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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.
The ?St.George the Victorious? Foundation
9/24/2003 12:00:00 AM
(based on a publication in the Maritsa newspaper)We are looking forward to the unveiling of a Tsanko Lavrenov Monument in the Old Town, thanks to a foundation managed by patriotic Bulgarians. T...
The first winners of the ?Town of Chirpan and the Nikola Manev Gallery? Award
9/23/2003 12:00:00 AM
There are quite a few persons the town of Chirpan is so proud of. Here, in 1940, the famous artist Nikola Manev was born. Ever since 1964 he has been working in France, where he graduated from the ...
KEO - the project of the 21st century
9/20/2003 12:00:00 AM
Based on publication in the ?24 Hours? Newspaper:Messages from all over the world are going to be sent on a satellite to the space, and after a period of 50,000 years they will get back to Eart...
?Techno polis? in Plovdiv
9/19/2003 12:00:00 AM
Today, September 19th 2003, the largest hypermarket specialized for electric appliances, ?Techno polis?, opened in Plovdiv. Situated at 7,700 sq.m., right next to the ?Metro? hypermarket, it is the...
Plovdiv ? a leading bodybuilding power in the last few years
9/17/2003 12:00:00 AM
(Based on a publication in the Maritsa newspaper)The Plovdiv Bodybuilding and Fitness Club called ?Muscle Art?, with the president Kim Merdzhanov, became the champion of the republic for the fi...
European mobility week (September 16th ? 22nd)
9/16/2003 12:00:00 AM
The news from the Environmental Ministry:A Green cell phone number is introduced: 048 1222. People can get in touch in case of any kind of ecological contamination that calls for emergent inter...
Will Plovdiv ever be connected into a direct gas supply system?
9/15/2003 12:00:00 AM
Today is the first school day for all the students in Bulgaria. Therefore, today is a good day to draw a conclusion about what we all have done or intend to do for the young people, so that they wi...
Mayor elections in Plovdiv
9/12/2003 12:00:00 AM
The today?s issue of the Maritsa Newspaper presents the eleven candidates that will compete in the local elections for a mayor of Plovdiv. They are:1. Dr Ivan Chomakov ? Union of the Democ...
The town of Zlatograd and the Rhodope people
9/11/2003 12:00:00 AM
The information is based on the regional page of the Maritza newspaper (Sept.11th, 2003):?Bulgaria starts, and does not end, where the town of Zlatograd lies?That is what the residents of t...
Armenia?s President on a visit to Plovdiv
9/10/2003 12:00:00 AM
The Armenian president, Mr. Robert Kocharian, arrived on a friendly visit to Plovdiv yesterday. Based on the interview with him in the Maritsa newspaper today, taken by Valentina Yeremieva, we lear...