Trophy sparks excitement ahead of Knockout Stage

The presence of the official ACL trophy in Adelaide has further enhanced the anticipation and hype around the Reds’ opening leg of their Quarter Final against Bunyodkor.

The arrival and presence of the AFC Champions League trophy in Adelaide has further enhanced the anticipation and hype around the Knockout Stage and the Reds- opening leg of their Quarter Final against Bunyodkor.

Courtesy of the AFC, the trophy has been in Adelaide for the past two days to promote and create hype around the ACL getting down to the business end of the competition.

Following the official pre match media conferences at Hindmarsh Stadium, Reds captain Eugene Galekovic and Bunyodkor skipper Victor Karpenko stood behind the trophy posing for photos and television cameras from local media.

While happy to have photos with the trophy despite it only being up to the Quarter Final stage, Galekovic did not lay his hands on the prize as he knows there is still a long way to go and a lot of hard work to do before he can start thinking about claiming it as his and does not intend to jinx the Reds- chances.

With the benefit of having the trophy in Australia on what is a special and rare occasion, a number of young aspiring players from local club Woodville White City, together with Adelaide United Youth players, were given a chance to hold it and have photos taken with it.

Coaches of the junior teams then spent a moment explaining to the kids the value and standing the trophy has in Asian football, the youngsters- eyes lighting up when told it was the Asian equivalent of the UEFA Champions League prize.

Adelaide United FC sincerely thanks the AFC for the opportunity to display and promote the coveted trophy for what is Asia-s most prestigious club competition.