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Goran Slavkovski - Inter Primavera

Zek2010-05-04 22:31:57 +0000 #1
Anyone heard or seen him play? Just read an article about him on Channel4. Does not have a girlfriend, nor has any life apart from Football.



There cannot be too many other Primavera players to have had so many words and opinions expressed about them before they have even started their first Serie A match. However, message boards and newspapers from Sweden to Macedonia, via Milan, have been filled with chatter about the potential of 17-year-old Inter forward Goran Slavkovski. The Nerazzurri hierarchy certainly believe in the prospects of the teenager, having handed him a new deal keeping him at the San Siro until 2010. “The fact that they gave him a long-term contract proves they are sure of his abilities,” stated his agent Jozo Palac.

Nevertheless, the Swedish-born striker has still got a lot to prove, although his six minute cameo as a substitute against Siena last May has already made him the club’s youngest ever player. Just a month after his 17th birthday he surpassed the record held by legendary defender Giuseppe Bergomi. “At first I thought my inclusion in the squad was a joke,” he grinned. “I was very happy and thanked boss Roberto Mancini for putting me on. My parents were also very happy.”

His father is a strong influence on Slavkovski. An immigrant to Sweden from Yugoslavia, he watched as his son went through the ranks of FBK Balkan and then Malmö – for whom he scored over 200 goals at youth level. If it sounds like you have heard that story before then you aren’t suffering from deja vu. Like his Inter teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic he is a tall striker, born in Sweden to immigrants from the former Yugoslavia, raised in the same neighbourhood and beginning his career with the same two clubs. It is no coincidence that he has been dubbed ‘Little Zlatan’. “I have always had him as my role model,” said the youngster, who listed Ibra as the best striker in Serie A last term ahead of the likes of Luca Toni and Andriy Shevchenko.

Inter’s decision to tie him to a new contract may just have been a ploy to stave off the interest from Manchester United, but it is not just at club level that he is a wanted man. Sweden, the country of his birth, and Macedonia, the country of his parents, have been squabbling over him for some months. With 24 goals from 33 appearances in Sweden’s various youth levels the Scandinavians can rightly claim to have given him his grounding in the international game, but he won’t make a decision until after his 18th birthday.

However, before he starts thinking too much about his international career he needs to concentrate on breaking into Inter’s first team squad. With just a single Coppa Italia appearance this season, the player who cost £50,000 is still some way from establishing himself. Of 27 debutants from Inter’s youth academies since 2000, only Obafemi Martins became a regular starter, while just Matteo Ferrari, Alessandro Potenza and Giovanni Pasquale can boast a Serie A career. But with the Scudetto likely to be wrapped up quickly there is a chance that he may get some playing time before the end of term.

In recent months his chances in the Primavera team have waned, with Attila Filkor and Sebastian Ribas producing the goods ahead of him. But those who saw his 25-yard effort against Milan in last season’s Primavera derby will know that a spectacular return to the scoring charts can’t be far off. “Goran is a classic centre-forward with excellent physical qualities and is a natural scorer,” explained youth Coach Antonio Manicone. “Tactically he is improving and he’s a polite, level-headed and intelligent boy.”

He certainly hasn’t allowed his status as the only member of the Inter youth team on a professional contract go to his head and affect his ultimate objective. “I don’t have a girlfriend, I don’t go to nightclubs, the only thing I do is play football with all my heart, because I love it and I love the team I am playing for. I also love the players here, it is a team with soul which has the best fans in the world.” With an attitude like that some may argue it is he who should be the role model for Ibrahimovic.


Ryan272010-05-04 22:42:34 +0000 #2
I really don't know what to make of him. We've been hearing about him for a while now, but last year he couldn't keep a regular place in the Primavera squad. If you look here: giovanili.inter.it/c...ampionato?IDC=1&L=en , you can see that Slavkovski only scored once for the Primavera all season, playing second fiddle to Ribas and others. Even 16 year old Balotelli, who did not get promoted to the Primavera till late in the season, ended up a regular starter and scoring more goals ahead of Slavkovski.

And yet the media frequently mentions him and he has countries (Sweden, Macedonia AND Croatia) fighting over his services. I suspect injuries may have also played a role, so hopefully he'll be more productive this season. I haven't heard anything about him going out on loan, so perhaps this year he and Balotelli can be a dynamite Primavera partnership (assuming Ribas heads out on loan).

Anyway, it's because of our seemingly talented youngsters that I wouldn't mind only keeping 4 strikers in the first team...
bleeding_eyelid2010-05-04 23:13:09 +0000 #3
Actually, Goran hasn't been played that often this season with the Primavera after he was promoted from the Allievi Nazionali (under 17s) because Vincenzo Esposito is not such a big fan of his. On top of that, he has been hurt much of the season so he doesn't play much. And I seriously doubt the senior team would actually play him after getting Suazo this summer
Ryan272010-05-04 23:25:37 +0000 #4
Welcome to the forum

I'm not so concerned about Slavkovski playing for the first team when he's yet to prove himself with the primavera. I only meant that it's not necessary to carry a dozen first team strikers when we have some talented youngsters. Other that that, we basically seem to have the same impression.

Where do you get your info? I'd love to learn more about youngsters like Goran and Balotelli, but can't seem to find much outside of wikipedia...
bleeding_eyelid2010-05-05 00:15:26 +0000 #5
I so agree with you. The coach for the under-17s really loved him but not so much the Primavera coach.

Hahaha, I stalk them C:

Just kidding. I hang out on the Inter site and forums a lot of the time, so I tend to pick up tidbits about the younger players. I've taken a special interest in Goran because of really articles about him loving soccer so much and was pretty inspired by him XD. I would love to see him be really successful

Actually, Batotelli was about to get a first team start, but he wasn't. I don't personally think he's at that level yet, but I don't think Goran is at the level either. There were rumours stating that Mancini played him so they could sell him off to Man.U, but that was apparently not true since he's gonna be there till '10.

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