EDITORIAL: FC Bendigo boots a goal for soccer

Melbourne City signing Robert Koren in action for Hull City in the English Premier League.

Melbourne City signing Robert Koren in action for Hull City in the English Premier League.

FC Bendigo kicked a major goal on Wednesday with the announcement it’s set to go toe-to-toe with A-League club Melbourne City at home in September in what’s another sporting coup for the city.

The establishment of FC Bendigo this year in the newly-created National Premier League has not only exposed Bendigo to an elite senior and junior competition, but it’s now opened the door to an A-League club playing a game in our own backyard.

FC Bendigo and Melbourne City will clash at the Epsom Huntly-Recreation Reserve on Tuesday, September 2.

September is usually abuzz with footy finals fever, but the FC Bendigo-Melbourne City friendly will be firmly in the spotlight.

Starting names are still to be confirmed from Melbourne City, but with the game just over a month out from the start of the A-League season, hopefully, what shapes as the competition’s new glamour team will field a squad of stars in Bendigo.

Already, you can’t help but be excited by the prospect of internationals such as Spanish striker David Villa, former Slovenia World Cup captain Robert Koren and Damien Duff - who has 100 Irish caps - potentially gracing the humble turf of Epsom-Huntly against our local heroes.

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