LITTLE GOALKEEPERS LEARN FROM BOJANA: Former football player successfully transfers knowledge to the youngest in Zvezda

However, she remained in football and continued to pass on the acquired knowledge and skills to the youngest members of the Red Star youth team.

– After my playing career, I decided to start doing something else, but to stay in football again, because I could no longer endure the pain in my arm – says Bojana. – My first coach was Branko Katic, coordinator in the youth school, and he invited me in 2019 to come and be a coach for the boys. By the way, I am the only female coach at the club. When parents bring their children, they are usually surprised when they see a girl training boys – said Bojana.

Social networks have left consequences on football as well. Thus the younger generations do not have enough concentration.

– Today’s children in the locker room take pictures of “Instagram” jerseys, and I remember when I trained, I was shaking in the locker room from the porch, I couldn’t sleep before the game … Many people care if a professional photographer came to take a picture of the game, how many pictures there are likes … It has completely lost its value. My parents bought me my first phone in the seventh grade, when I went to the preparations, just so I could call them, and as soon as I returned to Belgrade, they took it from me, because they thought I didn’t need it – said Ratković.

Although she is currently the coach of the youngest, and she is happy, she does not want to stop there.

– I want to improve as far as football analytics is concerned, because as a woman in men’s football I can work as much as possible until the cadets, because of my physical predispositions, because I don’t have a strong shot like men. I attend the “Football Academy” and when I finish that, I would like to do analytics because I can do that in both women’s and men’s football. Now it is quite good for me to be the goalkeeper coach for the children. However, no matter how many people do this job for money, somehow when you see these children, everything is different … I just love having trainings with them and when a child goes to another club, I really cry – Bojana added at the end.

Photo: Private archive

PERFORMED IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

BOJANA has been fascinated by football since she was a child, and during her career she was a member of the Red Star and Olimpija from Ljubljana.

While wearing the jersey of the Slovenian team, she also played in Champions League matches.

WE HAVE TALENTED TOYS

In Bojana’s opinion, not enough media attention is paid to women’s football in Serbia.

– Women’s football has a big problem in our country, because it is not covered by the media. The best women’s club in Serbia is Spartak, it plays in the Champions League every year, and half of the people do not know about it. A lot of media space is given to men’s football, and our country has very talented girls – said Ratković.

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