Vidosic: A-League coaches better than in Europe

Western Sydney Wanderers' weekend match-winner Dario Vidosic says the coaching he’s receiving in the A-League is better than anything he experienced in Europe.

The 23-time Australia international spent four years in Germany and more recently two seasons in Switzerland with Sion, before returning to Australia to join the Wanderers in September.

Vidosic’s comments are of particular significance, given ex-Australia coach Pim Verbeek’s claim back in 2008 that training in Europe was better than playing in the A-League. 

The 28-year-old’s recent experience in Europe provides him with the substance to provide such an opinion.

Vidosic may have played in Germany’s Bundesliga with Nurnberg and worked under current Wolfsburg boss Dieter Hecking and the experienced Hans Meyer, but he believes it’s nothing compared to being coached by Tony Popovic. 

“Even when I was in Nurnberg, the coaching there doesn’t even come close to what I’m getting here,” Vidosic told FourFourTwo.

“You think Europe, Europe, Europe, but it’s not all about that. You go there and you might be playing in the Bundesliga or the 2.Bundesliga, which is a very, very strong league, but you don’t feel like you’re improving."

Popovic is assisted by ex-Socceroo Hayden Foxe and Spanish newcomer Andres Carrasco at the Wanderers. 

“From what I had over there (in Europe), I can’t speak for all coaches, but from the majority of the ones I had, these are much better,” Vidosic added.

“I had one coach in Germany, who while he was the assistant just picked up the cones. When he did take over as coach, it wasn’t anything special.

“Now they’re pulling us aside, they’re showing us these movements, what I want you to do. After the games, we’re being shown all sorts of stuff.

“Every day you feel like you’re progressing and learning. The way we train too, the intensity, it’s something which was lacking in Switzerland.” 

Vidosic, who said he wakes up and goes to bed with a smile everyday in Sydney, almost did not return to the A-League.

The Croatian-born attacking midfielder had a difficult final twelve months with Sion but almost remained in Switzerland when weighing up his options in the off-season.

“I was very close to staying with a much bigger club in Switzerland, but their coach got sacked,” Vidosic revealed.

“They delayed and I needed to make a decision. At the end of the day, I’m very happy with how everything panned out.”