We decided to “grill” Jesper with couple of tough questions just before the start of the season. To make him even better prepared for the pressure he is going to get from the various opponents on the field. Here is what he says about Alta, football, the coming season, his own future and about the ladies in Norway.
1. Hello Jesper! Whats up? How is the weather up there?
Hello! I am good thank you, training and waiting for the league to start on Monday (9.4). Exited about that! The winter is still on here but its a nice spring/winter weather, sunny and around 0-degrees.
2. How an earth did you end up in Alta IF? And how do you like the club and the city itself so far?
Oh, thats agood question, honestly I dont really even know myself. I like as a footballer and person to have new challenges all the time and I got this apportunity through Topspot to come up here and play in a pretty good league. It sounded intresting and now im here.
3. People in Finland might think that Norwegian 2nd league is like our Ykkönen here. What are your thoughts about that?
As always its hard to compere leagues with eachother but I would say that the standard in Adeccoligan is not far from Veikkausliiga. It a bit different football that they play here in Norway though, so its hard to compere.
4. Back to the important stuff; What about the girls up there? Any good?
Haha, I think every well educated man knows that Norwegian girls are beautiful so I leave it with that
5. What are your expectations regarding the upcoming season? Are you challenging TIL for the title of the northernmost top league club in the world?
TIL might still have that title after this season but we definitely want to be a team on the upper part of the table. Its a tight league what I heard and we will surely not have any easy games. But we have a good team and I believe in our chances, even if I dont know that much about the league.
6. You were chosen as one of the captains of the team. That is pretty good for a foreigner who has not played a single official match with the team yet. How did you do that?
Yeah I got the honour to be one of the captains in the team and I am happy about that. I am on the pitch a pretty loud player that always on games and trainings tries to do the best for the team by fighting until the end.
7. The rumors tell that some exotic and far-away leagues are interested in your services at some point of your career. Any truth in those?
I hope those rumours are true because like I said earlier I like new challenges and seeing and learning new things and places. But for now Im happy with my situation and role here in Alta and my goal is to keep that position and help the team to their best season.
8. Where do you think your football career will take you in the coming years?
As every footballer I want to play on the highest level possible and learn as much as possible. Both as a footballer and as a person. So we will see what happens. Tippeligan with Alta would not be a bad idea.
9. And what do you expect to gain from it, apart from a big pile of money? (of which 65% belongs to your agency. Read the small print)
Haha, yeah thats true. Experiences are the best thing you get from football, I think. Winning a tight game with a bunch of great lads is an amazing feeling that is hard to describe.
10. Everybody knows you are a superb central defender, but you are a masseuse too! I heard Alta IF’s ladies team is very fond of you and your services. Any comments on that?
No comments. There is a thing called “PROFESSIONAL CONFIDENTIALITY”, you know
11. Norway is a beautiful country and your roommate Mate Dujilo likes to stay indoors most of his time playing on his computer! Since you have a car and surely some days off during the season, where will you take him?
Its still a bit cold outside for a Croatian guy so when the snow melts we will go for some hiking up in the mountains. The nature up here is preatty amazing to be honest.
12. And last question; If you were a well-behaving player who is very happy about his agents’ services, what nice souvenirs would you bring them from Norway?
If I would be that person I would probably bring them some good Norwegian fish from up here and then maybe the famous norwegian brown cheese.
Happy Eastern to everyone! Cheers!