Vladimir Stojković

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Vladimir Stojković
Personal information
Full name Vladimir Stojković
Date of birth (1983-07-28) 28 July 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Loznica, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Maccabi Haifa
Number 38
Youth career
Loznica
Red Star
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Red Star 2 (0)
2003 Leotar (loan) 4 (0)
2004–2005 Zemun 34 (0)
2005–2006 Red Star 21 (0)
2006–2007 Nantes 10 (0)
2007 Vitesse (loan) 8 (0)
2007–2011 Sporting CP 9 (0)
2009 Getafe (loan) 5 (0)
2010 Wigan Athletic (loan) 4 (0)
2010–2011 Partizan (loan) 26 (0)
2011–2013 Partizan 60 (1)
2014 Ergotelis 11 (0)
2014– Maccabi Haifa 1 (0)
National team
2006– Serbia 55 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 September 2014

Vladimir Stojković (Serbian Cyrillic: Владимир Стојковић; born 28 July 1983) is a Serbian professional footballer who plays for Maccabi Haifa F.C. in Israel and the Serbian national team, as a goalkeeper.

During his career he played for the two biggest clubs in his country, Red Star Belgrade and Partizan, but also represented teams in five other countries, notably with Sporting Clube de Portugal who loaned him several times for the duration of his contract.

A Serbian international on 54 occasions, Stojković appeared in the 2010 World Cup.

Early life[edit]

Born in Loznica, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Stojković was born into a sporting family. His father was also a football goalkeeper and his mother was an athlete who competed in the discus throw.[1][2]

Club career[edit]

Red Star[edit]

Stojković joined Red Star Belgrade from local FK Loznica, coming up through the club's youth setup. Entering the full squad he was initially overshadowed by Vladimir Dišljenković, and as a result appeared in only one league match during the 2001–02 season and one in the following, under head coach Zoran Filipović.

Due to Dišljenković's status as the first-choice keeper, which was further cemented with the return of head coach Slavoljub Muslin, the club loaned Stojković out in late June 2003 to Bosnia and Herzegovina champions FK Leotar, who were reinforcing the squad ahead of the UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds.[3] He appeared in all four club's qualifying games under head coach Milan Jovin, as the club was eliminated in the second round.

However, after only two months, Stojković left the club, reportedly over unpaid wages. He then tried to get a spot on the Red Star roster, but manager Muslin told him he was not counting on him. After his contract was terminated he started training privately with goalkeeping coach Tomo Savić in order to stay in competitive shape while waiting for the January 2004 transfer window to open up.[4]

Zemun[edit]

Stojković joined FK Zemun in the 2004 winter transfer window. Under head coach Dušan Mitošević, the 20-year-old was initially backup to Miloš Adamović. His first appearance incidentally came against his former club Red Star and, although his new team lost, he made a memorable penalty shot save on Marko Pantelić, and went on to appear in five more league matches during the remainder of the season.

Going into his second season with Zemun, Stojković was undisputed number one in his team, appearing in 28 league games as they finished the campaign in fifth position. Interestingly, during spring 2005, he made a string of fine saves during the league match against Red Star in a hard-fought 0–0 draw, a result that suited FK Partizan, which eventually won the national championship.

Return to Red Star[edit]

In the summer of 2005 Stojković returned to Red Star, six months after Dišljenković's departure to Ukraine's FC Metalurh Donetsk. Upon his return, he was backup to experienced Ivan Ranđelović and as such limited to the odd appearance. However, ahead of the UEFA Cup first round return leg trip to S.C. Braga, head coach Walter Zenga promoted him to first-choice,[5] and the player seized the opportunity, immediately impressing in the new role as his club defeated the Portuguese on away goals to qualify for the group stages.

It would be at this stage of the competition that Stojković would get his most memorable moment of the season, saving a penalty from Antonio Cassano who attempted a Panenka-shot, as Red Star beat A.S. Roma 3–1 at home. A new fan favorite from then onwards, he cemented his place in goal as the club won the league and cup double.

Nantes[edit]

Stojković moved to Ligue 1 side FC Nantes in summer 2006 for a rumoured 3 million, in order to replace departing Mickaël Landreau. After a promising first few matches, however, his form rapidly declined, and he lost the starting job to 20-year-old understudy Vincent Briant, shortly before the winter break. At the same time, a vicious rift emerged within the Nantes squad that led to a series of poor results and the dismissal of the club's manager; Stojković fell out of favour with new manager Michel Der Zakarian, and was encouraged to seek a transfer or a loan when Nantes persuaded French star keeper Fabien Barthez to come out of retirement and sign for the rest of the season.

In January 2007, Stojković was shipped off to Vitesse on a six-month loan. On 3 March he played his first Eredivisie game, a 2–3 home loss against SBV Excelsior.[6]

Sporting CP[edit]

On 11 July 2007 Stojković signed a five-year contract with Portuguese giants Sporting Clube de Portugal,[7] which paid €1.1 million to Nantes.[8][9]

Stojković started out well, but got injured towards the end of the first half of the season, and lost his place to youngster Rui Patrício. After recovering he never managed to reclaim his place in the starting eleven, being demoted to as low as third-choice after a run-in with head coach Paulo Bento.[10]

In July 2008, Sporting allowed Stojković to go to a trial at Premier League side Everton, with a view to a loan deal. However, on 22 July, he left his first training session after only an hour without explanation. The club's spokesperson said that Everton lost interest and that they'd been warned earlier that Stojković is a "complicated character";[11] the player denied walking out, saying "Everything went fine, I didn't have any problem. What I've read in the Portuguese press is wrong. I'm not someone who creates problems".

Stojković continued at Sporting for the beginning of 2008–09, but did not get a single minute of league action. By December 2008, the club was preparing to sell or loan during the winter break; in January of the following year he went on loan to La Liga club Getafe CF, until the end of the season, the Madrid club becoming his fifth team in less than three years.

On 12 April 2009 – three months after arriving – due to first-choice Jacobo's suspension following a red card, and Argentine Oscar Ustari still convalescing from a severe injury, Stojković made his debut with Getafe, keeping a clean sheet in a 1–0 win at Sevilla FC.[12] Six days later he started at home against FC Barcelona and made the highlight reel with a string of spectacular saves on Thierry Henry, Lionel Messi and Gerard Piqué, though Barça still won 1–0 on a deflected first half goal.[13]

Towards the end of the season, Getafe expressed interest in a permanent deal, but could not agree on price with Sporting. According to Stojković's agent Zoran Stojadinović, the Spaniards offered Sporting €500.000 plus 25% of Stojković's next transfer, but the Portuguese club refused.[14]

Back at Sporting for the 2009–10 season meant more frustration for Stojković as he continued to be out of head coach Bento's plans. In late October 2009, he publicly acknowledged that his chances of securing a place in the team under the manager were minimal, also intimating that he was willing to take a pay cut in order to go to a club where he would be assured of playing, in order to stay match fit ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup;[15] Bento was forced to resign in early November 2009 due to poor results, but that did not improve the player's status, as new coach Carlos Carvalhal continued omitting him from his squads.

Controversy was also raised by the report in the Portuguese tabloid Correio da Manhã suggesting that teammates João Moutinho, Ânderson Polga, Liédson and Marco Caneira, together with club president José Eduardo Bettencourt wanted Stojković out of the club for publicly displaying happiness at Bento's departure.[16][17] However, this was immediately denied on the club's website.[18]

In late December 2009, it was announced that Stojković would be loaned to Wigan Athletic for a six-month period, acting as cover for Richard Kingson while the Ghanaian was on international duty at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.[19] The move was officially confirmed on 7 January 2010,[20] and he became the fourth Serb goalkeeper in history to appear in English football, after Radojko Avramović, Petar Borota and Saša Ilić.

Stojković made his debut for the Latics on 23 January 2010, in a 2–2 away draw against Notts County for the season's FA Cup fourth round.[21] It was his first competitive appearance at club level after his loan return from Getafe.[22] His Premier League debut came four days later at home against Blackburn Rovers, where he put in a jittery performance in a 1–2 loss, notably being at fault in the opposition's opening goal when he raced off his line, weakly punching away Brett Emerton's deep free kick with the ball getting to Morten Gamst Pedersen who half-volleyed it into the unguarded net;[23] after Chris Kirkland recovered from injury, he was relegated to the bench.

Stojković reappeared for Wigan on 29 March in an away fixture against Manchester City. In the 72nd minute of the game, a mix-up between the goalie and defender Paul Scharner allowed Emmanuel Adebayor to flick the ball to Carlos Tevez who slotted into an open net;[24] At the end of the season, the English turned down the option of making the loan a permanent deal.[25]

Partizan[edit]

On 27 August 2010, Stojković signed a season-long loan deal with Serbian champions FK Partizan.[26][27] The deal between Sporting and Partizan was structured so that the player's €45,000-per month salary would be paid 80% by the Portuguese club and 20% by the Serbs, meaning that for the ten months of his loan spell Sporting would pay him €360,000 in total while the other party would contribute €90,000.[28]

Seeking another option in goal for the Champions League group stage following subpar performances of first-choice Radiša Ilić, Partizan brought in a player who, only two months earlier, had become an honorary member of rivals Red Star in a public ceremony where he was given membership card number 134. Due to this, the player's move was highly controversial and caused a great deal of disappointment and anger among Red Star fans as well as plenty of reaction in the Serbian general public.[29][30] Some press outlets even reported that being aware of the controversial nature of his move, he himself apparently insisted on a clause that allowed him to skip derby matches, the first of which was scheduled for 23 October 2010;[31] when asked about it, he denied the existence of such clause but, almost immediately after the news hit the press, he started receiving threats, including death threats as well as threats against his family.[32]

Stojković made his official Partizan debut on 4 September 2010 in a 2–0 home win over FK Hajduk Kula, where he hardly was tested as the visiting side concentrated mostly on defending.[33] On 23 October, the long-awaited derby against Red Star took place: due to unsavoury events leading up to the match, there were general concerns about it turning into yet another violent incident and in particular about the goalkeeper's personal safety but, despite immense pressure and tension, he was unwavering about his desire to be in goal for the match. The game ended without a single incident as Partizan recorded a 1–0 away win and, after the final whistle, he ran to the south stand where Partizan's most loyal fans gathered, lifting his jersey to reveal a t-shirt that read: "Please Forgive My Ugly Past";[34] the move wasn't well received in the general public with local press accusing the player of being tacky and needlessly raising the tension by provoking his old club; however, he claimed he was only trying to show his feelings and insisted he was not being provocative.[35]

On 11 August 2012 Stojković scored the first goal of his career, netting from a penalty in the first round of the 2012–13 season, a 7–0 home trouncing of FK BSK Borča.

Ergotelis[edit]

On 25 January 2014, free agent Stojković signed a six-month contract with Ergotelis F.C. in the Superleague Greece.[36] He made his debut with his new team two days later, in a 1–0 away win against Panionios GSS.

Maccabi Haifa[edit]

On 10 June 2014, Stojković signed a three-year contract with Maccabi Haifa F.C. in the Israeli Premier League.

International career[edit]

Youth[edit]

Stojković was a backup goalkeeper to Nikola Milojević in the Serbia and Montenegro U21 squad that reached the final of the 2004 UEFA European Championship in Germany, but did not receive a single minute of action.

At the same time he broke through Red Star's starting XI, Stojković got more opportunities. In May 2006, he captained the under-21s during the 2006 European Championships in Portugal, in the absence of suspended Danko Lazović, helping the national team reach the semi-finals of the tournament.[37]

Senior[edit]

Uncapped, Stojković was named as member of the Serbian senior squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and served as backup again, now to Dragoslav Jevrić. After the arrival of Javier Clemente as head coach following the competition, he became first-choice for the newly independent Serbia, making his debut against the Czech Republic on 16 August 2006.

During the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying campaign Stojković played well overall, notably performing in a 1–1 draw versus Portugal with a string of spectacular saves. Following the country's failure to qualify for the finals, Clemente was replaced by Miroslav Đukić, but the player continued to start regularly.

In July 2008, Stojković was named on the Olympic team for Olympic tournament in Beijing. He continued to appear regularly for the main squad under new boss Radomir Antić, even though he was completely ostracized at Sporting; after appearing in most of the 2010 World Cup qualifiers he helped Serbia to a 1–0 win against Germany in South Africa, saving Lukas Podolski's penalty.[38]

On 29 July 2010, in a vague statement to the Serbian sports daily Sportski žurnal, Stojković intimated a possibility of "temporarily stepping away from the national team" if he did not manage to find a club where he'd get regular playing time by the time the Euro 2012 qualification process started.[39] Antić did not call him up for the home friendly with Greece, as well as the first two official contests against Faroe Islands and Slovenia.

However, after the manager was fired after the draw with Slovenia, Stojković was selected again by new coach Vladimir Petrović, for the next qualifier against Estonia on 8 October 2010. This was the first national team home match for Stojković following his move to Partizan, and he received a fair amount of verbal abuse from the Red Star fans in the crowd, which affected his performance as he let in a long-range goal to help the visitors tie the score at 1–1; later, with the hosts trailing 1–2, Stojković made another mistake that led to a goal, after miscommunication with centre back Aleksandar Luković, leading to a back pass that ended up in the Serbian goal.[40]

Only four days later, before the start of the qualifying match against Italy in Genoa, Stojković was assaulted by a group of Red Star fans who broke into the Serbian team bus.[41][42] More than a year after the incident he returned the national team setup, being called for two friendly games in November 2011.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Red Star
Leotar
Sporting
Partizan

International[edit]

Serbia and Montenegro

Individual[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 6 April 2014[43]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Other[44] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Nantes 2006–07 10 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Vitesse 2006–07 8 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 14 0
Sporting 2007–08 9 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 15 0
2008–09 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Getafe 2008–09 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Sporting 2009–10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wigan Athletic 2009–10 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Partizan 2010–11 26 0 4 0 6 0 0 0 36 0
Partizan 2011–12 25 0 3 0 4 0 0 0 32 0
2012–13 21 1 0 0 7 0 0 0 28 1
2013–14 14 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 19 0
Ergotelis 2013–14 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Career total 133 1 13 0 3 0 21 0 7 0 177 1

International[edit]

Stojković before a game against Ireland (2008).
As of 6 June 2014
Serbia
Year Apps Goals
2006 6 0
2007 8 0
2008 7 0
2009 8 0
2010 8 0
2011 1 0
2012 4 0
2013 8 0
2014 5 0
Total 55 0

Personal life[edit]

In June 2009, Stojković married his model girlfriend Bojana.[45] The couple have a son, Lav, who was born in April 2011.[46]

Stojković's older brother, Vladan, was also a footballer and a goalkeeper. He spent most of his career in Portugal with Leça FC (1994–2000), settling in the country with his Portuguese wife after retiring and fathering Vladimir Stojković Jr. on 4 October 1996; the latter played youth football with Sporting whilst his uncle represented the club, and also appeared for Portugal at youth level.[47]

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  44. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Eredivisie playoffs, Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
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