Well decorated Rockdale City Suns coach Branko Culina will this Sunday evening reunite with his former club Sydney United 58 at Jensen Park in what will be the ‘Match of the Round’ in round 2 of the IGA NSW National Premier Leagues Mens 1 competition.
Culina will be hoping that his troops pull together after a disappointing 2-0 loss to Blacktown City FC in round 1 while Rudan will be looking for another three points as the Reds started off the year on a bang with a hard fought 1-0 victory over Manly United at Cromer Park.
In what will be an intriguing battle on the field, off the field, Culina will be coaching against his former pupil and captain he once had during his time with the Reds.
Branko was the head coach of Sydney United 58 from 1994 till 1997 where he picked up the Minor Premiership and reached the Grand Final in the 1996-1997 season as well as winning the Waratah Cup in 1995 and 1996. He then returned to the club in 2001 where he spent a further two seasons where Rudan captained one of his side’s.
Football NSW Media Manager Mark Stavroulakis caught up with both coaches and asked them their thoughts on playing against each other this weekend, their form, their tip on who will take out the Hyundai A-League Sydney-derby and whether Jason Culina will be playing in a Suns strip this year.