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Getting to know series: Marjan Radeski

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Marjan Radeski; photo: Makedonski SportMarjan Radeski; photo: Makedonski SportThe next player that we interviewed in our getting to know series was 18-year-old Marjan Radeski who was recently named the best young player for 2013.

In late December this past year, the Football Federation of Macedonia (FFM) held its end of the year ceremony where they awarded numerous awards, including the best young player going to Marjan Radeski.  So, for our readers to learn more about Marjan, we decided to reach out to Radeski for an interview.

Radeski is currently a member of Metalurg and has already become a key player of the team despite his young age.  He has also represented Macedonia on several of its youth national teams. 

Below is the transcript from our interview with Radeski:

MF: Marjan, tell us more about yourself.  Where were you born and when did you know that you wanted to be a footballer?
MR: I was born in Prilep, but live in the village Ropotovo.  My first footballing steps occurred in the footballing school "TONI" in Prilep.  I started training from when I was 8 years old and my first footballing experiences came in that school from the footballing genius Toni Naumoski, one of the biggest footballers in the Prilep municipality and beyond.

MF: How are you feeling at your club Metalurg, and from which coach have you learned the most up to this point?
MR: At the moment, I am feeling excellent at my club Metalurg.  I was welcomed nicely by the management that is led by president Aleksandar Panov.  Afterwards, when it comes to a coaching aspect, I once again have to mention Toni Naumoski at the beginning of my career.  Additionally, with my arrival to Metalurg, the big coach and player, the well known Gjorgji Hristov, accepted me well in the club, just like all the players within it, and gave me the right direction to progress.  With the departure of Hristov from the coaching position, Metalurg then saw the arrival of new manager Srgjan Zaharievski, who is also a big professional and I am thankful to him for helping me reach this level where I find myself right now.  At the same time, I must also thank the rest of the coaching staff at FK Metalurg.

MF: You were voted the best young footballer for 2013.  What does that mean to you?
MR: It is a big honor for one young footballer, like I am, but a large reason for that also falls to my own team Metalurg who made it possible for me to win the best young footballer award in Macedonia.  This recognition will serve as big motivation for me to continue showcasing my footballing abilities at both club and national team level.  It would be my honor to once again be called up for any national team of Macedonia, to wear the dress of my homeland.

MF: What is your best position on the field?
MR: My favorite position in football is on the right wing or CF or just a goal player, but if needed I would be willing to play all positions.

MF: What are your biggest strengths, and where do you see room for improvement?
MR: My biggest strength is my quickness, that is to say finding a way to make things happen in whatever situation presents itself, while I see shooting from distance as something I need to work on.

MF: When it comes to ambition, where do you see yourself in 3 years?
MR: Wishes are one thing, but reality is something different.  My wish is first, with Metalurg, to win the league title in Macedonia and also the Macedonian Cup.  Afterwards, before else health and in one of the best European leagues, like for example England, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands.

We will continue with our interview series in the coming days.  The next two interview subjects will be Ezgjan Alioski and Zeni Husmani.  Come back over the next couple of days to learn more about those two players.

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