On early Sunday morning,European time, Melbourne Victory won the Australian Grand Final against Sydney FC. 3-0 was the final score and the first goal was of course scored by the record-man himself, Mr. Besart Berisha.
While everyone in Europe were enjoying their sleep thousands of spectators had arrived to AAMI Park in Melbourne and another millions placed themselves in front of the TV to witness the 10th Grand Final in Australia.
With Berisha from start it was all set for success. The Kosovo born striker only needed 33 minute to spark the home crowd and his own team with a left foot drive that earned Melbourne a 1-0 lead. The score-board only changed during the last minutes when Melbourne added another two goals.
This means that Berisha bagged his third Grand Final win in four years which is the same amount of years that he has played in Australia. Four goals has been scored during the Grand Final and yes he has scored in all three Grand Finals. On top of that he is the only man in Australia that has won back-to-back titles in two different teams.
- Season 2011/2012 (Brisbane) : Won the Grand Final. 21 season goals by Berisha, two of which where scored in the GF.
- 2012/2013 (Brisbane) : Brisbane didn’t make it past the semi-finals. 14 goals by Berisha.
- 2013/2014 (Brisbane) : Won the Premier’s Plate and Grand Final. 13 goals by Berisha, one goal was scored in the GF.
- 2014/2015 (Melbourne) : Won the Premier’s Plate and Grand Final. 15 goals by Berisha and one was scored in the GF.
The 29-year-old has collected many trophies and awards during these four years. If we rewind to 2011, no one knew who he was when he first arrived. Now he has scored 63 goals in the Australian A-League, a league that was re-established ten years ago, making him the third top goal scorer ever. His fellow team-mate Archie Thompson holds the current record so if Thompson decides to retire any time soon Berisha ‘only’ needs to score about 20 goals to once again claim another title. But we all know it’s just a matter of time until he will do so.