Ayan Sadakov

Ayan Faikov Sadakov (Bulgarian: Аян Фаиков Садъков) (26 September 1961 – 1 July 2017) was a Bulgarian footballer and a key member of the Bulgarian national team in the 1986 FIFA World Cup.

Ayan Sadakov
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Sadakov in 2013
Personal information
Full name Ayan Faikov Sadakov
Date of birth (1961-09-26)26 September 1961
Place of birth Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Date of death 1 July 2017(2017-07-01) (aged 55)
Place of death Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1989 Lokomotiv Plovdiv 320 (111)
1989–1991 Belenenses 48 (9)
1992–1993 Lokomotiv Plovdiv 31 (6)
1994–1996 Botev Plovdiv 20 (2)
Total 419 (127)
National team
1981–1991 Bulgaria 80 (9)
Teams managed
2006–2007 Lokomotiv Plovdiv
2008–2009 Lokomotiv Plovdiv
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Club careerEdit

Sadakov began his club career at the local Lokomotiv Plovdiv. For "The Smurfs" he played eleven seasons, before transferring to Portugal's C.F. Os Belenenses in 1989. Two years later he return in Lokomotiv and played two years, before signed with Botev Plovdiv in summer 1994.

InternationalEdit

Sadakov made 80 appearances for Bulgaria, between 1981 and 1991 and scored 9 goals.[1] He played in four matches for his country at 1986 FIFA World Cup.[2]

Coaching careerEdit

Sadakov had been appointed on September 29, 2008 as a manager of Lokomotiv Plovdiv a second time to replace Dragan Kanatlarovski.

Personal lifeEdit

In 2014, Sadakov announced he was diagnosed with ALS.[3] He died on 1 July 2017, aged 55.[4]

HonoursEdit

Lokomotiv Plovdiv

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mamrud, Roberto (2009-07-16). "Bulgaria - Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 2009-08-17.
  2. ^ Anyo SadkovFIFA competition record (archived)
  3. ^ Interview with Sadakov Archived 2015-09-23 at the Wayback Machine in Bulgarian
  4. ^ "Тъжна вест! Почина легендарният Аян Садъков" (in Bulgarian). Gol.bg. 1 July 2017. Retrieved 2 July 2017.

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