Sasa Kalajdzic from VfB Stuttgart on his header game: “Mario Gomez laughed at me”

Sasa Kalajdzic (23) has declared his headball strength. Despite his size (2.00 meters), his header game only really developed this season. Last year Mario Gomez laughed at him for it.

“I had a conversation with Mario Gomez last season. He asked me how many goals I was doing with a header. I said, ‘Honestly, I’m not the best header player.’ Then he laughed at me. We saw each other again recently. We laughed about it. My header game developed really well this season, “said Kalajdzic in the” kicker meets DAZN “podcast.

Kalajdzic scored 17 competitive goals in 36 games for VfB Stuttgart, the striker scored eight goals with his head. For this he prepared six goals.

His header game “developed over time”. “I’ve worked a lot for it this season,” said Kalajdzic. He tried to visualize the different headball situations and put them into practice from theory.

“Borna’s crosses, for example, come with so much spin that you can’t place them properly in the corner. You have to aim a little bit next to the goal so that the ball turns back in. If other players had crossed a cross, the header would have missed two meters. You you have to know how someone crosses, “said Kalajdzic.

Sasa Kalajdzic is “incredibly proud” of herself

In general, Kalajdzic is happy about VfB Stuttgart’s season. VfB finished the season in ninth place. “As a newcomer, you don’t know where you stand. You just want to keep the class, that was the goal of the season,” he said.

Born in Vienna, he came to Stuttgart in 2019 and was promoted to the Bundesliga, but missed long stretches of the season due to a torn cruciate ligament. Now, after a 16-goal season, he is in Austria’s EM squad. His path from the SR Donaufeld Wien (5th division) to the Bundesliga within five years made him “incredibly proud”.

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