After academic work in the US, Andreas Engelmark is back as development manager in the Bromma boys. And it was also in the talent factory in Bromma outside Stockholm that Engelmark was responsible for BP's 99, containing the one year younger future national teamman, Dejan Kulusevski.
- I trained him between the ages of 12 and 15. During the summer he moved to Atalanta. We still have contact and when he is home we sometimes train together, says Andreas Engelmark to SVT Sport."Glenn was probably there and affected"
Like many players before him, Kulusevski, as a young man, chose to seek happiness abroad.
- He came to me there in the summer and said he probably won't come back after the leave. I said it's early but if you want this I understand you. It's a tough choice to make. Hampus Finndell went to Groningen and Joel Asoro to Sunderland, so many in the group moved.
Engelmark says that Kulsevski could not speak the language and had it tough at first. But last year there were three matches with Atalanta.
- It's a tough road to take, but he has succeeded.
Do you know how Atalanta found him?
- Yes actually. In the spring of 2015, he was on trial in Atalanta and then our team went to a tournament where Juventus, Torino and Atalanta participated. We actually met Atalanta in a match, which we won, and Dejan was very good throughout the tournament. I think it contributed.
- After the tournament, Glenn Strömberg called me. As the last double check he asked me if Dejan "is for real". I said he is, but that can't be guaranteed. I said that Dejan will do everything he can and that he has tremendous qualities. Then a few months later he went there. Glenn was probably safe with that and had some impact, says Andreas Engelmark to SVT Sport."Think Kulusevski becomes dominant"
Engelmark believes that Dejan Kulusevski has a bright future ahead of the national team.
- I think in Dejan we are dealing with the next Swedish big star together with Alexander Isak. I believe incredibly much that he will reach the absolute highest level. Isak and Kulusevski will be dominant in a Swedish national team offensively over time. It will be fun for the Swedish audience to see him more and more now. Those who watch now will probably be very impressed, says BP's development manager to SVT Sport.
In a 4-4-2-set Sweden, where do you see him first?
- It's a little tricky. The national team has done a fantastic job, but our outsiders come pretty far down and defend, at least against good teams, and there maybe Dejan is not the best. When Sweden is more game-leading, I think Janne sees him on the right. I really understand that, but I can also see him as one of two forwards. I see ahead of him that he and Isak can play forwards together in the future, Engelmark tells SVT Sport.