We reveal the worst ever A-League title defences

If there’s one part of the beautiful game cherished most by fans it’s the redemptive quality of time – where the lows of defeat are quickly replaced by the ecstasy of victory and a failed season can so easily be turned around.

Nothing quite encapsulates the rapid nature of change quite like Adelaide United’s fall from Champions to cellar dwellers in under 12 months.

So to commemorate the majestic fall of the Reds we take a look back in history at the A-League’s four worst title defences.

4. Brisbane Roar 2014/15

Following their record-breaking third Championship the previous season, Brisbane’s title defence started in the worst way possible with just three wins in their first 14 games. From there the season never really took off, scraping into 6th place thanks to Perth Glory’s generous salary cap breaches, before being bundled out in a 2-1 elimination final defeat to Adelaide.

Brisbane’s average of 1.26 points per game, while far from diabolical, places them 4th in the worst A-League title defences of all time.

3. Sydney FC 2010/11

After the glory of the previous year, reality was to set back in for Vitezslav Lavicka and the reigning A-League Champions in the Czech’s second season at the helm. A disastrous start saw the Sky Blues take just four points in a winless first ten games, while a remarkable five straight losses in December ensured a 9th place finish.

Thankfully for the Sky Blues they had the ever-reliable, and dismal, North Queensland Fury to prop up the bottom of the table. Nonetheless, Sydney’s average 1.13 points per game earns them a place on the podium as the third worst title defence in A-League history.

2. Newcastle Jets 2008/09

Registering just 18 points and four wins throughout the campaign, the Jets’ defence of their inaugural A-League Championship was… disastrous. Ending the season bottom of the table, Newcastle’s fortunes were only set to improve in the years to come with seven straight finishes in the bottom half of the table (#consistent).

Newcastle’s impressive average of 0.86 points per game that season make them the (current) holders of worst title defence in history, but it’s now severely under threat from…

1. Adelaide United 2016/17

The fall from grace could not be more pronounced for the reigning A-League Champions sitting bottom of the ladder on 15 points with just three wins to their name this season.

With an average 0.68 points per game so far, even if the Reds were to win all five remaining matches they would still have the second worst points ratio of any defending champion.

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