Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sports : Melbourne Victory Football Club – featuring Harry Kewell !!

If you are a recent immigrant to Melbourne and looking for a local professional football (sometimes referred to as Soccer like the USA) team to support, boy are you in luck! You definitely chose the right city to live in!

Melbourne has by far the most numerous and passionate football supporters in the country. This is clearly demonstrated both club memberships sold and average attendances. The premier football league in Australia is called the A-League and Melbourne has 2 teams in the completion – Melbourne Victory and Melbourne Heart.

Melbourne Victory is the older and much bigger of the 2 local teams. It has been around since the A-League’s inauguration in 2005 and is also considered the league’s most successful club in the league winning the domestic double twice in its short history.

Their home ground is at AAMI Park (popularly called the Bubble stadium due to its design) but the bigger games – like the Melbourne Victory vs Sydney FC derby which can attract up to 40,000 – are held at the larger Etihad Stadium.

This coming 2011/2013 season is the most anticipated yet with Melbourne Victory welcoming new signing Australia’s best ever player – Harry Kewell !!

He touched down to the cheers of 200 waiting fans and had his first training session. Harry Kewell is  only just 32 years old and though his speed has reduced over the years, he is still very much playing at a top level and in the National team. As a result, the maximum 18,000 season memberships (which only costs $195 for the cheapest level!) are very close to being sold out well before the first ball is kicked!

The season opens on 8th Oct with the sport’s biggest rivalry – Melbourne Victory vs Sydney. And to add even more spice, Sydney will also be showing off their new player – Brett Emerton (who was still playing with Blackburn Rovers in the EPL a few weeks ago!).

!!! PLAY BALL !!!


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