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Melbourne Victory

Victory fans show their support. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Melbourne VictoryOne of the A-League’s original clubs, Melbourne Victory have traditionally been a league powerhouse. They have also consistently been the most supported team in the league, with their crowd numbers often the envy of other clubs.

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After navigating a tricky start to the season, Victory turned it on from Round 7 onwards to secure fourth spot on the ladder. With a clean slate, the club had a finals campaign to remember, stringing together one-goal victories over Adelaide, Sydney and Newcastle to secure a fourth championship.

Despite plenty of roster upheaval over the offseason, some very impressive signings have made Melbourne Victory the team to beat in 2018-19. Most experts have them pegged as title favourites.

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Coach: Kevin Muscat
Captain: Carl Valeri
2017-18 finish: 1st (4th before finals)
2017-18 top scorer: Besart Berisha (18)
Championships: 2006-07, 2008-09, 2014-15, 2017-18

2018-19 squad:
Matt Acton, Storm Roux, Corey Brown, Keisuke Honda, Georg Niedermeier, Leigh Broxham, Kenny Athiu, Terry Antonis, Kosta Barbarouses, James Troisi, Ola Toivonen, Birkan Kirdar, Thomas Deng, Raul Baena, Joshua Hope, Rahmat Akbari, Lawrence Thomas, Carl Valeri (c), Nick Ansell, Jai Ingham, Elvis Kamsoba, Anthony Lesiotis, Nicholas Sette, Matthew Sutton, Ben Carrigan, Thiel Iradkukunda, Majak Mawith

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