Around the grounds: Hyundai A-League legend Thompson signs to play in Spain

Melbourne Victory legend Archie Thompson will continue his playing career in Europe after signing to play with Spanish fifth tier outfit Racing Murcia.

Thompson, who has been playing with Murray United in Victoria’s NPL2 announced on social media he has inked a guest-stint contract with the club.


Now 40, Thompson finished his illustrious Hyundai A-League career at the end of the 2015/16 Season.

He scored 90 goals and won three Championships with Victory, famously scoring five goals in the 2007 Hyundai A-League Grand Final.

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Thompson will play under experienced coach David Vidal at Racing Murcia, who previously managed the likes of Las Palmas, Villarreal and Rayo Vallecano.

The ambitious club have reportedly set themselves a target of being back amongst Spain’s elite in La Liga in the next five years.

Western United FC's kit ready for club's first-ever match

Excitement is building with just a couple of days before the Hyundai A-League's newest club - Western United FC - will play their first-ever match when they take on local outfit Caroline Springs George Cross FC. 

While coach Mark Rudan has been busily preparing his players for the historic occasion, it seems no one at Western United FC has been busier than their kit man.

 

 


Thursday night's clash will be played at City Vista Pavilion and Sports Field, with kick-off at 7pm (AEST).

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Verbeek reveals plans for Adelaide's next import signing

Gertjan Verbeek has confirmed Adelaide United aren’t done in the transfer market.

Adelaide have four import players on their books so far - German Mirko Boland, Danish defender Michael Jakobsen and new recruits Michaël Maria (Curacao) and Kristian Opseth (Norway).

And ahead of his side's FFA Cup 2019 Round of 16 clash with Olympic, Verbeek revealed that he is hopeful of adding a Chinese player onto the club's roster before the new Hyundai A-League season commences.

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“We have to wait for that because the Chinese competition is still going on,” Verbeek said.

“We have four [visa players] now and the fifth one will be a Chinese (player).”

Verbeek has revealed the nationality of Adelaide United's next signing
Gertjan Verbeek has revealed the nationality of Adelaide United's next signing

Elsey expecting FFA Cup shootout

They both scored five goals in the Round of 32 and Jordan Elsey is predicting another shootout when his Adelaide United take on free-scoring Olympic FC in the FFA Cup 2019 Round of 16 on Wednesday night.

Both the Reds (over Melbourne Knights) and Olympic FC (over Bayswater City) cruised to 5-2 victories in the Round of 32.

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Despite sitting fourth in the Queensland NPL, Ben Cahn’s Olympic are the competition’s top scorers, convincing Elsey his defence will need to stay sharp at Perry Park.

“They’re obviously a good team, they’ve made it this far and we’ve seen the video and they’re a very attacking team and we look forward to stopping that,” Elsey told reporters at Adelaide airport on Tuesday.

“We want to score goals and create chances too so it should be an exciting game.

“They are very fast up front and they create a lot of chances. So it’s about us being aware of that and playing our own game.”

While Norwegian striker Kristian Opseth hasn’t travelled to Brisbane, Elsey confirmed George Blackwood was part of the Reds squad after overcoming his injury issues.

Adelaide United are aiming to reach the last eight of the FFA Cup for the fifth time in six years of the competition.