MILAN MAČVAN'S CAREER.

GROWING UP WITH FAMILY IN FMP ZELEZNIK

Milan Mačvan was born on November 16th, 1989 in Vukovar, but when the war broke out in the former Yugoslavia in 1992, his family was forced to move from that place, located in Croatia, to Novi Sad, Serbia. They returned for a brief period to Vukovar, where it happened two very important "events" for Milan's life... Elena, his younger sister, was born there in 1994, and that same year Milan made his first step on a basketball "court", learning the basis of the game in the yard coached by his father, who had been a basketball player, then attending KK Vukovar.

When the Mačvan family moved back to Serbia, firstly in the Northern to Backa Palanka, then to Belgrade, Milan continued to play basketball and finally he joined KK FMP Zeleznik, that was like a family to him and where he grew up together with friends, who will always keep a special place in his heart. As well as his first "idol" to imitate on basketball court, Zoran Savic...

After gaining experience with Cadet and Junior teams, he reached the starting five of FMP-2 in B League in the 2006/2007 season. Most of all, the club was invited to play the Nike International Junior Tournament organized annually for the Euroleague Final Four, that year held in Athens, Greece, where they went as outsiders but reached the Final. A kind of dream...

On May 6th, 2007, at the impressive main court of OAKA, the Athens Olympic Indoor Hall and just before the Euroleague Final won by Panathinaikos Athens over CSKA Moscow for 93-91, FMP Zeleznik lost to Zalgiris Kaunas for 74-78, forcing the Lithuanians to spend a lot of energy to stop Milan Mačvan, the Serbian rising star who was the tournament top scorer with 82 points in four games, for the excellent average of 20.5 points per game...

In that Final, the cunning Serbian center performed a sensational "double-double" with 28 points and 15 rebounds! He lead FMP to recover from the -19 of 41-60 at the end of the third quarter to the -2 of 74-76 with 1'10" to go... FMP didn't get the trophy but deserved honors from the whole crowd, including insiders and international scouts focusing on Milan Mačvan, aged 17, wearing the jersey number 15 and destined to become an international star.

At the beginning of the following season 2007/2008, Milan Mačvan’s name was in the roster of the first team of KK FMP Zeleznik, called by the head coach Vlada Vukoicic as underage. He appeared in five games of the Adriatic League and made his debut in a game of the EuroCup, performing 4 points and 1 rebound. As soon as he turned 18 in November, he finally signed his first contract as professional basketball player.

And he surprisingly moved to KK Hemofarm Vrsac, that had more ambitions and negotiated a buyout of € 150,000 with KK FMP Zeleznik to give the orange jersey number 13 to Milan, who joined back the head coach Miroslav Nikolic, who coached him in the Under 19 Serbian National Team that had won the Gold Medal at the Under 19 World Championship 2007 that summer. Few months later, the “connection” with FMP restared, with the head coach Vlada Vukoicic who replaced Miroslav Nikolic, in a sliding door process where Milan stood as the pivotal player.

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