Instant rivalry: the Melbourne Victory versus Melbourne Heart derby

Hay, Roy 2013, Instant rivalry: the Melbourne Victory versus Melbourne Heart derby. In Hynes, Deirdre, Kiernan, Annabel and Parry, Keith (ed), Football and communities across codes, InterDisciplinary Press, Oxon, England, pp.83-92.

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Title Instant rivalry: the Melbourne Victory versus Melbourne Heart derby
Author(s) Hay, RoyORCID iD for Hay, Roy
Title of book Football and communities across codes
Editor(s) Hynes, Deirdre
Kiernan, Annabel
Parry, Keith
Publication date 2013
Chapter number 9
Total chapters 15
Start page 83
End page 92
Total pages 10
Publisher InterDisciplinary Press
Place of Publication Oxon, England
Keyword(s) football
Summary The Australian A-League football (soccer) competition only began in 2005 after a major reconstruction of the governance of the game. The model adopted was one team per city so local derbies, often the focus of intense and long-running rivalries in football overseas, did not exist. In 2010 a second team began in Melbourne where previously Melbourne Victory had a monopoly. Within a couple of seasons an intense local rivalry has developed attracting over 40,000 fans to games between Victory and newcomer Melbourne Heart. This is the story of that rivalry and how it has become one of the most eagerly anticipated sporting occasions in a country where historically soccer has been a minority sport.
ISBN 9781848882416
Language eng
Field of Research 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Socio Economic Objective 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
HERDC Research category B1.1 Book chapter
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