Ben Vidaic

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Ben Vidaic
Personal information
Full name Benjamin Vidaic
Date of birth (1988-01-29) 29 January 1988 (age 29)
Place of birth Sydney
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Fraser Park FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Sydney United 28 (16)
2007–2008 Sydney FC 2 (0)
2008 Sydney United (loan) 17 (5)
2009 Marconi Stallions 19 (3)
2010 Sutherland Sharks 13 (4)
2011–2012 Sydney United 31 (9)
2013–2014 Fraser Park FC 34 (11)
2015 Eastern Suburbs 2 (2)
2016 Fraser Park FC 15 (8)
National team
2004 Australia U-17 5 (5)
2006 Australia U-20 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 September 2014.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 September 2007

Benjamin Vidaic (born 29 January 1988 in Sydney) is an Australian footballer of Croatian origin currently playing for Fraser Park FC in National Premier Leagues NSW 2

Early life[edit]

He is of Croat origin,[1] and attended the Trinity Grammar School in Summer Hill where he was Captain of Soccer. Vidaic has also represented Australia internationally, playing for the Qantas Joeys (Under 17s) and Qantas Young Socceroos (Under 20s), scoring five goals in eight appearances.

Club career[edit]

In July 2007, Ben began trialling at Sydney FC as the club began pre-season training. After scoring in friendly against Sydney University and making a number of substitute appearances in Pre-Season Cup matches, the club signed him to a two-year contract.[2][3] Former Sydney FC coach Branko Culina declared that "Ben has great potential and I'm confident he'll push for a place in the team,". Upon signing, Ben commented that "It's a dream come true to sign with Sydney FC, the best club in the A-League," said the youngster. Vidaic made two appearances in the A-League in his first season, both off the bench.

On 27 November 2007, Vidaic took part in an exhibition match against Los Angeles Galaxy, coming off the bench early in the second half. He also played for the club in the Pan-Pacific Championship 2008 in Hawaii.

It was announced at the end of the season that he would return to Sydney United on loan while the A-League was in off-season and return to the club for pre-season training in April.[4] However, on 18 March 2008, his contract with Sydney FC was terminated by mutual consent, making his move to United permanent.[5]

Ben's father, Bruno Vidaic, also played for Sydney United (formerly Sydney Croatia) captaining the club in the 80's and is considered a club great.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tri australska Hrvata na azijskom prvenstvu za juniore". Croatian Herald. 30 October 2006. 
  2. ^ "Big Ben signs for Sydney". 31 July 2007. Retrieved 31 July 2007. 
  3. ^ "Ben clocks on for two seasons". 31 July 2007. Archived from the original on 14 September 2007. Retrieved 31 July 2007. 
  4. ^ "Four Sydney FC players to help boost NSW Premier League". sydneyfc.com. 29 February 2008. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2008. 
  5. ^ "Vidaic released by Sydney". FourFourTwo Australia. 18 March 2008. Archived from the original on 28 March 2008. Retrieved 18 March 2008. 

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