Erol Sabanov (born 16 May 1974) is a Bulgarian-German former footballer of Turkish origin who played as a goalkeeper. He is currently the assistant manager and goalkeeper coach of Stuttgarter Kickers.
|Date of birth||16 May 1974|
|Place of birth||Aalen, West Germany|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
(Assistant & Goalkeeper coach)
|2002–2004||1. FC Saarbrücken||55||(0)|
|2007–2014||1. FC Heidenheim||172||(0)|
|2014–2015||1. FC Heidenheim (scout)|
|2015–||Stuttgarter Kickers (goalkeeper coach)|
|2016–||Stuttgarter Kickers (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Of Turkish descent, Sabanov began his career with VfR Aalen, and spent nine years playing for the first-team, in the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg and later the Regionalliga Süd after the club won promotion in 1999. In 2002, he signed for 1. FC Saarbrücken, with whom he won promotion to the 2. Bundesliga in 2004. He played the first two matches of the 2003–04 season at this level, but lost his place to Peter Eich, and left the club in November 2004. In January 2005, Sabanov signed for Jahn Regensburg, where he spent eighteen months, leaving in 2006 after the club were relegated from the Regionalliga Süd. He spent a year with SSV Reutlingen, serving as understudy to Marco Langner, before joining 1. FC Heidenheim of the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg in 2007.
Sabanov was Heidenheim's first choice 'keeper as they won promotion to the Regionalliga Süd in his first season, and to the 3. Liga the following year. He lost his place to Frank Lehmann for the 2011–12 season, but won it back eleven games into the following season. He retired at the end of the 2013–14 season, having helped Heidenheim win promotion to the 2. Bundesliga.