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Adelaide City - Three National Championships
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Profile: Championship 1 - 1986:
There was a Northern and Southern Division. Adelaide City finished third in the Southern Division thereby making the playoffs.

Southern Division
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Qualifying Semi-final Footscray 2 v Adelaide City 3
Major Semi-final Brunswick 0 v Adelaide City 2
South Grand Final Footscray 1 v Adelaide City 2

1986 Championship Play Off:

First Leg Adelaide City 0 Sydney Olympic 1
Second Leg Sydney Olympic 1 Adelaide City 3

Championship 2 - 1991/92:
Adelaide City finished fourth and the top five teams entered the final series:

Elimination Final: April 12 at Hindmarsh Stadium, Crowd 3818

Adelaide City 1 v Wollongong City 0
(Carl Veart 5)

Minor Semi Final: April 19 at Parramatta Stadium, Crowd 8461

Adelaide City 2 v Sydney Olympic 1
(Carl Veart 18, 117) (Abbas Saad 75)

Preliminary Final: April 26 at Olympic Park, Crowd 7186

Adelaide City 2 v South Melbourne 0
(Ross Aloisi 49)
(Carl Veart 75)

Grand Final: May 3 at Olympic Park, Crowd 15463

Adelaide City 0 v Melbourne CSC 0 after extra time
Adelaide City won 4-2 on penalties

Championship 3 - 1993/94:
Adelaide City finished 5th with the top six teams progressing to the final series.

Elimination Semi-Final (1)
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1st Leg (10/4/94)

Adelaide City 0 - Sydney United 1
(Ante Moric 56)

2nd Leg (17/4/94)

Sydney United 0 - Adelaide City 2
(Brad Hassell 55)
(Damian Mori 72)

Adelaide City advance to meet Marconi in the Minor Semi-Final 2-1 on aggregate Sydney United are eliminated from the finals series.

The first leg gave the young (average age of 23) Sydney 'Crows' side their 4th win over Adelaide City this season. However the law of averages caught up with them 5th time around. The 12-4 overall corner count in favour of Adelaide in the second leg showed their intent after the Sydneysiders held them scoreless in the first game. The 8 past and present Socceroos in the Adelaide line-up proved too much for the young Sydney side to handle.
If not for the towering Zeljko Kalac in the Sydney goal the score might have been higher. Kalac, along with 1st leg scorer and Young Socceroo Ante Milicic and Tony Popovic, will head off for a career in Europe and are now free to do so. Sydney coach Manfred Schaefer praised his young side for exceeding expectations and said that elimination by Adelaide was no dishonour. Zoran Matic, coach of Adelaide City, said his side had merely managed to survive for a little longer and nothing had yet been achieved.

Minor Semi-Final (20/4/94)
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The current champion (Marconi 92-93) meets the previous champion team(Adelaide 91-92) in order to determine who will meet the champion of the season before that (South Melbourne 90-91). After all that the winner will face the new kid on the block (Melbourne Knights) to determine the champion for the 93-94 season.

Marconi-Fairfield 1 - Adelaide City 3
(Andrew Harper 72) (Joe Mullen 25)
(Damien Mori 27)
(Brad Hassell 67)

Adelaide City progress to meet South Melbourne in the preliminary final. Marconi-Fairfield are eliminated.

After Marconi displayed a lot of resolve in eliminating Sydney Olympic fans might have expected more than the fairly inept performance which resulted in a scoreline that actually flattered Marconi. After Mullen and Mori scored from a cut-back and a cross respectively Adelaide City felt secure enough to handle Marconi and attack on the break, which resulted in Brad Hassell scoring just before Harper got a consolation goal for Marconi. Marconi coach Frank Arok will no doubt be under pressure to resign after his change of formation for this game backfired (Marconi is the kind of club where success is expected rather than aimed for), though in truth his hand was forced after skilful playmaker Steve Corica was ruled out due to injury. Things got worse when Nick Meredith needed replacement after an attempt to have him play with the assistance of painkillers seemed to be failing. None of this could excuse the performance of the players on the field.
Adelaide City, for their part, played very well and seem to be peaking at just the right moment. The Socceroo defence, which they possess almost in its entirety, did it's job while up front Damien Mori and Carl Veart had every chance to score another 3 goals, but their lack of finishing wasn't quite so costly as it might be against their next opponents.

Preliminary Final (24/4/1994)
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South Melbourne 0 - Adelaide City 2
(Tony Vidmar 65)
(Brad Hassell 86)


Adelaide City progress to meet the Melbourne Knights in the Grand Final. South Melbourne are eliminated.

Well Adelaide just keep rolling on and put an end to South Melbournes hopes of a rematch with the Knights, causing SM and Socceroo captain Paul Wade to proclaim that a cleanout is needed to make South Melbourne competitive again. Zoran Matic and his Adelaide City side return to Melbourne on May 1 to do battle with the Melbourne Knights, who topped the NSL ladder at the end of the regular season, for Australian League supremacy.
Mirko Basic, the Knights coach, says he has pinpointed a weakness in the impressive Adelaide side, of course he's not saying what it is ;-).

Grand Final (1/5/1994)
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Melbourne Knights 0 - Adelaide City 1
(Damien Mori 68)

Knights : Miller, D. Cervinski, De Amicis, Vanis, Horvat, Marth, Trajeceski, Biskic, A. Cervinski, Viduka, Buljubasic
Coach : Mirko Bazic

City : Zabica, Melta, Vidmar, Ivanovic, Tobin, Talladira, Mori, Veart, Mullen, Lozanovski, Hassell
Coach : Zoran Matic

Referee : Richard Lorenc

The Knights spent the early part of the game looking the goods, Adrian Cervinski contrived to hit the crossbar on a free header and that began to the slide. Buljubasic was injured in the first 15 minutes and was replaced by Mark Silic, Damien Mori got a yellow card for his late tackle on Buljubasic.

The Knights luck also failed to give them a penalty for a handball from the Adelaide defence while trying to clear a cross. Adelaide themselves were not chanceless but a combination of Horvats defence and misdirected final passes ensured they too would remain scoreless a while longer.

The Knights scoring machine, Mark Viduka, was well marked by Milan Ivanovich and Alex Tobin and on the occasions he was able to contrive something the rest of Adelaide ensured nothing drastic came of it. Although it wasn't a bad match there also wasn't much that stood out either, except for the goal.
Talladira just passed to Mori on the touchline in his own half, just playing it out of defence. Mori then goes running down the pitch, drifts into the centre and just takes a swing from almost 10 metres outside the box. The ball swerved and dipped and went into the net despite the best efforts of a flying goalkeeper in Miller. A 'golazo' as Ariel might say, although he might not believe someone from Australia could pull one off :-).

The Knights responded by making their second substitution and bringing on the creative Oliver Pondeljak for Vlado Vanis. Their efforts were increased but Adelaide held firm as most commentators thought they would if they gained the lead.

It's sad that the Knights, who played so well all year, should lose now but Adelaide were certainly the better side in the latter stages of the competition and I must admit some sense of pleasure in seeing Melbourne teams lose.

Damien 'Frogger' Mori later said of the goal " ...when you are that far out you just hit it. I guess I got lucky, because from that distance no-one really means to put it in". Ironic too that Mori should have been a member of the previous two grand final failures (first for the Knights and last year for Adelaide when defeated by Marconi-Fairfield) and now return
in Adelaide's colours to inflict a third Grand Final loss on the
Melbourne Knights.
Knights coach Mirko Bazic, who now boasts coach of the year awards from Canada, Australia and (I think) Croatia now returns to his homeland. Whether or not he will be asked to coach next season is anyones guess.

Adelaide City are Australian champions for the 1993-94 season.


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