Hristo Stoichkov

Bulgarian football legend Hristo Stoichkov was designated as UNESCO Champion for Sport in May 2016 in recognition of his efforts to promote sport as a tool to advance social inclusion and tolerance, his support to physical education among people with disabilities, his commitment to fight racism and violence in sport.

The former Captain of the Bulgarian football team, Mr Stoichkov, has won numerous prestigious titles such as the European Golden Shoe in 1990, the European Golden Ball in 1994 and the World Cup Golden Boot in 1994. He is also a three time Champion of Bulgaria with his club CSKA Sofia, five time Champion of Spain with FC Barcelona, and winner of the Champions League in 1992.

In Bulgaria, he supports numerous projects and activities promoting sport as a vehicule of social inclusion and tolerance. Such activities raise public awareness on sport as a powerful tool to strengthen social ties and promote ideals of fraternity, tolerance and non-violence.

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