HRISTO STOICHKOV TO JOIN PARMA

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Hristo Stoichkov, the European er of the Year, confirmed on Saturday that he is joining Parma, the Italian Serie A club, from Barcelona. "In two days I will be Parma's player," the Bulgarian international said. Italian television reported from Parma that Stoichkov had agreed to a three-year contract and that the deal was worth an estimated pounds 7m, half going to the player and the rest to Barcelona.

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