Stoichkov waxes lyrical
A VIDEO clip of Hristo Stoichkov speaking in pidgin English has won a cult following and has even inspired a song.
The Bulgarian legend is now manager at South African Premier League outfit Mamelodi Sundowns, who he has guided to second in the table. During a recent post-match interview for South African television, Stoichkov showed he can give Giovanni Trapattoni a run for his money in football-speak.
Stoichkov's phrases included "Two parts. Fifty-fifty. First half very good, second half... I'm no like". "Sometimes win, sometimes lose". "For me it's very important perform the team". Now, a chap called DJ Vaan has sampled Stoichkov's ramblings for a dance track called 'Tu parts', the video for which has gained a large following on YouTube.
DJ Vaan, aka Ivan Ivanov, said: "I didn't make it to offend him. I just liked the way he did it, with such zeal, despite knowing that his English is not brilliant."
Stoichkov commented. "I just don't care. I can speak Spanish and use a translator but I prefer to do it by myself, with or without mistakes."