2008–09 Melbourne Victory season


2008–09 Melbourne Victory season
Melbourne Victory
2008–2009 season
Manager ScotlandAustralia Ernie Merrick
A-League 1st
Pre-Season Challenge Cup Champions
Top goalscorer Daniel Allsopp (13)
Highest home attendance 31,654 vs Sydney FC (26 October 2008)
Lowest home attendance 18,036 vs Perth Glory (4 October 2008)
Average home attendance 24,516
Home colours
Away colours

The 2008-09 Hyundai A-League season was Melbourne Victory's fourth season. They finished top of the table at the end of the regular season and defeated Adelaide United in the Grand Final to take their second A-League title.

Contents

Players

First team squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Michael Theoklitos
2 Australia MF Kevin Muscat (captain)
3 Australia DF Michael Thwaite (loan)
4 Australia DF Steven Pace
5 Australia DF Sebastian Ryall (youth)
6 Australia DF Steve Pantelidis
7 Australia DF Matthew Kemp
8 Scotland MF Grant Brebner
9 Australia FW Danny Allsopp
10 Australia FW Archie Thompson (marquee)
11 Brazil FW Ney Fabiano
No. Position Player
12 Australia DF Rodrigo Vargas
13 Australia FW Nathan Elasi (youth)
14 Australia MF Billy Celeski
15 Australia MF Tom Pondeljak
16 Costa Rica MF Carlos Hernández (loan)
17 Costa Rica MF José Luis López
18 Australia MF Leigh Broxham
19 Australia MF Evan Berger
20 Australia GK Mitchell Langerak
21 Australia DF Daniel Vasilevski
22 Australia MF Nick Ward (marquee youth)

Transfers

In

Player From League Fee Date
Australia Billy Celeski Perth Glory Australia A-League February 2008
Australia Tom Pondeljak Central Coast Mariners Australia A-League February 2008
Australia Nathan Elasi Marconi Stallions Australia New South Wales Premier League February 2008
Australia Steve Mautone* Retired Australia None February 2008
Brazil Ney Fabiano[1]. Chonburi FC Thailand Thailand Premier League $13,500 USD 1 July 2008
Australia Michael Thwaite SK Brann Norway Norwegian Premier League Loan 1 July 2008
Costa Rica José Luis López Deportivo Saprissa Costa Rica Primera División de Costa Rica Loan 14 July 2008

* Steve Mautone is the current Melbourne Victory Goalkeeping coach and was named as the third choice goalkeeper for the AFC Champions League

Out

Player To League Fee Date
Australia Ljubo Milicevic Released Australia February 2008
Australia Steve Mautone Retired Australia June 2008
Australia Adrian Caceres Central Coast Mariners Australia A-League July 2008
Australia Daniel Piorkowski Released Australia July 2008
Brazil Leandro Love Vissel Kobe (loan ended) Japan J.League July 2008
Australia Kaz Patafta[2]. Newcastle Jets Australia A-League July 2008

Matches

2008 Pre-Season Cup fixtures

Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
Melbourne Victory 3 2 0 1 3 2 6
Adelaide United 3 1 2 0 2 1 5
Newcastle Jets 3 0 2 1 1 2 2
Perth Glory 3 0 2 1 1 2 2


2008-09 Hyundai A-League fixtures


2008-09 finals series

Statistics

Goals

Total Player Goals per Round
 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 S1 S2 GF
13 Australia Daniel Allsopp 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
9 Australia Archie Thompson 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1
5 Brazil Ney Fabiano 1 1 1 1 1
5 Australia Kevin Muscat 1 1 2 1
4 Costa Rica Carlos Hernández 1 1 1 1
3 Australia Tom Pondeljak 1 1 1
2 Scotland Grant Brebner 1 1
2 Australia Rodrigo Vargas 1 1
2 Australia Nick Ward 1 1
1 Australia Billy Celeski 1
A goal was scored from a penalty kick
Two goals were scored from penalty kicks

Ladder

League table

# Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Melbourne Victory 21 12 2 7 39 27 +12sm=n 38
2 Adelaide United 21 11 5 5 31 19 +12sm=n 38
3 Queensland Roar 21 10 6 5 36 25 +11sm=n 36
4 Central Coast Mariners 21 7 7 7 35 32 +3sm=n 28
5 Sydney FC 21 7 5 9 33 32 +1sm=n 26
6 Wellington Phoenix 21 7 5 9 23 31 -8sm=n 26
7 Perth Glory 21 6 4 11 31 44 -13sm=n 22
8 Newcastle Jets 21 4 6 11 21 39 -18sm=n 18


Finals series

  Semifinals Preliminary final Grand final
    L1 L2    
                           
1  Melbourne Victory 2 4    
2  Adelaide United 0 0              Melbourne Victory 1
       Adelaide United 1      Adelaide United 0
       Queensland Roar 0  
3  Queensland Roar 2 2
4  Central Coast Mariners 0 1  

2008–09 Awards

W-League

2008–09 Westfield W-League fixtures

References

  1. ^ FIFA.com Fabiano leaves Chonburi for Victory Accessed 31 May 2008
  2. ^ a-league.com.au Patafta moves north to join Newcastle Accessed 31 May 2008
  3. ^ Match re-scheduled due to Adelaide's participation in FIFA Club World Cup

External links

Preceded by
Central Coast Mariners
A-League Premiers
2008/09
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Sydney FC
A-League Champions
2006/07
Succeeded by
Newcastle Jets

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