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A Soccer Genius – Robert Prosinecki

In case you are a footy fan you will have most certainly heard of this mythical midfielder, former member of Croatian nationwide workforce. Robert Prosinecki used to be born in 1969. in Germany’s Schwenningen, the place his folks had been running. He got here in Croatia at early age and began enjoying for Dinamo Zagreb, however trainer Miroslav Blazevic brushed aside him pronouncing his (in)well-known sentence: ‘If this lad turns into an actual soccer participant, I will devour my training degree.’

I am not positive if his degree nonetheless remained in a single piece, however Robert Prosinecki then signed for Purple Celebrity Belgrade and made his debut in younger nationwide workforce of Yugoslavia. In reality, in 1987. Robi or Zuti (‘the yellow one’, because of his blonde hair) got here to the sector’s consideration on the International Early life Championship in Chile the place he used to be named participant of the match!

Who would idea this midfielder would turn into the one participant in International Cup historical past to attain for 2 other nationwide groups? In Italy 1990, Prosinecki scored one purpose for Yugoslavia in a gaggle fit in opposition to United Arab Emirates. As Yugoslavia fell aside quickly after that, Robi become outstanding member of Croatian nationwide workforce. 8 years later, all the way through FIFA International Cup finals in France he scored 2 targets, in a gaggle fit in opposition to Jamaica and within the 3rd position fit in opposition to the Netherlands. The second one purpose integrated his well-known methodology, that fooled opponent gamers totally.

Croatia gained 3rd position that 12 months (with striker Davor Suker as Golden Boot winner), however amongst many Croats there is a nonetheless feel sorry about for what would possibly have took place if simplest trainer Blazevic did not go away Robert Prosinecki on a bench all the way through semi-final fit in opposition to France, which Croatia misplaced 1:2.

Then again, the third position in a International Cup will endlessly stay the crown of his profession, however let’s no longer overlook he additionally gained Eu Cup with Purple Celebrity Belgrade in 1991., and performed for Spain’s large two golf equipment, Actual Madrid and Barcelona. In Portsmouth, the place he performed simplest in season 2001/2002., Robert is even now held as a hero and his nickname used to be ‘Croatian Magician’.

I met this soccer genius about 10 years in the past, you by no means bet the place – on the artwork gallery! No, he did not turn into a painter, however he opened exhibition of portray as a different visitor. Calm and down-to-earth, he gave autographs afterwards and took photos together with his fanatics.

Robert Prosinecki ended his enjoying profession in 2004., however his well-known dribblings, passes and targets are already a part of largest moments in soccer historical past.

Supply by way of Hijacinta Svabelj

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