Charleroi's Žan Rogelj: His gratitude to Zlatko Dedić and hopes for the Slovenian national team

Žan Rogelj, after three seasons in Austria, is now with Belgian top-tier side Charleroi. He presents another option for Slovenia's coach on the right flank. T

15. September 2023

Žan Rogelj (Foto: uradna spletna stran kluba)

This Saturday in the Belgian league, Rogelj is set to play against one of Belgium's biggest clubs, Club Brugge. The former player of Triglav Kranj recently began his debut season in the Belgian league, having transferred from Austria's Tirol, playing every match since.

"Transitioning from the Austrian to the Belgian league wasn't a challenge. It's faster and more dynamic here, but I believe I'm keeping up. I'm happy and satisfied to play in one of Europe's strongest leagues," said the 23-year-old. Rogelj was acquired by Charleroi without a transfer fee, but there was significant interest from clubs in the German second division, Cyprus, and other countries.

In Austria, he spent three seasons. He remains thankful to former teammate Zlatko Dedić, who paved the way for several Slovenian players in Tirol. "Jumping from Slovenia to Austria was perhaps more demanding than the current transition. We were relegated to the second division with Triglav. But in Austria, having Zlatko Dedić was a blessing; he helped me a lot, and I'm grateful," Rogelj remarked.

Rogelj got his break in Triglav as a young player. He almost saw his early career derailed but was driven by the ambition of building a professional football career. "During my youth years at Triglav, I was sidelined. It was tough and uncertain, but I decided to work hard. My family and agent's support was invaluable. Such a mindset guides me even today. I believe in myself, work hard, and prioritize football," he shared.

Previously, there was speculation about Rogelj transferring within Slovenia. He was linked with moves to Maribor and Olimpija but nothing materialized, and he stayed in Kranj playing for Triglav. "There were talks after my time in Tirol, but I didn't want to return to Slovenia. Although it's nice to hear interest from such clubs. I had the chance to move to Maribor in my younger days, but my agent and I assessed that it wouldn't be wise for my development. It probably was the right decision," Rogelj reflected.

Rogelj has already made his debut for the national team and aspires to represent Slovenia in the future. "I've been following our recent matches, and I'm pleased that we are leading our group. I trust our coach, who makes excellent player selections. My main goal this season is to be consistent and give my best for Charleroi. I believe I'll play for Slovenia again soon, and that's my great ambition," he concluded.