Socceroos Podcast | Episode 1: Mustafa Amini
The first Socceroos podcast is here!
In our first episode, Mustafa Amini joins us from Denmark to discuss how he’s dealing with COVID-19 just days after the berth of his first child.
The AGF Aarhus midfielder reveals his favourite Socceroos memories and realisations over the last eight years he’s spent playing in Europe.
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The former Central Coast Mariners man also reveals a sleepless night after learning of his first Socceroos start, and talks about a harrowing 14-hour flight to Dubai when he left home to join Borussia Dortmund as an 18-year-old.
Amini talks about loneliness, the tough grind of establishing himself as a top-flight European footballer, and pays tribute to the family sacrifices that have made him who he is today.
He tells us a great story about what he did when Tim Cahill scored that famous double against Japan at the 2006 FIFA World Cup - and sheds light on what it is like to be inside Australian national team camp under former Mariners mentor Graham Arnold.
Podcast 1 - Mustafa Amini
Here's what you can hear at the following time codes
0.00 - Being told to go home by the Danish goverment on TV amid COVID-19 pandemic
2.29 - What it's like becoming a father
4.20 - The birth of his daughter - falling in love for the first time
6.07 - What are Aarhus doing to keep the morale up?
7.56 - Having an Australian connection with Alex Gersbach and Zach Duncan at Aarhus
9.10 - Thoughts on the Danish Superliga season so far and being a club veteran
11.02 - Receiving the news that Socceroos' March games had been postponed
13.05 - Stories of family sacrifice make me so emotional about playing for Australia
15.19 - Not being able to sleep the night before his Socceroos starting debut
16.47 - How hard it is to live away from home and family as a professional footballer
19.29 - Crying all the way to Dortmund as an eighteen year old
22.45 - How a whole new Musti emerged from European grind
26.31 - Looking after Zach Duncan at Aarhus
28.50 - What is it like to work with Graham Arnold?
30.53 - What is it like to be in Socceroos camp?
33.10 - Amini's thoughts on the last few Socceroos fames
34.40 - Remembering playing Korea Republic in front of 55,000 people in Busan
36.41 - Rapid fire Q&A