During the Trentino training camp, much has been talked about injuries to fullbacks David Alaba and Rafinha, and a while later Contento was also injured, rubbing salt in the open wound. However, there was also another fullback who was injured during the Trentino training camp. David Vržogić is a German-Serb who plays for FC Bayern II but who is considered so promising that Jupp Heynckes took him with him to Italy.
David Vržogić started his career playing with Borussia Dortmund II before moving on to Rot-Weiss Ahlen before quickly switching to FC Bayern II, where he has played for the past season. BayernForum.com has gotten in touch with him to bring you this exclusive interview!
BayernForum.com: You were called up to the Trentino training camp with the first team. Was it a positive surprise or were you expecting it?
Vržogić: I was really happy that I could train with the first team from the beginning of the training, and I was even happier that I was allowed to go to the Trentino training camp. It was all around a pleasant experience for me which makes me hungry for more, even though I had to leave earlier due to injury and still have to regain fitness.
BayernForum.com: How different is the level of commitment in training between the first team and FC Bayern II?
Vržogić: It is noted that the level of the first team is higher, faster and more experienced, but I think I managed to prove myself.
BayernForum.com: Unfortunately, you were also injured. It must have been very sad as it’s understood that you were doing well…
Vržogić: The timing of the injury was really bad and made me angry, but now I want to quickly become healthy once again and show What I can do even more. I am confident that I will get my chance.
BayernForum.com: You were born in Wuppertal, Germany but it is understood that you also hold Serbian nationality. Can you tell us more about that?
Vržogić: Because my parents came to Germany as immigrants and I was born here, I have automatically received the Serbian nationality. A while later, my family acquired the German nationality, and so since then I have both nationalities.
BayernForum.com: You have represented Germany at U19 and U20 levels but failed to break into the the U21 team. Now that you’re 22, would you consider playing for the Serbian national team if they call you up?
Vržogić: I have not only played for the U19 and U20, I have been regularly playing for the German U16 National Team starting team. Because of that and because I live in Germany, it would make me really happy to play again for Germany. But my motto is “Never say never”, and if the opportunity arises to play for Serbia, I would not be averse.
BayernForum.com: Two seasons ago you were playing in the third division with Rot Weiss Ahlen but the team was relegated to the fourth division. Rather than opting to leave and play for a different third division team, you decided to play for FC Bayern II, which was also relegated to the fourth division. How does the third division compare to the Regionalliga Süd?
Vržogić: The general attention and the level of the game is noticeably higher in the third division. In the Regionalliga Bayern, attention is more focused which means, for example, many little derbies. Yet I have picked FC Bayern II because here, with my young age, I can develop for bigger challenges.
BayernForum.com: When do you think that we can expect FC Bayern II to be promoted once again to the 3. Fußball-Liga?
Vržogić: This is hard to answer, because this year the Regionalliga has been reformed and all teams still have to find their footing. We are of course doing everything we can to make the wish of promotion to 3rd League become true again.
BayernForum.com: Which FC Bayern II players do you think have the biggest chances to play for the first team in the future?
Vržogić: This is also hard to answer. We have to wait and follow the development of every single player, but there are many young player who with constant training have the ability for that.
BayernForum.com: What are your plans and ambitions for the future?
Vržogić: In the short term future, I can say that this year I want to play a good and injury-free season. After that, I want to take every opportunity that helps me establish myself in professional football.
Thank you for the interview David, and hope you get well soon!