THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

Panini Futebol 91 & Panini First Division 1997

mihalyov27 March ~ Plenty of goalkeepers shave their heads now but in the early 1990s there seems to have been some shame attached to natural baldness, at least as far as Borislav Mihailov was concerned. The Bulgarian goalkeeper had a headful of curly hair at the 1986 World Cup but it had receded drastically by the end of the decade. His solution, revealed at the 1994 World Cup, was a hairpiece which must have been attached with industrial-strength solvent.

That he was quite image-conscious was further demonstrated during his two seasons at Reading when he insisted on being called Bobby, a name he also had sprayed on the side of his car. Whatever might be said behind his back, the ludicrous rug didn't prove to be an obstacle to Mihailov's career progress – he later became president of the Bulgarian football federation.

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