Good player, Letchkov. I saw him play in an indoor tournament when he was at HSV. I was sitting right down the front and the speed of his footwork, when viewed from close-up, was simply marvellous.
The only other things I can remember about that tournament were that Uli Borowka had a behind the size of my favourite armchair and that Otto Rehhagel, when he invaded the pitch to remonstrate with the referee, walked as though he'd done it in his pants.
The HSV fans adored him. Mind you, Brian Glover in his role in Kes could have got in the HSV team then. In fact, he could probably get in the HSV team now.
I know Letchkov was saddled with a reputation as a lazy arse towards the end of his career, but on the few occasions I saw him at HSV, he was as industrious as anybody else on the pitch. One of only a handful of 'silky midfielders' I've seen who wasn't afraid to get his shorts dirty.
I coach at princetonfc.org, and the head trainer played with the entire 94 team right up to the World Cup (all of the youth World Cups and Euros.)
The stories he tells about all of those guys back in Bulgaria is quite depressing. It's to the point that I'm not sure if we'll ever see Bulgaria in another major tournament from the chicanery and hijinks.