Melbourne Victory Players at Friday Night Freeze
By Liam Sharp
Monash Sport is pleased to confirm as part of our Friday Night Freeze the inclusion of 2014/15 A-League Champions and Premiers Melbourne Victory!
Fresh off their championship win earlier this year, Melbourne Victory along with three of their key players will be attending Monash Sport's Friday Night Freeze. A Melbourne Victory zone will be set up, where fans can have their photos taken with the players, merchandise signed, and the opportunity to have a chat with Fahid Ben Khalfallah, Kosta Barbarouses and Rashid Mahazi.
Fahid Ben Khalfallah has previously played in the professional football leagues in France, from second and third divisions to Lique 1. He Has played for clubs such as SM Caen, Valenciennes Fc, Bordeaux and Troyes. In September 2014 he signed a one-year contract with Melbourne Victory, and scored five goals and nine assists in his first A-League season. To cap off a successful season, Ben Khalfallah was awarded the Victory Medal (Victory's best player for the season), and finished third in the Johnny Warren Medal. In April this year Melbourne Victory announced they had retained Ben Khalfallah's services for a further two years.
Kosta Barbarouses has been playing with Melbourne Victory since 2013, after periods playing in professional Russian and Greek football leagues. Beforehand he began his career with Wellington Phoenix, as a foundation player for the club, before moving to Brisbane Roar for the 2010-11 season under current Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou. Barbarouses has had a positive 2014-15 season, scoring six goals and five assists.
Rashid Mahazi joined Melbourne Victory from Victorian Premier League side Northcote City prior to the 2013/14 A-League season. The 23 year old made 21 appearances in the 2014/15, including as a substitute for the 2015 A-League Grand Final win over Sydney FC. Mahazi has progressed through the Melbourne youth system and proves the A-League is not just for international players, but up and coming young stars.