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Western United
Full name Western United Football Club
Founded May 2017
Ground GHMBA Stadium (2019–2021)
Wyndham Stadium (2021–)
(Capacity: 36,000)
Owner Maurice Bisetto, Steve Horvat, Jason Sourasis,
Levent Shevki, John Tripodi & Lou Sticca
Chairman TBD
Manager Mark Rudan
Current League A-League 
Website Club home page
Football current event Current season

Western United Football Club is an Australian professional Football club based in Western Melbourne, Victoria.

From 2019 it will compete in the country's premier football competition, the A-League, under licence from Football Federation Australia.

History

On 13 December 2018 it was announced that Western Melbourne Group would be accepted into the A-League as part of the new expansion process. Western Melbourne will play their home games at Kardinia Park in Geelong for their first two seasons, while it builds its stadium and training centre in Tarneit, with completion expected in 2021.

On 11 January 2019, Western Melbourne Group announced John Anastasiadis as senior assistant coach for the club's debut season. On 24 January 2019, the consortium announced that John Hutchinson would also join the club as an assistant coach.

On 31 January 2019, Western Melbourne made their first player and marquee signing Panagiotis Kone ahead of their inaugural season. On 12 February 2019, Socceroos defender Josh Risdon became Western Melbourne's first Australian signing.

On 13 February, it was announced that the club would be called Western United Football Club after a public vote was held through the Herald Sun.

Colours and badge

On 13 February, the club revealed that they will play at home in the colours of green and black.

On 8 May, the club announced their official crest. The club's website at the time of the announcement commented that the design was influenced by the pitch of roofs in the suburbs and the West Gate Bridge, with the signature green colour representing growth, harmony and freshness.

Ownership

It was revealed in February 2019 that Birmingham Sports Holdings had initially funded the bid's license fee before pulling out of the project due to a down turn in the Australian housing market that devalued the intended housing developments to be built in the same area as their new stadium.

Stadium

Location Stadium Capacity Year
Geelong GHMBA Stadium 36,000 2019–

Additionally, a 15,000 seated stadium has been proposed to be built in Tarneit, Victoria.

Players

First team squad

As of 14 May 2019
No. Position Player
Flag of Poland GK Filip Kurto
Flag of Australia GK James Delianov
Flag of Australia DF Aaron Calver
Flag of Australia DF Jonathan Aspro
Flag of Australia DF Connor Chapman
Flag of Australia DF Brendan Hamill
Flag of Australia DF Dylan Pierias
Flag of Australia DF Josh Risdon
Flag of Turkey DF Ersan Gülüm
No. Position Player
Flag of Australia MF Max Burgess
Flag of Australia MF Joshua Cavallo
Flag of Greece.svg MF Panagiotis Kone
Flag of Australia MF Sebastian Pasquali
Flag of Australia FW Connor Pain
Flag of Australia FW Apostolos Stamatelopoulos
Flag of Australia FW Valentino Yuel
Flag of Australia FW Scott McDonald

Coaching staff

Football Department

Position Name
Head Coach Flag of Australia Mark Rudan
Assistant Coach Flag of Australia John Anastasiadis
Assistant Coach Malta John Hutchinson
Director of Football Flag of Australia Steve Horvat
Goalkeeping Coach Flag of Australia Frank Juric

See also

External links

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A-League 2019-20

Adelaide United · Brisbane Roar · Central Coast Mariners · Melbourne City · Melbourne Victory · Newcastle Jets · Perth Glory · Sydney FC · Wellington Phoenix · Western Sydney Wanderers · Western United

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