The remarkable revival of The Reds

Everybody loves a good underdog story in football. It’s these ‘rocky’ like comebacks that manage to bring everyone together and throw support to a team to who they never thought they
would be supporting.

There’sbeen quite a few underdog stories this season in Europe. FC Carpi in Italy’s Serie A who were once playing in Serie D, and now find themselves playing in Italy’s top division. FC Rostov, a team that was doomed for relegation in the Russian Premier League last season but remarkably sit just one point behind league leaders CSKA Moscow with seven games remaining. FC Rostov’s story sounds incredibly familiar to a club playing in the English Premier League right now…

 

But here in Australia, we have our own underdog story going on. Adelaide United started the 2015/16 A-League season on a bit of downhearted note, after cult figure Josep Gombau announced that he’ll be leaving United due to family reasons. His replacement being former FC Barcelona midfielder and Adelaide United technical director Guillermo Amor.

Amor’s reign at the Adelaide United helm didn’t get off to a very promising start. United were win-less in their first eight games, being held to a draw on three occasions and losing five; thus leaving them at rock-bottom in the league. The Reds were a side that just looked lost, displaced and hopeless, but on the 6th of December 2015 everything began to change.

Adelaide hosted Perth Glory at Coopers stadium, finally claiming their first win with a 1-0 victory thanks to an early Pablo Sanchez goal. From this match onwards, Adelaide would go on to embark on an astonishing run, going 14 games unbeaten and surging to the top of the A-League table.

The final round of the season ended in dramatic fashion. Not only were Adelaide United in the running to win the premiers plate, but Melbourne City, Brisbane Roar and Western Sydney Wanderers all had a chance to clinch the minor premiership. In true underdog fashion, it was Adelaide United who would claim top spot after they defeated Melbourne City away at AAMI Park, leaving City to finish in 4th spot.

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 The Reds gave Bruno Fornaroli absolutely no breathing space 

For a team that had faced so much discontentment to then turn their whole season around just goes to show that in football, all you need to succeed is a bit of hope and belief.

Let’s see if they can live up the expectation and go one better to take it all out.

Ari Charilaou