Bulgarian legend wants to coach Vietnamese team

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Bulgarian legend Hristo Stoichkov has offered to coach the Vietnamese national side, the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) has said, adding that his application is under consideration. 

Stoichkov did not mention remuneration or other requirements in the application letter he sent, VFF vice chairman Pham Ngoc Vien told the press on March 15.

 "We also want to choose a domestic coach but no one has agreed with VFF's requirement that they won't coach their clubs while coaching the national team."

Vien also said VFF would finish whittling down the list of foreign coaches to 2-3 in a week.

Stellar player credentials

STOICHKOV RECORD
IN LAO CAI PROVINCE

* Europe's Golden Ball 1994 and World Cup 1994 Golden Boots.

* Best player in Bulgaria 1989, 1990, 1992 and 1994.

* Winner, Bulgarian national championships in 1987, 1989, 1990.

* Winner, Bulgarian National Cup from 1985 till 1989.

* Winner, Spain's top-tier league La Liga championship from 1991 till 1994.

* Winner, UEFA Super Cup in 1993

* Winner Spain's La Copa del Rey in 1997

Stoichkov has a career record football professionals dream of.

He began to play professionally for CSKA Sofia in 1984 when he was 18. In the six years that followed, he won three national championships and five National Cup titles. In 1989, his club was defeated by Spanish giants Barcelona in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, but Stoichkov attracted the attention of the then Barcelona coach, another legend, Johan Cruyff.

A few months later, Stoichkov joined the Spanish club with a record contract of 4.5 million pounds and won five consecutive La Liga titles.

Stoichkov was especially excellent with his left foot. He was capped a total of 84 times for Bulgaria's national team and scored 38 goals.

At the 1994 World Cup in the USA, Bulgaria finished fourth behind champions Brazil, runners-up Italy and third-placed Sweden. Stoichkov was the high scorer of the tournament with six goals and was chosen as FIFA player of the year that same year.

In 1995, he moved to Parma F.C in Italy's top-tier Serie A before returning to Barcelona, but he was not very successful.

He later moved to Japan's top-tier league and then to the US. Stoichkov became coach of Bulgaria's national team in 2004 and worked for three years, but couldn't take Bulgaria to the 18th World Cup in Germany in 2006.

Stoichkov became coach of La Liga strugglers Celta Vigo in April 2007 after stepping down as coach of Bulgaria's national team. He failed to prevent Celta Vigo from being relegated to the second division.

He quit the club in October 2007 for personal reasons, and a year ago, resigned while coaching

South African club Mamelodi Sundown FC.

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