Ange Postecoglou’s Melbourne Victory continued their preseason this month with a few matches. They started out by shutting out Hume City FC, 3-0, at Broadmeadows Valley Park in Melbourne, Vic. on Sept. 8. Jesse Makarounas (11′), Francisco Stella (50′) and Chris Christaldo (85′) scored for the Big V in that match.
However, the Victory were unable to deliver similar results against A-League opposition. An 83rd-minute goal from Kwame Yeboah in the 83rd minute sunk the Victory 1-0 at Qld Group Stadium in Ipswich, Qld. against the Brisbane Roar on Sept. 14, and the Victory fell by the same scoreline to the Newcastle Jets after James Virgili converted a 49th minute penalty on Sept. 18 at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
It may only be preseason, but the Victory need to prevent these types of close defeats from happening if they want to contend for the A-League title this season. One player that can deliver is Pablo Contreras, a 35-year old Chilean defender with years of experience playing in Europe, as well as the Chilean national team. Here is the bio.
D.O.B: September 11, 1978
Position: Central defender
Chilean National Team Appearances: 67 (8th most in Chilean football history)
Honours: Olympic Games Bronze Medal – Sydney 2000, FIFA World Cup 2010 (2 appearances)
2012/13: Olympiakos (Greece) – including UEFA Champions League
2012: Colo Colo (Chile)
2008 – 2012: PAOK Salonika (Greece)
2008: SC Braga (Portugal)
2001 – 2007: Celta Vigo (Spain)
1999 – 2001: AS Monaco (France)
“We are thrilled to welcome Pablo to Melbourne Victory and there’s great excitement around what he can bring to the club,” Postecoglou told melbournevictory.com.au on Sunday. “Pablo is a high quality central defender who will be an important part of our journey towards an A-League Championship, and, hopefully, our upcoming Asian Champions League campaign.”
“I’m very happy to come here for this great opportunity,” Contreras told the press on Tuesday. “I hope for the best, I hope to help the team and once I’ve finished the season I hope we can win the Championship.
“This is the most popular team in Australia, so I thank everyone for this great opportunity and I hope the very best for the team.”
Another player that will be coming to the Victory is James Troisi, who will be joining on a one-year loan deal from Atalanta BC of the Italian Serie A. Here is his bio.
D.O.B: July 3, 1988 (25-years-old)
Socceroos Apps: 9
Olyroos Apps: 13
2012-2013: Atalanta BC (6 apps)
2009-2012: Kayserispor (64 apps)
2008-2009: Gençlerbirligi (29 apps)
2007-2008: Newcastle United
“Throughout his time in Europe, James has shown that he has the talent and attributes to compete at the highest levels of club football,” Postecoglou said of Troisi. “At just 25, James is in the prime of his career, so we are extremely excited about what he will bring to Melbourne Victory.
“He obviously has a desire to get back into the Socceroos set-up, and there’s no better way to state his case than to have an impressive A-League season.”
The Victory continue their season with a couple of matches on September 29 in Kingston, Tasmania. Melbourne take on a Tasmania XI side before facing off against the Western Sydney Wanderers in a preview of things to come later this year.