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One 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.
Despite a horror opening fortnight, Victory put together a very strong title defence last season. They brushed aside Wellington in their elimination final, but had their quest to return to the final ended emphatically in the form of a 6-1 loss to Sydney FC.
While they start slightly behind last season’s grand finalists in terms of favouritism, Victory are one of the teams to beat once again this season.
Coach: Marco Kurz
Captain: Ola Toivonen
2018-19 finish: 3rd
2018-19 top scorers: Ola Toivonen, Kosta Barbarouses (15)
Championships: 2006-07, 2008-09, 2014-15, 2017-18
2019-20 first team squad:
Matt Acton (gk), Storm Roux, Corey Brown, James Donachie, Tim Hoogland, Leigh Broxham, Kenny Athiu, Jakob Poulsen, Andrew Nabbout, Robbie Kruse, Ola Toivonen (c), Birkan Kirdar, Thomas Deng, Joshua Hope, Elvis Kamsoba, Benjamin Carrigan, Lawrence Thomas (gk), Adama Traore, Kristijan Dobras, Anthony Lesiotis, Jay Barnett, Benjamin Carrigan, Brandon Lauton, Matthew Sutton (gk), Migjen Basha