Young Australian midfielder Nicola Kuleski is off to Europe after being selected to be part of the Under-21 Macedonian national team.
The Sydney FC national youth team player, who grew up in Sydney’s Lane Cove, has been picked to attend the training camp in Macedonia and for friendly matches with Slovenia and Cyprus.
Kuleski, who has been with the Sky Blues for the past two years, has already represented Macedonia 15 times at Under-17 level.
“It was an amazing experience one I'll never forget for the rest of my life,” he recounted to FourFourTwo.
“One of the highlights was playing in front of one of the legends of football in UEFA president Michel Platini, and scoring my first goal as well of course in a tournament in Belgrade.”
A central midfielder who starred for Marconi as a junior, Kuleski said he was honoured to play for the European country.
“It was a great honour and privilege,” the 18-year old said.
“I'm going to Macedonia to train first and after that there are a couple of friendly games against Slovenia away and Cyprus away, in order to prepare for our first game for the Euro group stages against Iceland away.”
Kuleski has never been called up by Australia at any level but would jump at the chance.
“No unfortunately I haven't had any interest from Australia or the Joeys,” he said.
“However if I do get a call it will be a massive honour to represent Australia.”
Kuleski’s father, former Marconi defender Blagoja, has been key influence on the teenager’s career. Blagoja played for Marconi, Melbourne Zebras, Bulleen Lions and Rockdale City Suns in the 1990s and also coached Bonnyrigg White Eagles.
“He's had a big influence having the experience he has,” Kuleski said.
“He always corrected me or told me straight away what I needed to improve or what could I do better to try and improve me as a player.”
A box-to-box midfielder, Kuleski is dreaming of a career in a European league one day.
“My first aim it to break into the A-league as now it is a big competition and it provides a great stepping stone towards Europe,” he said.
“My goal is to play for Arsenal, as that's my is my boyhood club or play a big part as a player in Europe, and of course to represent either Australia or Macedonia.”comments