Six peak A-League moments

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From lost kits to barbecue sauce bottle mascots, A-League fans have truly seen it all and one of the greatest things about it is it does not happen anywhere else in the footballing world.

Fans often refer to these moments as peak A-League moments, and for your own pleasure, I have listed some of the best of them below.

  1. Kerem Bulut celebration

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Former Western Sydney Wanderers player Bulut thought he gave his side the lead against Melbourne City. The only problem was it was deemed offside, but he did not realise for at least 20 seconds.

His 20-second long celebration post disallowed goal is arguably one of the greatest things to ever happen in an A-League game.

  1. Broken Central Coast Mariners goal

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The Mariners are the only team to provide multiple entries into this list. That counts for something right?

In a game against Perth Glory at Central Coast Stadium, the goal broke. What makes this even better is that it’s not the first time something like this has happened.

In a game against Melbourne Victory, the net broke and the Victory physio had to hold Kosta Barbarouses in the air as he tried to fix it with tape, as Ben Kennedy watched on.

This is some park football stuff that made for excellent viewing for fans.

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  1. Qantas losing Glory’s kit

Travelling to Melbourne for their round two clash this season against Western United, Glory were forced to play in a training kit they turned into an impromptu playing kit.

Why? Because Qantas allegedly managed to lose the team’s kit. While it did not have any effect on the result, Qantas put out a post on Twitter announcing the arrival of the team’s kit in Melbourne.

Perth soon realised their mistake and had to apologise for losing their own kit.

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  1. Lucy Zelic insulting the entire city of Adelaide

Whilst live on Facebook with co-host Nick Stoll, for SBS The World Game, Zelic unleashed on Adelaide.

The co-hosts were interviewing Mariners recruit Ziggy Gordon about his time in Australia. As Gordon talked about which cities he had seen, Zelic went on to say that he would not miss much in Adelaide.

She then went on to call the city of Adelaide a ‘s**thole’. This prompted quite the reaction from not only her co-host but the entire state of South Australia.

Interestingly, Zelic was then invited to visit Adelaide by the state’s Premier Stephen Marshall.

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5. Mariners’ sauce bottles

Since the beginning of the A-League, the Mariners have been sponsored by Masterfoods. The sauce bottles at Central Coast Stadium have become an icon of Australian football.

They’ve been involved in some memorable moments over the years, including the barbecue sauce bottle being slide tackled by Brent Griffiths in a testimonial match.

But perhaps their greatest moment ever came before the Mariners faced the Newcastle Jets in an F3 derby at the start of last season.

Responding to chants from the Jets’ fanbase, the barbecue sauce was again the centre of attention. This time they flipped the bird to the Jets’ faithful. Nothing else to say really.

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  1. Brisbane Roar kit failure

In an AFC Champions League qualifying game against Ceres-Negros FC, Roar had a slight wardrobe malfunction. The numbers started to peel off their kits.

It was particularly bad for Eric Batheauc, whose jersey number got so bad he had to grab a different number and put tape over it for it to work. Again, this is park football stuff at the highest level.

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Feature image credit: Hyundai A-League

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Declan Smith
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