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(Video) The CaughtOffside Interview: Barcelona and Bulgaria Legend Hristo Stoichkov

This week we pulled off something of a master-stroke and got to sit down and chat with the footballing legend that is Hristo Stoichkov. For those of you have lived in isolation on an island your entire lives, the 44 year old did some rather special things with Barcelona and for his Bulgarian national team. In his two spells at the Nou Camp the talented marksman netted 117 goals and helped the Catalan giants to 5 La Liga titles, a European Cup triumph in 1992 and the European Cup Winners Cup in 1997. He also helped his country to a fourth place finish in the 1994 World Cup.

We caught up with Hristo in Tel Aviv where he was helping to fund raise for Maccabi Yafo a team with rich connections to Stoichkov’s beloved Bulgaria and a team who prides itself on its links with both the Jewish and Arab communities of Jaffa. We discussed his involvement with this cause as well as many other issues including the development of fan owned clubs, the greed prevalent in the modern game as well as his future and his own treasured memories from a career littered with iconic moments.

Our interview is split into the two videos below, apologies in advance for the sound.

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Part 1

Part 2

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