Schoolboy trains with Bayern`s senior squad
Antonio Trograncic has lived a schoolboy`s dream after the 15-year-old was invited to train with Bayern Munich`s senior squad by the Bavarian giants` coach Pep Guardiola.
Berlin: Antonio Trograncic has lived a schoolboy`s dream after the 15-year-old was invited to train with Bayern Munich`s senior squad by the Bavarian giants` coach Pep Guardiola.
With the bulk of his squad away on international duty, Guardiola took the unusual step of promoting Trograncic from Bayern`s Under-15 squad to train with the seniors on Friday.
The teenager ran out alongside the likes of ex-Germany captain Philipp Lahm plus Brazil defenders Rafinha and Dante in front of 200 spectators at Bayern`s training ground.
Despite being just 1.50m tall (4ft 11ins), the pint-sized midfielder held his own, going hard into a tackle on Lahm, drilling home a penalty and earning praise from Rafinha.
With Guardiola having given the rest of the squad time off until Tuesday, Friday`s session is likely to be a one-off for baby-faced Trograncic, who will not be involved in Bayern`s Bundesliga clash at Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
Trograncic, who has played four matches for Croatia`s Under-14 side, spent two years at Red Bull Salzburg before joining Bayern.
The German Football Association (DFB) has invited him to a training session with the junior squads.