Emil Kostadinov or "The executioner of the roosters" was born on August 12, 1967.
Emil Kostadinov is yet another great Bulgarian striker, who became famous for his last-minute goal against France, which devastated the over-confident French (one minute before the commentator already celebrated and said "It's in the pocket") and qualified Bulgaria for the 1994 World Cup, thus freeing the way towards what should become the most remarkable performance ever of Bulgarian football. "God is Bulgarian!" is the famous quote of a Bulgarian commentator after Kostadinov's last second goal against France in 1993 that qualified Bulgaria for the 1994 World Cup. David Ginola, whose mistake lead to the goal, never played again for France while there was little expectation from Bulgaria. Kostadinov has played for such famous teams as FC Porto and Bayern Munich and his successes include a Portuguese Championship and the UEFA-Cup title with Bayern. Emo's main skills are his extraordinary sprinting ability coupled with a perfect handling of the ball and a great goal-instinct. He's always good for a goal and he really gives the defenders some hard work. In 1993 Emil Kostadinov was chosen for Bulgarian soccer player of the year. He has been Bulgaria soccer club champion three times - 1987, 1989 and 1990, twice a silver medalist - 1985 and 1988, and a bronze medalist in 1998; he has also won the national cup 4 times - 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989. Emil Kostadinov has 70 games for the Bulgarian national team and has scored 26 goals.