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Melbourne City FC

Melbourne City FC

The Melbourne City Football Club is a professional soccer team located in Cranbourne East, Melbourne, Australia. It is a member of the A-League, which is the highest level in Australian football as per license from the Australian Professional Leagues.

Melbourne Heart was established in 2009, and continued to compete under that name until its second season of competition in 2010-11. In partnership with Holding M.S., they were rebranded by City Football Group. Australia. Holding M.S. was purchased by City Football Group In August 2015, Holding M.S. was purchased by City Football Group. Australia now owns 100% of the club.

In 2009, Melbourne City was established. It was founded in 2009.

Melbourne City is run by the City Football Academy. It is located in Bundoora near La Trobe University. The club’s home matches are played at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium. Commercially, it is known as AAMI Park. The venue, which is multi-purpose and can seat 30,050-persons, is located in Melbourne’s City Centre. The club also has a youth team that competes in the NPL Victoria third-division league as well as the National Youth League. A senior women’s team competes in W-League.

In 2003, the National Soccer League was ended by the Crawford Report. The next season would see the start of a new, revamped competition. There were calls for two Melbourne clubs participating in the new competition. However, Football Federation Australia decided in 2004 to adopt a “one city, one team” policy. The Melbourne Victory was first Melbourne club to be granted a license to participate in the A-League’s national competition. To prevent expansion sides from the A-League regions from joining the competition, a five-year moratorium was also in place. Victory was able to establish itself in the Melbourne market for five seasons.

Colin DeLutis is an ex-vice-president at Carlton Football Club, and a businessman who expressed interest in a second Melbourne A-League club. The FFA approached him to become the sole owner for the second license. It would be called Melbourne City’. Ben Buckley, chief executive of FFA suggested that the A-League be increased from eight to twelve teams by May 2008. This was done in preparation for the 2009-10 season. Buckley announced that there was a third bid to Melbourne. It was tentatively named ‘Melbourne Heart’, and supported by Peter Sidwell. This bid will be competing with the other bids for Melbourne City or Southern Cross FC.

On 25 July 2008, the Melbourne City bid was removed from the bidding process. The remaining bids were the Melbourne Heart FC, Southern Cross FC, and Southern Cross FC bids. In September 2008, the exclusive negotiating rights for the 11th license of the league were granted to the Melbourne Heart bid. This was a better deal than the South Melbourne-backed Southern Cross FC bid. Negotiations continued until Sidwell’s team received the A-League’s season license for 2010-11 by the FFA. This happened on 12 June 2009.

In August 2010, Heart opened its first season against the Central Coast Mariners. They lost 1-0 at their home stadium, AAMI Park. Ben Kantarovski scored Heart’s first goal. He also scored an own goal against the Newcastle Jets in Heart’s second league match. Melbourne Heart won their first A-League match against North Queensland Fury 1-0. This was on September 4, 2010. They faced Melbourne Victory on the 8th of October 2010. They won 2-1. They finished eighth in the league due to goal difference. Heart had equal points with Newcastle Jets during their first season. They were in sixth place most of the season but failed to make it to the finals.

After a second season that was slightly better, Melbourne Heart was 6th on this ladder. This was enough for them to reach the finals. Heart lost 3-0 against Perth Glory in the first finals match. Despite victories over local rivals over the next two seasons the club didn’t finish higher than the bottom two. They won the wooden spoon 2013/14.

 

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