Kristian Dimitrov

Kristian Dimitrov (Bulgarian: Кристиан Димитров; born 27 February 1997) is a Bulgarian professional footballer who currently plays as a defender for Hajduk Split in the Prva HNL.[1]

Kristian Dimitrov
Personal information
Full name Kristian Traychev Dimitrov
Date of birth (1997-02-27) 27 February 1997 (age 23)
Place of birth Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position(s) Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Hajduk Split
Number 4
Youth career
2005–2013 Lokomotiv Plovdiv
2013–2016 Botev Plovdiv
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2019 Botev Plovdiv 72 (6)
2018Montana (loan) 13 (1)
2020– Hajduk Split 6 (1)
National team
2016 Bulgaria U19 3 (0)
2017–2018 Bulgaria U21 3 (0)
2019– Bulgaria 6 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 March 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2019

Club careerEdit

Botev PlovdivEdit

In the summer of 2013, Dimitrov joined Botev Plovdiv at under-17 level from Lokomotiv Plovdiv and progressed through the club's academy system.[2]

Dimitrov made his first-team debut on 13 March 2016, when he came off the bench to replace Serkan Yusein in the 81st minute of a 3–1 league win over Cherno More Varna.[3] His first senior goal came in the last round of the 2015–16 season; he scored the second goal in a 2–1 win over Ludogorets Razgrad on 27 May.[4]

Dimitrov began to establish himself in the Botev first team from the 2016–17 season, making eight league starts. On 8 June 2017, he signed a new two-year contract with the club.[5]

On 5 February 2018, Dimitrov joined Second League club Montana on loan for the remainder of the 2017–18 season.[6] He made 13 appearances in total. His only goal came on 5 May 2018 when he opened the scoring in a 2–0 away win over Botev Galabovo.[7]

In June 2018, Dimitrov returned to Botev and continued his progress during 2018–19, becoming a regular in the defence. On 24 April 2019, he scored a last-minute goal against CSKA Sofia, bringing the score to 3:3 and enabling his team (which had been reduced to nine men) to progress to the final of the Bulgarian Cup 6:5 on aggregate.[8]

In May 2019, following his good performances for Botev, Dimitrov was called up to the national team by new manager Krasimir Balakov. On 7 June 2019, he made his debut, playing the full 90 minutes in the 1–2 away loss against the Czech Republic in a Euro 2020 qualifier.[9]

Hajduk SplitEdit

On 11 February 2020, it was announced that Dimitrov had signed a two-and-a-half year contract with Hajduk Split.[10][11]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 2 August 2019
Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total
Club League Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bulgaria League Bulgarian Cup Europe Other[a] Total
Botev Plovdiv First League 2015–16 3 1 0 0 0[b] 0 3 1
2016–17 12 0 1 0 13 0
2017–18 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Montana (loan) Second League 2017–18 13 1 0 0 13 1
Botev Plovdiv First League 2018–19 31 4 5 1 36 5
2019–20 3 0 0 0 3 0
Total 49 5 8 1 0 0 0 0 57 6
Career statistics 62 6 8 1 0 0 0 0 70 7
  1. ^ Includes Bulgarian Supercup matches.
  2. ^ UEFA Europa League matches.

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Bulgaria's goal tally first.[12]
No Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 10 June 2019 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria 6   Kosovo 2–1 2–3 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Botev Plovdiv

IndividualEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kristian Dimitrov Botev". botevplovdiv.bg.
  2. ^ "Школата на Ботев с най-много трансферни удари" (in Bulgarian). viasport.bg. 20 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Botev Plovdiv 3–1 Cherno More". soccerway.com. 13 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Botev Plovdiv 2–1 Ludogorets Razgrad". soccerway.com. 27 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Кристиан Димитров подписа нов договор с Ботев" (in Bulgarian). botevplovdiv.bg. 8 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Ботев преотстъпи двама във Втора лига" (in Bulgarian). botevplovdiv.bg. 5 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Botev Galabovo vs. Montana" (in Bulgarian). soccerway.com. 5 May 2018.
  8. ^ Vutov, Viktor (24 April 2019). "Пловдивско дерби във финала за Купата на България! Героичен Ботев постави ЦСКА на колене с девет души в истински трилър" (in Bulgarian). topsport.bg. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  9. ^ "Czech Republic vs. Bulgaria 2-1". flashscore.com. 7 June 2019. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  10. ^ "Ботев трансферира Кристиан Димитров в Хайдук" [Botev transferred Kristian Dimitrov to Hajduk]. www.botevplovdiv.bg (in Bulgarian). Botev Plovdiv. 11 February 2020. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  11. ^ "Kristian Dimitrov novi je igrač Hajduka". www.hajduk.hr (in Croatian). HNK Hajduk Split. 11 February 2020. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  12. ^ "Dimitrov, Kristian". National Football Teams. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  13. ^ [1]

External linksEdit