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Dinko Tsvetkov Dermendzhiev (Bulgarian: Динко Цветков Дерменджиев; 2 June 1941 – 1 May 2019)[1] was a Bulgarian footballer and later manager. Among football fans he is also popular with the nickname Chico.

Dinko Dermendzhiev
Personal information
Full name Dinko Tsvetkov Dermendzhiev
Date of birth (1941-06-02)2 June 1941
Place of birth Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Date of death 1 May 2019(2019-05-01) (aged 77)
Place of death Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Maritsa Plovdiv
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1959–1978 Botev Plovdiv 447 (194)
National team
1962–1977 Bulgaria 58 (19)
Teams managed
1978–1979 Chepinets Velingrad
1979–1984 Botev Plovdiv
1984–1985 Shumen
1987–1988 Spartak Pleven
1989–1991 Botev Plovdiv
1991 Levski Sofia
1992 Hebar Pazardzhik
1992 Botev Plovdiv
1993 Botev Plovdiv
1996 Lokomotiv Plovdiv
1996 Lokomotiv Sofia
1997 Botev Plovdiv
1998–1999 Lokomotiv Plovdiv
2000 Botev Plovdiv
2001 Botev Plovdiv
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Dermendzhiev started his career in FC Maritsa Plovdiv. Curiously, at the early stage of his career Dermendzhiev played as a goalkeeper, although later he became famous as a midfield.

In 1959 he was transferred to PFC Botev Plovdiv. He played for the club 19 years during the 1960s and 1970s.[2] Dermendzhiev participated in 447 matches in A Grupa and scored 194 goals for PFC Botev Plovdiv. He hold the third place in the all time goalscorers ranking of A Grupa.[3] Throughout his long career Dermendzhiev scored 7 hat-tricks.

International careerEdit

He made 58 appearances for the Bulgaria national football team and scored 19 goals from 1966 to 1977.[4] He participated at three editions of FIFA World Cup in 1962 (2 games), 1966 (2 games) and 1970 (2 games and 1 goal), scoring one goal against Peru.[5]

Coaching careerEdit

After the end of his career as a player Dinko Dermendzhiev became a coach. His first team was Chepinets Velingrad during season 1978-1979.

His most successful period as a manager of Botev Plovdiv was from 1979 to 1984. On 30 September 1981 under his guidance Botev Plovdiv achieved a glorious 1-0 victory over FC Barcelona.[6] After that he was manager of the club for shorter periods on several other occasions: 1989-1991, 1992-1993, 1995-1996, 1997-1998, 1999-2001.

In 1984-1985 he was a manager of PFC Shumen. He was also manager of Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Lokomotiv Sofia, Spartak Pleven, FC Maritsa Plovdiv, Omonia Aradippou, Hebar Pazardzhik, Chernomorets Burgas, Bulgaria U21, and a short spell at Levski Sofia where he achieved 8 wins and 2 draws in 1991.[7]


Club HonoursEdit



Individual HonoursEdit

  • Best football player of Plovdiv: 1966, 1967, 1976
  • Best football player of Botev Plovdiv for 20th century


  1. ^ "Отиде си! Великият Динко Дерменджиев - Чико се пренесе във вечността!" (in Bulgarian). 1 May 2019.
  2. ^ Легенди на клуба › Динко Дерменджиев (Чико)
  3. ^ ВИДЕО: Гол №151 за Камбуров, размина Гунди
  4. ^ Mamrud, Roberto (2009-07-16). "Bulgaria - Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 2009-08-18.
  5. ^
  6. ^ Ботев - Барселона - “Ботев” - “Барса” или романтичният мач
  7. ^ Великият Чико

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