Bosnar bullets fire Mariner into FIFA 15 elite

He’s struck fear into the hearts and minds of four-man walls with his dynamite free kicks clocked close to 150 kilometres per hour.

Little wonder that Central Coast Mariners defender Eddy Bosnar has now been rated as one of the world’s most powerful strikers of a football.

Sandwiched between some star names in EA Sport’s FIFA 15 video game for “Shot Power”, Bosnar has been ranked fifth in the world for his ability to let fly with some absolute scorching shots capable of befuddling, baffling, and of course beating even the most confident of custodians.

The game – to be released in Australia on Thursday – also lists in the shot power top 10 Hertha Berlin’s Brazilian attacking ace Ronny, Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg), Zlatan Ibrahimović (Paris St Germain), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal), Fredy Guarín (Inter Milan), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Alberto Costa (Spartak Moscow), and Tom Huddlestone (Hull City).

Bosnar, who managed one long-range goal in the Hyundai A-League against Newcastle Jets last season – albeit with the help of some calamitous goalkeeping from Mark Birighitti – says it’s “cool” FIFA 15 rankings acknowledged the power of his lethal left peg.

“I found out through some friends in Europe and at first I thought it was a joke,” Bosnar said.

“But then I found out that EA Sports do check facts on all the players, so it’s quite cool to be listed next to some of these great players.”

With the Mariners’ Hyundai A-League season kicking off against their archrivals the Jets at Gosford’s Central Coast Stadium in a fortnight on Saturday, Bosnar admits he’s hoping there will be more opportunities for him to prove his power in Australia’s top flight.

“I’ve scored a fair few goals from outside the box in my career so hopefully I can add a few more this season,” he said.

“First of all I need to work hard and make sure my name is on the team sheet, but I hope there will be opportunities throughout the season to unleash.”

Bosnar added that he’d most like to see one of his missiles whistle past Western Sydney Wanderers custodian Ante Covic.

“The most confident person I have played is (Ante) Covic, and he reckons he doesn’t need a wall from my free kicks,” he said.

“We have some good banter about it, but hopefully I get to take some against Western Sydney this season and he’s in goal.”

Bosnar, who has played in Europe and Asia throughout his well-travelled career, rates his left foot bomb for Suwon Bluewings against Ulsan Hyundai in K-League Classic in 2012 as his best strike, though he remembers fondly a number of goals from outside the box during his days playing for JEF United Chiba and Shimizu S-Pulse in Japan’s J.League.