31 Facts About Adelaide United


Adelaide United Football Club is a professional soccer club based in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.

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Adelaide United holds the record for the largest win in an A-League game.

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In 2019, Adelaide United became the first team to win three FFA Cup titles after defeating Melbourne City FC in the 2019 FFA Cup Final.

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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.

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Adelaide United began preparation earlier than most of the other clubs and had announced two thirds of the 20 man squad before February 2005.

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Club focused on bringing several Adelaide United born players back to South Australia, such as Angelo Costanzo, Travis Dodd and Lucas Pantelis, who had previously played for Adelaide United City SC in the NSL.

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Adelaide United was replaced before the fifth round by striker Fernando from Brazil, a former 'player of the year' in the old NSL.

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Adelaide United were selected, along with Sydney FC, as the first Australian representatives to play in the 2007 AFC Champions League.

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Adelaide United 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.

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Adelaide United was drawn into Group E, along with V-League and Super Cup winners Binh Duong, CSL champions Changchun Yatai, and K-League winners Pohang Steelers.

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Adelaide United became the first Australian team to progress to the semi-finals of the AFC Champions League.

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Adelaide United drew 2007 Uzbek League Runners-up Bunyodkor in the semi-final, after the Uzbeks knocked out Saipa in their quarter-final.

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Adelaide United was pushed down to second because of goal difference.

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An early highlight for the season was Adelaide United's run to the final of the AFC Champions League against Gamba Osaka.

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Adelaide United were awarded the Fair Play award upon the completion of the tournament, and Cristiano's goal in the fifth-place play-off was selected as goal of the tournament.

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Regardless of this situation, the FFA ensured that Adelaide United would have the funds available to recruit in the off-season and to maintain the club, whilst they would negotiate the new ownership deals.

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Adelaide United were drawn into Group H alongside 2009 Asian Champions Pohang Steelers, Chinese sister club Shandong Luneng and Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

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Adelaide United managed to hold on to top spot of Group H resulting in a home match in the Round of 16.

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Adelaide United came back twice in the game, including a goal in the final seconds of the match.

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Adelaide United ended the match with nine men, having Iain Fyfe and Fabian Barbiero both sent off after receiving two yellow cards.

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Adelaide United added other players including Tarek Elrich and Steven Lustica, Michael Zullo for a season long loan and Brent McGrath as a four-week injury replacement player.

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Eight rounds into the season, Adelaide United were without a win leaving them sitting at the bottom of the ladder with only 3 points and 3 goals scored.

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However, Adelaide United then won 13 of their next 18 games losing just once to finish top of the ladder and win the club's second Premier's Plate.

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Adelaide United had to replace five players from its starting grand final team including Bruce Djite, Craig Goodwin, Pablo Sanchez, Stefan Mauk and Bruce Kamau, but they were replaced with youngsters Jesse Makarounas, Nikola Mileusnic, Ben Garuccio, Marc Marino, Jordan O'Doherty and Riley McGree, experienced pair Henrique and James Holland, and Spanish Striker Sergi Guardiola on loan and South Korean Danny Choi as an injury replacement.

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Craig Goodwin was Adelaide United's leading goalscorer scoring 15 goals across all competitions.

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Towards the end of the season, Adelaide United signed a deal with Jim's Group which saw the Jim's Plumbing logo feature on the front of Adelaide United's home and away kits.

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Adelaide United's kit has moved towards a predominately all-red kit, both top and shorts, with black trim.

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Adelaide United is most commonly referred to as "The Reds" because of their predominantly red playing kit.

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Adelaide United did not make an appearance for the senior side but made appearances in the Y-League, he departed following the end to his contract.

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Adelaide United was the first A-League club to appear in the AFC Champions League in 2008.

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Eugene Galekovic holds the record for most Adelaide United appearances, having played 285 first-team matches between 2007 and 2017.

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