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Name 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