Zoran Tosic is a midfielder for Serbia and Manchester United in the English Premier League. He can play on either wing, but is at his best on the left-hand side, where he can beat his man and get a cross in to the strikers. He made his Serbian debut when he was just 20 years old, and looks like a fantastic prospect for the future.
Zoran Tosic was born on 28th April 1987, in Zrenjanin in the former Yugoslavian republic. When Yugoslavia was broken up, this became part of Serbia. Zoran did not have a very privileged life, but concentrated on his football. He was picked as a player of some potential for the local team Proleter, and played for their youth teams.
Tosic progress to the larger club in Zrenjanin, Buducnost – making his debut in January 2006, and has seen his profile rise exponentially since. The two Zrenjanin clubs merged to form Banat in June 2006. It was his performances for Banat in the Serbian Superliga that led to his first call up to the U-21 Serbian team, whilst they also triggered interest from the bigger football clubs in the capital Belgrade.
Partizan Belgrade signed Zoran Tosic in August 2007, and he was immediately installed on the left-wing in the first-team. Thirty appearances and eight goals later, he was celebrating a memorable double with Partizan in the league and cup.
Partizan have a reputation for developing young talent, and were being closely watched by some of the bigger clubs of Europe. Whilst normally Serbian players head to the Czech or Russian leagues, Tosic headed to England.
Zoran Tosic joined Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford following a successful work-permit application, and joined the club for £6m. He was signed at the same time as fellow Serb Adam Ljajic, though Adam was to join a year later. With another Serb – Nemanja Vidic – settled at the club, Tosic found adapting to the English game easier than many had thought, and was dancing up the left flank for the first-team after just three weeks training with the likes of Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo.