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Stoitchkov quits Bulgaria to take charge of Celta

Stoitchkov quits Bulgaria to take charge of Celta

Hristo Stoitchkov resigned as coach of Bulgaria's national soccer team Tuesday to take over at Spanish team Celta.
Celta said on its Web site that Stoitchkov would be presented Wednesday. The club gave no details of the length of his contract.
The 41-year-old Stoitchkov, who replaces Fernando Vazquez at Celta, had been Bulgaria coach since 2004.
Bulgaria fans had been calling for Stoitchkov's resignation since the team drew 0-0 with Albania last month in a European Championship qualifier.
The Netherlands leads Group G with 14 points, followed by Romania with 11 and Bulgaria with nine. Bulgaria next plays at Belarus on June 2.
A new Bulgaria coach will be announced on April 25, federation president Borislav Mihailov said.
Stoitchkov, widely regarded as Bulgaria's greatest player, has never previously worked as a team coach in Spain. However, he was briefly on FC Barcelona's coaching staff in the 2003-04 season.
Vazquez was fired by Celta on Monday after a dismal run in which the team won only two of its past 19 games. In 18th place in the 20-team Spanish league with nine games of the season remaining, Celta is threatened with relegation after three straight years in the top division.
Stoitchkov was a fiery but prolific scorer after leaving CSKA Sofia for Barcelona in 1990.
In his first spell with the Spanish club, he won the European Cup in 1992 and four straight Spanish league titles.
In 1994, Stoitchkov was the leading scorer at the World Cup in the United States, where Bulgaria reached the semifinals, and was voted European player of the year.
Stoitchkov then spent a season with Parma before returning for two more seasons with Barcelona, which he helped to win the European Cup Winners' Cup and the Copa del Rey.
Stoitchkov went on to play in Saudi Arabia with Al Nasr, and in Japan with Kashiwa Reysol. He spent his last four seasons in Major League Soccer with the Chicago Fire and D.C. United _ where he was also the team's assistant coach.
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Updated : 2021-10-16 19:43 GMT+08:00