Dejan Stankovic

Dejan Stankovic

Serbian footballer, midfielder for Internazionale. Serbian national team captain
Date of Birth: 11.09.1978
Country: Italy

  1. Biography of Dejan Stankovic
  2. Early Career at Crvena Zvezda
  3. Move to Italy and Success with Lazio and Inter Milan
  4. Coaching Career and Post-Retirement

Biography of Dejan Stankovic

Dejan Stankovic, a Yugoslav and Serbian football player and coach, was born on September 11, 1978, in Belgrade, Serbia. He began his football career as a youth player at the renowned Belgrade club, Crvena Zvezda (Red Star). In 1998, he moved to Italy, where he played for Lazio and Inter Milan.

During his career, Stankovic represented the national teams of Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montenegro, and Serbia. He played a total of 103 matches and scored 16 goals for his country. He captained the Serbian national team from 2006 to 2011 and participated in the FIFA World Cups of 1998, 2006, and 2010, as well as the UEFA European Championship in 2000.

Stankovic's son, Philip Stankovic, also followed in his father's footsteps and became a goalkeeper for Inter Milan.

Early Career at Crvena Zvezda

Stankovic made his debut for Crvena Zvezda's senior team during the 1994/95 season. He quickly became a fan favorite and a leader within the team. He showcased his excellent passing skills and versatility as a midfielder. In the 1996/97 season, Stankovic played a crucial role in the club's victory over Kaiserlautern in the Cup Winners' Cup, which resulted in him becoming the team captain.

Move to Italy and Success with Lazio and Inter Milan

In the summer of 1998, Stankovic signed a contract with Lazio, moving to Rome for a transfer fee of seven and a half million pounds. He made an immediate impact, scoring his first official goal for the club in September 1998 against Piacenza. Stankovic went on to win the Serie A title with Lazio during the 1999/2000 season.

In January 2004, Stankovic joined Inter Milan, where he reunited with his former teammate Roberto Mancini, who had become the team's coach. Stankovic played regularly for Inter, featuring in both central and left midfield positions. He scored a memorable goal in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League against Schalke 04 on April 5, 2011.

Stankovic expressed his loyalty to Inter Milan and stated his willingness to play for the club until the end of his career. However, in the summer of 2013, the club mutually terminated his contract. Stankovic announced that he would at least play a farewell match for Crvena Zvezda, but ultimately he did not return to the club. On August 26, 2013, Stankovic officially retired from professional football.

Coaching Career and Post-Retirement

After retiring from playing, Stankovic began his coaching career as an assistant to Andrea Stramaccioni at Udinese in 2014. He later became the manager of Inter Milan in 2015, holding the position until 2016. In 2017, Stankovic was appointed as an advisor to UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin.

On December 21, 2019, Stankovic was appointed as the head coach of Crvena Zvezda (Red Star). Under his guidance, the team won three Serbian championships and one Serbian Cup. However, on August 26, 2022, Stankovic stepped down as the head coach following a defeat in the UEFA Champions League qualification round.

Throughout his international career, Stankovic represented Yugoslavia and Serbia with distinction. He made his debut for the national team in 1998 and played a pivotal role in midfield. Stankovic participated in three FIFA World Cups and reached the quarterfinals of the UEFA European Championship in 2000. He played his 100th match for Serbia in a Euro 2012 qualifying match against Italy on October 7, 2011, and retired from international football after a friendly match against Japan on October 11, 2013, having played a record-breaking 103 matches for his country.