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An Interview with Ilija Nestorovski, Footballer

Welcome, all! I am glad to present to you Ilija Nestorovski, our guest today. He is a professional Macedonian football player who currently plays for Serie A club Udinese. In addition to that, Ilija plays for the Macedonian National football team, and his natural position is a forward striker.

Ilija’s career started in FC Pobeda Prilep in 2006 and continued in FC Slovacko. However, he was twice on loan in Viktoria Žižkov and Metalurg. Furthermore, he was part of Inter Zaprešić before moving to Italy. His journey in Italy started in FC Palermo before finally landing in his current club Udinese.

Nestorovski’s debut in the national jersey of Macedonia was in 2015, and since that moment, he has had 46 appearances for the country. In addition, Ilija has made over 310 appearances in total in his career and scored more than 130 goals.

His path to success is intriguing; I am sure you want to learn about it immediately. So, let’s jump on the interview to hear about his career.

    Tose Zafirov

    Mr. Olympia Representative

    Welcome, all! I am glad to present to you Ilija Nestorovski, our guest today. He is a professional Macedonian football player who currently plays for Serie A club Udinese. In addition to that, Ilija plays for the Macedonian National football team, and his natural position is a forward striker.

    Ilija’s career started in FC Pobeda Prilep in 2006 and continued in FC Slovacko. However, he was twice on loan in Viktoria Žižkov and Metalurg. Furthermore, he was part of Inter Zaprešić before moving to Italy. His journey in Italy started in FC Palermo before finally landing in his current club Udinese.

    Nestorovski’s debut in the national jersey of Macedonia was in 2015, and since that moment, he has had 46 appearances for the country. In addition, Ilija has made over 310 appearances in total in his career and scored more than 130 goals.

    His path to success is intriguing; I am sure you want to learn about it immediately. So, let’s jump on the interview to hear about his career.

    Tose Zafirov:

    Greetings, Ilija. First of all, let me express my gratitude for your presence. I am aware of your background, but would you mind giving the audience a quick overview of yourself? In other words, who is Ilija Nestorovski?

    Ilija Nestorovski:

    Hello, Tose. Thank you for having me. Above all, Ilija Nestorovski is a family man, a husband, and a father of two beautiful children. I am a dedicated professional footballer, currently in Udinese.

    I cannot spend a day in my life without training and playing football. Still, I want to use every free moment I have with my family. Usually, I take each opportunity to travel off-season and during breaks.

    Tose Zafirov:

    Today, you are a successful footballer and an inspiration to many. So, how did it all begin? When did you start training and developing a love for this sport?

    Ilija Nestorovski:

    To be honest, my love for football was born at the age of six. It was the first time I kicked a ball and started training. From that moment until today, this dedication only grew stronger day by day, month by month, and year by year.

    Tose Zafirov:

    Now, I got something interesting for you. How does it feel to perform in front of a crowd while representing your country to the rest of the world? Is it stressful?

    Ilija Nestorovski:

    The feeling is amazing, knowing that you represent your country and your people. Each player dreams of this from the youngest age. You know, you dream of wearing the national team jersey.

    However, the responsibility of it is enormous because you can either cheer your people up or make them sad. After all, it all comes down to your performance.

    Tose Zafirov:

    What is your most significant accomplishment? And when I say significant, I'm talking about something you cherish most. Additionally, do you have a favorite football match?

    Ilija Nestorovski:

    A lot of matches will remain in my memory forever. But if I have to choose, I must say it's the competition against Georgia. It enabled us to achieve a historic ranking at the European Football Championship.

    Tose Zafirov:

    Do you have any advice you'd want to provide to young football players or beginners in general? How much effort was required to get you where you are now?

    Ilija Nestorovski:

    I would advise them to keep pursuing their dreams. There are lots of obstacles in football and the way to success.

    However, they should never give up, especially when things get challenging the first time around. They should believe in themselves and, most importantly, keep training; in the end, it all pays out.

    Tose Zafirov:

    Can you describe a day in your life? Moreover, do you follow a special diet and use fitness centers? And most importantly, how can they help maintain a player's figure and enhance a player's performance?

    Ilija Nestorovski:

    So, the day starts with carrying my children to kindergarten. After that, I continue to the training camp in Udinese, where we have the obligatory breakfast, then the training, and finally the obligatory lunch. All in all, I spend approximately seven to eight hours per day in the camp.

    We also have nutritionists in the club who care about our diet and form. Specifically, each player has an individual nutrition program to
    follow.

    We use the gym at the camp each day before football training. Let's say it's a type of muscle prevention. Also, we use the gym after training 3-4 times per week.

    I think nutrition and the gym are some of the most important factors for today's athletes.

    Tose Zafirov:

    Would you like to share something more about the injury you suffered before the European Championship? Besides football, what makes you happy now? And how do you like to spend your leisure time?

    Ilija Nestorovski:

    It was April 23 when my teammate passed and broke my dream of performing on the EURO with my Macedonia. At that moment, I was utterly broken and sad because I knew how much the performance at the European Championship meant to me.

    Now I feel fantastic, and I am entirely dedicated to rehabilitating the knee. Thank God it's going well. Apart from football, what makes me happy is my family and the time I spend with them.

    Tose Zafirov:

    You said you spend a significant amount of your day at the football camp. Therefore, is it difficult to find a balance between your personal life and your football career?

    Ilija Nestorovski:

    When there is love and understanding in a family, it's not hard at all. For instance, when I am away for several days, I try to make up for the lost time with my children and wife once I am back by doing things that make us happy.

    Tose Zafirov:

    Does your lifestyle, including your nutrition and activity, drastically change depending on the season?

    Ilija Nestorovski:

    The difference lies in the first 10-15 days when the season ends. During this period, I relax completely. I don't train at all, and I literally eat everything that my soul or I want.

    The rest of the time, I'm totally focused on a proper diet and training every day.

    Tose Zafirov:

    Above all, what would you say if you could send one message that the entire world would hear?

    Ilija Nestorovski:

    My immediate message is for everyone to get vaccinated so that we can finally get back to "normal life" and end the Pandemic. Also, I wish each person around the globe good health and safety.

    Final Words

    It was a true pleasure talking to you, Ilija. I hope you will get back on track soon and that we will hear about your success in the future.

    You can visit his official Wikipedia page to learn more details about Ilija’s life and career.

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