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Hristo Stoichkov turns 47!
2/8/2013 9:00:00 AM
Born February 8, 1966 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Stoichkov has performed at the highest level of club and international football throughout his career in Europe. He made his international debut on September 23, 1987 and recently retired from his countrys side with 84 caps and 37 goals for the Bulgarian National Team. His 37 goals rank second all-time for Bulgaria, 10 behind leader Hristo Bonev with 47.
He has been voted Best Bulgarian Football Player of the Year five times (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994) and he was also named Best Bulgarian Athlete of the Year in 1994. His most awesome accomplishment came on U.S. and Chicago soil (Bulgaria vs. Greece June 28, 1994 at Soldier Field), as Stoichkov scored six goals at World Cup USA 1994 (tied for first place) and led Bulgaria to a 3rd place finish during the 1994 World Cup, USA 94.
The Bulgarians were the darlings of the tournament as they reached the semi-finals after defeating world power Germany in the quarterfinals. For his efforts with club (then Barcelona) and country, he was named the FIFA Footballer of the Year in 1994. Stoichkov was also a valuable part of the 1998 Bulgarian World Cup squad in France.
As good as his international career has been for Bulgaria, his club career has been just as spectacular. He started his professional career with the club of CSKA Sofia. He played five straight seasons for Sofia, appearing in 119 games and scoring unbelievable 81 times. His 38 goals in 30 games during the 1989-90 season led all of Europe in scoring that season, and for his efforts Stoichkov was awarded the Golden Boot in 1990.
Also while at CSKA Sofia, he won numerous titles with his club. In 1984-85, the club was named Champion of Bulgaria, won the Bulgarian National Cup and the Soviet Army Cup. Two seasons later, he was suspended for the 1985-86 season, CSKA Sofia won all three titles again. During the 1987-88 campaign CSKA Sofia won the Bulgarian Cup. CSKA Sofia completed their domestic Treble in 1988-89, and in his last season in Bulgaria they won two titles, the league season and the Soviet Army Cup.
After the 1990 season, Barcelona of Spain bought him from Sofia for $4.5 million, at the time becoming the most expensive Bulgarian player in the world, and his tenure at Barcelona would be even greater. During the 1990-91 season, Stoichkov appeared in 24 games, scoring 14 goals. He would win four straight Spanish league titles with Barcelona, starting with the 1990-91 season. During the 1991-92 season Barcelona would win the most prestigious honor in club football in the world, the European Champions Cup (now UEFA Champions League). They would also take home the Spanish SuperCup, Spanish League Championship and European SuperCup, all while Stoichkov appeared in 32 matches, tallying 17 goals. In 1992-93, he appeared in 34 games, scoring 20 goals as Barcelona won the league again and the Spanish SuperCup. The 1993-94 season saw Stoichkov score 16 goals in 34 games. Barcelona would again win the league.
1994-95 would be Stoichkovs last season in the first go-round with Barcelona as he played in 27 games, scoring 9 goals, but was sold to Parma of Italys Serie A at the end of the season, despite Barcelona winning the league and the SuperCup again. Parma paid $15 million for Stoichkov, a hefty price tag considering he would only spend one season in Italy. Stoichkov scored five goals for the Italian club, while appearing in 23 games.
Barcelona then paid $3.3 million dollars back to Parma to get the fiery Bulgarian. In 1996-97, Stoichkov would appear in 22 matches for Barcelona, scoring 7 times and Barcelona won the Spanish Super Cup, the Spanish Kings Cup and the European Cup with Stoichkov back on their side. Things between Stoichkov and Barcelona soured the next season, 1997-98, and his contract was terminated on March 13, 1998. Stoichkov went back to Bulgaria to CSKA Sofia and played in four games, scoring two goals.
Today is DIMITROVDEN (St. Demetrius’s Day)
10/26/2013 8:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Dimiter, Dimitrina, Dimo, Mitra, Dragan, Drago, Dimka.
ITALIAN FESTIVAL OF BEAUTY AND HAIR-STYLE
10/25/2013 9:00:00 AM
The International Exhibition of Hairdressing, Beauty, Make-up, Perfumery and Fashion ITALIAN FESTIVAL OF BEAUTY has two editions - spring and autumn.The participants in the salon ...
FLOWER AUTUMN opens today
10/23/2013 1:00:00 PM
The Specialized Exhibition of Flowers, Ornamental Plants, Garden Equipment and Supplies provides exhibitors with the opportunity to show their latest achievements to professionals and general public interested in gardening.
Feast day of St. John of Rila (a.k.a. Sveti Ivan Rilski) and the Rila Monastery
10/19/2013 8:00:00 AM
On 19 October the Bulgarian Church celebrates the discovery of the imperishable holy remains of St. John of Rila (a.k.a. Sveti Ivan Rilski) and also their moving ...
October 18 - St .Luke's Day
10/18/2013 8:00:00 AM
St.Luke, Holy Apostle and Evangelist, who wrote about the life of Jesus, used to be a good healer and a talented artist.
Today is PETKOVDEN (St. Petka Feastday)
10/14/2013 8:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Paraskeva, Petko, Petyo, Petka, Petkana, Penka, Pencho.
Today is World Smile Day 2012
10/5/2013 9:10:00 AM
As is Harvey Ballwell known by now throughout the world Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts created the smiley face in 1963.
International Teacher Day
10/5/2013 8:20:00 AM
The International Teacher Day is celebrated today. In 1994, UNESCO appointed that day to be celebrated as the Day of Teachers throughout the world.
Джазът завладява Пловдив
10/3/2013 4:15:04 PM
Концертът на Карл Палмър трио е гвоздеят в програмата на тазгодишните "Пловдивски джаз вечери"
POKROV BOGORODICHEN (Holy Protection of Mother of God)
10/1/2013 8:43:00 AM
Pokrov, as the feast HOLY PROTECTION OF THE MOTHER OF GOD is popular in BG, is a Slavonic term meaning “veil” or “mantle”, signifying protection. This feast today is primarily observed by the Eastern Slavic Churches - Catholic and Orthodox.