Transfer news: Phoenix secure ex-Wanderers star

Darije Kalezic welcomes Dario Vidosic to the club.

Friday, 4 August 2017 

Wellington Phoenix
Wellington Phoenix have pulled off a significant coup, signing Caltex Socceroo and former Western Sydney Wanderers playmaker Dario Vidosic.


*Vidosic has inked a one-year deal with Phoenix for the upcoming Hyundai A-League season.

*The 30-year-old has played in the Hyundai A-League with Brisbane Roar, Adelaide United and Western Sydney Wanderers.

*He has also spent time at Bundesliga outfit FC Nürnberg, Swiss side FC Sion and Asian clubs Liaoning Whowin and Seongnam FC.

*Vidosic is coming off a short injury layoff and will start full-time first-team training with the club in the next few weeks

Former Wanderers midfielder Dario Vidosic is now a free agent.VIDOSIC EXCITED BY PHOENIX CONNECTION

“Obviously, through my dad [Phoenix assistant Rado Vidosic] I knew about the style of football that Darije was keen to play,” he said.

“He has such a great football background in Holland, it’s a style of football that I’ve been searching for for a while, I’m just excited about learning under him – I’m only 30 so still always eager to learn.

“When my contract [in Korea] finished up I got a lot of calls from agents, several A-League clubs were keen, there was also a chance to stay in Korea. But I thought the best place for me would be here, to enjoy my football again and just to play with a smile on my face.

“I’m pretty hungry for success, keen to be a force, not just a number in the league. In the short term however I’m just looking forward to a proper pre-season, to get the body right and be ready to go from October 8.”


“Dario comes with a lot of experience, he’s played at the top level in Germany, Switzerland, China, Korea, Australia – all of these chapters are great learning experiences, that we hope he can demonstrate and share with some of the younger players on and off the park,” Rado said.

“Dario has great versatility, he has played as striker, as a number ten, he gives us important flexibility in our front third. He is very calm under pressure, good on the ball, a good passer, a good provider, and we hope he’ll contribute with goals as well.”

“People know that we worked together at Brisbane Roar, but we actually worked together as a teacher and student at Cavendish Road State High School well before that, so it’s not a new or a challenging experience.”

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Hyundai A-League transfer targets – Dario Vidosic

Dario Vidosic: Has left his Korean club, has vast experience in the Hyundai A-League and is still just 30 years old.

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Aussie striker Dario Vidosic debuts in China and Tim Cahill victorious

Tim Cahill played 90 minutes as Hangzhou Greentown sprung a surprise in the CSL.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

John Greco @Grecs7
Dario Vidosic has made a winning start to life in the Chinese Super League with Liaoning Whowin while there were important wins for fellow Caltex Socceroos in Asia over the weekend.

Vidosic was released by Western Sydney Wanderers and it was announced last week he’d join Whowin and was immediately brought into their starting side overnight.

And the 29-year-old put in a solid display for almost an hour before being substituted by fellow Aussie Michael Thwaite.

Whowin held on for a vital 3-1 win over Apostolos Giannou’s Guangzhou R&F, with the Socceroo striker also playing just under an hour of the match.

It was a vital three points for Liaoning, who leapfrogged R&F on the ladder moving up to ninth spot

Elsewhere in the CSL over the weekend, Tim Cahill and Matthew Spiranovic both got through 90 minutes as their Hangzhou Greentown pulled off a major shock against second-placed Hebei. Hangzhou defeated the CSL high-flyers 1-0 in one of the upsets of the season to boost their chances of avoiding the drop. Elsewhere, Trent Sainsbury played a full game in the top-of-the-table clash against Guangzhou Evegrande, but his Jiangsu Suning lost 2-0 to remain in third.

Fellow Socceroo defender Ryan McGowan also tasted defeat as Henan Jianye lost 1-0 at Changchun Yatai, while Aleksandar Jovanovic was missing in Tianjin Teda’s 1-1 draw at Shanghai.

In Japan, Nathan Burns lasted just 34 minutes as his FC Tokyo won away at Yokohama F Marinos.

It’s unclear if it was an injury which forced Burns from the field but Socceroo boss Ange Postecoglou will be hoping it’s nothing too serious with the final phase of FIFA World Cup qualifiers starting in September.

Ex-Melbourne Victory midfielder Billy Celeski played a full match in Ventforet Kofu’s 3-0 home loss to Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

And in Thailand, Mark Bridge was in action for Chiangrai United, playing a full match as they lost 2-0 at Suphanburi.

Matt Smith also got through 90 minutes for Bangkok Glass, who came from a goal down at the break to beat OsotPutrajaya 2-1 to stay third on the Thai Premier League ladder.


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Dario Vidosic has left Western Sydney Wanderers and is off to China to play with Liaoning Whowin.

Dario Vidosic is off to China to play with Liaoning Whowin.

According to news reports in China, Western Sydney Wanderers forward Dario Vidosic has signed with Chinese Super League club Liaoning Whowin F.C.

Goal China is reporting that the 29-year-old has passed a medical and the club has reached an agreement with Wanderers for his signature.

The former FC Sion attacker was one the Hyundai A-League club’s marquee players in 2015/16 and still had one year remaining on his contract. Vidosic will link up with fellow Aussies James Troisi and Michael Thwaite at Whowin, who currently sit in 10th in the CSL standings. Wanderers coach Tony Popovic will be again forced to rebuild his side in the off-season with a host of players having exited the club following the Grand Final defeat to Adelaide United. Romeo Castelen, Andreu, Alberto, Golgol Mebrahtu, Federico Piovaccari, Matt Sim and Liam Reddy have all departed Pirtek Stadium.


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Hyundai A-League signing: Western Sydney Wanderers secure Socceroo Dario Vidosic

Dario Vidosic

Western Sydney Wanderers FC have snapped up Socceroo attacker Dario Vidosic for the next two Hyundai A-League seasons.

With 23 Socceroos caps and an extensive playing career in Australia, Germany and most recently Switzerland to his name, the attacking midfielder creates options for the Wanderers across the attacking third.

Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas said he was pleased to make a signing of this quality and that Vidosic will be the final major piece of business for the Wanderers in this transfer window.

“We have had a very busy off-season ensuring we recruit a playing group that have the drive and ability to take our Club to the next stage of its evolution,” said Tsatsimas.

“Dario has a fantastic technical ability and we welcome him to the Club and look forward to making him feel at home within the team and importantly within our club culture.

“I am sure Dario will receive a very warm welcome from our fans as we all look forward to a very successful season ahead.”

Football Federation Australia

Aussies abroad: A night of Cup drama for overseas contingent

Socceroo Chris Ikonomidis with a Lazio fan.
There was Cup jubilation for some and disappointment for others as our Aussies abroad continued to wind up their club seasons over the weekend.

Mitch Langerak did his best to keep Borussia Dortmund in the game but ultimately couldn’t prevent his side going down to Wolfsburg in the DFB Pokal final.

Langerak had been a mainstay in goals throughout Dortmund’s German Cup campaign, conceding just four goals en route to the final.

Dortmund scored first but were simply outplayed by the side that finished runner’s up on the Bundesliga table, eventually going down 3-1 in what was Jurgen Klopp’s last game in charge.

Defender Chris Herd was absent from Aston Villa’s squad for the FA Cup final due to an ongoing knee injury, with his side soundly beaten 4-0 by Arsenal at Wembley.

There was better news for recently capped Socceroo Chris Ikonomidis in the Campionato Primavera  Round 2 Play-offs.

The 20-year-old scored an equaliser three minutes from time for Lazio’s youth side against Palermo to push the tie to extra-time after it finished 1-1.

Both sides scored again in extra-time, with Ikonomidis converting his penalty in the shoot-out which his team won 8-7.

Daniel McBreen was also part of a winning side on penalties with his South China outfit winning the AFC Cup Play-off Final in Hong Kong.

McBreen started up front and played till the hour mark as the scores finished 1-1 AET, with the former Mariners’ side winning the shoot-out 4-2.

Brett Holman was another to enjoy some Cup triumph that required spot-kicks, as Al Nasr progressed to the President’s Cup final in the UAE.

The former Socceroo scored the game’s opener, as the result finished 1-1 AET, with Holman not required in the shoot-out which his team won 4-2.

Tim Cahill played a full match for Shanghai Shenhua but couldn’t find the back of the net as the game finished in a stalemate against Shijiazhuang Yongchang FC.

Mitch Duke played a full match as his Shimizu S-Pulse side ran out 5-2 winners in the J-League, while Aziz Behich was a late substitute in his side’s draw in Turkey.

Socceroos Oliver Bozanic and Dario Vidosic locked horns on the final match-day of the Swiss Super League.

Bozanic’s Luzern outfit took the points with a 3-0 result but didn’t make up enough ground to overtake Vidosic’s Sion for sixth in the final standings.

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Dario Vidosic talks up Socceroo ‘one-percenters’

Dario Vidosic addresses media ahead of the Socceroos World Cup opener against Chile.

Ange Postecoglou’s plan was to wring every little advantage possible out of his World Cup preparation, and World Cup hopeful Dario Vidosic says these ‘one-percenters’ will give Australia a crucial edge.

The Socceroos and Chile meet in their Group B opener in Cuiaba this Friday night (Sat 8am AEST).

On paper, the Chileans are clear favourites with many pundits around the world seeing Australia as nuisance value in a group of death that also includes reigning world champions Spain and powerhouse Holland.

But Socceroo coach Ange Postecoglou and his hand-picked coaching team have put the Australians through a detailed and arduous preparation campaign that began in early May on the NSW Central Coast.

Preparation has been meticulous and taxing, a fact Vidosic, 27, admits might give the Socceroos an edge against opponents who potentially could look at Australia as an easy three points.

“We want to be as best prepared as possible facing Chile in our first game, and we know the extra little details that perhaps they might not make on us could give us that edge,” he said.

“We’re practising very hard individually but also what they do as a team, so we’re trying to give ourselves the best edge, even that one percent it gives us a slight advantage.

“For the coaching staff they’re looking at all the opponents in fine detail and laying that information to us.

“They’re doing a phenomenal job. We can’t be any better prepared.”

Vidosic described Tuesday as “low key” with the squad afforded some recovery time after almost two weeks of intense blocks of


in Vitoria.

“We got the chance to get out of the hotel and unwind. Today was less than normal but tonight we’ll pick it back up with another video session and we’ll be ready to go in the morning [Wed].”

Vidosic admitted he wasn’t sure if he would play in their Group B opener in Cuiaba this Friday night (Sat 8am AEST).

But the attacking midfielder from FC Sion in Switzerland felt he’d done enough in last week’s Croatia friendly and in a training game against Clube Parana to push his case for selection in the tournament opener.

“For me, to have had those two games in that week has helped me with my fitness within the heat, so it’s given me a bit of a boost.

And he felt as comfortable anywhere across a midfield three in a 4-2-3-1, though he did have a preference.

“I can play left and right to get in behind in one-on-ones and get closer to goals, and at times I’ve played up front too, but if I’d had to pick it’d be as a ten because I’ve played that position all season.

“And now we continue to fight for the starting XI for the first game of the World Cup.”

As for familiarity, just as James Troisi has knowledge of a few Italian-based Chileans, the Socceroos could come up against Chilean midfielder Marcelo Diaz on Friday, a player Vidosic has locked horns with in the Swiss League.

“He’s a great player who plays for a great club in FC Basel, so you know already his qualities. He’s very comfortable on the ball, very sharp but I think our midfield unit can outdo that.

“We done quite well against them [Basel] in the league so hopefully that continues here.”

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Dario Vidosic previews Croatia clash

FFA TV | Vidosic previews Croatia clash

Speaking exclusively with FFA TV at the Socceroos’ training camp in Salvador, Vidosic previews Australia’s clash with Croatia and their preparations for the World Cup.

Vidosic also speaks of his Croatian heritage and the significance the clash holds for a number of other Socceroos with Croatian influence.

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Josh Kennedy and Tom Rogic miss Socceroos’ World Cup squad

June 3, 2014

Michael Lynch, Vitoria

Socceroo veteran Josh Kennedy and promising young midfielder Tom Rogic have lost their battle with ongoing injury problems and been axed from the squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil as coach Ange Postecoglou listened to the dictates of prudence and pragmatism rather than imagination and sentiment.

Young goalkeeper Mark Birighitti and another Socceroo veteran (like Kennedy) of the 2006 and 2010 World Cup campaigns, Luke Wilkshire, are the other two players left out.

His last bow: Tom Rogic in action during a practice match on Monday. A day later he was cut from the squad.

His last bow: Tom Rogic in action during a practice match on Monday. A day later he was cut from the squad. Photo: Getty Images

Postecoglou has had to make the toughest call of his short international coaching career in deciding who to leave out of the final 23-man party. He has opted for to look to the future rather than concern himself with idealism and sentiment, especially in the case of Rogic, who many believe to be the most promising player of his generation.

The fact that Rogic has been suffering from long running problems for months – he is often reported to be battling osteitis pubis, but this has never been officially confirmed as the cause of his difficulties – makes Rogic’s withdrawal a matter of regret rather than surprise.

The 21-year-old started in the practice match against Clube Parana on Monday but put in a lacklustre performance, suffered another knock and was withdrawn at half-time. The writing looked to be on the wall for him then.

Omitted: Josh Kennedy.

Omitted: Josh Kennedy. Photo: Getty Images

Kennedy’s departure is more of a shock. The gangling striker was hoping to play in his third World Cup, and had been responsible for Australia’s qualification when he headed the decisive goal in that 1-0 triumph over Iraq in Sydney last June.

But for several years he has had to battle against ongoing back problems which have restricted his ability to travel to games and play. He took part in a training game on Sunday, and was expected to play against Clube Parana on Monday, but when the line-ups were released he was not even on the bench.

Young striker Adam Taggart came in in his stead and took his chance, scoring the second goal in a 2-0 win.

Taggart is the main beneficiary of Kennedy’s misfortune, while youngster Massimo Luongo will reap an


he might not have expected as the result of Rogic’s departure. Luongo, who spent several seasons at Tottenham in his youth but now plays for Swindon Town in England’s third tier, looked comfortable in the heart of midfield in Australia’s second string eleven which took on the Brazilian club side on Monday.

Assistant coach Tony Vidmar tried to dampen all the speculation on Monday after that match, suggesting that Rogic was a crucial player for the team and that Kennedy could get over his issues on a managed program, but he was at pains to point out that no final decisions would be made until the medical staff had given their verdict at a meeting on Monday night.

There can be little doubt that Postecoglou has made the right call in the case of Kennedy and Rogic.

The World Cup is the ultimate test and no-one whose fitness is in any serious doubt can realistically expect to make much of an impact. Postecoglou is building for the future, so it is better that the likes of Taggart and Luongo, two players who are likely to play significant roles in the years to come, are given the opportunity to benefit from this experience.

Similarly, Birighitti is a bright prospect for later tournaments, but at this point in his development his inclusion in the 27-man party was always more about gaining experience than playing.

For Rogic, it brings to an end an unsatisfactory year. Since his move to Glasgow Celtic his progress has stalled due to a lack of game-time and injury enforced absences. He has hardly set the A-League alight in his appearances for Melbourne Victory, and while he is not responsible for the hype around him, it is to be hoped that he can try and rebuild his career amid lower expectations.

For Wilkshire, the axing will be a disappointment but perhaps not a total surprise. Although vastly experienced, the Russia-based utility has not figured much in Postecoglou’s plans since the new coach replaced Holger Osieck last November. At his age (32) his international future is largely behind him, so once more the coach has made a choice with the future very much in mind.



Source : The Sydney Morning Herald

World Cup Seven and hell for Socceroos hopefuls

Richard Shute

Host, The Hairdryer

Ange Postecoglou faces a mammoth task leading the Socceroos to Brazil and getting any change out of a daunting group. With an experienced spine and dynamic players in wide areas, there is plenty of talent in the final playing group to take a proud point or two home.

Socceroos players warm up during an Australian training session at Central Coast Stadium.

Socceroos players warm up during an Australian training session at Central Coast Stadium. Photo: Getty Images

Between the sticks, Mark Birighitti looks set to miss out on the trip of a lifetime, edged by Eugene Galekovic’s experience for the vacant spot behind Ryan and Langerak in one of the strongest custodial groups for years. Across the back, Alex Wilkinson and Josh Brillante look to fall victim to a flexible pool of players who can play across the back if called upon.

Up the middle, Oliver Bozanic will suffer for his lack of recent form, with McKay preferred as a utility, while Massimo Luongo has probably come into view a couple of years too early.

Dario Vidosic misses the cut by a whisker, with Postecoglou backing the dynamism of Tom Rogic as his Brazilian wildcard up the middle to put opposition teams on the back foot and ease the pressure on Milligan and Jedinak.

Up front, A-League golden boot winner Adam Taggart is unlucky to stay behind, his all not quite being enough to secure place in the biggest tournament on the planet.

The final 23 allows for cover in all areas of the pitch, with experience preferred over potential, and a first XI that can press high and try to disrupt the superior passing game of the three opponents within the group.

Missing out: Birighitti, Wilkinson, Brillante, Bozanic, Luongo, Vidosic, Taggart

Michael Lynch

The Age

Ange Postecoglou has to walk a tightrope in Brazil.

The Australia boss has to ensure that his tyro team is competitive against some of the best nations in the world to ensure that the Socceroos ”brand” is not sullied and the game’s standing damaged with the mainstream sporting public, many of whom only tune into football once every four years.

He has, at the same time, to experiment, to play younger men and see if they can cut it at the highest level of competition. What he learns in South America will have major ramifications for the national team in both the short and the long term.

While the World Cup is the glittering prize, Postecoglou must also have the Asian Cup, to be staged in this country early next year, right at the front of his mind.

Australia won’t win the World Cup – certainly not this time, and perhaps never, at least not while Rugby League and Union and Australian Rules grab huge numbers of the nation’s best young athletes.

But it can win the Asian Cup, where teams like Japan, South Korea, Iran, Uzbekistan and Iraq are the major challengers.

To that end this World Cup should be about finding out who can do the business, and who can’t.

For some – Mark Bresciano, Luke Wilkshire, Tim Cahill – it will be a swansong after glittering international careers, while for others, like Curtis Good and perhaps Massimo Luongo, it could be the launchpad at club and international level.

There has to be an emphasis on the younger men, although too much inexperience will cause problems. Youngsters might play without fear, but they sometimes play without worldly wisdom, which will be at a premium in matches against the likes of Holland, Spain and Chile.

Some of the players I have left out of this squad _  the Newcastle Jets trio of Josh Brillante, Mark Birighitti, and Adam Taggart _ should get other chances. So should Oliver Bozanic. Sarota is one of a surfeit of holding midfielders Australia can call on. Vidosic has had numerous opportunities to impress, and never fully done so. Wilkinson is a consistent


, but with youth in mind he is supplanted by more junior colleagues. I had strongly considered  leaving Tom Rogic out given his dearth of football, injury problems lack of match sharpness and failure to impress at Melbourne Victory.

But he looks one of the few viable alternatives as a ”number ten” to Mark Bresciano, so he retains his place on the basis that tournament experience should prove invaluable for him and make him a much stronger option for the Asian Cup when Bresciano is gone.

If, of course, he can find a club where he gets regular game time next season…..

Missing out: Mark Birighitti, Josh Brillante, Alex Wilkinson, Oliver Bozanic, Dario Vidosic, Adam Sarota, Adam Taggart

Dominic Bossi

Sydney Morning Herald

Spare a thought for the difficult task that awaits Ange Postecoglou when he has to tap seven players on the shoulder. There’s little separating a bulk of the squad in these early stages of the training camp but in many ways, the make-up of the final 23 has already been decided by other factors.

The group of death that awaits Australia has made their aspirations clear – play bravely with hope for one result against three genuine heavyweights.

If they’re to do this then their performance in the first half of a friendly against Ecuador is their benchmark and those who started are assumed inclusions.

But for those who didn’t, there are an abundance of places up for grabs and that shifts the focus beyond Brazil.

Matt McKay’s form and experience is valuable but his best virtue in this squad is his versatility but that is now only offered in positions Australia has depth in.

Alex Wilkinson’s chance came too late in his career and only exceptional performances will prevent Bailey Wright being given the nod.

James Holland will face pressure from rising stars Adam Sarota and Oliver Bozanic. While this may not be popular to say, Tom Rogic is not assured yet. His wealth of talent is not matched by the two other integral components, form and fitness and he must shine against South Africa on May 26 to seal his path.

For all the talented youth at Ange’s disposal, there are some who must wait their turn. Josh Brillante, Adam Taggart and Massimo Luongo have long careers ahead of them but perhaps Russia is their stage to shine.

Missing out: Mark Birighitti, Alex Wilkinson, Josh Brillante, Massimo Luongo, James Holland,  James Troisi, Adam Taggart

Sebastian Hassett

Having already culled many just to make the 30-man squad, it won’t be easy for Ange Postecoglou to take out a knife and choose his final 23.

However, it does appear he will favour experience over youth at the last stage – and understandably so, having already dispensed with several veteran campaigners. Mark Birighitti is unlikely to challenge for one of the three goalkeeping spots, which appear set in stone, with Mat Ryan going as the team’s first choice. Birighitti’s Newcastle Jets teammates Josh Brillante (pictured) and Adam Taggart, also appear to be unlikely options to remain standing.

With his impressive finish to the year, James Troisi now seems the clear favourite over Taggart to be one of the attacking options in Brazil. Much has been made of the inclusion of Massimo Luongo and Bailey Wright, given they play in England’s third tier, and that might count against them both.

Wright would probably need to jump ahead of Alex Wilkinson in the pecking order during the training camp, a tough ask given the latter’s strong form in the K-League. Luongo is more likely to have been included in the 30-man squad just so that he could be closely assessed by Postecoglou with an eye to the future.

Tom Rogic has probably trained well enough in camp to lock down his place. Adam Sarota might be the unluckiest to miss out, with Dario Vidosic, having impressed in Switzerland, potentially edging him out for the final ticket to Rio.

Missing out: Mark Birighitti, Josh Brillante, Bailey Wright, Oliver Bozanic, Massimo Luongo, Adam Sarota, Adam Taggart

Socceroos 30-man squad:

Goalkeepers: Mat Ryan, Mitch Langerak, Eugene Galekovic.

Defenders: Ivan Franjic, Jason Davidson, Luke Wilkshire, Curtis Good, Matthew Spiranovic, Ryan McGowan, Bailey Wright.

Midfielders: Oliver Bozanic, Mark Bresciano, Mile Jedinak, Mark Milligan, Adam Sarota, Tommy Oar, Tom Rogic, Dario Vidosic, Ben Halloran.

Strikers: Josh Kennedy, Tim Cahill, Dario Vidosic, Matthew Leckie, Adam Taggart.

Source : The Sydney Morning Herald