Onze d'Or Coach of The Year (4): 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004
Premier League Manager of the Season (3)1998, 2002, 2004
LMA Manager of the Year (2): 2001–02, 2003–04
BBC Sports Personality of the Year Coach Award (2): 2002, 2004
Freedom of Islington: 2004
FWA Tribute Award: 2005
English Football Hall of Fame: 2006Premier League Manager of the Month (12)March 1998, April 1998, October 2000, April 2002, September 2002, August 2003, February 2004, August 2004, September 2007, December 2007, February 2011, February 2012
Amazing Goal by Dragan Stojkovic - as Manager!!! Dragan Stojkovic successfully made a beautiful long-range shot from his bench. Former Serbian international Dragan Stojkovic, now the manager of Japanese powerhouse Nagoya Grampus, showed his great skill in the J-league match against Yokohama Marinos held at the Yokohama International stadium. At the end of the game a Marinos player was injured and the GK kicked the ball out of the line to halt the game. Stojkovic directly kicked the ball back and it found its way into the goal after a bounce. Although the audience applauded him, the referee sent him off for his? kick was the “protest against referring”.
Wow. I still cannot believe this is no fake. (Thanks Mutlu!)
The Nagoya Grampus, formerly known as the Nagoya Grampus Eight, are a football club based in that play in the J. League. Based in Nagoya, Aichi and originally founded as the company team of the Toyota Motor Corp., it shares its home games between the Mizuho Athletic Stadium and the Toyota Stadium. It is one of the only five teams that have competed in the J. League top flight every year since its inception in 1993.
After the 2nd game of this season, one thing is for sure: FC Tokyo ain’t back to figure. The team has showed that not only they can win as the did last week 0-1, but also that they can revert an adverse result against one of the strongest teams in Japan, the Nagoya Grampus, second in J1 last season.
This weeks game started quite slow, I must say, and it got even worse when FC Tokyo got to the end of the first half losing 0-1. But the second half, showed a renewed FC Tokyo, with great combinations, a strong defense, and precise anticipations that allowed the team to retain a big percentage of ball possession. This lead to creating more and more goal occasions, and ultimately to turn the score into a 3-1. The game ended 3-2, but the game was never in danger for FC Tokyo.
Things to note: the extraordinary game by Ishikawa (18), he scored the 1-1, and the 3-1 with great technique; also some concerns about the couple of minutes after Nagoya Grampus scored the second goal, where I saw FC Tokyo players hesitating a bit. This is J1, and if you hesitate, you’ll probably suffer. Next game is serious, Champions League against Beijing, let’s see how it goes…