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Tuesday, 4th March 2008
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Serbian ace 'delighted to be back in J-League'

Dragan Stojkovic is delighted to have returned to the J-League as head coach of his old club Nagoya Grampus Eight.

The former Yugoslav international spent seven years at Grampus before returning to head up the Yugoslav football association in 2001.

"I spent seven beautiful years (in Nagoya) as a player, and really Nagoya is like my home town," he remarked in comments reported by Japan Times.

"I knew that one day I would come back, but I didn't know when. Now I am here again, but in a different position as head coach."

Nagoya Grampus was established in the 1950s under the direction of the Japanese carmaker Toyota.

It counts among its alumni Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and former England international Gary Lineker.

The 43-year-old Stojkovic - nicknamed Pixy - was previously president of Football Club Red Star Belgrade.