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Thanks to Georgi

Hello, dear fellows.If this is your first time here, you will think that this is a blog only about football. Football and not so many other sports mentioned. This is totally not true.

My big love is called basketball. This is not just a game , it is magical quiz, which you try to solve with every pass, shoot, 3 points scored or just a marvelous block or rebound. It is a chess but only with one ball and 2 baskets. It is a high way with 10 athletes, who are doing remarkable things. Basketball is kind of mathematical problem, which can be solved in billions of different ways.

There is one guy  from which I learnt a lot during my 6 years career as a basket player, when I was in high school. He is not just  a man, but a motivation, inspiration and maybe if he could get the chance , he could and should played in NBA. All the winners and strong men from Levski sports clubs are with the name Georgi – Georgi Ivanov – Gonzo, Georgi Asparuhov – GUndi and Georgi Mladenov. I want to thank to Jor, the man who coudl score 100 points with such ease as Michael Jordan is winning his first slam dunk competition . Let’s see for what I am grateful:

  1. His dribble – amazing, not just because he is one of the best in the last 100 years in Europe, it is because such dribble cannot be seen anymore.
  2. Leadership – unfortunately we do not have such player in our football team and basket one at that time. I clearly remember during the time-outs how he was shouting and motivating his team mates.
  3. Spirit of the winner – like an eagle, he always sees and seeks the pray before anyone else will know what will follow.
  4. Resemblance with Gonzo – both of them will die, but Levski winn always win. One car scored a goal with a blood on his head, the other could shoot a 3 pointer – buzzer beater , which will leave anyone speechless .
  5. Ivo Ivanov and  Mladen Mladenov “the teacher “- for those who do not now, the father of Joro is with his name and he learnt many people to play well and to love this game. I am mentioning the great writer and journalist Ivo Ivanov because I read one article about those two people and the basketball game in Bulgaria.
  6. To score 3 pointer like free-throws – this man took several times my breath. He had a magnificent right hand, yes he was a little bit selfish sometimes, but one of the best , why not the best Bg player of all times.
  7. The tears of the winner – I remember many times his tears from happiness and joy. The big men and basketball players cry like little kids, because when they see all their dreams come true, this is the only way t express and relief the big pressure on their shoulders.  I remember when Jordan was crying , when he won his first NBA title.

Thanks Mr . Mladenov, thanks Georgi, thanks Joro you made and inspired us for big deeds. The good sportsmen is like a good book,, his experience and love with the ball an the game, stay forever in the hearts of the fans. Be good and be always inspired, my friends. Joro Mladenov had it all , hopefully we will soon have player like him.

Gundi – smile of an angel

Good day, to all of you who like and enjoy my place. I called it place, because here I feel comfortable to share all my dreams and thoughts with you. To speak loud and free for everything, to be me in 120 %. Today post will be about a great man, a player, father, husband and an angel. Yes, he was an angel,soon you will understand why.

My grandfather told me once, bad man cannot smile in a shiny , childish manner, like everything he is doing is the great gift from God. You all know in what times we live. Times of bad people, thieves, layers , killers, double-faced, people who only cherish money and power. People , who are all dark even when they are smiling….

Now when I am posting these lines I am in a mood from shy smile to tears trying to drop down on the keyboard. The same feeling I had , while I was writing the post about Karlovo and Vasil Levski in my other blog. There are such humans , idols, legends which come for a short time and makes everything to look simple, they show you the way and then God takes them back to himself. Are they angels, I will leave this decision to you ….

One of these angles is Georgi Asparuhov – GUndi. The man who was chosen for the best Bulgarian football player for the past 100 years. The man in whom all the women and girls were in love. The humble boy , who had a jump like Michael Jordan ( Gundi trained for several years volleyball). Hero of the blue public and the maestro with the ball. He had the smile, which can melt any bad heart or strong eyes. As my grandfather told me, he was never brutal, aggressive, even he did not have may yellow cards in his career. But the defenders where very brutal and rough with him, that is why he was having injuries all the time of his short career. He was wanted in many movies in Bulgaria, to take part in. He was a light in the tunnel  of bad and bloody communist times…. He was and he is a star  , that shows us the way and teach us how to be better humans . Why do I believe that he was a fallen angel among us:

  1. Please look at this smile on all of pictures in the books written about him or the ones in the net. Look what purity and what eyes , like shining stars. Only children and 100% pure people can smile this way.
  2. Do you know what Asparuhov was doing exrecises after the official training of the teams, he was staying to train his shot with the head from outside the penalty box , he trained his left and right hand kick as well. He wanted to be best of the bests. And many people were around the pitch, waiting to see him, to take an autograph , to have a picture. And to all these fans he reacted gently with a smile. Pure kindness.
  3. Do you know that when he died in a car accident in Vitinya, he was in a hurry to go to a generosity game with his friend Nikola Kotkov? He never drank, because many people from team, which does not exist any more, tell and write on the walls such non-senses.  I had the chance to speak with Dimitur Penev about him, he told me that he was the guy who was like German players, always on time , the best in training and always open to help.
  4. Can you imagine what love is , when you speak with old men and women about him , they start to cry in the same time, they start to speak about Gundi? That man had that power among people, he was giving them love, with his play, with his smile, with the big  heart he had. He was the angle of kindness.
  5. I saw several interviews with Euzebio . When he started speaking about Gundi, he was like a sun , shining brightly and than started crying. Every football European legend of that time, tells that we have lost a diamond, a genius and a pure man – one of a kind.
  6. Our stadium named after him- this is not just an honor . It is a great sign and blink to Georgi. Because it is important for the young people, kids and foreign fans, to know to what a holly place they are coming. Holly place named after a saint…..
  7. Who is the best Bulgarian footballer Gundi or Stoichkov? I will tell you the things this way. If Gundi was alive and among us, he would gently and kindly give the reward to Stoichkov. Georgi Asparuhov lives in the hearts of every man, of every fan of every child or just a foreigner. Humble, good people, do not behave like jerks, do not swear journalists or even beat them. Good humans, behave like normal people. Once we all will meet in the same place.

The points are seven as a reminder of that great 7-2 against our enemy, which is not existing anymore. Three goals of Gundi and amazing play of all the members of Levski at that game. I know Gundi is watching us from somewhere  , he is smiling , he is happy or sad , but mostly he is with his friends- the other angles ( including NIkola Kotkov). He had only 28 years to show  what his mission was, but he left so much love , as he was living for 280 years. Now I am also crying, because I love Gundi, I love Levski and our love is stronger  then any hatred of other teams. I am positive that miracles happen and angels come, when he have strong belief and faith. I do believe that soon we will have and produce such talent. Only Levski and Gundi is immortal, I guess he liked my post and he is smiling back to me from somewhere above, all we know that this place is called – heaven...

 

Simply motivation

Hello, dear fellows. It has been a long time since my last post. Usually there is time and space for everything. Sometimes you need time, just to rest or to reconcile what will be going on in the near future. As the blog is going bigger, also the responsibilities are on the same direction.

Today , we will speak about motivation. About that spice, about that flame and that inspiration, which makes people and in our case sportsmen and women to look like Gods . Motivation is that color, that type of music in your heart, that can not be described, it can be felt and performed. Sometimes motivation comes from love, from pride , from honor or just because the will to win , or because you are motivated to be always on top. And as all of you perfectly know, eagles feel lonely on the top , but their are ‘Kings” of the sky and rulers of the clouds and sun.

In all kind of sports, there are different engines, that makes different sportsmen and women, give more than a 100 % of their abilities.  I will try to point out some examples, that stayed forever in my heart and mind:

1.Michael Jordan – air time. One day , the king of the air space, just said : ” I feel like I have wings on my legs…” He is inspiration for lots of fans all around the globe, not only when he was playing, but even know, when he retired from the game. Behind his great success, stands his will. He is one of the most workaholic people , I know. He kept memories of every thing he would and could not do on the pitch, in order to improve these things in the future. Hats down for him.

2. Don Diego , Diego Armando Maradona –  the hand of God. He is not only genius, he is the inspiration for today’s Argentinian stars : Messi, Kun Aguero, Higuain, Angel di Maria , Lavezzi and many others. Don Diego was the one, that made football passes and dribble look like a childish game, ease to be done by everyone. His motivation , was the love for the game. He was training all day long , till the sun went down. He just loved the ball, the moves and wanted to be more than perfect.

3. Georgi AsparuhovGundi .Man of honor, man of charm, man of all human virtues, but he died very young in car accident. If you do not know him, he is one of the best Bulgarian football players. He did not have the chance to go and play abroad like Stoichkove, Lubo Penev and Nasko Sirakov, but he stayed as a legend and hero in the hearts of blues fans from all around the glob. Fans of Levski Sofia and all the teams and players who saw this magnificent man. His inspiration and motivation was called love and devotion. Just search in the net pictures of his and when you see his look and smile, you will perfectly understand my words.

4. Airton Sena – geniuses dye young. Formula one is not my sport, but I remember this wonderful man,this master at work, this genius with so deep universe in his eye. I was a little boy when he died, but everyone who ever saw him, was touched by this wonderful master and humble person.

5. Drajen Petrovic – the angel who died very young, unfortunately in car accident as the previous two great men. Every time I write about this man, tears begin to drop from my eyes. Even now, when some is taking an interview from his team members, friends or people in Croatia, they start to cry. He was a man of great heart, like Gundi ( Georgi Asparuhov). His motivation was, to show the world that people from Eastern Europe are one of the best basketball players. When  I played basketball, I remember what he was doing . He trained hour and two after the official training of the team got ended. He is one of the guys , who scored one of the most unbelievable 3 pointers in the history of NBA and in the history of the World basketball. Rest in piece, Drajen.

I hope , you liked this post. Motivation is the engine , that drives the world and sport to a new and beautiful places and directions. Read between the lines and see what miracles can motivation do in your live.