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Gligor was destined for greatness on the field

SYDNEY FC midfielder Hagi Gligor knows a thing or two about pressure.

That is why he's confident his team can produce a season clean sweep against the Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park tonight - and keep its A-League finals hopes alive.

Gligor, the son of a former Romanian professional footballer, was named after another Romanian player, Gheorghe Hagi, who carried the nickname, "Maradona of the Carpathians".

The 18-year-old was born almost nine months after his namesake knocked Argentina out of the 1994 World Cup, so there was always an expectation the exciting and well-mannered youngster was going to go a long way in the game.

"I learnt to enjoy the pressure of being named after a famous footballer since I was a young boy," Gligor (pictured) told APN.

Gligor has also had to deal with being a diminutive player, going up against bigger and stronger opponents each week, but that hasn't stopped him enjoying a breakout season in the A-League.

The teenager said his team enjoyed playing the Victory, and would relish the must-win nature of tonight's clash.

"We always enjoy playing them and we've beaten them twice this season," he said.

"We'll take confidence out of the last time we played them, which we won 5-0."

Meanwhile, the Central Coast Mariners will farewell one of its favourite sons Mile Sterjovski, who will play his last regular-season match at Bluetongue Stadium, against Western Sydney tonight.

"I think it's going to be a big occasion, not just for myself but for the whole club," he said of the clash where both teams will be fighting for second spot.

Tomorrow, Wellington will host Adelaide United, and Newcastle will travel to Perth.



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