Interview with Adelaide United's exciting new Socceroo signing Dario Vidosic
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July 18, 2011 12:00am
ADELAIDE United has snared the most intelligent signing of the new A-League season now that Dario Vidosic has signed a three-year deal.
The former Brisbane Roar attacker had just completed four years in Germany one of the toughest league's on the planet before Adelaide came calling.
At just 24 Vidosic is still a few years from his peak, but the Reds faithful will see a mature, clever 2010 FIFA World Cup Socceroo in action at Hindmarsh this season.
Vidosic said he was confident Adelaide have a squad now good enough to win the elusive title - or as fans and players call the trophy "the toilet seat".
This is what Dario says.
VM: What do you think you can bring to Adelaide United?
DV: I want to show that I'm enjoying my game playing with a smile, working hard. I think it's everything, as the game is now, to defend from the front and to walk away feeling you've given everything. I mean personally I like to create, go forward and score, I don't like to go back. I want my teammates to pass forward, so from me you'll see a very attacking style of play and whatever else the coach wants from me. I've learnt a few things after playing in Nuremberg I've had experiences playing in right back. I've also learnt playing on the right and the left. Against Bayern Munich I was the lone striker, so I can bring in versatility to play in many positions.
VM: Your dad, Rado, is an assistant at Brisbane Roar, the obvious move was back home after you trained with the champions earlier this year, what happened?
DV: I sat down with my agent and we looked at the options and I thought training with the Roar I'd enjoy being there. The atmosphere was great. I wasn't a player with the Roar but I was going in with my dad and just training there. I spoke to Rini, and he was keen. I would've played with Roar, and to stay with my parents seemed logical but it's a good thing to get away from that. I wanted to come to a club that is striving to achieve, and Roar have already achieved all that. I also spoke to (former teammate and new housemate) Spase (Dilevski) and he said I'd love it here. He's helped me, I'm staying with him until I get settled.
VM: What was it like in Germany?
DV: Football wise I learnt a lot and I became a better player. I didn't get a lot of opportunities and times I felt I deserved to play. There are plenty of stories that I could tell you and you'd be in disbelief. There were a few situations that were unfortunate, that I don't even know how I got myself into. I was just playing football and that's all I concentrated on. There was nothing negative like going out or anything like that, it was all just misunderstandings within the club. Being in the first year and the second year, being between the first team and second team and between the two coaches and not communicating well and it all came back down on me. And that just kept going on and on like that sometimes I scored two games in a row and got benched a third game; it was a little bit frustrating at times. Also with the club in the relegation game and not to come on and get game time, after everyone said I played a major part. I helped them to get seven points for the team at a vital part of the season.
VM: Mathew Leckie is in Monchengladbach. What can you say to him, a freshman coming in?
DV: I think he just needs to work. They love the defensive side, not just the attacking. That's something they look for in Germany and that's the way they play. It's your own individual flair and characteristics and what you can bring to the team.
VM: What do you do when you're not playing football?
DV: I have fiancee, Tegan, and we'll be with Spase until I find another place. She's helped me a lot, and she'll work. But she needs to find some work down here, she's done an English degree, like business English, and she's done a little bit of hairdressing and modelling, so she'll be looking good. She's almost like my personal stylist.
VM: What else do you do in your spare time?
DV: When I'm at home I just relax. We don't mind going into the city for a coffee, you know that kind of stuff. When I'm at home I play Playstation. I got a DJ set from Germany, so I mix some stuff up if I want to.
VM: Are you captain material? Adelaide doesn't have a captain at the moment.
DV: I don't know. I think it's something I'd like to do. It's something I've set myself to do, maybe just one day to lead a team out. I'd love to have that, it would be an honour to captain the team and to lead them out. But at the moment I'm not concentrating on that.
VM: Your background is Croatian, are you close to the community?
DV: Yeah, definitely. I've heard good things, on Friday nights they put on a good roast, fish and the cevapcici. So it's definitely one thing I'll be doing, going down to watch a few games and to help out the community. I want to put on some good football for the fans too, hopefully win a few things here, and qualify for the ACL. All that's missing is the toilet seat I think they call it, and I'd love to be holding that up.