Antonio Delamea Mlinar ‘profited’ from coaching colobobobies in Ljubljana: Former national team player manages Olimpija’s youth players for the first time
If his health had allowed it, he would have played football for at least a few more years. But Antonio Delamea Mlinar was not so lucky. His knee is (was) too badly strained to be able to cope with the rigours of professional football. The now 32-year-old former Slovenian national team player (two games) said goodbye to kicking the ball last year, but remained loyal to football. Olimpija offered him a coaching role within its youth team, and the combative defender accepted.
Antonio Delamea Mlinar was assistant to Jasmin Jeric in the cadet team of the Green-Whites last season, and in the new competition year he is working with Boštjan Miklič, the head of the youth team, who is also the coach of the juniors. But the coaching colloborations (Olimpija sacked Joao Henriques, although they haven’t found a replacement for him yet) have taken their toll: Miklič is currently leading the members in training, while Antonio Delamea Mlinar has been given the opportunity to prove himself as a coach of the youth team.
Olimpija played against Krka in the Eon NextGen league in Novo mesto on Monday. The match was attended by 80 spectators, but no goals were scored – the hosts came away with a point (0:0) against the favoured visitors from Ljubljana.
“The first half was below average from our side. We were late in our coverage, we were not calm enough in our passes. Our opponent was very narrowly positioned, but we couldn’t take advantage of it,“, Antonio Delamea Mlinar was critical after the game and added for the club website: “During the break, we made other arrangements and soon fixed a few things. We had some nice chances to score, but unfortunately the ball didn’t end up in the net. However, we were a bit lucky because Krka could have scored after a quick counter-attack at the end of the match. In the end, it was 0-0 and we still saw the outlines of the game we wanted to play, so we will make the best out of this kind of match.”
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