#SydneyFanChat Transcript with Spider


Sydney FC Goalkeeper Coach Zeljko Kalac hosted #SydneyFanChat today and with attentive help to improve Spider’s vocabulary he did a terrific job answering 49 Member and fan questions. The hour long chat helped us learn that Zeljko uses ‘Spider Gel’ to add shine to his hair, Graham Arnold nicknamed him Spider when he was 14 and he believes it’s better to see the movie instead of reading the book.

Sydney FC Goalkeeper Coach Zeljko Kalac hosted #SydneyFanChat today and with attentive help to improve Spider-s vocabulary he did a terrific job answering 49 Member and fan questions. The hour long chat helped us learn that Zeljko uses ‘Spider Gel- to add shine to his hair, Graham Arnold nicknamed him Spider when he was 14 and he believes it-s better to see the movie instead of reading the book.

This was the sixth instalment of the live Twitter chat and will continue to be a fortnightly engagement for Sydney FC Members and Fans to interact with Sky Blue players, coaches and staff. The next live #SydneyFanChat will be on the Wednesday 12 August at midday.

Here is a transcript of the 49 questions, with Zeljko Kalac-s answers.

Troy Wynen:? What are your thoughts on the possible Del Piero move?
#SydneyFanChat I would be fantastic for the club & for the whole A-League. He is a champion player champion person.

Bec Giddy: Hey Spider! You had a fantastic career, but what was the one major highlight?
#SydneyFanChat Winning the Champions League in 2007 was the major highlight.

Peter Ivancic: G’day Spider, do you know will the club sign Jason Culina? How’s he been training?
#SydneyFanChat I don’t know if the club will sign Jason. The club is doing a fantastic job to get Jason back on the park.

Kane Cassidy: Will you be using the fact that you were the glovesman for AC Milan in luring Del Piero?
#SydneyFanChat aye aye Captain – If I-m asked to help I definitely will he will be a massive asset to the Club.

Dane Anthony: Spider! What’s your favourite pasta sauce?
#SydneyFanChat Matriciana

Aaron Walker: Hey Spider, over the last two years ice been so impressed with young Maty Ryan. How far do you think he can go?
#SydneyFanChat He has done a great job to get where he is at at the moment. How far he can go may be determined by his height.

James Wray: Hey spider you busy tonight? Need a keeper for indoor 😛
#SydneyFanChat Haven’t you heard that I am now the number 10 for Glenwood Redbacks over 35s BDSA Champions

David Moore: Spider, what was your best ever save during your playing career? and who is better out of Langerak and Matt Ryan
#SydneyFanChat My best save was from Dinatale Udinese v AC Milan and I have a preference to Langerak.

James Wray: Also what was your take on letting nicky carle go? Can we succeed without him?
#SydneyFanChat Absolutely we can. Nick has had a great opportunity overseas so we all wish him good luck.

James Wray: Will Antonis play a key role in Carle-s spot now he is gone for 12 months?
#SydneyFanChat We are expecting Antonis to step up and be one of the key players at Sydney FC.

Pete Nowakowski: Hey Spider, what product do you use to make your hair so shiny?
#SydneyFanChat It’s called the Spider Gel – I go through one packet a day.

Dale Roots: Hey Spider, what’s the difference between a good keeper & a great one, & how can amateurs like me bridge that gap?
#SydneyFanChat A good keeper just stands in goals & makes saves a great keeper saves important goals and makes great decisions.

Andrew French: Are you happy with having Necevski and Janjetovic this season?
#SydneyFanChat Delighted, I wouldn’t swap them for anyone in the A-League

Brendan Small: Hey spider mate, did you ever score a goal in your professional career?
#SydneyFanChat I scored for Sydney United & Roda and hit the post playing for Roda v Feyenoord

[m.d]: Spider any chance of having a chat with Del Piero? 😉
#SydneyFanChat I would happily do so if I could persuade him to come

Channy & Danny: G’day Spider, is Ivan in better shape than last year? 😉
#SydneyFanChat I would hope so and I am confidently saying that he is.

oliver ilic: Hey Spider! How are the two goalkeepers looking? Do we have a number 1 yet?
#SydneyFanChat They’re looking great and Necevski is the number one.

Pedro Cuccovillo: How will this season be different to last season
#SydneyFanChat Honestly I think we will be very competitive this year. We have a lot of speed & versatility in the squad

Tom Moxey: Did you ever get approached by an English club in your career besides Leicester City?
#SydneyFanChat Yes, Portsmouth, Celtic, Leeds, Palace but work permit issues caused me grief.

Troy Vincent: Spider, who would you bet on to win the league this year? Need some tips
#SydneyFanChat Sydney FC, Brisbane Roar or Perth Glory (in that order) they are my hot tips

Levi Ulman: Where did u get the nickname spider from?
#SydneyFanChat Graham Arnold nicknamed me Spider when I was 14 because I was skinny, tall and gangly! Like a daddy longlegs!

oliver ilic: How’s the new goalkeeper Janjetovic handling the A-League standards?
#SydneyFanChat He is working very hard to get to the level that he needs to be at and he has plenty of potential.

Pete Nowakowski: Who is your tip to win the #NSWPL this season?
#SydneyFanChat Bonnyrigg because they have the most experienced squad.

Brendan Small: Do you keep in contact with your mate becks these days?
#SydneyFanChat I actually do, champion bloke.

Corey Barrera: How are our new signings combining with the older players of the club and do you believe we can become champions this season?
#SydneyFanChat I think we’re a quality all-round team and much better than last year so yes.

Pete Nowakowski: I’m trying to teach my Year 7 English class about the world of Harry Potter. Any advice on teaching material?
#SydneyFanChat I wasn’t very good at reading books – just show them the movie.

Anton Porter: How is Ian crook settling in and how do u feel about Nicky Carle leaving. The squad looks good.
#SydneyFanChat I think @chippycrook63 is doing a fantastic job and has some big balls to make the decision. Great move for Nicky.

Bec Giddy: Did you have any superstitions or rituals you used to go through before games?
#SydneyFanChat I use to touch the crossbar before the match

Gianfranco Saladino: Spider- is it true that you were close to signing to play with Melbourne Victory a few years ago? What stopped the deal?
#SydneyFanChat Yes correct but I can’t say why it fell through!

Arin Markarian: Hey Spider! Will you be hosting any junior coaching clinics in the near future for upcoming young Keepers in NSW?
#SydneyFanChat No I will be too busy with @SydneyFC but Sydney FC has adidas Goalkeeper Clinics this Sept with Davide my assistant

Shannon: Spider, is Ian Crooks coaching style much different to Vitislav’s style. Do u have any input on the style of play?
#SydneyFanChat They’re chalk and cheese. I think the beauty of this year is we all have similar principles.

Brendan Small: How do you think the Hammers will go this year?
#SydneyFanChat They are paddling, they are in trouble.

David Orlando: Which player did you fear the most when approaching/shooting at goal?
#SydneyFanChat @delpieroale Alessandro Del Piero without a doubt

Sydney fc news: Who’s ur best a league GK? Any inside scoop on del piero?
#SydneyFanChat Ivan Necevski is the best and no scoops

Jake Bull: Spider, which new signing for Sydney this season are you most excited about?
#SydneyFanChat I think Lovrek will make a big impact this year and Griffiths equally as important but I like all of our signings

Katelyn Pickett: How did you feel returning to playing soccer this year and winning the grand final?
#SydneyFanChat Winning a trophy is very emotional at any level, esp when I thought my career was over!

Corey Barrera: If we sign Del Piero how many more players are we looking to sign?
#SydneyFanChat None because we won’t have any money $$ left.

David Mason: Where can you get the best pumpkin soup in Australia?
#SydneyFanChat Crowne Plaza Melbourne, all 17 bowls!

Pete Nowakowski: Hey Spider, I’m planning a couple office pranks. What is one of your favourite pranks to do?
#SydneyFanChat Cutting the ends of peoples socks off – hilarious!

[m.d]: Spider who in your opinion is the best home end in the league and why?
#SydneyFanChat The Cove of course. They’re the most vocal even when we’re losing!

David Warriner: Who spends more time in make-up at SBS, you,@zdrila or @craig_foster. You all look very slick on air! 😉
#SydneyFanChat Les Murray wins easy!

Brendan Small: Who is the fastest player at Sydney?
#SydneyFanChat Not sure u will have to ask Mr Excellence @drcraigduncan but Joe Nuitta is in the GF at lunchtime

Zee: Hey Spider, who is the most irritating fella , the most sure of themselves & who is the most intelligent
#SydneyFanChat Most irritating: We don’t have anyone irritating, Most sure of themselves: Me & Most intelligent: Me again 🙂

BlackDynamite: Are we aiming for a premiership this season or still rebuilding?
#SydneyFanChat Of course we’re aiming for the Premiership this year.
[m.d]: Any chance of getting you onto twitter spider?

#SydneyFanChat No chance, I’d get in more trouble than @DrCraigDuncan
theinformer : Spider can you confirm if your parents sent you to the E.Germany to get growth implants when you were 8 years old?
#SydneyFanChat No I used to get picked up by the ears when I didn’t listen to them

Ali Chaalan: Who’s the funniest player at Sydney FC
#SydneyFanChat Ali Abbas & Fabio but we can’t understand Fabio.

David Orlando: Which player did you look up to as a kid?
#SydneyFanChat Peter Schmeichel

Pete Nowakowski: When you were younger, did you ever think about life after football & that you would be a coach after retiring?
#SydneyFanChat No and no because I just didn’t think about the future.