Θεωρείται ένας από τους καλύτερους παίχτες του Παναθηναϊκού. Έχει δώσει λύσεις σε σημαντικά παιχνίδια κόντρα σε δυνατούς αντιπάλους. Μαζί με τους Σίντεφελντ και Πέτριτς απαρτίζουν τους τρεις Κροάτες που έχει εντάξει η Ελληνική ομάδα στο δυναμικό της και αποτελούν τον βασικό κορμό της. Ο λόγος για τον Ντάνιελ Πράνιτς . Έναν παίχτη με μεγάλη εμπειρία αφού έχει παίξει σε μεγάλες ομάδες της Ευρώπης, πριν έρθει στην Ελλάδα. Ο Ντάνιελ μας παραχώρησε συνέντευξη –για την οποία και τον ευχαριστούμε πολύ-όπου μας μιλάει για τα παιδικά του χρόνια και την ομάδα που έκανε τα πρώτα ποδοσφαιρικά όνειρα, τις προηγούμενες ομάδες του και τα συναισθήματα που αποκόμισε στην Γερμάνια και την Μπάγερν, την οικογένεια του που είναι η πηγή δύναμης και αγάπης του και φυσικά τον Παναθηναϊκό. Τόσο για τον κ. Αναστασίου όσο και για το Ελληνικό πρωτάθλημα.
Danijel welcome to Galaxynews.
Where did you grow up and how was your early life?
I was born in Croatia, but grown up in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I’ve been living there until the war started. Life was good, but when the war started, it was everything but easy.
How old were you, when you first started playing football?
I’ve been playing football ever since I can remember. My first club was Željezničar from Doboj, when I was 5 years old.
When did you become a pro?
At the age of 18, I made my professional debut for NK Osijek in the First Croatian League.
How did you feel?
Frankly, I didn’t feel some pressure. My first professional season was great, I played really good. My first match was just the same like every other game. I just wanted to play good and start the way to my professional success. I had a difficult childhood and I I gave all I could to succeed in football.
Can you describe us your experience in Bayern team and Bundesliga?
It can’t be described in words. You have to live and feel it to understand what is Bayern, to understand the dimension and importance of that club. It was my dream come true. When I signed a contract with Bayern, I knew I succeeded and made something in my football career.
What about your experience in the national team of Croatia?
For Croatian national team I have always had some special feelings. For Croatia, I’m playing with some special passion, it’s a special feeling in my heart. When I don’t play, I’m the biggest supporter! Croatian football team is a pride of every Croat. I’m honored with the chance to represent my country, it’s a rare honor and pleasure.
Do you believe that Croatia will participate in Euro 2016 finals?
I’m always positive and optimistic so I do believe we will be there. But not only to participate, we can be the winners! We have good players and good manager in Niko Kovač, he made a great team from great individuals!
What does your family mean to you?
Everything. My family is everything to me. If I didn’t have my family close to my, I wouldn’t be here where I am now.
Does your family come with you to your different football destinations?
Yes, of course they are following me. Sometimes, when they are not close to me, they are always in my heart. They are my power.
How does playing for Panathinaikos feel like?
I am very emotional and I’m trying to focus my emotions on the football field. I’ve been playing with big passion for every club, and it’s the same with Panathinaikos. It’s great to see the passion and emotions of our fans, they are really big force of the club!
What is your opinion about greek football?
Not the best. Since I joined Panathinaikos, we won only Greek Cup. Everything else was not that good. I am a winner and I want to win in every game, in every competition. When you are the second, it just means you are the best between the losers, nothing more.
Did you find it hard to adjust to Panathinaikos?
No, I didn’t have any problem here. I’m enjoying the life in Athens, enjoying the people and enjoying the club I’m playing for.
What about the spirit in the team about the play-offs?
Everything is great! We want to win the playoff and we’ll make it!!!
What do you think about Mr Anastasiou as a coach?
I don’t like to talk about my coaches. I’m a professional player who has to follow ideas from the coach. Every coach, just like every player, has his strengths and weaknesses.
Were your comments about Tudor misinterpreted by the journalists?
It’s his decision and I don’t like to comment personal choices from my teammates and friends. He knows what the best is for him and I fully support his decision.
What are your hobbies?
Have you got any plans for the future, after you stop playing football?
Not yet. I have some more football to play! J
Thank you very much for this interview and we wish you all the best!