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Dario Vidosic or “Kangaroo” as he’s known by his FC Sion teammates has hit form in the Swiss Super League with his new club. His rapid rise in a new league was surprising and he spoke about his happiness with his current form recently in an interview with sport.ch: “A-League teams were in the middle of their preparation…Of course I was not in peak form, so I am quite happy with my performances.”

The Socceroo midfielder has experienced the rough and tumble of European football and feels he may have left home a year too early.

“I would make the move again, but perhaps I would wait one year longer. As a young Australian it was not easy to come out on top in Germany. But I really learned a lot,” Vidosic said.

The 26-year-old says he’s changed his game and for the better since his overseas adventures in Germany.

“I focus more on the defence. As a young player I only wanted to move forwards. When we were trailing, I wanted to press forward. The coach did not like that too much, because defensive work is really important in Germany,” he said.

The Australian international revealed his decision on the move to Switzerland with Sion came when he was advised by former FC Sion and Socceroos midfielder, Aurelio Vidmar.

“When there was a request, I talked to Aurelio Vidmar (Assistant Coach of Socceroos). He won the Cup with Sion in 1996 and could only tell me positive things. It was an easy decision for me. If you get a chance like this, you have to grab it,” Vidosic said.

Vidosic isn’t the only Aussie who’s moved to Switzerland, former Central Coast Mariners Oliver Bozanic signed for Luzern in the off-season.

“We send SMS or phone each other every week. When I went to Sion he congratulated me for that decision. We already played against each other twice. That was quite strange, especially as we flew home to Australia after the Cup tie,” he said.

Both Vidosic and Bozanic harbour ambitions to be at next year’s World Cup, but this time as teammates playing in the green and gold. But in the meantime, Vidosic can only reminisce and contemplate on what the 2010 World Cup campaign might’ve been.

“I did everything during the preparation, trained well and quite a lot thought, that I would get game time, especially in the 2nd and 3rd match. But we had a red card against Ghana and against Serbia our full-back got injured. But nonetheless: it was an amazing experience, the best month of my life. I had the feeling, that I could come on and score three goals. It was the best feeling of my life,” he said.

However, Vidosic intends on featuring in the upcoming World Cup making his appearance on the most grandiose of stages.

“Of course. I will give everything to play well to make it to the starting eleven,” he said.

Having rebuilt his career off the back of some very good seasons in the A-League, Dario Vidosic is now targeting bigger things with the Socceroos in the upcoming World Cup and also at  club level as he’s adamant “(he) wants to win titles with Sion.”

Ahmed Yussuf

ahmed mag pic Ahmed is a Melbourne-based writer, and one of the founders of Football Central. He's written in football culture magazine Thin White Line and others, and along with writing puff pieces, he hosts and produces podcasts in association with Football Central.  You can follow him on Twitter: @ahmedyussuf10

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