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The Melbourne Storm are a professional Rugby league team based in the city of Melbourne in the Australian state of Victoria.
Although the club were only founded in 1997 as an expansion club to take the sport into the AFL dominated state of Victoria, the club have enjoyed lots of success both nationally and internationally.
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The club play at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, known to most as AAMP Park, which is an iconic stadium in the heart of Melbourne.
The ground is easy to recognise thanks to it numerous globe shapes that make up its roof and the bright green seats laid out over a number of tiers inside.
The ground is capable of hosting just over 30,000 fans when full and for big matches, it creates a great atmosphere.
The city is in the heartlands of AFL in Australia and that has seen the storm been an outlier for the sport of Rugby League.
The club were formed in 1997, when they became the first ever professional Rugby League side, not just in the city of Melbourne but in the state of Victoria.
Discussions about starting a new club in Melbourne started to gain in seriousness after the 1994 State of Origins series which saw over 87,000 fans attend a match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
The ARL were originally set to allow a new club to form in time for the 1998 season but as with most things during that time period, the breakaway Super League competition put a big spanner in the works.
By 1997, the upstart league wanted a Melbourne based club for their own competition and it was the Super League who would announce the new club would be call the Storm.
In the end, the Super League war ended and saw a new national competition start up and the Melbourne Storm would take their place in the NRL and thy would also take advantage of a number of clubs folding to signs some big stars.
The club started well and made the play-offs in their first ever season but they would go eve better in their second seaosn as they would not only reach the Grand Final but they would defeat the Dragosn to pick up their first ever league title.
From there, the clubs form would struggle however and with the club missing out on 2 straight play-offs, the club brought in Craig Bellamy in 2003 and his new stricter coaching style saw the club get back on track.
He was helped by a number of superstars joining the club including the likes of Billy Slater, Cameron Smith, and Cooper Cronk and by 2006, they were back at the Grand Final but they would come up short against the Broncos.
In 2007, the club would pick up the Minor Premiership and then they would follow it up with a 34-8 win over Manly in the Grand Final.
They would go onto reach the Grand Final in the next season but they found themselves on the wrong side of a record breaking score as they lost 40-0 to Manly.
They would reach their 4th straight Grand Final in 2009, where they would go onto defeat Parramatta in the final.
In the 2010 World Club Challenge, the club would take on and defeat the Leeds Rhinos but all of that continued success in a salary cap sport started to raise eyebrows and in 2010, the club admitted that they had continually breached the NRL salary cap between 2006 and 2010.
That saw them receive a huge fine, lose all points during that period and therefore they were also stripped of their Grand Final wins during that era.
One bit of good news was that there news stadium was finally built and the club moved to their new AAMI Park ground for the 2011 season.
The club also had to lose a number of players after their salary cap scandal due to having a lower cap for a few seaosn and that saw them shed a number of big stars.
They would go onto win the Minor Premiership in 2011, which is considered their first officially, but they came up short in the play-offs.
In 2012, they would pick up another Premiership win by defeating Canterbury in the Grand Final.
That saw them take on the Leeds Rhinos in the World Club Challenge once again and in a tight match, the Storm came away with the title.
After years of cheating, the club were finally rid of News Corp in May 2013.
2020 saw the club pick up their next title in a fantastic Grand Final against Penrith and they would go onto pic up a Minor Premiership in 2020.
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