Sinisa Naric: All about passion for football

Posted by AllmaJess on April 24th, 2014

Serbia has always been one of the football crazy nations. Even when it was part of Yugoslavia, it gave birth to some of the finest footballers that the country has ever seen. However, the Serbian football association is relatively young, having formed in 2006. But that doesn’t mean anything to the people in the country who continue to follow their team with total passion. One such passionate follower of the game is Sinisa Naric, a youth footballer and a hardcore fan of Partizan.

Sinisa was born in 1990, a year before Partizan (then Red Star Belgrade) won the European Cup. One cannot say whether this had an impact on the child or not, but it certainly had an impact on the child’s father. From that time onward, the senior Mr. Naric wanted his son to become a professional footballer. There was nothing extraordinary in his thought because there are many fathers throughout Serbia that want their sons to become professional footballers.

Sinisa Naric didn’t have the best of starts to his aspiring football career though. At the age of five his father took him to a youth football camp in his home city. This camp was deemed the best in the city and it had the history of giving Yugoslavia and Serbia some fine players at all levels. The specialty of this camp is that it picks up promising youths at a tender age and shaped them to become professional footballers. Mr. Naric used to make little Sinisa practice in the field near their home and he was more or less certain that his son had certain qualities. But the head coach of the camp had other ideas. He clearly told the senior Naric that Sinisa had to develop physically to compete with the other kids of his age. Mr. Naric was hugely disappointed but he didn’t give up.

To his credit, the senior Mr. Naric ensured that he took out time from work and ensured that his son got as much practice as he required. In the game of football goals matter the most and needless to say, Sinisa Naric’s father wanted him to become a striker. He was utterly delighted when Sinisa was selected for the camp in his second attempt. But after a couple of months, the coach said that Sinisa was more suited for a midfield role. While Mr. Naric wasn’t the happiest man in the world because his son couldn’t be a striker, he was, nevertheless happier when he was told that his son would play as an attacking midfielder. This meant that he would still have chances to score goals.

Now, at the age of 24, Sinisa Naric plays for one of the second tier clubs in Serbia. His father still harbors the dream of seeing his son play for Partizan and Serbia. While that dream seems distant at the moment, Sinisa is playing well enough at the moment and he expects a call from one of the bigger clubs in the country soon.

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