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Marko Simonovski - Best young player of first half-season 2012/13

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Marko Simonovski; photo: Metalurg SkopjeMarko Simonovski; photo: Metalurg Skopje Marko Simonovski is MacedonianFootball.com best young player of the first half of 2012/13 season in the First League.

Napredok from Kichevo was a positive surprise of the current season and 21-years-old Marko Simonovski, who was loaned out from Metalurg, was one of the main reasons as he scored five goals and provided two assists in 17 games.

The young centre forward is well known to the followers of Macedonian football because although he is a young player he has already the experience of several seasons in the first Macedonian league. Furthermore he has many caps for the Macedonian youth national teams and was part of Macedonia's U19 national team that reached the elite round in the year 2011. Actually he is a member of our U21 and last December he even made his debut for our senior national team in the friendly against Poland.

MF: You're already a longer time part of Macedonia's youth national teams, what influence have the games for the development of a young player?
MS: Well, the call ups are always an extra motivation to work harder.

MF: Despite not qualifying for the European championship the last U21 national team brought joy to the fans with good performances and solid results. What are the expectations of the new U21 generation regarding the upcoming qualifications?
MS: I hope that we will carry on with the good games and we will try to qualify for the European championship. 

MF: Last December you made your debut for the senior national team, how does it affect on your motivation knowing that you are in the focus of the national teams coaching staff?
MS: Wearing the national team jersey is a honor. Sure it has a positive influence on the motivation, it increases your work attitude and you try harder to confirm your quality again and again.

MF: Napredok was a positive surprise in the current season, what was the main reason?
MS: The team consists of young and good players who are hungry for wins and proving their abilities.

MF: In the year 2011 you won the Macedonian cup with Metalurg, you still miss the championship title. Seven points is the difference between Vardar and Metalurg, can Metalurg win the title or will it be the main target to reach the Europa League qualifications?
MS: Vardar has a great team and seven points are not a little difference, nevertheless we have also a good team which will fight until the end of the championship. 

MF: Those who follow you a longer stretch saw your continuous improvement over the last years, still you are a young player who yet not reached his peak. In which areas can you improve most in the near future?
MS: With more work and more starts for Metalurg I think that my self-confidence will increase and my finishing qualities will get better.

Simonovski's loan to Napredok is over and now he is back at Metalurg. Certainly he is one of the players who should be followed intensively in the futere.

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