Photographer: Pete Norton

Personal Details

AFC Wimbledon
Full Name:
Nikola Tzanev
New Zealander
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Brentford FC
2015 (on loan)
Lewes FC
AFC Wimbledon
2019 (on loan)
Potters Bar Town FC
2019-2020 (on loan)
Sutton United FC


Hello Nik, Introduce yourself…

My name is Nikola Tzanev and I currently playing for AFC Wimbledon.

You moved from your native New Zealand to England in 2006. What was the reason you moved to England?

I moved from NZ because of my dad’s work.

How did you get into the youth of Crystal Palace FC ? And who helped you the most?

I was playing for Hampton and Richmond Sunday league team when they approached me and invited me for a trial.

By Brentford FC you was loaned out to Lewes FC. How did you experience these period?

It was a very good loan spell where I learnt a lot. Being that young and playing men’s football is the best thing for young GKs to be doing. Great experience and was very good for my development.

A few years ago, in the 2014-2015 season you received the Player of the Year award. Were you surprised by that award?

I was a little bit surprised because there were some other very good players in that team. But was honoured to receive it.

After your time by Brentford FC, you moved to AFC Wimbledon. Did you noticed a lot of difference between these clubs?

Brentford having a much bigger budget could afford more facilities. There was a very big difference in the styles of play as well.

What can you remember about your first team debut with AFC Wimbledon ?

It was the first game of the season against Rotherham FC. It was an amazing experience I will never forget. I also had a really solid game which added to the experience.

By AFC Wimbledon, you was loaned out to Potters Bar Town FC and Sutton United FC. At which club did you learned the most?

At both clubs I learnt a lot. At would say at Sutton I learnt the most because of the amount of games I played week in week out. It is a very competitive league with some really good players in. So I had to be mentally and physically prepared for every game.

In 2018 you’ve been involved with the national team of New Zealand, what are your ambitions at international level?

It would be to received many more call ups in the future and secure a starting position on a regular basis when going away with the national team. To also qualify and play in a World Cup.

Nik, what are your personal goals for the rest of this season?

To continue to train hard and take games as they come.