Archive | May, 2013

Dragan Stojkovic, one of the greatest

18 May
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Toyota model named after Dragan Stojkovic

Dragan Stojković nicknamed “Piksi” (or Pixie, from a cartoon Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks) is a Japanese deity, currently coach of Nagoya, team for which he played for years. Deity? Yes. Well, not literally, but he is loved by Japanese so much that a street in Nagoya has his name, as well as one stand of Nagoya’s stadium. Japanese automobile manufacturer, Toyota, even has a model “Pixis”, named after him. He is Red Star legend (“5th star of Red Star”). Stojkovic played for Yugoslavia 84 times, including two World Cups. And he was one of the most talented footballers I’ve ever seen in my life. Continue reading

Aquilani’s revival

3 May
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7 goals so far this season – career best

It’s easy to be overlooked when you play in the midfield with David Pizarro and Borja Valero, when your teammates are in great form like Juan Cuadrado and Adem Ljajić, when the first star of your team is Stevan Jovetić. When Alberto Aquilani came to Fiorentina everyone has forgotten about his obvious talent and focused on the fact that he had few injury-riddled seasons ever since leaving Roma. Never managed to make a mark in Liverpool, had ok, but not great seasons in Juventus and Milan. Everyone was expecting that he’d miss half of the matches this season due to injuries. And it did seem that way at the beginning – he wasn’t fully fit for the start of the season and missed couple of games, but from November (his first start was vs Milan on 11th of November, which was round 12 of Serie A) he was without injuries and his form was only getting better with time. Continue reading