Mr Personality: Bozanic wants to wake up in a city that doesn't sleep

Melbourne Victory midfielder Oliver Bozanic is the latest subject of a regular feature where The World Game has a bit of fun with the game's stars by asking them questions they wouldn't normally be asked and letting their personalities shine.

Melbourne Victory Training Session

during a Melbourne Victory A-League training session at AAMI Park on November 18, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. Source: Getty Images Asia Pacific

Bozanic told TWG:  

Which city in the world he wants to visit the most;
What he does to get ready on game day;
How hard it was when he and the coach spoke different languages;
Which moment rates as his greatest in football so far;
What his most embarrassing moment was as well;
How he likes to relax in Melbourne.

TWG: When you meet older people who follow the game do you still sometimes get asked: Are you Vic Bozanic's son?

OB: (Laughs). No, not too much down here in Melbourne. When I'm in Adelaide I do, because that's where dad is from. People still remember him.

TWG: Now tell the truth, when you were young was he a stage-door dad? Did he push you into football or was he just an enthusiastic, supportive parent?

OB: He was definitely enthusiastic and supportive. He always helped me growing up, training me all the way through my junior years and giving me the right advice as a young player growing up. I always wanted to play.

TWG: How do you find the vibe at Victory games, particularly in the Melbourne derby?

OB: Every home game that we play is amazing, because there is such great support for Victory in Melbourne. You always know there is going to be great support from the fans and I love that. It's definitely something special.

TWG: When you're moving around the world as a footballer to further your career it is more difficult to do that if you've got your own family, but you're not married are you?

OB: No, I'm not married, but I have a girlfriend, Felicity, who is very supportive. It can be difficult for people, moving around, but at the moment we're enjoying it. She was with me in Lusern,  and that was great for me because when you're away in another country that speaks a different language it helps to have someone there that you're close to. Felicity is in Melbourne with me now as well.

TWG: Every player I speak to, when I ask them what sort of music they like, hip-hop is usually first or second on the list. Are you another one of those?

OB: (Laughs) I don't mind a bit of that, but I couldn't say any type of music really stands out with me. I like a bit of everything.

TWG: What about older stuff, going way back. The Beatles? The Rolling Stones?

OB: I do appreciate the old tracks as well. If I hear something on the radio and it's a hit from the past, I'll often like it.

TWG: Where in the world do you want to go that you haven't been to yet?

OB: I haven't been to New York and I'd love to go there. I'm not sure when I'll be able to take a trip like that, though. You never know in football when you're going to get a break, so it's always hard to book a holiday or do any planning like that. It usually ends up as a last-minute thing.

TWG: You didn't happen to bump into Sepp Blatter while you were playing for Lusern over there in Switzerland, did you?

OB: (Laughs). No, I didn't see him.

TWG: The locals speak German where you were playing. How was your German?

OB: It was very average (laughs). I didn't know any German before I went there. I tried to learn a bit once I was there, but it's a very difficult language to pick up.

TWG: Was the coach speaking German?

OB: It was a funny story because my first coach there was Argentinian. He spoke German, but even some of the Swiss players had trouble understanding him. He didn't speak English, so it was very hard for he and I to understand each other. The next coach I had there was German, but it was a lot easier for me because he spoke very good English as well.

TWG: Now that you're back here and you've had time to find your way around Melbourne, how do you relax when you get a day off?

OB: I just like to go for coffee, go for a walk, just try to chill out. Felicity is studying at the moment, which is good because that means we can spend the day off together.

TWG: Do you have a way of firing yourself up before a game or are you naturally motivated?

OB: I like to stay pretty relaxed on the day of the game. If we're playing at home I like to go for a bike ride in the morning, just to keep the body ticking over. Then I'll have a stretch, go for a coffee and just relax in the afternoon if we're playing at night and then get ready for the game. You certainly can get a good coffee in Melbourne.

TWG: What's the most exhilarating moment you've experienced in football?

OB: It would have to be when I came on for Australia in the World Cup. It was the pinnacle of my career so far. To be a part of the Socceroos and play in a World Cup has always been my dream and to be able to actually do that was just unbelievable.

TWG: And have you ever had an awful moment of embarrassment on the field?

OB: (Laughs) An awful moment, ahh  . . . When you miss a penalty, that's pretty bad. It was in Switzerland and the goalkeeper saved it. I'd like to think it was a very good save rather than a bad attempt. The game ended up a draw, so it was expensive!

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Published 10 December 2015 at 3:55pm
By Greg Prichard