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Melbourne City's Michael Jakobsen joins Adelaide United on two-year contract

Michael Jakobsen has left Melbourne City to join Adelaide United.
Michael Jakobsen joined Melbourne United in 2016.

Melbourne City have made their first major move of the A-League offseason, releasing skipper Michael Jakobsen to join rivals Adelaide United.

The Danish central defender, 32, has traded A-League homes on the basis of the certainty of a two-year contract.

And there could yet be movement in the opposite direction.

City are interested in Reds defender Ersun Gulum, who may be keen to move to his hometown of Melbourne, with no deal yet agreed.

City have released Jakobsen believing they can yet trade...

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Jakobsen in doubt for Melbourne City's vital clash with Wellington Phoenix

Michael Jakobsen
A thigh complaint could rule Melbourne City's Michael Jakobsen out of Saturday's clash with the Wellington Phoenix.

Melbourne City could be without captain Michael Jakobsen for their last-round duel with Wellington Phoenix.

The defensive stalwart will travel to Auckland but has a thigh issue which may see him miss the match that could decide City's AFC Champions League fate.

City sit third heading into Saturday's encounter.

Should Melbourne Victory upset Sydney FC on Friday night, they will need to beat the Nix to return to third place.

Jakobsen's injury is a bother for coach Warren Joyce, who has preached the...

Frail Melbourne City defence desperate for Michael Jakobsen to return

Melbourne City coach Michael Valkanis is banking on the return of key defender Michael Jakobsen to cure his team's defensive ills and lock in a home semifinal in the A-League.

City face the genuine prospect of dropping out of the top four -- and losing a home semi -- after being outgunned 3-0 by runaway leaders Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium on Saturday.

It was the second time in as many weeks Valkanis' men had conceded three goals, leaving them grimly holding onto third place, two points ahead of...

Franjic, Jakobsen ruled out of Melbourne City's clash with Wellington

Ivan Franjic
Melbourne City right-back Ivan Franjic won't travel to New Zealand to take on the Wellington Phoenix.

Melbourne City will be without key defensive pair Michael Jakobsen and Ivan Franjic for Saturday's match against A-League rivals Wellington.

Jakobsen (calf) and Franjic (knee soreness) won't make the trip across the Tasman after falling short in their rehabilitation.

The Danish centre-back and Socceroos right-back didn't play in last Saturday's 2-2 draw with Brisbane.

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The long flight to Wellington has been a factor in leaving the defenders out, with both likely to come into contention for next...

Melbourne City out to reignite A-League title bid - Michael Jakobsen

Melbourne City's Michael Jakobsen
Michael Jakobsen wants Melbourne City to look forward and not back.

By their own admission, Melbourne City have lost touch with the A-League title race but will seek to reheat their championship credentials at the ground where last season's ambitions were laid to rest.

City head to Cooper's Stadium to play Adelaide United on Thursday night, the scene of their 4-1 semifinal defeat last April.

But it's a much changed City and a very different Reds side that will meet.

Adelaide can't buy a win and it's City with the most recent piece of silverware under their belt;...

Sydney FC's Matt Simon cited for Michael Jakobsen clash

Matt Simon faces a suspension for shouldering Melbourne City defender Michael Jakobsen in the head after the A-League's match review panel issued the Sydney FC striker with a show-cause notice.

Substitute Simon had barely been on the field for a minute late in Friday night's 1-1 draw at the ANZ Stadium, when he became involved in a fiery confrontation with Jakobsen.

The pair had to be separated several times but one particularly ugly incident in the 82nd minute, apparently missed by referee Kris...