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Sep 11, 2017   |  6:15AM AET

Brief history lesson on Heidelberg United

Brief history lesson on Heidelberg United

Ahead of Adelaide United’s Westfield FFA Cup 2017 Quarter Final clash with Heidelberg United, here is a short overview of the Victorian Premier League club.

Heidelberg United Football Club were founded by Greek immigrants in 1958 under the name Alexander.

The club is located in the northern suburbs of Melbourne and participated in the National Soccer League (NSL) from 1977 to 1996.  

In 1977, the team moved to Olympic Park (Village) – the training venue used for the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne – following Heidelberg’s entry into the NSL.

During this period the side were runners-up of the 1979 and 1980 seasons but were champions of the ‘Top Four Play-off series’ in 1980.

The Warriors are currently coached by George Katsakis and compete in the National Premier Leagues Victoria. 

The Bergers lifted their maiden Dockerty Cup to qualify for this year’s national knockout competition, prevailing 5-4 on penalties against Bentleigh Greens. 

They are also the reigning premiers in Victoria after finishing the 2017 regular season six points clear at the top of the league standings.

Heidelberg were quarter finalists in the 2015 edition of the Westfield FFA Cup following victories against Broadmeadow Magic and Sydney United 58 FC, before suffering a 5-0 loss to Melbourne City in front of 11,372 people. 

In this year’s tournament, Katsakis’ men secured a shock 1-0 home win over Perth Glory in the Round of 32, and again triumphed past Sydney United 58 in the last 16, only this time on penalties. 

Adelaide United will face Heidelberg United in the Quarter Finals of the 2017 Westfield FFA Cup on Wednesday, 13 September at Olympic Village. Kick-off is at 7.00pm ACST.