'Fun' key to Reds star's audacious tricks

His audacious rabona attempt was one of this year's Westfield FFA Cup's most iconic moments and Adelaide United's Algerian star may just produce something similar tonight.

Karim Matmour hit the crossbar with a rabona shot in the quarter-final win over Heidelberg United.

And ahead of tonight's semi-final against Western Sydney Wanderers, the seasoned attacker says he has plenty more in his locker.


“I like to have fun on the pitch and I like to give fun to the fans,” Matmour told media ahead of the semi-final clash at Campbelltown Stadium.

“When I have fun on the pitch, I know that's when I am good.

“That isn't the first target when you come into games, to think about that.

“I don't think before the game, 'OK, today I will do this'.

“I like to do some tricks, but it's not possible every time.

“But I'm sure that during the season, I'll do some other tricks.

“In the moment, it happens,” he smiled.

Karim Matmour almost scored with a rabona in the win over Heidelberg.



Adelaide United and Western Sydney Wanderers have both enjoyed solid, unbeaten starts to the Hyundai A-League season.

But Matmour believes that will count for nothing tonight.

“In my experience, Cup games are totally different, especially now we are in the semi-final,” he said.

“It will be different from a league game.

“It will be harder and the target is to [reach] the final, not to play well – it’s only to win.

“Football is football and in this game, anything can happen.

“But we are confident - we [are going] there to win and get to the final,” Matmour declared.