Filip Stojkovic was recently picked by Slavoljub Muslin to represent Serbia in their upcoming friendlies versus Cyprus, Russia and Israel, respectively. Instead, Stojkovic turned down the invite saying that he promised Montenegro he would play for their national team three months ago.
Stojkovic came up through the Red Star youth system, where he represented the team from 2006-2011. In 2011, he signed a professional contract with the club, but only featured in one competitive match. In 2012 he was loaned out to Banat Zrenjanin, for the first half of the season and then represented FK Cukaricki in the second half (both second division teams) where he appeared in 25 matches.
In 2013, FK Cukaricki signed Filip Stojkovic from Red Star. In three years at Cukaricki, Stojkovic has been one of the best right-backs in Serbian football. He is an outstanding defender and like most right-backs nowadays, he is very good when attacking on the flank, creating havoc for opposing teams.
In 2016, Stojkovic was named to the “Team of the Season” for the second year running, which shows his quality, especially when you consider that he plays in a league where not many young left-backs, or right-backs get a chance to showcase their skills, instead most teams go with veteran players at those positions.
With his recent success in the Jelen Superliga (Serbian top flight), Stojkovic has been linked with a move to both Belgrade rivals-Red Star and Partizan. A move outside of Serbia is also a possibility for the 23 year old. One thing that is certain is that it will take a miracle to keep Stojkovic at Cukaricki because of the great financial offers the team will receive for him.
Elsad Zverotic and Marko Vesovic are two of the right-backs that Stojkovic will be battling for playing time, when it comes to the Montenegrin national team. Zverotic is an experienced veteran having played in both Switzerland and England throughout his career. Vesovic, on the other hand, was once a member of Red Star and should know Stojkovic from their time together. Vesovic played for Croatian side Rijeka this season, on loan from Italian side Spezia.
All in all, I think Filip Stojkovic will be the starting right-back for Montenegro, once the Russia World Cup qualifiers get underway in September. As I mentioned previously, Stojkovic has great attacking abilities as well as an outstanding defensive work ethic, which should separate him from the other players at his position.
Ogi is a graduate of Humber College’s Sport Management program. He is the founder of Blago Blogger Sports.