President Rumen Radev expressed his concern for what is happening in Bulgarian football during his speech, which was part of his participation in the opening of the “Hall of Fame” for the legend of Bulgarian football Hristo Stoichkov.
The head of state was among the special guests at the event, which was also attended by his predecessors Petar Stoyanov, Georgi Parvanov and Rosen Plevneliev.
“The passions surrounding football devastated the center of Sofia, vandalism is not love for sports. But those who lead the sport must have a heart for Bulgaria and responsibility for the players and the fans,” stressed Rumen Radev in his greeting to the guests at the ceremony.
“Bulgaria honors its sports icons and I am glad that the generations who did not have the chance to watch Stoichkov’s great game live will have a place to come to draw inspiration and pride,” the president also stated.
Four presidents honored the opening of Hristo Stoichkov’s “Hall of Fame”.
In his greeting, the head of state singled out the efforts and incredible achievements of Hristo Stoichkov, whose glorious career remains a benchmark for dedication to sports, talent and will.
“Those tempted by football in our country are divided into two: those who experienced the American summer of 1994 and all the rest, the younger ones, who were not so lucky,” said President Radev, who recalled the memorable weeks of the summer of 1994. when, according to his words, our people experienced the intoxication of being together for the last time, hearts beating in one rhythm, and emotions accompanying every masterpiece of the “Foam Band”.
“The symbol of this victorious Bulgaria became Hristo Stoichkov”, the head of state pointed out and added that in the red color of the army club, with the symbols of Barcelona and with the national jersey, Stoichkov brought immeasurable joy and excitement to football fans.
According to President Radev, one truly realizes what Stoichkov is for Bulgaria when he goes outside the country and during his conversations with people from distant countries and continents, mentioning the name of our country.
“This is the truest assessment. Stoichkov is a victory for Bulgaria. Sports is that great activity that gives a boy from Plovdiv with will, discipline and God-given talent the opportunity to give millions of people in our country and around the world the joy of playing and the pride of the victories”, Rumen Radev also pointed out.
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