After more than 200 appearances for Adelaide United, Eugene Galekovic is dreaming of finally lifting some silverware with the Reds in Tuesday’s FFA Cup final against Perth Glory.
Galekovic, who joined Adelaide in 2007, is the club’s record games holder, but trophy-less in his time at Coopers Stadium.
Adelaide’s only piece of silverware arrived when they were premiers in the inaugural A-League season, prior to Galekovic’s move from Melbourne Victory.
The 33-year-old Socceroos understudy has come close on three occasions, with Adelaide losing Grand Finals to Victory twice, as well as the 2008 AFC Champions League decider to Gamba Osaka.
Galekovic told FourFourTwo it meant everything to end the wait after 215 appearances in red.
“That’s why you play the game,” Galekovic said. “I’ve been here a long time.
“I’ve been in a few grand finals before but to win some silverware finally would be a great occasion, especially in front of a packed home crowd it would be great.”
Both of Adelaide’s Grand Final losses were played in Melbourne, while Galekovic missed their home leg in the ACL final due to suspension.
He admitted playing in front of his home fans in a decider was a prospect which had him excited.
“It’s massive,” he said. “It sold out in only a few days.
“It’s taken to the fans and they’ve loved it. They’ll come along in numbers and support us.
“It doesn’t matter which competition it is, it’s silverware that you can win.
“We’re going into this game like any other final.
“We want to win silverware for the club. The boys know that.”
Meanwhile, Galekovic has another added incentive to perform, last week named in Ange Postecoglou’s 46-man provisional Asian Cup squad.
Goalkeepers Mat Ryan and Mitch Langerak look certainties to be part of the final 23-man squad, but the third-choice shot-stopper appears undecided.
“It’s exciting times - the closer it gets to the Asian Cup the more exciting it is,” he admitted.
“You try not to worry too much about it. There’s still games for my club and I still have to perform. You don’t want any distractions.
“But to be picked is very exciting and I’m very honoured to have that chance again especially in a big tournament on home soil.
“I’ll try to play as well as I can in the next few games and give myself a chance.”comments