Maribor boasted: In 11 years, 13 boys from the football school were sold, earning the Styrian club between 13 and 15 million euros
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Sebastijan Harc, director of the Football school at NK Maribor, took part in Monday’s extensive interview with the Večer newspaper, when they discussed a number of topics. Among other things, why young people are (too) fast leaving while pointing out that, due to circumstances of one kind or another, the Viole may never have a European-level academy, he also revealed that, no matter what, Štajerska have made a lot of money in the last decade by selling young footballers.
Maribor’s football school has always been considered a source of good, talented boys, but at the same time it is true that, at least recently, many of them have been waiting in vain for a breakthrough into the national team. Some give up at a very early age and went elsewhere relatively quickly, but there are also those who, thanks to their undeniable talent, Maribor has already sold in their teens. And with them, like Sebastijan Harc, earned very well.
“The club gives its maximum to ensure that the football school runs well. We need to sell a certain number of players to ensure stability. Talking about investment when you are disinvesting every year is nonsense. In Zagreb, the city invested, in Sturm’s academy the country, the city and the Football Association invested. It would be risky for the club if I were to go into this myself. We have to invent something of our own, we have to be unique. We will never have the conditions of Salzburg, we will never have the mass of Westphalia, we have to work with what we have. We need to be hard-working, skilled and resourceful to get the most out of it,“, Sebastijan Harc, who has been running the school in the capital of Štajerska for more than a decade, told Večer.
On earnings from youth sales, Sebastijan Harc added: “I wrote down that in the last eleven years we have sold thirteen boys from the football school, which have earned the club between 13 and 15 million euros! No school in the country has this. At the same time, we have always been at the forefront and looked after the popularisation systems.“
This text was automatically translated using AI.