The next subject in our interview series is center-back Daniel Mojsov, a member of the Macedonian national team who currently plays his club football in Norway with Brann.
Recently, Norwegian newspapers reported that Daniel Mojsov has been told to look for a new club by the new manager of Brann, Rikard Norling. So, we reached out to Mojsov to get the latest on his club situation and also discuss several other topics.
When it comes to his status with Brann, Mojsov told us that he has indeed talked with Norling. Daniel mentioned that the conversation was centered on whether Brann would let him go if he finds another team. The response from the club was that they would not stand in his way. However, if Mojsov were to remain at Brann, he will fight for a place in the starting lineup. Daniel strongly denied that Norling had told him personally that he is not counting on him for this upcoming season.
Besides that question, we also talked with Mojsov about his beginnings in football, his time in Vojvodina, the difference in quality between the leagues in Norway, Macedonia and Serbia, along with his thoughts on his strengths as a player and what advice he would give new Macedonian manager Boshko Gjurovski.
Brann is Mojsov’s fifth team in his career. He began with Tikvesh in his hometown of Kavadarci, then he played for Makedonija Gjorche Petrov and Vardar, before beginning his international adventure first with Vojvodina and now Brann.
Here is the transcript of our interview with Mojsov:
MF: Daniel, tell us about your early start in football with your hometown club Tikvesh? Which coach do you credit most for your development early in your career?
DM: My beginnings were with FK Tikvesh. I passed through all the categories, from a youngster to the senior team. There are many coaches who are responsible for my development at that club. Some of them are Ljupcho Filipov and Nikola Zlatev. With them, the working relationship was really great as I played regularly in every category.
MF: You experienced ups and downs in Vojvodina. When you played, you were one of the top defenders in the league, but then had a contract dispute with the club. Overall, how will you remember your time with Vojvodina?
DM: Yes, at Vojvodina I was in the best form of my career to this point, and I received large satisfaction from big clubs around Europe after only one season. I was scouted by big clubs like Red Bull Salzburg, Dynamo Moskva and Dinamo Zagreb, but due to some obstacles I couldn’t transfer to those clubs. For that, it was well known who was at fault. The board of directors, the people who worked at the club and then president, but recently passed away, Bata (Ratko Butorović). Even though they were satisfied with my performances, and plus I was chosen as the best defender in the club and found myself in the team of the year, that was not enough for the club to let me go without asking for a large sum of money. After those talks and the fact that they didn’t let me go to a bigger club, I was a little disappointed and played below my level because every player wants to play for a bigger club. But, after 6 months, I once again regained my old form and again there are clubs who are interested in me. The main guilt falls to the people at the club for not selling me. Afterwards, I was under pressure to sign a new contract, but I decided not to sign despite the club telling me that if I don’t sign, you will not play. I still did not sign because they were not professional towards me. However, that is over with and now I just look forward to the future.
MF: How is the football quality in Norway? How would you compare it to the Macedonian and Serbian leagues?
DM: The quality in Norway is 3,4 times higher than the leagues in Serbia and Macedonia. All of the teams are similar in the way they play and you never know when one team will defeat another. Meanwhile, in Serbia and Macedonia, you can predict a score and have it fall exactly that way. Here, the last placed team could beat the first placed team several times.
MF: What is your current situation at Brann? There were reports in Norwegian newspapers that the Brann manager has told you that you are free to look for a new club. Is that true? If so, what are your plans during the winter transfer window?
DM: The current situation is this: what is being reported is not entirely true. There is a new coach and it was written that I am not in his plans. However, the coach told all the players that he is counting on them and that the best players will play. Everyone has to fight for their spot and that is normal when a new coach comes in. Then, whoever wants to go can go but that has to be agreed with the club’s management. Personally, I had talks with the coach to ask whether Brann will let me go if I find another team. He said I could leave if I find a new team; otherwise I will stay here and fight for a place in the starting 11. If I was the coach, I would do the same thing to motivate the players to work even harder. Plus, every coach has their own visions and tactics that every player must follow if they want to play. He wants to give all the players a chance to showcase themselves, and the players in the best form will play. That is also how it’s done in the big clubs throughout the world. However, this notion that he is not counting on me is wrong and the media is writing what it wants.
MF: What do you see as your strengths on the football field, and is there something that you feel you need to work on?
DM: My biggest quality is my calmness, my play in the air, the technique I possess and I know how to play the ball like the big defenders who play in the bigger clubs (Ferdinand, Pique, Ramos). Then, I would like to work more on my speed, but at the same time, I think it is enough for my type of player. All in all, I want to always get better and better.
MF: Have you talked to new Macedonian manager Boshko Gjurovski? Having been a regular on the squad, what would you tell Gjurovski that he needs to do in order to improve the atmosphere and achieve better results?
DM: I haven’t talked to the new manager, but you’re talking about a quality coach who has worked with many clubs. I would propose just one thing, if there is desire to have success in some job, and that is for everyone to have respect for one another. It doesn’t matter if a player is young or old. We all need to be like brothers because we play for one sacred something when you are talking about one national team. It is the dream of every player to play for his national team. Therefore, we have to be together in both wins and losses, and be like a family in order to have success. God willing, it would be great to qualify for some World Cup or European tournament. But, before all else, we must work well.