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Adelaide United
AUFC logo transparent.png
Full name Adelaide United Football Club
Nickname(s) The Reds, United
Founded 2003
Ground Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
(Capacity: 17,000)
Chairman Mel Patzwald
Manager Australia Aurelio Vidmar
League A-League
2009–10 10th (League)
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

Adelaide United Football Club is an Australian professional association football (soccer) club based in Adelaide, South Australia. It currently participates in the A-League as the sole team from the state of South Australia. Adelaide is one of the most successful clubs in the A-League. The club's home ground is Hindmarsh Stadium.

The club was founded in 2003 to fill the place vacated by Adelaide City in the former National Soccer League (NSL). Adelaide United were premiers in the inaugural 2005–06 A-League season, finishing 7 points clear of the rest of the competition, before finishing 3rd in the finals, The Reds (the team's new nickname) were also Grand Finalists in the 2006–07 and 2008–09 seasons.

The 2006-07 season saw Brazilian international Romario join the club for a four-game stint. Adelaide have the best winning record of all clubs in the A-League. As of 2010, Adelaide is the only A-League club to be present at the AFC Champions League on three occasions, making them the most successful Australian club in Asia. Adelaide however have not won the domestic A-league Championship.

The 2007–08 season was a season to forget for Adelaide as they battled a huge amount of player injury throughout the season. This effectively ended their finals hopes and it was the first time Adelaide failed to make the top two in A-League history. The 2009-10 season proved to be even more of a disaster as the club's poor form continued throughout the season with the club ending the season at the bottom of the premiership table.

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History

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National Soccer League

In August 2003, Adelaide City withdrew from the National Soccer League, leaving Adelaide with no NSL presence for the first time since the beginning of the league in 1977. In response, Adelaide United was created in September 2003, and a team was scraped together within a couple of weeks. In October, Adelaide United won its first NSL match, against the Brisbane Strikers 1-0 in front of a crowd in excess of 16,000 people. After an impressive home-and-away season, including a seven-match unbeaten streak during November and December 2003, Adelaide United reached the NSL preliminary final, losing to Perth Glory. The NSL came to an abrupt close at the end of the 2003-04 season.

A-League

Adelaide United were announced as one of eight teams to compete in the first season of the A-League, and are, along with the Perth Glory and Newcastle Jets, one of only three teams to survive from the National Soccer League's last season. United began preparation earlier than most of the other clubs and had announced two thirds of the 20 man squad before February 2005.

The club focused on bringing several Adelaide born players back to South Australia, such as Angelo Costanzo, Travis Dodd and Lucas Pantelis, who had previously played for Adelaide City SC in the NSL. Shengqing Qu was signed from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua as the clubs "marquee" signing (a ruling allowing each club one player to be paid outside the salary cap) in March 2005.

Aurelio Vidmar announced his retirement before the A-League had even started. He was replaced before the fifth round by striker Fernando from Brazil, a former 'player of the year' in the old NSL. By moving to Adelaide, he was reunited with former coach John Kosmina who introduced him to Australian audiences at the Brisbane Strikers.

Adelaide United established links with American club Miami FC, setting up a 'sister club' relationship, with whom they played a number of friendlies and leading to signing Diego from them.

The team also signed Brazilian legend Romario for a 5 game guest stint in November/December 2006.

A-League 2006-07

Adelaide United advanced to the 2006-07 Grand Final after winning 4-3 on penalties (1-1 AET) against the Newcastle Jets. Adelaide United played Melbourne Victory at the Telstra Dome in the Grand Final on 18 February 2007 losing 6-0 whilst playing most of the game with only 10 men after captain Ross Aloisi was sent off for his second bookable offense. Following a controversial post grand final interview, Ross Aloisi was sacked as captain of Adelaide United, and left the club to move to Wellington Phoenix. He was replaced as captain by Angelo Costanzo on 22 February 2007. At the same as this announcement was made, it was also announced that coach John Kosmina would be sacked. It was widely speculated that Kosmina had been told to resign by the board of Adelaide United the Thursday after the grand final.[1][2] Assistant Coach Aurelio Vidmar was appointed interim coach. On 22 October 2007, former Adelaide United coach John Kosmina took up the role as the new head coach of Sydney FC.

A-League 2007-08

For the 2007-08 season Adelaide recruited ex-Socceroo Paul Agostino "marquee", Ivorian Jonas Salley and current Olyroo Kristian Sarkies.[3] They also signed Issy Erdogan of Preston Lions. One of the success stories of the season was the signing of former Flamengo FC player Cássio on a free transfer from Brazilian club. Cássio, who joined from Santa Cruz FC, won the Club Champion award in his first season.Shaun Ontong and Matthew Mullen from the AIS, were also signed to replenish their defensive stocks after the departure of Kristian Rees, Adam van Dommele and Aaron Goulding.

A-League 2008-09

For the 2008–09 season, Adelaide United made some significant signings to strengthen the squad, most notably striker Cristiano from Willem II for two years on a free transfer. Another key signing to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Richie Alagich was Alemão formerly of CA Juventus. Saša Ognenovski joined the club from Queensland Roar to help shore up the defence, midfielder Paul Reid joined from Brighton & Hove Albion F.C., while promising youngsters Scott Jamieson, Daniel Mullen, Mark Birighitti and Robert Younis also signed. Bobby Petta, Shaun Ontong, Milan Susak, Dez Giraldi and Robert Bajic were all released, Bruce Djite was sold for an A-League record of AU$850,000 to Genclerbirligi, whilst Nathan Burns also transferred to pursue his European dreams, joining Greek first division outfit AEK Athens[4] for A$500,000[5]. Kristian Sarkies, Lucas Pantelis and Fabian Barbiero all had their contracts renewed.

This season, Adelaide United passed the one millionth spectator milestone of total crowds since the inception of the A-League. They reached this achievement when their 7,052nd fan passed through the gate, for the Round 3 match against Wellington. Adelaide United are only the third A-League club to do so thus far, the other two being Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC. [6]

The round 18 A-League match against Sydney FC at the Adelaide Oval saw $23,002 donated to the Starlight Foundation as $1 from every ticket sold for the match went to the charity.[7]

By the end of round 21, Adelaide had become runners-up for the Premier's plate, equaling Melbourne's 38 points on the ladder, having needed to win 2–0 against the Central Coast Mariners to win the premiership and only securing a 1–0 win. The Reds, along with Melbourne, the Queensland Roar and Central Coast, proceeded to the finals where they lost 6–0 over two legs against Melbourne[8] and hosted Queensland on 21 February to determine who would go through to the Grand Final. A 25th minute goal from Fabian Barbiero gave Adelaide the lead, and they held on to that until the final whistle.[9]

The Grand Final was held on 28 February at the Telstra Dome. After only ten minutes, Cristiano was contentiously sent off by referee Matthew Breeze after attempting to header the ball and accidentally catching Melbourne defender Rodrigo Vargas on the side of the head with an elbow. Down to ten men for the remainder of the game, Adelaide managed to keep the scoreline at 0–0 until a 60th minute goal from Tom Pondeljak gave the home side a one-goal lead.[10] Melbourne's 2008-09 top-scorer Daniel Allsopp was sent off in the 65th minute due to an incident with Robert Cornthwaite, but Adelaide were still left goal-less at the final whistle.

A-League 2009-10

After a stellar season in the A-League and internationally, Adelaide United began its pre-season without a financial owner; Nick Bianco relinquishing his A-League license back to Football Federation Australia (FFA).[11] Regardless of this situation, the FFA ensured that Adelaide would have the funds available to recruit in the off-season and to maintain the club, whilst they would negotiate the new ownership deals. Adelaide United managed to secure major sponsors Modern Solar as well as Jim's Plumbing for their 2009-10 season.

Adelaide made a number of signings to replace the players which left in the off-season, most notably the departure of Saša Ognenovski to K-League side Seongnam Ilhwa. To fill the void, Adelaide signed former Sydney FC defenders, Iain Fyfe and Mark Rudan, Korean youngster Inseob Shin and former Drogheda United midfielder Adam Hughes. Arguably the biggest off-season signing was former Cheltenham Town and Brentford striker, Lloyd Owusu, a capped Ghanaian international. The Reds also elevated a handful of players from their Youth squad to the senior team, namely Francesco Monterosso, Michael Marrone and Joe Costa.

After making a rather average start to the 2009-10 season, the Reds made their final signing in promising young Bulleen Lions winger, Mathew Leckie prior to the Round 5 clash against Wellington Phoenix.[12] Leckie made an immediate impression, and scored his first goal in his second game off the bench against North Queensland Fury and would soon become a fan favourite.

With two rounds to go, and Adelaide sitting at the base of the table, the Reds made a surprise announcement that Argentine playmaker, Marcos Flores, who had signed on for 2 years starting with the club's third AFC Champions League venture, was to make his debut as an injury replacement for fellow import Cristiano. The South American made his presence felt in the final two games of the regular season, and helped Adelaide United finish the season with two consecutive wins.[13][14] This however, was still not enough to lift the club up from its 2009-10 wooden spoon status - the club's worst performing season in its short history.

AFC Champions League

2007 Campaign

Adelaide United were selected, along with Sydney FC, as the first Australian representatives to play in the 2007 AFC Champions League. They received their Asian berth as A-League premiers. Adelaide was drawn into Group G with Chinese champion Shandong Luneng Taishan, Korean champions Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma and Vietnamese league and Super Cup champions Gach Dong Tam Long An.

Adelaide lost to Shandong 1-0, defeated Long An 2-0, drew with Seongnam 2-2, then lost to the Korean team 1-0. The Reds broke Shandong's winning streak in a 2-2 draw, before finishing its campaign with a 3-0 win over Long An, thanks to a hat trick from Travis Dodd. This match marked the last Adelaide United appearances of Fernando Rech and Carl Veart as the 1-0 loss to Seongyam knocked Adelaide out of Quarter Finals contention. Adelaide finished 3rd in its group, ahead of Long An and behind Shandong; with group winner Seongnam making the semi-finals. Dodd scored on 4 occasions, Rech 3 times, and Olyroos players Bruce Djite and Nathan Burns one a piece.

2008 Campaign

Adelaide United participated in the 2008 AFC Champions League after finishing runner-up in the 2006-07 regular season and finals series to Melbourne Victory. Adelaide was drawn into Group E, along with V-League and Super Cup winners Bình Dương F.C., CSL champions Changchun Yatai, and K-League winners Pohang Steelers.

In their opening match of the 2008 campaign, Adelaide United defeated Pohang 2-0 in Korea. United drew against Changchun 0-0 in their second game, defeated Bình Dương 2-1 in Vietnam and followed this up with a 4-1 victory in the return leg. In their final group tie at home, Adelaide defeated Pohang 1-0, setting up a deciding away tie against Changchun to determine the Group E winner. In Changchun, Adelaide withstood considerable pressure to achieve an historic 0-0 draw, thus becoming the first Australian team to ever progress to the knockout stage of the Asian Champions League.

Adelaide drew J-League and Emperor's Cup champions Kashima Antlers in a two legged Quarter final starting in Japan, where they managed a 1-1 draw. Adelaide captain Travis Dodd scored first in the opening half, but right before halftime the Japanese side were gifted an equaliser when Robert Cornthwaite scored passed his own goalkeeper. In the return leg at the Hindmarsh Stadium a week later, Adelaide became the first Australian team to progress to the semifinals of the competition with a 1-0 win. Cornthwaite redeemed himself from his own goal in the first leg by scoring the only goal of the game midway through the second half.

Adelaide drew 2007 Uzbek League Runners-up FC Bunyodkor in the semi-final, after the Uzbeks knocked out Saipa F.C. in their quarter-final. In the first leg of the semi-final, Adelaide won 3-0 with Diego, Barbiero, and Cristiano (via a penalty) scoring. The match was witnessed by 16,998 fans (498 over capacity) at the Hindmarsh Stadium.[15]

In the second leg of the semi finals Adelaide United lost 1-0 to FC Bunyodkor but went through to the final 3-1 on aggregate[16]. Thus they became the first Australian team to make it to the final of Asia's premier club competition.[17] In the two legged final, they took on Japanese team Gamba Osaka who deposed 2007 champions Urawa Red Diamonds in the other semifinal.[18]

This result ensured that Adelaide would participate in the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup either as the AFC representatives or as the highest placed non-Japanese team - as the rules do not allow more than one Japanese team to participate.[19]

Adelaide lost heavily over two legs to Gamba Osaka. The score was 3-0 to Osaka at Osaka and 2-0 to Osaka at Adelaide, the Japanese club winning 5-0 on aggregate.[20]

2010 Campaign

Adelaide will again compete in the Champions League in 2010 after finishing second on the 2008-09 A-League league table, and runner-up in the Finals series to cross-border rivals, Melbourne Victory.[21] This will mark the return of Adelaide United to the continental club champions' tournament after a 1 year absence.

On 7th December 2009, Adelaide were drawn into Group H of the Champions League alongside 2009 Asian Champions Pohang Steelers, Chinese sister club Shandong Luneng and the winners of the 2009 Japanese Emperor's Cup.[22] Because Gamba Osaka, the winner of the Emperor's Cup, had already qualified through league placing, 4th placed Sanfrecce Hiroshima became Adelaide United's final opponent in Group H of the Champions League.[23]

In Adelaide's first match of the campaign played on the 24th February against Pohang Steelers, Adelaide secured an important victory at Hindmarsh Stadium winning 1-0 courtesy of a fantastic individual effort by youngster Mathew Leckie on the stroke of half-time.

FIFA Club World Cup

2008

Because of their performance in the 2008 AFC Champions League, Adelaide United filled the position of the Japanese host team in the 2008 edition of the FIFA Club World Cup. Their first match was a play-off against OFC Champions League 2007-08 champions Waitakere United from New Zealand. The Reds defeated Waitakere 2-1 via two set plays from Paul Reid to secure a rematch with ACL rivals Gamba Osaka on 14 December[24]. After a third meeting in three weeks, Adelaide came up against Gamba Osaka yet again at Toyota Stadium. The Reds fought valiantly and created many opportunities, in particular Travis Dodd,[25] but ultimately lost 0-1 after a 23rd minute shot by Gamba midfielder, Yasuhito Endō.[26] On 18 December, Adelaide played in the fifth-place match against Egyptian club Al-Ahly, defeating them 1-0 to be rewarded the Club World Cup's fifth-place winnings of US$1.5 million.[27] Adelaide United were also awarded the Fair Play award upon the completion of the tournament.[28]

Colours and Badge

The Adelaide United badge, used from the club's foundation in 2003 to 2005

Adelaide United's original strip was made using the three South Australian state colours: red, blue and gold. The shirt was mainly red with a large yellow stripe down both sleeves with blue being used for the short colour and the stripe running down each side of the top. The badge also uses the state colours in a stylized swoosh, above what appears to be a football made with the Southern Cross, as opposed to the traditional hexagonal panels of a football.

Since their inception into the A-League, Adelaide United's kits, along with the rest of the league, have been manufactured by Reebok. United's kit has moved towards a predominately all-red kit, both top and shorts, with blue and gold trim. Originally, the away strip was predominantly white, with red sleeves and gold trim however in 2009 the club launched a predominantly black 'clash' strip.

The launch of the new national league also saw Adelaide launch a new badge; while keeping a similar look and feel as its predecessor the new badge takes the form of more traditional football badge with its shield like border.

Stadium

Adelaide United play their home matches at Hindmarsh Stadium with the exceptions being on 28 December 2007 and 3 January 2009 when United played their A-League match against Sydney FC at Adelaide Oval. Even though Adelaide lost the first of these two encounters 3-1, it was South Australia's largest football crowd in history with 25,039 people filling the stands, many others turning away at the gate.[29] The second match in 2009 saw 23,002 people attend the game.[7]

Hindmarsh Stadium seating capacity is 17,000. Adelaide United's first home game in the now defunct National Soccer League saw over 15,000 supporters watch Adelaide win 1-0 over the Brisbane Strikers[30].

A-League crowds have averaged 10,947 in 2005-06 and over 12,000 supporters attending in both 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons. Despite a lack of on-field success, crowds at United's games remained healthy during the 2009-10 season relative to other clubs, largely due to the club's strong community-based initiatives.[31] The record attendance for Hindmarsh Stadium was a full house of 17,000 on 12 November 2008 against Gamba Osaka in the historic second leg of the ACL final.[32]

Panorama View from Hindmarsh Stadium top Tier

Rivalries

Adelaide's two main rivals are considered to be Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory:

Sydney and Adelaide were two of the leading teams in the inaugural A-League season where Sydney finished as champions and Adelaide as premiers. Results in recent seasons have heavily favoured Sydney with Adelaide having their worst win/loss ratio against them compared to other A-League teams. The rivalry was further intensified during the 2006-07 season when ex-Reds manager John Kosmina was hired as Sydney FC coach. [33]

Adelaide was again one of two of the leading teams in the 2006-07 season this time against Melbourne what saw an altercation between John Kosmina, the Adelaide United manager, and Kevin Muscat after the Victory captain knocked Kosmina over after entering the technical area to retrieve a ball[34]. Season events culminated in the years grandfinal what saw Adelaide captain, Ross Aloisi, sent off and Melbourne win 6-0[35](see Adelaide-Melbourne rivalry).

Perth Glory are also close rivals of Adelaide's not only because the team is Perth's closest geographical A-League opponent but also because the two clubs are two of the three former NSL teams in the A-League (the 3rd being the Newcastle Jets). In the last NSL season Perth Glory knocked Adelaide United out of the preliminary final. Adelaide United's rivalry with Perth Glory has grown considerably over the past year[36]

Affiliated clubs

Adelaide signed a 'sister' club relationship in November 2006 what includes access to Miami's 'academy' Desportivo Brasil.[37] The deal has seen a friendly take place at Hindmarsh Stadium[38] along with the transfer of Diego and Romario to Adelaide.

Adelaide signed a 'sister' club relationship with Chinese Super League Club Shandong Luneng Taishan in early December 2008 with the agreement lasting until 2012.[39]

Current Squad

First Team Roster

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 Eugene Galeković
2 Australia DF Robert Cornthwaite
3 Australia DF Nigel Boogaard
4 Australia DF Iain Fyfe
5 Australia DF Daniel Mullen (Youth)
6 Brazil DF Cássio
7 Australia MF Lucas Pantelis
8 Australia MF Kristian Sarkies
9 Netherlands FW Sergio van Dijk
10 Australia MF Adam Hughes
12 Australia MF Paul Reid
13 Australia MF Travis Dodd (Captain)
14 Australia DF Scott Jamieson
15 Australia FW Francesco Monterosso (Youth)
16 South Korea MF Inseob Shin
17 Australia DF Michael Marrone
No. Position Player
18 Australia MF Fabian Barbiero
19 Australia MF Mathew Leckie (Youth)
20 Australia GK Mark Birighitti (Youth)
21 Australia DF Mark Rudan
22 Australia DF Dane Milovanovic (Youth)
23 Australia MF Joe Costa (Youth)
24 Argentina MF Marcos Flores
25 Australia FW Evan Kostopoulos (Youth)
26 Australia DF Perry Mitris (Youth)
27 Australia DF Adam Griffiths
28 Australia MF Matthew Mullen (Youth)
29 Australia MF Joel Allwright (Youth)
30 Australia GK Nick Munro (Youth)
Brazil DF Alemão
Brazil FW Cristiano
Ghana FW Lloyd Owusu

* Squad list current as of 16 February 2010 for the 2010 AFC Champions League.[40]

Out on loan

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
4 Australia DF Iain Fyfe (on loan to Qingdao Jonoon F.C.)

Youth Team Roster

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
Australia GK Codey Larkin
Australia GK Nick Munro
Australia DF Michael Doyle
Australia DF Dane Milovanovic
Australia DF Perry Mitris
Australia DF Alex Sunasky
Australia MF Joel Allwright
Australia MF Andrew Ciarla
No. Position Player
Australia MF Nathan Farrell
Australia MF Kingsley Francis
Australia MF Matthew Mullen
Australia MF Brett Rayner
Australia MF Liam Wooding
Australia MF Joe Wright
Australia FW Evan Kostopoulos

Former Players

Australia Australia
Brazil Brazil
People's Republic of China China
New Zealand New Zealand
Netherlands Netherlands

Technical Staff

Position Name
Head Coach Australia Aurelio Vidmar
Assistant Coach Australia Phil Stubbins
Specialist Coach Australia Carl Veart
Goalkeeping Coach Australia Peter Blazincic
Youth Team Coach Australia Joe Mullen

Managers

Last updated 13 February 2010

Name From To Managed Won  Drawn Lost
Australia John Kosmina Sep 2003 Feb 2007 86 38 25 23
Australia Aurelio Vidmar Feb 2007 present 100 39 22 39

Honours

Domestic


International

Preceded by
Inaugural Premier
A-League Premiers
2005-06
Succeeded by
Melbourne Victory

Top Goal Scorers

Excludes goals scored in NSL. Appearances in brackets. Active players are indicated in bold.

Last updated 10 March 2010

Name Years A-League
inc. finals
ACL CWC Pre-Season
Cup
Total
1 Australia Travis Dodd 2005- 24 (115) 7 (20) 1 (2) 2 (17) 34 (154)
2 Brazil Fernando 2005-2007 13 (38) 3 (5) 0 (0) 0 (0) 16 (43)
3= Brazil Cristiano 2008- 11 (48) 1 (6) 1 (3) 2 (3) 15 (60)
3= Australia Lucas Pantelis 2005- 14 (74) 1 (17) 0 (0) 0 (5) 15 (96)
3= Australia Carl Veart 2005-2007 12 (47) 0 (3) 0 (0) 3 (9) 15 (59)
6= Australia Nathan Burns 2006-2008 9 (35) 1 (11) 0 (0) 1 (8) 11 (54)
6= Australia Bruce Djite 2006-2008 6 (20) 2 (8) 0 (0) 3 (7) 11 (35)
8 Brazil Cássio 2007- 6 (52) 0 (11) 0 (1) 3 (8) 9 (72)
9 People's Republic of China Shengqing Qu 2005-2007 8 (26) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (4) 8 (30)

Game Record Holders

Excludes games played in NSL. Active players are indicated in bold.

Last updated 10 March 2010

Name Years A-League
inc. finals
ACL CWC Pre-Season
Cup
Total
1 Australia Travis Dodd 2005- 115 20 2 17 154
2 Australia Robert Cornthwaite 2005- 78 13 3 14 108
3 Australia Angelo Costanzo 2005-2009 73 16 1 15 105
4 Australia Lucas Pantelis 2005- 74 17 0 5 96
5 Australia Richie Alagich 2005-2008 65 12 0 14 91
6 Australia Eugene Galeković 2007- 60 13 3 3 79
7 Australia Michael Valkanis 2005-2009 56 8 0 13 77
8 Brazil Cássio 2007- 52 11 1 8 72
9 Australia Jason Spagnuolo 2005-2009 44 10 1 14 69
10 Australia Scott Jamieson 2008- 49 8 3 3 63

Adelaide United A-League History

Brackets indicate statistics including A-League finals.

Adelaide United A-League History
Season P W D L F A Teams League
Position
Finals
Qualification
Finals Series
Position
ACL Qualification ACL Placing
2005-06 21 (24) 13 (13) 4 (5) 4 (6) 33 (36) 25 (30) 8 Premiers Qualified 3rd Qualified for 2007 N/A
2006-07 21 (25) 10 (10) 3 (5*) 8 (10) 32 (34) 27 (36) 8 2nd Qualifed 2nd Qualified for 2008 Group Stages (3rd)
2007-08 21 (21) 6 (6) 8 (8) 7 (7) 31 (31) 29 (29) 8 6th DNQ - DNQ Runners-Up
2008-09 21 (25) 11 (12) 5 (5) 5 (8) 31 (32) 19 (26) 8 2nd Qualified 2nd Qualified for 2010 DNQ
2009-10 27 (27) 7 (7) 8 (8) 12 (12) 24 (24) 33 (33) 10 10th DNQ - DNQ In Progress

*Second finals draw went to a penalty shoot-out which Adelaide United won 4-3 which then led to a Grand Final berth.

Adelaide United Pre-Season Cup History
Season P W D L F A Teams Result
2005 3 (3) 0 (0) 3 (3) 0 (0) 3 (3) 3 (3) 8 Group Stage
2006 4 (6) 1 (2) 2 (3*) 1 (1) 1 (4) 2 (4) 8 Premiers
2007 3 (5) 1 (3) 2 (2) 0 (0) 6 (11) 3 (6) 8 Premiers
2008 3 (3) 1 (1) 2 (2) 0 (0) 2 (2) 1 (1) 8 Group Stage

*The finals draw went to a penalty shoot-out which Adelaide United won 5-4 to be crowned Pre-Season Champions 2006

Records

All-time A-League win/loss (including finals)

Last updated 13 February 2010

Club Pld W D L GF GA GD
Brisbane Roar 16 8 5 3 17 10 7
Central Coast Mariners 16 6 5 5 19 20 -1
Gold Coast United 3 0 2 1 2 4 -2
Melbourne Victory 21 5 3 13 16 36 -20
New Zealand Knights 6 3 2 1 9 6 3
Newcastle Jets 16 7 4 5 25 20 5
North Queensland Fury 3 1 1 1 6 5 1
Perth Glory 15 8 3 4 22 17 5
Sydney FC 17 6 2 9 21 27 -6
Wellington Phoenix 9 4 4 1 20 9 11
Total 122 48 31 43 157 154 3

All-time A-League win/loss record by stadium (including finals)

Last updated 13 February 2010

Ground Pld W D L GF GA GD
Adelaide Oval 2 1 0 1 3 3 0
Lancaster Park 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1
Central Coast Stadium 6 3 0 3 6 9 -3
Canberra Stadium 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Willows Sports Complex 2 1 0 1 3 2 1
Newcastle International Sports Centre 7 3 1 3 8 8 0
Docklands Stadium 10 1 1 8 5 22 -17
Hindmarsh Stadium 60 28 17 15 99 73 26
Perth Oval 7 3 2 2 7 6 1
North Harbour Stadium 3 1 1 1 3 3 0
Olympic Park 2 1 0 1 1 2 -1
Robina Stadium 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
Lang Park 7 4 3 0 8 4 4
Sydney Football Stadium 9 1 1 7 7 15 -8
Westpac Stadium 4 1 3 0 6 5 1
Total 122 48 31 43 157 154 3

All-time International Competition Win/Loss

Last updated 10 March 2010

Club Pld W D L GF GA GD
EgyptAl-Ahly 1 1 0 0 1 0 1
VietnamBình Dương 2 2 0 0 6 2 4
UzbekistanBunyodkor 2 1 0 1 3 1 2
People's Republic of ChinaChangchun Yatai 2 0 2 0 0 0 0
VietnamGạch Đồng Tâm Long An 2 2 0 0 5 0 5
JapanGamba Osaka 3 0 0 3 0 6 -6
JapanKashima Antlers 2 1 1 0 2 1 1
South KoreaPohang Steelers 3 3 0 0 4 0 4
South KoreaSeongnam Ilhwa 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1
People's Republic of ChinaShandong Luneng 3 1 1 1 4 3 1
New ZealandWaitakere United 1 1 0 0 2 1 1
JapanSanfrecce Hiroshima 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 23 12 5 6 29 17 12

Home Attendances by Season (includes finals)

Last updated 8 February 2010

Season Pld Total Average Highest Lowest
2005-06 12 135,982 11,332 15,104 7,013
2006-07 13 163,185 12,553 16,378 8,785
2007-08 10 126,966 12,697 25,039 10,256
2008-09 13 137,304 10,562 23,002 7,832
2009-10 14 150,705 10,765 15,038 8,244

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