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Adelaide City
Adelaide City FC - Logo
Full name Adelaide City Football Club
Nickname(s) Zebras, Juventus, City
Founded 1946
Ground Adelaide City Park - Oakden
Chairman Roberto (Bob) D'Ottavi
Manager Charlie Vilani
League South Australian Super League
2008 FFSA Super League Winners
Home colours
Away colours
For other uses, see City of Adelaide (disambiguation)

Adelaide City is a football (soccer) club in Adelaide, South Australia. They are also known as The Zebras. They played in the National Soccer League (NSL) for 27 Seasons but withdrew just prior to the 2003/2004 season. They now play in the South Australian Super League. City won the inaugural Super League with games to spare after leading for most of the season. They also won the Adelaide United FFSA Cup defeating Blue Eagles 4-1 in the final at Hindmarsh Stadium.





The club was founded and primarily followed by people of Italian heritage and originally called Juventus from 1946-1966. In 1966 they became Adelaide Juventus and in 1977 Adelaide City, when Frank Lister captained the team in the inaugural NSL competition. He later went on to win the 'Golden Boots' award for that year and was inducted into the South Australian Soccer Hall of Fame in 2004.

The black and white striped shirt also gave the team the nickname of the Zebras.

SA Premier League

2005 Season

Adelaide City were crowned SA Premier League Champions after defeating Adelaide Raiders 2-1 in the Grand Final at Hindmarsh Stadium on Friday 16 September 2005. Adelaide City took the lead just 4 minutes into the match when Nick Budin slotted the ball past Raiders goalkeeper Robert Matosevic. Raiders hit back just before the break through striker Jason Trimboli. The match went into extra time and midway through the second period of extra time a pin point Paul Pezos cross was met by a powerful Adam Osman header to hand Adelaide City their first title since 1974. Adelaide City Midfielder David Paladino was given the award for man of the match.

2006 Season

Adelaide City completed the treble in 2006 winning 3 Innaugral Trophies : The ERREA Pre-season Cup, BEST Super League Championship and FFSA Adelaide United Cup. City met Raiders in the ERREA cup final in what was a rematch of the previous season's Grand Final. City breezed through winning 5-0. In the BEST Super League, City fought off tough competition for the majority of the year and ended the season 3 games clear on top of the table with a healthy goal difference. City then went on to win the FFSA Adelaide United Cup with a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Adelaide Blue Eagles. City opened their account with a 22nd minute header from striker Jonathan Negus. The second came from Nick Budin who struck the bar with a header only to find the ball back at his feet for a tap in. City Scored again minutes later when Negus' 18yd bullet struck the back of the net. Adelaide Blue Eagles dominated the opening of the 2nd half and did get a goal themselves. Negus completed his hat-trick after a knock on from player-coach Damian Mori left him one on one with the goalkeeper. The final result 4-1. City's Jonathan Negus won the John Kosmina Medal awarded to the best on ground.

First team squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Ben Moore
1 Australia Luke Ostbye
2 Australia DF Jordan D'Arsie
3 Australia MF Jace Cummins
4 Australia DF Keegan Nash
5 Australia DF George Tsonis
6 Australia MF Marvegio
7 Australia FW Damian Mori
8 Australia MF Damian Morrell
9 Australia FW Chad Bugeja
10 Australia FW Jonathan Negus
11 Australia MF Nicky Orr
12 Australia FW Patrick DeRuvo
13 Australia DF Paul Pezos
14 Australia DF Micheal Shinnick
15 Australia DF Lewis May
16 Australia MF David Paladino
23 Australia MF Nick Budin

Current reserve squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Luke Ostbye
2 Australia DF Sean Dods
3 Australia DF Jono Kaitatzis
4 Australia DF Micheal Roras
5 Australia DF Matthew Halliday
6 Australia DF Benjamin Finnis
7 Australia DF Lewis May
14 Australia DF Micheal Shinnick
8 Australia MF Brad Burgess
9 Australia MF Rocky Violi
10 Australia MF Johnny Mastropaolo
11 Australia MF Anton(Unknown Surname)
12 Australia FW Ian Kamau

Notable former players

New Zealand





1986, 1991-1992, 1993-1994
1979, 1989, 1991-1992

NSL Player Of The Year Award - Johnny Warren Medal

NSL Grand Final Best Player - Joe Marston Medal

NSL Top Scorer Awards

  • 1977 Dixie Deans (Adelaide City) - 16
  • 1995/1996 Damian Mori (Adelaide City) - 31
  • 1997/1998 Damian Mori (Adelaide City) - 19
  • 1999/2000 Damian Mori (Adelaide City) - 22

NSL Under 21 Player of the Year

NSL Coach of the Year

  • 1990/1991 Zoran Matic (Adelaide City)
  • 1994/1995 Zoran Matic (Adelaide City)
  • 1995/1996 John Perin (Adelaide City)


1953, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1970, 1972, 1974, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • SA Federation Cup: 15
1953, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1963, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1976, 2006, 2007
1946, 1949, 1987, 1999
  • South Australian Pre-Season / Summer Cup Competition Winners: 19
1955, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962 (SL), 1967, 1974, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992 (March), 1992 (September), 1994, 1995, 2006, 2010

South Australian Best & Fairest and Player of the Year Awards

  • 1969 West End Medal - Eric Norman
  • 1976 John Martin Medal - John Perin

See also

External links

Preceded by
Brunswick Juventus
NSL Champions
Succeeded by
APIA Leichhardt
Preceded by
South Melbourne
NSL Champions
Succeeded by
Marconi Stallions
Preceded by
Marconi Stallions
NSL Champions
Succeeded by
Melbourne Knights
 FIFA Oceania Club Championship 1987 Winners 
Adelaide City
First title


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