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2022. Január 20. 13:00  -  David Rechnitzer
Peter Zulj: "I want to spend as much time as possible on the pitch"

Our Austrian national team midfielder will be looking to repeat the form that won him the Austrian player of the year award.

On the 13th January, we announced that eleven-time Austrian international Peter Zulj will continue his career with our club. The midfielder, has arrived on loan from Basaksehir in Turkey, learned about the rich history of our club at the Vidi Museum this week and gave an interview to our website.

- You've already had several training sessions with the team and made your debut in a Vidi shirt against Sturm Graz at the weekend. What are your first impressions in Székesfehérvár?

- The guys have been very welcoming, even though I've only been here for a week, I feel like I've found a great community. I'm happy that I was able to make my debut for Vidi with a win, even if it was only in a training match, but success is also necessary in the pre-season period. It was strange to play against my former team Sturm Graz in my very first game, but that's part of football, and it was also nice to meet my former team-mates.

- What are your strengths?

- I consider myself to be a midfielder who runs a lot, who can go to the sidelines to get the ball if necessary. I want to be the best I can be, which of course means giving a lot of assists and scoring goals. At team level, we need to reach our goal of a European cup qualification at the end of the season, and personally I want to spend as much time on the pitch as possible and prove that the club made the right decision in signing me. 

- You know our head coach Imre Szabics from before, and you also played with Makarenko. How much does that help you to settle in?

- Indeed, I know Imre from years ago when I joined Sturm Graz, he was assistant coach there and we had a great relationship already then, which continued with the Austrian national team where we also worked together. He played a big role in my decision to join Vidi, I had several meetings with him and the head coach was important to me when I made the decision. And Makarenko and I already had a great understanding on and off the pitch when we played together at Anderlecht, we are friends, which is important, it always helps a lot when I know players from before.

- In one and a half years with Sturm Graz, you scored 13 goals and 21 assists. Is this the best period of your career so far?

- Yes, I had the best time of my career at Sturm Graz, we won the cup and finished as silver medallists in the championship. I also played well and was voted player of the season in Austria. Now my goal is to play the way I did then, and I want to have the same success with Vidi. This could be the path to my other goal, I would like to play for the Austrian national team again, but I know that I can achieve this primarily at my club.

- In recent years, you've toured several countries, having played in Belgium and Turkey. Are you planning to explore Székesfehérvár and its surroundings?

- Every country's culture is different, so of course there are differences in football, but I've had fun everywhere. I also have friends from Hungary in Austria, and I've heard a lot of good things about the country from them. I want to concentrate on the game first and get my attention on the pitch, then get to know the city and everything else will follow. Of course, I plan to do all of that, but at the moment, with the corona virus epidemic, we have to be very careful to avoid places where we would meet a lot of people. I like to go to basketball matches, for example, and I hope to have the opportunity to do so in Fehérvár in the future.

- What are the first Hungarian words you learned?

- The first greeting is probably always the first thing to say, so here I have "szia", but there are several words that I often hear from my teammates that I can't pronounce correctly or don't know the meaning of. For the past year I have been mainly learning Turkish, but from now on I will be working on understanding as much as possible in Hungarian. It's important to know basic expressions such as saying hello or thank you, and of course it doesn't hurt to know how left, right, front and back are pronounced in the language of the country you're working in, but you can learn these quickly. Learning the language completely is a much bigger challenge, but I try to do my best in that area too.

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