Dario Vidošić
Dario Vidošić
Personal information
Full name Dario Vidošić
Date of birth April 8, 1987 (1987-04-08) (age 33)
Place of birth    Osijek, Flag of SFR Yugoslavia 001 Yugoslavia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft +12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Winger
Nationality Flag of Australia Australia
Club information
Current club Flag of Australia Melbourne City
Number 10
Youth clubs
Flag of Australia Queensland Lions
Flag of Australia AIS
Senior clubs
Years Club App (Gls)
Flag of Australia Brisbane Roar
Germany 1. FC Nürnberg
GermanyMSV Duisburg (loan)
GermanyArminia Bielefeld (loan)
Flag of Australia Adelaide United
Switzerland FC Sion
Flag of Australia Western Sydney Wanderers
Flag of CHI Liaoning Whowin
South Korea Seongnam FC
Flag of New Zealand Wellington Phoenix
Flag of Australia Melbourne City
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012 00(1)
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Dario Vidošić (born 8 April 1987) is an Australian footballer who plays for Melbourne City in the A-League.

Club career

Early life

Vidošić was born on 8 April 1987 in Osijek to Croatianparents, mother Jasna and father Rado Vidošić. He moved with his parents from Croatia to Australia in 1988 when his father received an offer to play for the Queensland Lions. The family settled in Brisbane, and he attended Yugumbir State School for his early education at Regents Park, when Dario grew up he attended Cavendish Road State High School. His father has been assistant coach at A-League club Queensland Roar since 2005 and as of May 2008, is the club's National Youth Team coach.

Vidošić played with Queensland Lions in 2004 and also competed in the 2004 National Schoolboys football competition. He received a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sport and trained in their football (soccer)program before moving onto the A-League, signing a two-year contract with Queensland Roar at the start of the 2006–07 season.

Brisbane Roar

In Round 1, coming on as a substitute in the second half, Vidošić set up a goal for Scotsman Simon Lynch before scoring a goal himself. Vidošić started up front for Queensland Roar in Round 8 against Perth Glory and scored to make it 2–1 in the Roar's favour, before being substituted. In Round 17, with midfielder Matt McKay out injured, Vidošić started against the Central Coast Mariners and scored two goals; becoming the first player under the age of 21 to score 2 goals in an A-League game, and the first player under the age of 20 to score more than three goals in a season. Vidošić scored once more in the season, against Melbourne Victory in Round 20.

1. FC Nürnberg

His performance in the season was enough for the German Bundesliga club 1. FC Nütnberg to give him a two-week trial. 1. FC Nürnberg was a club that had strong Australian ties with four other players at the time, two of whom had come from the A-League the previous season. It was confirmed on 22 March 2007 that Vidošić had accepted a three-year contract with the Bundesliga club.

He was rarely used in his first season at the club, seeing just 60 minutes of playing time in four games for the Bundesliga side that was relegated at the end of the season. However, he was an integral part of the reserve side's promotion efforts that saw 1. FC Nürnberg II reach the newly organised Regionalliga Süd.

In the following season, he was hampered by injury trouble early on, seeing just three matches for the professional team and four – with one goal – for the reserve side before the winter break. He went on to unsuccessfully trial with Danish club Esbjerg fB.

Surprisingly, Vidošić appeared back on the scene when he was brought on in a first team match against SC Freiburg in which he scored his first competitive goal for 1. FC Nürnberg, giving the team the 1–0 win at Dreisamstadion. After that match, Vidošić won more opportunities in the Nürnberg first-team scoring another crucial goal in a 1–0 win over FC Ingolstadt 04 in early May, before another a week later in the Franconian derby against Greuther Fürth which ended 1–1. Vidošić went on to help Nürnberg seal promotion back to the Bundesliga.

In an interview in May 2009, Vidošić admitted a debut call-up to the Australian national football team would be a dream end to a great season.

MSV Duisburg

On 19 January 2010 his club 1. FC Nürnberg announced that the 22-year-old offensive midfielder will play on loan for MSV Duisburg the rest of the season.

Arminia Bielefeld

On 1 January 2011, Vidošić moved to Arminia Bielefeld on loan for the rest of the 2010–11 season after only making five appearances for Nürnberg prior to the loan.

Adelaide United

In July 2011, Vidošić returned to Australia and signed a 3-year contract with A-League club Adelaide United as their Australian marquee on a reported AU$320,000 a season. He scored his first goal for the club in just his second game against Sydney FC.

FC Sion

On 26 August 2013, Adelaide Unitedannounced that they had released Dario from his contract so he could continue his career playing for Swiss club FC Sion for a transfer fee of AU$700,000.

Western Sydney Wanderers

Western Sydney Wanderers confirmed that Vidošić had joined the club on a two-year deal on 21 September 2015.

Wellington Phoenix

On 4 August 2017, it was reported that Vidošić would be joining his father Rado at Wellington Phoenix on a one-year deal. On 20 December 2017, both Vidošić and his father left the club.

Melbourne City

On 29 December 2017, shortly after leaving Wellington Phoenix, Vidošić joined Melbourne City.

International career

Dario Vidosic

Vidošić with Australia in 2010

In October 2006, Vidošić was selected in the Australian Under-20 squad, known as the Young Socceroos, and went on to compete in the 2006 AFC Youth Championships in India. In February 2007, he played for the Australian Under-23 team, the Olyroos, in an Olympic qualifier in Adelaide, scoring the 11th goal in Australia's 11–0 win over Chinese Taipei.

In July 2008, after being left out of the Australian Olympic team for Beijing by Olyroos head coach Graham Arnold, he publicly mooted the possibility of playing for the Croatian national team at a senior level. However, according to FIFA Article 18, Vidošić has been ineligible to represent any country other than Australia in international football since April 2008, when he turned 21.

On 17 June 2009, Vidošić made his debut for the Socceroos in their last World Cup qualifier against Japan, he was substituted in for Tim Cahill in the 86th minute. His second cap was received while playing in a friendly against the Netherlands on 10 October 2009.

Career statistics


As of 6 May 2016
Club Season Division League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Queensland Roar 2006–07 A-League 1755200227
Queensland Roar total 17 5 5 2 0 0 22 7
1. FC Nürnberg 2007–08 Bundesliga 40000040
2008–09 2. Bundesliga 1230000123
2009–10 Bundesliga 901000100
2010–11 50000050
1. FC Nürnberg total 30 3 1 0 0 0 31 3
MSV Duisburg (loan) 2009–10 2. Bundesliga 1210000121
MSV Duisburg total 12 1 0 0 0 0 12 1
Arminia Bielefeld (loan) 2010–11 2. Bundesliga 1510000151
Arminia Bielefeld total 15 1 0 0 0 0 15 1
Adelaide United 2011–12 A-League 2550090345
2012–13 261000002610
Adelaide United total 51 15 0 0 9 0 60 15
FC Sion 2013–14 Swiss Super League 2962000316
2014–15 1723000202
FC Sion total 46 8 5 0 0 0 49 8
Western Sydney Wanderers 2015–16 A-League 2841000294
WS Wanderers total 28 4 1 0 0 0 29 4
Liaoning Whowin 2016 Chinese Super League 1320000132
Liaoning total 13 2 0 0 0 0 13 2
Career total 216 39 12 2 9 0 237 41

External links

Melbourne City FC squad - 2020–21

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