2017–18 Adelaide United FC season

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Adelaide United
2017–18 season
Chairman Greg Griffin
Manager Marco Kurz
Stadium Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
A-League 5th
A-League Finals Series Elimination-finals
FFA Cup Runners-up
Top goalscorer League: Johan Absalonsen, Ryan Kitto (6 goals)
All: Johan Absalonsen (8 goals)
Highest home attendance 19,416 vs Melbourne Victory
20 October 2017
Lowest home attendance 7,021 vs Sydney FC
1 December 2017
Average home league attendance 9,830
Home colours
Away colours

The 2017–18 Adelaide United FC season will be the club's 14th season since its establishment in 2003. The club will participate in the A-League for the 13th time and the FFA Cup for the 4th time.

Players[edit]

Squad information[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Daniel Margush
2 Australia DF Michael Marrone
5 Australia DF Taylor Regan
6 Australia MF Vince Lia
7 Australia MF Ryan Kitto
8 Spain MF Isaías (Captain)
9 Senegal FW Baba Diawara
11 Denmark MF Johan Absalonsen
12 Australia DF Mark Ochieng
14 Australia FW George Blackwood
16 Australia MF Nathan Konstandopoulos
17 Australia MF Nikola Mileusnic
18 Australia MF Lachlan Brook
No. Position Player
19 Australia DF Ben Garuccio
20 Australia GK Paul Izzo
21 Australia DF Tarek Elrich
22 Turkey DF Ersan Gülüm (on loan from Hebei China Fortune)
23 Australia DF Jordan Elsey
24 Australia MF Jordan O'Doherty
25 Australia FW Apostolos Stamatelopoulos (Scholarship)
28 Australia FW Kristin Konstandopoulos (Scholarship)
29 Australia DF Ryan Strain
30 Australia GK Isaac Richards (Scholarship)
31 Australia FW Pacifique Niyongabire (Scholarship)
37 Germany MF Daniel Adlung
77 Slovenia FW Džengis Čavušević

From youth squad[edit]

N
Pos.
Nat.
Name
Age
Notes
18 MF Australia Lachlan Brook 16 [1]
25 FW Australia Apostolos Stamatelopoulos 18 2 year scholarship contract[1]
28 FW Australia Kristin Konstandopoulos 18 2 year scholarship contract[1]
29 DF Australia Ryan Strain 20 1 year scholarship contract[1]
30 GK Australia Isaac Richards 19 0.5 year scholarship contract[2]
31 FW Australia Pacifique Niyongabire 17 2.5 year scholarship contract[3]

Transfers in[edit]

No. Position Player Transferred from Type/fee Contract length Date Ref
20 GK Paul Izzo Central Coast Mariners Free transfer 3 years 19 April 2017 [4]
14 FW George Blackwood Free transfer 6 July 2017 [5]
22 DF Turkey Ersan Gülüm China Hebei China Fortune Loan 1 year 17 July 2017 [6]
11 MF Denmark Johan Absalonsen Free transfer 1 year 18 July 2017 [7]
6 MF Vince Lia Wellington Phoenix Free transfer 1 year 3 August 2017 [8]
10 MF Algeria Karim Matmour Free transfer 1 year 15 August 2017 [9]
37 MF Germany Daniel Adlung Free transfer 2 years 23 September 2017 [10]
77 FW Slovenia Džengis Čavušević Free transfer 6 months 6 February 2018 [11]

Transfers out[edit]

No. Position Player Transferred to Type/fee Date Ref
4 DF Dylan McGowan Portugal Paços de Ferreira Free transfer 16 May 2017 [12]
11 FW Spain Sergio Cirio End of contract 17 May 2017 [13]
14 MF George Mells End of contract 17 May 2017 [13]
16 MF Jesse Makarounas End of contract 17 May 2017 [13]
20 GK John Hall End of contract 17 May 2017 [13]
1 GK Eugene Galekovic Melbourne City End of contract 16 June 2017 [14]
7 MF South Korea Kim Jae-sung South Korea Jeonnam Dragons End of contract 28 June 2017 [15][16]
18 MF Riley McGree Belgium Club Brugge $100,000 4 July 2017 [17]
13 FW Marc Marino Australia Campbelltown City End of contract 7 July 2017 [18]
10 MF Argentina Marcelo Carrusca End of contract 8 July 2017 [19]
3 DF Italy Iacopo La Rocca Melbourne City End of contract 15 July 2017 [20]
92 FW Eli Babalj End of contract 30 July 2017 [21]
10 MF Algeria Karim Matmour Mutual contract termination 5 December 2017 [22]
4 DF Ben Warland Sydney FC Free transfer 31 January 2018 [23]

Contract extensions[edit]

No. Name Position Duration Date Notes
4 Ben Warland Defender 2 years 11 May 2017 [24]
9 Senegal Baba Diawara Striker 2 years 11 May 2017 [24]
7 Ryan Kitto Right winger 1 year 11 May 2017 [24]
17 Nikola Mileusnic Attacking midfielder 1 year 11 May 2017 [24]
12 Mark Ochieng Defender 1 year 16 June 2017 [25][26]
23 Jordan Elsey Centre back 1 year 8 August 2017 [27]
1 Daniel Margush Goalkeeper 2 years 18 October 2017 [28]
7 Ryan Kitto Right winger 2 years 14 December 2017 [29]
16 Nathan Konstandopoulos Central midfielder 2 years 14 December 2017 [29]
17 Nikola Mileusnic Attacking midfielder 1 year 14 December 2017 [29]
29 Ryan Strain Right-back 2 years 22 December 2017 [30]

Technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head coach Germany Marco Kurz
Assistant coach Spain Jacobo Ramallo
Assistant coach Croatia Filip Tapalović
High Performance Manager Vacant
Goalkeeper coach Australia Frank Juric
Youth team coach Australia Paul Pezos[31]
Physiotherapist Australia Harry Truong

Statistics[edit]

Squad statistics[edit]

N Pos. Nat. Name Total A-League A-League Finals Series FFA Cup
Apps Goals Yellow card Second yellow card Red card Apps Goals Yellow card Second yellow card Red card Apps Goals Yellow card Second yellow card Red card Apps Goals Yellow card Second yellow card Red card
1 GK Australia Daniel Margush 4 0 0 0 0 4+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0
2 DF Australia Michael Marrone 30 1 1 0 1 16+8 0 1 0 0 1+0 0 0 0 0 5+0 1 0 0 1
5 DF Australia Taylor Regan 16 0 6 0 0 5+8 0 5 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 3+0 0 1 0 0
6 MF Australia Vince Lia 11 2 4 0 0 5+3 2 2 0 0 0+1 0 1 0 0 2+0 0 1 0 0
7 MF Australia Ryan Kitto 27 6 2 0 0 15+8 6 2 0 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 2+1 0 0 0 0
8 MF Spain Isaías 30 0 8 0 0 24+0 0 7 0 0 1+0 0 0 0 0 5+0 0 1 0 0
9 FW Senegal Baba Diawara 17 2 2 0 0 8+3 2 1 0 0 1+0 0 1 0 0 1+4 0 0 0 0
11 MF Denmark Johan Absalonsen 16 8 2 0 0 8+3 6 1 0 0 1+0 0 0 0 0 4+0 2 1 0 0
12 DF Australia Mark Ochieng 17 0 3 0 0 3+10 0 2 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+4 0 1 0 0
14 FW Australia George Blackwood 29 6 2 0 0 15+8 5 2 0 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 4+1 1 0 0 0
16 MF Australia Nathan Konstandopoulos 27 3 1 0 0 13+9 2 1 0 0 1+0 0 0 0 0 3+1 1 0 0 0
17 MF Australia Nikola Mileusnic 31 7 0 0 0 25+0 2 0 0 0 1+0 1 0 0 0 5+0 4 0 0 0
18 MF Australia Lachlan Brook 1 0 0 0 0 1+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0
19 DF Australia Ben Garuccio 27 1 4 1 1 21+1 1 3 1 1 1+0 0 1 0 0 4+0 0 0 0 0
20 GK Australia Paul Izzo 29 0 1 0 0 23+0 0 1 0 0 1+0 0 0 0 0 5+0 0 0 0 0
21 DF Australia Tarek Elrich 3 0 0 0 0 1+2 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0
22 DF Turkey Ersan Gülüm 22 0 7 0 1 20+0 0 6 0 1 1+0 0 0 0 0 1+0 0 1 0 0
23 DF Australia Jordan Elsey 33 1 7 0 0 26+1 1 6 0 0 1+0 0 0 0 0 5+0 0 1 0 0
24 MF Australia Jordan O'Doherty 13 0 3 0 0 8+3 0 3 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 1+1 0 0 0 0
25 FW Australia Apostolos Stamatelopoulos 7 1 0 0 0 2+5 1 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0
26 FW Australia Blake Carpenter 0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0
27 MF Australia Louis D'Arrigo 0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0
27 DF Australia Paul Wilson 0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0
28 FW Australia Kristin Konstandopoulos 1 0 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0
29 DF Australia Ryan Strain 16 0 1 0 0 15+1 0 1 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0
30 GK Australia Isaac Richards 0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0
31 FW Australia Pacifique Niyongabire 1 0 1 0 0 0+1 0 1 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0
31 FW Australia Josh Mori 0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0
37 MF Germany Daniel Adlung 27 6 5 1 0 24+0 5 4 1 0 1+0 0 0 0 0 2+0 1 1 0 0
77 FW Slovenia Džengis Čavušević 4 1 1 0 1 2+2 1 1 0 1 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0
Players no longer at the club:
4 DF Australia Ben Warland 8 0 1 0 0 4+2 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 1+1 0 1 0 0
10 MF Algeria Karim Matmour 11 0 2 0 0 6+2 0 2 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 2+1 0 0 0 0

Pre-season and friendlies[edit]

Competitions[edit]

Overall[edit]

Competition Started round Final
position / round
First match Last match
A-League 5th 8 October 2017 15 April 2018
A-League Finals Elimination-finals Elimination-finals 22 April 2018 22 April 2018
FFA Cup Round of 32 Runners-up 9 August 2017 21 November 2017

A-League[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Sydney FC 27 20 4 3 64 22 +42 64 Qualification to AFC Champions League group stage and Finals series
2 Newcastle Jets 27 15 5 7 57 37 +20 50 Qualification to AFC Champions League second preliminary round and Finals series
3 Melbourne City 27 13 4 10 41 33 +8 43 Qualification to Finals series
4 Melbourne Victory (C) 27 12 5 10 43 37 +6 41 Qualification to AFC Champions League group stage and Finals series
5 Adelaide United 27 11 6 10 36 38 −2 39 Qualification to Finals series
6 Brisbane Roar 27 10 5 12 33 39 −6 35
7 Western Sydney Wanderers 27 8 9 10 38 47 −9 33
8 Perth Glory 27 10 2 15 36 50 −14 32
9 Wellington Phoenix[a] 27 5 6 16 31 55 −24 21
10 Central Coast Mariners 27 4 8 15 28 49 −21 20
Source: A-League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ Wellington Phoenix cannot qualify for the 2019 AFC Champions League as they are not recognised as an AFC club.


Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
27 11 6 10 36 38  −2 39 5 4 4 20 16  +4 6 2 6 16 22  −6

Last updated: 15 April 2018.
Source: ultimatealeague.com

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27
Ground A A H H A H A H H A A H H A A H A A H H A A H H H A A
Result D W D L L L W W L W L W L W D D L W W D L L D W W L W
Position 5 5 5 5 6 8 5 4 5 4 4 4 5 4 4 5 5 5 4 4 5 6 5 5 5 5 5
Last updated: 15 April 2018.
Source: ultimatealeague.com

Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

  Win   Draw   Loss

Matches[edit]

Finals series[edit]

FFA Cup[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Local SA trio commit to Reds". Adelaide United. 14 December 2017. 
  3. ^ "Reds sign Pacifique Niyongabire to scholarship contract". Adelaide United. 6 March 2018. 
  4. ^ "Jets confirm O'Donovan deal". FourFourTwo. 19 April 2017. 
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  6. ^ "Turkish delight as Ersan signs for the Reds". FourFourTwo. 17 July 2017. Retrieved 17 July 2017. 
  7. ^ "Adelaide add Danish attacker Absalonsen". FourFourTwo. 18 July 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2017. 
  8. ^ "Vince Lia signs with Adelaide United". FourFourTwo. 3 August 2017. 
  9. ^ "Algerian midfielder joins Adelaide United". The World Game. SBS. 16 August 2017. 
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  19. ^ Somerford, Ben (8 July 2017). "Adelaide confirms Carrusca exit". FourFourTwo. Retrieved 8 July 2017. 
  20. ^ "La Rocca joins Melbourne City". The World Game. 15 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  21. ^ Somerford, Ben (30 July 2017). "Babalj trials with Czech club". FourFourTwo. 
  22. ^ Migliaccio, Val (5 December 2017). "Adelaide United confirm departure of Algerian international Karim Matmour after just 11 games at the club". The Advertiser. 
  23. ^ Bossi, Dominic (31 January 2018). "A-League: Sydney FC sign Ben Warland, eye more before Asian Champions League". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
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  25. ^ Davidson, John (16 June 2017). "Ochieng to remain a Red". FourFourTwo. 
  26. ^ @markochieng13 (18 June 2017). "Happy to have re-signed with the club for another year! Thanks to everybody that made this…" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
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  28. ^ "Reds in safe hands as Daniel Margush signs two-year extension". Adelaide United. 18 October 2017. 
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  30. ^ "Strain signs two-year extension with United". Adelaide United. 22 December 2017. 
  31. ^ "Pezos appointed as Reds' NYL and NPL Head Coach". Adelaide United. 26 October 2017. 

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