In 1987, a young boy named Dario is born in Osijek, Croatia. A year later the young lad moves with his parents Jasna and Rado to the lucky country Australia to start a new life. Football was one of the many reasons the Vidosic family decided to move to Australia, with Rado recieving an offer to play for the Queensland Lions upon moving to Brisbane in the late 1980′s. He still remains an integral part of the Brisbane Roar’s coaching department.
Dario grew up in the Sunshine State and is currently regarded as one of the state’s finest exports. He made his debut for the then Queensland Roar in 2006 after signing a two year deal with the club. Dario’s rise was quick and inspiring. He grew into a threatening attacking midfielder and became the first player under the age of 21 to score 2 goals in an A-League game and the first player under the age of 20 to score more than three goals in a season during the 2006-2007 A-League season. His continual development both technically and physically attracted the attention of overseas clubs.
After the climax to the 2006-2007 A-League season, Dario signed a three year deal with German Bundesliga club 1. FC Nuremberg. He rarely saw game time in his first season and only made 30 appearances for the club. After two loan deals with two seperate Bundesliga 2 clubs, Dario decided to move back to Australia in an effort to get more game time. Prior to the start of the 2011-2012 A-League season, Dario signed a three year contract with Adelaide United.
Since his return to the A-League, Dario’s stature and predigree has grown further. He has amassed 14 caps for the Socceroos and has developed, despite a struggle with injuries, into a technically gifted, skilled and controlled footballer. Reds fans are hoping that the attacking midfielder can continue his personal form to aid Adelaide United’s rise up to the A-League Summit.
Reds fans are not the only ones to nickname Dario Vidosic ‘the glove’ or ‘Super Dario’. Many youngsters across the country will wear the young man’s number on the back of their Socceroos jerserys. In the line of many current ‘next crop’ Socceroos, Super Dario may carry the hopes of the Socceroos in the lead up to Brazil 2014.
Dario Vidosic is a footballer we all want to see shine. With many years of football ahead of him, Adelaide United and Socceroos fans are hoping that there are many more flamboyant corners, dribbles and goals from the 25-year-old. I am one football fan who knows Super Dario’s rise will continue.
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