The Hyundai A-League commenced in 2005 and Adelaide United FC quickly emerged as a dominant force in the competition, the club crowned inaugural Premiers, which was then followed by a Grand Final berth in 2006/07. During the club's first Hyundai A-League season, Adelaide United set many records. These included the fastest ever goal (Louis Brain - 13 seconds), three top 10 goals of the season (Shengqing Qu) and best away record (8 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses).
Adelaide United had its best year to date in 2008/09, qualifying not only for the Hyundai A-League and AFC Champions League Grand Finals, but also the prestigious FIFA Club World Cup in Japan where the club secured a commendable 5th place and the FIFA Fair Play Award.
In the 2010/11 Season, Adelaide United bounced back from finishing bottom in the 2009/10 Season to finish third on the table at the end of the minor round before suffering a heartbreaking 3-2 home loss to Gold Coast United in the second week of the finals. The season also saw Adelaide United claim its first Johnny Warren medalist in Marcos Flores (awarded to the best player in the league), as well as a first Hyundai A-League Golden Boot winner in striker Sergio van Dijk, who finished with 16 goals at the end of the regular season.
Going forward, the club is aiming to repay the faith of its fans by giving its all to improve on past performances and secure that elusive championship. These are challenging but achievable objectives, and goals that can be fulfilled with the support of the South Australian community.
Hyundai A-League2005/06 Inaugural Premiers, Finished 3rd (Coach - John Kosmina)2006/07 Finished 2nd (Coach - John Kosmina)2007/08 Finished 6th (Coach - Aurelio Vidmar)2008/09 Finished 2nd (Coach - Aurelio Vidmar)2009/10 Finished 10th (Coach - Aurelio Vidmar)2010/11 Finished 3rd (Coach - Rini Coolen)2011/12 Finished 9th (Coach - Rini Coolen, replaced by John Kosmina after Week 11)
The future looks bright for Adelaide and the growing interest in the World Game.
History of Achievements2005/06 Hyundai A-League Inaugural Premiers2006/07 Pre Season Cup Champions2006/07 Hyundai A-League Grand Finalists2007/08 Pre Season Cup Champions2007 AFC Champions League Qualification2007/08 Hyundai A-League Rising Star (Bruce Djite)2008 Australian U-23’s representatives (Nathan Burns, Bruce Djite, Kristian Sarkies, Robert Cornthwaite)2008 FFA Hall of Fame inductee (Aurelio Vidmar)2008 AFC Champions League Qualification2008 AFC Champions League Finalists2008 FIFA Club World Cup qualification (5th place finish)2008 FIFA Club World Cup ‘Fair Play Award’2008 Goal of the Tournament FIFA Club World Cup (Cristiano)2008/09 Hyundai A-League Grand Finalists2008/09 Qantas Socceroos (Eugene Galekovic, Scott Jamieson, Paul Reid, Robert Cornthwaite, Fabian Barbiero, Daniel Mullen)2008/09 Hyundai A-League Rising Star (Scott Jamieson)2008/09 Hyundai A-League Goal Keeper of the Year (Eugene Galekovic)2008/09 Hyundai A-League Coach of the Year (Aurelio Vidmar)2009 The Advertiser & Channel 7 Sports Star of the Year - Coach of the Year (Aurelio Vidmar)2009/10 Hyundai A-League Goalkeeper of the Year (Eugene Galekovic)2010/11 Hyundai A-League Golden Boot (Sergio van Dijk)2010/11 Hyundai A-League Johnny Warren Medal (Marcos Flores)2010/11 Hyundai A-League Fan Group of the Year Award
Adelaide United FC Ownership ConsortiumClub Chairman - Mr. Greg GriffinClub Patron - Fay GerardMr. Robert Gerard AODr. Richard Noble MBBS, FRACSMr. Bruno Marveggio
AdministrationChief Executive Officer - Glenn ElliottFinance Officer - Ben PahlMarketing Services - Sarina BriaMedia Manager - Nic KerberBrand Manager - Shanelle FranklinTicketing, Membership & Merchandise Manager - Matt RossiCommunity Projects Coordinator - Sue TripodiReceptionist - Lauren Beard
Football Department Head Coach - Josep GombauAssistant Coaches - Pau Marti, Michael ValkanisGoalkeeper Coach - Peter BlazincicFootball Director - Michael PetrilloTraining Services Officer - Sarah Campbell
Medical Staff High Performance Manager - Sean TaggClub Doctor - James IlicHead Trainer - Peter DukePhysiotherapist - Peter ChittiDietician - Anthony Mead