Nikolay Kostov

Nikolay Kostov (Bulgarian: Николай Костов; born 2 July 1963) is a Bulgarian football manager and former footballer who most recently managed Shakhter Karagandy.

Nikolay Kostov
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Personal information
Full name Nikolay Kostov
Date of birth (1963-07-02) 2 July 1963 (age 57)
Place of birth Dobrich, Bulgaria
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
FC Shakhter Karagandy (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1988 Dobrudzha Dobrich 192 (74)
1988–1989 Levski Sofia 6 (0)
1989–1990 Slavia Sofia 29 (9)
1990–1993 Anorthosis
1994 Levski Sofia 2 (0)
1994 Spartak Varna 3 (0)
Teams managed
1996–1999 Dobrudzha Dobrich
2001–2002 Anorthosis
2003–2004 Onisilos Sotira
2004–2005 Olympiakos Nicosia
2005–2006 AEK Larnaca
2006–2007 Olympiakos Nicosia
2007–2008 Banants Yerevan
2008–2010 Metalurh Donetsk
2011–2012 Levski Sofia
2012–2013 Karpaty Lviv
2014 Tavriya Simferopol
2014–2015 Tosno
2015–2016 Botev Plovdiv
2017–2018 Stal Kamianske
2018–2019 Shakhter Karagandy
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Much of his coaching career has taken place in Cyprus. His first coaching role in the country was at Anorthosis, where he won the Cypriot Cup in 2002.[1] In 2006, he joined Olympiakos Nicosia, but was replaced by Juan Ramon Rocha in October 2006.[2] He was the coach for Metalurh Donetsk from 2008 to 2010, a role from which he resigned in November 2010.[3]

On the 4 November 2011, he was revealed as the new manager of Levski Sofia. His contract ran until the end of the 2011–12 season.[4] He resigned from his position on 26 March 2012, after enduring his first and only defeat with the club - a 0:1 home loss against Minyor Pernik.[5] In late July 2012, Kostov was appointed as the new head coach of Karpaty Lviv.

Botev PlovdivEdit

On 11 November 2015, Nikolay Kostov was appointed as the new head coach of Botev Plovdiv.[6] On 24 August 2016, Kostov was dismissed from Botev Plovdiv.[7]



  1. ^ "11 Cups". Metallurg Donetsk FC. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  2. ^ Hammond, Mike (ed.) (2007). The European Football Yearbook 2007/08. London: M Press Media. p. 398. ISBN 978-0-9555917-2-3.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "The officials of FC Metallurg Donetsk accepted Kostov's resignation". Metallurg Donetsk FC. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  4. ^ "Officially: Nikolay Kostov will lead Levski until the end of the season (bulgarian)". Retrieved 4 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Отборът под ключ след сътресенията на Герена". 27 March 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  6. ^ Николай Костов поема Ботев
  7. ^ Оставките на спортния щаб са приети, Николай Киров и Иван Кочев водят отбора срещу Нефтохимик

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