Samuel Eto'o Confirms Participation in Stoichkov's Birthday Show
Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto'o is the latest player to confirm his participation at the birthday show celebrating the 50th anniversary of Bulgarian football legend Hristo Stoichkov.
Eto'o, who like Stoichkov played for Barcelona, is the first African to confirm his participation in the spectacle which will take place at the Vasil Levski National Stadium in Sofia on May 20.
The show entitled “50 years number 8” (after Stoichkov's jersey number) will bring together some of the best Bulgarian and international football players from the recent past and the present.
So far, a total of five Bulgarian and 22 international football players have confirmed their participation in the show.
The first to confirm was Argentinian legend Diego Maradona, followed by numerous stars from Europe, the Balkans and Latin America.
Apart from Maradona, the other representatives from Latin America are goalkeepers Jorge Campos (Mexico) and Jose Luis Chilavert (Paraguay), Brazilian Romario, Argentinian Juan Roman Riquelme, Colombians Carlos Valderrama and Diego Gutierrez and Chilean Ivan Zamorano.
The Balkans will be represented by Romanians Gheorghe Hagi and Gheorghe Popescu, Croatians Davor Suker and Zvonimir Boban as well as Predrag Mijatovic and Dejan Savicevic from Montenegro.
Five players from Bulgaria's golden football generation of the 1990s have also confirmed their participation - Nasko Sirakov, Yordan Letchkov, Lyuboslav Penev, Krasimir Balakov and Emil Kostadinov.
Other Europeans to take part in the show are Italians Roberto Baggio, Daniele Massaro, Gianfranco Zola and Antonio Benarrivo, Jean Pierre-Papin from France, Germany's Lothar Matthaeus and Piotr Nowak from Poland.
Stoichkov celebrated his 50th anniversary on Monday, with both the Bulgarian and international community congratulating him on the occasion.
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