Borislav Mikhailov

Borislav Biserov Mihaylov (also spelled Mikhailov) (Bulgarian: Борислав Биcepoв Михайлов; born 12 February 1963 [1]) is a former Bulgarian professional footballer, who played as a goalkeeper, and former President of the Bulgarian Football Union. He is also a former member of the executive committee of UEFA.

Borislav Mihaylov
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Borislav Mikhailov in 2014
Personal information
Full name Borislav Biserov Mihaylov
Date of birth (1963-02-12) 12 February 1963 (age 58)
Place of birth Sofia, Bulgaria
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1989 Levski Sofia 180 (0)
1989–1991 Belenenses 29 (0)
1992–1994 Mulhouse 65 (0)
1994–1995 Botev Plovdiv 20 (0)
1995–1997 Reading 24 (0)
1997–1998 Slavia Sofia 14 (0)
1998 Zürich 1 (0)
Total 333 (0)
National team
1983–1998 Bulgaria 102 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Mihaylov was captain of the Bulgaria national football team during their major fourth-place run at the 1994 FIFA World Cup (during the shoot-out against Mexico at the 1/8-final stage he saved two penalties), as well as during their participation in UEFA Euro 1996. He also played at the 1986 FIFA World Cup and 1998 FIFA World Cup and is currently the second most-capped player of the Bulgaria national football team with 102 appearances, and the footballer with the most matches played (60) as captain.

Club careerEdit

In 1995, he joined English First Division team Reading for a then club record of £800,000, replacing the departed club favourite Shaka Hislop. However his time at the club was marked by a series of injuries, and his club career in England never took off.

Administrative rolesEdit

After retiring from active sports he started a career in football administration. He was vice-president of the Bulgarian Football Union from 2001 until 2005, when he replaced Ivan Slavkov as president. Mikhailov was obliged to resign in October 2019 after a call for him to do so from the prime minister Boyko Borisov.

On 22 March 2011, he was elected to the executive committee of UEFA.[citation needed]

On 15 October 2019, Mikhailov resigned as President of Bulgarian FA After being asked to step down for ignoring racist behavior during games.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1998, he married Maria Petrova, a former prominent Bulgarian rhythmic gymnast. Mihaylov is also the son of the former Bulgarian goalkeeper Biser Mihaylov and the father of Bulgarian goalkeeper Nikolay Mihaylov, who is currently playing for Levski Sofia, while his younger daughter Elinor, is a tennis player.


Levski Sofia


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Nikolay Iliev
Bulgaria captain
Succeeded by
Trifon Ivanov
Preceded by
Ivan Slavkov
President of the Bulgarian Football Union
21 October 2005 - 15 October 2019