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Ambassador: Dejan Stanković

Dejan Stanković has been unveiled as the UEFA Futsal EURO 2016 tournament ambassador for the final tournament running from 2 to 16 February in Belgrade.

Dejan Stanković is unveiled as tournament ambassador at the draw at Belgrade City Hall
Dejan Stanković is unveiled as tournament ambassador at the draw at Belgrade City Hall ©Srdjan Stevanovic
Dejan Stanković from the halfway line ...
Dejan Stanković from the halfway line ...

Date of birth: 12 September 1978
National teams: Yugoslavia, Serbia & Montenegro, Serbia
Playing career: Crvena zvezda, Lazio, Internazonale Milano

• With Crvena zvezda from the age of 13, Belgrade-born midfielder Stanković rose up the youth ranks with Nikola Lazetić and Nenad Lalatović under Vladimir Petrović.

• Stanković made his senior debut on 11 February 1995 against OFK Beograd and was soon a regular, being appointed captain by 1997/98 while still a teenager. He won two Yugoslavian Cups at Crvena zvezda.

• In 1998, Stanković transferred to Lazio and scored on his Serie A bow against Piacenza. Nicknamed 'Dragon', he was a crucial part of their 1999 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and UEFA Super Cup triumphs and the Italian double the next season.

• A switch to Inter followed in January 2004 and he remained there until retirement in 2013, claiming five Serie A titles, four Coppa Italias and the UEFA Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup in 2010. He made a habit of scoring spectacular goals; his career strike tally was over 100 at club level.

• Stanković earned a Serbian-record 103 international caps in a career where uniquely he represented three different teams at FIFA World Cups – Yugoslavia in 1998 (also UEFA EURO 2000), Serbia and Montenegro in 2006, and Serbia in 2010.

• Stanković retired on 11 October 2013 with a testimonial international against Argentina. He became Udinese assistant coach in 2014 and is now first-team manager at Inter.

• At his unveiling as UEFA Futsal EURO 2016 ambassador, he said: "I tried futsal with the national team in our breaks. The difference was like between the sky and earth. I am so honoured to be ambassador of this competition."