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Adelaide make A-League history

Adelaide United made history yesterday morning by becoming the first A-League club to reach the AFC Champions League final where it will meet Japan's Gamba Osaka.

This is by no means a small achievement by Adelaide especially after having lost their star players Bruce Djite and Nathan Burns and they have managed to rebuilt their squad to come up with a squad that can bring the necessary results when needed.

I hope the final will a be good one and that it will showcase the talent that is available in the A-League. Its good to see that the club has achieved such a feat despite the constraints posed by the salary cap and fixed squad sizes.

This final is a two legged affair and the first leg will be in Osaka on the 5th of November and the second leg a week later in Adelaide.

I think this time the A-League should postpone the match scheduled for the weekend between the two legs against the Central Coast Mariners to give Adelaide the best possible chance to win the final in the second leg on the 12th.

Its unfortunate that Adelaide have a very small stadium in the form of Hindmarsh Stadium that has less than 20,000 capacity.

This is a very important match to be played in such a small stadium and I hope that this final is a wake up call for the Adelaide city authorities or the state government to build a bigger stadium with a capacity of more than 40,000 not only for these kind of matches but also for World Cup qualifiers.

While Adelaide can play in another stadium in the city like the cricket ground or Football Park, I think it will be to their disadvantage playing in unfamiliar territory and therefore they should stick to Hindmarsh.

If Adelaide win the match then there will be three teams from the A-League in next year's AFC Champions League with the two other teams being the current champions Newcastle Jets and the Central Coast Mariners.

But I think the biggest result is that Adelaide will be going to play in the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan where among the teams playing there will be Manchester United.

Its a good experience for the team plus also it will bring some money which can help strengthen their squad.

I also hope that it wont be long before another A-League club reaches that final because this is very good for the league which is just four years old now and I also hope this will help attract more sponsorship to the league.

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