Mate Dugandžić

Mate Dugandžić
Date of BirthOctober 22, 1989
Place of BirthMelbourne, Australia
PositionAttacking Midfielder
ClubMelbourne Victory

[edit] Background

Born in Australia to Croatian parents, Mate Dugandžić started playing football with VPL club Melbourne Knights in 2006. It was during his time at the club that he impressed visiting scouts, most notably Croatian powerhouse Dinamo Zagreb, whom he joined in 2008. Failing to break into the first team, he was loaned out to NK Lokomotiva Zagreb on a season long loan, making 14 appearances for the capital club. His contract with Dinamo Zagreb was not renewed however, and he returned home to Australia to start a second stint with the Melbourne Knights in the VPL. It was here that he caught the eye of Melbourne Victory, and he was brought into the club on a youth contract. However, after impressing manager Ernie Merrick in training, he was offered a 2 year professional deal. Dugandžić made his debut in round 8 against Gold Coast United, and scored his first goals for the club, which was also his starting debut, in the round 12 win against fierce rivals Adelaide United.

[edit] Football Manager 2010

Mate Dugandžić is the brightest prospect in the Melbourne Victory side, with his versatility across the attacking third being a major assest. Easily the replacement in waiting for when Tom Pondeljak retires in a few years time, Dugandžić is capable of playing first team football immediately. Expect overseas clubs to try and poach him, as his Croatian citizenship makes him a good target for those in Europe who wish to find cheap, young talent.

Last edited by walnuts on 25 October 2009 at 19:15
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