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City alumni helps Victory land Toivonen

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A recommendation from ex-Melbourne City midfielder Orlando Engelaar and Melbourne’s lifestyle were crucial in luring Sweden’s World Cup striker Ola Toivonen to the A-League.

Toivonen, who has signed a two-year deal with champions Melbourne Victory, revealed it was a member of the club’s cross-town rivals that helped him choose Australia as his next destination – ahead of France, the Middle East and Scandinavia.

“We talked about it a little bit, contact (with Victory) was there, and yeah, I was interested … we decided to go on an adventure,” he said on Thursday.

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