Kevin Muscat

Australia

Arnold, Muscat named as potential Socceroos coaches

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Sydney (AFP) – Graham Arnold and hardman Kevin Muscat were named as potential Australia coaches on Thursday after Ange Postecoglou failed to allay fears he’ll quit even if the Socceroos qualify for the World Cup.

Postecoglou declined to confirm or deny reports Wednesday that he planned to walk, either before or after the Socceroos face Honduras in a critical home-and-away play-off next month for a place at the 2018 Russia tournament.

Arnold, Muscat named as potential Socceroos coaches

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Sydney (AFP) – Graham Arnold and hardman Kevin Muscat were named as potential Australia coaches on Thursday after Ange Postecoglou failed to allay fears he’ll quit even if the Socceroos qualify for the World Cup.

Postecoglou declined to confirm or deny reports Wednesday that he planned to walk, either before or after the Socceroos face Honduras in a critical home-and-away play-off next month for a place at the 2018 Russia tournament.

FFA

FFA? When will the A-League clubs make money?

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Back in 2003 when the NSL died and we had to wait an eternity for football to be played professionally again in Australia it all seemed so grim.

And yet we true believers have been on a roller-coaster of emotion, more so, much more than any other code.

Most codes rumble on with their home and away season, great crowds in AFL land, less so in League, and Union is a nice part-time sport tacked on at the edges, domestically at least.

Melbourne 2 v Brisbane 2: now that was a little disappointing...

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OK so there was a lot of action in the first 30 minutes or so. But by the 2nd half the game had flatlined. Everyone was exhausted including the referee.

Someone wrote of one of my blogs, probably in season 1, 'don't read this if your name is Ben Williams.' Now I can see a bit more of what Williams is trying to achieve as a ref.

Lynchy gets one wrong - FFA are ahead of you on this one!

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Michael Lynch - a man who's family is from the far end of the Curragh (Irish Racecourse) we're just a bit closer, but further away. Got it?

Lynchy is a much respected Aussie footy writer - but on his player development focus written in the Age I reckon he has a couple of points wrong or at least is unaware of what is coming.

Melbourne Victory

Victory fails to take their chances but Aussie Coach of Jets making gains

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Gary van Egmond has one Championship under his belt and looks like he has the craft to give this years title a little shake.

As he builds his team around him it was the quality of the goals that took my eye.

Ruben Zadkovich spreading 40 yard balls, player movement off the ball and young Jacob Pepper a local lad tapping home not once, but twice.

Victory has no Muscat - it's that simple

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Melbourne Victory were worse than ever - and yet that's despite changing the coach.

Kevin Muscat has been told to work on the defence!

He'd be better doing a Paul Scholes and get himself back on the pitch.

Adrian Leijer and Roddie Vargas are not just weak, but have been exposed all season and how is Leijer a leader.

Muscat machinations

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Kevin Muscat wants to be coach of Melbourne Victory.

Just what he is prepared to do to ensure he gets there is unclear. It is also unclear who his powerful backers are. But they are there and as ABC Offsiders sports commentators noted last week, they or Muscat directly are influencing the Melbourne Victory Board.

Best we've ever played? Says who?

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Melbourne Victory's first half performance was the best they've ever played this season according to Coach Mehmet Durakovic.

Blimey!

I know the standard has been poor this season but best they've ever played takes the biscuit.

A flukey penalty gave them a 1-0 lead after 40 seconds and then after the usual huff and bluff died down at Aami Stadium the Gold Coast started to turn the screw.

Football the winner in Adelaide

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21,000 rocked the Adelaide Oval last night as United beat Melbourne Victory 2-1.

Wonderful atmosphere, wonderful players on show. Too many to mention but Marvin Angulo for Victory continues to catch the eye.

As did Travis Dodd with his winner - what was Michael Petkovic doing - make that all season.

Melbourne Victory captain Muscat banned for 8 weeks

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MELBOURNE, Australia — Melbourne Victory captain Manny Muscat will likely end his career in Australian football's A-League under suspension after being banned for eight weeks for a dangerous tackle. Muscat, a Malta international, was handed the ban for a tackle on the Melbourne Heart's Adrian Zahra during a heated derby last weekend.

PNG love their football

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Hekari United, PNG.

No,not a Rugby League team.

The Aussie media would tell you that PNG love nothing but Rugby League. Well they might love Rugby League but it's Elsewhere, veteran Melbourne Victory defender Kevin Muscat was effectively given a "slap on the wrist" at a disciplinary hearing for his part in a post-match incident following the game against Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park last week.

Even the FFA scared of Muscat

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Kevin Muscat delierately strikes an official from an opposing team in the stomach and gets a "slap on the wrist."

Fantastic role-modeling by Super Kev, Super FFA. So you can strike one and just get a wee monetary fine.

I say: Six weeks minimum.

What do you get in the local league for striking someone.

Weekly roundup & Scum FC Preview

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Greetings Victory fans. I hope you've recovered well from last Friday's loss and are...

Australia: New boys show Heart and gain Victory (+video)

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The Hyundai A-League saw its first major derby match between the two clubs in the second city of Melbourne today. Melbourne Victory may have been one of the big boys since the A-League's inception in 2005 but they haven't shown any of their usual dominance in the current season. Their opponents Melbourne Heart are the league's newest expansion team and have shown signs that they could be a play-off team in their inaugural season.

Is Ernie Merrick good enough for Asia?

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Even tonights opponent Sas Ognenovski says what all football fans know. We love the Victory style but can they play a 1-0 win in Asia, against class opposition.

Even with Kevin Muscat they have been pretty lame, even immature in a football sense. Attack at pace, hit Archie on the break. But do they have something more.

Victory Leap Into A-League Final

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For the third time in four years, Melbourne Victory will host the A-League Grand Final on home turf and for the uptinth time, much like a thorn in Sydney's side Kevin Muscat had a part to play in the misery inflicted on the home side. His clever ball through the Sky Blues defense to Archie [...]

Sssh don't shout Sydney's sleeping: I'fill up your goal, Archie!

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Football, the football I love is about forwards, and skill.

Today Paul Ifill for Wellington Phoenix waltzed past our Aussie great hope Ben Kantarovski Newcastle Jets, not once not twice but maybe ten or more times in the game. Mostly with a drop of the shoulder and an explosion of pace.

In extra-time after much huffing and puffing Ifill scored.

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Jim's Victory v Kossie's United - a belter.

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With Victory showing sides of improvement last week, and Harry Kewell turning in another quality performance tonight's game should be a belter.

Big crowd, great stadium and lots of footballers on the park.

If Victory can seal their defence, the team could gain some serious confidence and climb the ladder.

I just want to have fun….

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This year was going great. Gold Coast United finished 3rd in their first season in the A-League, Kevin Muscat missed a penalty in the Grand Final and my wife and I went to the World Cup in South Africa. As a fan of the game I go to the Football to have fun. I do [...]

Hyundai A-League season 6

Referee stuff-ups continue.

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First we had the entertaining sight, for the neutral, of Michael Theoklitos running and grabbing the ball from outside his area - then proceeded to set up a match winning punt.

That was prior to the Kevin Muscat assault on the Brisbane official - six weeks please.

And secondly we have Peter Green in NZ sending off Travis Dodd for nothing.

Football the winner as wankers surface.

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What a fantastic game of football at AAMI Stadium last night. Brisbane Roar 2-0 up soon to be pulled back to 2-2 only for Robbie Kruse to sneak a winner. Or so we thought.

Then Michael Theoklitos grabs the ball outside his area in the last minute - or less - and the Roar go down and score with everyone from Melbourne in disarray.

Ross Aloisi's top five A-League Players

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Fox Sports Commentator Ross Aloisi loves a brutal tackle, a cheating tackle, or a "professional" tackle. Seems he loves it more than the skill players can produce.

So who would be his top five players in the A-League?

Jacob Burns: He can really dish it out.
Kevin Muscat: A great professional who injured a fellow pro on the weekend with his over-elaborate tackle.

A-League winners: Too tight to call.

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Adelaide United have set the pace in the A-League with their strong, flashy and pacy forward line. They've scored goals and they'll keep scoring them.

So although it's early days, with Travis Dodd and Fabian Barbiero to come back in their strength in depth is looking good.

But who can challenge them?

One man planning to take Muscat's crown?

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Kevin Muscat is no more, not really. He still runs around like a football thug, intimidating players and refs, and he plays his pantomine villain role really really well.

We love it don't we? We boo and hiss unless your a Victory fan I guess.

But he's looking a little sillier and seems like the old men of Masters football, you know the ones who get so angry and they run up to belt someone but by the time they get there they run out of energy and can't remember why they are going to hit anyone.

The Rest

Top 10 Australians To Play In The Premier League

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By Chris Wright

It's national Australia Day in Australia today, so what better excuse to throw another shrimp on the dingo, grab a cool Hahn from the Esky andcome waltzing Matilda with Pies as we take a look at the ten finest Aussie players to ply their trade in the Premier League over the years.

Rangers: The Sheer Brassneckery Of Administration

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The rural west of Ireland is quiet at its noisiest. And two weeks away from the noise of the Rangers saga was blissfully quiet. I knew I was returning to something major, however, as I was aware that the BBC's Mark Daly had fronted another Ibrox insolvency-related documentary and that administrators Duff and Phelps had finally published their "best-and-final" CVA.

A Liverpool Cat inspired feline XI

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A cat-themed team to celebrate last night's pitch invader at Anfield 1. Pussy Whiskerlainen 2. Kevin Muscat 3. Anton Furdinand 4. Claws Lundekvam 5. Darren Purrse 6. Lee Cattermole 7. Dirk Cat 8. Marouane Felinei 9. Dave Kitten 10. Tabby Agbonlahor 11. Ryo Miaowchi Manager: Kenny Dogleash (a cat's best friend)


Muscat Victorious?

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Kevin Muscat retires at the end of the Asian Champions League - and he's been the backbone of the Victory side for years.

A leader on the park - hard to believe he wouldn't have had huge influence over the playing side of things at Victory - but his name rarely seems to be mentioned in the mix for the Victory job.

Daily Dose: January 26th, 2010.

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Kevin Muscat is the posterchild for bewilderment at red card bewilderment.

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  • Sky nipping further problems in the bud. (The DA)
  • Rant time. (Avoiding The Drop)
  • Asian Cup club teams represented. (The Best Eleven)
  • Breaking down the breakdown.

Video: Ridiculous horror tackle from Melbourne Victory’s Kevin Muscat

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Ouch! Kevin Muscat is probably the only footballer who could make a tackle like the one in the video above without leaving a stain on his character. And the reason for that is that his character is so stained by his litany of previous horror tackles that he can scarcely damage his reputation further.

Fox Redux

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Some time ago, when Michael Zullo and Robbie Kruse were the hottest young prospects in the A-League, I suggested that Kruse probably had the more potential of the two of them. Although Zullo has already made the jump to Europe, and although Kruse endured a long spell on the outer thanks to some off-field problems, my opinion hasn't substantially changed.

Goal Fever

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It was a night of many firsts: the first A-League grand final to go to extra time, the first in which both teams have scored, the first won by the away side (ignoring the "neutral territory" 2008 showpiece), and, last but not least, the first penalty Kevin Muscat has missed in a very long time.

Congratulations to Sydney FC, and especially to Vitezslav Lavicka.