Bulgaria soccer star's broken English a YouTube hit

Tue Feb 2, 2010 11:24am EST
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By Angel Krasimirov

SOFIA (Reuters Life!) - An interview with Bulgarian soccer star Hristo Stoichkov in broken English has gained wild popularity on the Internet among fellow countrymen and inspired a rap singer to post a song about it on video website YouTube.

Ivan Ivanov's song "Tu parts" contains phrases taken from an English language interview the former national team striker gave to a South African journalist. The interview has been posted on YouTube and is gaining rapid popularity in Bulgaria. (here)

"Sometimes lyun (instead of lose), sometimes win" or "too much peoples come only for the pass the time" are some of the soccer-great-turned-coach's expressions bringing smiles to the faces of Bulgarian fans.

Stoichkov, now coach of South African club Mamelodi Sundowns, has been a fan favorite at home and is the only Bulgarian ever named European Footballer of the Year (1994). He is also widely considered to be Bulgaria's most popular export.

"I just don't care," Stoichkov told Trud daily when asked about his English language skills. "I can speak Spanish and use a translator but I prefer to do it by myself, with or without mistakes."

Ivanov, who studies economics and is known as DJ Vann, said he had enormous respect for Stoichkov.

"I didn't make it to offend him, that's for sure" Ivanov told Reuters. "I just liked the way he did it, with such zeal, despite knowing that his English is not brilliant."

Ivanov said he was keen on getting permission from Stoichkov to commercially release "Tu parts" after loading it on YouTube. (here)   Continued...