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Marco Rojas (Melbourne Victory)

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Home of Johan Absalonsen who played for Adelaide last season. Came 2nd in the league in the 2015/16 season but have been middling since then. Got to be honest I thought they were a lot weaker than they are, don't look too bad tbh (apart from the fact they don't have a verified Twitter account)

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Blimey, Danish average attendance less than the A League

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Think I've seen a list of average attendances in leagues and quite a lot or European leagues have lower average attendances than A-League.

Hopefully Rojas can kick on well at the new club.

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Blimey, Danish average attendance less than the A League

Denmark is only marginally bigger than NZ population wise. I mean, half the league (well, slight exaggeration but not too far off) is based in towns the size of Levin or smaller.

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Colvinator wrote:

Think I've seen a list of average attendances in leagues and quite a lot or European leagues have lower average attendances than A-League.

Hopefully Rojas can kick on well at the new club.

Yeah, I think a lot of people forget about how small a lot of the European countries are.

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el grapadura wrote:

Blimey, Danish average attendance less than the A League

Denmark is only marginally bigger than NZ population wise. I mean, half the league (well, slight exaggeration but not too far off) is based in towns the size of Levin or smaller.

Getting a lot of mention today Levin.

SønderjyskE currently 11th out of 14 teams in the Danish Superliga.

https://us.soccerway.com/teams/denmark/sonderjyske...

Bottom 8 teams will go into an extended relegation round.

Not sure if at the end of that a Superliga team has to play a 1st Division side (division down) trying for promotion. That of course could involve Nikko Boxall's, Viborg who are currently top of the 1st Division.

Mabil is at Midtjylland (2nd in Superliga), and fellow Socceroo Mustafa Amini is at AGF (one place above Sonderjyske in 10th).

Superliga season restarts from winter break 10th Feb.

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Good luck to him, hopefully he can find some form and be better for it for the AW's. Always thought he could have been a star but he has never really appeared to reach the heights he could have. He was good for a couple of years at Melb Victory but his European move has failed to impress.

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According to Phillip Rollo on twitter, the Nix were also interested.

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I think it's fair to say his European career has been a complete failure.  He's not been able to command a starting place at any of his European clubs.  This is probably last roll of the dice given how far down he has dropped down - bottom half of the Danish league must be on a par with the A-League really

Normo's coming home

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Have to say, when you compare him with another very talented player such as Amini, it is interesting to note neither of them did really well in Europe and they are now both playing in Denmark.
I for one think this will resurrect Marco's career but I would also think he'll never make the big step we were all hoping for and he'll see out his playing days in smaller European leagues or perhaps in Asia if not just in the A-League. Best he could do I reckon is MLS.

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Maybe this is a defeatist attitude but if this contract doesn't work out I'd come back home to the A League. He'll be 28 when it expires, in his footballing prime. I'd rather see him be one of the best players in the a league than see him struggle from club to club in Europe. Obviously I'd love him to come back to us one day, but even to see him on top of his game at victory again would make me happy for him. Just want to see him do well at the end of the day

So is Krishna coming back yet?

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el grapadura wrote:

Colvinator wrote:

Think I've seen a list of average attendances in leagues and quite a lot or European leagues have lower average attendances than A-League.

Hopefully Rojas can kick on well at the new club.

Yeah, I think a lot of people forget about how small a lot of the European countries are.

population density is more important than total population in some ways though.
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Maybe this is a defeatist attitude but if this contract doesn't work out I'd come back home to the A League. He'll be 28 when it expires, in his footballing prime. I'd rather see him be one of the best players in the a league than see him struggle from club to club in Europe. Obviously I'd love him to come back to us one day, but even to see him on top of his game at victory again would make me happy for him. Just want to see him do well at the end of the day

I agree, he's got talent so he should be starting somewhere.  Fairly sure this period sitting on the bench can't have been a lot of fun.

When he came back to the A-League for his second stint he was probably too good for the league and given his age it made sense to head back overseas.  He needs to find somewhere he can regularly play football at a good level

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I don't think he's adaptable enough as a player tactically which might explain some of his struggles

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I'd also question whether he has the strong burning desire and commitment to succeed, that seems to drive say Ryan Thomas - who he is sometimes compared to.

But we are all different, and good luck to him in Denmark.

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Personally I think his size works against him. Sure, you can point to Messi, or a guy like Giovinco - but they are the exception, not the norm. Ryan Thomas is a behemoth compared to Marco.

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I think this level and particular region will suit him, but its going to be down to him to make the most of any opportunity he gets. If this doesn't work out after 12 months I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up back in the A-League. As mentioned before, if he still wants to stay overseas then I think South America would be his next bet, and probably his last option for competing in a respected overseas league without dropping to lower tiers.

Hopefully this works out well for him and he sees more regular game time. I've seen a few highlights of both the Danish and Swedish leagues over the last few years and the level is quite good. 

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Thomas (176 cm) is certainly taller than Rojas (168 cm). 

But I've stood beside him and he ain't no behemoth - his more combative onfield attitude may give that impression.

Take it with a grain of salt maybe, but Soccerway actually lists Rojas as heavier (64kgs) verus Thomas (61 kgs).

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I think it's more about temperament and desire than weight - though Thomas is the taller of the two.
To anyone might say they play different roles, I'd respond to look at Barbarouses on the weekend. he's definitely not a tall or big player but he used his body really well and harried our defenders when out of possession every time.

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valeo wrote:

Personally I think his size works against him. Sure, you can point to Messi, or a guy like Giovinco - but they are the exception, not the norm. Ryan Thomas is a behemoth compared to Marco.

Messi is taller and not built as slight as Marco. 

He seemed to get quite a bit of game time in Switzerland.

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