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Dragan STOJKOVIĆ "Piksi" | 1985-1990

Postby coolactive » 2009 Jan 24, 23:02

Name: Dragan Stojković

Nickname: "Piksi" ("Pixie")

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Club: Red Star Belgrade



Growth type: Early/Lasting


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Dragan Stojković (born March 3, 1965 in Niš, my hometown), is a former Serbian star footballer and former president of Red Star Belgrade Football Club. He is also well known by his nickname Piksi or Pixy.

Career

Radnički Niš
A 175cm, 73kg midfielder and occasional forward, Stojković began his professional playing career with Yugoslav First League and hometown side Radnički Niš in 1981-82 when he made one first-team appearance. The next four seasons, Stojković appeared in 69 matches for Radnički and scored eight goals.

Red Star Belgrade
Stojković was then signed by Red Star Belgrade, where he would spend the next five seasons, scoring 48 times in 120 appearances. He was the Yugoslav League MVP in 1988 and '89 season and his stellar performances with Red Star gave him the title of Zvezdina Zvezda only given out to the very best players in the club's illustrious history.

Olympique de Marseille
In the summer of 1990 he made a much publicized move to Olympique de Marseille, joing the star-ladden squad featuring the likes of Jean-Pierre Papin, Abedi Pele, and Chris Waddle. He would remain their player for the next four seasons with a half-season loan move to Hellas Verona sandwiched in-between his stints in Marseille. The losers to Red Star in 1991, Olympique with Stojković in the squad won the European Cup in 1993.

Unfortunatelly, his time in Marseille was marred with multiple career-threatening injuries, meaning he never got to display his wide array of skills on the biggest European stage.

Nagoya Grampus Eight
In the spring of 1994 Stojković signed with Japanese J-League team Nagoya Grampus Eight, then managed by Arsene Wenger and featuring Gary Lineker. He spent seven seasons with the Grampus Eight, retiring as a player in 2001. Stojković played 183 matches for the club, scoring 57 times. He was named J-League MVP for the 1995 season. In Japan there are some monuments in his honour.

National team

Olympic medal record
Competitor for Yugoslavia
Men's Football
Bronze 1984 Los Angeles Team Competition

Stojković made 84 career international appearances, scoring 15 times, those split between the SFR Yugoslavia national team and the FR Yugoslavia national team. He played for the former in Euro 84 and the 1990 FIFA World Cup and for the latter in the 1998 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2000. He made his international debut on November 12, 1983 in a scoreless draw against France. His final international match was against the country he spent much of his playing career in, Japan, on July 4, 2001.

Post-football

FA President

Upon retiring in 2001, 36-year-old Stojković immediately became the Yugoslav Football Association president, succeeding Miljan Miljanić. Though Stojković's appointment initially received wide public approval, his 4-year tenure will be remembered for some of the worst results in the national team's history, culminating in a humiliating June 2003 qualifier loss to minnows Azerbaijan.

Hiring freshly retired former teammate and good personal friend Dejan Savićević to the position of national team coach despite not having any coaching experience was amongst Stojković's first orders of business in 2001. Initially considered bold and daring, the move quickly turned sour as the squad began faltering in Euro 2004 qualifying while Savićević feuded with many of the players.

Throughout the summer of 2003, in the wake of the Azerbaijan fiasco that prompted Savićević's resignation, Stojković unsuccessfully courted Bora Milutinović for the national team head coaching role, only to eventually hire Ilija Petković.

Red Star Belgrade President

In July 2005, Stojković became the president of Red Star Belgrade. Similar to his FA appointment 4 years earlier, Stojković again became a successor to another long term, larger than life figure, Dragan Džajić who occupied various leading positions within the club's administration during previous 26 years. This transfer of power was full of controversy with plenty of lobbying behind the scenes and at times open feuding in the press.

The 2005-06 season

One of Stojković's first orders of business ahead of the 2005-06 season was firing the head coach he inherited, Ratko Dostanić, and bringing Walter Zenga who thus became the first foreigner ever to coach Red Star. Calling on his Japan connections, Stojković also got Toyota Motor Corporation to invest in the club through a shirt sponsorship deal. Additionally, he also opened the club's doors to various prominent Serbian companies like Delta Holding and Telekom Srbija thus creating a pool of sponsors.

On the player personnel front, Stojković initially more-or-less continued the existing "buy low sell high" policy that meant players were mostly recruited from Red Star's own youth system or smaller clubs throughout Serbia and Montenegro, and then sold abroad as soon as they gained some exposure on the European scene. Stojković's most prominent initial move was loaning out striker Marko Pantelić to Hertha Berlin for €250,000 on the last day of the summer 2005 transfer window (Pantelić was eventually sold to Hertha for additional €1.5 million in April 2006). On the other hand, 20-year-old striker Milan Purović and 22-year-old keeper Vladimir Stojković were brought to the club from Budućnost Podgorica and FK Zemun, respectively. Additionally, by bringing in Ghanaian midfielder Haminu Dramani, president Stojković indicated he was also interested in affordable foreign imports, which would soon become a staple of his transfer policy. All three new arrivals gelled well with the existing squad (featuring the likes of Nikola Žigić, Boško Janković, Milan Biševac, Dušan Basta, Nenad Kovačević, Aleksandar Luković, and Milan Dudić), as Red Star won the domestic double in impressive fashion. The club also played some impressive football in UEFA Cup where on last group matchday only a late goal by RC Strasbourg's Kevin Gameiro prevented them from progressing to the eight-finals.

The 2006-07 season

Winning the double combined with some fine European outings during previous season raised the fans' expectations considerably as they now wanted the existing Red Star squad to be kept intact (especially Nikola Žigić who reportedly at the time became a target of some high profile English Premiership clubs) in order to make a serious run at qualifying for the UEFA Champions League. However, the first move came as a complete shock - president Stojković sold goalkeeper Vladimir Stojković to FC Nantes, reportedly for €3 million. Trying to deal with the angry fan reaction, he attempted to explain that the move had been necessary to cover the club debt that grew to alarming levels following years of mismanagement and unpaid commitments of some key sponsor pool members. The wholesale continued with Nenad Kovačević, Milan Dudić, Haminu Dramani, Aleksandar Luković, and Boško Janković also leaving, but their departures caused comparatively less angry fan reaction. However most were still disappointed to see the winning team disassembled and sold-off so quickly.

On October 12, 2007 Stojković announced that he was stepping down as the president of Red Star Belgrade.

Coaching career

Stojković returned to Japan to take over as manager of his former club, Nagoya Grampus on 22 January 2008. On 15 March 2008 the former J.League MVP won his first game as manager as Nagoya Grampus stunned AFC Champions League 2007 Champions Urawa Reds 2-0 at Saitama Stadium. Despite his glorious playing career at Nagoya, many Nagoya fans worried about his lack of experience as a coach, however his team finished in 3rd place and he led the club to AFC Champions League for the first time.


Individual Honours:

* Yugoslav League MVP: 1988, 1989
* J-League MVP: 1995
* J-League Best Eleven: 1995, 1996, 1999


VIDEOS:

Spoiler: show





ADDITIONAL LINKS:

http://www.reprezentacija.rs/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1539&Itemid=12

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragan_Stojkovic

http://www.crvenazvezdafk.com/srecan-rodjendan-piksi-1626-s2-c19-video.htm (watch excellent video on the bottom of the page)

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Re: Dragan Stojković "Piksi", 85-90

Postby Classical » 2009 Feb 01, 21:10

I love this player and it was a shame that most part of his career was spent away from our close eyes. But even so, I think this data can be somewhat overrated, specially in dribble speed ,mentality and team work (he prefered to dribble when possible...or most of the times actually)

On the other hand, he had bigger shoot power. I remember a goal against Milan when he was very young.

Keep up the good work!

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Re: Dragan Stojković "Piksi", 85-90

Postby coolactive » 2009 Feb 01, 21:27

Classical wrote:I love this player and it was a shame that most part of his career was spent away from our close eyes. But even so, I think this data can be somewhat overrated, specially in dribble speed and mentality.

On the other hand, he had bigger shoot power. I remember a goal against Milan when he was very young.

Keep up the good work!


Thanx someone recognized this guy and wrote something about him :)
I must reply. If you have/had time to watch some videos in the link I posted, you will see his enormous effort in every game - even in late 90's when he was much older. He was a leader and a brain of a team. His goal vs Spain in 1990, when he full-streched defence and Zubizaretta after recieving a high ball from Katanec, earns that value - not to mention his other moves, mostly dribbling based.
About his shot power. Imo, 83 is quite accurate cause he is well-known by his precise FK shots, not power ones. This goal vs Milan in Belgrade that ended blow bar was really one of the few, every time he tries to kick ball harder, it goes out of bounds...

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Re: Dragan Stojković "Piksi", 85-90

Postby yourigo » 2009 Feb 02, 16:27

seriously, i think this guy is overrated in some things:

too much DS, could he really run almost as fast with or without the ball? i don't think so, besides the combination of da and tec already makes him a great dribbler.

passing and tw too high, especially TW. being the heart and soul of a team doesn't mean high tw, take maradona in napoli.

ment 93 seems high enough

response 95 - this one really doesn't make sense, i mean, you've got neeskens at 90, scholes at 90, and you seriously think this guy deserves 95? 90 is already too much, i say 88 at most.

so, my suggestions:
DS - 86
SPS - 84
TW - 87
RES - 88

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Re: Dragan Stojković "Piksi", 85-90

Postby coolactive » 2009 Feb 02, 16:55

seriously, i think this guy is overrated in some things:

too much DS, could he really run almost as fast with or without the ball? i don't think so, besides the combination of da and tec already makes him a great dribbler.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmvuE8o-79g 8-)

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Re: Dragan Stojković "Piksi", 85-90

Postby PMC » 2009 Feb 02, 17:08

some of this seems a bid overrated...

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Re: Dragan Stojković "Piksi", 85-90

Postby coolactive » 2009 Feb 02, 17:58

PMC wrote:some of this seems a bid overrated...


Dragan Stojkovic Side Attack (Turn , 1 on 1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myezyAzJOtw

Dragan Stojkovic (Turn , Keep , Dribble)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RnuozjALKc

vs Argentina in 1990 - he is not quilty for all those misses :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tEvMa0VND8

Long passing...mid 80s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBBD7OFcXL4

Goals collection 4 ex Yugoslavia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLBKt3bF4xs

etc.

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Re: Dragan Stojković "Piksi", 85-90

Postby Alcohomicide » 2009 Feb 02, 18:11

One of my all-time favourite number 10's. I know he had a great mentality, but 95? That's 3-4 yellows above 94. You've seen more of him than me, is he deserving of it??

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Re: Dragan Stojković "Piksi", 85-90

Postby coolactive » 2009 Feb 02, 18:18

He was a soul & heart of Red Star in that period and also in a NT. If you look at the rules and stats of other players it is too much but ...
Ok, I see there is too many of you think I overrated him so why dont we give it a vote. Please, agree on changes and I will be happy to make'em. Memory remains the same ;)

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Re: Dragan Stojković "Piksi", 85-90

Postby yourigo » 2009 Feb 02, 18:28

great attitude dude

as i've said before:
DS - 86
Res - 88
TW - 87
SPS - 84

and i still think it's too much

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Re: Dragan Stojković "Piksi", 85-90

Postby Alcohomicide » 2009 Feb 02, 18:44

You see, I know he was a hard worker, when I watched him I was blown away, he ran and ran. But you're right in that compared with other players it might be a bit too much.

"When we were winning leagues and European Cups at Real I always said Makelele was our most important player. There is no way myself Figo or Raúl would have been able to do what we did without Claude and the same goes for Liverpool and Gerrard."
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Re: Dragan Stojković "Piksi", 85-90

Postby Classical » 2009 Feb 02, 18:44

I liked the video agains rijkaard and milan, never saw it. From my understanding, I believe yourigo's suggestions (even if he thinks they are still over what they should) are good enough.

And based on that video, why not give him a slightly boost on balance and accelaration.

He may be overrated in some areas, but at the same time I believe he can be sharpened in other areas.

like this:

accelaration: 84
top speed: 80
balance: 79
dribble speed: 87
dribble acc: 95
mentality: 87 (please see the ladders on this one and compare with the likes of Nedved and Fritz Walter, both hardworking creative mids)

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Re: Dragan Stojković "Piksi", 85-90

Postby coolactive » 2009 Feb 02, 19:35

I see...
Nice thinking, I like it. Continue please, there is now another approach, similar but different in many ways ;)
Considering former Yugoslavia, Stojkovic was most creative on the field. Respect to all other players - Prosinecki, Boban etc. but he was above in that creative field

Vs Milan, dribble&finish at the begining of the video :o
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Re: Dragan Stojković "Piksi", 85-90

Postby PMC » 2009 Feb 03, 01:19

I will peep the videos and give you some ideas... was he really that prolific as scorer to be rated as highly as Mutu nowadays?

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Re: Dragan Stojković "Piksi", 85-90

Postby Alcohomicide » 2009 Feb 03, 01:39

PMC wrote:I will peep the videos and give you some ideas... was he really that prolific as scorer to be rated as highly as Mutu nowadays?


I don't know his exact goal figures, but from the matches I've seen he was deadly when given the chance. Not a player I would want to let have the ball anywhere near or inside the box.

EDIT - 1986-1990 116 apps 54 goals

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Re: Dragan STOJKOVIĆ | 1985-90

Postby Brezza » 2009 Oct 21, 15:22

He's still got it :lol:



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Re: Dragan STOJKOVIĆ "Piksi "| 1985-90

Postby HFClub » 2009 Oct 21, 16:21

:lol:

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Re: Dragan STOJKOVIĆ "Piksi "| 1985-1990

Postby Classical » 2009 Oct 21, 19:59

eh eh always the same

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Re: Dragan STOJKOVIĆ "Piksi "| 1985-1990

Postby coolactive » 2009 Oct 21, 20:46

This is the original, 03-04-1988, 82th derby Red Star-Partizan. Piksi scores from half of the field - sadly, goal was neglected because of offside (???) :shock:


8-) 8-) 8-)

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Re: Dragan STOJKOVIĆ "Piksi "| 1985-1990

Postby Helios » 2009 Oct 23, 15:25



Better replay. Sick goal for sure. :D

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