Germany's Lothar Matthaus to Come to Sofia for Stoichkov's Birthday Show

Germany's Lothar Matthaus is the latest player to confirm his participation at the show celebrating the 50th anniversary of Bulgarian football legend Hristo Stoichkov which will take place at the Vasil Levski National Stadium in Sofia on May 20.

Matthaus will be the fourth Ballon d'Or holder to participate in the show along with Stoichkov, Roberto Baggio and Jean-Pierre Papin.

The show entitled "50 years number 8" (after Stoichkov's jersey number) will bring together one of the greatest Bulgarian and international football players from the recent past.

So far, a total of five Bulgarian and 21 international football players have confirmed their attendance, with more names expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

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, 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 European to take part in the show are Italians Daniele Massaro, Gianfranco Zola and Antonio Benarrivo and Piotr Nowak from Poland.

Tickets for the show can be purchased in the network of Eventim (online at, with the...

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