Dimitar Penev

Dimitar Dushkov Penev (Bulgarian: Димитър Душков Пенев, born 12 July 1945) is a Bulgarian football coach and former player and central defender of CSKA Sofia. He played 90 games for Bulgaria national football team and scored 2 goals.[1] He is regarded as one of his country's best ever defenders, winning Bulgarian footballer of the year in 1967 and 1971, he also participated in 3 world cups for his country in 1966, 1970 and 1974.[2] He is currently the Honorary President of CSKA Sofia and semi-pro side Nottingham United FC.[3]

Dimitar Penev
Dimitar Penev c1974.jpg
Personal information
Full name Dimitar Dushkov Penev
Date of birth (1945-07-12) 12 July 1945 (age 75)
Place of birth Mirovyane, Bulgaria
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1964 Lokomotiv Sofia 35 (1)
1964–1977 CSKA Sofia 329 (24)
Total 364 (25)
National team
1964–1977 Bulgaria 90 (2)
Teams managed
1977–1979 Dimitrovgrad
1979–1983 CSKA Sofia (assistant)
1983–1985 Al-Yarmouk
1985 CSKA Sofia (assistant)
1985–1990 CSKA Sofia
1989 Bulgaria
1991–1996 Bulgaria
1997 Al-Nassr
1998 Spartak Varna
1998–2000 CSKA Sofia
2003 Liaoning
2007 Bulgaria
2008–2009 CSKA Sofia
2011–2012 CSKA Sofia
2019 CSKA Sofia (consultant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Personal lifeEdit

Penev is uncle of former Bulgarian international and national team coach Lyuboslav Penev.

Coaching careerEdit

Penev was manager of the Bulgaria national football team during the 1994 FIFA World Cup, where his team reached the semi-finals and then lost the bronze medal game with Sweden. Throughout his career as manager he demonstrated excellence in both tactics and team psychology. Penev's most notable quality was his ability to work well with young players. During his career at CSKA Sofia he discovered a lot of previously unknown or little-known talented youths and used them as a basis for a domestically and internationally successful squad. Amongst them Hristo Stoichkov, Emil Kostadinov, Lyuboslav Penev, Martin Petrov, Stiliyan Petrov and Dimitar Berbatov. On 30 July 2007 he was appointed manager of the Bulgaria national football team for the second time. Last he was the manager of CSKA Sofia, but on 6 March 2009 CSKA fired the coach – the Bulgarian team decided to sub him with his nephew Lyuboslav Penev, former player of CSKA Sofia, Celta Vigo, Valencia CF and Atlético Madrid.[4]

Relevant statisticsEdit

As of April 2007, Penev has been in charge of the Bulgaria national football team for 55 matches in total (25 wins, 15 draws, 15 losses, with a goal difference of 88:60).[5]



Lokomotiv Sofia
CSKA Sofia





  1. ^ Dimitar Penev – International Appearances. Rsssf.com (22 January 2009). Retrieved on 2016-07-21.
  2. ^ FIFA Tournaments – Players & Coaches – Dimitar PENEV. Fifa.com (1 July 2016). Retrieved on 2016-07-21.
  3. ^ Penev Becomes Nottingham United President!. nottinghamunitedfc.co.uk (November 2010)
  4. ^ за главен мениджър. cska.sportal.bg (6 March 2009)
  5. ^ Това е Димитър Пенев – Topsport.bg. Topsport.ibox.bg (25 April 2007). Retrieved on 2016-07-21.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Krasimir Borisov
Bulgaria national football team manager
Succeeded by
Hristo Bonev
Preceded by
Stanimir Stoilov
Bulgaria national football team manager
Succeeded by
Plamen Markov