Ivan Zafirov

Ivan Georgiev Zafirov (Bulgarian: Иван Георгиев Зафиpoв; born 30 December 1947) is a former Bulgarian footballer who played as a defender.

Ivan Zafirov
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Personal information
Full name Ivan Georgiev Zafirov
Date of birth (1947-12-30) 30 December 1947 (age 75)
Place of birth Sofia, Bulgaria
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Position(s) Right-back
Youth career
1957–1965 CSKA Sofia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1966 CSKA Sofia 16 (1)
1966–1968 Sliven 24 (1)
1968–1981 CSKA Sofia 324 (3)
Total 364 (5)
International career
1968–1980 Bulgaria 50 (1)
Medal record
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1968 Mexico City Team competition
*Club domestic league appearances and goals


After short spells at Sliven, it was with CSKA Sofia that he found his spiritual home in the 1970s. Zafirov, a right-back, played 340 times for the Reds, scoring 8 goals. Nine Bulgarian championships and five Bulgarian Cups tell the tale of how successful Zafirov was.

Zafirov was on Bulgaria's roster for the 1974 FIFA World Cup.[1] He represented the Lions 50 times, scoring once. He also won a silver medal at the 1968 Summer Olympics.[2]


  1. ^ Ivan ZafirovFIFA competition record (archived)
  2. ^ Ivan Zafirov Archived 3 October 2016 at the Wayback Machine. sports-reference.com