European Sports Desk
Staff Writer, Carleton J. Brown
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