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Hristo Stoitchkov (Bulgarian: Христо Стоичков) (born February 8, 1966, in Plovdiv, Bulgaria) is one of the most renowned left-footed football (soccer) players. Stoitchkov has already cemented his status as a sports legend. He is considered among soccer's elite, arguably one of the top soccer players of the 20th Century. Stoitchkov's extraordinary talent, fiery temper and determination to succeed have led him to the heights of personal and professional triumph.
At the 1994 World Cup, Stoitchkov was awarded the Golden Boot as the top goal scorer of the tournament as he miraculously led Bulgaria to the semi-finals. Apart from his numerous awards and trophies, Stoitchkov gained much popularity because of his aggressive on-pitch temper. His relentless attitude was known to irritate his opposition and enthrall his fans who preserve his image close to their hearts. Stoitchkov ended his international career with 37 goals in 83 appearances for his country.
As a player, Stoitchkov played as a left attacker/winger. His specialties included free kicks, penalties and taking unpredictable shots on goal. Stoichkov was also known for his explosive acceleration and speed dribbling.
Stoichkov began his career with Bulgarian football club CSKA Sofia, before moving on to the more prestigious FC Barcelona and Parma A.C., and finally finishing his career in America with the Chicago Fire and D.C. United.
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.
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