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Melbourne have lost the Heart to show their true colours

Melbourne Heart AdvertThe announcement of 5th June to change the name and team colours of Melbourne Heart was not a surprise to A-League fans. As well as news of the changes, the announcement was made that Spanish international David Villa would make ten ‘guest’ appearances for the newly named Melbourne City FC.

The homogenisation of the team, into the Manchester City brand, has happened quickly as does most business done by the City Football Group (CFG) who has majority ownership of the club.

What effect will this have on the fans?

Why would Football Federation …

Podcast 64: You can take the old road

A bleary-eyed Justin and Kris are back for a special episode, discussing the recent release of the 2014/15 A-League fixture, the re-branding of Melbourne Heart to Melbourne City, the arrival of David Villa at Melbourne City, and a look at what’s transpired so far at the World Cup.

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Featuring: Kristian Dwyer and Justin Tickner.

Length: 1 hour, 3 minutes, 15 seconds.

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What we’d like to see in the 2014/15 fixture

IMG_0375It may have only been four weeks since Brisbane toppled the Wanderers to claim the 2013/14 A-League Championship, but it’s already time to start looking forward to next season. The majority of the clubs are beginning to rejuvenate their squad list, with many out-of-contract players finding new homes, and new faces being introduced due to the constraints of the salary cap.

However, with mere weeks until the World Cup kicks off in Brazil, we wait with baited breath for the release of the 2014/15 A-League fixture, due to be distributed between now and …

Late goals see Wanderers take second

MHTvWSWThere was plenty of drama and controversy in Harry Kewell’s last game as a professional footballer, as Melbourne Heart failed to hold on against Western Sydney Wanderers.

Two goals in the last ten minutes from Brendon Santalab and Youssouf Hersi respectively saw the visitors win 3-2 in front of 10,003 heartbroken fans at AAMI Park.

All the hype had rightfully been around Socceroos legend Harry Kewell, as he was set to play his farewell game in front of his home crowd against his home town Western Sydney.

Both sides formed a guard of honour as …

Adelaide snatch last-gasp draw with Heart

ADEvMHTAdelaide United’s surge to the top of the table was disrupted somewhat by another poor officiating performance from Ben Williams, and a myriad of unfortunate circumstances at Coopers Stadium on Friday night.

It was a match that had it all, from a goal in the first 26 seconds, to a season ending injury, a sending off for Adelaide, and two penalties to the Heart.

The Reds took control of the match after just 26 seconds through Marcelo Carrusca. Michael Zullo and Tarek Elrich combined beautifully on the left wing, with the latter …

Slow-starting Roar overcome Heart

BRIvMHTDespite another sending off to Besart Berisha, ten-man Brisbane Roar came from behind to defeat Melbourne Heart 2-1 tonight at Suncorp Stadium.

Heart came into the contest knowing that a loss against the Premiers would signal the end of their slim finals hopes. Despite that, John van’t Schip handed a Heart debut to goalkeeper Tando Velaphi, and re-introduced Aziz Behich to the starting XI after two weeks out of the squad.

Brisbane made two changes to the side that beat the Victory 1-0 last week, with Luke Brattan replaced by Steven Lustica, and Besart …

Mariners prevail after Engelaar stunner

MHTvCCMA moment of brilliance from Orlando Engelaar was not enough for Melbourne Heart, as they succumbed 2-1 at home to the Central Coast Mariners courtesy of second-half substitute Bernie Ibini’s 76th-minute strike.

After signing a three-year deal with the club mid-week, John van ‘t Schip made just the one change to Heart’s starting lineup, with Iain Ramsay coming into the first team for Harry Kewell. Meanwhile, Mile Sterjovski, Anthony Caceres, Marcel Seip, and Kim Seung-Yong freshened up a Mariners’ side looking to bounce back after their 2-1 defeat to Beijing Guoan in the …

Controversy abounds as Heart and Phoenix draw

MHTvWELMelbourne Heart failed to make the most of an extra man for the majority of the match, drawing 2-2 with a solid Wellington outfit on Sunday afternoon.

Harry Kewell got his first start for the Heart since round 18, and Wellington were missing Carlos Hernandez through injury. This allowed room in the squad for Roy Krishna, who started in just his second match of the season. Shaun Timmins was also given a starting debut for the Nix at left full-back, due to the injury suffered last week by Josh Brindell-South.

The first …

Taggart on target as Jets see off Heart

NEWvMHTA second-half goal to Adam Taggart was the difference on Saturday afternoon, as Newcastle defeated the Heart 1-0 at Hunter Stadium. The win will prove to be a vital one for the Jets, as they temporarily pushed themselves into the top 6 at the expense of Sydney FC.

John van’t Schip brought Aziz Behich straight back in to the starting XI, after serving a mandatory suspension in last week’s 4-0 derby win. Patrick Gerhardt and Ben Garuccio, however, would have to be content with a spot on the bench.

For the Jets, an injury …

Rampant Heart put Victory to the sword

MHTvMELThe enthralling Melbourne derby once again impressed, with both teams showing plenty of passion in Melbourne Heart’s 4-0 thrashing of Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

Heart got off to a wonder-start, with two goals and a questionable red card to their opponents in the first half.

Within just 5 minutes of the kick-off, Orlando Engelaar had his third goal in as many matches with an easy tap in. Ben Garrucio beat Jason Geria on the left wing and swung in a cross to the near post. Young goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas was …