Eon NextGen League is coming, Miran Pavlin says: “Too many young boys come back from abroad disappointed, uneducated and with empty pockets”
The Football Association of Slovenia (NZS) presented on Monday in Bled the details of the
the transformation of the first youth league
which will now be run independently and officially called the Eon NextGen League. One of those who have been closely involved in the revamp of the competition is Miran Pavlin, the national teams director.
Once a top midfielder who played for, among others, the
admitted that it was not difficult to realise the idea because“everything in football is already invented and you don’t need to be Einstein to try to change something“. Miran Pavlin also acknowledged that the NHS in other parts of Europe had looked at how things are done in youth work and tried to put the best ideas into practice here.
They also took inspiration from Romania
“In particular, we looked at countries in Eastern Europe that are comparable to us. We wanted to know what they do and how they do it to be more successful than us at any given moment. Then, together with the clubs, we came up with a conceptual project, which we tried to improve through discussions. Not everything is ideal, but you have to start somewhere. We want to make a difference and this is the first step in that direction,” says the 51-year-old from Gorenjska, who goes on to mention Romania as a country that the NHS has modelled itself on.Five years ago, the local federation adopted similar, but much stricter measures on how many youngsters should play in the first, second and even third leagues. And we know what happened a few years later: their U21 team reached the semi-finals of the European Championships in Italy. Of course, Romania is a much bigger country than us, but I think they have chosen a path worth following. We discussed this with the President of the local federation and found that there are ideas that can be implemented here.”
Miran Pavlin hopes and believes that the renewed youth league will also lead to young players going abroad later on. “In the last five or ten years, too many young boys have gone abroad, first and foremost to Italy, and then returned home disillusioned, uneducated and with empty pockets. It is logical and understandable that the goal of every young footballer is to go abroad, and the goal of the NHS is the same. But why not go abroad for the first time when you are 19, 20? Let him play a few games for the first team in Slovenia first, get some experience and if he proves he’s the right guy, let him go out. Of course, it will continue to happen that at 16 there will be someone like Benjamin Šeško, but it should not happen that nine out of ten of them go abroad,” said the retired footballer, who made 63 appearances for Slovenia, scoring 5 times.
Miran Pavlin hopes that the renewed Eon NextGen league will also help young people to make the transition from youth to youth football easier. The new youth league will also be open to four players a year older than younger than younger than younger than younger than younger than you.
“Anyone who works with young people knows that the hardest part is getting from juniors to members. It was like that when I played, and it is still like that today. Hence the decision to allow the four older boys, the four starting players, to play. Many people mature physically later, I did too, and it’s a pity for every football player we lose because of that. Of course, there are exceptions, like – for example – Luka Topalović, who at 17 plays for Domžale, but we have to look at both ends of the same stick. But I would like to stress that I don’t want this to be an incentive for the coaches and the four seniors will play every game for the result. Let them assess who has the potential but is not yet physically ready for the rigours of a professional footballer. That’s the point of the idea of four older boys in a youth league game, and I think it’s the right one. There will be more men’s football, and young players will have to cope with older players who can play regularly. It’s a winning combination for everyone,” believes Zlatko Zahović’ s former assistant at
, who also worked as a sports director at Olimpija.
Miran Pavlin: “Slovenia has a lot of talent”
Although critics have been quite vocal and at times quite ruthless towards Slovenian football, especially club football, Miran Pavlin is convinced that his future is bright and that he has nothing to fear.
“I am convinced that we have a lot of talent,” Miran Pavlin replies to his critics and continues.The European Championships in Hungary are proof that this is the case, the U15 team hasn’t lost for some time and the juniors were in contention for the European Championships until the very last moment. Among the top eight, not the top 16. We are comparable to others. Let’s leave aside how we play, we all know how we did in the top competitions in the junior category. We were never the greatest virtuosos or football masters, it all came from defence. First, we had to do everything we could to get to the opponent’s goal. And I think this will be true for Slovenia for another 20, 50 years. That’s my opinion, of course, but I’m not a coach. This is the most important approach and I want clubs to follow it, but I know it is not easy on a daily basis.”
This text was automatically translated using AI.