Take a bow, Dragan Stojkovic

24 10 2010

If like me you grew up in the 80s, you would remember Yugoslavia as a football powerhouse.  Most kids my age supported teams like Brazil, England, Germany and Argentina. And I had to be different.  My favourite teams were the Netherlands and Yugoslavia.  I preferred technically gifted players to those the media sold as being good and they didn’t come MORE gifted than Dragan Stojkovic.  He was part of a golden generation at Red Star Belgrade that produced other greats like Prosinecki, Savicevic, Pancev, Mihajlovic, Belodedic, Jugovic.  Those were great times and if the country didn’t break up, I reckon, they would have won Euro 92 (which ironically was won by Denmark who had replaced them in the finals).  Anyways, there’s an immortal line about players like these:

Form is temporary, CLASS is permanent…

Well Dragan is now coach of his old club in Japan – Nagoya Grampus Eight.  Watch this and be amazed:

In case you can’t see the ball bounce into the net. Here is a closer view (which also shows him being sent off by the referee.  What a travesty!!)

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