Home » Sport » 60 Seconds With…Ivan Vicelich

60 Seconds With…Ivan Vicelich

IVThe next 8 days will be the most important 8 days in the career of a number of Croatian footballers as they take on Iceland in World Cup playoff matches. It is also an important time for another footballer of Croatian descent – New Zealand defender Ivan Vicelich. Ivan, who is New Zealand’s most-capped international in history, is off to Mexico this week with the All Whites as they aim to qualify for back-to-back World Cups. The former Roda JC star, who will also play in the his 4th FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco in December with Auckland City, joins Croatia Week for ’60 Seconds With…’

Is there one match that stands out in your career? There have been many great matches. My debut for my national team, Scoring a hat trick in europe. But the final qualifying game for the 2010 World Cup against Bahrain was very memorable

Who was your favourite player growing up? Diego Maradona

Favourite club as a kid? AC Milan

Hardest player you have ever marked? Ronaldinho

Vicelich battles with Brazil's Adriano, but its his team-mate Ronaldinho who he rates as the best

Vicelich battles with Brazil’s Adriano, but its his team-mate Ronaldinho who he rates as the best

Favourite food? My wifes cooking

Favourite Drink? Coke

Do you have any pre-match rituals? Not anymore.When I was younger I used to have a few but now I don’t.

Do you get nervous before a match? There is always some nerves.. I think it is good for every footballer to have these.

Favourite ground you have played at? Ajax Arena

The impressive Ajax Arena

The impressive Ajax Arena

How do you relax away from football? Have fun with my kids Luka and Ivan

Favourite place visited in Croatia? Pelješac

Pelješac peninsula on Croatia's southern Dalmatian coast

Pelješac peninsula on Croatia’s southern Dalmatian coast

Favourite beach in Croatia? All the beaches are beautiful

Who is the funniest man in the dressing rooms that you have played with? For the national team it has to be Rory Fallon

If you were not a professional footballer, what do you think you would have been doing? No idea.. i have been involved with football to long

What are the plans after football? I have opened a children’s sportswear shop called Playmaker Sports and this is something i hope to continue to grow after my football career… Also hope to work with kids and their development in football.

Vicelich will lead Auckland City at this year's FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco

Vicelich will lead Auckland City at this year’s FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco

Share on:
0 / 5 (0 votes)

Sign up to receive the Croatia Week Newsletter

Related Posts

Record Start to June as Tourists Flood into Croatia

In just 24 hours, 300,000 foreign tourists enter Croatia as the first weekend of June sees the first big wave of tourists. A total of 1.7 million tourists visited Croatia in the first four months of 2017, 22% more than in the same period of the record-breaking 2016, and with this weekend’s flooding of visitors,...

Spring Starts with Record Temperatures

The first official day of Spring yesterday saw a record high in Croatia as warm sunshine welcomed in the new season for locals across the country. Reords even fell on Monday. Temperatures at the Grič weather station in the capital Zagreb were recorded at 22°C, the highest ever recorded on the date of 20 March...

Croatian Coast Inspired Handmade Bow Ties

What started out as a hobby in their student days has now grown into a successful fashion brand for a couple of friends. TIE ME produces quality handmade men’s bow ties and women’s neckties, and they have just released a new Summer Skyline collection inspired by the Croatian coast. The handmade, 100% polyester bow ties...

Tourist Arrivals Up 20% in 2017

With over 16 million tourists visiting Croatia in 2016, a new record was set last year. Never in the country’s history has as many tourists visited in one year. The record however may be short-lived if the first two months of the year are anything to go by. Speaking on Monday, Croatia’s Minister of Tourism,...

Joan Miró Exhibition to Open in Rovinj

An exhibition of the works of the famous Spanish painter, sculptor, and ceramicist, Joan Miró, opens in the Istrian town of Rovinj on Wednesday. The ‘Joan Miró – Forms of Freedom’ exhibition opens on 12 April 2017 at the Zavičajni museum in Rovinj and closes on 15 October 2017. Visitors will have the opportunity to...