Marcelo Carrusca: Adelaide United’s favourite Argentinian
Having already represented Argentina on the international stage at under 20 level, Marcelo Carrusca became a fan favourite at Adelaide United. The talented attacking midfielder would then go on to win a FFA Cup and a premiership with the Reds. Having recently announced his retirement from football, he went One on One with Jack Hudson.
JH: What was life like growing up in Argentina?
MC: It was great, I had two brothers (one younger and one older), we used to play football all the time at home.
We used to train at one club, I was there since I was four-years-old till I was 11, and then I moved to Estudiantes de La Plata and I was there from 11 till 22, and I became a professional footballer at 18.
When I was 22, I left, and I went to Galatasaray.
Growing up was good, I have all my family there, I enjoyed all my football and family there.
JH: You played in the Argentina under 20 side – how special was that to you?
MC: To represent your country is one of the big things you can have in your career.
It is a privilege to represent the country, to be champions qualifying for the World Cup.
It’s amazing, I was very lucky, I was playing in the first division already, I had the chance to represent Argentina, and it’s something I’ll never forget.
JH: You played alongside some special players in that time – who do you remember the most?
MC: There were a couple of good players in the side, like (Carlos) Tevez, Javier (Mascherano), Pablo (Zabaleta).
They had very good careers in Argentina and in Europe.
I was very lucky to be a part of this amazing team.
JH: How did the move to Turkey come about?
MC: When I was with Estudiantes playing I had two offers: one from Italy and the other from Galatasaray.
After four years of playing in the Argentine First Division I was looking to go and play overseas, my dream was to always play in Europe, and I did it.
I picked Galatasaray because at the time it was playing in the (UEFA) Champions League, they were the biggest club in Turkey.
When I went there, it was different, tough, because I was young being away from my family for the first time was difficult, but I enjoyed it.
I enjoyed the football and playing in the competitions like the Champions League.
It was one of the highlights of my career, I’ll remember it forever, I remember the feeling of playing against big teams, the (Champions League) song, the bigger stadiums were amazing.
After because I didn’t play a lot in the second year I decided to move to Mexico.
JH: You played in Mexico and then back to Argentina before moving to Australia – was it hard not having a set spot throughout those years?
MC: I had a big injury with my collarbone, and I couldn’t recover from that, so I came back to Estudiantes.
We played in the Club World Cup, and it was amazing.
After three different clubs, Estudiantes, Banfield and San Martin de San Juan, this opportunity came up to come to Australia.
My wife and I decided to come here and see what it was like for a year or two, and after we fell in love with the country and the city, we decided to stay here forever.