Susnjar: Australia has to be more open to the European football world

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Macarthur FC defender, Aleksandar Susnjar, believes the seclusion of Australian players in Europe is affecting the mentality of players here.

Susjnar has played 17 games and scored one goal so far for the Bulls this season.

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However, he has spent most of his career overseas and he has noticed a difference between European football and Australian football.

“I’d say the mentality,” he said.

“Over in Europe it’s much stronger, it’s not as lenient as it is here in Australia.

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“It’s a really tough business to make it.”

The days of Australian players making an impact in Europe’s top leagues are becoming less as the years go by.

It was a great sense of pride when witnessing the likes of John Aloisi in La Liga, Mark Bresciano in Serie A, and Robbie Slater, Mark Bosnich, Mark Viduka, Harry Kewell, and Tim Cahill in the Premier League, playing week in week out in Europe’s top leagues.

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And that is only mentioning a few Australian players from a long list who have played with and against the best of the best in world football.

The 25-year-old defender would like to see Australia expose its players to the clubs in Europe.

“I just think Australia has to be more open to the European football world,” Susnjar said.

“As you see not many Australians go over to Europe.

“So I think playing in Australia we’re very secluded from the rest of the world so it is harder to get a gig overseas. Not many clubs look at the Australian league because it’s so secluded from everything else.”

Susnjar believes that if more Australian players were to play in Europe, then the chances of European clubs searching for players here would increase.

“The more Australian players you have overseas and the leagues over there, the more clubs will look for Australian players,” he said.

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“If they’re performing as well in good clubs in Europe, clubs are going to be looking for more Australian players, they’re going to set a certain standard for the rest of the players that are coming to Europe to play.”

A large number of Australian players also build their careers in Asia and Susnjar believed it was a good place for players to improve.

“It is, definitely,” he said.

However, he said players would make the final decision on where they would look to play and what would be best for them and their development.

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“Every player has their own path, I’m not one to say what’s good and what’s not good,” Susnjar said.

“Every player chooses their own path in football, no one has the same path in football.

“So it’s what you think it’s good for yourself at the end of the day.”

Featured image credit: Macarthur FC

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Daniel Gualterio
Daniel Gualterio
Bachelor of Sports Media student from Charles Sturt University covering Macarthur FC. Passionate for the world game.

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