Melbourne City

Founded In
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne City

About Melbourne City

Melbourne Heart Football Club was founded in 2008 as an expansion team for the A-League and became the second Melbourne-based franchise in the league. The team made their first appearance in the 2010-11 season. The club is owned by Peter Sidwell and their main rivals are Melbourne Victory, with whom they contest the Melbourne Derby. Melbourne Heart also have a professional Futsal team, which competes in the top tier of Australian Futsal.

The team's first season was largely unspectacular, with Melbourne Heart waiting until their 5th match to pick up their first win. At the end of the regular season, they finished in 8th place and, as a result, did not qualify for the Finals Series. 

The 2011-12 season saw the side's best performance to date, as they finished in 6th place in the league table and advanced to the Finals Series for the first time. Here, they were beaten by Perth Glory in the first round to end the A-League Championship in 6th place. The 2012-13 season saw the club's worst domestic performance, as they finished in 9th place in the regular season. However, they did collect a minor trophy, the Craig Foster Cup, after beating the Western Sydney Wanderers via a penalty shootout.

Eli Babalj currently holds the club's goal scoring record, while Matt Thompson is the record appearance maker. John Aloisi finished his professional career with the side and went on to become the team's manager. Other notable players to wear the Melbourne Heart jersey include goalkeeper Clint Bolton and Brazilian midfielder Fred Carreiro.

The club play their home matches at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, which is known as AAMI Park for sponsorship reasons. The stadium opened in 2010 and is able to hold a maximum of 30,050 spectators. The record attendance for a Melbourne Heart game was 18,479 for a match against Melbourne Victory during the 2011-12 season.