Adelaide City FC

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Adelaide City
Adelaide City Logo
Full name Adelaide City Football Club
Nickname(s) The Zebras, Juventus
Founded 1946
Ground Adelaide City Park
Ground Capacity 5,500
Chairman Bob D'Ottavi
Manager Damian Mori
League NPL South Australia
2013 NPL South Australia, 3rd
Website Club home page

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

On 12 August, 2014, Adelaide City defeated Western Sydney Wanderers FC 1-0 in the inaugural 2014 FFA Cup match for both clubs. It was the first time a state-based National Premier Leagues club had faced off against an A-League side in a competitive fixture.



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 Phillips 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.

Recent years[edit]

Adelaide City completed the treble in 2006 winning 3 Inaugural 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 Deng Mayom 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.

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.

FFA Cup 2014[edit]

On 12 August 2014, Adelaide City played Western Sydney Wanderers in the FFA Cup. [1]The Wanderers team featuring players such as Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Ante Covic and Tomi Juric were the overwhelming favourite to progress. With 15 minutes left, and the scores tied at 0-0, Thomas Love went on a fantastic run, beating a number of players, and scored a sublime solo goal for Adelaide City. [2] The victory was a massive result for the club who were the first semi-professional association football side to defeat a Hyundai A-League side in the FFA Cup. [3]

Current squad[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 Ryan Veitch
3 Australia Alex Sunasky
4 Australia Shane Tobias
5 Australia DF Matthew Halliday (Captain)
6 Australia MF Matthew Mullen
7 Australia Joel Allwright
8 Australia MF Paul Blefari
9 Australia FW Anthony Costa
10 Australia Marco Mittiga
No. Position Player
11 Australia FW Nicholas Bucco
12 Australia Alex Rideout
13 Australia Michael Acton
14 Australia FW Josh Mori
15 Australia Shannon Day
16 Australia FW Tom Love
21 Australia GK Jackson O'Donnell
23 Australia Nick Budin

Unavailable players[edit]

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

No. Position Player
9 Australia Anthony Costa (away at Adelaide United)



1953, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1970, 1972, 1974, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010
  • SA Federation Cup: 17
1953, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1963, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1976, 2006, 2007, 2013, 2014
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


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




South Australian Best & Fairest and Player of the Year Awards
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)


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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