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.