11 facts on new Caltex Socceroo Ajdin Hrustic

Ajdin Hrustic has been called up to the latest Caltex Socceroos squad.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Staff writer
Ange Postecoglou’s Caltex Socceroos squad announced this week for a “Super June” of matches included a fresh face in Ajdin Hrustic. But who is he?

Here are 11 facts about our exciting new face as we trace his journey from Melbourne to Holland…

1.He is best mates with Manchester City sensation Leroy Sane, who he met when playing in Germany.

2.Ajdin is 20, from Dandenong in Melbourne and a former Heatherton United and South Melbourne junior

Young Aussie midfielder Ajdin Hrustic in action in the Eredivisie.

3.He was coached by Ange Postecoglou at a camp for elite junior players almost nine years ago.

4.Hrustic was also involved in an U-13 Australian boys side coached by Ante Juric, taking part in a tournament in Malaysia in 2009.

5.Ajdin has been in Europe for the last seven years. He began his overseas adventure with English club Nottingham Forest

6.Hrustic later moved to Austria Vienna’s youth system at a time when James Holland was at the club.

Young Aussie midfielder Ajdin Hrustic, who made his Eredivisie debut with FC Groningen on the weekend.

7.In 2013, Hrustic joined German outfit FC Schalke where his career began to blossom (he also became friends with Sane, a rising star of German football).

8.Ajdin left the German side in 2014, signing a professional senior contract with Dutch Eredivisie club Groningen in June 2015 after working his way up at the club

9.He debuted and scored his first senior goal with the Dutch outfit earlier this year

10.At Groningen, he plays alongside Caltex Socceroo Jason Davidson.

11.Ajdin played for the Australian national U-23 side, coached by Josep Gombau, earlier this year where he played against Austria in Spain.

 

The Caltex Socceroos tackle Saudi Arabia in a crucial World Cup Qualifer in Adelaide on June 8. Click Here for Tickets

 

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Source : Football Federation Australia

Aussie youngster buzzing after Eredivisie breakthrough

Young Aussie midfielder Ajdin Hrustic in action in the Eredivisie.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Michael Huguenin @MichaelHuguenin
Having only made his senior debut for Groningen last month, young Australian winger Ajdin Hrustic admits a part of him doesn’t want the 2016-17 Eredivisie season to end.

ELEVATION TO FIRST TEAM

Hrustic, 20, has been training permanently with Ernest Faber’s first-team squad since January after a strong first half of the campaign with Groningen’s second team in the Dutch fourth tier.

The Melbourne-born attacker made his senior debut when he came off the bench against AZ on April 1 and has appeared in four of Groningen’s following six games, scoring his maiden goal in a 5-1 thumping of PEC Zwolle last month.

Speaking to Goal in the lead-up to Groningen’s final match of the regular season on Sunday – a 5-3 win over Twente – Hrustic appeared still to be coming to grips with his elevation to top-tier European football.

Young Aussie midfielder Ajdin Hrustic, who made his Eredivisie debut with FC Groningen on the weekend.

“To be honest, I don’t want to stop,” he said.

“I would like to keep going but my body also needs rest. I’ve played quite a lot of games for the second team… a little break is also good.

“It seems so long but it’s only like a month since I made my debut and I even managed to get myself a goal, and it’s obviously great that the coach has got so much trust in me.

“So I’m just quite flattered to be honest.”

Luckily for Hrustic, Groningen have at least two games left this term, as Faber’s side have qualified for the Eredivisie’s Europa League play-offs.

Groningen face AZ in a two-legged tie starting on Wednesday, with the winner to play either Heerenveen or Utrecht for a spot in next season’s second qualifying round of the Europa League.

FROM AUSTRALIA TO HOLLAND…AND BACK?

Hrustic was raised in Dandenong and started playing football locally before eventually joining South Melbourne’s youth set-up.

He signed with Schalke in 2012 but after a tough time with injuries at the Bundesliga club, he moved across the Dutch-German border to Groningen.

And the versatile attacking midfielder’s Eredivisie breakthrough has not gone unnoticed.

Hrustic was involved with an Australian development squad in March – the first time he has been selected by the country of his birth.

Asked about the possibility of a shock call-up for next month’s World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia, the Socceroos’ friendly versus Brazil and the 2017 Confederations Cup, Hrustic said: “I haven’t even thought about it, if I’m honest.

“I’m never surprised but it would be an honour to represent your country.

“It was a great experience [with the development squad].

“We had a great connection from the first minute and I enjoyed my time there.”

The Caltex Socceroos tackle Saudi Arabia in a crucial World Cup Qualifer in Adelaide on June 8. Click Here for Tickets

Socceroos v Saudi Arabia banner.

Source : Football Federation Australia

Aussie Ajdin Hrustic scores in huge Eredivisie win

Aussie midfielder Ajdin Hrustic scored for FC Groningen in the Eredivisie overnight.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Aidan Ormond @AidotheFFAEd
Clean sheets, wins and goals… it’s been a successful weekend for Australians in the Eredivisie, in particular rising star Ajdin Hrustic.

Hrustic, 20, was recently part of a development squad camp in Spain for future Socceroos and the former South Melbourne junior showed why he’s so highly rated by Australia’s coaching staff.

Just 13 minutes after coming off the bench for Groningen, the ex Schalke and Notts Forest youth player opened his account for his new Dutch club in the final minutes of a 5-1 mauling of PEC Zwolle.

Groningen moved onto 36 points in tenth spot.

Aussie World Cup defender Jason Davidson also played a full game for Groningen to top off a Super Sunday for the Green and Gold.

Meanwhile, league leaders Feyenoord won 2-0 at the De Kuip on Sunday with former Caltex Socceroo keeper Brad Jones keeping another clean sheet for the title hopefuls over FC Utrecht.

Brad Jones and his Feyenoord side remain top of the Dutch Eredivisie despite a draw with PEC Zwolle.

With Ajax also winning on Saturday  – a thumping 5-1 triumph over NEC Nijmegen – Feyenoord’s noses remain just ahead of their rivals from Amsterdam by just a point.

 

Socceroos v Saudi Arabia.

 

Source : Football Federation Australia

Young Aussie’s Eredivisie debut with Davidson’s Groningen

Jason Davidson surges forward during his time at Huddersfield.

Young Australian midfielder Ajdin Hrustic has broken through for his Eredivisie debut, coming on for the final 20 minutes of FC Groningen’s 0-0 draw at AZ Alkmaar.

Hrustic, 20, joined fellow Australian Jason Davidson in helping Groningen hold out for an important point on the road.

The former Schalke youth player has been on the bench several times this season and was recently called into a 22-player Australian development squad designed to identify future Caltex Socceroos.

Hrustic will hope to establish his place alongside Davidson, who helped secure Groningen’s seventh clean sheet of the season in what was his 14th start since joining on loan in August.

After finishing seventh last season, Groningen currently find themselves in 12th with six victories.

Craig Goodwin also earned 35 minutes off the bench overnight but the winger was unable to help Sparta Rotterdam avoid a 2-0 home defeat against PSV.

 

Craig Goodwin at his unveiling at Sparta Rotterdam.Kenny Dougall remained among the substitutes as Sparta slipped to their 14th loss of the season.

Elsewhere in Europe, Scott Jamieson played a full 90 minutes in IFK Goteborg’s season-opening 1-1 draw with Malmo in Sweden.

 

Source : Football Federation Australia