Image via WikipediaAdelaide United the local A League team have drawn a home and way semi final in Tashkent, Uzbekistan against Bunyodkor in the Asian Champions League. That is a 22 thousand kilometre round trip and a long way to go to play 90 minutes of football.
The Uzbek team is coached by Zico and features Rivaldo. Remember him? He is on a 7 million dollar a year contract. Adelaide's payroll this year -$1.75 million. The Japanese team they beat in the quarter finals had a payroll of $22 million. Interesting contrast.
Hopefully they will get some weekend games rescheduled so that they can prepare properly. No doubt some of the players will have the chance to increase their salaries next year.