European Sports Desk
Staff Writer, Carleton J. Brown
Southern California Player of the Year Roman Martin in Zagreb, Croatia
Southern California Player of the Year Roman Martin has rejoined GNK Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia.
Martin (1.87 m) played for Mario Cvitanović’s U19 team in 2014, and his return to the Plavi this summer once again signals the club’s growing attraction for top-level players outside of Europe.
Martin trains in the Nogometna Škola Dinamo, which is located at the Maksimir training facility in the Croatian capital. From age of 8 through 19, 200 young players progress through a player development program that is the envy of top clubs across Europe. The club targets moving two players from every age group into the first-team squad.
Thus far, the results have been excellent with Dinamo Zagreb being ranked 4th by FIFA (CIES) among all professional clubs for producing top professional players. See also “Dinamo’s conveyor belt of talent” http://uefa.to/1gKN08D.
With over 100 games played in Europe for foreign clubs, Martin has developed a reputation at Dinamo as an exciting attacking player with a lot of international experience. When asked about his experience with the Plavi, Martin said, “Dinamo Zagreb is a special club. It is one of those rare places where everyone around you is intensely focus only on soccer. I’m grateful to Academy Director Marijan Vlak for the opportunity.”
Martin returns to the States later this summer where he will switch coasts to continue his soccer career playing for Wake Forest University in North Carolina. See other articles on Román at http://bit.ly/1d8y5Z4
Roman Martin, a midfield playmaker from San Diego, recently committed to Wake Forest University. Martin, who plays for the Nomads U18 Academy in the USSF, has just recently returned from Croatia, where had spent the summer training with the U19 program at GNK Dinamo Zagreb.
When asked about his decision, Martin indicated that a big part of the draw was the brand of soccer that is played at Wake Forest. “It is an attractive attacking style — on both sides of the ball – and that fits the way how I have been taught to play,” said Martin. “Coach Vidovich also has a great track record of producing results and getting the most from his players, and that was important to me”
At 6’1” and 160 lbs, Martin is viewed as a versatile player that can play higher up the field in a playmaking role or in a defensive role in the midfield or along the back 4. In addition to training at Dinamo Zagreb, Martin has also played extensively in Brazil and Europe. In the two previous summers, Martin played over 70 games for two different Brazilian clubs in Spain, Portugal, England, Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.
Martin currently attends the La Jolla Country Day School in San Diego and graduates in June of 2015.
TKS is requesting your admission to the TKS Winter Football Kicking Showcase Camp on February 19th 2012 in San Diego, CA.
If you are looking to aquire the basic fundamentals of how to kick, punt of kickoff for football this is the camp for you. Also this will be a great opportunity to compete with some of the best specialists in Southern California. If you are still looking for a place to play college football, you can also demonstrate your skills to the TKS staff and help you chances to get on a college roster.
The cost $100 until January 1st, 2012 after that $150.The camp will be held at La Jolla Country Day School from 9-1pm in San Diego, CA.
The Kicking System offers kicking camps, group lessons, and private lessons on a year round basis in San Diego, CA. We have become the #1 trusted San Diego Kicking Coach over the past 7 years. We provide expert instruction, recruiting advice, strength & conditioing tips and video. You can find the kicking world right here on your fingertips.
Kicking Tips: Here is a great workout and stretch, just by using a frisbee. A inexpensive to improve your kicking game. If you are looking to improve your flexibility or need a new ab routine, this video is for you. All specific for kickers and punters. Filmed on the University of San Diego.
February 3rd, 2010 – SAN DIEGO, CA – Former Minnesota Vikings kicker and the second leading scorer in Boston College football history and former San Diego Shockwave kicker (NIFL) John Matich, announced today that five local athletes signed letter of intent to play college football. Matich and his professional staff of football coaches will host a luncheon at the San Diego Hall of Champions to commemorate their accomplishments.
Southern California and San Diego has always been a hotbed for recruiting kicking talent. The 2009 class is headlined by several local standouts that include:
Mike Gruber – Christian HS – Nebraska at Kearny Joe Cardona – Granite Hills HS – Navy Jon Wells – Cathederal Catholic HS – Stanford
A few more are expected to sign in the coming weeks.
For more information about The Kicking System and their full schedule of events, log on to: http://kickingsystem.com/.
Coach Matich and The Kicking System have gained a national reputation from many top college football programs as arguably the most elite football kicking development system in the county.
On February 3rd (5-7pm) at the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park, The Kicking System will have a luncheon for kickers and punters in San Diego. This awards ceremony will include a speech from The Kicking System owner, John Matich.
For more information or to register to participate in
PR Log (Press Release) – Jan 28, 2010 – SAN DIEGO, CA – Former Minnesota Vikings kicker and the second leading scorer in Boston College football history and current San Diego Shockwave kicker (NIFL) John Matich, announced today that The Kicking System will have its 7 Annual Spring Football Kicking Camp in San Diego on March 28th. Matich and his professional staff of football coaches will host the one-day Kicking Camp and competition.
Regardless of your age or year in school, this camp can help you on all levels, with the video aspect you can critique your own technique, distribute your DVD to college coaches.
TKS has also place over 20 students of the last few years to colleges across the country.
• Combine Performance Stats
• Professional Video
• Complete DVD of workout
• Custom Edited Recruiting DVD
• Online Recruiting Video Link
• Great training tool for young kickers
• Compete with Cal’s Best Kickers
• Professional Instruction
• San Diego Kicking Competition
• Prizes, Fun and Combine T-Shirt
Pop-Warner, HS, JUCO
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TKS is regarded as San Diego’s #1 Kicking Source. We offer kicking lessons, camps, academy, and much more.