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Keeper lines up to score Nike Academy scholarship
Nikodin Matic
Up-and-coming soccer star, goal keeper Nikodin Matic, is heading to Europe to try out for a prestigious Nike scholarship.
By: Melissa Matheson
NIKODIN Matic is on the verge of scoring a massive career goal.

Matic has been selected from 30 of the top soccer players in Australia and New Zealand to travel to England for a chance at a scholarship to the Nike Academy.

“It’s a full-year scholarship where you’re training professionally with English Premier League clubs,” he said.

Ninety-six players from 42 countries are in the running for the scholarship.

“It will be a good experience going overseas and


comparing myself and seeing what level I am with the other best players in the world,” Matic said.

“You train your whole life to make it to the professionals and this is my chance. If I make it, it will be an amazing feeling.

“Hopefully there’s not too many keepers.”

Matic is the goalkeeper for the Central Coast Mariners under-20 youth team.

“It’s going good, training with the first team here and there,” he said.

“I’m playing well and the team’s going well too.

“I’m working with the goalkeeping coach doing three to four sessions a week but every free day I’m doing extra sessions.”

This year Matic has juggled his soccer with his HSC exams at Westfields Sports High School.

His dream is to one day play for Arsenal.

“They play attractive attacking football and they’re one of the biggest clubs in the world right now,” he said.

“And play for my country.”

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Wed 3rd November 2010

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