Mike Stankovic

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Mike Stankovic
Personal information
Date of birth (1956-11-11) November 11, 1956 (age 60)
Place of birth Kaludra, Yugoslavia
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980 Memphis Rogues 28 (5)
1980–1981 Dallas Tornado (indoor) 16 (24)
1981 Dallas Tornado 15 (0)
1981–1987 Baltimore Blast (indoor) 212 (120)
1987–1989 Wichita Wings (indoor) 96 (42)
1989–1991 Baltimore Blast (indoor) 74 (34)
1992–1998 Baltimore Spirit (indoor) 108 (67)
Teams managed
1991–1992 Baltimore Blast (assistant)
1992–1996 Baltimore Spirit (assistant)
1996–1998 Baltimore Spirit
2010 Ghana (assistant)
2011 Qatar (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Mike Stankovic is a retired Yugoslavian soccer defender who played professionally in the North American Soccer League, Major Indoor Soccer League and National Professional Soccer League.


In 1980, he moved to the United States where he signed with the Memphis Rogues of the North American Soccer League. He moved to the Dallas Tornado in the fall of 1980 and played for the Tornado during the 1980-1981 NASL indoor season.[1] He played the 1981 outdoor season with the Tornado, then moved indoors permanently when he signed with the Baltimore Blast of the Major Indoor Soccer League. In August 1987, he signed as a free agent with the Wichita Wings.[2] During his six seasons with the Blast, Stankovic was a five time All Star. On January 20, 1989, the Wings traded Stankovic and Peter Ward to the Blast in exchange for Keder and David Byrne.[3]

After retiring from pro soccer he founded the "Mike Stankovic Pro Soccer Academy". In 2010, Stankovic served as an assistant to Milovan Rajevac on the Ghana national football team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. After the cup, Rajevac and Stankovic moved to manage the Qatar national football team.[4]

In March 2013, Stankovic was one of six men named to the 2013 class of the Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame. The other inductees are Gordon Jago, Preki, Kai Haaskivi, Zoltán Tóth, and Brian Quinn.[5]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • MISL All-Star Team: 1985
  • MISL 10th Year Anniversary All Decade Team


  1. ^ The Year in American Soccer - 1981
  2. ^ Strikers' future remains uncertain Evening Tribune (San Diego, CA) - Tuesday, August 25, 1987
  3. ^ Stankovic Bolsters Baltimore Defense St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Sunday, January 28, 1990
  4. ^ Coaches Rajevac and Stankovic to Train Cardiff FC Coaches
  5. ^ Carrick, Buzz (March 5, 2013). "Former Dallas Sidekicks Coach Gordon Jago Named 2013 Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame Inductee". The Dallas Morning News. Dallas, TX. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 

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