Boban is also a keen tennis player. He is known to be close friends with Goran Ivanišević, with whom he plays at his private indoor clay tennis court.
Zvonimir Boban for Milannews.it
How to become an icon?
I worked a lot on myself, with great passion and commitment. My family gave me the address of the school where I was supposed to learn to play football. Young players often feel hatred and prejudice against their peers. If you want to achieve something, you must get rid of it.
I gained a lot thanks to reading and acquired knowledge. In addition to football, there are other worlds and I wanted to get to know them, especially after I finished my career. Now many players lead a virtual life and if you want to reach them, you must try to understand them.
After finishing your career, you have to leave everything behind, you need time to think about some things, you have to work properly and read a lot.
About the war (in Yugoslavia)
A lot of time has passed since the brothers' war, in which people speaking the same language participated. After 20 years, our relationships have improved, thanks also to sport. For example, we served with Savicevic in the army. We often saw people we knew well. Serbs always felt close to Croatia, and then all this happened. This is terrible, but we must go further and create an even stronger, brotherly bond.
About the derby:
At the beginning of the season we were counting on more points, but we can be satisfied with our current achievements. We are only at the beginning of the road. There are still many challenges ahead of us. Even Inter can play even better with time. At the moment Inter is more privileged than us, even if this type of meeting is always open and the chances are 50/50. We have to deal with the emotions that derby provide us. Even I paid my price during derby duels. Derby is more than other matches.
Will any new players play in derby?
The team's coach is Giampaolo. You have to ask him yourself.
About new players:
It takes some time for new players to understand each other better with the team. Sometimes it happens that after two training sessions you feel that you are in better contact with some players.
About racist attacks:
Racist humming at players? We heard them clearly.
It was absurd mercato. We had contact with thousands of agents who wanted to explain their vision of football. You can really get lost during this time.
Among the thousand things, I realized that despite his young age, Donnarumma is a person who has so much passion and love for Milan. It deserves great recognition.
When I first came to Milan, I had a hard nut to crack. Despite this, I almost immediately accepted the work culture, respect for the team and values that I got to know partly at Dinamo, but it was a completely different level. I immediately loved Milan. I easily got used to my values. In Milan, I learned everything: from tactics to respect.I have to thank Costacurta, Maldini, Donadoni and Baresi for being honored to play with them. I hope to find at least one player in Milan who will be close to the level of great predecessors.
Pretty sure it's his calculation.
Boban (killed on impact)
Maldini (killed on impact)
Gazidis (seriously wounded)
I don't think you can damage the rep of Gaz and Elliott. Gaz came as persona non grata from arsenal and Elliott are not in the PR/optics business.
Gazidis was met with skepticism, but not anger. Besides, he was seen as just some background character who deals with the financial aspects. To fans this was Maldini's and Boban's Milan.
PR/optics business? The possible consequences would be bad for any kind of business.
You don't want the consumers/fans to turn against you, boycott you, threaten you, stage protests and make your working environment unbearable. The last thing they need is more hurdles in this uphill battle.