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Andrey Zhelyazkov (Bulgarian: Андрей Желязков; born 9 July 1952 in Radnevo) is a former Bulgarian footballer who played as a forward. He spent 12 years of his career playing for Slavia Sofia and is the club's all-time top goalscorer in the A Group with 136 goals. Zhelyazkov is also the most capped player in the history of the club with 338 league appearances. He participated in the 1986 FIFA World Cup.

Andrey Zhelyazkov
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Personal information
Full name Andrey Zhelyazkov
Date of birth (1952-07-09) 9 July 1952 (age 67)
Place of birth Radnevo, Bulgaria
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1960–1969 Minyor Radnevo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1971 Minyor Radnevo 58 (21)
1971–1981 Slavia Sofia 293 (124)
1981–1984 Feyenoord 76 (30)
1984–1985 Slavia Sofia 23 (6)
1985–1986 RC Strasbourg 33 (1)
1986–1987 Beerschot 32 (1)
1988–1989 Slavia Sofia 22 (4)
Total 537 (187)
National team
1974–1986 Bulgaria 54 (14)
Teams managed
1992–1997 Levski Sofia
1997–2004 Player's Agent
2004– Feyenoord (scout)
2012 Ludogorets Razgrad (scout)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only



Zhelyazkov played in his home country for Minyor Radnevo and Slavia Sofia, in the Netherlands for Feyenoord, in France with RC Strasbourg, in Belgium for Beerschot, and for the Bulgaria national football team.[1] With Slavia he won the Bulgarian Cup in 1975 and 1980 and reached the final twice more in 1972 and 1981. He hold Slavia's record for both most caps with 338 and most goals 136.


In 1981, Zhelyazkov joined Eredivisie side Feyenoord. During 1983–84 season he formed a successful partnership with Johan Cruijff and Ruud Gullit, which led Feyenoord to the first league title since 1974. They contributed a total of 34 goals in the campaign.



  1. ^ Mamrud, Roberto (16 July 2009). "Bulgaria - Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 18 August 2009.

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Andrey Zhelyazkov in 1981
Preceded by
Atanas Mihaylov
Bulgarian Footballer of the Year
Succeeded by
Georgi Velinov