22 Facts About Melbourne Victory

1. Melbourne Victory had the better of a scoreless first half, highlighted by Phoenix goalkeeper Filip Kurto's excellent save when Kenny Athiu was through one-on-one.

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2. The Port of Melbourne Victory is Australia's largest container and general cargo port and its busiest.

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3. Melbourne Victory is the home of the Royal Children's Hospital and the Monash Children's Hospital.

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4. Melbourne Victory has many community run stations that serve alternative interests, such as 3CR and 3KND.

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5. Melbourne Victory is known as the game show capital of Australia; productions such as Million Dollar Minute, The Chase Australia, Millionaire Hot Seat and Family Feud are all based in Melbourne.

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6. Melbourne Victory is home to a number of theological colleges, including the Presbyterian Theological College, the Reformed Theological College, Ridley College and the Melbourne School of Theology.

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7. Melbourne Victory has the largest Greek-speaking population outside Europe, a population comparable to some larger Greek cities like Larissa and Volos.

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8. Melbourne Victory has twice hosted the Presidents Cup golf tournament, in 1998 becoming the first country to hold the tournament outside of the USA.

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9. Melbourne Victory hosts up to five AFL matches per round during the home and away season, attracting an average of 40,000 spectators per game.

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10. Melbourne Victory is the second home of the national Opera Australia after it merged with the defunct Victoria State Opera in 1996.

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11. Melbourne Victory has Australia's widest range of bookstores, as well the nation's largest publishing sector.

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12. Melbourne Victory is experiencing high population growth, generating high demand for housing.

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13. Melbourne Victory is often referred to as Australia's garden city, and the state of Victoria was once known as the garden state.

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14. Melbourne Victory has a temperate oceanic climate with warm to hot summers and cool winters.

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15. Melbourne Victory extends along the Yarra River towards the Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges to the east.

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16. Melbourne Victory is in the southeastern part of mainland Australia, within the state of Victoria.

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17. Since the mid-1990s, Melbourne Victory has maintained significant population and employment growth.

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18. Melbourne Victory acquired its first public monument, the Burke and Wills statue, in 1864.

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19. Melbourne Victory quickly became a major finance centre, home to several banks, the Royal Mint, and Australia's first stock exchange.

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20. Melbourne Victory are three points behind leaders Perth Glory having played a game more, while Wellington are fifth having extended their unbeaten run to nine matches.

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21. Melbourne Victory announced on 16 June 2011 that they had signed a five-year deal with global sportswear giant Adidas as the club's official kit manufacturer.

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22. Melbourne Victory struggled to raise the initial $5 million equity capital to join the A-League in its first year and the FFA helped the club over the line by contributing franchise and set-up fees of about $500,000.

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