Rewind to a time not so long ago. Adelaide United suffered a soul destroying loss to Gold Coast United at Hindmarsh Stadium. 0-3 in fact. A unpopular Dutchmen by the name of Rini was the holy man in charge of the flock. The followers were frustrated, bemused and angry with how this once proud institution lost its way. Many were praying for divine intervention. How can we turn this around? And more importantly WHO can turn this around?
A moment which changed it all occurred in the lead up to the Reds vital clash with Sydney FC. A another holy man who was once shunned and demoted from the club returned. His name was Kossie. John Kosmina. A man who loves a latte and loves to stir the pot. The man who lead the club to its first and only Premiers plate. He came and the followers knew this holy man would except nothing less then effort.
And here we are, in the present. Since the holy man Kossie took over, Adelaide United have remained undefeated. The tempo has lifted. The players have become disciples of the master. They have played with one lacking ingredient, heart. We all know football is not just a one person game and required the combined effort of the 11 players on the pitch.
Adelaide United can still challenge for the 2011-2012 Championship. Coming into this weekends match with despised rivals, Melbourne Victory they sit in 8th placed level on 18 points with Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory. Three points this weekend will topple the Victory from 6th spot and continue the upward challenge under Kossies reign.
So Adelaide; the city of churches, truly does live up to its name. The football God’s are shinning over the city and this proud club. With 11 weeks to go in the Hyundai A-League, many things can change. Though, what we do know is that Kossie’s men won’t go down without 100% effort and heart.