Tag: bulgaria

A Tale of One City: Sofia

It’s a warm afternoon in Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria. Emerging from the metro station, an enveloping heat surrounds me as I take in the scattering of tables selling an eclectic…

Dimitar Berbatov and the golden touch of perfection

If one were to step into the boots of Dimitar Berbatov, the scene would perhaps play out like something from Inception; players sprint at walking pace, their faces contorted with exertion, each…

Hristo Stoichkov: the architect in Cruyff’s Barcelona

Illustration by Federico Manasse An instant pick in any 1990s Fantasy Football team, Hristo Stoichkov shredded defences apart for club and country in the early part of the decade, with a deadly…

When God was Bulgarian

Football folklore is replete with tales of unfancied teams fighting back in the face of seemingly overwhelming adversity, recovering from an apparently inevitable defeat to down one of the giants of the game;…

Stoichkov and Hagi: The Dagger and The King

It was the first match since being comprehensively beaten 4-0 by Fabio Capello’s Milan side in the Champions League final. A star-studded Barcelona showed up at Oosterpark Stadion in Groningen to face the…