Football is the most popular sport in Serbia, as it is in so many countries worldwide. Football in Serbia was introduced in the 19th century and since then Serbians have followed this sport with total passion. During the Yugoslavian rule, a lot of players from Serbia made it to the national squad. Hence, it doesn’t come as a surprise when so many budding footballers take up football as their career. Sinisa Naric is one of those that pursue football as their career.
Like almost half of the Serbian youth, Sinisa Naric also grew up as a fan of Partizan. Of course, when he started following football, the club was known as Red Star Belgrade. In fact, his father would proudly tell everyone that when Sinisa was just a few months, Red Star won the European Cup, the only club from Yugoslavia to have won this prestigious title. Sinisa was born in late 1990 and Red Star won the title in 1991.
At the age of 5, Sinisa was taken for his first football camp. This was in 1995 and Sinisa immediately took a liking for the game. However, the start of his football career was not smooth enough. The coach at the camp had a look at him and told his father that Sinisa would need to wait one more year before being admitted into the camp. The reason cited was that Sinisa was not strong enough compared to the other kids in the same age bracket. Although Sinisa’s father was not very pleased with the coach’s verdict, he couldn’t do much about it. He, however, ensured that Sinisa was well fed and practiced in the field close to their home.
Next year, in 1996, Sinisa’s father dutifully appeared at the camp for the trial of his son. This time he was lucky because the coach liked what he saw. He decided to enroll Sinisa into the camp and train him. Sinisa’s father was tremendously happy and although he knew he would need to work doubly hard to pay for fees, he was more than willing to do so.
Sinisa Naric was lucky that the coach was the best in that area. He ensured that Sinisa not only learned the basics of the game but also developed his skill and strength. Within a few years, Sinisa started attracting attention from some of the lower league cups and he started appearing in some of the friendly games too. He gained some momentum as a youth footballer. He did well in some games as an attacking midfielder. He, however, couldn’t do well enough to get a call from his dream club.
As of now, Sinisa Naric is still considered as a decent footballer. He is 24 years of age now and has passed the ranks of youth football in Serbia. Although he no longer harbors the dreams of playing for Partizan and Serbia, he still earns his living as a footballer. He still has the dreams of making it big one day.