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Hristo Stoichkov
Gender Male
Ethnic Bulgarian
Job Bulgarian Footballer
Desc Spain’s 1998 World Cup campaign was an unmitigated disaster with Javier Clemente’s team being eliminated in the group phase. Within their group was Bulgaria, a team led by a star everyone in Spain knew well. Hristo Stoichkov was present, although it didn’t stop a wounded La Roja mauling the Bulgarians in a 6-1 victory


Org Bulgaria National Team
Club as Player Barcelona FC


Teammate Romario

2013 08 31 Retrieve

[Hristo Stoichkov thinks the Welshman is overrated and English!] If Bale is worth €100m, I would have been priceless. No Englishman who has ever come to Spanish football has succeeded

2015 04 04 Retrieve

[Hristo Stoichkov on Louis van Gaal] I have no respect for him - he’s scum. Once when I was injured, I was with my wife at Camp Nou and Van Gaal went up to her. He asked her how it was possible that she married someone like me. She responded that I was a Ballon d’Or winner

2015 05 23 Retrieve

[Hristo Stoichkov taunts Real Madrid] It’s shameful they have won just one league title in seven seasons. I think - even at my age - I’d win more than one Spanish title playing with a load of former players! It’s good that they’ve given more importance to their basketball team, because they’ll be watching the football finals on television!

2015 08 15 Retrieve

[Hristo Stoichkov on Van Gaal] I would never be under the orders of Van Gaal. He’s mediocre. He destroyed Barça and is destroying Manchester United. With what he has done to [Victor] Valdes he has shown he is a bad person. Hopefully Pedro listens to me and doesn’t leave

2016 01 16 Retrieve

[Bulgarian legend Hristo Stoichkov adds to the plaudits for Messi] Messi no longer competes with anyone, he is a myth. No one can doubt that Messi should win the Ballon d’Or. I think it’s impossible that someone can overcome him. I doubt there will be another player like Messi

2019 08 15 Retrieve

[The legendary former Blaugrana striker does not want to see the South American brought back from PSG, or any other players offered in exchange] He has no place because there are already important players. There is [Ousmane] Dembele, Griezmann, [Luis] Suarez and[Lionel] Messi. Where is he going to play? He would be a bomb inside the locker room

For my part, I don’t want him to come back. Sure, there is a group of players who want him to return and ask the president to make an effort, but Barca will not spend a single euro bringing back because they have no money to pay PSG.

[Ivan Rakitic and Philippe Coutinho have been mooted as potential makeweights, allowing PSG to get creative cover for an outgoing forward, but Stoichkov believes the wrong approach is being taken] Players offered to PSG? It is disrespectful. For example, Rakitic is a great worker, a very humble boy who has never let his guard down and has always defended the interests of Barcelona. Coutinho? He cost a lot of money but has a lot of football in him and I defend him. Hopefully, no Barcelona player leaves

2019 10 16 Retrieve

[Bulgaria great Hristo Stoichkov fought back tears in a TV appearance as he demanded action over the racist abuse England players suffered in their Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia. A section of Bulgaria supporters aimed monkey chants at Raheem Sterling, Tyrone Mings and Marcus Rashford and were also seen performing Nazi salutes] People don’t deserve to suffer. That fans are not allowed in the stadium, or even heavier punishments, like in England a few years ago

2020 04 06 Retrieve

[Former Barcelona star Hristo Stoichkov believes it would be fairer to end the La Liga now] If we see how the situation is, with the matches which have been played, it would be fairer to end the La Liga season as it is now. Many teams could stay up at the bottom, there are a lot of matches left. They could leave the league as it is, have no relegation and the top two from Segunda could get promoted to have a 22 team league. Because they have also done a lot of work to win many matches

2020 05 10 Retrieve

[Hristo Stoichkov has expressed his belief that Pep Guardiola’s work was easy at Barcelona] Barcelona was already cooked. Pep’s work was easy, as he knew perfectly well the infrastructure of the youth system. Frank Rijkaard made the squad Pep took over. Messi and other players had already debuted with Rijkaard. Spectacular things would have been achieved with Pep or without. There was Thierry Henry, Deco, Ronaldinho, Rafa Marquez, Carles Puyol and Victor Valdes. There were a few players Pep needed to move, but Andreas Iniesta and Pedro came in, and there was more playing time for Lionel - then the team was complete

[on Mourinho] He was a pretty smart boy. He looked at everything - from training and the warm-ups, to the work we did with the ball. Always a paper and a pen, always writing things down

2020 05 22 Retrieve

[Hristo Stoichkov says Lautaro Martinez will learn a lot at Barcelona] Martinez has great ability. He’s going to learn a lot at Barcelona. He has a great teacher like Luis Suarez. And he will have a good understanding with [Lionel] Messi, [Antoine] Griezmann and [Ousmane] Dembele. He likes to compete a lot, not just score goals. He’s growing every day. I think he’s proving that this year. The question is not whether he can play or not, the important thing is to compete. He has to train, he has to get into this style of play. I spent eight years at Barcelona playing both left and right [wing]. Everyone is a substitute and a starter; it depends on how you train during the week

2020 06 13 Retrieve

[Barcelona great Hristo Stoichkov says Lionel Messi is always unfairly blamed for Argentina’s failures] To see a friend happy, like Leo, and to stop him suffering so much for not being able to win a World Cup, I would change my Golden Boot, which I got at the 1994 World Cup, to see Messi world champion. Always when he loses, Messi has the blame and they never talk about those who are next to him and fail. In South Africa [at the 2010 World Cup under Diego Maradona], they had a great team and where did it end and why? No one asks it. Later in Brazil, Argentina reached the final and when [other players] have clear opportunities, the fault lies with Messi and Messi loses. In the Copa America, they have lost two finals on penalties. And again, Messi cannot win, but what do we do with the players who failed and Messi assisted them? They are hiding

[Stoichkov does not think all is lost for Argentina ahead of Qatar 2022] Sooner or later the glory of Messi will end. Then we must value everything that was done in football. I believe that in 2022 in Qatar this Argentine national team will have the last great opportunity to win the World Cup in its history. With Lautaro Martinez, with Paulo Dybala, with the last campaigns, I imagine, by Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria. There is a very competitive team