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Melbourne Victory valued at $40 million, while Usain Bolt feeling 'nervous and excited' about tomorrow's pre-season friendly11 October 2018 | FT Editor
Melbourne Victory's value
John Stensholt reports that Melbourne Victory is valued at $40 million after a recent "share transaction", making it the second most valuable privately held sports club in the country, behind Brisbane Broncos (NRL) which is valued at $47 million. The valuation came about because of a recent investment by long-term sponsors, La Ionica (a poultry company) which put the value at $40 million. Melbourne Victory is aiming for 30,000 members this season and are "on target to complete a $21m academy" by 2020.
Stensholt notes that known valuations of other sports teams include South Sydney (NRL) at $25 million, St George Illawarra and Manly (both NRL) at $20 million each, Adelaide United at $12 million and Melbourne United (NBL) at $10 million.
On the pitch, new Melbourne Victory defender, 32-year-old George Niedermeier, has indicated that former Victory defender and teammate at Stuttgart, Matthieu Delpierre, was instrumental in planting "the A-League seed" with him. Niedermeier will lead the defence alongside Nick Ansell and Thomas Deng.
While Delpierre was key to Niedermeier's decision to join Melbourne, he had also played with other former Victory players including Robbie Kruse, Mitch Langerak and Marco Rojas. Niedermeier says Delpierre's boots are big ones to fill, but he'll be giving it a go.
After being told since his arrival in August that Mike Mulvey would give Usain Bolt (pictured) as long as is needed to prove his value to the A-League, Bolt himself is saying that tomorrow's final pre-season training game against a south west Sydney side put together by the A-League expansion hopefuls "could determine [his] future".
The 32-year-old Bolt is likely to start in the game at Campbelltown, and he professes to feeling nervous and excited with his future at stake.
Bolt is likely to play in a diffrent position from his other appearance, playing "up top more", and he is keen to show his improvement since that first game.
The Mariners first A-League game is against Brisbane Roar in Brisbane on 21 October.
Jop van der Linden's 'beautiful week'
Jop van der Linden is looking forward to the week that kicks-off with the #SydneyDerby on 27 October. There's the home derby to look forward to, followed by the FFA Cup Final in Adelaide three days later, and then the birth of his first child. Let's hope Baby van der Linden agees with the timing sequence!
Tomi Juric says the best is yet to come from him in green-and-gold colours who, at 27 and with 38 caps, is now one of the "elder statesman" of the team. He also says he's ready to step in to a leadership role for the Socceroos.
Picking up on the match held on Wednesday morning (and reported on here):
- The Matildas "snatched" a fortunate 1-1 draw against England at Craven Cottage;
- The match may have been a "fortuitous draw" but it will be remembered by Elise Kellond-Knight because it was her 100th cap (as our photo of the day celebrated);
- Alen Stajcic can take some comfort from the result - despite some dubious referee calls in Australia's favour - as "several players" were carrying injuries.
Canberra United coach, Heather Garriock, had one mission to accomplish - retain Matildas' star, 18-year-old Ellie Carpenter - and the job is done. Carpenter will be returning to Canberra from starting in both recent matches for the Matildas.
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