Name: Dejan Stankovic
Position: Central/Right Midfield
Then: Stankovic wasn’t always the first name on the team sheet but was a prodigious talent all the same. Having starred for his boyhood side Red Star Belgrade between 1995 and 1998, Lazio took a punt on “the dragon” and signed him for a considerable fee of close to £10 million. However, Stankovic certainly had the pedigree to match the price tag. At the tender age of just nineteen, he had already captained Red Star and made 17 appearances for his national side. His style was similar to that of Nedved’s – a real all rounder.
Now: Stankovic has just be named as the assistant manager of Inter Milan, under Roberto Mancini – who appears later. This follows a successful season in the same position at fellow Serie A side, Udinese. His Lazio career lasted significantly longer than the rest of his high profile comrades. However, in 2004, Lazio finally balked under financial pressures and Stankovic got his move to Italian giants, Inter Milan. While at the San Siro, Stankovic helped the side to five Serie A titles, four Coppa Italias and one Champions League victory. He is the only player to have represented three different international sides in the FIFA World Cup – Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montenegro and Serbia.