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Cassio commits to Adelaide

Adelaide United’s left-sided Brazilian player Cassio has committed to the club by re-signing with The Reds for the next two seasons.

The 28 year old ended speculation about his immediate future, by putting pen to paper to keep him in Adelaide until 2010.

“I’m very happy because I feel comfortable here, this is my second home and the fans like me and I like the fans,” Cassio said.

“Everything here for me is fantastic and I always try to do my best on the pitch and I think this is an important decision for me to stay here.”

Cassio admitted it was a tough condition with the offers he received from elsewhere, but said his commitment was to Adelaide.

“It’s hard for us because we are professional and we have to look out for our futures. I had some offers from other clubs here and overseas, some of them with better money but I want to stay here, I am clear with this decision and I feel happy with this decision,” Cassio said.

“The A-League clubs I spoke to here were very professional with their intention to want to sign me, and I just want to say they are very good people, but it was my decision to stay here.”

Adelaide demolish Kuruvchi 3-0 in second half blitz ACL match

Adelaide demolish Kuruvchi 3-0 in second half blitz ACL match

Adelaide Utd have smashed Uzbekistan club side Bunyodkor Kuruvchi 3-0 in the first leg of the ACL semi-final match played at Hindmarsh Stadium tonight in front of 16,998 fans.

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AFC Champions League Final beckons for Adelaide United

Adelaide Utd to come against Rivaldo and Zico

AFC Champions League Semi Finals – 1st Leg

Adelaide United FC vs Bunyodkor/Kuruvchi
Wednesday, October 8 2008. Kick off 7.30 ACDT
Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
Referee: Sun Baojie (China)

The first semi final sees Adelaide United host Bunyodkor/Kuruvchi of Uzbekistan, a team that includes former World and European player of the Year, Rivaldo and is coached by Brazilian and world football legend Zico.

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Crunch time for Adelaide in Asian Champions League

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Adelaide United host J-League Champions Kashima Antlers in the second leg of their AFC Champions League Quarter Final at Hindmarsh Stadium.

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Reds making history in ACL quarter finals

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Adelaide United will make history tonight when they take on Japan’s most successful J-League side Kashima Antlers in the first leg of the AFC Champions League quarter finals.

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Adelaide cruise past the phoenix

Cristiano put away two second-half goals to help Adelaide Utd to an easy 3-0 win against the Wellington Phoenix at Hindmarsh Stadium.

Lucas Pantelis gave the reds an early lead in just the 15th-minute when he slotted away from just inside the penalty area thanks to cross from Brazilian Alemao.

Cristiano made the points safe for Adelaide when he scored in the 48th and 60th minutes which now puts Adelaide at the top of the league table alongside Melbourne.

Adelaide announce squad for AFC Champions League quarter finals

Adelaide United coach Aurelio Vidmar has named his squad for the knockout stage of the AFC Champions League, with Alemao being the unlucky player to miss out because only three foreign players are allowed by the Asian Football Confederation.

““We made the decision to take Alemao out unfortunately. It was a tough decision but we just thought that with Cassio and Diego, they’ve already been there and know what to expect, and Cristiano has got a fair bit of experience,” Vidmar said.

“We have also got cover if we have to on that side but it wasn’t an easy decision because I would have liked to have all of them in there.”

“All four of them want to play but unfortunately I can’t have all of them in there so that was the decision we made. You have to play within the rules and that’s the way we decided to go.”

Alemao’s only chance of playing in the AFC Champions League is if one of the other foreigners gets injured more than three days before the game.

Vidmar also announced that Adelaide United’s first four Youth League signings have been added to the AFC Champions League squad.

The first leg of Adelaide United’s Quarter Final against the Kashima Antlers is on Wednesday, September 17 in Japan before the return leg on Wednesday, September 24 at Hindmarsh Stadium.

Adelaide United FC AFC Champions League Knockout Stage Squad: Paul Agostino, Joel Allwright*, Fabian Barbiero, Mark Birighitti, Cassio, Robert Cornthwaite, Angelo Costanzo, Cristiano, Diego, Travis Dodd, Eugene Galekovic, Scott Jamieson, Michael Marrone*, Daniel Mullen, Matthew Mullen*, Sasa Ognenovski, Lucas Pantelis, Paul Reid, Jonas Salley, Kristian Sarkies, Jason Spagnuolo, Alex Sunasky*, Michael Valkanis, Robert Younis.

* denotes AUFC Youth League Player

Australian football weekly roundup

A number of issues to touch on after a busy few days for Australian football.

Australia v. Ghana

The embarrassment surrounding the non-playing of the Ghanaian national anthem could be taken as a harbinger of the evening as a whole, for the Socceroos’ performance was largely embarrassing.

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Bruce Djite – Archie the second

If the tetchy negotiations and media blurtings surrounding Bruce Djite’s imminent overseas move appear somewhat familiar, there’s a good reason.

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Adelaide Utd v Binh Duong Asian Champions League football goals and highlights

NATHAN Burns has single handedly put Vietnamese side Binh Duong to the sword earlier tonight by setting up 3 goals with an amazing individual display at Hindmarsh Stadium. All 5 goals were scored in the 2nd half after a first half dominated by Adelaide.

See all the match goals and highlights for Adelaide Unite v Binh Duong

Played: Wednesday 23 April 2008

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