But this community tournament alone can’t account for the enduring influence on the local game.

Branko Culina, now the coach of Rockdale City Suns, traces the phenomenon back to the old Yugoslavia.

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“Sure there are proud football communities here like the Italians and Greeks, but they didn’t have the same pride as we did,” says Culina, whose family immigrated to Melbourne in 1968.

“That’s because we didn’t even have our own country, we were regarded as Yugoslavian – they already had their own country.” It meant talented sons of migrants from Zadar, Rijeka, Split and Zagreb were encouraged to turn out for one of the plethora of Croatian-Australian soccer teams.

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Jedinak are joined by Matt Spiranovic, Eugene Galekovic, Ivan Franjic, Oli Bozanic and Dario Vidosic as the Australians with Croatian heritage.