Season Preview: Adelaide UnitedPosted: September 18, 2012
As season 8 of the A-League moves ever close, here’s part 1 of our extensive league wide preview starting off today with the 1st in our look at the opposition by taking a look at the chances of Adelaide United.
Last Season: 9th
Adelaide came into the season as one of the media favourites following a strong off-season where they added multiple players including ex Roar star Dario Vidosic. But after a poor start former boss Rini Coolen was sacked in round 11 with a 3-0 defeat away to Gold Coast being the final straw. Current boss John Kosmina came in and went on a 5 game undefeated run before results headed south again. In Asia they beat Indonesians Persipura Jayaspura to qualify for the group stage containing Pohang, Bunyokor and Gamba Osaka. They ended their season at home in the ACL round of 16 with a 1- 0 win over Nagoya Grampus.
Manager: John Kosmina
Kosmina took over for his 2nd stint at the Reds at the midway point of the season following a poor start under Dutchman Rini Coolen and his results were mixed. On one hand he guided them through a difficult ACL group and into the Quarter-Finals for the 2nd time in their history, whereas on the other he struggled to find consistency in the A-League and his side finished a disappointing 9th last season.
A lot was made of the brand of football played under Kosmina last season and he adopted a counter attacking 4-5-1/4-3-3 shape at the end of the season and in their Asian campaign and it paid off with the Reds conceding very few goals and becoming very tough to break down. We Roar fans saw that 1st hand as Adelaide came to Brisbane via Uzbekistan and put in a solid defensive showing frustrating Brisbane and heading home with a point that ultimately cost Brisbane a 2nd consecutive Premiers Plate. It’s a big season for Kosmina who has now put his own stamp on the squad and results in the league will be expected.
1) Eugene Galekovic, 2) Osama Malik, 3) Nigel Boogaard, 4) Jon McKain, 5) Iain Fyfe, 6) Cassio, 7) Zenon Caravella, 8) Marcelo Carrusca, 9) Sergio van Djik, 10) Dario Vidosic, 11) Bruce Djite, 12 Antony Golec, 13) Teeboy Kamara, 14) Cameron Watson, 15) Jacob Melling, 16) Daniel Bowles, 17) Iain Ramsay, 18) Fabian Barbiero, 19) Jake Barker-Daish, 20) Paul Izzo, 21) Jeronimo Morales Neumann, Fabio Ferreira, 23) Evan Kostopoulos.
Teeboy Kamara (Adelaide United NYL), Iain Fyfe (Busan I ‘Park), Daniel Bowles (Gold Coast United), Jake Barker-Daish (Gold Coast United) , Evan Kostopoulos (Adelaide United NYL), Marcelo Carrusca (San Martin de San Juan- Argentina), Fabio Ferreira (Dulwich Hill- NSW Super League), Jeronimo Morales Neumann (Independiente)
Mark Birighitti (Newcastle Jets), Milan Susak (Tianjin Teda), Evgeniy Levchenko (released), Spase Dilevski (Melbourne Victory), Ricardo da Silva (released), Daniel Mullen (Dalian Aerbin), Francisco Usucar (Tecinco Universitario- Ecuador)
Key in: Kosmina has opted for youth in a few of his signings however the Argentine winger Jeronimo Morales Neumann has been scoring freely in pre-season and looks to be a handy addition.
Key out: Milan Susak.
To be fair Adelaide have kept hold of their best and most important players and those that did leave were mainly backups or players that are easily replaced but the defensive duo of Milan Susak and Daniel Mullen are solid A-League defenders who moved to the Chinese League.
Possible starting line-up:
The Reds showed towards the end of last season and especially in the ACL that they have a solid defensive organisation and it was a primary reason why they got through their group phase. With McKain, Fyfe, Cassio, Bowles, Boogaard and of course Galekovic in goals they’ll be tough to break down again.
Last season Adelaide were hamstrung by their inability to put the ball into the net with just 26 goals scored in 27 league games. With van Djik and Djite both back despite not striking up a solid combination one of them will need to deliver 10+ goals to get Adelaide back into the finals. Creativity from the wide players in Vidosic, Ramsay, Carrusca, Ferreira and Neumann will also be important in putting it in the net more.
One to watch: Daniel Bowles
Ex-Roar NYL defender Daniel Bowles really kicked on under Miron Bleiberg and Mike Mulvey down the coast last season with his marauding runs down the right side a constant threat in their final weeks in the competition. With Adelaide not having a set right back the opportunity is there for Daniel to cement that spot in the reds backline.
Record vs. Brisbane:
Played 22: Won 6, Lost 8, Drawn 8. Goals for 25, Goals against 21. Goal dif +4.
Round 4: Brisbane Roar 7-1 Adelaide United
Round 15: Adelaide United 1-1 Brisbane Roar
Round 25: Brisbane Roar 1-1 Adelaide United
When do we play:
Round 5: Sunday Nov 4. 4.00pm Suncorp Stadium
Round 13: Wednesday Dec 26. 7.00pm Hindmarsh Stadium
Round 23: Saturday March 2. 5.00pm Hindmarsh Stadium
*Times listed are local
White City 0-6 Adelaide United
Adelaide Raiders 0-5 Adelaide United
West Torrens Birkalla 0-2 Adelaide United
Adelaide Hills Hawks 0-4 *
Adelaide Comets 2-2 Adelaide United
South Australian State Select 1-3 Adelaide United
Melbourne Heart 1-2 Adelaide United
Melbourne Victory 4-2
Sydney FC 2-4 Adelaide United
Adelaide United 6-2 Brisbane Roar
Adelaide United 2-0 Central Coast Mariners
*Abandoned at half time