Player Feature: Dragan Stojkovic

14 05 2010

Dragan Stojkovic: Undoubtedly one of the most creative players of his generation. As you can see from the above video he was sublimely gifted and no shrinking violet on the pitch either.

After many exploits for Red Star Belgrade in his native Yugoslavia, he came to global prominence at Italia ’90 alongside the likes of Savicevic, Pancev, Boksic, Jarni, Suker & Prosinecki. A move to the glorious Marseille team of the early 90s followed. He spent an injury and controversy hit few years there – memorably refusing to take a penalty in the 1991 European Cup Final shoot-out against his old team Red Star after having been brought on to take one in the 112th minute! With Chris Waddle also facing his own demons and unable to take a kick, the The Belgrade side duly won and Stojkovic was villified.

Still, Ghostgoal loves him and throughly enjoyed his International swansong at Euro 2000 where he strutted his stuff once again – finishing with 84 caps over an astonishing 18 year period.

He had moved to Japan at the tender age of 29 and has enjoyed a surprisingly long spell in the Far East, still coaching Nagoya Grampus there to this day.

And just to show he can still do it, check this out: