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Two years ago he thought about ending his career as a professional footballer. But Dare Vrsic continued. On Tuesday he was crowned Best Player in Slovenia at the gala of the Slovenian professional footballers association SPINS.


SPINS had asked all players in Slovenian professional football to cast their votes and pick the best in their game. They celebrated their awards gala in the Grand Hotel Union in Ljubljana.


Dare Vrsic collected two prizes: the Best Player Award and the Best Midfielder Award. ‘Being the best player in a European league is fantastic. It gives me great motivation and incentive to continue’, said the 27-year old attacking midfielder of Olimpija Ljubljana. Vrsic received more than 80 per cent of the votes in the Best Player election, comfortably beating runners-up Nusmir Fajic and Goran Cvijanovic.


This summer, Vrsic will be leaving Olimpija Ljubljana and Slovenia. He has signed a contract at Austria Wien in Vienna. ‘I am looking forward to it. And I am happy that I will be going to Austria with this award, which is a wonderful recognition for me‘, said Vrsic, who pondered quitting professional football after injury problems and a very bad experience in Romania.


More players had their moment in the spotlights. Jasmin Handanovic (NK Maribor) was voted Best Goalkeeper, his team mate Aleksander Rajcevic was named Best Defender, Nusmir Fajic (Mura) received the award for Best Striker, and Boban Jovic (Olimpija) was introduced as Best Young Player .


Darko Milanic, who guided NK Maribor to the Slovenian league title, was celebrated as Best Coach.


Goran Cvijanovic picked up another award for NK Maribor. The midfielder produced the Best Goal, according to visitors of the SPINS website. Cvijanovic made this goal in the match against Olimpjia: 2-1. ‘This is probably the best goal I’ve ever scored. I just hit the ball perfectly.’


Team of the Season
Goalkeeper: Jasmin Handanovic (Maribor);
Defenders: Martin Milec (Maribor), Boban Jovic (Olimpija), Aleksander Rajcevic (Maribor), Aljaz Struna (Luka Koper);
Midfielders: Dare Vrsic (Olimpija), Goran Cvijanovic (Maribor), Goran Galesic (Hit Gorica);
Forwards: Agim Ibraimi (Maribor), Dalibor Volas (Maribor), Nusmir Fajic (Mura 05).