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Four years of the historic A-League of the ‘Spanish trio’

first_imgIsaías Sánchez, former Adelaide United player “After four years, I look back and yes, it was the most special moment of my career.” Isaiah Sanchez, Sergio Candle and Paul Sanchez they remember in great detail one of the great exploits of world football in the last decade. A milestone in the form of a comeback in which they were the protagonists. Today, May 1, 2020, four years have passed since the A-League conquered by Adelaide United, a team led by Guillermo Amor who, after eight days played in the Australian championship, did not know the victory and was in last place on the leaderboard. “I remember a talk by Love when we were last. He told us: ‘You have to go match by match, because just as we are last, we can be champions. There was silence. We all think: ‘You can be optimistic, but not so much’“recalls Cirio, current Ibiza player.That team came from winning the first edition of the FFA Cup and reaching the A-League semifinals under the baton of Josep Gombau, who before the start of the 2015/16 season had to return to Spain for personal reasons. His position was occupied by Guillermo Amor, his assistant until then. “He changed some things and we had a hard time assimilating them,” recalls Isaías Sánchez. The fans had high hopes for that campaign, but after eight league games Adelaide United did not know the victory and was at the bottom of the table. “In Australia, clubs tend to be more patient with coaches. That streak in Spain would have cost Amor the job. But there was calm and that caused the good results to come, “recalls Sergio Cirio.”They said we were candidates to win it all, and starting so bad surprised everyone“adds Isaiah, now in the Al Wakrah of Qatar. Sergio Cirio, former Adelaide United player Everything changed on December 6, 2015. After five wins and three draws, Adelaide welcomed Perth with a variant in its eleven: Pablo Sánchez, who had been a substitute, started and only took two minutes to score the goal that turned him upside down. “I was not playing a leading role, but I was able to play and score. That victory was a turning point in our season,” recalls Sánchez himself. “My hair stands on end as I remember that victory“, discovers Isaías Sánchez,” it was a very important moment for us and we managed to take the three points. We remember it as the day we transformed. We thought, ‘Now we do.’ “After defeating Perth Glory, Adelaide United chained 14 games without losing that took him from the last to the second position in the table. An unprecedented streak that ended up giving him the lead in the last date, after beating Melbourne City and seeing how Brisbane Roar did not pass the tie against Victory. “City had a great team. There was Aaron Mooy, who now plays in the Premier League, or Sorensen, the goalkeeper of the Danish team for many years. But we were a very serious team and very sacrificed on the field. We won 0-2 at home “, details Isaías Sánchez. “We got together in a bar to watch the Brisbane game. The rival goalkeeper had a great game. They had plenty of chances, but were 0-0. When the referee whistled the end it was a party“recalls Cirio. “Going to Australia was the best decision of my life” Pablo Sánchez, former Adelaide United playercenter_img After the break WS Wanderers closed the gap. “There were moments of doubt, because in any stopped ball they can tie you, but Pablo’s entry ended up giving us the title“Sergio Cirio recalls. ‘Supersub’ Sánchez entered ’86 and ended up deciding the final in Adelaide’s favor:”During the whole week, when I went to sleep I thought: ‘Pablo, you are going to play little, but you are going to have one and you are going to put it in’. It was an exercise in self-conviction. Amor put me on the left wing, but everything was playing on the right and I went to the center. There was a clearance, the rival midfielder controlled poorly, I anticipated and stood in front of the goal. I had been dreaming about that moment for a week, so I hit him with the soul and he went inside. Marking a goal that gives you a title is something any footballer dreams of. I’ve seen it repeated over 500 times“, details the Andalusian.That was how Adelaide, a team sunk in the eighth day -the regular phase has 27 dates-, ended up conquering the first A-League in its history. A success founded on trust in Guillermo Amor, his coaching staff and the work of three Spanish footballers: the ‘Master’ Isaías Sánchez, the indisputable Sergio Cirio and ‘Supersub’ Sánchez. “I am clear that that was one of the great moments of my career,” recalls an ‘Isa’ who, after six years in the country, ended up becoming an Australian national. “I am very happy to have decided to go play in Australia. In Spain we players are the protagonists; there it is focused on the fans enjoying themselves,” Cirio analyzes. “I remember it as if it were yesterday. It was the great moment of my career with the promotion to Second with Sevilla Atlético”, completes Pablo Sánchez. Four years of the historic A-League of the ‘Spanish trio’. Finishing the regular season first allowed Adelaide to play the ‘play-off’ at home. The semifinals, against Melbourne City, were a walk. The ‘reds’ won 4-1 with a new goal from Pablo Sánchez, who earned the nickname ‘supersub’: “Nobody wants to be a super substitute. I wanted to start, but it was the role I had to play. That season I scored nine goals and made seven coming off the bench. Marking in the semifinals was incredible “, details the player from Cádiz months after hanging up his boots after three seasons in Segunda B with Llagostera and San Fernando.In the final he played Westers Sydney Wanderes, another team plagued by Spanish -Dimas Delgado, Andreu Gerao and Alberto Aguilar- that Adelaide had not been able to win during the regular season. “The city was so overturned that we played at Coopers, a 50,000-capacity stadium where Australian football matches are usually played,” recalls Sergio Cirio. Bruce Kamau opened the scoring in the 22nd minute and Isaías Sánchez, before the break, made it 2-0 from a direct free kick. “That season I scored five foul goals. At first there were other colleagues who asked me, but that day no one dared to approach. When I picked up the ball I knew I could fit it. He entered the entire squad, “recalls the Sabadell midfielder.” He went to celebrate on the bench, which was in our part of the field. I stayed in the central circle so that the rival did not serve, “adds Cirio. “During the whole week, when I went to sleep I thought: ‘Pablo, you are going to play little, but you are going to have one and you are going to put it in’” “That streak in Spain would have cost Amor the job”last_img

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