Nikola Tsanev

Nikola Tsanev (Bulgarian: Никола Цанев; 11 December 1939 – 7 October 2004) was a Bulgarian footballer, who played as a forward. He played for Bulgaria in 8 matches, scoring 3 goals.[1] He also competed in the men's tournament at the 1960 Summer Olympics.[2][3]

Nikola Tsanev
Personal information
Date of birth (1939-12-11)11 December 1939
Place of birth Sofia, Bulgaria
Date of death 7 October 2004(2004-10-07) (aged 64)
Place of death Sofia, Bulgaria
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
Cherveno Zname Sofia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1958–1959 Levski Sofia 5 (1)
1959–1970 CSKA Sofia 238 (118)
Total 243 (119)
International career
1960–1967 Bulgaria 8 (3)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals


Tsanev started his career with Levski Sofia,[4] but is mainly remembered for his highly successful career with CSKA Sofia during the 60s. With CSKA, he won the A Group title six times and the Bulgarian Cup three times. During the 1963–64 season, he scored 26 league goals to become A Group top goalscorer.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Tsanev's career with the national team". EU Football.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Nikola Tsanev Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Nikola Tsanev". Olympedia. Retrieved 10 December 2021.
  4. ^ "Tsanev's career with Levski Sofia". Levski Sofia.