Adelaide United

Founded In
Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide United

About Adelaide United

Adelaide United Football Club was founded in 2003, in order to take the vacant spot in the A-League left by Adelaide City after the closure of the National Soccer League. In the years since, they have emerged as one of Australia's most successful clubs. Adelaide United have made more appearances in the AFC Champions League than any other Australian side and have advanced beyond the group stage three times, which makes them the country's most successful side in continental competitions.

The team are the only A-League side from the state of South Australia and their main rivals are Melbourne Victory. The bad blood between the two clubs is known as the Cross Border Rivalry and matches between the teams are usually passionate affairs. To date, Melbourne have had the better head-to-head record in the derby.

In 2005–06, the club finished the regular season in 1st place to claim the A-League Premiership crown. It remains the side's biggest domestic success. In 2006–07 and 2008–09 they were runners up in the regular season and ended up as runners up in the Finals Series in those years as well. Adelaide United have also claimed two Pre-Season Challenge Cups, in 2006 and 2007. Their best performance in the AFC Champions League came in the 2008 edition of the competition, where they reached the final before losing to Gamba Osaka. 

Travis Dodd is one of the team's most significant former players and he holds the club records for both senior appearances and goals. Other notable talents to play for the club include Richie Alagich, Michael Valkanis and Eugene Galeković.

United play their home matches at Hindmarsh Stadium, which first opened in 1960 and was redeveloped at the turn of the 21st century. The stadium is currently able to seat 15,500 supporters, with room for an additional 1,500 standing spectators.