2008–09 Adelaide United FC season

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Adelaide United
2008–09 season
Manager Aurelio Vidmar
A-League 2nd
Pre-Season Cup 2nd
AFC Champions League Runners-up
Top goalscorer League: Cristiano (8)
All: Cristiano (10)
Highest home attendance 23,002 (vs Sydney FC, 3 January 2009)
Lowest home attendance 7,832 (vs Wellington Phoenix, 30 August 2008)
Average home league attendance 12,500
Home colours
Away colours

The 2008–09 Adelaide United FC season was the club's fourth A-League season since the inception in the Australian football league since it first started in 2005. The club competed in the 2008–09 A-League, AFC Champions League 2008 and 2008 FIFA Club World Cup.

The off season saw the departure of Socceroo Bruce Djite and Nathan Burns. The club's season began at Hindmarsh Stadium against Perth Glory on 17 August. An early highlight for the season was Adelaide's run to the final of the AFC Champions League against Gamba Osaka.[1][2] Because of this performance, Adelaide participated in the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup. They played in the play-off round against Waitakere United on 11 December, defeating them 2-1.[3][4] The Reds' next game was played against AFC Champions League rivals, Gamba Osaka, in the quarterfinal round on 14 December in Toyota, Japan. This match, despite Adelaide's grown skill since their first meeting with ACL champions, was won by Gamba Osaka 0-1.[5][6] Adelaide's last appearance in the Club World Cup was against Al-Ahly, from Egypt, to determine the fifth-placed club. The match was played on 18 December, and Adelaide defeated Al-Ahly 0-1.[7][8]

After the Round 18 A-League clash with Sydney FC at the Adelaide Oval (which Adelaide won 1-0), A$23,002 was donated to the Starlight Foundation as $1 from every ticket sold for the match went to the charity.[9]

This season also saw the introduction of the Adelaide United W-League team and the A-League National Youth League team. Former Adelaide player Richie Alagich, along with Michael Barnett and former Socceroos Tony Vidmar and Joe Mullen joined the coaching staff of these teams.

Players[edit]

Squad Information[edit]

First Team Roster[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Daniel Beltrame
2 Australia DF Robert Cornthwaite
3 Brazil DF Alemão
4 Australia DF Angelo Costanzo
5 Australia DF Michael Valkanis
6 Brazil DF Cássio
7 Australia MF Lucas Pantelis
8 Australia MF Kristian Sarkies
9 Australia FW Paul Agostino
10 Brazil FW Cristiano
13 Australia MF Travis Dodd (captain)
14 Australia DF Scott Jamieson
No. Position Player
15 Australia MF Jonas Salley
16 Australia DF Daniel Mullen
17 Australia DF Isyan Erdoğan
18 Australia MF Fabian Barbiero
19 Australia DF Saša Ognenovski
20 Australia GK Eugene Galeković
21 Australia MF Jason Spagnuolo
22 Brazil MF Diego
24 Australia MF Paul Reid
25 Australia FW Robert Younis
28 Australia MF Rostyn Griffiths
30 Australia GK Mark Birighitti

Youth Team Roster[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Australia GK -
Australia GK -
Australia DF -
Australia DF -
Australia DF -
Australia DF -
Australia MF -
Australia MF -
Australia MF -
No. Position Player
Australia MF -
Australia MF -
Australia MF -
Australia MF -
Australia FW -
Australia FW -
Australia FW -
Australia FW -

Transfers[edit]

First Team[edit]

Youth Team[edit]

Technical staff[edit]

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
Youth Team Assistant Coach Australia Tony Vidmar
Women's Team Coach Australia Michael Barnett
Women's Team Assistant Coach Australia Richie Alagich

Statistics[edit]

Squad statistics[edit]

No. Pos. Name A-League A-League
Finals
Pre-Season Cup ACL CWC Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
1 GK Australia Daniel Beltrame 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 DF Australia Robert Cornthwaite 17 2 3 0 3 0 10 21 3 0 35 41 10 0
3 DF Brazil Alemão 18 2 2 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 25 2 2 0
4 DF Australia Angelo Costanzo 12 0 0 0 3 0 10 0 1 0 26 0 8 0
5 DF Australia Michael Valkanis 5 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 10 0 2 0
6 DF Brazil Cássio 14 4 2 0 3 0 10 0 1 0 29 4 6 1
7 MF Australia Lucas Pantelis 10 2 4 0 2 0 11 1 0 0 26 3 2 0
8 MF Australia Kristian Sarkies 10 1 1 0 0 0 7 0 2 0 20 1 1 0
9 FW Australia Paul Agostino 7 0 3 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 13 0 0 0
10 FW Brazil Cristiano 21 8 4 0 3 2 6 1 3 1 36 12 4 0
11 MF Australia Osama Malik** 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0
13 MF Australia Travis Dodd 20 7 4 0 3 0 12 3 2 1 40 11 6 0
14 DF Australia Scott Jamieson 21 2 2 0 3 0 6 0 3 0 36 0 7 0
15 MF Australia Jonas Salley 17 0 2 0 3 0 5 0 1 0 27 0 2 1
16 DF Australia Daniel Mullen 9 0 4 0 2 0 3 0 3 1 20 1 1 0
17 DF Australia Isyan Erdogan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 MF Australia Fabian Barbiero 15 1 4 1 3 0 6 1 2 0 29 3 6 0
19 DF Australia Saša Ognenovski 20 3 4 0 1 0 9 0 2 0 35 3 12 0
20 GK Australia Eugene Galekovic 18 0 4 0 3 0 11 0 3 0 38 0 2 0
21 MF Australia Jason Spagnuolo 10 0 0 0 3 0 9 0 1 0 23 0 2 0
22 MF Brazil Diego 8 0 0 0 1 0 11 4 2 0 22 4 3 0
23 DF Australia Michael Marrone 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0
24 MF Australia Paul Reid 18 1 4 0 0 0 5 0 3 0 29 1 3 0
25 FW Australia Robert Younis 12 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 17 0 1 0
26 MF Australia Matthew Mullen 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
28 MF Australia Rostyn Griffiths 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0
30 GK Australia Mark Birighitti 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 1 0
—— DF Australia Richie Alagich* 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 0 0 6 1 1 0
—— FW Australia Bruce Djite* 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 3 1 0 0
—— DF Australia Milan Susak* 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
—— FW Australia Nathan Burns* 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
—— FW Australia Dez Giraldi* 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 5 0 0 0
—— MF Australia Shaun Ontong* 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0

1 - does not include own goal(s)
* - player(s) who competed in the ACL but not in the 2008–09 A-League season or the CWC
** - player(s) who competed in the CWC but not in the 2008–09 A-League season or the ACL

Goal scorers[edit]

Total Player Goals per Round
 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
8 Brazil Cristiano 2 2 1 2 1
7 Australia Travis Dodd 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
4 Brazil Cássio 1 2 1
3 Australia Saša Ognenovski 1 1 1
2 Australia Robert Cornthwaite 1 1
2 Brazil Alemão 1 1
2 Australia Lucas Pantelis 1 1
1 Australia Kristian Sarkies 1
1 Australia Fabian Barbiero 1
1 Australia Paul Reid 1
A goal was scored from a penalty kick
Two goals were scored from penalty kicks

Attendance at home games[edit]

Round Date Opponent Score
AUFC – Away
Attendance Weekday
1 17 August 2008 Perth Glory 1 – 0 10,510 Sunday
3 30 August 2008 Wellington Phoenix 3 – 0 7,832 Saturday
6 27 September 2008 Newcastle Jets 2 – 0 8,111 Saturday
7 3 October 2008 Central Coast Mariners 3 – 3 9,074 Friday
9 26 October 2008 Perth Glory 2 – 1 10,126 Sunday
10 31 October 2008 Melbourne Victory 2 – 3 13,191 Friday
12 22 November 2008 Sydney FC 2 – 0 9,509 Saturday
14 5 December 2008 Wellington Phoenix 6 – 1 9,442 Friday
16 14 January 2009 Queensland Roar 0 – 0 14,450 Wednesday
18 3 January 2009 Sydney FC 2 – 0 23,002 Saturday
19 9 January 2009 Newcastle Jets 2 – 0 13,585 Friday
SF1 7 February 2009 Melbourne Victory 0 – 2 14,119 Saturday
PF 21 February 2009 Queensland Roar 1 – 0 8,472 Saturday

Competitions[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Round Date Home Team Score Away Team Attendance Stadium
1 20 July 2008 Melbourne Victory 1 - 2
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Cristiano Goal 33', Goal 90'
Adelaide United 4,720 Aurora Stadium
2 26 July 2008 Newcastle Jets 0 - 0 Adelaide United 2,756 Baddeley Park
3 2 August 2008 Adelaide United 0 - 0 Perth Glory 3,000 Vansittart Park

A-League[edit]

Main article: 2008–09 A-League

League table[edit]

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Melbourne Victory (C) 21 12 2 7 39 27 +12 38 2010 AFC Champions League Group stage
2 Adelaide United 21 11 5 5 31 19 +12 38
3 Queensland Roar 21 10 6 5 36 25 +11 36 2009 A-League Finals Series
4 Central Coast Mariners 21 7 7 7 35 32 +3 28
5 Sydney FC 21 7 5 9 33 32 +1 26
6 Wellington Phoenix 21 7 5 9 23 31 −8 26
7 Perth Glory 21 6 4 11 31 44 −13 22
8 Newcastle Jets 21 4 6 11 21 39 −18 18

Source: the-AFC.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1First place through to sixth place qualify for the 2009 A-League Finals Series.
2First place qualifies for the 2010 AFC Champions League Group stage.
3Winning the 2009 A-League Grand Final automatically earns qualification for the 2010 AFC Champions League Group stage, unless first place are champions.
4Second place qualifies for the 2010 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off, unless they qualify for the 2010 A-League Grand Final alongside first place or become A-League Champions, subsequently third place then qualify for the 2010 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off.


Matches[edit]

Round Date Home Team Score Away Team Attendance Stadium
1 17 August 2008 Adelaide United 1 - 0
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Dodd Goal 41'
Perth Glory 10,510 Hindmarsh Stadium
2 24 August 2008 Queensland Roar 1 - 1
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Dodd Goal 8' (pen)
Adelaide United 12,761 Suncorp Stadium
3 30 August 2008 Adelaide United 3 -0
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Pantelis Goal 15'
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Cristiano Goal 49', Goal 60'
Wellington Phoenix 7,832 Hindmarsh Stadium
4 12 September 2008 Melbourne Victory 1 - 0 Adelaide United 24,812 Telstra Dome
5 20 September 2008 Sydney FC 3 - 0 Adelaide United 12,462 Sydney Football Stadium
6 27 September 2008 Adelaide United 2 - 0
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Cristiano Goal 72', Goal 60'
Newcastle Jets 8,111 Hindmarsh Stadium
7 3 October 2008 Adelaide United 3 - 3
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Dodd Goal 7' (pen)
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Cornthwaite Goal 19'
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Cristiano Goal 50'
Central Coast Mariners 9,074 Hindmarsh Stadium
8 17 October 2008 Queensland Roar 0 - 1
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Cornthwaite Goal 60'
Adelaide United 11,117 Suncorp Stadium
9 26 October 2008 Adelaide United 2 - 1
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Alemão Goal 80'
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Dodd Goal 82' (pen)
Perth Glory 10,126 Hindmarsh Stadium
10 31 October 2008 Adelaide United 2 - 3
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Dodd Goal 28' (pen)
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Cássio Goal 67'
Melbourne Victory 13,191 Hindmarsh Stadium
11 15 November 2008 Central Coast Mariners 3 - 0 Adelaide United 7,865 Bluetongue Stadium
12 22 November 2008 Adelaide United 2 - 0
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Ognenovski Goal 45+2'
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Dodd Goal 78'
Sydney FC 9,509 Hindmarsh Stadium
13 30 November 2008 Newcastle Jets 1 - 1
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Ognenovski Goal 90+4'
Adelaide United 7,136 Energy Australia Stadium
14 5 December 2008 Adelaide United 6 - 1
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Ognenovski Goal 21'
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Cristiano Goal 43', Goal 74'
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Cassio Goal 47', Goal 70'
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Dodd Goal 90+1'
Wellington Phoenix 9,442 Hindmarsh Stadium
15 6 January 2009[10] Melbourne Victory 1 - 0 Adelaide United 27,196 Telstra Dome
16 14 January 2009[10] Adelaide United 0 - 0 Queensland Roar 14,450 Hindmarsh Stadium
17 26 December 2008 Perth Glory 0 - 1
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Sarkies Goal 40'
Adelaide United 12,581 Members Equity Stadium
18 3 January 2009 Adelaide United 2 - 0
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Cassio Goal 45'
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Alemão Goal 82'
Sydney FC 23,002 Adelaide Oval
19 9 January 2009 Adelaide United 2 - 0
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Barbiero Goal 23'
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Pantelis Goal 74'
Newcastle Jets 13,585 Hindmarsh Stadium
20 18 January 2009 Wellington Phoenix 1 - 1
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Reid Goal 9'
Adelaide United 8,241 Westpac Stadium
21 25 January 2009 Central Coast Mariners 0 - 1
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Cristiano Goal 82'
Adelaide United 12,351 Bluetongue Stadium

Finals series[edit]

Final Date Home Team Score Away Team Attendance Stadium
Semi (1) 7 February 2009 Adelaide United 0 - 2 Melbourne Victory 14,119 Hindmarsh Stadium
Semi (2) 14 February 2009 Melbourne Victory 4 - 0 Adelaide United 34,736 Telstra Dome
Preliminary 21 February 2009 Adelaide United 1 - 0 Queensland Roar 8,472 Hindmarsh Stadium
Grand 28 February 2009 Melbourne Victory 1 - 0 Adelaide United 53,273 Telstra Dome

FIFA Club World Cup[edit]

Final Date Team 1 Score Team 2 Attendance Stadium
Play-off 11 December 2008 Adelaide United 2 – 1
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Mullen Goal 39'
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Dodd Goal 83'
Waitakere United 19,777 National Stadium, Tokyo
Quarter 14 December 2008 Adelaide United 0 – 1 Gamba Osaka 38,141 Toyota Stadium, Toyota
Fifth Place 18 December 2008 Al-Ahly 0 – 1
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Cristiano Goal 7'
Adelaide United 35,154 International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AFC Champions League 2008 Final (First Leg) Summary". Asian Football Confederation. 5 November 2008. Archived from the original on 6 January 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  2. ^ "AFC Champions League 2008 Final (Second Leg) Summary". Asian Football Confederation. 12 November 2008. Archived from the original on 6 January 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  3. ^ "Adelaide United - Waitakere United Match Report". FIFA. 11 December 2008. Archived from the original on 20 December 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Travis makes Adelaide sing". FIFA. 11 December 2008. Archived from the original on 14 December 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2009. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Adelaide United - Gamba Osaka Match Report". FIFA. 14 December 2008. Archived from the original on 30 January 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2009. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Endo the road for Adelaide". FIFA. 14 December 2008. Archived from the original on 2 February 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2009. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Al-Ahly - Adelaide United Match Report". FIFA. 18 December 2008. Archived from the original on 21 December 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2009. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Adelaide's high five". FIFA. 18 December 2008. Archived from the original on 2 February 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2009. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Adelaide regains top spot with win over Sydney FC". Adelaide United. 3 January 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2009. 
  10. ^ a b Match re-scheduled due to Adelaide's participation in FIFA Club World Cup

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