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Adelaide United Football Club is a professional association football club based in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. It participates in the A-League as the sole team from the state of South Australia. Adelaide is one of the most successful clubs in the A-League. The club's home ground is Hindmarsh Stadium. The club was founded in 2003 to fill the place vacated by Adelaide City in the former National Soccer League (NSL). Adelaide United were premiers in the inaugural A-League 2005–06, finishing 7 points clear of the rest of the competition, before finishing 3rd in the finals, The Reds were also Grand Finalists in the A-League 2006–07 and A-League 2008–09 seasons, but failed to win either of the grand finals.

The 2009-10 season proved to be a disaster as the club's poor form continued throughout the season with the club ending the season at the bottom of the premiership table for the first time since inception. As of 2012, Adelaide is the only A-League club to be present at the AFC Champions League on four occasions, and progressing past the group stage on two occasions, making them the most successful Australian club in Asian Football Federation. Adelaide are yet to start their 4th AFC champions race. Adelaide United hold the record for the largest win in an A-League game and the most amount of goals scored in one game. Adelaide defeated North Queensland Fury eight goals to one at Hindmarsh Stadium on 21 January 2011 in front of 10,829 fans. The team was also the first in the league to host two hattricks - one to Marcos Flores and the other to Sergio van Dijk.

History

National Soccer League

In August 2003, Adelaide City withdrew from the National Soccer League, leaving Adelaide with no NSL presence for the first time since the beginning of the league in 1977. In response, Adelaide United was created in September 2003, and a team was scraped together within a couple of weeks. In October, Adelaide United won its first NSL match, against the Brisbane Strikers 1-0 in front of a crowd in excess of 16,000 people. After an impressive home-and-away season, including a seven-match unbeaten streak during November and December 2003, Adelaide United reached the NSL preliminary final, losing to Perth Glory FC. The NSL came to an abrupt close at the end of the 2003-04 season.

A-League

Adelaide United were announced as one of eight teams to compete in the first season of the A-League, and are, along with the Perth Glory and Newcastle United Jets, one of only three teams to survive from the National Soccer League's last season. United began preparation earlier than most of the other clubs and had announced two thirds of the 20 man squad before February 2005.

The club focused on bringing several Adelaide born players back to South Australia, such as Angelo Costanzo, Travis Dodd and Lucas Pantelis, who had previously played for Adelaide City SC in the NSL. Shengqing Qu was signed from China club Shanghai Shenhua as the clubs "marquee" signing (a ruling allowing each club one player to be paid outside the salary cap) in March 2005.

Aurelio Vidmar announced his retirement before the A-League had even started. He was replaced before the fifth round by striker Fernando Rech from Brazil, a former 'player of the year' in the old NSL. By moving to Adelaide, he was reunited with former coach John Kosmina who introduced him to Australian audiences at the Brisbane Strikers.

Adelaide United established links with American club Miami FC, setting up a 'sister club' relationship, with whom they played a number of friendlies and leading to signing Diego Walsh from them. The team also signed Brazilian legend Romario for a 5 game guest stint in November/December 2006.

2006/07 season

Adelaide United advanced to the A-League 2006–07 A-League Grand Final 2007 after winning 4-3 on penalties (1-1 AET) against the . Adelaide United played at the Telstra Dome in the Grand Final on 18 February 2007 losing 6-0 whilst playing most of the game with only 10 men after captain Ross Aloisi was sent off for his second bookable offense. Following a controversial post grand final interview, Ross Aloisi was sacked as captain of Adelaide United, and left the club to move to . He was replaced as captain by Angelo Costanzo on 22 February 2007. At the same as this announcement was made, it was also announced that coach John Kosmina would be sacked. It was widely speculated that Kosmina had been told to resign by the board of Adelaide United the Thursday after the grand final. Assistant Coach Aurelio Vidmar was appointed interim coach. On 22 October 2007, former Adelaide United coach John Kosmina took up the role as the new head coach of Sydney FC.

The 2006-07 season also saw Brazil national football team international Romario join the club for a four-game guest player stint.

2007/08 season


For the A-League 2007–08 Adelaide recruited ex-Australian national football team Paul Agostino "marquee", Ivorian Jonas Salley and current Australia national under-23 football team Kristian Sarkies. They also signed Isyan Erdogan of Preston Lions. One of the success stories of the season was the signing of former Clube de Regatas do Flamengo player Cássio José de Abreu Oliveira 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 Australian Institute of Sport Football (Soccer) Program, 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.

2008/09 season


For the A-League 2008–09, Adelaide United made some significant signings to strengthen the squad, most notably striker Cristiano dos Santos Rodrigues from Willem II Tilburg for two years on a free transfer. Another key signing to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Richie Alagich was Everson Arantes de Oliveira formerly of CA Juventus. Saša Ognenovski joined the club from Queensland Roar to help shore up the defence, midfielder Paul Reid (Australian footballer) joined from Brighton & Hove Albion F.C, while promising youngsters Scott Jamieson, Daniel Mullen, Mark Birighitti and Robert Younis also signed. Bobby Petta, Shaun Ontong, Milan Susak, Dez Giraldi and Robert Bajic were all released, Bruce Djite was sold for an A-League record of Australian dollar850,000 to Genclerbirligi, whilst Nathan Burns also transferred to pursue his European dreams, joining Greek first division outfit AEK Athens F.C. for A$500,000. Kristian Sarkies, Lucas Pantelis and Fabian Barbiero all had their contracts renewed.

This season, Adelaide United passed the one millionth spectator milestone of total crowds since the inception of the A-League. They reached this achievement when their 7,052nd fan passed through the gate, for the A-League 2008-09 Round 3. Adelaide United are only the third A-League club to do so thus far, the other two being Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC.

The round 18 A-League match against at the Adelaide Oval saw $23,002 donated to the Starlight Foundation as $1 from every ticket sold for the match went to the charity.

By the end of round 27, Adelaide had drew level for first, equaling Melbourne's 38 points on the ladder, having needed to win 2–0 against the Central Coast Mariners away to win the premiership and only securing a 1–0 win. Adelaide was pushed down to second because of goal difference. The Reds, along with Melbourne, the Queensland Roar and Central Coast, proceeded to the finals where they lost 1–0 against Melbourne Victory in the grand final at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne.

2009/10 season


After a stellar season in the A-League and internationally, Adelaide United began its pre-season without a financial owner; Nick Bianco relinquishing his A-League license back to Football Federation Australia (FFA). 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 Mowing for their 2009-10 season.

Adelaide made a number of signings to replace the players which left in the off-season, most notably the departure of Saša Ognenovski to K-League side Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma. To fill the void, Adelaide signed former Sydney FC defenders, Iain Fyfe and Mark Rudan, Korean youngster Shin In-Seob and former Drogheda United midfielder Adam Hughes (footballer). Arguably the biggest off-season signing was former Cheltenham Town F.C. and Brentford F.C. 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 (footballer) 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 FC. Leckie made an immediate impression, and scored his first goal in his second game off the bench against North Queensland Fury FC 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 Argentina 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 dos Santos Rodrigues. 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. This however, was still not enough to lift the club up from its 2009-10 Wooden spoon (award) Australian and New Zealand sports status - the club's worst performing season in its short history.

2010/11 season

For the first time in the club's history, the Adelaide United was to be managed by an international manager in Rini Coolen, moving away from the Adelaide United tradition of local coaches seen in its prior seasons.

As of 9 September 2010, Adelaide United had made Australian Soccer history by becoming the first team to climb from the bottom of the table to the top, whilst the 2009–10 A-League, , remained rooted at the bottom. Adelaide United also claimed the record for longest undefeated streak in A-League history with their win over in Week 11 of the league, consisting of thirteen games stretching back to the penultimate round of the 2009–10 A-League season. This surpassed 's previous record of twelve games undefeated set back in the 2005–06 A-League season. Unfortunately for Adelaide United, surpassed this newly set record, when the Roar comprehensively won their Week 16 fixture against at Bluetongue Stadium.

Following 18 months under Football Federation Australia (FFA) financial administration, it was announced on 8 November 2010 that a South Australian consortium had taken over ownership of the club with a ten year license. New co-owner Greg Griffin steps in as Chairman of the club, whilst ex-North Adelaide Football Club CEO, Glenn Elliott replaces Sam Ciccarello, who now takes up a role at the FFA.

During the January 2011 transfer window, Coolen made a move to strengthen United's squad by signing former Uruguayan youth international Francisco Usúcar‎, and former Dutch international Andwélé Slory. Both signed until the end of the season and replaced former imports Lloyd Owusu and Shin In-Seob, whose contracts were mutually terminated to allow the transfers to occur early in the year. Cameron Watson was also signed on as a mainstay squad member after his injury replacement contract expired at the end of December. Iain Fyfe, arguably Adelaide's most consistent defender in the season transferred to K-League outfit Busan I'Park FC for an undisclosed transfer fee, where he joined up with former team-mate Shin. As a replacement, Coolen brought in former Croatian youth international Dario Bodrušić to cover in defensive duties.

On 9 January 2011, Adelaide broke its longest winless streak against its rival club by posting a 4-1 away win in Melbourne at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium. Adelaide United then went on to make A-League history by recording the highest winning margin in the league's history with an 8-1 win over on 21 January 2011. This also marked the first time two players from the same side scored hat-tricks in one game (Sergio van Dijk and Marcos Flores), and matched the all-time highest match aggregate score of 9 goals scored in one match.

After a form slump in the second half of the season, United saw itself lose 10 of its last 19 games, but rebounded well in the final week of competition by winning 2-1 at Adelaide Oval against in front of 21,038 spectators - the club's largest crowd of the season. This ensured the club third place in overall standings at the end of the season, and hosting rights for at least the first week of the knock-out 2010–11 A-League Finals series.

Adelaide United went on to defeat in the first week of the Finals under torrential rain, but succumbed to in the second week and were knocked out of the competition on the back of a 2-3 home loss.

2011/12 season


AFC Champions League

2007 campaign

Adelaide United were selected, along with Sydney FC, as the first Australian representatives to play in the 2007 AFC Champions League. They received their Asian berth as A-League 2005-06 League table. Adelaide was drawn into Group G with Chinese Super League 2006 Shandong Luneng Taishan, K-League 2006 Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma and Vietnamese Super League and Vietnamese Super Cup champions Gach Dong Tam Long An.

Adelaide lost to Shandong 1-0, defeated Long An 2-0, drew with Seongnam 2-2, then lost to the Korean team 1-0. The Reds broke Shandong's winning streak in a 2-2 draw, before finishing its campaign with a 3-0 win over Long An, thanks to a hat trick from Travis Dodd. This match marked the last Adelaide United appearances of Fernando Rech and Carl Veart as the 1-0 loss to Seongyam knocked Adelaide out of Quarter Finals contention. Adelaide finished 3rd in its group, ahead of Long An and behind Shandong; with group winner Seongnam making the semi-finals. Dodd scored on 4 occasions, Rech 3 times, and Olyroos players Bruce Djite and Nathan Burns one a piece.

2008 campaign

Adelaide United participated in the AFC Champions League 2008 after finishing runner-up in the 2006-07 A-League 2006-07 League table and A-League Grand Final 2007 to Melbourne Victory. Adelaide was drawn into Group E, along with Vietnamese Super League and Vietnamese Super Cup winners Bình Dương F.C, Chinese Super League 2007 champions Changchun Yatai, and K-League 2007 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 Japanese side were gifted an equaliser when Robert Cornthwaite scored passed his own goalkeeper. 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 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 Asian Football Confederation 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.

2010 campaign

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. 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 AFC Champions League Pohang Steelers, Chinese sister club Shandong Luneng and the winners of the 2009 Japanese 2009 Emperor's Cup. 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.

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.

2012 campaign

Adelaide qualified for the 2012 AFC Champions League playoff round by finishing third in the 2010–11 A-League. Originally Adelaide had to go through the play-off stage to get through to the group stage although with the withdrawal of Chinese club Liaoning Whowin F.C. and Indonesian club Persipura Jayapura, Adelaide was given direct entry to the Group Stage. They were placed in Group E, coincidently along with FC Bunyodkor a club in which Adelaide knocked out to progress to the 2008 AFC Champions League final and Gamba Osaka the club Adelaide faced in that final. The last place in Group E will be given to the winner of the play-off tie between Pohang Steelers and the winner of the 2011 Thai FA Cup. This will be the forth time Adelaide have competed in the AFC Champions League, the most of any Australian team.

FIFA Club World Cup

2008

Because of their performance in the 2008 AFC Champions League, Adelaide United filled the position of the Japanese host team in the 2008 edition of the FIFA Club World Cup. Their first match was a play-off against OFC Champions League 2007-08 champions Waitakere United from New Zealand. The Reds defeated Waitakere 2-1 via two set plays from Paul Reid (Australian footballer) to secure a rematch with ACL rivals Gamba Osaka on 14 December. After a third meeting in three weeks, Adelaide came up against Gamba Osaka yet again at Toyota Stadium. The Reds fought valiantly and created many opportunities, in particular Travis Dodd, but ultimately lost 0-1 after a 23rd minute shot by Gamba Midfielder (association football), Yasuhito Endō. On 18 December, Adelaide played in the fifth-place match against Egyptian Football Association club Al-Ahly, defeating them 1-0 to be rewarded the Club World Cup's fifth-place winnings of United States dollar1.5 million. Adelaide United were also awarded the Fair Play award upon the completion of the tournament.

Colours and Badge

Adelaide United's original strip was made using the three South Australian state colours: red, blue and yellow. The shirt was mainly red with a large yellow stripe down both sleeves with blue being used for the short colour and the stripe running down each side of the top. The badge also uses the state colours in a stylized swoosh, above what appears to be a Association football ball made with the Southern Cross, as opposed to the traditional hexagonal panels of a football.

Since their inception into the A-League, Adelaide United's kits, along with the rest of the league, have been manufactured by Reebok. United's kit has moved towards a predominately all-red kit, both top and shorts, with black trim. Originally, the away strip was predominantly white, with red sleeves and yellow trim however in 2009 the club launched a predominantly black 'clash' strip.

The launch of the new national league also saw Adelaide launch a new badge; while keeping a similar look and feel as its predecessor the new badge takes the form of more traditional football badge with its shield like border.

Adelaide United's 2009/10 playing kit didn't feature a sponsor on the front of their kit. Towards the end of the season, United signed a deal with Jim's Group which saw the Jim's Plumbing logo feature on the front of United's home and away kits. The deal only lasted for the remainder of the season as the logo isn't displayed on Adelaide's home or away kits in the 2010/11 season.

On 16 December 2010, Coopers Brewery announced that their logo would feature on the front of the jersey for the remainder of the season, in a deal worth to be around $200,000.

As of 1 April 2011, all A-League clubs were able to negotiate new kit supplier deals as the previous contract with Reebok had elapsed and as such, Adelaide United negotiated a 3 year deal with Erreà.

Sponsorship


Stadium

Adelaide United play their home matches at Hindmarsh Stadium with the exceptions being when they play two games a year at Adelaide Oval, one against interstate rivals Melbourne Victory and traditional rivals Sydney FC. Even though Adelaide lost the first of these two encounters 3-1, it was South Australia's largest football crowd in history with 25,039 people filling the stands, many others turning away at the gate. The second match in 2009 saw 23,002 people attend the game.

A-League crowds have averaged 10,947 in A-League 2005-06 and over 12,000 supporters attending in both A-League 2006-07 and A-League 2007-08 seasons. Despite a lack of on-field success, crowds at United's games remained healthy during the A-League 2009-10 season relative to other clubs, largely due to the club's strong community-based initiatives. The record attendance for Hindmarsh Stadium was a full house of 17,000 on 12 November 2008 against Gamba Osaka in the historic second leg of the ACL final.

Rivalries

See Adelaide United vs Melbourne Victory rivalry.

Adelaide's two main rivals are considered to be Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory:

Sydney and Adelaide were two of the leading teams in the A-League 2005–06 where Sydney finished as champions and Adelaide as premiers. Results in recent seasons have heavily favoured Sydney with Adelaide. The rivalry was further intensified during the A-League 2006-07 season when ex-Reds manager John Kosmina was hired as Sydney FC coach.

Adelaide was again one of two of the leading teams in the A-League 2006-07 season this time against Melbourne what saw an altercation between John Kosmina, the Adelaide United manager, and Kevin Muscat after the Victory captain knocked Kosmina over after entering the technical area to retrieve a ball. Kosmina then jumped up and grabbed Muscat around the throat for a few seconds. Season events culminated in the year's grandfinal that saw Adelaide captain, Ross Aloisi, sent off and Melbourne winning 6-0. The rivalry went beyond extreme after Melbourne defeated Adelaide United 1-0 in the 2008/09 grand final with United imported striker, Cristiano, given a controversial straight red card . The rivalry then went even further when Adelaide United defeated Melbourne 4-1 at AAMI Park, in Victoria, after United had been suffering a record-breaking 10-game losing streak against the Victory. (see Adelaide United vs Melbourne Victory Rivalry).

Perth Glory are also close rivals of Adelaide's not only because the team is Perth's closest geographical A-League opponent but also because the two clubs are two of the three former NSL teams in the A-League (the 3rd being the Newcastle Jets). In the last NSL season Perth Glory knocked Adelaide United out of the preliminary final. Adelaide United's rivalry with Perth Glory has grown considerably over the past year.

Affiliated clubs

- Fort Lauderdale Strikers (2011)

Adelaide United Director Mel Patzwald signed a 'sister' club relationship in November 2006 which includes access to Miami's 'academy' Desportivo Brasil. The deal has seen a friendly take place at Hindmarsh Stadium along with the transfer of Diego Walsh and Romario to Adelaide.

- Shandong Luneng Taishan F.C.

Adelaide United Director Mel Patzwald signed a 'sister' club relationship with Chinese Super League Club and triple AFC Champions Shandong Luneng Taishan F.C. in early December 2008 with the agreement lasting until 2012.



First Team




Youth Team




Notable former players

Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Adelaide United.

- Marcos Flores
- Paul Agostino
- Richie Alagich
- Ross Aloisi
- Nathan Burns
- Robert Cornthwaite (footballer)
- Angelo Costanzo
- Travis Dodd
- Iain Fyfe
- Scott Jamieson
- Mathew Kemp
- Mathew Leckie

- Goran Lozanovski
- Michael Marrone (footballer)
- Saša Ognenovski
- Lucas Pantelis
- Adriano Pellegrino
- Kristian Rees
- Paul Reid (Australian association footballer)
- Mark Rudan
- Jonas Salley
- Kristian Sarkies
- Michael Valkanis
- Carl Veart

- Aurelio Vidmar
- Cristiano dos Santos Rodrigues
- Diego Walsh
- Fernando Rech
- Romário
- Qu Shengqing
- Bobby Petta
- Shane Smeltz
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- - Premiers (1): 2005-06
- - Runners-up (2): 2006-07, 2008–09

- List of A-League champions A-League Champions:
- - Runners-up (2): 2006-07, 2008–09

- List of A-League champions A-League Pre-Season Premiers:
- - Winners (2): 2006, 2007

- A-League:
- - Finalists (4): 2005-06, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2010–11
- A-League National Youth League:
- - Runners-up (1): 2008-09
- National Soccer League (Australia):
- - Finalists (1): 2003-04


International

- AFC Champions League:
- - Runners-up (1): 2008
- - Round-of-16 (1): 2010
- - Group Stage (1): 2007

- FIFA Club World Cup:
- - Fifth-place (1): 2008

- Weifang Cup (U/18):
- - Sixth-place (1): 2011

Top Goal Scorers

Excludes goals scored in NSL. Appearances in brackets. Active players are indicated in bold.

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Records

- Record Victory: 8 - 1 vs , 21 January 2011- (- League Record)
- Record Defeat: 7 - 1 vs , 28 October 2011
- Undefeated Streak: 13, 6 February 2010 – 22 October 2010
- Most Wins in a Row: 7, 13 November 2005 – 12 January 2006
- Highest placed Australian club in the AFC Champions League: Runners-Up - AFC Champions League 2008
- Record High Attendance (Home Ground): 17,000 vs Gamba Osaka, Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide, 12 November 2008
- Record High Attendance (Alternate Home Ground): 25,039 vs , Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, 28 December 2007
- Record Low Attendance (Home Ground): 7,013 vs , Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide, 25 September 2005
- Highest Season Average Attendance: 12,187 - A-League 2006-07
- All-time Leading Goal Scorer: Travis Dodd, 38 goals
- Longest Period Without Conceding a Goal: 291 minutes, 26 August 2005 – 17 September 2005
- Youngest Player (A-League record): Teeboy Kamara - 15 years and 212 days

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