中超强队鲁能23人团队将从最高气温8摄氏度的中国来到气温高达30多度的阿德莱德训练和比赛，预计本周末抵达阿德莱德，队员包括最佳射手阿洛伊西奥·多斯桑托斯·贡萨尔维斯(Aloisio Dos Santos Goncalves)。比赛日预计气温高达33度，好在晚7:30时(阿德莱德时间)热浪已消散。比赛前几日气温均居高不下。
阿德莱德联队教练阿莫尔(Guillermo Amor)透露，队员名单已出炉，包括外援Isaias, Sergio Cirio, and Marcelo Carrusca。
阿德莱德联队也将迎来熟悉面孔塞尔吉奥·范迪克(Serginho Van Djik),他曾为阿德莱德联队进球28次。他说：“很高兴回到阿德莱德联队，我希望能为球队增光添彩，在亚洲足坛取得成就。有球迷们的支持，我们有很大胜算，我有信心。”
ALMOST a decade after their first win over Adelaide United in the Asian Champions League, Shandong Luneng is preparing to return to South Australia to take on the Reds again.
The Chinese Super League powerhouse is expected to arrive in Adelaide on the weekend with a 23-man squad, which includes the league’s top scorer Aloisio Dos Santos Goncalves.
Shandong players will leave wintry temperatures in China, with a high of 8C forecast this weekend, to train and play in temperatures above 30C.
The game-day weather forecast for Tuesday, February 9, is for a dry, hot day with a 33C maximum but the 7.30pm evening kick-off will likely offer players some respite from the heat.
Similar temperatures are forecast in the days leading up to the match at Coopers Stadium, which is sponsored by the biggest Australian-owned beer brand, Coopers.
Coopers Stadium hosted football matches in the 2000 Olympic Games, is considered by many to be the best purpose-built football stadium in Australia and usually boasts an immaculate playing surface. However, two A-League matches at the venue within a week in the lead-up to the match and a hot December and January could have the turf looking tired.
This is the fourth time the Fighting Orange will play against United, beating the South Australian club on two of their previous meetings – both 1-0 victories at Coopers Stadium.
The two clubs have had a partnership since 2008 – a year after Shandong’s first victory in Adelaide - with exchanges and invitations to pre-season tournaments.
Shandong and South Australia are also sister-states, having signed an agreement to co-operate in multiple sectors including manufacturing, mining, food and beverages, trade, and education in 1986.
Shandong’s capital, Jinan, has a population of 6.8 million and more than 95 million people live in the province.
As well as its famous beer, South Australia is world-renowned for its clean beaches, high quality seafood and its world-class wine, which it supplies to Shandong Province.
Chinese languages are spoken in the home by more than 25,000 South Australians and thousands of Chinese students attend the three main universities in Adelaide.
The Adelaide Zoo houses the only pair of Giant Pandas in the Southern Hemisphere.
A near-capacity crowd of 15,000 is expected at the match, which is in the middle of a week Chinese New Year celebrations in Adelaide.
Adelaide United coach Guillermo Amor has finalised his team selection, naming international imports Isaias, Sergio Cirio, and Marcelo Carrusca to the squad to face Shandong.
Adelaide will also welcome back the familiar face of Serginho Van Djik, who scored 28 goals in all competitions for the Reds in his previous stint in South Australia.
“It feels great to be back with Adelaide United I hope I can add something extra to the team and be successful in Asia,” van Dijk said.
“With our fans behind us, we definitely have a big chance of going through to the group stage and I’m very confident we can progress.”
The in-form Reds are undefeated in their last nine games coming off a close 1-0 win over the Newcastle Jets earlier in the week and were in 6th place on the A-League, ladder ahead of their home match against Sydney FC on Friday night.
Reds Captain and goalkeeper, Eugene Galekovic, said he was excited to play against one of China’s biggest clubs and acknowledged Shandong as dangerous opposition.
“They’re one of the largest clubs not only in China, but also Asia, and we know they’re going to give us a very tough game,” he said.
Asian clubs Sanfrecce Hiroshima (Japan), FC Seoul (Korea) and Buriram United (Thailand) await the winner of the one-off tie in Group F of the ACL.
South Australia’s Investment and Trade Minister, Martin Hamilton-Smith said he expected millions of television viewers in Shandong to watch the Asian Champions League preliminary playoff.
“The popularity of football in China is growing rapidly and next week millions of people from our sister-state Shandong and Asia generally will tune in to see our Reds take on their team live,” he said.
“As we approach this year’s 30th anniversary of our sister state relationship with the Shandong Province, this is a great way to highlight our links to the region and the potential to grow through new social, political, and economic opportunities.”