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The Brisbane Roar defender is ready for the most important game of his career

Franjic's rise built on Aussie spirit and Samba flair

The Brisbane Roar defender is ready for the most important game of his career

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The attacking fullback credits years spent studying his heroes as the driving force behind his climb to the biggest stage in the football world

Ivan Franjic's extraordinary rise from park footballer in Melbourne to Socceroo starter has been built on his attack-minded style from fullback which drew inspiration from Brazilian greats.

He admits he has modelled his game on excitement-machines Roberto Carlos and Dani Alves but has been working overtime on improving the defensive side of his game for the World Cup.

And with the Socceroos all-but written off in their so-called 'Group of Death', Franjic believes the team is ready to shock the world.

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