Football Season Guide

Melbourne City


Matthew Sutton (gk) Melbourne Victory; Benjamin Garuccio (def) Hearts; Aiden O'Neill (mid) Burnley; Naoki Tsubaki (mid) Yokohama Marinos – on loan; Marco Tilio (mid) Sydney FC; Taras Gomulka (mid) Adelaide U21; Javier Cabrera (mid) CA Union – end of loan; Andrew Nabbout (att) Melbourne Victory;


Joshua Brillante (r) (mid) Xanthi; Lachlan Wales (sp) (mid) Western United; Ramy Najjarine (sp) (mid) Newcastle Jets; Moudi Najjar (sp) (att) Macarthur; Joe Gauci (gk) Adelaide United; Yaya Dukulu (mid) Adelaide United; Gianluca Iannucci (att) Melbourne Victory;

City played good football last season and for long they stayed in touch with leaders Sydney FC. Not surprisingly, the Citizens ended up reaching their first ever Grand Final in the end, with the league’s Golden Boot winner Maclaren pulling the team forward with his many goals. The season ended with lost Grand Final, but the main reason why coach Mombaerts left after just 1 successful year at the helm was that the Frenchman never settled to life in Australia. As his replacement, City opted to go for a club legend, but very inexperienced in terms of managerial pedigree option. City’s ex-captain Patrick Kisnorbo is in charge now and, if nothing else, he’s known for his ability to pump up the squad and unite everyone fighting for the cause. The only major departure during off-season was that of inner midfielder Brillante, but in O’Neill excellent replacement was signed. City also added explosive forward Nabbout and experienced full-back Garuccio to their ranks so, if anything, the squad looks even stronger compared to last season. Expected to be the highest scoring team in the league this season considering the bombastic front 4 Nabbout-Noone-Luna-Maclaren. Also have very impressive defence and the one area that might be causing problems is the heart of the midfield. Only 3 experienced typical inner midfielders in the ranks right now, but if they all stay fit City would have more than enough to be serious contenders again.


City as usual target big things and, if inexperienced Kisnorbo turns out to be decent manager, the Citizens could mount another serious challenge on the title. Top 4 should be achieved easy, no matter what.