Aussies Abroad – October 2013 Review

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Aussies Abroad – October 2013 Review

A massive month for our Aussies Abroad and it’s not all about the English Premiership though with Germany, Holland, Greece and Switzerland all popping up with Aussies appearing. Several competitions across Asia have completed their seasons, namely China and Thailand, while Japan and Korea have about a month to go. Another quiet month for transfers but the closing of the Asian season may see a few loan deals in the New Year. Seems like a long time back, but the Socceroos did appear against France and Canada during the past month.  With a change to the national manager we wait and…

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Oar Aims for Consistency

Utrecht’s start to their 2013/14 campaign couldn’t have begun any worse with the Dutch club being knocked out of the Europa League by Luxembourg’s FC Differdange 03. This disappointment was compounded by them only winning one of their first seven matches in all competitions. Socceroo attacker Tommy Oar can see a change for the better on the horizon. “It was extremely disappointing to be eliminated from the Europa League so early, but since then, although our performances have improved a lot we have struggled to put the points on the board,” said Tommy Oar. “We have several new players this season and…

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Ryan Focused on the Here and Now

Former Central Coast Mariner, Mathew Ryan has started life at his new club Club Brugge better than he could’ve even imagined. An impressive run of form in preseason saw Ryan claim the number one spot for his club over veteran Serb keeper Vladan Kujovic and Belgian youth international Sven Dhoest. “To be honest I didn’t really know what to expect. In the initial stages I just concentrated on working hard and doing my best in each opportunity I had,” said Ryan. He puts his seamless transition into the Brugge side down a lot to the excellent guidance of his former…

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Making the first move

Tim Cahill, Harry Kewell, and Lucas Neill are three of the most looked up to for our next generation. It is the dream of emulating these Aussie football heroes that drives many young players. However, is the path that these three legends made necessarily the best one to follow? Success via England tends to be the exception rather than the rule. The opening of the Australian transfer window has seen a bit of movement this January with confirmed moves of Erik Paartalu going to Tianjin Teda (China), Michael Marrone to Shanghai Shenxin (China), and Tom Rogic to Glasgow Celtic (Scotland) arguably the biggest move coming out of…

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Zeleny’s Academic Approach

Daniell Zeleny (24) is a young man with a level-head and determined spirit. He has not only managed to have a career as a professional footballer but has also obtained a degree in Sports Management. Recognising early on that perhaps the big leagues of Europe were out of reach, Daniell didn’t let this deter him from chasing his football dream but did this while laying a foundation for life after playing. Asia has provided the central defender with many experiences both good and bad that have helped him develop both as a footballer and a man. We caught up recently…

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Chris could be the next Aussie football Ikon

Atalanta youngster, Chris Ikonomidis, has big wraps on him from World Cup legends and former Socceroos yet has so far passed under the radar of most back in his homeland. Already being looked at by Greece, it would be a shame to miss out on exactly the type of player we have been crying out for. We caught up with the promising playmaker recently and asked him about his time and Italy and future goals. You started off at Sutherland Sharks. What was it like there?  I enjoyed my football at Sutherland, starting in the under 11’s and ending on…

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Alex is Number One

You get the feeling that Alex Cisak will one day become a champion goalkeeper, but then Alex always had that feeling. He is blessed with some fantastic talent and is highly regarded by many across the UK and Australia. Currently the number 1 at Oldham Athletic in League One, Alex always knew he wanted to be a professional footballer and was driven to achieve that dream. I caught up with Alex earlier in the week and we spoke about his start in football and the A-league among other things. Thank you for joining us at OS Aussies Alex. Lets start…

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Tassie Keeper Dreaming of Tasmania united

Ahmed Essof spoke with Australian goalkeeper Alex Cisak about his career in English football, his national allegiance and his dreams of one day playing in the A-League for Tasmania United. AE: Lets start off by discussing your start in football. You moved away from Australia at a young age and began your career with Leicester. Was it tough to leave home being so young? AC: I moved over and signed a four-year contract with Leicester City just after my 15th birthday. I had spent the previous two years training full time, and playing football full time for a living was my…

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Home fire burns for Andreas

Andreas Govas has spent a lot of his developmental years as a footballer in three different footballing cultures, England, Greece, and France. At 22, he knows how important it is to be playing first team football on a consistent basis. The real question for him is, where he will do this? With interest abroad mixed with a desire to play in his homeland, only time will tell where football will take him next. OS Aussies caught up with Andreas to discuss this and more. You’ve played in England, Greece, and France. Can you tell us about your experiences in each…

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