Confirmed: Adelaide United appoint new assistant coach

Filip Tapalovic appointed Reds Assistant Head Coach
Adelaide United have added to their coaching staff for Hyundai A-League 2017/18 Season with Filip Tapalovic named as the club’s new assistant coach.

Tapalovic will work closely with new boss Marco Kurz and fellow assistant Jacobo Ramallo over the next two seasons.

The 40-year-old played with Kurz during their time together at Schalke 04 and 1860 Munich in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Born in Germany, Tapalovic was capped three times by Croatia due to his parents’ heritage and amassed over 130 German Bundesliga with the likes of VfL Bochum, Schalke and 1860 Munich.

“I’m happy to be here and I think it’s an exciting challenge for me,” Tapalovic said.

“I’m looking forward to start training.

“Marco (Kurz) called me earlier this month and it all went very fast.

Marco Kurz.

“It’s a new part of my life and I think that the team is very important for me to learn and to grow in my football career.

“And I’m looking forward to start with the team.”

Tapalovic’s previous managerial experience includes taking charge of the U/17 and U/19 sides of 1860 Munich in addition to serving as the assistant coach of the senior outfit.

 

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Hyundai A-League 2016/2017 season review: Adelaide United

Adelaide United's title defence failed to get off the ground in what was a frustrating 2016/17 Season for the Reds.
Adelaide United’s title defence failed to get off the ground in what was a frustrating 2016/17 Season for the Reds.
A frustrating season for Adelaide United saw their Hyundai A-League title defence fail to catch fire in what was a challenging season on and off the field. We look back at the season that was for the Reds and take a glance at what 2017/18 might look like.

 

Position: 9 th

Record: Played 27, Won 5, Drawn 8, Lost 14

Goals: 25

Conceded: 46

Leading Goal Scorer: Dylan McGowan (4)

Dylan McGowan celebrates his goal in Adelaide United's stunning win over Jeju United in the ACL on Tuesday night.

Best home crowd: 14,908 – Round 3 against Melbourne Victory

Star performer: Dylan McGowan

For the second consecutive year, the former youth international was a model of consistency, playing every minute of Adelaide’s season. He was a rock in the heart of the Reds’ defence and was often charged with marking the opposition’s most dangerous attacker. The final game of the season was McGowan’s 100 th  in the Hyundai A-League and when he scored Adelaide’s last goal of the campaign it took him above all other goalscorers at the club in 2016/17.

Breakout player: Riley McGree

The emergence of the South Australian born teenager was one of the few positives to come out of the 2016/17 season. After a handful of appearances from the bench, the 18-year-old was thrust into the starting line-up and excelled to the point that he was selected in the Caltex Socceroos squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Iraq and UAE. The meteoric rise didn’t seem to affect him as he then featured prominently in both the Hyundai A-League and Asian Champions League. At season’s end he was voted into the PFA team of the season by his fellow professionals, while proving how grounded he was by bringing his mum to the Dolan Warren awards.

Reds youngster Riley McGree says his recent Caltex Socceroos call-up has helped take his game to a new level.

Goal of the year: Mark Ochieng

With just one win in their first 15 games, expectations were low when Melbourne City visited Coopers Stadium in mid-January.  At 1-1 late in the match, Gui Amor introduced 20-year old Mark Ochieng and the youngster seized his chance. A long ball was placed expertly into his path by Sergio Guardiola and Ochieng produced the finish of a seasoned veteran, taking the ball to the edge of the penalty area before coolly slotting into the top corner to the delight of the home fans.

Highlight: Baba Diawara’s arrival

The Senegalese striker breathed new life into Adelaide’s ailing attack when he joined the club in the January transfer window. In seven games he scored three goals, including important strikes in the back-to-back wins over Brisbane and Central Coast which lifted the Reds from the foot of the table and helped them avoid the wooden spoon. In a season of slim pickings in front of goal, Diawara was an extremely welcome shining light.

Adelaide United striker Baba Diawara looks to get between two Perth Glory defenders.

Lowlight: Their title “defence”

But for a late season mini-revival, the Reds would have produced the worst title defence in the 12-year history of the Hyundai A-League. As it was, the follow-up to their maiden championship campaign was utterly underwhelming. One win in their first 14 games, an inability to score goals, failed signings, injuries and rumours of internal discontent combined to make this season as miserable as the last one was memorable.

What they need:

First, they have to find a new boss. Gui Amor’s long-expected departure was confirmed by the club yesterday, with the recruitment of a new coach already underway. In terms of players, a proven goalscorer would be a very good start. When your centre-back wins the Golden Boot, there’s plenty of room for improvement in the attacking third and Adelaide was the only side to average less than a goal a game this season. But with fewer than ten players confirmed for next season, it’s probably easier to list where Adelaide don’t need reinforcement.

Acquisitions for next season:

Paul Izzo

Paul Izzo returns to Adelaide United after signing a three-year contract.

Losses for next season:

While player movements have yet to be confirmed by the club, veteran goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic is almost certain to depart, while it seems likely he’ll be followed out the door by some or all of Marcelo Carrusca, Dylan McGowan, Sergio Cirio, Iacopo La Rocca, Baba Diawara and Kim Jae-sung.

Outlook for 2017/18:

With Gui Amor leaving and a massive sixteen players off-contract, it’s anyone’s guess what the Adelaide United roster and coaching staff will look like when the new season rolls around. Without knowing that, it’s impossible to predict whether Reds fans are in for another championship season, consecutive disappointing campaigns or something in between in 2017/18. 

 

 

Source : Football Federation Australia

Report: Argentine Gabriel Batistuta ace next Adelaide United coach?

Argentine legend Gabriel Batistuta has been offered the chance to coach Hyundai A-League club Adelaide United, according to reports.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Sacha Pisani
Argentine legend Gabriel Batistuta has been offered the chance to coach Hyundai A-League club Adelaide United, according to reports.

The Adelaide Advertiser reported on Thursday that Reds chief executive Grant Mayer confirmed that Batistuta is the club’s prime target to replace Gui Amor.
“We can’t sit on our hands,” Mayer told News Limited on Thursday.

“We’re chasing a suitable replacement after Guillermo Amor, [who] has all the respect and goes out on his own terms.
“With Batistuta an offer has been made but there is also a Plan A, B and C.”

Amor guided Adelaide to their first A-League title in 2015-16 but he oversaw a disappointing championship defence as the Reds finished ninth in the 10-team league last season.

 

Adelaide United coach Guillermo AmorNow 48-year-old Batistuta, who enjoyed a glittering playing career at both club and international level, is favourite to fill the vacancy despite his limited coaching experience.

Batistuta – who moved to Perth in Australia after retiring in 2005 – was one of the most prolific strikers in football during the 1990s, scoring more than 200 goals for Fiorentina.
He also scored 54 goals for Argentina – the AFA does not recognise his brace against Slovakia’s youth team in 1995 – before Lionel Messi broke his international record last year.

 

Source : Football Federation Australia

#AFCChampionsLeague2017 preview for Hyundai A-League clubs

Adelaide United's Kim Jae-sun, Wanderers' Terry Antonis and Brisbane Roar's Brandon Borrello.

Monday, 24 April 2017

John Duerden @JohnnyDuerden
The ACL returns this week. How will Roar do in Thailand ahead of Sunday’s blockbuster with Victory in Melbourne? The revitalised Reds and Wanderers are also in action.

Muangthong United vs Brisbane Roar (Wed night)

If there were those in Korea Republic, Japan and Australia who underestimated the Thailand Premier League champions when the draw was made, they are doing so no longer.

With four games of the six down and two to go, Muangthong is top of the group with eight points. A win at their compact stadium will secure a place in the last 16 and even a draw could be enough.

“We know what we have to do,” said Muangthong head coach Totchawan Sripan at the weekend. “We also know that the game will be very difficult and that Brisbane is a good team.”

The Kirins have plenty of talent with a number of stars who play for the Thailand national team. Chanathip Songkrasin gave the Caltex Socceroos some major headaches in Bangkok in November as two nations played out a 2-2 draw in qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Brisbane Roar and Muangthong United played out a 0-0 draw at Brisbane Stadium on Tuesday night.

The diminutive playmaker is off to Japan soon and helping Muangthong to the knockout stage would be a welcome parting gift. There is also sharpshooter Teerasil Dangda and two of the best full-backs in Asia in Tristan Do and Theerathon Bunmathan, who scored a spectacular free-kick on Saturday.

One plus for Brisbane is that influential midfielder Sarach Yooyen is injured and will not play.

That has not been a problem domestically as the champion has won eight and drawn one of the ten games so far, the latest being a slightly disappointing 1-1 draw at Ratchaburi.

The one defeat was inflicted by Buriram United where Muangthong, accustomed to dictating proceedings, were in the unusual position of being put on the backfoot and struggled.

That could provide some encouragement for an experimental Brisbane who have one eye on Sunday’s blockbuster semi final with Victory, and a trip to Thailand these days is a tough ask.

Just ask the national team.

Urawa Reds vs Western Sydney Wanderers (Wed night)

Six points behind with just two games remaining, Western Sydney Wanderers need nothing less than a win but it is not going to be easy. Far from it.

Urawa needs just a draw to be certain of a place in the knockout stage but head coach Mihailo Petrovic said Saturday that he is targeting a win.

The Reds have reason to be confident. There can’t be a tougher assignment in Asia this week than Wanderers’ trip to Saitama Stadium just north of Tokyo.

Urawa is back to the kind of best that took the team to the top of Japanese football in 2006 and a continental title the following year.

The Wanderers' Kearyn Baccus flies high for a header against Urawa on Tuesday night.

Incredibly, neither feat has been repeated but this year could be the one. The Reds are top of the J.League and is on course to win the title that many think it deserved in 2016.

A 3-2 win on Saturday over Consadole Sapporo in front of 37,000 fans was the fifth successive win in all competitions.

In Asia, Urawa has nine points from four games, recovering from the 3-2 loss at Shanghai SIPG on Matchday 3 to defeat the cash rich Chinese club at home last time around.

Yet Urawa, who let a ten point lead at the top of the 2007 J. League slip with five games remaining, will know that it is not over until it is over.

At the very least for the 2014 continental champion, there is the 4-0 home loss in the opening game in February to avenge for coach Tony Popovic and his men.

Not to mention banishing the bitter disappointment last Friday night in Brisbane, when their domestic season ended in heart-breaking circumstances.

Gamba Osaka vs Adelaide United (Tue night)

If the other two games feature Hyundai A-League teams that are at the bottom of their groups travelling to the home of the leaders, this Group H clash is different.

Adelaide looked down and out with just a few minutes remaining in Matchday 3.

A loss at home to Jeju United would have almost certainly spelled the end of their hopes. Yet the Reds fought back to a 3-3 draw and then went to Korea Republic to defeat the islanders on their own soil.

The victory put the team second, level on points with Jeju and one ahead of Gamba. Should Adelaide win in Japan and Jeju lose in China at the already-qualified Jiangsu Suning then the Australians  are through.

Adelaide United and Gamba Osaka players ahead of kick-off in their ACL opener on Wednesday night.

It won’t be easy. Gamba Osaka famously defeated United in the final of the 2008 tournament and after winning 3-0 at the Hindmarsh Stadium in the opening game,will be confident.

More so after a 6-0 thrashing of Omiya Ardija on Friday – giving the hosts an extra rest day – put the Kansai club up into second.

What was impressive was how all six goals came from different players.

Yet Adelaide can’t be written off. With the ACL their only remaining competition to play for, they’ll be refreshed and ready as they finished their domestic season on April 15 after missing out on the Finals Series.

Gamba has lost both home games so far in the group, most notably a 4-1 loss to Jeju and the Reds can have hope of staying in the hunt for the last 16 and also a little revenge for 2008.

Source : Football Federation Australia

Gamba Osaka 3-3 Adelaide United #AFCChampionsLeague2017

Adelaide United players celebrate after Jordan O'Doherty's stunning goal against Gamba Osaka in the ACL on Tuesday night.

An injury-time goal from striker Baba Diawara has seen Adelaide United come away with a well-deserved 3-3 draw against Gamba Osaka in a pulsating AFC Champions League Group H clash on Tuesday night.

Trailing 3-2 in the dying moments, Diawara produced an excellent header to salvage a point for the Reds, a result which could prove decisive in their hopes of making the ACL knockout stage.

It was an incredible fightback from Gui Amor’s side who – without suspended trio Dylan McGowan, Taylor Regan and Riley McGree – made a shocking start in Japan.

They conceded twice inside the opening 12 minutes via Shun Nagasawa’s header and a long-range bullet from Ritsu Doan.

Bu the Reds came storming back and got a lifeline just before the break as Sergio Cirio halved the deficit, before it was all square less than 10 minutes into the second half with youngster Jordan O’Doherty’s fabulous strike from distance scorching into the top corner.

Adelaide then had a let-off as Yasuhito Endo missed a penalty for the home side but an unfortunate own goal from Reds defender Michael Marrone 13 minutes from looked like it would be decisive.

But Diawara had the final say at the death, ensuring the Reds are still alive heading into the final group match at home against runaway Group H leaders Jiangsu Suning on Tuesday, May 9.

 

GOALS

1-0 Gamba Osaka: Shun Nagasawa 6’

From a corner, Yasuhito Endo’s pinpoint delivery picked out the run of Nagasawa at the near post, getting to the ball just before keeper Eugene Galekovic to glance his header into the net.

Gamba Osaka players celebrate a goal  in their win over Adelaide United in the ACL on Tuesday night.

2-0 Gamba Osaka: Ritsu Doan 12’

There appeared little threat as Doan had the ball more than 25 metres from goal to the right of the Adelaide box. But he unleashed a bullet shot that dipped and caught out Galekovic at his near post. A howitzer!

2-1 Adelaide United: Sergio Cirio 43’

Baba Diawara capitalised on a defensive slip to drive into the box before cutting the ball back to Cirio 10 yards from goal, with the Spaniard finishing clinically into the far corner.

2-2 Adelaide United: Jordan O’Doherty 54’

Diawara was again involved, picking up the ball just outside the box before laying it into the path of O’Doherty. And the youngster did the rest, hitting a wicked swerving shot into the top corner.

Adelaide youngster Jordan O'Doherty doing his best to keep the ball in the Reds' ACL clash with Gamba Osaka on Tuesday night.

3-2 Gamba Osaka: Michael Marrone (og) 77’

Oh Jae-Suk went on a marauding run down the right flank before crossing to the near post, where the ball was missed by Nagasawa only for Marrone to divert the ball in off his leg.

KEY MOMENT

Just moments after the Reds equalised, the home side had a great chance to go back in front when they were awarded a penalty after Ben Garuccio’s foul on Oh Jae-Suk. But Endo blazed his spot-kick high over the bar to let Adelaide off the hook.

Re-live all the action on Twitter

@AdelaideUnited , @TheAFCCL , #GAMvADE #ACL2017

 

Source : Football Federation Australia