Van Dijk reveals Latino legacy

Serginho van Dijk, Queensland Roar’s Dutch import who is loving every minute of his Australian odyssey, gave us a touch of South American magic at the weekend.

Van Dijk, who was signed from Dutch second division side Emmen in the off-season, is beginning to settle down in Brisbane and is looking forward to a successful stint in the A-League.

The tall striker is already becoming a talking point in the league and during the match with Adelaide United at the weekend he made an equalising goal for fellow striker Charlie Miller with an audacious back-heel pass into space that was straight out of Brazil.

“I like this Queensland team because it plays technical football,” Assen-born van Dijk, 26, said.

“Most Australian teams play physically but Queensland have a nice blend of the physical and technical game. The team's playing style suits me.”

Van Dijk said Queensland coach Frank Farina is a strong believer in a strong work ethic but encourages his players to be creative and imaginative in their play.

“Frank gives us the freedom to do what we want but of course we have to work hard,” he said.

“If I try something like that and it comes off it's well and good but my main job is to be dangerous in the penalty box.

“I am mainly a goalscorer but I can also set up stuff for my teammates so it does not bother me too much if I don't score as long as I do my job of being dangerous.

“I'd rather score three goals in a season and we win the league than score 10 and we finish bottom.”

Van Dijk said his first name Serginho was given to him by his mother who was a big fan of Brazil during the 1982 World Cup.

The Brazilians set the tournament alight with a string of superlative performances and the man leading the attack was lanky centre-forward Serginho.

Van Dijk was born a few days after the end of the tournament and his mother Antonia opted to name him Serginho.

“That's where the 'Serginho' comes from,” said van Dijk.

“Brazil did not win the cup but my mother still wanted to call me Serginho.”

Van Dijk said he was pleasantly surprised with the standard of the A-League and the environment in Australia.

“The weather's great here. It is much better than in Holland and the quality of life is excellent,” van Dijk said.
“My girlfriend Laura is with me now since three weeks ago so everything is fine.

“The standard of the league is higher than the Dutch second division. I'd say it is roughly equivalent to the middle ranges of the Eredivisie.

“In Australia you play aggressively and with passion while in Holland we tend to be a bit slower but more technical.

”I am sure that I will learn a lot in these two years here. I'm treating this as an adventure and I'm glad I made the decision to come here.”

Coming from a respected football country that puts individual technique high up in its priorities, it is not surprising to learn that van Dijk has been mostly impressed so far by Newcastle Jets, who probably have the best passing game in the competition.

“The Jets are a pretty good passing team same as us and when we meet them it's going to be a hard match to predict the result,” he said.

Queensland, who have drawn their two matches so far, entertain Central Coast at the weekend.
Source SBS