A-League snapshot – Round 3

Hyundai A-League 2009/10 Snapshot Round 3 - 5 million passionate fans in less than five years!

Hyundai A-League 2009/10 Snapshot Round 3 - 5 million passionate fans in less than five years!

As a relatively new competition, building from the ground up, 5 million spectators in less than five years is a cause for celebration.

The 12,161st spectator to make it to match day in Round 3 is all it will take to record the 5,000,000th attendee to the Hyundai A-League. 4,987,839 fans have already attended a Hyundai A-League fixture to date and the 5,000,000 mark will be eclipsed this coming weekend.

And to help celebrate, we're offering 'number 5 million' a trip for two to Melbourne to see Australia's 'do or die' AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Oman on Wednesday, 14 October.

With 34 goals in just 2 rounds, including another milestone with Carlos Hernandez scoring the Hyundai A-League’s 1000th goal, the Hyundai A-League will heat up even further in Round 3 with Perth Glory to host their first home match versus Newcastle Jets, Wellington Phoenix crossing the Tasman to face the Brisbane Roar, the Hyundai A-League's best credentialled team, Adelaide United, taking on league leaders Gold Coast United and Sydney heading to Gosford to face the Mariners.

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Stats, facts & milestones

Adelaide United v Gold Coast United
Friday 21 August 2009, Hindmarsh Stadium, 7.30pm local

- Adelaide United hosts its 50th Hyundai A-League match, the first club to reach the half-century of home matches.
- In its 49 Hyundai A-League home matches to date, Adelaide have a formidable record of W26-D12-L11.

Central Coast Mariners v Sydney FC
Saturday 22 August 2009, Bluetongue Stadium, 3.00pm local

- With 48 goals scored in 13 previous Hyundai A-League matches to date, the Central Coast Mariners and Sydney FC could be the first fixture pairing to have 50 goals scored between them.
- Central Coast Mariners and Sydney FC played out the highest-scoring Hyundai A-League game to date, Sydney getting up 5-4 at Bluetongue Stadium in Round 15, 2007/08.

North Queensland Fury v Melbourne Victory
Saturday 22 August 2009, Dairy Farmers Stadium, 5.00pm local

- After losing their first two matches, North Queensland Fury will be striving to avoid the record of longest losing start for a new club: never before has a team lost its first three matches in the Hyundai A-League

Brisbane Roar v Wellington Phoenix
Sunday 23 August 2009, Suncorp Stadium, 3.00pm local

- Brisbane Roar will be aiming to put a halt to an unwanted all-time Hyundai A-League record, having conceded in their previous 12 matches at home.
- The last time the Roar kept a team scoreless at Suncorp Stadium was on February 8, 2008 (Brisbane Roar 2-0 Sydney FC)

Perth Glory v Newcastle Jets
Sunday 23 August 2009, Members Equity Stadium, 3.00pm local

- Newcastle Jets will be aiming to avoid a club record winless streak of ten away matches

Birthday celebrations

- This week best birthday wishes go out to Gold Coast United’s Steve Pantelidis who turns 26 on Monday, August 17
- Newcastle Jets Captain Matthew Thompson turns 27 the following day, Tuesday, August 18
- Eugene Dadi of Perth Glory turns 36 on Thursday August 20
- Sydney FC’s Clint Bolton hopes to celebrate his 34th birthday with a win on Saturday August 22
- And Mitchell Langerak of the Melbourne Victory may have to postpone his 21st birthday celebrations until he returns from his trip away to Townsville to face North Queensland Fury on Saturday, August 22

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