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No relegation call takes a kicking

A MOVE to stop promotion and relegation in soccer would put the game back 20 years in Australia. This is the feeling among Victorian administrators of the round ball game after Australian Soccer Federation chief executive Ian Holmes announced this week there should be no relegation from the National League. …

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Knights thrash Sydney United

The Melbourne Knights celebrated their 40th aniversary yesterday by thrashing third-placed Sydney United 6-1 and sending Mark Viduka to a two-goal lead among the National Soccer League’s top scorers. With a scoring rate of 2.55 goals a game after 18 rounds, the Knights are threatening to break the one-season record …

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At 40, Knights travel deluxe

TONY DURAY will allow himself a few moments for reflection when the Melbourne Knights run on to the pitch for their 40th anniversary match, against Sydney United, at the Croatian Sports Centre in Sunshine today. He will look around at the imposing stands, the social club and training pitches and …

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Viduka makes his mark

MELBOURNE Knights captain Josip Biskic describes Mark Viduka as Australian soccer’s outstanding prospect. Marconi coach Frank Arok is still kicking himself for missing out on Viduka’s signature. The 18-year-old striker has had a devastating impact on the national league since returning to the Knights six weeks ago after captaining the …

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Knights coach does it his way

NEW Melbourne Knights coach Mirko Bazic will take the plunge and selec his own side for tomorrow’s Dockerty Cup semi-final against South Melbourne at Olympic Park, despite witnessing just three practice sessions. Bazic arrived in Melbourne on Saturday and saw 24 players in two practice games arranged for his benefit …

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Bazic determined to win

THE national soccer league completed its complement of 14 coaches for the 1993-94 season when Mirko Bazic arrived from Europe yesterday to take over at Melbourne Croatia. He declared immediately that he aimed to win the championship. “Melbourne Croatia has been in two grand finals but has not yet won …

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Melbourne CSC now reluctant Knights

MELBOURNE Knights will be the name that Melbourne CSC will play under in the coming Coca-Cola Soccer League season. The name is being forced on the club as part of the policy of the Australian Soccer Federation to eliminate ethnic titles from the game. The club was formerly Melbourne Croatia …

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