Kamis, 17 Juli 2008



Full Name : Hristo Stoichkov
Born : 08.02.1966
Born In : Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Nationality : Bulgaria
Height : 178 cm
Weight : 85 kg

Statistic Career


Period Team Country
01/2003 - 12/2003 D.C. United USA
03/2000 - 12/2002 Chicago Fire USA
01/1999 - 12/1999 Kashiwa Reysol Japan
03/1998 - 12/1998 Al-Ansar Lebanon
01/1998 - 02/1998 CSKA Sofia Bulgaria
07/1996 - 01/1998 FC Barcelona Spain
07/1995 - 06/1996 Parma AC Italy
07/1990 - 06/1995 FC Barcelona Spain
07/1984 - 06/1990 CSKA Sofia Bulgaria

National Team

At the 1994 FIFA World Cup, Stoichkov was awarded the Golden Boot as the joint top goal scorer of the tournament (with Oleg Salenko), with six goals. He led Bulgaria past Germany to the semi finals, where they lost 2-1 to Italy. They subsequently lost the 3rd place play-off to Sweden, 4-0.

Bulgaria finished second in the qualifying group for Euro 1996 after the first place was taken by the eventual winners, Germany. Stoichkov scored 10 goals for his team during the qualifiers, as Bulgaria qualified as one of the best 6 runners-up. In the first match against Germany in Sofia 3-2, Bulgaria were 2-0 down at half-time. Stoichkov equalized with two goals from penalties and Emil Kostadinov also scored for a 3-2 win. Bulgaria lost the second match in Germany 3-1.

During the finals, Bulgaria lost 3-1 in the decisive group match against a very strong France side (the future World Champions); at the same time, in the other match, Spain won 2-1 late on against Romania and so the Bulgarians went out. In that tournament Stoichkov scored 3 goals in 3 matches, and another goal against Spain was disallowed for offside, though action replays show that he was actually on-side. Stoitchkov was the only player to score from a free kick (against France) in this tournament.

He was also part of the squad that was eliminated in the first round of the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Bulgaria wasn't nearly as strong as in previous years, and scored only one goal in the tournament (by Kostadinov), in a 6-1 defeat by Spain.

Stoichkov retired from internationals in 1999 with 37 goals in 83 appearances. Subsequently he was the coach of the Bulgarian national team from 2004 to April 2007.


* Bulgarian League Top Scorer. 1989, 1990
* European Golden Boot. 1989
* UEFA Cup Winners Cup Top Scorer. 1989
* European Footballer of the Year. 1994
* FIFA world Cup 1994 Golden Shoe - Top Scorer
* Golden Foot. 2007
In November 2003, to celebrate UEFA jubilee, he was selected as the Golden Player of Bulgaria by Bulgarian Football Union as their most outstanding player of the 50 years.

Coaching Career

In the 2003-04 season, Stoichkov started a coaching career, serving as a forwards coach at Barça. After Bulgarian national team coach Plamen Markov resigned in the wake of the team's first-round exit from Euro 2004, the Bulgarian Football Union named him as the new national team coach on 15 July.

Stoichkov's coaching career got off to a bad start with him failing to qualify the Bulgarian national team for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. He brought his bad temper from his career as a player to the coaching bench. A couple of proven players quit the team due to personal differences with Stoichkov. The most notable scandal was at the 03/09/05 game against Sweden, where he was sent-off for insulting the referee.

The biggest blow to Hristo Stoichkov as a coach of the national team of Bulgaria came on 12/10/2006, when Stiliyan Petrov, the captain of the team, announced he will not play for the team as long as Stoichkov is the coach. Petrov is the third player and the second captain in two years to leave the team because of differences with Stoichkov. However, on 17/03/2007 Stiliyan Petrov announced that he had a private conversation with Stoichkov, in which they were able to work their differences out. As a result Petrov would return to the team.

On April 10, 2007, the Bulgarian Footbal Union announced they had accepted the resignation of Hristo Stoichkov from the post of national coach. That was as a result of the poor performance of the team at the current Euro 2008 qualifying campaign, followed by widely spread criticism and debate over the qualities of the coach. He had a short disappointing stint as Manager at Celta de Vigo, for which he was sacked following the team's slump which took them to the lower reaches of the Spanish second Division. On October 8, 2007 he was replaced by ex-Real Madrid coach Juan Ramon Lopez Caro.

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