Eugene Galekovic called into Caltex Socceroos squad

Eugene Galekovic has been called in to the Caltex Socceroos squad in place of the injured Adam Federici.

Eugene Galekovic has been called in to the Caltex Socceroos squad in place of the injured Adam Federici.

Eugene Galekovic has been called in to the Caltex Socceroos squad for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifier against Thailand.

The Melbourne City gloveman replaces Adam Federici who has withdrawn from the squad due to injury.

Galekovic will join the Caltex Socceroos in camp on Monday morning in Melbourne ahead of Tuesday’s vital FIFA World Cup qualifier.

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Eugene Galekovic reflects on Adelaide United record

The records are continuing to tumble at Adelaide United this season and as the Reds prepare to extend their amazing unbeaten run captain Eugene Galekovic is set to notch a personal milestone.

The Adelaide goalkeeper will make his 250th appearance in a Reds shirt when his side host Melbourne City at Coopers Stadium on Friday night.

For Galekovic, it’s difficult to pick any one moment that defines his Adelaide United career. There is however, one season that particularly resonates with him.

It was when the ‘Original Rivalry’ reached boiling point; when the Reds finished on the exact same point tally as Melbourne Victory in the 2008/09 season, and excelled in Asia simultaneously.

“I remember it so vividly because we were the underdogs the entire time, especially throughout our ACL campaign,” said Galekovic.

“But the further we went, the more memorable it became – the quarter-final became the semi-final, and the semi-final suddenly became the grand-final – it was incredible how far we went.”

Eugene has displayed professionalism in every aspect of his nine-year tenure at the club, demanding respect and discipline both and off the pitch. His tall, looming figure, often at odds with his composed and kind personality, has made for an inspirational leader in all aspects.

He has earned his right to be Adelaide’s number one, and the player with the club’s leading appearance record. It seems that Adelaide and Eugene were always the perfect fit.

“I really enjoyed Adelaide from the minute I arrived because it just felt like home, and it’s only gotten better as time has passed,” he said.

“I wasn’t playing much prior to my arrival at the club and the opportunity to be at United came at a great time in my career.

“You never really know how many games you’ll put in at a club, but to reach such a big milestone of 250 games here at Adelaide United has been phenomenal for me.”

His personal career-defining save was the one he made on Australia’s own Josh Kennedy against Nagoya Grampus.

The scores were locked at 0-0 and a result was required for progression to the quarter-finals of the ACL. Kennedy rose for the header unmarked, but Galekovic’s insane reflexes enabled him to dive low and block a sure goal.

The Reds went on to win the match 1-0 and continue their surge for the trophy.

Galekovic had a message of gratitude for the fans on his special night.

“Over the years each of you have shown incredible support and I know that you will keep it coming for the rest of this season, and beyond,” he said.

“You guys are the best in the country and hopefully we can win more trophies together.”

I bet in each one of those 250 appearances, there will be at least one moment he was surely beaten, only to rise with that critical palm or fist to keep his team in the game.

So, while comparing Eugene Galekovic to a villain at the beginning of this article, if only for their leadership and charismatic qualities, there is no doubt that he is truly one of the greatest heroes ever to do battle as a Red.

Be there with Eugene as we celebrate his 250th apperance for the Reds at Coopers Stadium against Melbourne City on Friday, 11 March. Kick-off is at 7.10pm ACDT.

 

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Eugene Galekovic is to play his 250th Adelaide match this weekend against Melbourne City

The records are continuing to tumble at Adelaide United this season and as the Reds prepare to extend their amazing unbeaten run captain Eugene Galekovic is set to notch a personal milestone.

The Adelaide goalkeeper will make his 250th appearance in a Reds shirt when his side host Melbourne City at Coopers Stadium on Friday night.

For Galekovic, it’s difficult to pick any one moment that defines his Adelaide United career. There is however, one season that particularly resonates with him.

It was when the ‘Original Rivalry’ reached boiling point; when the Reds finished on the exact same point tally as Melbourne Victory in the 2008/09 season, and excelled in Asia simultaneously.

“I remember it so vividly because we were the underdogs the entire time, especially throughout our ACL campaign,” said Galekovic.

“But the further we went, the more memorable it became – the quarter-final became the semi-final, and the semi-final suddenly became the grand-final – it was incredible how far we went.”

Eugene has displayed professionalism in every aspect of his nine-year tenure at the club, demanding respect and discipline both and off the pitch. His tall, looming figure, often at odds with his composed and kind personality, has made for an inspirational leader in all aspects.

He has earned his right to be Adelaide’s number one, and the player with the club’s leading appearance record. It seems that Adelaide and Eugene were always the perfect fit.

“I really enjoyed Adelaide from the minute I arrived because it just felt like home, and it’s only gotten better as time has passed,” he said.

“I wasn’t playing much prior to my arrival at the club and the opportunity to be at United came at a great time in my career.

“You never really know how many games you’ll put in at a club, but to reach such a big milestone of 250 games here at Adelaide United has been phenomenal for me.”

His personal career-defining save was the one he made on Australia’s own Josh Kennedy against Nagoya Grampus.

The scores were locked at 0-0 and a result was required for progression to the quarter-finals of the ACL. Kennedy rose for the header unmarked, but Galekovic’s insane reflexes enabled him to dive low and block a sure goal.

The Reds went on to win the match 1-0 and continue their surge for the trophy.

Galekovic had a message of gratitude for the fans on his special night.

“Over the years each of you have shown incredible support and I know that you will keep it coming for the rest of this season, and beyond,” he said.

“You guys are the best in the country and hopefully we can win more trophies together.”

I bet in each one of those 250 appearances, there will be at least one moment he was surely beaten, only to rise with that critical palm or fist to keep his team in the game.

So, while comparing Eugene Galekovic to a villain at the beginning of this article, if only for their leadership and charismatic qualities, there is no doubt that he is truly one of the greatest heroes ever to do battle as a Red.

Be there with Eugene as we celebrate his 250th apperance for the Reds at Coopers Stadium against Melbourne City on Friday, 11 March. Kick-off is at 7.10pm ACDT.

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Eugene Galekovic will miss up to six weeks after having surgery on his knee.

Eugene Galekovic will miss up to six weeks after having surgery on his knee.

Adelaide United have announced captain and goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic is set to be sidelined for up to six weeks with a knee injury.
After returning from international duty with the Socceroos, Galekovic was told he would require an arthroscopy to fix the issues he is experiencing.

As a result, John Hall will continue as the club’s first choice goalkeeper and will make his second starting appearance for the Reds against Western Sydney Wanderers in Round 2.

Hall’s starting debut came in Round 1 against United’s fiercest rivals, Melbourne Victory, where he was a standout performer for the Reds, keeping a clean sheet and making a number of pivotal saves.

As a result the Reds have signed John Solari as a back up to Hall while Eugene is unavailable.

Guillermo Amor unsurprisingly lamented the loss of Galekovic to his squad, but reiterated the confidence he has in Hall, especially after such a positive showing against Victory.

“Losing your captain and goalkeeper to injury is never easy,” Guillermo said.

“Eugene is a great player and a great leader of this team, but we have depth and can cover for this loss.

“John showed his confidence and abilities last week and he will continue to grow in this role. We are lucky to have two such strong goalkeepers in our team.”

Adelaide United’s Club Doctor Dr James Illic said, “Eugene had his arthroscopy yesterday and what it’s shown is that he had some damage to the lining underneath his kneecap.

“It’s a relatively common injury and has been an on-going problem for Eugene.

“It’s something that gets progressively worse over time and Eugene has been coping with it well all of last season and even during the offseason.

“With the accumulative load of trainings taking their toll, he recently felt he wasn’t able to perform at the level required of him.

“The recovery to this type of procedure takes up to six weeks and he will gradually increase his movability again after overcoming the surgery, but everything was successful.”

Eugene will require two weeks of resting and minimal work to overcome the surgery before he re-joins the squad and will look to be back for contention in Round 7.

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Hyundai A-League team of the last 10 seasons – Eugene Galekovic

Eugene Galekovic (goalkeeper): Virtually nothing between him and Covic. A superb shot stopper and powerful leader in Adelaide.

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Adelaide United can upset Liverpool, says Eugene Galekovic

Adelaide United captain Eugene Galekovic at Coopers Stadium.
Eugene Galekovic has backed Adelaide United to upset Liverpool when the Hyundai A-League’s Reds meet their English Premier League counterparts next week.

Liverpool play against a Thai Premier League XI in Bangkok on Tuesday, before arriving in Australia for a clash with Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium two days later.

Then it’s South Australia’s turn to welcome Brendan Rodgers’ heavyweights, who will tackle Josep Gombau’s Westfield FFA Cup holders at a packed Adelaide Oval next week.

Prior to that Adelaide take on another Premier League giant in Manchester City behind closed doors on the Gold Coast.

And despite the pedigree of their forthcoming opponents, captain and goalkeeper Galekovic is backing his team to spring a surprise.

“Definitely we can cause an upset,” Galekovic told FourFourTwo Australia.

“We want to go out there and get a result. You don’t play to stop them from scoring, you play to get a result and we’ll definitely do that.

“We played well against Villarreal in an earlier friendly, and even though we lost 3-2 we deserved to get something from that game – we dominated for 70-75 minutes.

“During the last [Foxtel A-League] All Stars game no one gave us a chance against Juventus and we put on a good show there too.

“It will probably be a little bit different against Liverpool and Manchester City – we are both in our pre-season.

“It’s about getting our fitness levels up and trying to adapt more to our style and prepare ourselves for the season. There a lot of upsets in pre-season and we’ll go out there and give it our best shot.”

 

The 2015-16 A-League campaign is still three months away, but Adelaide begin their defence of the FFA Cup away to Darwin Olympic on August 5, with Galekovic glad for an opportunity to gain some match practice.

“In terms of the scheduling its great timing for us to use these games as preparation for the FFA Cup game and for the A-League season,” he said.

“There is no excuse getting a slow start this season.”

And regardless of the outcome when Liverpool come to town, the Socceroos shot-stopper is certain the exhibition match will be a career highlight.

“This is a rare occurrence. It’s the first time Adelaide United has played such big teams, and the boys are really looking forward to it.

“You don’t get to play against such teams all the time so it’s one of those games that you will always remember.”

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Asian Cup success proves importance of game’s lower-level structure

February 13, 2015 – 9:19PM

Michael Cockerill

Football Writer

Cup joy: Adelaide United goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic (left) and Nigel Boogaard after winning the FFA Cup final.

Cup joy: Adelaide United goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic (left) and Nigel Boogaard after winning the FFA Cup final.

Is lower-league football still relevant? Happily, we can say it’s more relevant than ever.

Think Asian Cup final. Mile Jedinak skippered the Socceroos, his career having been revived thanks to Sydney United. Fullbacks Ivan Franjic (Oakleigh Cannons) and Jason Davidson (Hume City) also used state league football as a stepping stone for different reasons. Likewise Mathew Leckie (Bulleen Lions) who – like his good mate Davidson – had been overlooked by hometown A-League club Melbourne Victory.

So four members of Australia’s Asian Cup-winning starting XI needed the NPL to help build careers having being missed by the elite development path. Look how far they’ve gone. I’d say that makes the NPL system as important as ever, don’t you?

This week in Adelaide, David Gallop launched the 2015 NPL season. Next week he’ll launch the FFA Cup. Before then, on Saturday, the first FFA Cup qualifiers will kick off in Queensland and Victoria.

Just weeks after we celebrated a huge achievement at the top end of the game, effort is going into strengthening the foundation. The FFA doesn’t always get things right, but Whitlam Square deserves to be congratulated for not letting the Asian Cup distract it from the business at hand. Gallop has just been given an extended contract and continues to proves he’s worth every cent.

Thankfully, belatedly, structures are being put in place to rejuvenate lower-league football 38 years after state league competitions were swept into obscurity by Australia’s first national sporting competition, the NSL. There are great possibilities.

Ratings for last year’s inaugural FFA Cup delighted, and surprised, many observers. Four blue-chip sponsors were brave enough to gamble on the potential. This year, the NPL competitions across eight states and territories will get their first naming rights sponsor, Sony. Get things right and the interest, and the money, will follow.

Fox Sports is so enamoured with the FFA Cup it is sending a camera to the Mornington Peninsula to cover the first qualifier of 2015 between Rosebud Heart and Old Ivanhoe Grammar. Speaking of schools, The Armidale School from northern NSW have entered their first XI to show how much the magic of the cup has evolved in such a short time.

It’s not beyond imagination that the NPL play-offs – which bring the various state champions together in September-October to determine who, in effect, will be second-division champions of Australia – will one day have television coverage as well. Playing this year’s final as an A-League curtain-raiser would be a smart move to open the door.

Certainly the FFA has learnt the long way not to underestimate, or undersell, the power of this level of football. That we could see historic clubs such as West Wallsend, Bardon Latrobe, West Adelaide and Brunswick Juventus reappear on the national stage via the FFA Cup indicates how quickly the game is coming together again. From that unity will emerge what’s always been the commercial game-changer for football in this country – its sheer weight of numbers. Don’t think the FFA is putting its shoulder to the wheel purely for altruistic reasons.

The next step in the process will perhaps be the most interesting – connecting A-League clubs to those below them. This year Melbourne Victory, Melbourne City and Adelaide United will field teams in their local NPL competitions for the first time. Central Coast Mariners, Brisbane Roar, Newcastle Jets and Perth Glory are already doing just that. Next year Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers are set to follow suit.

There’s resistance to the move from existing NPL clubs who fear, with good reason, their role in the development pathway will soon become compromised. The best kids will inevitably start to gravitate to the A-League clubs, leaving the state league clubs behind. Take away their player development role, and some of these clubs argue they will no longer have any reason to exist. It’s a fair point.

Therefore the challenge for the FFA, in partnership with the state federations, is to provide a much more viable commercial environment for the NPL competitions as a way of compensation. The introduction of the NPL play-offs and the FFA Cup suggest they are beginning to understand the obligations. Jedinak would be the first to thank them for that.

 

Source : The Canberra Times

The preparation of Socceroos for AFC Asian Cup 2015 started

The Socceroos taking part in their first training session in Melbourne.

The Socceroos taking part in their first training session in Melbourne.

The Socceroos trained on a hot Sunday afternoon in Melbourne as they began preparations for the 2015 Asian Cup in January.

The session was held on the excellent surface of Collingwood AFL club’s base next door to AAMI Park.

The Socceroos who trained were: Ivan Franjic, Mark Bresciano, Alex Wilkinson, Tim Cahill, Mitch Langerak, Eugene Galekovic, Tommy Oar, Mark Milligan, Mat Leckie, Robbie Kruse and Terry Antonis.

Defender Trent Sainsbury ran a few gentle laps away from the main group with a trainer.

In total 12 players were involved.

After a warm-up the keepers moved into their part of the pitch to commence their specialist training with coach Tony Franken.

Langerak in particular looked sharp working alongside Eugene Galekovic.

The entire session for the outfield players from that point on was taken by Socceroo assistant coach Ante Milicic.

His first drill was to give the players a feel of the ball with inside and outside touches around cones.

“First day back, get those good touches,” he exhorted. “Bravo, bravo” he shouted.

All players looked comfortable on the ball as they moved between the cones with the ball back and forth, side to side dragging and caressing the ball.

After a drinks break, this progressed to short passing drills as the players were eased into the session.

Following this was a more structured drill with the Socceroos passing and moving between poles using wall passes and quick touches.

Two touch and one touch was the mantra as the players were pushed a little harder to time runs and passes by Milicic.

After around an hour the session in the heat of a Melbourne summer’s day was over with a stretch down for all players.

With a perfect view of Melbourne’s impressive sporting precinct of Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena, the MCG and AAMI Park, the session underlined coach Ange Postecoglou’s earlier assertion in the press conference.

He wants the Aussie sporting public to embrace something special during January’s crowded month of sport in Australia with the Socceroos and the Asian Cup.

The serious stuff of preparing for the tournament has begun.

Source : Football Federation Australia website

Asian Cup 2015: Nathan Burns named in 23-man Socceroos squad

December 23, 2014 – 6:18PM

Michael Lynch

Senior sports reporter with The Age

Can it really be termed a surprise if the hottest striker in the league has forced his way into national team calculations?

If anyone said six months ago that Nathan Burns was a chance to be a starter in the Socceroos opening game of the Asian Cup in January they would have been offered long odds against the possibility.

Phoenix striker Nathan Burns has been named in the Socceroos' Asian Cup squad.

Phoenix striker Nathan Burns has been named in the Socceroos’ Asian Cup squad. Photo: Getty

The 26-year-old still might be up against it shoving Mathew Leckie, Robbie Kruse and Tim Cahill out of the way,  but the fact that his recent goal glut has seen him grab an 11th-hour place in the national squad for the tournament makes him a viable option.

Burns, along with Sydney midfielder Terry Antonis and West Sydney Wanderers striker Tomi Juric are the newest faces in the 23-man party Socceroo coach Ange Postecoglou on Tuesday named for the tournament.

The group is headed by captain Mile Jedinak and veterans Mark Bresciano and striker Tim Cahill, but it also contains most of the names that have become familiar during Postecoglou’s 14-month reign in the job, including some of the A-League’s best-known players – Adelaide goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic, Melbourne Victory captain Mark Milligan, Brisbane skipper Matt McKay and Wanderers centre back Matt Spiranovic, as well as the three fresh faces in Burns, Antonis and Juric.

Men like Oliver Bozanic, James Holland, Adam Taggart and Ben Halloran, all of whom made the World Cup squad in Brazil, have been left out, while an unlucky candidate was Melbourne City midfielder Aaron Mooy, who came close to selection.

Postecoglou has tried and tested, searched and sifted and come up with a group that, he believes, is as close as he can get to the right mix for a tournament that the Socceroos will enter under a weight of expectation, despite – or maybe because – of their run of disappointing results over the past few months.

Postecoglou has always said he chose a series of difficult games away from home in the lead-up to the Asian Cup to temper his young squad with steel and speed their development in the international arena. His moment of truth is fast approaching.

The selection of Burns who has been in sparkling form during the A-League campaign since joining the Kiwis, netting 10 goals – including two in the ‘Nix’s 2-0 win over Sydney on Sunday – is one that merits his excellent recent form. He will be hoping to impress even more in training to gain a starting berth when the Socceroos begin their pursuit of silverware against Kuwait in Melbourne on January 9.

It is a tremendous turnaround for the one-time Adelaide United and Newcastle Jets forward, whose career nosedived after disappointing spells in Greece and South Korea.

“Form is probably the No. 1 thing,” the coach said when asked about Burns. “But there’s also a factor of whether players will fit into the style of football I want to play … it’s whether I believe people will fit into the style of football I want to play and the evolution of this team.

“I coached Mathan at under-17 level so I always knew he had the ability, and I think he’s the type of player who will fit into what we do. His form has been compelling, if you are a striker and scoring goals that’s pretty compelling getting you into the team.”

Burns was part of Holger Osieck’s squad that finished runners-up in the 2011 Asian Cup when they were beaten in extra time in the final by Japan and is one of seven players who were in that party, alongside Cahill, Jedinak, Robbie Kruse, Tommy Oar, McKay and Spiranovic, who will be seeking to go one better here.

The closest thing to a “bolter” in this line-up is Sydney FC midfielder Terry Antonis, but even his inclusion hardly comes as a surprise given the impact he has made in recent seasons.

Antonis was due to be part of the Socceroo squad that played Japan in a recent friendly but was injured in a car crash en route to the airport and could not take part.

“It’s been almost six months in the making since the FIFA World Cup,” Postecoglou said.

“We’ve had a series of games where there have been some pretty clear objectives, particularly in terms of broadening the pool and seeing whether we could get some better balance in the squad and more depth.”

“In the end, I’m pretty pleased with the 23 we’ve ended up with, there’s a good combination of the core of the group that went to the FIFA World Cup, there’s some experience there, but also a sprinkling of guys who will enhance the squad we took to the FIFA World Cup,” the coach said.

“This group of players have been thrown some unique challenges, particularly in the last six months in difficult conditions against formidable opponents but that’s to get them battle hardened. It’s going to be nice for them to walk out in front of a full house having that support behind them.

“There’s always players who are a little bit unlucky not to be in it but we wanted to make it fairly competitive and we wanted players being on edge as to whether they would be selected.

“I had a pretty clear picture of a pool of about 30 players. We had to make decisions on the balance of the squad and picking one that was tournament specific.

“I felt going into the World Cup  we didn’t have depth in certain areas, and we were doing a patch-up job trying to cover them, the last six months has been about making sure we have got cover in all the areas we need to and making sure we have got depth.”
Squad: Terry Antonis, Aziz Behich, Mark Bresciano, Nathan Burns, Tim Cahill, Jason Davidson, Ivan Franjic, Eugene Galekovic (GK), Chris Herd, Mile Jedinak, Tomi Juric, Robbie Kruse, Mitchell Langerak (GK), Mathew Leckie, Massimo Luongo, Matt McKay, Mark Milligan, Tommy Oar, Mat Ryan (GK), Trent Sainsbury, Matthew Spiranovic, James Troisi, Alex Wilkinson.

 

Source : The Canberra Times

Eugene Galekovic amazed by Western Sydney Wanderers progress

Former finalist Eugene Galekovic has hailed Western Sydney Wanderers for becoming the second Australian side to reach the AFC Champions League final ahead of Saturday’s first leg, although the veteran goalkeeper is amazed by the speed in which the A-League’s newest side have followed up Adelaide United’s 2008 achievement.

Australia international Galekovic was a virtual ever-present in the Adelaide side which became the first Australian club to reach the AFC Champions League final in 2008, only for the Reds to eventually lose 5-0 on aggregate to Japan’s Gamba Osaka.

And despite Western Sydney only beginning their third A-League campaign earlier this month having been founded in April 2012 ahead of the 2012/13 domestic campaign, Tony Popovic’s continental debutants will play Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal in this year’s AFC Champions League final, with the first leg taking place at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday.

“What they have done is fantastic. I honestly thought that no one was going to achieve what we did for a long time,” said Galekovic, who missed the second leg of the 2008 final due to suspension.

“But credit to Western Sydney for doing it six years on as they have played really well, especially in their quarter-final against the Chinese team when no one expected them to get through and they did. I think they now have a great chance in the final.

“The memories from 2008 are great. No one expected us to do any good. I think if we got past the group stage back then we would have achieved our expectations as only one team went through.”

Like Adelaide, who reached the 2008 final with Galekovic having kept an impressive six clean sheets in 10 games, Western Sydney have also built their continental success on a solid defensive record with Popovic’s side having won their last five AFC Champions League games at home without conceding a goal.

“Defensively we were very strong with a good defensive structure and we stuck by that, and also, when we had an opportunity we would put that away and that was part of our game,” added Galekovic, who also helped Adelaide reach the quarter-finals in 2012.

“I see a similar way in which Western Sydney have gone about it with a good defensive structure as they don’t concede too many.”

But unlike 2008 when Adelaide travelled to Japan for the first leg and lost 3-0 to Gamba, Western Sydney will have home advantage at the weekend before travelling to the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh for the return fixture a week later.

“We knew the preparations for the final were going to be big, but the leg in Japan didn’t go too well,” said Galekovic, who had joined Adelaide from Melbourne Victory midway through the 2007/08 A-League campaign.

“If you looked at all the other games we played, we were very disciplined and we didn’t give away too much. But against Gamba, their three goals came from our mistakes which we didn’t do in the group stage, quarters or semis, and that was the disappointing thing.

“We were a very experienced team and I don’t think we let the occasion get to us. I am not sure what it was, but I remember them punishing the mistakes we made, and in the end we let it slip in the first leg.”

 

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