Wednesday marks the three-year anniversary of Melbourne Victory’s 2-0 FFA Cup Final triumph over Perth Glory at AAMI Park.
We take a ‘where are they now?’ look at our squad from that day…
Goalkeeper: Danny Vukovic
Vukovic now plays in Belgium with Pro League K.R.C. Genk. He won Genk’s fan-voted player of the season award for the 2017/18 campaign and was rewarded with his first Socceroos appearance in March and a spot in the 2018 World Cup squad.
Right back: Jason Geria
Geria spent another two and a half season at Victory, registering over 100 appearances before making the move to Japan with JEF Chiba in March 2018. The 25-year-old is still on the books at the J2 League club.
Centre back: Leigh Broxham
Broxham’s versatility has always been one of his strengths and on this day he lined up at centre back. Still at Victory, he has clocked more than 300 competitive appearances and added another Hyundai A-League Championship to his list of major honours.
Centre back: Matthieu Delpierre
What an impact Delpierre had on Victory! The Frenchman, who was also part of the 2015 Premiership/Championship-winning side, called time on his football career at the end of the 2015/16 Hyundai A-League.
Left back: Daniel Georgievski
Georgievski enjoyed another couple of seasons at Victory before making the switch to the Newcastle Jets after a man of the match performance in the 2017 Hyundai A-League Grand Final. The 30-year-old is still playing with the Jets.
Midfielder: Carl Valeri
Still part of Kevin Muscat’s squad, the FFA Cup was Carl Valeri’s first major trophy as skipper after replacing Mark Milligan as captain. He has since added the 2018 Championship to his honours list and remains captain of the club.
Midfielder: Oliver Bozanic
Bozanic left Victory in March 2017 and signed with Japanese side Ventforet Kofu. Following another stint in the A-League, the 29-year-old joined Edinburgh’s Heart of Midlothian in June 2018.
Midfielder: Gui Finkler
A fan favourite during his time in Melbourne, Finkler left Victory at the end of the 2015/16 season to join Wellington Phoenix. After a season in New Zealand, the Brazilian signed for Lithuanian powerhouse FK Sūduva where he remains to this day.
Right wing: Kosta Barbarouses
Barbarouses followed Finkler to the Phoenix for the 2016/17 season before making the switch back to Victory after one year. He scored the winner in the 2018 Grand Final to secure Victory’s fourth Championship.
Left wing: Fahid Ben Khalfallah
FBK left Victory after the 2017 Grand Final and joined Brisbane Roar where he played for one season. He the returned to Melbourne and signed with NPL 2 side Nunawading City for the 2018 season.
Striker: Besart Berisha
Berisha enjoyed another two and a half years in Melbourne, during which time he added another A-League Championship to his record. In June 2018, he signed for J1 League leaders Sanfrecce Hiroshima on an 18-month contract where he continues to play.
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Goalkeeper: Lawrence Thomas
Now Victory’s first choice goalkeeper, Thomas played a starring role in the 2018 Grand Final win and was awarded the Joe Marston Medal as man of the match. He recently clocked 100 competitive appearances for Victory.
Defender: Thomas Deng
Deng left Victory at the end of the 2015/16 season and joined Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven on a one-year loan. He returned to Melbourne ahead of the 2017/18 campaign and played an important role in the 2018 Championship success before making his Socceroos debut in October.
Midfielder: Rashid Mahazi
Mahazi left Victory after the 2015/16 season and spent some time away from football before signing with NPL 2 side Moreland Zebras. He has since returned to the A-League, joining Western Sydney Wanderers ahead of the 2018/19 season.
Midfielder: Jesse Makarounas
Makarounas joined Adelaide United ahead of the 2016/17 season and spent one year with the Reds. He returned to Melbourne in 2018, signing with NPL 2 side Moreland City.
Attacker: Connor Pain
Pain made the switch to the Central Coast Mariners at the end of the 2015/16 season, with Mitch Austin heading in the opposite direction. Pain remains at the Mariners, where he has made over 50 appearances.
Still in charge at Victory, Muscat has since added the 2018 Championship to the trophy cabinet to become the club’s most decorated manager. Muscat has been involved with every major trophy Victory has won, either as a player or coach.