Dorking Wanderers FC
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FC VSS Košice
Dorking Wanderers FC
How important is football to you?
I love football and everything around the football. If I am not playing, I watch football or coach young goalkeepers. So football is a big part of my life.
How do you prepare for an (important) match? (music, rituals, etc.)
Usually before we come out changing rooms I just think about be calm confident and really focus since the first minute and on the pitch always the take ball on half line make sure grip on gloves is good.
Slavomir, you started your football career by FC VSS Košice. How did you experience these period?
It was really good. I played for Kosice when they were in First Slovak league and it was one of best club in Slovakia. I came through academy usually played for category above or even older. I played for first team couple friendlies and then decided they not offer me contract . But I have lots great memories for the club and learnt a lot.
After the Slovak football club FC VSS Košice, in 2015 you made a transfer to your current English football club Dorking Wanderers FC. Why did you moved to England ?
I moved to here because I always liked the English football and my wife also moved here so I came to try what kind of level I am and if I have enough in me to become a professional. I actually start playing for Leatherhead FC before I moved to Dorking Wanderers.
Have you noticed a lot of difference between the football in Slovakia and England ?
Yes football here is on a much higher level, even in lower leagues, but the biggest difference is how much people care and volunteers for local football clubs compared to Slovakia . It is also much more physical and quicker than in Slovakia.
What is the most important football lesson you have learned and who taught you that?
It doesn’t matter if you have talent or not, if you work hard it will pay you off sooner or later you just can’t give up. It was lots different motivation speakers who I regularly follow and listen on podcasts.
In which match did you get the most nerves (goose bumps) ?
Probably semi-final playoffs against Hastings because we finish as second in league joint top with leaders and have to go through play-offs on goal difference. In the semi-final we were 1:0 down in 80 minutes and I were really nervous if can equaliser game which we luckily did and we won promotion on the end.
What were your highs and lows during your football career?
Lows had to be when I was almost whole my first season on bench for Dorking and couldn’t get in line up but still worked hard try be ready for my chance.
And high probably every promotion I had with Dorking Wanderers from the Bostik league division and the Bostik premier because the happiness of fans was unreal.
What are your personal goals this season?
I would like to keep as many clean sheets as possible and help my team to finish in the play-offs places.