A-Leagues Men and Women 2022/23 Off Season Thread

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giggler99

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apparently failed a drug test
illicit or enhancement? either way why wouldn't the club just come out with that reason why in the statement?
Pretty poor form by Brisbane to just sack a player for a failed drug test without any explanation or offer any said player any rehabilitation options or a chance to prove reason or innocence.

I think there is a lot more to this than a simple drug test. Brown might have history but its still piss weak by the club to sack him with no consideration to Browns welfare.
 

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illicit or enhancement? either way why wouldn't the club just come out with that reason why in the statement?
Pretty poor form by Brisbane to just sack a player for a failed drug test without any explanation or offer said player any rehabilitation options or a chance to prove reason or innocence.

I think there is a lot more to this than a simple drug test. Brown might have history but its still piss weak by the club to sack him with no consideration to Browns welfare.
From what some people are saying this isn't the first time he's been done and sounds like illict

can't be performance enhancing he's dog s**t hahaha
 
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Vince Rugari’s article in todays Sydney Morning Herald paints a diabolical situation at the Roar. This goes far beyond Corey Browns sacking who by the way hasn’t failed any drug rest.
The club is run by a bunch of crooks with piss poor management and are in dire straits.
Decisions needs to be made on how long this can continue.

 
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Yeah I didn't know about the behind the scenes shenanigans by the club.

This is just like the dirty stuff some companies tried during the early days. God knows why they'd pay the money to employers to then on pay employees....

"Sources say the Roar’s youth team, who are on amateur contracts, were asked to sacrifice $500 per week during the first COVID shutdown in 2020 to pay for medical and fitness services. When players were then placed on the JobKeeper wage subsidy program, money received from the government was withheld by the club."
 

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Well this isn't good for women's football but the men get an extra game on free to air but off Channel 10 and on its secondary channel 10 Bold!


Hell of a lot of spin to say rating where poor so we need to kick the A-league Women off and move the A-league Men to 10 Bold!
 
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INVESTED NANI KEEN TO MAKE ALM IMPACT​

Nani is dodging and weaving his way through AAMI Park at a frenetic pace.

But the former Manchester United winger is not on the pitch.
Instead, he is sprinting through a maze of corridors, racing the clock to get to team lunch at the stadium cafe, well aware a late arrival will prompt a fine from his Melbourne Victory teammates.
“It’s sometimes difficult when you’re new and you arrive to the club and then you need to adapt to some things,” a grinning Nani told AAP.
“But I’m getting used to the rules and everything at the club.
“You need to run sometimes, because if you get late you need to pay the fines. I’ve paid a couple already.
“But it’s for a good cause. At the end, we all enjoy the the money of the fines, so it’s no problem.”
The Portugal international’s smiling response sums up the winger’s commitment to his new club, where he has been involved in training and practice matches since his signing was announced in July.
Nani is determined to be no blow-in or prima donna marquee.
Those at Victory are delighted at the all-in attitude the four-time English Premier League winner has shown since his arrival.
“The idea is to come here, to enjoy the game and put all your qualities on the field,” he said.
“Sometimes big players come here, move to different leagues, and then they will not perform very well for any reason.
“But the idea is you have the right mentality and then leave it in God’s hands and see what things can happen.
“The most important thing is you do your best and after, if you cannot perform as usual, it’s not because you didn’t do your best, or you didn’t try.
“So my mentality is to try every single game.”
The spotlight will turn on the experienced 35-year-old when Victory open their season away to Sydney FC on Saturday, and he is more than ready.
“I know it’s not going to be easy,” he said. “It’s never easy, anywhere in the world.
“But what I can promise is I will work hard and I will try to always be at my best.”
Nani is also confident Victory’s tantalising attack, boasting the likes of Nick D’Agostino, Ben Folami, Jake Brimmer and Tomi Juric, can fire.
“We’ve been together almost three months. So we know already a little bit of each other,” he said.
“For sure, we will have great moments on the field.”

 

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Victory commit to long term financial security

American football: US investment firm buys into Melbourne Victory​

Vince Rugari

Updated October 5, 2022

Melbourne Victory has secured its financial future after the death of former director Mario Biasin, with an American private investment firm adding the A-Leagues club to its growing network of teams across Europe and South America.
777 Partners, a Miami-based private equity firm which owns stakes in La Liga side Sevilla, Serie B team Genoa, Paris-based Red Star FC and Brazilian club Vasco De Gama, have been unveiled as Victory’s newest shareholders, as first revealed by the Herald and The Age on Wednesday morning.

The firm is believed to have taken on a non-controlling stake in Melbourne Victory, with their investment the first by a foreign entity in the club’s 17-year history, and described by the club as “one of the biggest investment deals into a single sports team in Australian history.”
“In looking at the benefits of a strategic partnership for the Club, it was key for Melbourne Victory that we aligned with the right partner who would help create new opportunities for growth and development as well as maintaining what makes Melbourne Victory special,” chairman Anthony Di Pietro said.

“The 777 Partners deal will strengthen our capital base and will allow the club to supercharge its growth trajectory as well as ensure its longevity in Australia and football while retaining the Melbourne Victory brand, fabric and history.”
777 Partners is also the owner and backer of new low-cost Australian airline Bonza, which is set to commence operations later this year, and was revealed as Victory’s major sponsors earlier this week in a record four-year deal.

Bonza replaces Metricon Homes, the company co-founded by the late Mario Biasin, on the front of Victory’s jersey. Biasin, who was one of Victory’s biggest shareholders, died suddenly in May, leaving the club in a precarious financial position and necessitating a search for further benefactors. Last month, this masthead also reported details of a legal battle between another investor Joe Mirabella and former managing director Richard Wilson, who had been trying to sell off his 2.31 million shares in the club to fans at $2.20 per share.
Founded by Josh Wander and Steve Pasko, 777 Partners has been eyeing off a possible move into the A-Leagues for approximately a year, settling on an arrangement with Victory after discussions with other groups seeking to join the competition through expansion.

After acquiring Genoa in September last year, the firm has since bought into Vasco da Gama, Belgian club Standard Liege and Red Star FC, who play in France’s third division. The multi-club network brings Victory into line with crosstown rivals Melbourne City, who are owned by the Abu Dhabi-controlled City Football Group and have sister clubs in England, Japan, France, Italy, Uruguay and the United States.

In May, 777 appointed Don Dransfield, the former chief strategy officer at the City Football Group, to head up their global football operations. Dransfield will now join the Victory board.
“Football is poised for tremendous growth in Australia, and on this basis, it is strategically important for our group to be here. Melbourne Victory with its success on the pitch and passionate, loyal fan base, is the perfect club for us,” Wander said.
“With 777 Football Group, Melbourne Victory will now have access to world-class data and analytics professionals, advanced player development techniques and global commercial opportunities, such as the unique partnership with Bonza that benefits all involved.

“We are committed to doing all of this while respecting the history and traditions that Melbourne Victory fans hold so dear. We are very excited to be a part of this journey alongside Melbourne Victory.”

 

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Victory commit to long term financial security

American football: US investment firm buys into Melbourne Victory​

Vince Rugari

Updated October 5, 2022

Melbourne Victory has secured its financial future after the death of former director Mario Biasin, with an American private investment firm adding the A-Leagues club to its growing network of teams across Europe and South America.
777 Partners, a Miami-based private equity firm which owns stakes in La Liga side Sevilla, Serie B team Genoa, Paris-based Red Star FC and Brazilian club Vasco De Gama, have been unveiled as Victory’s newest shareholders, as first revealed by the Herald and The Age on Wednesday morning.

The firm is believed to have taken on a non-controlling stake in Melbourne Victory, with their investment the first by a foreign entity in the club’s 17-year history, and described by the club as “one of the biggest investment deals into a single sports team in Australian history.”
“In looking at the benefits of a strategic partnership for the Club, it was key for Melbourne Victory that we aligned with the right partner who would help create new opportunities for growth and development as well as maintaining what makes Melbourne Victory special,” chairman Anthony Di Pietro said.

“The 777 Partners deal will strengthen our capital base and will allow the club to supercharge its growth trajectory as well as ensure its longevity in Australia and football while retaining the Melbourne Victory brand, fabric and history.”
777 Partners is also the owner and backer of new low-cost Australian airline Bonza, which is set to commence operations later this year, and was revealed as Victory’s major sponsors earlier this week in a record four-year deal.

Bonza replaces Metricon Homes, the company co-founded by the late Mario Biasin, on the front of Victory’s jersey. Biasin, who was one of Victory’s biggest shareholders, died suddenly in May, leaving the club in a precarious financial position and necessitating a search for further benefactors. Last month, this masthead also reported details of a legal battle between another investor Joe Mirabella and former managing director Richard Wilson, who had been trying to sell off his 2.31 million shares in the club to fans at $2.20 per share.
Founded by Josh Wander and Steve Pasko, 777 Partners has been eyeing off a possible move into the A-Leagues for approximately a year, settling on an arrangement with Victory after discussions with other groups seeking to join the competition through expansion.

After acquiring Genoa in September last year, the firm has since bought into Vasco da Gama, Belgian club Standard Liege and Red Star FC, who play in France’s third division. The multi-club network brings Victory into line with crosstown rivals Melbourne City, who are owned by the Abu Dhabi-controlled City Football Group and have sister clubs in England, Japan, France, Italy, Uruguay and the United States.

In May, 777 appointed Don Dransfield, the former chief strategy officer at the City Football Group, to head up their global football operations. Dransfield will now join the Victory board.
“Football is poised for tremendous growth in Australia, and on this basis, it is strategically important for our group to be here. Melbourne Victory with its success on the pitch and passionate, loyal fan base, is the perfect club for us,” Wander said.
“With 777 Football Group, Melbourne Victory will now have access to world-class data and analytics professionals, advanced player development techniques and global commercial opportunities, such as the unique partnership with Bonza that benefits all involved.

“We are committed to doing all of this while respecting the history and traditions that Melbourne Victory fans hold so dear. We are very excited to be a part of this journey alongside Melbourne Victory.”

Very interesting. Also makes sense as to the front of shirt sponsor.
 

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Pretty good signing for Western United's first season in the A-League Women's competition. One of the great things about the old W-League prior to COVID was seeing so many great players from overseas come to Australia to play in their off-season. Hopefully this is a sign that this is about to happen again.

 

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Western United as signed a deal to play one men's game and one woman's game in Hobart next season at North Hobart oval. It will be interesting to see what sort crowd Hobart gets for the men's game and the men's game is meant to be against Sydney FC so definitely a draw card team.
 

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Western United as signed a deal to play one men's game and one woman's game in Hobart next season at North Hobart oval. It will be interesting to see what sort crowd Hobart gets for the men's game and the men's game is meant to be against Sydney FC so definitely a draw card team.

Not sure there is much of a draw card opponent (except for a derby)
 

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Western United as signed a deal to play one men's game and one woman's game in Hobart next season at North Hobart oval. It will be interesting to see what sort crowd Hobart gets for the men's game and the men's game is meant to be against Sydney FC so definitely a draw card team.
It's going to be the same deal as it was with the Phoenix in Wollongong. You'll be lucky to get 1-2k, because Tasmanians want to support their own team, just like Wollongong want to support their own Wolves.
 

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It's going to be the same deal as it was with the Phoenix in Wollongong. You'll be lucky to get 1-2k, because Tasmanians want to support their own team, just like Wollongong want to support their own Wolves.
The games in Launceston last year only got 700 to 1500 but I think Hobart will get a few more because they have a big soccer population and got 7000 to their last game several years back.
 
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