Today, we’re continuing our new series titled ‘Once A Rover’, in which we detail the career of those players to have played for Rovers’ youth teams, but never got the chance to represent the first team in a senior league fixture.
Last time out, we covered the career of English midfielder Rostyn Griffiths, who has played in countries such as Australia and Uzbekistan, and you can check out using the link at the end of this article.
Today’s instalment focuses on the career of Swedish winger Filip Pivkovski, who began his career with his hometown club Malmö.
After two years in the Swedish side’s academy, Pivkovski came to England at the age of 15 in 2009 to link up with Rovers’ academy.
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He spent three years with Rovers, featuring for the U18s and also representing Sweden’s U16, U17 and U18 sides whilst at the club. Unfortunately, Pivkovski failed to make the step up, and in 2012, he was loaned out to Danish side FC Nordsjælland.
The Swedish forward left the club in the summer of 2012, and headed out on loan to BK Hacken in his home country.
After spending a year with ‘The Wasps’, Pivkovski made the move to Italian side Novara Calcio – where he elected to play for Macedonia U21s – having a loan spell at lower league side Martina Franca towards the end of his time in Italy.
He failed to become a regular with Novara, and after spending a year without a club, he returned to his home country with Landskrona BolS in 2016 – where he made 61 league appearances over two years.
Once again, following his released from Landskrona, Pivkovski spent time out the game until 2019, signing for his current side Ängelholms Fotbollförening, who play in the fourth tier of Swedish football.
Pivkovski’s career is one that we will see often across this series, coming from a European country into the academy before having a varied career around the world.
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