Red hot Holosko dreams of Paris

Sydney FC’s Slovakian marquee Filip Holosko hopes that his form for Sydney FC will earn him a spot in Slovakia’s EURO2016 squad that will compete in France next year.

Holosko has 63 caps for Slovakia and contributed to his countries qualification for the European championship, when he played in the win against Macedonia in June last year.

It was the first time Slovakia has qualified for the EURO’s and that game in June was the last time Holosko wore his country’s jersey.

Holosko is desperate to play in the EURO’s having played two games for Slovakia in the 2010 World Cup in South Africaand  even though he hasn’t been a regular for his country of late the 31 year old still harbours a desire to play in France next year.

“It is my dream to go to the Euro 2016,” he said.

“And I hope if I play well for Sydney FC I still think there is a chance I will be selected to play for Slovakia.”

Slovakia has a tough group and have to contend with England, Russia and Wales if they are to get past the group stage but Holosko believes that his country could cause a few upsets.

“I think it’s a tough group and England is a strong opponent,” he said. 

“They haven’t really gone too far in big tournaments recently so I think we have a chance…  Wales are here for the first time like Slovakia but also have good players like Gareth Bale. 

“We have some good young players too so I think we have a chance and also players like Martin Skrtel for Liverpool and Marek Hamsik for Napoli.”

Holosko has been in a rich vein of form for the Sky Blues and it has coincided with the harbour-side club’s climb up to second place on the ladder after beating the Western Sydney Wanderers over the weekend.

Having been managed by the likes of current West Ham boss Slaven Bilic and ex- Real Madrid coach Bern Schuster, the Slovakian import feels that the Sky Blues Head Coach has contributed to him developing into an improved footballer.

 “I think he - Graham Arnold - is a very good coach and has a very good personality,” he said.

“He has good staff around him…  All of the players get on well with Bimbi (Steve Corica) and Clarkey (Andrew Clark) and Tezza (Terry McFlynn). They are some of the best I think in this country. Arnie has a good football philosophy and I’m happy working with him.  He is helping me become a better player.

“I have enjoyed my time here so far. I think we are very close to our best form and we will continue to improve over the rest of the season.”

Holosko added, “I want to help the team with my performances and I want to win the championship and the Grand Final with Sydney FC and also to qualify for the last 16 of the AFC Champions League.

“I played in the Champions League in Europe and I think this Asian Champions League will be tougher in terms of the travelling we will have to do.  I think the competition will be strong, especially playing against the Champions of Asia.”