Football Manager Live Serbia player to watch: Gojko Kacar
To celebrate both the World Cup and the addition of a new multiplayer game, Football Manager Live , to the Football Manager family, MirrorFootball have asked me (Miles, gaffer at Sports Interactive who make the Football manager series of games) to come up with some players to watch out for in the World Cup that you might not have heard of before, using our huge global scouting network and the famous FM database.
We're going to be looking at a player for each World Cup team during the first round of the tournament after which we'll introduce something very special indeed for the knockout stages.
Serbia might not be a country that many of us have visited, but they sure have some talented footballers.
Having the likes of Dejan Stankovic, Nemenja Vidic, Chelsea’s Ivanovich and Wigan’s Stojkovic in their ranks, they also have a bunch of very talented young players in their squad, including Manchester United’s Tosic (who was at loan at Cologne for the second part of last season), Kuzmanovic who plays for Stutgart, right winger Milos Krasic and left back Aleksander Kolarov.
Their achievement of finishing ahead of France in the qualifiers for the World Cup is only beaten by the fact that this was their first World Cup qualifying campaign, having only played their first international match as Serbia in 2006.
Despite all the great players I listed above, the player I’m going to tip to watch for the tournament is Gojko Kacar, who can play as center back but prefers playing as a defensive midfielder, and is just 22-years-old.
Kacar plays for Hertha BSC in Germany, and has already won 17 international caps. He’s also played 64 times for the Berlin based team in his first two seasons there, and has an eye for goal, with 10 so far which is not a bad return for a ball winner.
His key skills, as with most of the best defensive midfielders, are his work rate (19 out of 20) and determination (18). He’s also naturally aggressive (18) and brave (18), but with his tackling and marking skills both at 17, his aggression doesn’t necessarily lead to a load of bookings and red cards.
He’s a decent headerer of the ball, with 16 for heading, and his six foot frame is extended by his great jumping ability of 16.
He hasn’t got the best first touch in the world (8 out of 20), but he’s got good vision, with creativity at 16, and technique of 15.
Definitely one to watch out for, but I’d say that for the whole of the Serbian team who, if they aren’t overawed by the event, shouldn’t be written off despite being in one of the hardest groups with Ghana, Australia and Germany.
It’s going to be the group of death for someone.