AUFC Legends In Focus: Goalkeeper and Defenders


Adelaide United has compiled a team of Club greats to take part in a legends match against the Australian Defence Force open men’s football team before the Remembrance Round clash against Perth Glory on Sunday.

The team will be coached by former boss and current Director of Football, Aurelio Vidmar, and kick-off at 1:35pm at Coopers Stadium.

Here is a brief rundown of their respective careers with the Club.

Goalkeeper

David Scarsella

Scarsella was on the books of the Reds for the Club’s inaugural 2003/04 season. The gloveman was a reliable shot-stopper and even spent time as the team’s goalkeeper coach following the departure of Peter Blažinčić.

Defenders

Richie Alagich

A model of consistency, Alagich has been one of the greatest ever full-backs to maraud up and down the right flank for the Reds. After joining for the team’s maiden season, he went on to make 65 Hyundai A-League appearances and scored two goals before retiring from professional football following the 2007/08 season.

Angelo Costanzo

The elegant central defender was part of the side that clinched the maiden Hyundai A-League Premier’s Plate in 2005/06. Known for his exceptional ball distribution and reading of the game, Costanzo goes down as one of the Club’s most intelligent defenders. The ex-Socceroo amassed 73 games for the Reds between 2005 and 2009.


Iain Fyfe

Fyfe returned to his hometown city, joining the Reds in 2009 from Sydney FC. A commanding defender, Fyfe had excellent positional awareness, was strong in the tackle and had a knack of finding the back of the net. The centre-back scored five goals in 75 league matches for Adelaide.   

Cássio

The diminutive Brazilian is arguably the greatest left-back to have played in the Hyundai A-League. Cássio joined the Reds in 2007 and went on to play 150 games with the Club over a seven-year period. He managed to combine tenacity with style and was known for his marauding forward runs, before whipping in dangerous crosses with his left foot. Cássio was also capable of scoring stunning strikes, from free-kicks to thumping half-volleys.

Cassio scores a cracker against Central Coast Mariners

Adam van Dommele

Van Dommele was a member of the team for the inaugural Hyundai A-League season. After showing promise in the local competition, the then 21-year-old moved to Adelaide United and went on to amass a total of 29 appearances in two seasons.

Daniel Mullen

Another South Australian to successfully integrate into the Adelaide United side, Mullen made his debut for the Reds as an 18-year-old. Adept at playing as a right-back or centre-back, Mullen was a solid defender and always caused a threat from set-pieces with his strong aerial ability.  

Adelaide United host Perth Glory in Round 4 of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season on Sunday, 11 November at Coopers Stadium. Kick-off is at 4.30pm ACDT. Gates open 1.30pm. Live and Exclusive on Fox Sports and streamed on the My Football Live App.