The Australian state of Victoria is home to Melbourne, one of the most localised and sporting diverse cities on earth. The passion for sport, ball games particularly, borders on religion. Although AFL (“Aussie Rules” to my UK friends) reigns supreme, almost exclusively in Victoria, soccer has been played for at least 130 years in the state. In this first part in a series on Australian state football the focus is on Victoria and the game’s journey from the glue of ethnic communities to the pre A-League heights and recent controversies.
Brunswick Juventus – Picture courtesy of http://www.ozfootball.net