2006–07 A-League

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A-League
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Season 2006–07
Champions Melbourne Victory (1st title)
Premiers Melbourne Victory (1st title)
AFC Champions League Melbourne Victory, Adelaide United
Matches played 84
Goals scored 218 (2.6 per match)
Top goalscorer Archie Thompson
(15 goals)
Best goalkeeper Michael Theoklitos
Biggest away win New Zealand Knights 0–4 Melbourne Victory
(27 October 2006)
Highest attendance 50,333
Lowest attendance 1,632
Average attendance 12,927

The 2006–07 A-League was the 30th season of top-flight soccer in Australia, and the second season of the A-League since its establishment the previous season. Football Federation Australia hoped to build on the success of the first season and on the interest generated by the Socceroos competing in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Fox Sports had signed a A$120 million deal over 7 years for the exclusive broadcast rights of the A-League, AFC Champions League, and national team matches (excluding matches played in the World Cup finals).[1]

The television advertisement campaign used for the 2006–07 season was the same as the previous season, with different music. Scribe's song "Not Many" was replaced with Manuel Neztic's "Kickin Down".[2] The second season was marketed as "A-League: Version 2".[3]

Clubs[edit]

Team Location Stadium Capacity
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Adelaide United Adelaide Hindmarsh Stadium 17,000
CCMicon.png Central Coast Mariners Gosford Bluetongue Stadium 20,119
MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory Melbourne Olympic Park Stadium
Telstra Dome
18,500
56,347
NEWicon.png Newcastle Jets Newcastle Energy Australia Stadium 26,164
NewZealandKnightsColours.svg New Zealand Knights Auckland North Harbour Stadium 25,000
PERicon.png Perth Glory Perth Members Equity Stadium 18,156
BrisbaneRoarColours.png Queensland Roar Brisbane Suncorp Stadium 52,500
SYDicon.png Sydney FC Sydney Aussie Stadium 42,500

Foreign players[edit]

Club Visa 1 Visa 2 Visa 3 Visa 4 Non-Visa Foreign
Adelaide United Brazil Fernando China Shengqing Qu Netherlands Bobby Petta Brazil Romário4
Central Coast Mariners Germany André Gumprecht England Jamie McMaster Republic of Ireland Wayne O'Sullivan Malta John Hutchinson2
Melbourne Victory Brazil Alessandro Brazil Fred England James Robinson Scotland Grant Brebner Brazil Claudinho4
New Zealand Knights England Darren Bazeley England Neil Emblen Ghana Malik Buari Portugal Dani Rodrigues Brazil Fernando3
Canada Alen Marcina3
China Gao Leilei3
China Li Yan3
England Dean Gordon3
Ghana Hamza Mohammed3
Republic of Ireland Sean Devine1
Scotland Scot Gemmill3
Newcastle Jets Colombia Milton Rodríguez New Zealand Tim Brown New Zealand Steven Old New Zealand Vaughan Coveny1
Perth Glory New Zealand Leo Bertos New Zealand Jeremy Christie New Zealand Danny Hay
Queensland Roar Brazil Reinaldo Germany Marcus Wedau Scotland Simon Lynch Switzerland Remo Buess China Zhang Yuning3
Scotland Stuart McLaren1
South Korea Seo Hyuk-su1
Sydney FC New Zealand Jeremy Brockie Northern Ireland Terry McFlynn Trinidad and Tobago Dwight Yorke Ivory Coast Jonas Salley1
Italy Benito Carbone4

The following do not fill a Visa position:
1Those players who were born and started their professional career abroad but have since gained Australian Residency (and New Zealand Residency, in the case of Wellington Phoenix);
2Australian residents (and New Zealand residents, in the case of Wellington Phoenix) who have chosen to represent another national team;
3Injury Replacement Players, or National Team Replacement Players;
4Guest Players (eligible to play a maximum of ten games)

Pre-Season Challenge Cup[edit]

Newcastle playing Sydney in a pre-season match in Canberra

This competition was held in July and August in the lead up to the start of the A-League season. The opening round was 15 July 2006. The competition featured a group stage, with three regular rounds and a bonus round, followed by a two-week finals playoff. The bonus group round matched up teams against opponents from the other group, and also offered the incentive of "bonus points" based on goals scored (1 point for 2 goals, 2 points for 3 goals, 3 points for 4 or more goals).

The Pre-Season Cup was used to enhance the A-League's profiles by playing pre-season games in regional centres including the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Launceston, Canberra, Wollongong, Port Macquarie, Orange and Tamworth.[4]

The pre-season cup was won by Adelaide United at the final on 19 August 2006.

Regular season[edit]

Home and away season[edit]

The league season took a triple round-robin format, and took place over 21 rounds between 25 August 2006 and 21 January 2007.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Melbourne Victory (C) 21 14 3 4 41 20 +21 45 2008 AFC Champions League Group stage
2 Adelaide United 21 10 3 8 32 27 +5 33
3 Newcastle Jets 21 8 6 7 32 30 +2 30 2007 A-League Finals Series
4 Sydney FC 21 8 8 5 29 19 +10 0291
5 Queensland Roar 21 8 5 8 25 27 −2 29
6 Central Coast Mariners 21 6 6 9 22 26 −4 24
7 Perth Glory 21 5 5 11 24 30 −6 20
8 New Zealand Knights 21 5 4 12 13 39 −26 19 Disbanded at end of season and were replaced

Updated to games played on 21 January 2007
Source: theworldgame.sbs.com.au
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1Sydney FC were penalised three competition points following round 18 due to salary cap breaches which occurred during the 2005–06 season.
2First place through to fourth place qualify for the 2007 A-League Finals Series.
3First place qualifies for the 2008 AFC Champions League Group stage.
4Winning the 2007 A-League Grand Final earns qualification for the 2008 AFC Champions League Group stage, unless the Grand Final winners are also first place, in which case the Grand Final runner up qualifies.
5New Zealand Knights cannot qualify for the 2008 AFC Champions League as they are not recognised as an AFC club.

Round 1[edit]

Round 2[edit]

Round 3[edit]

Round 4[edit]

Round 5[edit]

Round 6[edit]

Round 7[edit]

Round 8[edit]

Round 9[edit]

Round 10[edit]

Round 11[edit]

Round 12[edit]

Round 13[edit]

Round 14[edit]

Round 15[edit]

Round 16[edit]

Round 17[edit]

Round 18[edit]

Round 19[edit]

Round 20[edit]

Round 21[edit]

Finals series[edit]

Melbourne Victory celebrating their 2007 A-League Grand Final victory.
  Semi Finals Preliminary Final Grand Final
    L1 L2    
    28 January & 4 February                        
1 Melbourne Victory 0 2     18 February
2 Adelaide United 0 1     11 February       1 Melbourne Victory 6
    2 Adelaide United (pso) 1 (4)   2 Adelaide United 0
  26 January & 2 February   3 Newcastle Jets 1 (3)  
3 Newcastle Jets 1 2
4 Sydney FC 2 0  

The Asian Football Confederation announced on 21 November 2006 that Adelaide United and Sydney FC would represent Australia in the 2007 AFC Champions League. Despite an appeal by the Football Federation Australia, it was determined that the 2005–06 A-League premiers and champions would qualify and not those from the current season.[5]

The AFC also indicated that the qualification arrangements would not be reviewed prior to 2009. The FFA have indicated that the premiers and champions of A-League 2006–07 will qualify for the 2008 AFC Champions League – establishing a precedent of maintaining a one-year lag between qualification and participation.

Season statistics[edit]

Leading goalscorers[edit]

Player Team Goals
Archie Thompson Melbourne Victory 15
Daniel Allsopp Melbourne Victory 12
Damian Mori Central Coast Mariners (6), Queensland Roar (2) 8
Mark Bridge Newcastle Jets 8
Adam Kwasnik Central Coast Mariners 7
Jamie Harnwell Perth Glory 7

Most yellow cards[edit]

Player Team Yellow Cards
Adrian Leijer Melbourne Victory 7
Nick Carle Newcastle Jets 6
Andrew Durante Newcastle Jets 6
Kevin Muscat Melbourne Victory 5
Terry McFlynn Sydney FC 5
Simon Colosimo Perth Glory 5

Attendances[edit]

Team Hosted Average High Low Total
Melbourne Victory 11 27,728 50,333 15,563 305,011
Queensland Roar 10 16,465 32,371 10,040 164,653
Sydney FC 10 14,999 20,881 9,871 149,986
Adelaide United 11 12,162 16,378 8,785 133,782
Newcastle Jets 10 11,442 20,980 4,635 114,420
Central Coast Mariners 11 9,828 15,404 4,644 108,112
Perth Glory 10 7,671 9,978 6,251 76,709
New Zealand Knights 11 3,014 7,304 1,632 33,156
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{{ALeague {{{T12}}}}} 0 0 0 0 0
League total 84 12,927 50,333 1,632 1,085,829

Highest attendances[edit]

Awards[edit]

The 2007 A-League Awards ceremony was held on 27 February 2007 at the Sydney Opera House.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Historic deal for football". 26 April 2006. Archived from the original on 25 August 2006. 
  2. ^ "Football's new kick-start". The Sydney Morning Herald. 26 August 2006. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Version 2.0 launched". 25 August 2006. Archived from the original on 7 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "A-League Pre-Season Schedule Confirmed". 1 June 2006. Archived from the original on 30 August 2006. 
  5. ^ "AFC confirm Sydney and Adelaide". 21 November 2006. Archived from the original on 18 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Nick Carle takes out Johnny Warren Medal Archived 17 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine., Hyundai A-League, 27 February 2007.

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