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Former Socceroo and Sydney United striker David Zdrilic says as a young player it was a tremendous time to be learning his trade: “It felt like a massive celebration; there was a massive togetherness at the club in that period.” His is the classic migrant story: his Zadar-born dad was more concerned that he should get a good education than play football, and he didn’t take the game seriously till he was 17.
He can’t quite put his finger on why the Croatian community continues to supply so many good footballers but he says the fusion of Croatian passion with Australian resilience has helped created a better and in some ways superior footballer.
Here they were free to fly their flag, practise their religion, which was frowned upon at home, and pursue their sporting passion: football.
The round-ball game became an avenue for national identity – and later – assimilation.
They come together every year to contest the Australian-Croatian soccer tournament, which has been played for 40 years.
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