Even more to play for with Kosmina/Muscat Cup

If there was not already enough passion and motivation in Adelaide United v Melbourne Victory encounters, there is now even more incentive.

If there was not already enough passion and motivation in Adelaide United v Melbourne Victory encounters, there is now even more incentive with the teams to play off for the inaugural Kosmina/Muscat Cup.

The Cup celebrates one of, if not, the biggest rivalries in not only the Hyundai A-League but Australian sport - Adelaide United v Melbourne Victory, South Australia v Victoria.

Named after two of the respective clubs- largest and most controversial personalities, former Reds Coach John Kosmina and former Melbourne Victory captain Kevin Muscat, the Cup will each year be decided by the result of the clubs- three encounters during the Hyundai A-League season and then presented to the winning club after the final minor round match between the teams.

In addition to the perpetual trophy, there will be also be a Kosmina/Muscat medal awarded to the best player of each game. To be independently voted on by Kosmina and Muscat on a 3-2-1 basis, the player on the highest number of votes to be presented with the medal at the end of the match.

The highly publicised no love-loss relationship between Kosmina and Muscat during the early years of the Hyundai A-League, which was highlighted by that infamous sideline incident on 15 October 2006 at Etihad Stadium, has typified the rivalry and emotion that has developed between the two clubs.

Yesterday, in the lead up to tonight-s sell out clash at Hindmarsh Stadium, the Reds- Brazilian pocket rocket Cassio joined his Victory counterpart Fabio to show off the new piece of silverware in the heart of Adelaide-s CBD.

Adelaide United v Melbourne Victory, the Kosmina/Muscat Cup, Harry Kewell - it-s going to be a big night at Hindmarsh Stadium!