Georgi Vasilev (footballer, born 1946)

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Georgi Vasilev Ivanov (Bulgarian: Георги Василев Иванов; born 9 August 1946), nicknamed Gocheto and The General, is a former Bulgarian footballer who played as a midfielder, and a current football manager.

Georgi Vasilev
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Personal information
Full name Georgi Vasilev Ivanov
Date of birth (1946-08-09) 9 August 1946 (age 73)
Place of birth Bobov Dol, Bulgaria
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1965 Cherveno Zname Radomir
1967 Sliven
1967–1968 Lokomotiv GO
1968–1969 Marek Dupnitsa
1969–1977 Etar Veliko Tarnovo
National team
Bulgaria 4 (0)
Teams managed
1977–1979 Levski Strazhitsa (assistant)
1979–1981 Etar Veliko Tarnovo (assistant)
1981–1984 Etar Veliko Tarnovo
1984–1985 Spartak Pleven
1985–1986 Bulgaria (assistant)
1986–1991 Etar Veliko Tarnovo
1993–1995 Levski Sofia
1995–1996 Anorthosis
1996–1998 CSKA Sofia
1998–1999 Lokomotiv Sofia
1999–2001 Union Berlin
2003 Nea Salamis
2003–2004 Levski Sofia
2006 Union Berlin
2006–2007 Naftex Burgas
2007–2008 Levadiakos
2009–2010 Nesebar
2011 Chernomorets Burgas
2015 OFC Etar
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Born in Bobovdol, Vasilev began his football career at Cherveno Zname of Radomir, representing the team between 1961 and 1965, before moving to FC Sliven in 1967 and then to Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa in 1967–68. He also played for Marek Dupnitsa (1968–69) and Etar Veliko Tarnovo (1969–77), featuring in 220 matches and scoring 32 goals in the A PFG. While at Etar, he graduated in history from Veliko Tarnovo University.

Finishing the Cologne school for football managers, Vasilev's first team as a manager was Levski Strazhitsa, which he managed in 1977–79. He was then appointed to work at Etar as an assistant manager (1979–81) and manager (until 1992, with some interruptions). In 1984–85 he was at the helm of Spartak Pleven and in 1985–86 he was the assistant manager of the Bulgaria national team.

Vasilev managed Levski Sofia in 1993–95, the Cypriot Anorthosis Famagusta, CSKA Sofia (1996–98) and Lokomotiv Sofia, before taking up Union Berlin, whom he led to the 2nd Bundesliga and a German Cup final, as well as UEFA Cup participation. He then moved to Nea Salamis Famagusta FC in the spring of 2003 and returned to Levski Sofia in 2003–04 only to once again briefly manager Union Berlin in January 2006. From April 2006 to the summer of 2007, he was in charge of B PFG side Naftex Burgas. In June 2007, Vasilev was announced as the new manager of Greek club Levadiakos. Between December 2009 to June 2010 he managed PFC Nesebar. From March 2011 to May 2011 he led Chernomorets Burgas.

Vasilev has won the A PFG with Etar (1991), Levski (1994, 1995) and CSKA (1997), as well as the Bulgarian Cup with Levski (1994) and CSKA (1997). While in charge of Levski, Vasilev eliminated the Scottish Rangers F.C. from the UEFA Champions League 1993-94.

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