Guardian.co.uk website published the list of the best young talents in world football at the begining of October. And there was one Czech young footballer in this list. It’s Dominik Smékal from FC Internazionale. I decided I will write something about him and three other young players who operate in Italy and they have some potential.
Lukáš Zima (Goalkeeper), born 9 January 1994
He has grown in Hradec Králové where he started with his football career. He went to Slavia Prague and he became regular in youth national teams. His best moments were in the U17 category. He was number one goalkeeper during European Championship and czech team qualified to World Cup in Mexico. He agreed to move to FC Genoa after the World Cup from Slavia Prague. He had other offers but he hoped he will have a better chance in Genoa than in bigger club. There were speculation about his move to Juventus or Manchester City.
He spent the second half of the 2013/2014 season on loan in Reggiana and the autumn of 2014 he was in Venezia. The second part of the last season he was in Mantova FC and he moved to Perugia this summer for another on loan. He is part of the Czech Under-21 national team now.
Stefan Simic (Central Defender), born 20 January 1995
He was born in the Czech Republic, grew at Slavia Prague, but thanks to his parents he has Croatian and Bosnian passport. From the age of six he was playing for Slavia Prague. He passed through all the youth categories and peered into the A-Team. Without a single start in the Czech first league he moved to Genoa, where he played for the youth team.
In August 2013 he moved to the AC Milan B-team. In summer 2014 he went on loan to Varese Calcio where he became a member of first team squad but he not played to much at the end of this loan spell due to an injury. He is back with AC Milan Primavera squad now. His role model is Phillippe Mexes. He can play central defender and right defender as well. He was part of Czech youth national teams U16, U17 and U19.
Jakub Jankto (Attacking Midfielder), born 19 January 1996
His transfer from Slavie Prague to Udinese Calcio was a big surprise in July 2014. He never played at the senior level but he impressed during matches for youth national categories. He played for all youth teams in Slavia Prague. Eighteen year old Jankto is a great talent. He plays as an offensive midfielder. He pointed to himself a lot, for example, in a friendly match of the national team U18 against Montenegro, in which he contributed four goals from five.
After one year with Udinese Calcio he went on loan to Ascoli and he plays the Serie B now. He scored his first goal for Ascoli against Como in October.
Roman Macek (Midfielder Right), born 18 April 1997
Another “Furia Ceca”? This young midfielder is becoming very popular between fans of Juventus because he is very talented and he has a blond hair like legendary Pavel Nedvěd. Macek moved to Juventus academy in July 2013 when he was 16 years old from Zlín. He never played at senior level before. He only played some games for youth national teams.
During his stay in Juventus he became member of Primavera squad and played in domestic competitions and UEFA Youth Champions League as well. He trained with the Juventus senior squad and played in some friendlies. He is very good with ball and quickly. He is perfect team player and great player when team go to counter attack. He was wanted by Manchester City, Arsenal and another big european clubs. He is definitely on of the most talented Czech young players now. He can play as a central midfielder but he is best on the right side of the pitch.
Dominik Smékal (Winger/Forward), born 22 January 1998
The right winger/striker is trying to become a star on the Italian peninsula: he joined Internazionale at 16 and wants to become the first Czech to play for the first team. When he was playing for Banik Ostrava’s youth teams, he reminded the coaches of former Silesian stars. ‘He has elements of Milan Baros [ex-Liverpool] and Vaclav Sverkos [ex-Mönchengladbach],’ says Pavel Malura, the former Banik youth coach who now oversees Smekal’s progress as an assistant coach with the Czech Under-18s.
In September he played for the Czech Republic Under-18 team when they took on their Italian counterparts and Dominik Smekal made quite a telling contribution – scoring one goal and setting up the other two in a 3-2 win.