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Kosta Barbarouses defends decision to snub New Zealand, play for Sydney FC vs. Victory

Kosta Barbarouses has defended his decision to sit out a friendly for New Zealand, saying the birth of his first child was always going to be the priority.

Barbarouses will be a notable absentee when the All Whites face Ireland in Dublin on Friday, new coach Danny Hay's first match in charge of the national team.

The star winger will instead feature in his first A-League Big Blue as a Sydney FC player against against former club Melbourne Victory on Sunday.

"To be honest, I was really looking...

 By AAP

A-League Grand Final 'would have played out differently' if not for VAR - Barbarouses

The man who scored Melbourne Victory's decisive offside goal admits the A-League Grand Final would have been played differently had it been rightfully disallowed by the video assistant referee.

Kosta Barbarouses scored the only goal in Saturday night's 1-0 win over the Newcastle Jets but, while replays showed defender James Donachie was clearly offside when he headed Leroy George's cross back for the Kiwi international, a calamitous software error meant the VAR did not have access to the right camera...

 By AAP

Last-gasp win over Kawasaki 'a proud night' for Melbourne Victory - Muscat

Melbourne Victory's AFC Champions League campaign is alive and kicking after Tuesday night's thrilling last-gasp win over reigning J.League champions Kawasaki Frontale.

With Victory third and the Japanese side last in Group F going into the match, both sides desperately chased the three points in an entertaining affair at AAMI Park.

A loss or even a draw would have made it tough for Kevin Muscat's men to advance past the group stage, but a Kosta Barbarouses strike in the 90th minute sealed a vital...

 By AAP

Melbourne Victory players backing Kevin Muscat - Kosta Barbarouses

Kosta Barbarouses says Melbourne Victory's passion and performance against Adelaide United should destroy the suggestion the A-League heavyweights are a divided club.

A lack of results and a ticking clock on coach Kevin Muscat's contract had storm clouds brewing over the A-League heavyweights last week.

Victory's 3-0 win relieved the tension, taking the club to fourth on the table, and Muscat is expected to confirm a new deal soon.

The most revealing moment came after Leroy George scored the second...

Kosta Barbarouses returns to Melbourne Victory

Wellington Phoenix striker Kosta Barbarouses
Kosta Barbarouses made 25 appearances for the Wellington Phoenix last season, scoring five goals.

Melbourne Victory have lured back striker Kosta Barbarouses after being released by Wellington for personal reasons.

The New Zealand international has joined the A-League championship runners-up on a two-year deal, having left the Phoenix last week.

Barbarouses had previously spent three seasons with Victory, including 2014-15 when they won the premiership and championship double, scoring 19 goals in 81 appearances across all competitions.

"We're extremely happy to have secured Kosta's services...

Wellington Phoenix agree to terminate Kosta Barbarouses' contract

Wellington Phoenix striker Kosta Barbarouses
Kosta Barbarouses made 25 appearances for the Wellington Phoenix last season, scoring five goals.

Wellington Phoenix have agreed to release striker Kosta Barbarouses, following what the A-League club describes as a difficult 12 months off the field.

General manager David Dome said the All White striker had approached Phoenix management asking for a release from the second year of his contract for reasons not pertaining to football.

Dome said while he was initially disappointed, he understood Barbarouses' position.

"It's not a decision we have made lightly, but it's never been our policy as a...