2009–10 Adelaide United FC season

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Adelaide United
2009-10 season
Chairman Mel Patzwald
Head Coach Aurelio Vidmar
A-League 10th
Top goalscorer League: Lucas Pantelis (5)
All: Lucas Pantelis (5)
Highest home attendance 15,038 (vs Melbourne Victory, 18 September 2009)
Lowest home attendance 8,244 (vs Brisbane Roar, 6 February 2010)
Average home league attendance 10,765
Home colours
Away colours

The 2009–10 Adelaide United FC season was the clubs fifth A-League season. It includes the A-League 2009-10 season as well as any other competitions of the 2009-10 football (soccer) season.

Adelaide United playing against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in the AFC Champions League in 2010.

After a stellar season in the A-League and internationally, Adelaide United began its pre-season without a financial owner; Nick Bianco relinquished his A-League licence back to Football Federation Australia (FFA).[1] 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.

At the end of the 2008-09 regular season Adelaide United released veteran Angelo Costanzo as well as Jonas Salley, Isyan Erdogan and Jason Spagnuolo,[2][3] with Diego Walsh moving to New Zealand club Wellington Phoenix [4] and Saša Ognenovski moving to K-League side Seongnam Ilhwa.[5] Veteran Adelaide players Michael Valkanis, Daniel Beltrame and Paul Agostino retired at the end of the 2008-09 season.[6]

Adelaide made a number of signings to replace the players which left in the off-season, most notably 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.[7] 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.[8][9] 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.

Adelaide competed 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.[10] This will mark the return of Adelaide United to the continental club champions' tournament after a 1-year absence.

On 7 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.[11] 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.[12]

In Adelaide's first match of the campaign played on 24 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. They then continued their winning form by beating Shandong Luneng 2–0 and then coming from a 1–2 deficit to beat Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3–2. Despite not quite playing to the standard set in their opening three matches, Adelaide United managed to hold on to top spot in the group by securing a 0–0 draw against Pohang in Korea in between narrow 1–0 losses to Hiroshima in Hiroshima and then to Shandong Luneng at Hindmarsh in Adelaide.

Other results fell Adelaide's way and they finished on top of Group H resulting in a home match in the Round of 16. In an exciting, nerve-racking match, Adelaide lost to Jeonbuk Motors 3–2. Adelaide came back twice in the game, including a goal in the final seconds of the match. Jeonbuk won the match with a goal in the second half of extra time.[13]

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 Eugene Galeković
2 Australia DF Robert Cornthwaite
3 Brazil DF Alemão
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 Brazil FW Cristiano
10 Australia MF Adam Hughes
11 Ghana FW Lloyd Owusu
12 Australia MF Paul Reid
No. Position Player
13 Australia MF Travis Dodd (Captain)
14 Australia DF Scott Jamieson
15 Australia FW Francesco Monterosso (Youth)
16 South Korea MF Inseob Shin (Youth)
17 Australia DF Michael Marrone
18 Australia MF Fabian Barbiero
19 Australia MF Mathew Leckie (Youth)
20 Australia GK Mark Birighitti (Youth)
21 Australia DF Mark Rudan
23 Australia MF Joe Costa (Youth)
24 Argentina MF Marcos Flores (Injury replacement player)
25 Australia FW Evan Kostopoulos (Youth)

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 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

2009-10 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

Statistics[edit]

Squad statistics[edit]

No. Pos. Name A-League A-League
Finals
Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
1 GK Australia Eugene Galeković 27 0 0 0 27 0 3 0
2 DF Australia Robert Cornthwaite 19 0 0 0 19 0 4 0
3 DF Brazil Alemão 16 1 0 0 16 1 0 0
4 DF Australia Iain Fyfe 26 1 0 0 26 1 4 0
5 DF Australia Daniel Mullen 13 0 0 0 13 0 1 0
6 DF Brazil Cássio 19 2 0 0 19 2 2 0
7 MF Australia Lucas Pantelis 23 5 0 0 23 5 2 1
8 MF Australia Kristian Sarkies 11 0 0 0 11 0 1 0
9 FW Brazil Cristiano 24 3 0 0 24 3 1 0
10 DF Australia Adam Hughes 26 1 0 0 26 1 6 0
11 FW Ghana Lloyd Owusu 16 1 0 0 16 1 2 0
12 MF Australia Paul Reid 8 0 0 0 8 0 1 0
13 MF Australia Travis Dodd 23 4 0 0 23 4 5 0
14 DF Australia Scott Jamieson 24 0 0 0 24 0 3 0
15 FW Australia Francesco Monterosso 5 0 0 0 5 0 0 0
16 MF South Korea Inseob Shin 13 0 0 0 13 0 0 0
17 DF Australia Michael Marrone 16 0 0 0 16 0 1 0
18 MF Australia Fabian Barbiero 18 3 0 0 18 3 0 1
19 MF Australia Mathew Leckie 20 3 0 0 20 3 2 0
20 GK Australia Mark Birighitti 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 DF Australia Mark Rudan 19 0 0 0 19 0 5 0
23 MF Australia Joe Costa 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
24 MF Argentina Marcos Flores 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
25 FW Australia Evan Kostopoulos 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

Last updated: 12 February 2010.
Source: Adelaide United FC
Iain Fyfe was sent off in Round 19, but the red card was later rescinded by the Match Review Panel[15]

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 22 23 24 25 26 27
5 Australia Lucas Pantelis 2 1 1 1
4 Australia Travis Dodd 1 1 1 1
3 Brazil Cristiano 2 1
Australia Mathew Leckie 1 1 1
Australia Fabian Barbiero 1 1 1
2 Brazil Cássio 1 1
1 Ghana Lloyd Owusu 1
Australia Iain Fyfe 1
Australia Adam Hughes 1
Brazil Alemão 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 7 August 2009 Perth Glory 1 - 0 13,847 Friday
3 21 August 2009 Gold Coast United 0 - 2 12,741 Friday
4 28 August 2009 North Queensland Fury 3 - 3 10,773 Friday
6 11 September 2009 Central Coast Mariners 1 - 0 10,262 Friday
7 18 September 2009 Melbourne Victory 0 - 2 15,038 Friday
9 5 October 2009 Newcastle Jets 1 - 1 12,090 Monday
11 16 October 2009 Sydney FC 2 - 1 10,291 Friday
14 6 November 2009 Brisbane Roar 0 - 2 11,209 Friday
15 20 November 2009 Gold Coast United 1 - 1 9,578 Friday
17 4 December 2009 Newcastle Jets 0 - 2 8,502 Friday
19 19 January 2010 Perth Glory 2 - 3 8,904 Tuesday
20 18 December 2009 Wellington Phoenix 1 - 1 9,070 Friday
23 15 January 2010 Central Coast Mariners 1 - 1 10,156 Friday
26 6 February 2010 Brisbane Roar 2 - 0 8,244 Saturday

Competitions[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Match Date Home Team Score Away Team Attendance Stadium
1 2 June 2009 Para Hills Knights 0 - 1
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Cristiano Goal
Adelaide United N/A The Paddocks
2 9 June 2009 North Eastern MetroStars 1 - 1
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Sarkies Goal N/A' (pen.)
Adelaide United N/A TK Shutter Reserve
3 16 June 2009 Adelaide Raiders 1 - 4
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Sarkies Goal 19'
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Cornthwaite Goal 35'
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Marrone Goal 80'
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Dodd Goal 88' (pen.)
Adelaide United N/A Croatian Sports Centre
4 26 June 2009 Adelaide United 1 - 0
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Dodd Goal 25'
Perth Glory 1,961[16] Hindmarsh Stadium
5 2 July 2009 North Queensland Fury 3 - 2
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Costa Goal 40'
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Alemão Goal 50'
Adelaide United 2,547[17] Darwin Football Stadium
6 8 July 2009 Adelaide United 4 - 0
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Monterosso Goal 28'
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Hughes Goal 32', Goal 72'
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Jamieson Goal 85'
South Australian State Team N/A Hindmarsh Stadium
7 26 July 2009 Melbourne Victory 2 - 1
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Cássio Goal 58'
Adelaide United 6,257[18] Aurora Stadium

A-League[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Sydney FC (C) 27 15 3 9 35 23 +12 48 2011 AFC Champions League Group Stage[a]
2 Melbourne Victory 27 14 5 8 47 32 +15 47
3 Gold Coast United 27 13 5 9 39 35 +4 44 2010 A-League Finals Series[b]
4 Wellington Phoenix 27 10 10 7 37 29 +8 40
5 Perth Glory 27 11 6 10 40 34 +6 39
6 Newcastle Jets 27 10 4 13 33 45 −12 34
7 North Queensland Fury 27 8 8 11 29 46 −17 32
8 Central Coast Mariners 27 7 9 11 32 29 +3 30
9 Brisbane Roar 27 8 6 13 32 42 −10 30
10 Adelaide United 27 7 8 12 24 33 −9 29
Source: the-AFC.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ First place qualifies for the 2011 AFC Champions League Group stage.
    Winning the 2010 A-League Grand Final automatically earns qualification for the 2011 AFC Champions League Group stage, unless first place are champions.
    Second place qualifies for the 2011 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 2011 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off.
  2. ^ First place through to sixth place qualify for the 2010 A-League Finals Series.

Matches[edit]

Round Date Home Team Score Away Team Attendance Stadium Match Details
1 7 August 2009 Adelaide United 1 - 0
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Dodd Goal 30' (pen.)
Perth Glory 13,847 Hindmarsh Stadium Report
Summary
2 16 August 2009 Sydney FC 1 - 0 Adelaide United 14,924 Sydney Football Stadium Report
Summary
3 21 August 2009 Adelaide United 0 - 2 Gold Coast United 12,741 Hindmarsh Stadium Report
Summary
4 28 August 2009 Adelaide United 3 - 3
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Pantelis Goal 23'90+2' (pen.)
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Owusu Goal 33'
North Queensland Fury 10,773 Hindmarsh Stadium Report
Summary
5 4 September 2009 Wellington Phoenix 1 - 1
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Fyfe Goal 42'
Adelaide United 7,523 Westpac Stadium Report
Summary
6 11 September 2009 Adelaide United 1 - 0
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Cássio Goal 33'
Central Coast Mariners 10,262 Hindmarsh Stadium Report
Summary
7 18 September 2009 Adelaide United 0 - 2 Melbourne Victory 15,038 Hindmarsh Stadium Report
Summary
8 27 September 2009 North Queensland Fury 0 - 2
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Pantelis Goal 60'
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Leckie Goal 90+2'
Adelaide United 6,745 Dairy Farmers Stadium Report
Summary
9 5 October 2009 Adelaide United 1 - 1
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Cássio Goal 76'
Newcastle Jets 12,090 Hindmarsh Stadium Report
Summary
10 9 October 2009 Perth Glory 1 - 0 Adelaide United 9,482 Members Equity Stadium Report
Summary
11 16 October 2009 Adelaide United 2 - 1
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Cristiano Goal 30'54'
Sydney FC 10,291 Hindmarsh Stadium Report
Summary
12 24 October 2009 Melbourne Victory 3 - 1
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Hughes Goal 64'
Adelaide United 21,182 Etihad Stadium Report
Summary
13 31 October 2009 Central Coast Mariners 0 - 0 Adelaide United 5,437 Canberra Stadium Report
Summary
14 6 November 2009 Adelaide United 0 - 2 Brisbane Roar 11,209 Hindmarsh Stadium Report
Summary
15 20 November 2009 Adelaide United 1 - 1
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Leckie Goal 90+3'
Gold Coast United 9,578 Hindmarsh Stadium Report
Summary
16 28 November 2009 North Queensland Fury 2 - 1
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Cristiano Goal 90+1'
Adelaide United 5,356 Dairy Farmers Stadium Report
Summary
17 4 December 2009 Adelaide United 0 - 2 Newcastle Jets 8,502 Hindmarsh Stadium Report[permanent dead link]
Summary
18 12 December 2009 Brisbane Roar 0 - 1
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Barbiero Goal 78'
Adelaide United 5,801 Suncorp Stadium Report[permanent dead link]
Summary
19 19 January 2010 Adelaide United 2 - 3
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Pantelis Goal 13'
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Dodd Goal 53'
Perth Glory 8,904 Hindmarsh Stadium Report
Summary
20 18 December 2009 Adelaide United 1 - 1
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Alemão Goal 57'
Wellington Phoenix 9,070 Hindmarsh Stadium Report
Summary
21 27 December 2009 Sydney FC 1 - 0 Adelaide United 11,741 Sydney Football Stadium Report
Summary
22 9 January 2010 Gold Coast United 1 - 1
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Dodd Goal 20'
Adelaide United 4,505 Skilled Park Report
Summary
23 15 January 2010 Adelaide United 1 - 1
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Dodd Goal 43'
Central Coast Mariners 10,156 Hindmarsh Stadium Report
Summary
24 23 January 2010 Melbourne Victory 2 - 0 Adelaide United 20,361 Etihad Stadium Report
Summary
25 30 January 2010 Wellington Phoenix 1 - 0 Adelaide United 19,258 AMI Stadium Report
Summary
26 6 February 2010 Adelaide United 2 - 0
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Barbiero Goal 7'
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Pantelis Goal 51'
Brisbane Roar 8,244 Hindmarsh Stadium Report
Summary
27 12 February 2010 Newcastle Jets 1 - 2
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Barbiero Goal 8'
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Leckie Goal 74'
Adelaide United 6,880 EnergyAustralia Stadium Report[permanent dead link]
Summary

AFC Champions League[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Australia Adelaide United 6 3 1 2 6 4 +2 10
South Korea Pohang Steelers 6 3 1 2 8 7 +1 10
Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima 6 3 0 3 11 11 0 9
China Shandong Luneng 6 2 0 4 5 8 −3 6
  ADE SHA HIR POH
Adelaide United 0–1 3–2 1–0
Shandong Luneng 0–2 2–3 1–2
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1–0 0–1 4–3
Pohang Steelers 0–0 1–0 2–1

Last updated: 27 April 2010.
Source: 2010 AFC Champions League
Gamba Osaka were crowned 2009 Emperor's Cup winner but have already qualified through league placing, thus J.League 4th place Sanfrecce Hiroshima secures the final position in Group H






Round of 16

References[edit]

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