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Kuleski in action for SydneyKuleski in action for SydneyNicola Kuleski gave an interview in which he states that it would be an honor to play for Macedonia, but he also seemed intrigued with Australia.

The 17-year-old Australian-born Nicola Kuleski has been promoted to the Macedonian U21 squad for the upcoming friendly against Slovenia on March 30. That was a reason for the Australian media to react and ask about his national team future. The young midfielder says that it is a big honor for him to represent Macedonia, but later adds that a call from Australia would mean the very same to him. His feelings are understandable considering the fact that he was born and raised in Australia, which is where he still plays for the youth teams of Sydney FC, a club that currently has many Australians of Macedonian origin such as keeper Ivan Necevski (35), central defender Sasa Ognenovski (35), left back Daniel Petkovski (21), left midfielder Robert Stambolziev (24), attacking midfielder Christopher Naumoff (19) and striker Nikola Taneski (20).

Below this paragraph is the whole interview done by the website FourFourTwo.com. You can view the original article by clicking here. Keep in mind that the mentioned friendly against Cyprus in the text is wrong. We contacted FFM to inquire about this and they confirmed that the U21s will only face Slovenia. Cyprus had also been available for a friendly, but Macedonia opted for Slovenia between those two potential opponents.

"Young Australian midfielder Nicola Kuleski is off to Europe after being selected to be part of the Under-21 Macedonian national team.

The Sydney FC national youth team player, who grew up in Sydney’s Lane Cove, has been picked to attend the training camp in Macedonia and for friendly matches with Slovenia and Cyprus.

Kuleski, who has been with the Sky Blues for the past two years, has already represented Macedonia 15 times at Under-17 level. “It was an amazing experience one I'll never forget for the rest of my life. One of the highlights was playing in front of one of the legends of football in UEFA president Michel Platini, and scoring my first goal as well of course in a tournament in Belgrade.”

A central midfielder who starred for Marconi as a junior, Kuleski said he was honoured to play for the European country. “It was a great honour and privilege. I'm going to Macedonia to train first and after that there are a couple of friendly games against Slovenia away and Cyprus away, in order to prepare for our first game for the EURO group stages against Iceland away. Kuleski has never been called up by Australia at any level but would jump at the chance. “No unfortunately I haven't had any interest from Australia or the Joeys. However if I do get a call it will be a massive honour to represent Australia.”

Kuleski’s father, former Marconi defender Blagoja, has been key influence on the teenager’s career. Blagoja played for Marconi, Melbourne Zebras, Bulleen Lions and Rockdale City Suns in the 1990s and also coached Bonnyrigg White Eagles. “He's had a big influence having the experience he has. He always corrected me or told me straight away what I needed to improve or what could I do better to try and improve me as a player.”

A box-to-box midfielder, Kuleski is dreaming of a career in a European league one day. “My first aim it to break into the A-league as now it is a big competition and it provides a great stepping stone towards Europe. My goal is to play for Arsenal, as that's my is my boyhood club or play a big part as a player in Europe, and of course to represent either Australia or Macedonia.
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