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9:56 AM Wed 1st Sep, 2010 - Admin
 
Perth Glory will get the chance to avenge last season’s finals defeat on penalties to Wellington Phoenix in this Sunday’s marquee match at nib Stadium. Kick-off is at 3pm.

The Father’s Day special will be the first time the two sides have met since the dramatic elimination final in New Zealand.

The Phoenix boast an all star line-up with 5 players that were part of New Zealand’s undefeated FIFA World Cup squad plus coach Ricki Herbert.
12:52 AM Sat 17th Jul, 2010 - Admin
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Adelaide United FC has continued its positive build up to the start of the Hyundai A-League 2010/11 Season, with a solid 2-0 victory over the Wellington Phoenix at Hindmarsh Stadium.

Second half goals from Sergio van Dijk and Lucas Pantelis saw the Reds triumph in an entertaining encounter, their first serious hit out against Hyundai A-League opposition since the squad began pre-season.

The Reds started the match without a host of regulars including captain Travis Dodd, Eugene Galekovic, Robert Cornthwaite and Fabian Barbiero, while midfielder Paul Reid was a late withdrawal with a stomach complaint.

Assistant Coach Phil Stubbins once again took the reins in the absence of new Head Coach Rini Coolen, who is scheduled to arrive from Holland tomorrow morning to begin his tenure in Adelaide. ...
10:08 PM Tue 20th Apr, 2010 - Admin
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Wellington Phoenix's eligibility to play in the A-League has been confirmed until at least the end of the 2015/16 season, ending speculation over the New Zealand-based club's future.

Wellington became the first New Zealand team to reach the A-League play-offs in 2010

Concerns had been raised about Wellington playing in a competition in a different country and confederation beyond the 2010/11 season.

The A-League is governed by Football Federation Australia (FFA), which is part of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and while the Phoenix are registered as an Australian club, they play their home games in New Zealand which is governed by the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC).

But after OFC president Reynald Temarii met with AFC counterpart Mohamed Bin Hammam in Zurich last month, Wellington have been handed a five-year license extension.

"This is great news,'' Phoenix chief executive Tony Pignata said. ...
1:20 AM Sun 31st Jan, 2010 - Admin
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Adelaide United FC has suffered more anguish after dominating but again failing to find the back of the net in a 1-nil loss to the Wellington Phoenix in front of a vocal crowd of 19,258 at AMI Stadium in Christchurch.

The defeat is United’s first against the Phoenix in the teams’ nine Hyundai A-League meetings and keeps the Reds grounded at the bottom of the table without a win in seven matches.

Heading into the clash without a host of experienced senior players due to injury, the Reds more than held their own against a Phoenix side aiming to consolidate its place in the top six.

But as has been the case all too often this season, the goals were not forthcoming for United as Coach Aurelio Vidmar was again left to reflect on what has become the same old story for his team in this campaign. It has become a case of déjà vu for Vidmar as the Reds again failed to score despite having the majority of the play. ...
12:39 AM Sat 30th Jan, 2010 - Admin
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Adelaide United FC will use its final three Hyundai A-League games, starting with Saturday’s match against Wellington Phoenix at Christchurch’s AMI Stadium, to try and lift itself off the bottom of the table, and in the process build some momentum ahead of its AFC Champions League 2010 campaign.

Unbeaten against the Phoenix in their eight matches against the team from across the Tasman, the Reds have reason to go into the match optimistic of keeping this unblemished record in tact.

Although finals are out of reach, United Coach Aurelio Vidmar believes there is still pressure on his side to win their remaining three games of the season, and he expects the Reds to start putting their foot on the pedal on the run into the start of the AFC Champions League.

“We still need to put in three strong performances in the remaining games of the A-League and that’s what we’ve been planning to do,” Vidmar said. ...
12:38 PM Sat 19th Dec, 2009 - Admin
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Adelaide United FC have lost a golden opportunity to move away from the Hyundai A-League cellar, after being held to a 1-1 draw with the Wellington Phoenix tonight at Hindmarsh Stadium in Round 20 of the Hyundai A-League 2009/10 Season.

After a scoreless first half, skilful Brazilian Alemao ignited the Reds with a stunning pre-Christmas cracker in the 57th minute, but despite a host of chances to put the game out of Wellington’s reach, United’s lead was cancelled out in the 77th minute after Adrian Caceres created panic in the Reds’ six yard box.

Reds Coach Aurelio Vidmar knows the point could easily have been more as his team peppered the Phoenix goal in a second half purple patch, and although another win at home went begging, Vidmar believes United’s season is still afloat.

“No it’s not, we’ll be fighting right to the end, absolutely,” the Reds boss said on whether his team’s chances of making the finals had run out. ...
1:30 PM Fri 18th Dec, 2009 - johnydep
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Reds goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic hopes to have a quieter night at the office when United hosts the Wellington Phoenix, however he will be keen to impress with Qantas Socceroos Assistant Coach Henk Duut set to be an interested onlooker at Hindmarsh Stadium.

Despite the Reds sitting on the bottom of the table, Galekovic has been one of the shining lights for the Reds so far this season. While the Reds might have only managed five clean sheets after 18 rounds, Galekovic has continued to demonstrate why he is regarded as one of the best keepers in the country, the 28 year old having reeled off a number of fine saves last Saturday to help United get past Brisbane Roar.

“Hopefully it’s a bit quiet and I don’t have to do much work,” Galekovic said ahead of the match against Wellington.

“Hopefully the boys can put in another good performance like we did last week, defend well and work hard, and being at home, hopefully we can be a bit more attacking and score some more goals.” ...
7:03 PM Fri 23rd Jan, 2009 - Admin
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Wellington has secured a key addition to its squad for next season, signing Adelaide midfielder Diego on a two-year deal.

The 29-year-old Brazilian was told by the Reds that his contract will not be renewed allowing for the cross to the Phoenix who will no doubt benefit from some new attacking flair with the impending off-season departure of star striker Shane Smeltz to Hyundai A-League new boys Gold Coast United.

The Phoenix have already had Brazilian star Fred light up their squad for a number of weeks and hope Diego will provide a similar spark.

"He's someone (coach) Ricki Herbert and I had been looking at for a while and he's exactly the type of player we need. We had (Brazilian guest player) Fred for a few weeks and we really saw the difference he brought to the team," chief executive Tony Pignata said.

"The agenda was to go out and get an attacking-minded midfielder and Diego really fits the bill." ...
10:23 PM Sun 18th Jan, 2009 - Admin
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Adelaide United FC’s bid to claim the Hyundai A-League Premiership will come down to an enthralling final round of the season after The Reds drew 1-1 with the Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadium this afternoon.

Consistent midfielder Paul Reid gave United the perfect start scoring his first goal for the club in the 9th minute, however it was cancelled out by Costa Barbarouses’ 31st minute header, and despite playing the majority of the second half with an extra man after the sending off of Phoenix skipper Tim Brown, The Reds could not find a winner.

The result leaves United equal on points with Melbourne Victory at the top of the table, meaning the Premiership race will come down to the final day of the season when The Reds meet the Central Coast Mariners in Gosford next Sunday evening, Melbourne hosting the Phoenix at the Telstra Dome on Friday night. ...
1:07 AM Sat 6th Dec, 2008 - Admin
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Adelaide United FC has shot to the top of the Hyundai A-League table, after a record 6-1 demolition of the Wellington Phoenix at Hindmarsh Stadium tonight.

It was a goal feast from The Reds who produced some of their best football for the season, the result providing a massive confidence boost ahead of the club’s trip to Japan for the lucrative FIFA Club World Cup.

Defender Sasa Ognenovski took off where he left last week netting United’s first before a four goal Brazilian surge, Cristiano and Cassio both scoring doubles with the night capped off when Captain Travis Dodd got his name on the score sheet end the rout.

The home side’s only blemish came in the 55th minute when Fred tapped in Wellington’s solitary goal.

Adelaide United Coach Aurelio Vidmar said the result was testament to the effort his team put into the contest, and the belief amongst the group to be able to produce that level of football.

“I think we thoroughly deserved the result. ...
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