Miran Pavlin advises young boys, “Look at Žan Vipotnik. That’s the way to go, not looking abroad at the age of 16!”
The new season of the first Slovenian youth league, which will be officially called Eon NextGen, will start today with a match between Domžale and Celje. The Youth League will be held separately and will no longer be merged with the Cadet League. It is also
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has introduced a few changes, the biggest of which is undoubtedly that every club will be able to count on four players who are a year older in every match. Miran Pavlin, national team director and one of the masterminds behind the changes in the youth league, is convinced that the Eon NextGen League is a step in the right direction, and in the light of the new start, the retired national team player also advised all the youngsters to prove themselves at home rather than going abroad.
Miran Pavlin highlighted the story of Žan Vipotnik, who is a prime example of how nothing is lost if all does not go according to plan immediately after moving in with the members. “Today at the NextGen event we should have a picture or a poster of Žan Vipotnik, who, through playing in all of Maribor’s younger selections, through loans in Gorizia and Kranj, made it to the first team of Maribor and then Kazakhstan and a move abroad. That’s the right way, not looking abroad at 16. At 19, 21 or 21, of course, the boys have to find their way abroad to establish themselves in time to be the national team at 23 or 24,“, 51-year-old Miran Pavlin told Sportklub.
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