Young hopes – Nikola Jovićević (Mura): a good friend of Luka Dončić, who was inspired by Savićević, Prosinečki and Cimerotić
The 2023/24 season
did not start as expected. Although the Black and Whites were already 2:0 up against Domžale, they were still empty-handed in the end. Nikola Jovićević is one of the players who will do everything to improve Mura’s results in the First Telemach League. 19-year-old former footballer He moved to Murska Sobota half a year ago, and it was in the jersey of the Prekmurje giant that he also made his scoring debut in the Telemach First League.
The moment when the ball hit the net at Bonifiki will live in his mind for a very long time, and Nikola Jovićević hopes for more moments like that in his career. Many, in fact. “My expectations for the start of the new season are of course high. I want to fight for the top places with Mura. I play for a club that deserves it, and above all the fans deserve it. Our targets are high,” says Nikola Jovićević, who has no regrets about leaving Domžale for Prekmurje in the winter.No, absolutely not. I was happy when I crossed over and I am still happy. I have no doubt that I made the right choice. I feel really great in Murska Sobota.”
When the action in the Telemach First League came to a standstill, basketball superstar Luka Dončić‘s Instagram post received a lot of media attention. The Dallas man was pictured with our interlocutor, who boasts that he has known and been friends with Dončić for a long time. Very, very long.
“Luka and I are good friends and it was an honour to be able to prepare together for further sporting challenges this summer. When you are in the company of an athlete like Luka, you see up close what professionalism at the highest level means,” says Nikola Jovićević. And Doncic’s advice for him? “Very simple. He just told me to keep training hard,” said Nikola Jovićević with a smile on his face, answering the 12 standard questions in the section below Youth hopes.
1. Where and when did you start training football?
I started coaching football when I was four years old. My first club was Olimpija, where I was coached by former Slovenian national player Gregor Židan.
2. Who inspired you to take up football and who has influenced you the most in football?
In fact, my whole family was passionate about football. I come from a very football-oriented family, so I’ve actually had my eye on a football since I was born. I could say I loved it immediately. But without a doubt, in football terms, the biggest influence on me was my father, who was a very talented footballer himself when he was younger. It was my father who drove me to training every day again. There have been very few games he has missed.
3. What do you like most about football?
It would be hard to single out just one thing about football that I like the most. I just loved football as a whole.
4. Your favourite football moment so far?
One of my favourite football moments is probably the first goal I scored for Mura in the last round of last season against Koper. The first goal is always special and I hope to have many more moments like that. But I must also without a doubt mention playing and scoring in the UEFA Youth Champions League.
5. Why do you think football is the best sport in the world?
Because it brings together people who love the game. Of course, what makes it special is the passion and adrenaline we players and fans experience during matches. These are all beautiful things and that is why I believe that football is the best sport without a shadow of a doubt.
6. Who are your football role models – local and foreign?
My biggest foreign football role model has always been Lionel Messi. He was the first player I followed regularly. Among the local players from the Balkans, I would like to mention Dejan Savićević and Robert Prosinečki, who were excellent players, and also our Sebastjan Cimerotić.
7. Who is your biggest and toughest competitor and why?
It would be hard to single out anyone as the biggest competitor. I treat everyone the same, I play to the maximum against every player and club. But if I had to choose someone, I would choose Mihajlo Mudrik, a current Chelsea player, against whom I played as a member of Domžale in a friendly match against Shakhtar, when my uncle Igor was the coach.
8. What do you think is the most important quality of a successful football player?
The most important feature? Not one, I would say two: modesty and perseverance. And when things go your way, and even when things don’t go the way you want them to, you have to remain humble and persistent. You must never stop, never be satisfied with what you have achieved. You always have to want more, you always have to want to be better.
9. What is the hardest thing for you on the road to achieving your football dream?
For me personally, the hardest thing is without a doubt that I don’t see my family as often as I used to after the move. But on this path, you simply have to focus as much as possible and give your best day in, day out. Even if it means you see less of your family and friends…
10. How do you deal with disappointment after defeats?
I deal with defeats much better than I used to. I really don’t like losing, I always want to win, whether it’s in football or elsewhere. But defeat is as much a part of life as it is a part of football, and we can learn a lot from it.
11. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I don’t look that far ahead. I am living in the moment. I am currently with Mora, where I am happy and I want to achieve good results here. Where the road will take me in the future, of course, we will see.
12. Which of your teammates (current and past) are you sure will make it in football and why?
I’ve trained with a lot of talented guys. I would like to highlight Srđan Kuzmić, Luka Turudia, Emir Saitoski and Žiga Repas. They are all footballers with great potential and I think they can become great players.
This text was automatically translated using AI.