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    I love the way he hits the bar from about 3 yards out, with so much conviction, at 4:15 in the first video
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    The Parma transfer was a huge mistake, Hristo's decline just accelerated and when he returned a year later he wasn't the same player anymore, he was 30 years old. Also things had changed at Barcelona. Bobby Robson was now manager of the club, Jose Mourinho, his protege, was working in an unknown role, Ronaldo was bought and was to play probably his best season in his career during the 1996/97 season.

    Hristo clashed with Cruyff a lot during the final years of the 1988-1996 era and that forced him out of the club. Stoichkov mentioned recently that the team got too complacent during the 1993/94 season and knowing Hristo's temperament I have no doubts he told that to Cruyff. He just cannot keep it to himself. With Hristo gone the 1995/96 season was destined to be bad, Cruyff got fired at the end and never managed again.

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