World Cup, Serbia-Brazil: Piksi Stojkovic is the curse of penalties

The coach of Vlahovic and Milinkovic was the chief of the nice Yugoslavia in the 90s and he was supposed to steer the new coaching of Arsenal. In Qatar, he is in peril of dealing with an historical curse

Dragan “Piksi” Stojkovic is now not in the temper for sanctions. Now, in Qatar, he leads one of the most dependable Serbian selections of the final 20 years. The Belgrade staff has a powerful staff in our Serie A: eleven gamers had been invited, of which the Milinkovic-Savic brothers and the two Juventus gamers Kostic and Vlahovic are well-known. In the straightforward group (Brazil, Cameroon and Switzerland) it could actually advance if it doesn’t shoot itself, as has occurred a number of occasions: and if it doesn’t drag the match to penalties, the place the cash is not. excellent. And coach Stojkovic is aware of it properly. He has seen the profitable lottery ticket from others. Pixi was the title of a bit mouse from a cartoon that younger Dragan was mentioned to resemble. On the discipline, greater than a bit mouse, he alternates between intelligent video games on the lamp and the idle afternoons of ectoplasm, in the inflexible model of Yugoslavia.


Soul of Red Star Belgrade, quantity 10 of the best expertise, Stojkovic receives the title “Lady of the East”. Of course, he is not the just one who might be drawn with disagreeable (typically not nice) comparisons, however for those who ask Balkan, even after 30 years, he doesn’t see it as a heresy. In 1988 the solely solution to cease him and Savicevic in the Champions Cup was divine intervention: and certainly the sky offered, inflicting fog in Belgrade whereas the Slavs had been exhibiting the inexperienced mice in Sacchi’s Milan. The match was interrupted and repeated the subsequent day: this time the Rossoneri bought the greatest downside of the matter. And he wins penalties, whereas Dragan may also do his personal. But it isn’t sufficient: Milan passes.


Patience, there is a beloved nationwide staff: at the finish of the 80s Yugoslavia is a staff of folks and might actually win the World Cup in Italy ’90. Protagonist of the competitors, good or unhealthy, Pixi: in the cauldron of Bentegodi in Verona, his Yugoslavia meets Spain in the spherical of 16. People watch for Butragueno, and as a substitute they get Dragan: a lethal brace, ready with the second purpose in further time, whip free which comprises the complete parabola of killing Yugoslavia. Amazing and glossy, however for a second: then, buried beneath the crossroad. And in actual fact, 4 days later, on June 30 in Florence, the story of “Plavi” ended: defeat on penalties by Argentina. Maradona misses from eleven meters, a really uncommon occasion. But the different Diego has already failed, the one with the “-ic” title: a whole cross. The determination, hit by Hadzibegic, ends towards the gloves of Goycoechea: Argentina forward, Yugoslavia left with the winds of struggle.


Dragan is unhappy: at dwelling we begin speaking about Serbs and Croats, Muslims and Orthodox. He decides to go to Marseille to return to the sport and attempt to win the Champions Cup, exhibiting from a distance what is occurring at dwelling. But punishments… Damn punishments. In 1991 he reached the closing, right here was an opportunity to the touch the Big Ears: it was performed in Bari, you may’t go incorrect. But forward is the Red Star: Pixi goes to further time, solely to be requested to push (and properly) his penalty in the closing “lottery”. But he refuses to go eleven meters: “I can’t shoot a penalty for them”. Red Star thanks and win.


Yugoslavia collapsed, Dragan went down with Verona and gained (however as a follower) Champions League with Marseille at the second try, in ’93. But he has misplaced motivation and want: solely unhealthy information comes from dwelling, and ache. So he decides to go to the different aspect of the world, to Nagoya Grampus in Japan. At that point, the selection of the East was not very shiny and it was a leap in the darkish moderately than an opportunity, however destiny gave him the Pixi that he misplaced in the “lottery”: the Japanese coach and Arsene Wenger. It’s love at first sight: Emperor’s Cup and Super Cup in Nagoya. Then Dragan falls once more with the nationwide staff: the World Cup in France ’98, what is left of the choice of Belgrade leaves the second exhibition towards the Netherlands. Penalty added: Mijatovic misses this time.


Better to consider the bench: Stojkovic stops being a participant and begins to see Wenger as his very best sort of coach: “We have the identical philosophy of soccer” he admitted in an interview, “we wish to play soccer in the identical manner. . I wish to clarify to my gamers his calmness. When I wrote my examination for coach, I ready for per week at Arsenal sports activities heart: I simply wished to fulfill Wenger.” And the Gunners chief returns the honor: “I would like my inheritor to be Stojkovic, he is a legend of Serbia and Yugoslavia. We have the identical concept of ​​soccer”. But one thing is not proper: Pixi has gone to Arsenal solely to go to his previous coach. Then he begins teaching Nagoya, who gained the Championship in 2010.


For a yr and a half, Maradona dell’Est has been the coach of his favourite staff. It is not a gifted staff like the one that they had thirty years in the past in preparation for the World Cup in Italy. But he has forgotten the darkish occasions: there are various younger folks with hope and the frequent insanity of the Balkans. Even Serbia, in Belgrade, noticed ghosts from eleven meters: in November two years in the past they misplaced the likelihood of Euro 2021 towards Scotland on penalties. Stojkovic was not but on the bench, however three months later, after changing into a coach, he acquired this primary task: “Make us neglect the sport and take us to the World Cup”. Execution: Qatar is a overseas nation, nearly like Japan when Wenger was there. Pixi and Serbia are enjoying for the future in the desert of the emirs. As lengthy because it would not go to penalties there too.


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