The World Cup certainly throws up some interesting match-ups. For instance, last night, as Serbia took on Brazil. The World Cup favourites picked up a 2-0 win against the European side to dump them out of the competition. For Nottingham Forest fans, it was something of a macabre event.
That is because the likes of Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho were all trying to score past Vladimir Stojkovic.
The Serbian goalkeeper was signed by Philippe Montanier in the summer of 2016 as a replacement for Dorus De Vries.
Arriving from Maccabi Haifa with bags of experience in international and European football, Forest fans probably felt they had themselves a winner.
Stojkovic certainly had his moments. On debut he made two fantastic reflex saves against Aston Villa that had Forest fans hoping for the best.
However, things soon turned sour.
Stojkovic showed his true colours before long. Prone to error and poor at dealing with crosses the shot-stopper did not inspire confidence in the Forest faithful. After Mark Warburton took over, Stojkovic was quickly pushed aside.
Last night was a perfect microcosm of Stojkovic. He made some great reaction saves against Brazil. However, he was caught out for Paulinho’s opener and left flapping as Thiago Silva headed home the second. Neither were explicitly his fault, but he certainly did not cover himself in glory.
Here is some of the best reaction from Nottingham Forest fans to Stojkovic’s display against Brazil…
Watching highlights of Brazil v Serbia, good to see Stojkovic is staying true to himself. Positioning for both goals absolutely horrific. Schoolboy stuff #nffc
— Jack McCormick (@jack_mccormick) June 28, 2018
What happened to Vladimir Stojkovi? at Forest? Just disappeared all of a sudden #NFFC
— Elton, the Bongodrum (@SeanFulcher) June 27, 2018
Lee Dixon just described a Stojkovic save as ‘Schmeichel,esq’… ? #NFFC
— Mark (@MarktheRoofer86) June 27, 2018
— adam??? (@adz_bman) June 27, 2018
So weird seeing Stojkovic in this game #nffc
— Ella Bobeszko (@_ella____) June 27, 2018
Stojkovic really is ? ain’t he. Waving at the fucking Brazil goal… ?????. Go and claim it you utter nugget. ? #NFFC
— CFT ??? (@chrisxtinklin) June 27, 2018
Can’t get my head around how Stojkovic is sharing the same pitch as Neymar and Coutinho #nffc
— Gareth Roberts (@RedDogRoberts) June 27, 2018
— Mark D (@rimmymendrix) June 27, 2018
Haha there is the Stojkovic we all know and don’t love.
— Andrew (@Nesto25) June 27, 2018
Not for the first time we have seen Stojkovic flapping like a bird #nffc
— ?? (@ClassyCashy) June 27, 2018
— Thomas Newton ® (@Tnewton_1988) June 27, 2018
— Sarcastic Forest (@SarcasticForest) June 27, 2018
Words I never thought I’d hear: “it’s Neymar for Brazil…. saved by Stojkovic!” #nffc
— Richard Wagstaff (@wigidiwigidiwak) June 27, 2018