2007–08 Adelaide United FC season
|AFC Champions League||Group stages|
|Highest home attendance||25,039 (vs Sydney FC, 28 December 2007)|
|Lowest home attendance||10,256 (vs Newcastle Jets, 18 November 2007)|
|Average home league attendance||12,697|
For the 2007–08 season Adelaide recruited ex-Socceroo Paul Agostino "marquee", Ivorian Jonas Salley and ex-Olyroo Kristian Sarkies. They also signed Issy Erdogan of Preston Lions. One of the success stories of the season was the signing of former Flamengo FC player Cássio on a free transfer from Brazilian club. Cássio, who joined from Santa Cruz FC, won the Club Champion award in his first season. Shaun Ontong and Matthew Mullen from the AIS, were also signed to replenish their defensive stocks after the departure of Kristian Rees, Adam van Dommele and Aaron Goulding.
The 2007–08 season was a season to forget for Adelaide as they battled a huge amount of player injury throughout the season. This effectively ended their finals hopes and it was the first time Adelaide had failed to make the top two in A-League history.
Adelaide United participated in the 2008 AFC Champions League after finishing runner-up in the 2006–07 regular season and finals series to Melbourne Victory. Adelaide was drawn into Group E, along with V-League and Super Cup winners Bình Dương F.C., CSL champions Changchun Yatai, and K-League winners Pohang Steelers.
In their opening match of the 2008 campaign, Adelaide United defeated Pohang 2–0 in Korea. United drew against Changchun 0–0 in their second game, defeated Bình Dương 2–1 in Vietnam and followed this up with a 4–1 victory in the return leg. In their final group tie at home, Adelaide defeated Pohang 1–0, setting up a deciding away tie against Changchun to determine the Group E winner. In Changchun, Adelaide withstood considerable pressure to achieve an historic 0–0 draw, thus becoming the first Australian team to ever progress to the knockout stage of the Asian Champions League.
Adelaide drew J-League and Emperor's Cup champions Kashima Antlers in a two legged Quarter final starting in Japan, where they managed a 1–1 draw. Adelaide captain Travis Dodd scored first in the opening half, but right before halftime the score levelled when Robert Cornthwaite scored an own goal. In the return leg at the Hindmarsh Stadium a week later, Adelaide became the first Australian team to progress to the semifinals of the competition with a 1–0 win. Cornthwaite redeemed himself from his own goal in the first leg by scoring the only goal of the game midway through the second half.
Adelaide drew 2007 Uzbek League Runners-up FC Bunyodkor in the semi-final, after the Uzbeks knocked out Saipa F.C. in their quarter-final. In the first leg of the semi-final, Adelaide won 3–0 with Diego, Barbiero, and Cristiano (via a penalty) scoring. The match was witnessed by 16,998 fans at Hindmarsh Stadium.
In the second leg of the semi finals Adelaide United lost 1–0 to FC Bunyodkor but went through to the final 3–1 on aggregate. Thus they became the first Australian team to make it to the final of Asia's premier club competition. In the two legged final, they took on Japanese team Gamba Osaka who deposed 2007 champions Urawa Red Diamonds in the other semifinal.
This result ensured that Adelaide would participate in the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup either as the AFC representatives or as the highest placed non-Japanese team – as the rules do not allow more than one Japanese team to participate.
Adelaide lost heavily over two legs to Gamba Osaka. The score was 3–0 to Gamba Osaka away and 2–0 to Osaka at home in Adelaide, the Japanese club winning 5–0 on aggregate.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Total||Player||Goals per Round|
||A goal was scored from a penalty kick|
|Round||Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team||Crowd||Stadium||Match Details|
|1||15 July 2007||Melbourne Victory||1 - 1||Adelaide United||8,061||Aurora Stadium||Report|
|2||20 July 2007||Adelaide United||1 - 1||Perth Glory||3,513||Hindmarsh Stadium||Report|
|3||27 July 2007||Adelaide United||4 - 1||Newcastle Jets||3,800||Hindmarsh Stadium||Report|
|Playoff||5 August 2007||Adelaide United||3 - 2||Queensland Roar||5,221||Hindmarsh Stadium||Report|
|Grand Final||12 August 2007||Adelaide United||2 - 1||Perth Glory||9,606||Hindmarsh Stadium||Report|
||Qualification or relegation
|1||Central Coast Mariners||21||10||4||7||30||25||+5||34||2009 AFC Champions League Group stage|
|2||Newcastle Jets (C)||21||9||7||5||25||21||+4||34|
|3||Sydney FC||21||8||8||5||28||24||+4||32||2008 Pan-Pacific Championship|
|4||Queensland Roar||21||8||7||6||25||21||+4||31||2008 A-League Finals Series|
Updated to games played on 20 January 2008
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1First place through to fourth place qualify for the 2008 A-League Finals Series.
2First place qualifies for the 2009 AFC Champions League Group stage.
3Winning the 2008 A-League Grand Final earns qualification for the 2009 AFC Champions League Group stage, unless the Grand Final winners are also first place, in which case the Grand Final runner up qualifies.
4Wellington Phoenix cannot qualify for the 2009 AFC Champions League as they are not recognised as an AFC club.
AFC Champions League
|Round||Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team||Attendance||Stadium|
|1||12 March 2008||Pohang Steelers||0 - 2
|Adelaide United||8,436||Steelyard Stadium|
|2||19 March 2008||Adelaide United||0 - 0||Changchun Yatai||10,510||Hindmarsh Stadium|
|3||9 April 2008||Bình Dương||1 - 2
|Adelaide United||15,000||Gò Đậu Stadium|
|4||23 April 2008||Adelaide United||4 - 1
Dodd 58', 62'
|Bình Dương||13,802||Hindmarsh Stadium|
|5||7 May 2008||Adelaide United||1 - 0
|Pohang Steelers||11,805||Hindmarsh Stadium|
|6||22 May 2008||Changchun Yatai||0 - 0||Adelaide United||20,000||Changchun City Stadium|
|Final||Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team||Attendance||Stadium|
|Quarter (1)||17 September 2008||Kashima Antlers||1 - 1
|Adelaide United||7,004||Kashima Soccer Stadium|
|Quarter (2)||24 September 2008||Adelaide United||1 - 0
|Kashima Antlers||16,965||Hindmarsh Stadium|
|Semi (1)||8 October 2008||Adelaide United||3 - 0
Cristiano 89' (pen)
|Semi (2)||22 October 2008||Bunyodkor||1 - 0||Adelaide United||17,000||MHSK Stadium|
|Grand (1)||5 November 2008||Gamba Osaka||3 - 0||Adelaide United||20,639||Osaka Expo '70 Stadium|
|Grand (2)||12 November 2008||Adelaide United||0 - 2||Gamba Osaka||17,000||Hindmarsh Stadium|
- Sarkies joins United Archived 6 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine., A-League Official News
- Reds take giant leap towards AFC Champions League Final Archived 12 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
- Adelaide United into AFC Champions League Final[dead link]
- Vidmar: ‘As big as the World Cup!’ Archived 27 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- Nishino: We won the mental battle Archived 25 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
- Adelaide toasted by Oz media Archived 28 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
- Gamba crowned kings of Asia Archived 25 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine.