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Mateo Poljak


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  • Date Of Birth: 10/09/89
    Nation: Croatia
    Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia
    Squad Number: 8
    Position: Defensive Midfield
    Joined Wanderers: 12/08/12
    Contract Details: 1 year initial contract. Signed 1 year extension on 22nd December 2012. Signed 2 year extension on 5 September 2013.
    Contract Finish: 2015/16
    Previous Club: NK Lokomotiva (Zagreb)
    Wanderers Debut: 6th October 2012 vs Central Coast Mariners
    A-League Appearances: 66
    A-League Goals: 3
    ACL Appearances: 6
    ACL Goals: 1
    FFA Cup Appearances: 1
    FFA Cup Goals: 0
    Club World Cup Appearances: 2
    Club World Cup Goals: 0
    Total Appearances: 75
    Total Goals: 4
    Yearly Appearances & Goals: 2012/13: 25 (1), 2013/14: 22 (1), 2014/15: 28 (2)
    Team Honours: A-League Premiership Winner (2012/13), Asian Champions League Winner (2014).
    Highlight: Scored his first ever goal for Western Sydney against Adelaide United in Round 19, Season 2012/13 on 3/02/2013.
    Description: A young defensive midfielder who has been capped in the Croatian youth setup. Has been deployed by Tony Popovic as an anchor man, shoring up the defensive structure to allow the likes of Ono and Mooy to push forward. The defensive anchor around which the Wanderers premiership winning campaign was founded, Poljak has earned his spot as one of the best defensive midfielder players in the competition and was rewarded by the club with a new contract, only to have that cut short by a season, Poljak moving up north to the Newcastle Jets for 2015/16 onwards.
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i dont think he was missed too much against Perth but im looking forward to having him back in against the Mariners.

We need our A-team, keep up the good work!

 

He was definitely missed. When he is in the team he allows Aaron Mooy to get free and get into more attacking positions.

He does all the dirty work that others dont want to do. I noticed how many times Aaron Mooy tracked back into a more deeper position

than he really likes. Very important player.

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i dont think he was missed too much against Perth but im looking forward to having him back in against the Mariners.

We need our A-team, keep up the good work!

 

He was definitely missed. When he is in the team he allows Aaron Mooy to get free and get into more attacking positions.

He does all the dirty work that others dont want to do. I noticed how many times Aaron Mooy tracked back into a more deeper position

than he really likes. Very important player.

 

Without a doubt, he doesn't get enough credit.

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Saw the guy before the game yesterday (he was in a suit so i knew he wasnt playing)

 

Spoke to him for about 5 or so minutes .. spoke about his life here and life back home in croatia, he loves it here and is happy to stay for another season.

 

Overall a great guy!

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Anyone see him after the game, as all the other players had walked away, he stood there singing and clapping along too "come on you wanderers"... And then even as he was walking off he was still clapping along the whole way.



I think if he weren't playing he'd be smack bang in the middle of 56 our Mateo. Legend. Played a great game too. 

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His passion for the club is undeniable, really anchors the midfield and a great asset to the team. glad he re-signed

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He got hit in the face by the ball and yet he recovered quite well, this man is a legend and is welcome to stay in the #WanderersFamily as long as he wants!

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He got hit in the face by the ball and yet he recovered quite well, this man is a legend and is welcome to stay in the #WanderersFamily as long as he wants!

 

The replay looked nasty. full credit to him. What a champ

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Very underrated player who rarely receives the plaudits from the media. Being a DM is usually a thankless task.

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Saw mateo at penrith seafoods wetherill park, must live around there. Only wished my 5 year old boy was with me as he would of nearly wet himself with excitement.

 

Mateo does all the hard work for the team in midfield. great player.

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My player of the year.

 

Mine too. He has been outstanding all season. Great seeing him waving a flag during the celebrations last night!

 

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My player of the year.

 

Mine too. He has been outstanding all season. Great seeing him waving a flag during the celebrations last night!

 

Same here, top bloke too

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All i can say about this guy is watch him at the end of our games..

Seriously, he's the guy that doesn't wanna leave the field, he's always one of the last ones to leave the field, he wants to take in everything that the RBB & the Wanderers fans give him!!]

I love this guy :)

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Yeah I have noticed this as well. He must love it here so much. Doubt with his talent we can fend off the big money from Asia probably longer term,

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Agreed he is the player of the year for me too.

You can also tell he loves the club and its fans. So mug enthusiasm. Especially when he was waving the giant flag post match at Newcastle :)

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my favourite. his names on my jersey. unfortunately he'll probably leave after the next season or two but he has been immense in midfield 

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my favourite. his names on my jersey. unfortunately he'll probably leave after the next season or two but he has been immense in midfield 

The way he's going he'll get a much bigger club. The A League wont be able to afford him

 

 

 

First picked in my a-league all stars side. Best holding midfielder in the comp.

Same. He's our Vinnie Grella

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First picked in my a-league all stars side. Best holding midfielder in the comp.

Same. He's our Vinnie Grella

We will get on famously Mattski. Vinnie is my all-time favourite Socceroo.

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First picked in my a-league all stars side. Best holding midfielder in the comp.

Same. He's our Vinnie Grella

We will get on famously Mattski. Vinnie is my all-time favourite Socceroo.

 

you must have been so excited when he put in that massive 5 minutes in the game against us :P

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I was, then bitterly disappointed to hear he pulled up lame afterwards. A true Aussie footballing legend.

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Poljak giving out some praise for the RBB. 
"The 23-year-old Croatian has played in the intimidating venues of his nation's biggest clubs, Dinamo Zagreb and Hajduk Split, but says the noise, colour and tension created by the Wanderers faithful outranks that of the Balkan giants."

http://www.smh.com.au/sport/a-league/fans-fire-star-whos-been-around-the-bloc-20130414-2httn.html#ixzz2QVMRpufm


Huge credit right there.

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He is consistently the player who gives the most attention to the crowd/RBB on game days, and even today at the training session he was the player who stayed to applaud the crowd for 30 seconds longer than everyone else... Honestly he'd be in the RBB if he weren't playing I think... My favourite player now for sure...




Think he deserves a chant... He'd probably go off if he heard it... If anyone can think of a tune/words it'd be worth it.

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He is consistently the player who gives the most attention to the crowd/RBB on game days, and even today at the training session he was the player who stayed to applaud the crowd for 30 seconds longer than everyone else... Honestly he'd be in the RBB if he weren't playing I think... My favourite player now for sure...

 

 

 

 

Think he deserves a chant... He'd probably go off if he heard it... If anyone can think of a tune/words it'd be worth it.

 

Not just that he can play, wouldnt be surpised if a few European clubs look at picking him up.

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Poljak was just sponsored today for next season, quality player who has worked hard for this.

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According to an, admittedly pretty tripe, piece in the Herald this morning, Poljak's shacked up with an Aussie girl....

 

 

 

 

He may be around for a while.

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