2020’s Paul Bogarin dreams of being his own version of Zinedine Zidane on the soccer field | Youth1

2020’s Paul Bogarin dreams of being his own version of Zinedine Zidane on the soccer field

Paul Bogarin is one of the best players from the Chicago, Illinois area in the Class of 2020.


The 6-foot, 145-pound Bogarin, who attends Hammond Morton, is a dynamic player that works as a center midfielder. 


Bogarin, who plays for the Indiana Elite FC, has earned plenty of recognition during his outstanding youth career, such as:


-All-Conference all three years of high school






Bogarin is humbled by the accolades.


“They just show me that my hard work is paying off. It also makes me work harder to stay at my level of play and even get better,” Bogarin said. “It was very much a blessing because I know that not many kids get the opportunity and it made me realize that I am a kid for a town of minorities and I have the opportunity to make it out with my soccer.”


No matter the opponent, every match Bogarin is determined to give it his all.


Bogarin is going all out.


The motor is always at full throttle whenever Bogarin steps between the lines.


“If I suck then most likely I will affect the whole team. I play center mid,” Bogarin said. “I have to control the whole game and tempo and if I am not having my brightest game then I know it will affect the whole game. So my mindset is just basically don’t suck (laughs).”


Bogarin has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the field. Bogarin tells why he enjoys the game of soccer so much.


“Soccer is my life so I enjoy everything when I am on the pitch from playing with my teammates to just taking care of the ball like it’s my baby,” Bogarin said.


Bogarin has learned many valuable lessons from playing soccer that he applies to his everyday life.


The main one is applying perspective to all situations.


“Playing has taught me everything I know about life. It has taught me to be responsible because most of the times when we travel we are alone with no parents. It has taught me true friendship because our team’s bond is so strong and I know I will always will be able to count on them,” Bogarin said. “It has also taught me to be respectful to the other team. It’s just taught me everything in a way of how to grow up and use these skills in the future.”


Bogarin recalls his favorite soccer memory.


“My favorite memory of playing is honestly every game. My 01 team is just a brotherhood and I love how every game we stick up for each other,” Bogarin said. “There’s no better feeling than knowing that every single player on the team you are playing with including my coach Novi is like family.”


Novi Marojevic is in his eighth season coaching Bogarin for the Indiana Elite. 


Marojevic explains the best parts of Bogarin’s game.


“He can play A couple of different positions, like outside mid, forward and defensive mid but he will give the team and himself the most as an attacking center midfielder,” Marojevic said. “His biggest advantage of the game is his technique. He sees the field amazingly good. He is very comfortable on the ball under pressure and he can make a pass better than others.”


Bogarin takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Bogarin makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.


“I demonstrate being a good teammate by just doing my job on and off the field. Being disciplined is how I demonstrate being a good teammate. It shows that I care for the team, I am also a brother to each one of them and they know if they ever need anything I will always be here as a teammate and a friend,” Bogarin said. “The best advice I have given a teammate is that having a girlfriend will only make your soccer level go down.”


Marojevic adds that Bogarin is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.


“He is a truly leader on the field  with his positive attitude and positive approach to other players,” Marojevic said. “He made everyone of them a better player by his presence on the field.”


Bogarin is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.


“What I have learned from Novi about being a better player is to release the ball and play simple (laughs). He is honestly a great human being and a person to look up to. So him being him just as a person to look up to makes me a better person,” Bogarin said. “The best advice coach Novi has given me is to pass the ball. It honestly made me a better player.”


Marojevic is an advocate of Bogarin’s capabilities.

“He can take a game to the next level when the team needs him the most. He makes so many big plays for us,” Marojevic said. “We wouldn’t have the success we’ve had without his contributions.”


In addition to making clutch plays, Bogarin also has a high level of soccer IQ as well.


Bogarin has excellent awareness that puts him in position to thrive.


“He is a very intelligent player who makes great decisions in the most crucial situations,” Marojevic said. “So that means he has a fantastic game IQ.”


Bogarin is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.


“He was born with great work ethic. He brings 100 percent effort to every practice or game,” Marojevic said. “He isn’t the type of player that you need to push him to work hard. He will do it on his own because he really love the game and he enjoys competing.”


Marojevic explains why he compares Bogarin to these players.


“He is definitely a D-1 college player with all his soccer abilities,” Marojevic said. “I compare his style of play to players like Modric, Iniesta and Kross. He is similar to them for a player at his age.”


Bogarin greatly admires this standout.


“At my position my favorite player ever is Zidane,” Bogarin said. “He was just straight magic. I never try to imitate his game because we all have different style of game but he was honestly the best center mid to ever live, in my eyes.”


Bogarin is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.


“My goal on the field is to just keep being a better player than I was yesterday,” Bogarin said. “Off the field my goal is to be a example and someone that kids like me who are first generation college prospects to look up to.”


Bogarin lists math as his favorite subject in school.


“I just find it easy and I love it,” Bogarin said.


Bogarin is keeping his options open for college.


“I am only a junior but I have many interest/offers and I will hopefully be signing by the end of this junior year,” Bogarin said. “I am going to give myself a couple more months to visit colleges and see which one is my best fit academically and sport wise.”


Marojevic outlines the areas of improvement that will take Bogarin to the next level.


“He needs to work on his defensive game getting better,” Marojevic said. “I am confident he will improve because he wants to be great.”


Marojevic believes the sky is the limit as long as Bogarin continues to stay hungry.  


“He has potential to play the game on high level. The reason why is because I know what he is capable of doing on the field,” Marojevic said. “He has all the abilities: speed, strength, technique, vision, size and understanding of the game.”



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