Georgi Markov (footballer)

Georgi Slavev Markov (Bulgarian: Георги Славев Марков; 20 January 1972 – 18 February 2018[1]) was a Bulgarian footballer who played as a defender. He was known as a tough, but generally fair tackler, and was nicknamed the "Börner Grater".

Georgi Markov
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Personal information
Full name Georgi Slavev Markov
Date of birth (1972-01-20)20 January 1972
Place of birth Gotse Delchev, Bulgaria
Date of death February 18, 2018(2018-02-18) (aged 46)
Place of death Sofia, Bulgaria
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1993 Pirin GD
1993–1996 Botev Plovdiv 65 (9)
1996–2000 Lokomotiv Sofia 89 (2)
2000–2003 Levski Sofia 58 (1)
2002Trabzonspor (loan) 10 (0)
2003–2004 Lokomotiv Sofia 14 (2)
2004–2005 Levski Sofia 31 (0)
2005–2006 Ergotelis 25 (4)
2006–2011 Lokomotiv Sofia 85 (2)
Total 377 (20)
National team
1999–2005 Bulgaria 36 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

CareerEdit

Markov was born in Gotse Delchev, near the border with Greece. His career began at the local club Pirin, but he was only 21 when he moved to the very successful Bulgarian club Botev Plovdiv. He played for Botev in the Bulgarian A PFG between 1993 and 1996.

In June 1996 Georgi moved to Lokomotiv Sofia. After that he played for Levski Sofia, Turkish Trabzonspor[2] and Greek side Ergotelis. Signed again with Lokomotiv Sofia in 2006.

Between 1999 and 2005, Georgi Markov played in 36 matches for Bulgaria.[3] He scored his only goal for Bulgaria on 9 June 1999 in the 1:1 home draw against England in a Euro 2000 qualifier.[4]

On 2 July 2011, he played in an exhibition match for Loko Sofia against his former club Levski Sofia, which marked the end of his professional career.[5]

International goalEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 9 June 1999 Bulgarian Army Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria   England 1 – 1 1–1 Euro 2000 qualifier

HonoursEdit

Levski Sofia

Health problems and deathEdit

In 2015 Markov suffered a heart attack whilst in Antalya on a training camp with Lokomotiv Sofia. On 18 February 2018, he died at his home aged 46 from a second heart attack.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.sportal.bg/news.php?news=710362
  2. ^ "GEORGI SLAVEV MARKOV". TFF. Retrieved 2009-08-27.
  3. ^ Mamrud, Roberto (2009-07-16). "Bulgaria – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 2009-08-27.
  4. ^ "България – Англия – статистика". http://www.bgfootball.eu/. Archived from the original on March 6, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-22.
  5. ^ "Георги Марков изигра своя бенефис, Левски победи Локомотив София (ОБЗОР)". http://www.focus.sport.net. Retrieved 2011-07-25.
  6. ^ Почина бившият футболен национал Георги Марков

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