Where are the players of Melbourne Victory’s 2014/15 A-League side?

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As Melbourne Victory sit last on the A-League table, let us reminisce about the better times of the club’s past.

The most recent period of success at the club was the 2014/15 campaign, which saw the famous Victory squad secure a 3-0 thrashing of Sydney FC in the Grand Final.

Many of those players still remain as fan-favourites, so let us find out what they are up to now.

STARTING XI

Lawrence Thomas:

One of Victory’s most loyal players who dedicated nine years of his time to the club. As such, being part of this iconic Victory side can be seen as a reward for his perseverance.

All good things must come to an end though, as Thomas’ superb reflexes and positioning earned him a move to Europe. Now, he plays in Denmark for SönderjyskE where he cemented his sport as a starter. So far, he has accumulated 34 appearances and eight clean sheets to his name.

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Matthieu Delpierre:

Many Victory fans view the Frenchman as the best import defender in the club’s history and it is easy to see why. During the title-winning season, the team only conceded 31 goals in 27 matches during the regular season – the fewest in the league.

When it came to the grand final, he kept Marc Janko quiet, which was a true testament to his ability.

After staying on for the 2015/16 season, the veteran defender retired from football and went back to France.

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Kosta Barbarouses:

Some Victory fans may want to skip over this one, but Barbarouses was a key to securing the team’s success on the day. Indeed, his fine performance was marked by a goal in the 83rd minute to put the result beyond doubt.

Now, Barbarouses finds himself playing for Sydney FC after signing a multi-year deal in 2019. This did not sit well with the majority of Victory fans, who no longer admire him like they once did.

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Mark Milligan:

One of the club’s most decorated captains, Milligan led his team to the Premiership and Championship in the same season.

His quality on the pitch is still evident today by his displays for Macarthur FC.

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Leigh Broxham:

Broxham put the icing on top of the cake by scoring the third goal in the 90th minute. This was a fitting reward for a player who had been at the club since 2006 and by then was almost part of the furniture.

Today, Broxham remains a crucial utility for the Victory and is deployed anywhere in defence and midfield.

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Fahid Ben Khalfallah:

Despite a lack of hype upon his signing, Ben Khalfallah delivered some real substance. The Tunisia international showed his class across 76 games for the club. This also included an assist to Broxham in the iconic grand final.

Aged 38, he currently plays for Nunawading City FC in NPL Victoria 3.

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Carl Valeri:

The former Socceroos midfielder played a crucial role in the 2014/15 season alongside Milligan. Even getting sent off in the 88th minute did not ruin the party for him and the Victory.

Now he is retired from football, after a brief one season stint at Dandenong City in NPL Victoria back in 2019.

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Besart Berisha:

One of the league’s greatest ever strikers secured his spot as a fan-favourite after scoring the first goal in the match. Following three more years at the club, Berisha was not offered a contract extension and moved to Sanfrecce Hiroshima in Japan.

Now, he finds himself playing for Western United but still remains adored by the Victory faithful.

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Guilherme Finkler:

This free-kick specialist from Brazil spent four seasons at the club, which he marked with an assist for Berisha’s opener in the 2015 grand final. He then left the club at the end of the 2015/16 A-League season.

In 2018, Finkler retired from football and is now back in Brazil.

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Nick Ansell:

Ansell marked his first stint at the club by keeping a clean sheet against a quality Sydney attack.

Now, he is back in Melbourne for his third stint with the Victory after spending the last two seasons in South Korea.

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Daniel Georgievski:

The former Victory defender joined the club in 2014 after a fairly successful stint at Romanian giants, Steua Bucharest.

The fullback instantly lived up to expectations by helping Victory secure the Premiers Plate and the Championship in the same season.

Now the 33-year-old is back in Melbourne, but this time, with Melbourne City.

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SUBSTITUTES

Jason Geria:

Jason Geria was a crucial squad player for Victory after holding down a starting sport at right-back for extended periods of time.  Despite not starting on the day, Geria replaced Broxham in additional time.

Recently, Geria returned to the A-League on the back of two seasons with JEF United Chiba in the Japanese J2 League. He is contracted to Perth Glory until the end of 2020/21 season.

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Archie Thompson:

A man who needs no introduction, Thompson played for the Victory between 2005 and 2016. This grand final win provided him with his last major honour in Melbourne.

Now, the Victory legend works as a Fox Sports commentator, working across A-League matches.

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Rashid Mahazi:

As one of Victory’s most underrated players at the time, Mahazi did not receive the recognition he deserved. Despite being behind Milligan and Valeri in the pecking order, the midfielder showed his defensive quality by closing out games for Victory off the bench.

This was no different in the famous grand final, after coming on for eight minutes to replace Finkler.

In 2020, Mahazi retired from football aged 28 due to personal reasons, after impressively helping Incheon United avoid relegation from the Korean K League 1.

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Feature Image Credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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