Chris Tadrosse is an Australian footballer who plays for Bonnyrigg White Eagles. He was part of Melbourne Victory's squad in the A-League, but was allowed to leave late in the club's inaugural year; the first stop on his German adventure was with Oberliga Nordrhein league club KFC Uerdingen 05. After a short stay he moved to Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach, he made several appearances for the clubs second team but was released at the end of the 2007–08 season. On 1 October 2008, Tadrosse signed with the Central Coast Mariners after a trial period of one month as a short term injury replacement for Dean Heffernan. In 2008, he had a short trial at English League Two side Port Vale. Tadrosse joined new A-League club North Queensland Fury for their inaugural season in the competition, after signing with the club. North Queensland Fury profile
Wales is a country, part of the United Kingdom and the island of Great Britain. It is bordered by England to the east, the Irish Sea to the north and west, the Bristol Channel to the south, it had a population in 2011 of 3,063,456 and has a total area of 20,779 km2. Wales has over 1,680 miles of coastline and is mountainous, with its higher peaks in the north and central areas, including Snowdon, its highest summit; the country has a changeable, maritime climate. Welsh national identity emerged among the Britons after the Roman withdrawal from Britain in the 5th century, Wales is regarded as one of the modern Celtic nations. Llywelyn ap Gruffudd's death in 1282 marked the completion of Edward I of England's conquest of Wales, though Owain Glyndŵr restored independence to Wales in the early 15th century; the whole of Wales was annexed by England and incorporated within the English legal system under the Laws in Wales Acts 1535 and 1542. Distinctive Welsh politics developed in the 19th century. Welsh liberalism, exemplified in the early 20th century by Lloyd George, was displaced by the growth of socialism and the Labour Party.
Welsh national feeling grew over the century. Established under the Government of Wales Act 1998, the National Assembly for Wales holds responsibility for a range of devolved policy matters. At the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, development of the mining and metallurgical industries transformed the country from an agricultural society into an industrial nation. Two-thirds of the population live in South Wales, including Cardiff, Swansea and the nearby valleys. Now that the country's traditional extractive and heavy industries have gone or are in decline, Wales' economy depends on the public sector and service industries and tourism. Although Wales shares its political and social history with the rest of Great Britain, a majority of the population in most areas speaks English as a first language, the country has retained a distinct cultural identity and is bilingual. Over 560,000 Welsh language speakers live in Wales, the language is spoken by a majority of the population in parts of the north and west.
From the late 19th century onwards, Wales acquired its popular image as the "land of song", in part due to the eisteddfod tradition. At many international sporting events, such as the FIFA World Cup, Rugby World Cup and the Commonwealth Games, Wales has its own national teams, though at the Olympic Games, Welsh athletes compete as part of a Great Britain team. Rugby union is seen as an expression of national consciousness; the English words "Wales" and "Welsh" derive from the same Germanic root, itself derived from the name of the Gaulish people known to the Romans as Volcae and which came to refer indiscriminately to all non-Germanic peoples. The Old English-speaking Anglo-Saxons came to use the term Wælisc when referring to the Britons in particular, Wēalas when referring to their lands; the modern names for some Continental European lands and peoples have a similar etymology. In Britain, the words were not restricted to modern Wales or to the Welsh but were used to refer to anything that the Anglo-Saxons associated with the Britons, including other non-Germanic territories in Britain and places in Anglo-Saxon territory associated with Britons, as well as items associated with non-Germanic Europeans, such as the walnut.
The modern Welsh name for themselves is Cymry, Cymru is the Welsh name for Wales. These words are descended from the Brythonic word combrogi, meaning "fellow-countrymen"; the use of the word Cymry as a self-designation derives from the location in the post-Roman Era of the Welsh people in modern Wales as well as in northern England and southern Scotland. It emphasised that the Welsh in modern Wales and in the Hen Ogledd were one people, different from other peoples. In particular, the term was not applied to the Cornish or the Breton peoples, who are of similar heritage and language to the Welsh; the word came into use as a self-description before the 7th century. It is attested in a praise poem to Cadwallon ap Cadfan c. 633. In Welsh literature, the word Cymry was used throughout the Middle Ages to describe the Welsh, though the older, more generic term Brythoniaid continued to be used to describe any of the Britonnic peoples and was the more common literary term until c. 1200. Thereafter Cymry prevailed as a reference to the Welsh.
Until c. 1560 the word was spelt Kymry or Cymry, regardless of whether it referred to the people or their homeland. The Latinised forms of these names, Cambrian and Cambria, survive as lesser-used alternative names for Wales and the Welsh people. Examples include the Cambrian Mountains, the newspaper Cambrian News, the organisations Cambrian Airways, Cambrian Railways, Cambrian Archaeological Association and the Royal Cambrian Academy of Art. Outside Wales, a related form survives as the name Cumbria in North West England, once a part of Yr Hen Ogledd; the Cumbric language, thought to
Glen Robert Moss is a New Zealand goalkeeper who plays in the A-League for Newcastle Jets FC, New Zealand at international level. In August 2007, Moss signed a two-year contract with A-League newcomers, the Wellington Phoenix as their starting goalkeeper. In his first season, he made 20 appearances out of the 21 league games and earned a reputation as a top goalkeeper, was seen as one of the league's best shot-stoppers; however and dips in form during 2008–09 saw him share the starting jersey with fellow All Whites goalkeeper Mark Paston, making just 13 appearances and keeping 3 clean sheets. After impressive performances for club and country, Moss attracted interest from A-League champions Melbourne Victory. Moss signed with the Victory for the 2009–10 season as their first choice goalkeeper, but lacklustre performances midway through the season after featuring in the opening 14 rounds of the season saw him overtaken by young-gun Mitchell Langerak as the Melbourne No. 1. On 19 July it was announced Moss had signed a 2-year deal with Gold Coast United replacing Jess Vanstrattan who had moved to Central Coast Mariners and made his debut on 8 August 2010 against Brisbane Roar.
On 28 March 2012 it was announced he had signed a 3-year contract with A-League club Wellington Phoenix. Moss has earned national selection at Under-23 and All Whites international level, he was selected for the U-23's in 2004 to compete in the 2004 OFC Men's Olympic Football Tournament, the qualification tournament for the 2004 Summer Olympics. Moss gained his first international recognition when called up for the New Zealand squad for a friendly match against Iran in October 2003, however he did not earn his first cap until a 1–0 win over Malaysia in February the following year. Moss was named in New Zealand's 2009 Confederations Cup squad to travel to South Africa where he played in all three games against Spain, South Africa and Iraq, where he kept a clean sheet and earned the All Whites a 0–0 draw – New Zealand's first point in a major FIFA competition. In November 2008, Moss was handed a 4-match World Cup ban after swearing at referee Lencie Fred in a dead-rubber 2010 World Cup qualification match against Fiji.
He was replaced by Mark Paston for the two World Cup play-off matches against Bahrain at the end of 2009. Following New Zealand's qualification for the World Cup, the ban meant Moss would miss the opening two group games. On 10 May 2010, Moss was named in New Zealand's final 23-man squad to compete at the World Cup, but saw no action as in a reversal of roles, Paston played all of the All Whites' three games, keeping a clean sheet in the final game against Paraguay as the team missed out on a place in the last 16 despite remaining unbeaten. New Zealand's goal tally first; as of 7 November 2014CS = Clean Sheets 1 - includes A-League final series statistics 2 - AFC Champions League statistics are included in season commencing during group stages New Zealand national football team New Zealand at the FIFA World Cup New Zealand national football team results List of New Zealand international footballers Glen Moss – FIFA competition record NZ Football Profile
Adrian Leijer is an Australian retired footballer who played as a centre back. Leijer played on one occasion for Australia and made over 100 appearances for Melbourne Victory in the A-League. Leijer was born, grew up in, the New South Wales town of Dubbo to a family of Dutch and English heritage, he played from Under 10 - Under 14 with SASS Strikers Junior Soccer Club in the Dubbo & District Soccer Association. Whilst with SASS, he represented New South Wales Country in football. In 1998, Leijer was a co-captain of Orana Heights Public School in Dubbo; when Leijer was 15 years old his family moved south to Jan Juc on Victoria's surf coast and attended Belmont High School where he joined Geelong SC and represented the U-15's Victorian Country team. Ian Greener Head of Coaching & Development at the Victorian Soccer Federation, spotted his talent and recommended him to the head coach of the Victorian Institute of Sport Football program, Ernie Merrick. Leijer spent two years at the Victorian Institute of Sport and moved on to the Melbourne Knights for the last season of the now defunct National Soccer League, where he made 18 appearances during a season where the club finished second last in the competition.
While still training at the VIS, Leijer and his future team mate Kristian Sarkies were selected to trial with Premier League Everton Football Club for three weeks. However, they both returned home to Australia. Upon his return to Australia, he was signed by Melbourne Victory, a team in the new A-League competition, his former VIS coach Ernie Merrick, who had taken the reins at Melbourne Victory, stated. He is part of the senior leadership group within the club and is the second youngest player in the squad," The club's first season was reminiscent of Leijer's time at the Melbourne Knights as Melbourne Victory finished second last overall. Leijer, played 20 games for the club, only missing their final game against the New Zealand Knights through suspension. At the end of the season he was awarded the Players' Player of the Year and Clubman of the Year awards. Melbourne Victory's second season was more successful, starting with seven straight wins and culminating in a 6-0 victory over Adelaide United in the Grand Final.
At the A-League's end of season awards, Leijer won Young Player of the Year. On 2 August 2007, Melbourne Victory confirmed that English Premier League club Fulham had made a bid for the 21-year-old. Leijer signed a 3-year contract for an undisclosed fee. Leijer played for the Fulham reserve team throughout the 2007–2008 season and was included in the squads to face both Liverpool and Reading, but stayed on the bench both times. Following Adrian's return to Fulham after an unsuccessful Olympic campaign with the Australian U/23's team, Leijer returned without having played any games in the Olympic tournament. Whilst tipped by Fulham reserve coach Billy McKinlay to make a greater impact in the first team that season, Adrian missed most of the club's pre-season due to the Olympic tournament and only made the bench once, in a League Cup defeat to Burnley. On 2 February 2009, it was announced that Leijer has moved on loan to Norwich City until the end of the 2008–09 season, becoming Norwich City's 40th loan signing since they were relegated in their 2004–2005 season.
This loan spell was unsuccessful for Leijer, since it did not result in him seeing a great deal of first team action. It was announced that Leijer would return again to Australia during their 2009-10 season, after being re-signed by his former Melbourne Victory for three years. Melbourne had suffered shallow defensive stocks with numerous key players unavailable prior to the announcement. After a promising start, slotting straight back in to the side hours after landing, former captain Kevin Muscat commented on his potential to be a key figure in the club. On February 2011, Adrian Leijer was appointed the captain of Melbourne Victory. Leijer was the captain of Melbourne Victory from February 2011 to September 2013. On 17 September 2013, Leijer was replaced by Mark Milligan as Melbourne Victory's captain. On 25 February 2015, Leijer transferred to Chinese Super League side Chongqing Lifan. On 2 February 2016, Leijer transferred to K League 1 side Suwon FC. Leijer retired from football in January 2019 to take up a position with Adidas.
Adrian Leijer's first taste of the senior international scene was when he was selected by Guus Hiddink to train with the Socceroos before the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. After his short training stint with the senior team he continued being selected for Young Socceroos squads, he had been a regular member of the Australia national under-23 football team, the Olyroos. Leijer earned his first cap for the senior Australian national team against Singapore on 22 March 2008. Melbourne Victory: A-League Championship: 2006-07 and 2008-09 A-League Premiership: 2006-07 and 2008-09 A-League Pre-Season Challenge Cup Championship: 2008–09Personal honours: A-League Young Player of the Year: 2006-07 Melbourne Victory Players Player of the Year: 2005-06 Melbourne Victory Clubman of the Year: 2005-06 Adrian Leijer at Soccerway Adrian Leijer at National-Football-Teams.com Melbourne Victory profile OzFootball profile FFA - Olyroo profile Adrian Leijer – K League stats at kleague.com
Melbourne Victory FC
Melbourne Victory Football Club is an Australian professional soccer club based in city centre of Melbourne, Victoria. Competing in the country's premier competition, the A-League, under licence from Football Federation Australia, Victory entered the competition in the inaugural season as the only Victorian-based club in the newly revamped domestic Australian league. Recognised as the most supported and the most successful club in the league to date, Victory has won four A-League Championships, three A-League Premierships, one Pre-Season Challenge Cup and one FFA Cup, the only club to have won all four domestic trophies in the modern era of Australian soccer, they have previously competed in the AFC Champions League on six occasions with the 2019 campaign confirmed to be the seventh occasion. Their furthest placement in the tournament was the 2016 campaign, where they were knocked out in the Round of 16. Although Victory are supported across the whole Melbourne metropolitan area, as well as regional cities in the state, it is based in the city centre.
The club's home ground is the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, playing a majority of home matches at the venue, with the larger Docklands Stadium utilised for matches such as derbies and finals. As well as this, the club has an agreement to play a single match at Kardinia Park in Geelong every season; the club operates two other football departments, with youth & reserves team competing in the National Youth League and National Premier Leagues Victoria 2 and a women's team competing in the W-League. The NYL/NPL, W-League home matches are played at various locations across Melbourne, including Lakeside Stadium, Kingston Heath Soccer Complex as well as the senior team's various venues. Melbourne Victory's club colours are navy blue and silver, which encompass the traditional state sporting colours of Victoria; the home kit consists of a navy blue shirt with a chevron which fades from white at the bottom to navy blue at the top, paired with navy blue shorts and socks. The away kit is all white, with the shirt featuring a yoke consisting of a design reminiscent of the clubs home ground AAMI Park, set inside an off-centre chevron.
In the Victory's inaugural A-League season, only the club badge displayed a chevron, known colloquially as the "Big V", a symbol traditionally used by the Victoria Australian rules football team. From the 2006–07 season the away strip was changed to a grey shirt with a white chevron on the front; this was an immediate hit with the club's supporters, from the 2007–08 season onwards Melbourne's home shirt sported the white chevron on the front. A new kit was introduced for the 2008 AFC Champions League due to AFC rules requiring kits to have player numbers on the front of the uniform as well as the back, which would not fit well with the'V' on the Victory's regular kit. For the 2009–10 season, Melbourne changed their away shirt to be a reverse of their home shirt. In 2010, Melbourne wore the TAC'seatbelt' shirt against Perth Glory in a charity event to raise awareness for the necessary use of seat belts in cars. Adidas were announced as the club's official kit manufacturer for five years beginning in the 2011–12 season, after the initial deal for Reebok to supply all A-League clubs had expired.
The new kits were announced via the club's YouTube channel, featured a controversial change to a fluoro yellow away shirt. For their 2013–14 kits, Melbourne Victory received backlash from supporters, as the away kits featured a much lighter blue, bearing a large resemblance to fierce rivals Sydney FC. A number of different songs have become synonymous with Melbourne Victory, being both sung by supporters and played over the PA at different moments before and after games. "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King; this is sung as the team enters the pitch prior to kick-off, with fans holding their scarves above their heads throughout. "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes. The chorus melody is chanted as a goal celebration, with fans waving their scarves in the air as they sing, it has been adapted as a player chant for striker Besart Berisha. "Victory The Brave", a rearrangement of Scotland The Brave, penned by Jim Keays of The Masters Apprentices. This has long been played after every home win, but has been criticised by fans for sounding too much like a song for an AFL team, rather than something more traditionally seen in football.
"The Horses" by Daryl Braithwaite. Beginning in the 2015–16 season, members of the South End started singing The Horses after a win, as an alternative to Victory The Brave. Although something of a joke, it has gained traction with some supporters, is now played over the PA system at the conclusion of Victory The Brave. Melbourne Victory plays the majority of its home games at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, known as AAMI Park. Games considered to be "blockbusters", which include derbies and finals matches, are played at the larger Docklands Stadium, known as Marvel Stadium; the club currently plays one league match a season at Kardinia Park in the neighbouring city of Geelong. The football club was based at the 50-year-old Olympic Park Stadium, where they played all home matches during the 2005–06 A-League season; this stadium had seated areas only on the wings, with standing-room sandy terraces on the north and south ends. The average crowd during the first year was 14,158, 77% of its capacity of 18'500.
As a result, the match-day atmosphere would prove to be a marketing asset not just for Melbourne Victory, but for the rest of the league. It proved to be a major factor in the club's decision to relocate home games to Docklands Stadium known as'Telstra Dome', from the 2006–07 season onwards, for both safety reasons, and
Carlos Hernández (footballer)
Carlos Gerardo Hernández Valverde, known as Carlos Hernández, is a Costa Rican football player who plays as an attacking midfielder for Puntarenas in the Segunda División de Costa Rica. Hernández had become one of the most important players in the Primera División de Costa Rica, the Costa Rican national league, where he was the top assister in the 2004–05 and 2005–06 seasons, he had built a reputation as a great scorer from long and middle distances combined with high level vision and technique that made him one of the most dangerous midfielders in the region. However, Hernández struggled with injury in the 2006–07 season which resulted in weight gain. In a bid to regain his former self, he was loaned out to A-League club Melbourne Victory. On 12 June 2007, it was confirmed by Melbourne Victory that Hernandez had signed for the Australian Club on a two-year loan from LD Alajuelense, he made his first appearance for the club in their 1–0 A-League Pre-Season Cup loss to the Newcastle Jets, coming on as a substitute in the 70th minute.
In the next game on 28 July 2007 he got his first start against Perth Glory scoring his first goal for the Victory. Early on during his first season with Melbourne, he was criticised by a portion of the Melbourne supporters and was said to be'overweight'. Hernández scored his first league goal for Melbourne Victory against Perth Glory at Docklands Stadium on 21 October 2007, helping Melbourne to a 2–1 win at home. Towards the end of the season, Hernández' fitness improved and he struck form, becoming a regular goal scorer and assister. One of Hernández most famous games for the Victory was when he scored Melbourne's only goal against Juventus in a friendly at the Docklands Stadium in May 2008; the goal was a cracking curling effort from just outside the box leaving Juventus goalkeeper Jess Vanstrattan with no chance. He scored the opening goal in Melbourne's 5–0 thrashing of reigning A-League champions Newcastle Jets in Round 3 of the 2008–09 season at the Docklands Stadium, his 6th goal for the club came against the Central Coast Mariners in Round 20, a cracking free kick that went through the wall and through the legs of helpless keeper Danny Vukovic.
He won widespread acclaim for his performance in Melbourne's 4–0 A-League semi-final second leg win over Adelaide United, in which he scored one goal and assisted for the other three. On 1 April 2009, Hernández claimed on Costa Rican television that the Victory had bought him from LD Alajuelense and he had signed a three-year deal, it was reported that he would go on loan to MLS club Los Angeles Galaxy until the start of the A-League season in August. The Galaxy has since denied any interest in Hernandez. On 17 April 2009, the Costa Rican newspaper La Nación reported that Melbourne Victory and LD Alajuelense had come to an agreement regarding the sale of the player for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of $450,000 and his signing was announced by the club on 14 May. On 26 September 2009, Hernández scored a goal helping his side win against Gold Coast United 3–2; the 35-yard hit again left Jess Vanstrattan with little chance. On 15 February 2010, Hernandez won the Johnny Warren Medal for best player in the A-League for season 2009–10, awarded at The Ivy in Sydney.
On 16 May 2012 it was announced. On 27 June it was announced that Hernández has signed a one-year deal with I-League club Prayag United making it one of the biggest transfers in Indian football. At his official media presentation he said "I am happy to be associated with Prayag United Sports Club. I am looking forward to challenges, it has indeed been a big decision to move to India, but I feel that there is this huge zest and enthusiasm for football here. I am excited to be part of this excellent team, hope to contribute to the success of the team in the coming season" On 12 October, in the 2nd match of the I-League, he had assisted Kiwi striker Kayne Vincent to take a decisive 2–1 lead against city rivals Mohun Bagan at the stroke of half-time, after defender Sukhen Dey had equalised on the 27th minute. Hernández has stated. On 4 January 2013 against Dempo at the municipal stadium at Kalyani, he scored from an inswinging direct free kick on 87th minute to ensure a 1–0 win over the defending champions.
In February 2013, Hernández was signed by New Zealand A-League club Wellington Phoenix on a two-year contract. He joined the Phoenix in June, as soon. In the 2013–14 season, Hernández scored 7 goals in 21 appearances, the same number as fellow Phoenix and Costa Rica teammate Kenny Cunningham. Due to his family finding it difficult to settle in Wellington, Hernández was released from Wellington Phoenix by mutual consent. In June 2014, Hernández was signed by Cartaginés on a one-year contract. Hernández will be representing Dempo of the Indian I-League for the 2014-2015 season as their Marque Player He has been an important player for the Costa Rican national team at numerous levels, playing in the under-20 Football World Youth Championship held in Argentina, as well as representing the country with the U-23 team at the 2004 Summer Olympics, he has been capped for the senior national team on 30 occasions, playing for the team during the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and scoring some important goals.
The playmaker was part of the 2006 FIFA World Cup squad in Germany but managed only two substitute appearances in the group games against Ecuador & Poland. He scored a cracker in his last international against France national football team, drilling a shot from 25 metres out into the left hand side of the net. Scores and results list. Costa Rica's goal tally
Antun Kovacic is a former Australian footballer. Melbourne Victory recruited Kovacic from Oakleigh Cannons as a short-term replacement for the injured Daniel Piorkowski towards the end of the 06/07 season, featuring in two games, he played for several years in the now defunct National Soccer League with the Melbourne Knights. In June, 2008 Kovacic began trialling with the Newcastle Jets and impressed in two pre-season games, including one against the Central Coast Mariners. In early July Kovacic signed with the Newcastle Jets on a two-year deal to bolster their defence. In March, 2009, Kovacic moved to Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i to take up the club's'3+1' ACL roster spot, he returned to Australia for one season, helping Richmond Eagles to the Victorian Premier League Premiership and Grand Final in 2010. In February 2014, Kovačić returned to the Melbourne Knights. With the Knights, he won the Dockerty Cup, helping the club to their first piece of silverware in 18 years. At the end of the season, Kovacic retired from competitive football.
Antun Kovacic – K League stats at kleague.com profile at newcastlejets.com.au