Friday, April 3, 2009

The Derby 1971

Nacional - Penarol
Montevideo, Uruguay

Saturday, March 28, 2009


CSKA "Septemvriisko zname" - Bulgarian champions again.

But not in Europe: Denev, their young and selfish star, seems supreme against Benfica in the European Champions Cup. Benfica won.

Monday, February 2, 2009

high and low 1970

Luiggi Riva - fantastic for both club and country

and dangerous for any wall.

Inter - Lazio
Pino Boninsegna (Inter) leaps over the scthing tackle of Giorgio Papadopulo (Lazio)

The drama of Bulgarian championship - the goalkeeper of Lokomotiv (Plovdiv) Belschinski saves against CSKA (Sofia).

Ivan Tasev - the captain of a team I can't even place - Tekstiletz. Which city is hard to tell - may be Sliven, may be not. Apparently, champions of a regional league.
Champions everyone - from Pele to Tasev

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Finally, at home – Bulgaria. Levski-Spartak made a double, winning both the championship and the cup. But I was with mixed feeling… it was my club and it was not. A year earlier, in the middle of the season, Bulgarian football was ‘reorganized’. Meaning, out of the blue few clubs, mostly from Sofia, were amalgamated. My Levski was merged with Spartak and a third division club – Sportist (Kremikovtzi, Sofia’s suburb). The new club was named Levski-Spartak. It was a heavy blow… Spartak were the Police club. Levski was traditionally the people’s club… The whole story is worth telling, but not now. Suffice to say that the merger alienated many old fans, including my father. They stopped going to the stadium and if watching the team at all, it was only on TV. I followed to some point – until I left the country in the late 1980s, I went to see no more than 20 live Levski’s matches.
Levski-Spartak, champions in 1970.
Second row, left to right: G. Kamensky, M. Gaydarsky, D. Zhechev, Al. Kostov, G. Asparukhov, R. Vitlacil (Czechoslovakia) – coach, Iv. Zdravkov, St. Peshev, R. Goranov.
First row: St. Aladzov, Tz. Vesselinov, Sl. Stoilov, P. Kirilov, B. Mikhailov, P. Panov, N. Kotkov, V. Mitkov, St. Pavlov, Y. Kirilov.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Monday, December 29, 2008