Michael Morgansson has become a sensation after winning the price as the best youth player at the prestigious HTUM Awards ceremony. It was a worthy victory but at the same time it is unbelievable in its own way. We couldn’t imagine that such a huge talent would come into our team when there are thousands of other clubs that are able to scout talented players before us. It’s also many things for the star himself to take in. Michael Morgansson went from living a regular life in Visby as a boy who loves soccer more than anything to getting transferred to a youth academy of a professional (or at least semi-professional) football team in a completely new town miles from home. We had the pleasure to meet Michael and ask him some questions about his adventure that has just begun and where he thinks he will be heading in a couple of years.
Michael Morgansson in his hometown Visby
Interviewer: Hello Michael! It’s a pleasure to meet you hear in Visby! How’re you doing?
Michael: I’m fine, it still feels quite strange to be in the center of attention but I think I will be able to adapt to my new role fairly quick.
Interviewer: I bet it must feel strange to all of a sudden be a celebrity when you could walk the streets just like everyone else a month ago. Has it affected your life in a negative way or do you feel pleased with how things have become?
Michael: I’m pleased that people recognize me for my football skills since that’s what I like to do the most but I’ve never been a showoff so it feels like fame kind of grabbed me rather than the other way around. Before I became famous I thought about fame as something that completely reprograms your brain and makes you gready and ignorant. However I haven’t felt like this yet but I think my strong negative approach to fame holds behaviours like these away since I know what pieces of the puzzle I want to keep and which ones to throw away.
Interviewer: Seems like you hate fame pretty much in general. Doesn’t this make you miss the days you were 100 % free and could do whatever you want without anyone wanting to take a picture with you?
Michael: I would say both yes and no on that question. It’s a great feeling to be able to be on your own without having to hide but at the same time it’s a total blast meeting fans. I think that the optimal solution would be to be famous 50 % of the day and then be able to blend in with the rest.
Interviewer: Speaking about fame, can you tell me about your life before joining the Vikings’ youth academy?
Michael: Sure thing! As you already know I lived on Gotland back then. Before living in the city of Visby I was settled a couple of miles south of there which meant a 1 hour drive to get into Visby where I played football. When the coach took me aside and said that I had a great future ahead of me I listened closely to what he had to say. One of the things where that I would benefit from living closer to the training grounds so I spoke to my parents later on that day in order to get that problem out of the picture. None of them have any interest in sports so they couldn’t care less about that department. However they want to do everything to make me happy so they eventually agreed to look for a solution. I was 14 years old when we finally moved to Visby and my coach told me that he would not decline any offers from interesting clubs if we would get any. He also stated that we should start to make me ready for this possible scenario by making me more fit than ever and practicing my technique further. Back then I felt that it was a bit over the top since I was only a little boy but I’m thankful for his help now when I can see what it gave me in the long run.
Interviewer: I would guess that nobody is complaining about how hard you were training when you were 14 now that you have reached your first destination on your path to become a professional footballer, but it feels like it has to be at least a little bit controversial to train a young teenager as if he was a full-grown man. Can you tell me what the people around you were thinking about your training?
Michael: My parents were glad that I was enjoying myself but at the same time they were worried about the risk of me getting completely exhausted due to the hard work on the training pitch mixed with tons of homework. My friends were just amazed by my talent and they were unable to see that the stress might be bad for my health in the long run. Now that I’m on Senior High School people tend to see it as normal to take training seriously, probably because I have reached the age when people consider athletes to be able to judge their situation on their own.
Interviewer: Interesting. Sounds like the people around you haven’t been too concerned about getting engaged in sports at a young age, which reminds me of another thing. Have you ever felt that you would like to do something else?
Michael: Not that I can think of. The only thing I can remember was that I wanted to become a police back when I was 8 or something. However that is not exactly relevant anymore.
Interviewer: I see. Guess the choice of occupation is simple for some of us. However, I’m taking a look at my little script here and couldn’t help but notice that I have asked almost all questions now. Only two left, but these are pretty hard. Let’s get started! “If you have any thoughts about the future, could you please share them with us?”
Michael: Hm, guess I haven’t thought much about the future. I’m kind of focused on the here and now for the moment but I had to think about what will happen after the youth academy due to all the commotion about me. I’ve heard that there is a certain interest for me from several clubs. This makes me think of whether I should stay with the Vikings when I get promoted or leave for another club that may give me a better start. However it’s hard to decide since I haven’t seen any concrete offers yet and have nothing to base my opinions on. There is one thing that I can say though, and that is that I want to keep developing as much as possible and always give my best on the pitch, regardless of which team I’m representing.
Interviewer: Really good answer! Let’s move on to the last question right away, should we? “Do you have any good tips to young ambitious footballers who want to be discovered by a bigger club?”
Michael: Yes, a couple of them actually! Firstly, sit down and think for a while. Whoms wish it that you should be serious about football. Is it your dream or have someone else pushed you to think that way? When you have found the answer to that question there is a good way to back it up. If you really feel that it is your own wish, try to keep your will to train at a decent level without thinking to much of your goals. It’s important to have fun on the way to your dream. Also inform your coach that you are willing to take your football career to the next level. That way you are not alone in your struggle and the coach will be able to know how ambitious you really are. I think that these are the most basic tips. Let me know if there is something important I forgot to say.
Interviewer: That was some brilliant answers! No need to change anything at all. I’ll let you know when I have published this article so that you can read the outcome of this nice interview. Thanks for having the privilige of meeting you!
Michael: The same to you! It was a pleasure answering your questions. Hope to see you again!