Read about some of the current happenings and issues involving Adelaide United FC.
Your “Hindmarsh Experience”
In order to start compiling a history of the club, Adelaide United FC would like to build on the “Hindmarsh Experience” of games, special moments and memories from previous years. How many remember :
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AFC Champions League Strip
Fans will have noticed the different strip being worn during the club’s ACL matches. Due to the late notice of our participation, original designs were impossible and as such we had to accept what was available from Legea. Sponsorship is also an issue as the regulations prevent alcohol or gambling advertising, hence we are unable to use ‘Coopers’ on the strip – the sole piece of inventory. Previously the State Government had supported the campaign through ‘Study Adelaide’, a great promotional opportunity given the exposure in Asia. Therefore we remain ‘unbranded’ as such despite the many millions in the broadcast audience.
Hindmarsh Stadium Management
Reported speculation of stadia charges around Australia does little to resolve matters in Adelaide. Comparisons to charges on the Gold Coast are interesting – for all intensive purposes that club now does not exist. References to Perth also have a twist, the owner of the Glory threatening to shift in light of incurring extensive losses indicating that the charges are unsustainable. So in fact both States may charge more for stadium hire but at an unsustainable rate. Adelaide United’s express preference is to play and train at Hindmarsh Stadium. The plaque recognising the opening of the stadium in 1998 points to a joint venture, and we trust the spirit of that message is carried through – a partnership geared to ensure United’s success will help Government and the code alike.
Defence is the strategy
Once the possibility of a place in the Hyundai A-League finals had disappeared, the club set a new goal for the remaining three A-League and six ACL games. That goal was to improve our defensive action, the cornerstone of most successful sides. The strategies employed have been successful to date having only surrendered one goal in two ACL matches and a total of three against three A-League finalists – Brisbane Roar, the Central Coast Mariners and Melbourne Heart. At the same time the Reds have scored six in recording two wins, two draws and a loss. Whilst we face significant challenges in the remaining ACL Group Stage matches, so far the strategies have shown improved results.