What we learnt – Adelaide United 1-5 Málaga CF

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What we learnt – Adelaide United 1-5 Málaga CF

Friday night saw the Adelaide Oval host its first football match since the recent redevelopment works on the ground. The match pitted Adelaide United against European opposition for the first time, in the form of La Liga outfit Málaga Club de Fútbol. The $610 million dollar upgrade has ensured a top class facility for a high profile match, and United striker Bruce Djite is a fan of the stadium’s new look. “It looks really good, the surface is fantastic and everything’s set up for a great game of football and I think anyone who comes tomorrow will really enjoy the…

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Everything you need to know about Málaga

Adelaide United and Perth Glory will host Málaga CF in pre-season friendlies at the Adelaide Oval and nib Stadium on July 25 and 27 respectively. Both Glory and United have been busy during this off-season and the Málaga friendly is arguably their best piece of business yet. For the Reds, they will make their debut at the new Oval on a weekend where there is no Aussie Rules being played in Adelaide, and with the fixture on a Friday night a healthy walk up crowd is to be expected. As for the Glory, it will be a great opportunity for…

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What We Learnt – Metrostars 0 – 3 Adelaide United

North Eastern Metrostars played Adelaide United on Tuesday evening in a friendly match that served as a pre-season game for United and a mid-season test for Metrostars. Through a combination of injury and the decision to rest players, United were without Cassio, Bruce Djite, Fabio Ferreira, Tarek Elrich and Michael Marrone. Paul Izzo and Awer Mabil were also absent as they tour the United States with the Young Socceroos. Pressing pays off United began the game with a back three, the formation coach Josep Gombau said he would look to implement for the coming season. New signing Dylan McGowan, along…

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One on one with Gombau – A glimpse into the future

Josep Gombau has never been one to take the easy road and he loves a challenge. The Spaniard left his role in the renowned FC Barcelona youth setup to take the reins at little known Kitchee SC in Hong Kong’s top division. Under the guidance of Gombau, Kitchee picked up five trophies in four seasons including a domestic treble in the 2011/12 season. The project at Kitchee was complete and it was time for a new challenge. The Catalonian-born Gombau was then appointed at Adelaide United, the sixth coach in three years after a turbulent period at the club. It…

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Gombau: 3-4-3 is my next step

Adelaide United coach Josep Gombau revealed on Monday that his team will be switching from their 4-3-3 formation to a new 3-4-3 shape from next season. “It is something that is my next step for next season, to play this 3-4-3 that is part of the style,” Gombau said during a press conference following training on Monday. He also believed that there was not a significant contrast between the two formations, adding: “It’s not a big difference to play 4-3-3 than 3-4-3 because a lot of time when he have the ball we play with three at the back. Because…

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Coopers Stadium: what does the future hold?

Before any election there are numerous proposals made and many are quickly forgotten after the polls close. But one that hasn’t been forgotten is the upgrade to Coopers Stadium, the home of Adelaide United. Rumours abounded in February that the ground could receive an impressive $75 million face-lift but the speculation has died down. The proposal included the addition of an ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (EFTE) roof, similar to that used at the neighbouring Adelaide Entertainment Centre, as well as Major League Soccer stadium BC Place, Munich’s Allianz Arena, and Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. An increase in capacity to 25,000 was…

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Young Reds on tour

The draw of the groups for the International Cup 2014 (MIC) tournament was held last night with the Adelaide United Youth Team handed an all-Spanish group. Two of the teams in the group are from the Catalonia region, the same region from which Reds Head Coach, Josep Gombau hails. “I am very familiar with this tournament obviously because it is held in Catalonia every year. Some very big name players have played in it such as Messi, Fabregas, Pique, and Neymar just to name a few,” Gombau said. “This tournament provides our youth players with a very good opportunity to keep learning the…

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Reds look to burn Phoenix

Wellington Phoenix host Adelaide United on Sunday afternoon in a game that United coach Josep Gombau has labelled a final. The Spaniard believes his side are far from secure in their top six position, and also wants them to push on and finish higher up the table. The Phoenix go into the game with different motivation, needing the points to keep their season alive. The background The home side has prevailed on both occasions in clashes between the two this season, with the Phoenix triumphing 2-1 in round 17, and the Reds delivering a 5-1 trouncing in round 21. The…

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Gombau, the family man

Bruce Djite received the ball, turned his man and fired an unstoppable left-footed shot past Sydney FC keeper Vedran Janjetovic to secure three crucial points. The crowd went wild, as did the players. Then the coach joined in the celebrations. Josep Gombau’s sprint down the touchline was more than a reflection of the importance of the match, it was a statement. Gombau sees these players at Adelaide United as more than just a playing group, he values them as family members. The Spaniard explained this when asked about his celebration following Djite’s late strike. “I want to celebrate with my…

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Crunch time for Gombau’s Reds

Adelaide United host Sydney FC at Coopers’ Stadium on Friday night in a match that will play a huge part in both sides’ pursuit of finals football. United go into the match on the back of a goalless draw at a rain-soaked Pirtek Stadium with Western Sydney Wanderers. Sydney FC will be disappointed with their 1-1 draw with competition leaders Brisbane Roar, as Sydney enjoyed a man advantage for over a half. The background The three points on offer are crucial for both sides as sixth hosts fifth on the ladder, with 31 and 32 competition points respectively. Both sides…

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