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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.
MAKAVEYAN DAYS - August 1-12
8/1/2013 9:00:00 AM
The traditional holidays called "Makaveyan Days" last for 12 days - from August 1st to August 12th.
Plovdiv is hosting the International Folklore Festival for 19th time
7/29/2013 1:27:59 PM
The festival has been organized by Culture Department of the Plovdiv Municipality.
ST. PANTELEYMON, the All-Merciful
7/27/2013 9:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Panteley, Dobra, Dobrin, Dobrina.T
St. Annas Summer Feastday (Dormition of the Mother of the Holy Virgin)
7/25/2013 10:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Anna, Yana, Enko.
St. Prophet Ilia (Ilinden)
7/20/2013 9:00:00 AM
St. Ilia is a Judaic prophet and a wandering hermit, who lived in the time of the Israeli king of Ahav and queen Iesavel.
That day back in 791 AD, Bulgarian Army led by Khan Kardam won the battle by the Markella Fortress
7/20/2013 8:00:00 AM
The name of Kardam is first encountered in the Byzantine sources in 791, when Emperor Constantine VI embarked on an expedition against Bulgaria
Celebrating the anniversary of Levski birth
7/18/2013 9:00:00 AM
Celebrations of the 176th anniversary of Levskis birth will open July 14th, by a long-distance race.
Orthodox Christianity celebrates the day of ST. MARINA on July 17
7/17/2013 9:00:00 AM
It is the name day of everyone named Marin, Marina
7/15/2013 9:00:00 AM
The Orthodox Church commemorates on July 15, 16, and 17 the Saint Martyrs Kirik and Julita, Atinogen and Marina.
ST. PROCOPIUS, the Bee-Keeper
7/8/2013 9:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Prokopi.