*UPDATE – Check out Christians recent experience at the 2016 Alkass International Cup (bottom of the page0, including a video of his cracking goal!
A local lad and product of the AFC youth system, Christian has been snapped up by Celtic and is now making an impact on the youth international scene. Moved from Aberdeen to Glasgow at a young age to help further his career. Christian would be a great person to ask advice on what its like to make big steps in life to help you achieve your positive destination.
Name: Christian Antoniazzi
Sport/club: Celtic FC / Scotland National Team
What’s your sporting story? It all started when I was 8, I joined the Broomhill school football team. Not that long after I signed for Albion boys club, during my time at Albion I trained at Aberdeen’s Advanced Centre. After a year at Albion I signed with the 1st Aberdeen team of my age. In my 2nd year at Aberdeen I got pushed up to the older age team (u12’s) and played with them for 2 years. As I went up to secondary school instead of going to the school I was in the catchment area for, I moved to the Hazlehead Performance School. When I came back down to my own age group the Scotland trials started, a few months later I was picked. My debut for my country was against Holland in Holland where we drew 1-1. A couple of months later I was pushed up to the older age Scotland team where I came on as a sub against Poland in a 2-1 victory. Shortly after that game I heard that there was interest from a few clubs, it was a tough choice to leave Aberdeen but I chose Celtic as my next move. Since I have signed for Celtic I have moved away from home to continue my education and football development in Glasgow. I live with a family and 3 other Celtic boys, I train 9 times a week- before and after school. With Scotland since I have signed for Celtic I have played against Switzerland at home, Republic of Ireland away and Qatar and Chile in Doha, Qatar.
What was the biggest challenge in your sporting career so far and how did you overcome it? The biggest challenge in my sporting career so far is moving away from home and only seeing my family 1 day a week.
What attracted you to becoming a Goal Model? The thing that attracted me to becoming a Goal Model was I was aware of the Streetsport program and Denis Law is an inspiration to me. Also it is great for young kids to have fun sessions near to where they live.
How important to you is it to get young people into sport and leadership? It is very important to me to get young people into sport and leadership because you can earn valuable lessons in sport that you can’t learn anywhere else. Also you get to meet lifelong friends.
What would you recommend to young people in Aberdeen who want to become more involved with sport? I would recommend to find something they enjoy and to have a go, see where it takes you!
Who inspired you when you were younger and why? When I was younger I was inspired by David Beckham because not only was he great on the pitch, but he was and sill is a great man off the field.
If you had the same opportunity in sport again, what would you do differently? If I had the same opportunity I would relax more. Even now I struggle to relax.
Why should young people in Aberdeen get involved with the Denis Law Streetsport programme? Young people in Aberdeen should get involved with the Denis Law Streetsport programme as it is a great way to have fun and meet new people.
Christian Antoniazzi in action against Chile in 2015
In Feb 2016 Christian travelled with Celtics Under 17 squad to compete in the AL Kass tournament in Doha, Qatar. This tournament featured top youth teams from all over the world including Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Benfica and Estudiamtes and was a fantastic stage to be tested on. Christain was keen to share his experience with the Streetsport participants and below you will find a brief story on his time over in Qatar.
Q1 How are the facilities? – Facilities are great, pitches all watered and cut before every game or training session!, Hotel is nice but our room is a little too high up for me!
Q2 How are you and your team mates settling in? – Were settling in pretty well, been quite relaxed so far but once the games start that will change.
Q3 Who are you up against and who do you think will provide the biggest challenge? – We have been drawn in the same group as Red Bull Salzburg and Estudiantes. The top two teams go through and will play either Real Madrid, PSG or Al Ahli. I’m expecting all these games to be tough but I’m keen for the challenge.
Christian featured heavily for Celtic in both of the group games, the first match ended with Red Bull prevailing (watch the highlights below) but Celtic came back in their second game with an important win against Estudiantes (Highlights also below).
Highlights Vs Red Bull Salzburg – HERE
Highlights vs Estudiantes – HERE
Q4 Hows the team feeling after the Estudiantes match? – We are feeling great! We have our confidence back and are ready for the next game.
Q5 How does the standard compare to matches back home? – Standard is a lot higher than Scotland. Everyone is Faster, tactically better and stronger than back home.
Q6 What have you taken from the tournament so far that you will use back home? – I have taken a lot already, just fragments from players in the other teams that I can hopefully implant into my game.
With all teams in the group finishing on the same points and Inter Milan waiting in the next round it came down to goal difference which unfortunately meant Celtic missed out on progressing by 1 Goal!
This left Celtic as one of the best two teams not to qualify for the quarter finals and put them in a play off place against Benfica in their next game.
Highlights Vs Benfica – HERE
Q7 As the tournament progressed how did you feel Celtic adapted to both the climate and the teams they faced? – We adapted well, the heat is no longer a problem (24 degrees) and we feel we can cause problems for any team that we face.
Q8 What was your biggest challenge? – The biggest challenge was probably trying to get the teams heads up again after finding out we had been knocked out of the tournament on goal difference.
Q9 How has it been being away from home for so long and sharing a room? – Being away was no problem, I’m based in Glasgow but my home is Aberdeen so travelling away to Qatar was ok. Some of the guys who live in Glasgow found it really hard to start with.
Q10 You scored a brilliant goal against Benfica, talk us thru it! – The ball was bouncing in the box and I saw the centre back onto his heels so I flicked it over his standing leg and then just swung my weak foot at it and hoped for the best! It fired into the bottom corner of the net and secured the win for Celtic. Delighted!
Check out Christians goal HERE
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