24/05/2024

Melbourne Heart celebrating the winning goal in the first Melbourne Derby. (Picture: MyFootball)

Ahead of the Melbourne Derby this Saturday, we've taken a look back at the inaugural clash from 2010 and ask the question: where is that Melbourne Heart squad now?

It’s been 11 years since the first Melbourne Derby, with the inaugural clash between Melbourne Heart and Melbourne Victory taking place in Round 9 of the 2010/11 A-League season.

With Melbourne City having the wood over the Victory in recent years, the club then branded as the Heart also took the chocolates in a dramatic 2-1 victory in the inaugural Melbourne Derby.

11 years on, where is Melbourne Heart’s 2010 derby winning team now?

John van’t Schip (Head Coach)

The inaugural head coach of Melbourne Heart, van’t Schip came into the club with an exciting resume, having worked as an assistant and youth coach with some of the biggest clubs in the Netherlands.

In his second season at the helm, van’t Schip would guide the side to the finals before moving to Mexico to manage Guadalajara, having been recommended for the role by Dutch legend Johan Cruyff who was involved at the club at the time.

He’d return to Melbourne City as coach for three seasons before going on to coach PEC Zwolle in the Netherlands. Van’t Schip was most recently the manager for the the Greece Men’s National team before re-signing earlier in the year, now currently without a club.

John van’t Schip managing Melbourne City. (Photo: Melbourne City)

Clint Bolton (Goalkeeper)

The starting keeper on the night, Bolton was a key member of Melbourne Heart’s squad during the club’s formation years, making 70 appearances for the club. No goalkeeper since has more appearances between the sticks for the club.

Following his retirement at the end of the 2012/13 season, Bolton has become a radio caller for Croc Media, sporadically calling Melbourne City games as well as working for Professional Footballers Australia (PFA).

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Former Melbourne Heart goalkeeper Bolton playing for Sydney. (Photo: Sydney FC)

Aziz Behich (Defender)

Coming up against his former side, Behich – aged just 19 at the time – may have been too eager to make an impact in the first derby, getting red-carded.

Following a three-year stint with the Heart, Behich has gone on to have a storied career playing abroad in Turkey, first playing for Bursaspor from 2013-2018.

Stints with Istanbul Basaksehir and Kayserispor would follow before joining his current club Giresunspor earlier in the year. He also spent a season in the Netherlands with Eredivisie outfit PSV Eindhoven.

Behich has made over 40 international appearances for the Socceroos, most recently playing against Saudi Arabia and China last month in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

Michael Beauchamp (Defender)

Beauchamp would spend a single season with the Heart, with his appearance in the derby just one of 23 appearances for the club.

Following his departure at the end of the 2010/11 A-League season, the central defender would go on to play for Sydney FC for a single season, before spending two seasons at Western Sydney Wanderers.

Following his release from the Wanderers in 2014, he’d play a season with PTT Rayong before returning to Australia, playing out in the NPL with Bankstown City and Marconi Stallions.

After his playing career, Beauchamp returned to the Wanderers where’s currently serving as an assistant coach.

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Michael Beauchamp playing for the Wanderers. (Photo: NPLl)

Michael Marrone (Defender)

Paired at centre back with Beauchamp, Marrone would spend three seasons with the club from 2010-2013 as a regular in defence.

After his time with the Heart came to an end at the of 2012/13 season, Marrone would spend a season in China with Shanghai Shenxin before returning to the A-League in 2014. He would play seven seasons at Adelaide United, registering 142 appearances, and being one of the longest serving players in the club’s history.

At the end of the 2020/21 A-League season, Marrone would leave United and is now part of South Australian NPL side Sturt Tigers.

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Michael Marrone playing for Adelaide United (Photo: MyFootball)

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Matt Thompson (Midfielder-Defender)

City’s holding midfielder in the derby, Thompson was a regular throughout his three year tenure with the Heart. He would be a reliable player for the side but would eventually be released at the end of the 2012/13 season following the side’s poor season.

He’d spent the following season with Sydney FC before playing the rest of his career in the local leagues. He’s now kicking about in the NSW NPL, currently with Northern New South Wales Premier League side Valentine FC.

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Matt Thompson against the Brisbane Roar. (Photo: MyFootball)

Rutger Worm (Midfield-Forward)

One of the club’s first foreign signings, the Dutchman started up on the left-wing in the derby, being directly involved in setting up Alex Terra’s winning goal.

Following his departure from the Heart at the end of 2012, Worm would join Dutch outfit Emmen for a season, before stints with Chiangrai United in Thailand, then returning back to the Netherlands joining Achilles ’29 before joining amateur Dutch outfits SV DFS and RKHVV.

Retiring in the middle of 2019, Worm has made the transition from player to coach, currently the assistant coach for VV DOVO of the Netherlands fourth-division.

Josip Skoko (Midfield)

The Heart’s first marquee signing, Skoko spent one season with the club before retiring following a storied career abroad in Europe with stints in Croatia, Belgium, Turkey, and England playing Premier League football with Wigan Athletic.

The then 35-year-old was an experienced head for the Heart in their formative season, with the inaugural derby one of his 22 appearances for the club. Following his retirement, Skoko has returned to his first club North Geelong Warriors where he currently coaches the junior sides.

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Josip Skoko playing for the Socceroos. (Photo: Socceroos)

Wayne Srhoj (Midfield)

Playing in central midfield alongside Skoko, Srhoj was a first-team regular in his two seasons he spent with the Heart from 2010-12.

Following his departure from the Heart at the end of the 2011/12 A-League season, Srhoj returned to his home state of Queensland playing for Far North Queensland Premier League outfit Mareeba United.

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Wayne Srhoj playing for Melbourne Heart. (Photo: MyFootball)

Alex Terra (Midfield-Forward)

Utilised as an attacking wide player on the opposite wing of Worm on the night, Terra would head home the winning goal on the night to give his side a 2-1 victory.

He’d spend two seasons with the Heart, registering 43 appearances before departing to the K-League to play for Daejeon Citizen FC. He’d have a prolific season, scoring 20 goals in 21 games, before playing in the lower league of Brazil and Malta in the years after.

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Alex Terra celebrating a goal while playing for Melbourne Heart. (Photo: MyFootball)

Gerald Sibon (Forward)

An experienced head in the side on the night, aged 36, Sibon was a playmaker for Heart in their first season, finishing the 2010-11 season as the Heart’s leading scorers that season with seven goals.

After one season, Sibon would return back to the Netherlands to play for Heerenveen, retiring in 2012.

Since 2019 he’s been part of Adelaide United’s coaching team as a performance coach.

Gerald Sibon celebrating a goal while playing for Melbourne Heart. (Photo: MyFootball)

John Aloisi (Forward)

Scoring the opening goal of the game, Aloisi was the first ever scorer in a Melbourne Derby.

Following a storied and successful career at both club level and international level with the Socceroos, Aloisi’s 2010/11 season with the Heart would be his final one, scoring eight goals and finishing his career as the Heart’s leading goal scorer.

After retirement, he’d join the Heart’s coaching staff, eventually becoming the senior coach. He’d manage the Brisbane Roar for three seasons, and is currently the coach of Western United.

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John Aloisi lining up for his penalty against Uruguay. (Photo: MyFootball)

Substitutes

Peter Zois (Goalkeeper)

The back-up keeper, Zois wouldn’t make a single A-League appearance in his single season with the Heart. He played for the Oakleigh Cannons in the Victorian Premier League, before going on to manage the side. He currently coaches the Goulburn Valley Suns in the Victorian NPL2.

Jason Hoffman (Defender)

Hoffman came off the bench in the 83rd minute to make a cameo appearance in the derby. The only player in the side still playing in the A-League, Hoffman spent five years in defence for Melbourne with his final season being the club’s rebrand from Melbourne Heart to Melbourne City. At the end of the 2014/15 season he joined the Newcastle Jets where he still plays, registering over 100 appearances for the club.

Nick Kalmar (Midfielder)

Coming off the bench in the 75th minute, Kalmar wouldn’t have much to do in the derby, but would be a reliable player for the club, going on to make 69 appearances before departing in 2014. He’d play for the Wanderers the season after before going on a to play in the Victoria local leagues, currently playing for NPL side Dandenong City.

Adrian Zahra (Midfielder)

Also playing just 25 minutes of the night, Zahra played two seasons at the Heart before going on to spend two seasons with Perth Glory from 2012-2014. He’d go on to play for Maltese side Valletta, then going on to play for Melbourne Knights, Port Melbourne and now currently Heidelberg United in the Victorian NPL.

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