Adelaide Olympic FC

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Adelaide Olympic F.C.
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Full name Adelaide Olympic Football Club
Nickname(s) Olympic,
Founded 1978
Ground Ferryden
Chairman Stavros Parissos
Manager Branko Milosevic
League FFSA State League
2014 State League, 4th
Website Club home page

Adelaide Olympic F.C. is a soccer club from Adelaide, South Australia.

Adelaide Olympic Facts[edit]

Name Changes:

1978 to 1981 - Adelaide Asteras
1982 to 1988 - Thebarton Asteras
1989 to 1999 - Olympians
2000 Olympic F.C.
2001 onwards - Adelaide Olympic
  • The club was originally founded in 1978 under the name of Adelaide Asteras.
  • In 1982 the club changed its name to Thebarton Asteras.
  • In 1988 Thebarton Asteras were taken over by the Greek Orthodox association of South Australia Inc.
  • In 1989 the club changed its name to Olympians.
  • In 1998 the Greek Orthodox Association of South Australia Inc relinqished the Olympians soccer Club, which amalgamated with SAASL Club "Adelaide Rodos Soccer Club", while keeping the playing name of Olympians.
  • In 1999 Olympians amalgamated with the Regency Lions Sports and Social Club (SAASL Playing Name :Adelaide Hellenic Soccer Club).
  • In 2000, the name was changed to Olympic Football Club.
  • In 2001, the club adopted its current name of Adelaide Olympic.

History[edit]

The club played its first games in 1979 in the 6th division of the Amateur league. Its initial home games were played at Woodville West. The club won the 6th division amassing 104 goals including one 15-0 victory over West End United.

In 1981 the club joined the SASF Metro League and won the league in its first season. They were promoted to the 2nd division, finished last and relegated back to the Metro League in 1982. In 1983 they finished second and were promoted back up to the 2nd division.

The club struggled in the 2nd division for the next eight years In 1992 Adelaide Olympic dominated the 2nd division finishing seven points clear at the top of the table and were promoted to the 1st division. In the same year the club won the top four play-off finals. The topsy turvy path continued with Olympic dropping back to the 2nd division in 1994 (as a result of failing to meet new FFSA requirements, not because of results with the club finishing 8th in the ten team league), returning to the Premier League in 1996, dropping to the 2nd division in 2000 and finally returning to the Premier League in 2001. The club also reached the Federation Cup final in 1993 narrowly losing 1 nil to a White City penalty.

The 2004 Premier League season was without a doubt the club's best year in terms of on field performance. The club earned 2nd spot on the Premier League table and played in the grand final against Metro Stars eventually losing 2 - 1 after leading 0 - 1. Adelaide Olympic then continued with another good year in 2005 once again finishing second on the Premier League table and making the finals again however they lost to eventual champions Adelaide City in the semi final.

Adelaide Olympic were relegated at the end of the 2006 season due to the loss of many of their key experienced players and an unsuccessful attempt to overthrow the board. The 2006 squad was made up of mostly the club's youth players who although gave their absolute best could not avoid relegation.

Season's 2007/08/09 were spent languishing mid table in the second division and a massive amount of debt being accumulated.

During the end of the 2009 season a number of key figures within the Adelaide Greek community joined forces to rescue Adelaide Olympic and return the club to the first division (now called super league). A new board was elected and got on with job of sorting out the club's finances. Former Socceroo Branko Milosevic was appointed as first team coach and number of former players returned and the club could confidently challenge for promotion into the first division. 2009 also saw Adelaide Olympic joined forces with the Pontian Eagles SC of the South Australian Amateur Soccer League (Sunday division 1). The two clubs shared grounds, players and support each other with their endeavors.

In 2011 AOFC became the sole tenant of Ferryden Park Reserve which has become affectionately know as "Olympic Park". 2011 also saw the arrival of many talented young players to the u/19 squad providing strong competition to the Reserve & First team squads. The AOFC u/19's won the minor premiership and we're runners up in the final five series. The Reserve team ended as champions by winning the final five series title and we're runners up in the Coca Cola Federation Cup final at Hindmarsh Stadium. The first team finished 5th only just losing the second promotion spot into the Super League to Enfield City 2-1 in the semi final of the play offs.

The 2012 season started with the appointment of Reserve team coach Shane Porter to the First team position however due to player discontent and a poor start to the season the board decided to part ways with Shane Porter and moved quickly to appoint former Blue Eagles coach Zoran Karadzic. The 2012 season was deemed a failure.

In late October 2012 AOFC announced the appointment of former Olympians player and U18 coach George Konstandopoulos as First team coach for the 2013 season. This was primarily due to his successful work as the U18 coach and the clubs desire to promote youth. At the half way mark to the season AOFC was comfortably in second spot however a run of poor results after a 0-1 loss in the "Greek Derby" a long term injury to team Captain and goalkeeper Matthew Pelizzari and the lack of experience saw Adelaide Olympic finish just above mid table but failing to beat any of the teams placed above them on the league ladder. The 2013 season was deemed successful due to the fact that many youth players were promoted to the first team with the lowest average age in a single game being 18.3yo.

Season 2014 started with a continued focus on youth however on Monday the 14th of April & 8 rounds into the season due to unresolvable differences AOFC sacked George Konstandopoulos from all senior positions at the club. On Wednesday the 16th of April former coach Branko Milosevic was appointed to the first team coaching position for the remainder of the season.


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
Australia GK Matthew Pelizzari
Australia DF Michael Birbas
Australia DF Bini Gebremedhin
Iran DF Mohammad Mazraeh
Australia DF George Hristakopoulos
Australia MF George Hatzipanagiotis
Australia MF Christos Pounendis
Australia MF Tyler Waterhouse
Eritrea FW Nevi Gebreselasie
Australia MF James Dimopoulos
Australia MF Steve Kidd
Australia FW Alen Milosevic
Australia GK Yianni Zabanias
Cameroon FW Herman Fombason
Australia MF Liam Mullan


Notable former players[edit]