts were cast over his age and career priorities.


Eyes only for the Victory


Why, and more importantly how, does Honda's move to the A-League rival that of one of Juventus' all time greats?

For one, the timing. Honda has only just turned 32, and will still have plenty left to give physically. At a time where Australian football is struggling due to several factors, someone of Honda's stature and skill set could spark a much needed resurgence in the league's recruitment drive.

Honda's move to Australia also represents something more than football. Hiroki Iijima of Tokyo Broadcast System likens the move to Fernando Torres and Andres Iniesta's respective moves to the J-League in terms of the wider influence on players and fans.

"They're bringing so much energy and attention already, it's good for business," Iijima told Tribalfootball at Honda's AAMI Park unveiling.

"They still need time to fit in but they're wonderful players and they'll be a great influence for other players and being a role model for younger players."

Iijima also says that the Japanese were hopeful that Honda would return home to play in Japan, but are pleased that he will continue his career as opposed to retiring.

"They were a little bit surprised, of course many fans wanted Honda to return to the J-League but they have positively reacted to his move to the A-League. It's quite a good move and it's a good challenge for him because he's very ambitious."

There's plenty of untapped worldly talent out there, and if clubs aim to rival the magnitude of Keisuke Honda, the league could see a dramatic step up in competition and attendance numbers, and naturally improve the quality of football and development.

It opens up a brand new target audience in terms of marketing and tourism, as evident by Honda's press conference. The conference room was packed with esteemed guests, journalists, and several media outlets travelled from Japan to Melbourne just to get a first look at their legendary superstar in navy blue.



Waka Ohki of NichiGo Press says that Honda's unveiling is just a mere taste, and Japanese fans will be flocking to Melbourne to see their favourite son play in one of Australia's biggest cities.

"He said he would retire after the World Cup, but the interest in Japan has been buzzing since he announced signing with Melbourne," Ohki told Tribalfootball.

"There are already people who want to come to Australia to experience the country and see Honda on the field, he's so talented.

"He's easily our best player of all time, and this will be good for everybody involved and the fans as well."

I can't help but wonder myself what an injection this will be for the club, the supporters and the league. One can only hope that other clubs see Honda's signing as the new benchmark for worldly recruitment, which can only go up from here.

The A-League has had its share of superstar players to grace Australian shores, but Honda's signing represents a turning point in the quality of players the A-League should strive to sign.

While the wider effect of such a signing takes time to truly impose its influence, there's no doubting that Keisuke Honda will be making a memorable splash in Australia in many ways.

]]>
https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/exclusive-japanese-insiders-say-keisuke-honda-can-match-iniesta-torres-for-melbourne-victory-4244450?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BVictory https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/exclusive-japanese-insiders-say-keisuke-honda-can-match-iniesta-torres-for-melbourne-victory-4244450?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BVictory Fri, 17 Aug 2018 14:39:01 +1000 Chris Sermeno
<![CDATA[LIVE FROM MELBOURNE: Japan icon Honda reveals Melbourne Victory changed retirement plans]]> <p>Keisuke Honda has been unveiled at AAMI Park as one of Melbourne Victory's marquee players for the upcoming 2018-19 A-League season.</p><p>The former Japanese international expressed his joy at the prospect of a new challenge in a different country, and despite the language barrier Honda is happy to be in Melbourne.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/live-from-melbourne-japan-icon-honda-reveals-melb-victory-changed-retirement-plans-4244297?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BVictory'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Keisuke Honda has been unveiled at AAMI Park as one of Melbourne Victory's marquee players for the upcoming 2018-19 A-League season.

The former Japanese international expressed his joy at the prospect of a new challenge in a different country, and despite the language barrier Honda is happy to be in Melbourne.

"I have never played in an English country so far, it's weird speaking to someone in English. I'm so glad I can try a new challenge at 32 years old," Honda told reporters in Melbourne on Wednesday.

"I want to learn Australian English Last time I was here for the Asian Cup and my teammates and I all liked Melbourne very much. I look forward to living here with my family."



Honda's arrival in Australia has had a profound effect on local and international headlines, and despite having signed one of the biggest deals in A-League history, Honda appeared calm before the storm that was his unveiling in Melbourne.

After a strong showing at the 2018 World Cup, Japan's favourite son says that Melbourne Victory changed his outlook on his potential retirement following Russia's showpiece.

"I was considering quitting (football) after the World Cup. I changed my mind after I spoke to Kevin directly, he's a determined person who wants to succeed not only for the fans but for the league.

"He's an ambitious person, I'm an ambitious person, and I was very inspired by our meeting."



Victory manager Kevin Muscat likens the signing of Honda to a perfect marriage, saying that their ambitions were like for like and he looks forward to Honda's contribution on the pitch.

"Our conversation was about expressing what we'd like to achieve this season as we venture into the (AFC) Champions League," said Muscat. "We wanted to do something different to get the extra advantage.

"Our members and fans should be excited by the prospect because it gives us a lot of flexibility on the pitch."

Muscat was coy on comparing Honda to other marquee players both for the club and the league, however he was proud of the fact that the club could pull through on such a monumental signing.

"It's not for me to compare, but maybe for others We're very pleased as a football club that we could bring someone of the calibre of Keisuke Honda to our club. We wait with great anticipation for the season coming."



Concerns were raised over Honda's surprise appointment as manager of the Cambodian national team, however Muscat and Honda were adamant that any conflict of interest has been taken care of and Honda has his priorities set for the year to come.

"First, I'm a player for Melbourne Victory from today. I have to focus on playing well. I'm doing a lot of things besides soccer, but it's not a big issue. I have colleagues around the world helping me with that," Honda said.

"Right from the outset, Keisuke and his management were open and honest about his plans for the future. First and foremost, Keisuke's priority is here at Victory," declared Muscat.

"It would in no way compromise our games or even our training sessions."

Honda could suit up in navy blue as soon as next week for Victory's FFA Cup game against NPL side APIA Leichardt.

]]>
https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/live-from-melbourne-japan-icon-honda-reveals-melb-victory-changed-retirement-plans-4244297?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BVictory https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/live-from-melbourne-japan-icon-honda-reveals-melb-victory-changed-retirement-plans-4244297?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BVictory Wed, 15 Aug 2018 20:27:50 +1000 Chris Sermeno
<![CDATA[Stoke City striker Peter Crouch wanted by Aussie clubs]]> <p>Stoke City striker Peter Crouch is attracting interest from Australia.</p><p>The Sun says Crouch is wanted by Australia's A-League to help raise their profile.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/stoke-city-striker-peter-crouch-wanted-by-aussie-clubs-4239414?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BVictory'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Stoke City striker Peter Crouch is attracting interest from Australia.

The Sun says Crouch is wanted by Australia's A-League to help raise their profile.

But any deal must be worth his while as the ex-England hitman, 37, hinted he may stay with the Potters in the Championship.

Crouch told Planet Football: "I feel like there is unfinished business for me at Stoke.

"I still have a year left on my contract and while I don't know what is going to happen in the next few weeks, I'd have no problem playing in the Championship next season and trying to get the club back into the Premier League at the first attempt.

"Stoke have a wonderful set of fans, a great set-up in so many areas of the club, and it is a club that should be in the Premier League."

]]>
https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/stoke-city-striker-peter-crouch-wanted-by-aussie-clubs-4239414?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BVictory https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/stoke-city-striker-peter-crouch-wanted-by-aussie-clubs-4239414?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BVictory Wed, 11 Jul 2018 14:35:31 +1000 Paul Vegas
<![CDATA[Video Assistant Referee: How technology could decide the 2018 World Cup]]> <p>The World Cup is almost upon us, yet the landscape of modern football has never looked more different. The next two World Cup finals will take us into uncharted territory, in both participation numbers and officiating. </p><p>The officiating in question is the Video Assistant Referee system (VAR) at the World Cup finals in Russia this year, after much debate and deliberation. The much maligned and controversial system has been trialled around the world and seen at major tournaments such as the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup and the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/video-assistant-referee-how-technology-could-decide-the-2018-world-cup-4233593?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BVictory'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> The World Cup is almost upon us, yet the landscape of modern football has never looked more different. The next two World Cup finals will take us into uncharted territory, in both participation numbers and officiating.

The officiating in question is the Video Assistant Referee system (VAR) at the World Cup finals in Russia this year, after much debate and deliberation. The much maligned and controversial system has been trialled around the world and seen at major tournaments such as the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup and the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

While other sporting codes have opted for their own methods of video review systems over many years, football has fallen behind in our rapidly progressing technological world. The introduction of video reviews in football has long been a hotly debated topic, to what extent they would be used and how.

Goal line technology is much less complex, as it offers an irrefutable conclusion to if the ball has crossed the line. The players and coaches can't argue against it, and it allows the officials to focus on the play at hand rather than determine if the ball has gone in.

On the other hand, video reviews have proven to be highly contentious as some decisions can be inconsistent and, despite reassurances from our reliable governing body, can inevitably and horrifically delay the flow of the game.

For those who may not know, the reviewable instances of the VAR are as follows:

GoalsPenalty/no penalty decisionsDirect red cards (not a 2nd yellow)Mistaken identity

The concept may seem relatively straight forward in certain areas, however the implementation and execution has only been met with confusion and criticism.

For one, the use of the VAR is not universal. Take the United States' MLS and Australia's A-League for example. In similar fashion to other American sports, the MLS has a sideline monitor for the head referee to review incidents on the recommendation of the VAR. The on-field referee makes the final call after viewing the replays for themselves.

On the other hand, contentious decisions in the A-League are reviewed by another official and advice is given to the head referee on which course of action to take. The on-field referee does not make the final call, instead relying on the discretions of the VAR. This in turn undermines the authority of the head referee while players, coaches and fans are left in the dark as the on-field official consults his video assistant.

Some commentators say, "that might've been a different colour card on another day", or "I've seen worse punishment for less". The same applies here to the VAR, especially if it's operated by another official. Here's couple of incidents highlight the controversial uses of the VAR and the inconsistent rulings on play that affect the game, and could ultimately affect the World Cup.



2018 A-League Grand Final VAR malfunction, communication error

For the first time in A-League history, Melbourne Victory and Newcastle Jets played it out for the A-League Championship. Melbourne seemed to pull ahead early on, however, doubts were cast over the assist with suggestions of offside from the commentary team.

On review, there are 3 Melbourne players sitting in an offside position prior to the goal, which goes unseen by the linesman. The error here lies with the VAR, as a technical malfunction right before the goal meant that the VAR could not check the correct angle for offside players, and subsequently gave the all clear.

What the VAR should have done was communicated the malfunction to the referee and held up play until a conclusive decision could be made. Despite broadcast replays clearly showing the infringement to everyone watching at home, the game carried on.

The match finished 1-0, and the concession of the malfunction by Football Federation Australia left a bitter taste in the mouths of Newcastle fans and neutrals alike.





2018 Coup de France Kylian Mbappe's disallowed goal

The French superstar thought he had put his side ahead in the final of the Coup de France. As per the reviewable instances, VAR was obliged to review the goal while Les Herbiers clamoured for a handball in the lead up.

Sure enough, the ball struck the arm of Mbappe's teammate Marquinhos in the lead up to the goalmouth scramble, which was sufficient for the referee to disallow the goal.

However, the question mark over this one was the lead up to the handball. Marquinhos arm was being held by Joachim Eickmayer, and when he broke free his arm struck the ball before Mbappe pounced.

This disallowed goal is the perfect instance of referee's interpretation, which will always be subject to human error. Some referees will identify the handball, while others may have seen the holding infringement and awarded a penalty, or in some cases allowed an advantage on the play.

This did little to stop PSG from claiming a 2-0 and the French Cup.




2018 Primeira Liga Boavista fans flag intrusion

And who said the fans couldn't get in on the fun?

In Portugal's Primeira Liga, a match between Boavista and Aves was called into question when a goal scored by Aves was considered offside by both Boavista players and fans.

The linesman nor the referee called the infringement so it was once again left to the VAR to come to the rescue. As per the rules, the VAR checked the sideline footage for an offside, only to find the view of the VAR camera hampered by a huge Boavista flag.

The very same supporters who claimed an offside didn't help their own cause, and the goal stood.

Aves went on to comfortably win the match 3-0.




Conclusion

While many may be in agreeance that video reviews are necessary, I am not one of those.

The VAR still needs serious work and fine tuning before being used at the most prestigious of footballing tournaments.

The trial and error of the VAR is no longer a viable option, as the technology has been around for almost 3 years yet the usage of such is still a 50-50 in some cases. We may as well continue on without the video assistants and put another referee on the field.

So what will we see at this year's FIFA World Cup in Russia? Much like a rose is a rose is a rose, controversy knows no other name. I have no doubts we'll see some very interesting scenarios with or without the VAR at this year's football spectacle, but you'll bet there will be plenty of it.

Good luck to the officials taking on a huge responsibility at these World Cup finals.

]]>
https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/video-assistant-referee-how-technology-could-decide-the-2018-world-cup-4233593?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BVictory https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/video-assistant-referee-how-technology-could-decide-the-2018-world-cup-4233593?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BVictory Thu, 10 Jan 2019 17:34:03 +1100 Chris Sermeno