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Petko Hristov (Bulgarian: Петко Христов; born 1 March 1999) is a Bulgarian professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Serie C club Bisceglie, on loan from Fiorentina.[2] He has a twin brother Andrea, who plays for Cosenza .

Petko Hristov
Personal information
Full name Petko Rosenov Hristov
Date of birth (1999-03-01) 1 March 1999 (age 20)
Place of birth Sofia, Bulgaria
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Bisceglie (on loan from Fiorentina)
Number 25
Youth career
2008–2013 Levski Sofia
2013–2016 Slavia Sofia
2017–2018 Fiorentina Primavera
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2017 Slavia Sofia 26 (1)
2017– Fiorentina 0 (0)
2018–2019Ternana (loan) 13 (1)
2019–Bisceglie (loan) 5 (0)
National team
2016 Bulgaria U17 8 (0)
2016–2017 Bulgaria U19 18 (0)
2017– Bulgaria U21 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:26, 8 October 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 September 2019

CareerEdit

Slavia SofiaEdit

Hristov started his career in Levski Sofia, before relocating to Slavia Sofia in 2013.[3] He made his senior debut for Slavia in a match of the Europa League against Polish club Zagłębie Lubin on 30 June 2016, coming on as a substitute for Georgi Yomov.[4] A month later he made his Bulgarian First League debut in the opening game of the season against CSKA Sofia.[5] He scored his first goal on 10 September in a 5–2 home win over Lokomotiv Plovdiv. On 1 October Petko was joined by his twin brother Andrea Hristov in the central defense for the very first time against Vereya in the starting line-up.[6]

On 3 April 2017, Hristov signed his first professional contract with the club until 31 July 2020.[7]

FiorentinaEdit

On 17 July 2017, Fiorentina confirmed they had signed Hristov on a five-year contract after Firenze Viola, Fiorentina owner, himself liked the players after seeing the player at European Under-19 Championship.[8] On 20 August 2017, he was on the bench for the first time in the Serie A match against Inter Milan.[9] He made his unoficcial debut for the club against Real Madrid on 24 August coming on as a substitute in added time for the Trofeo Bernabeu game.[10][11]

Ternana (loan)Edit

On 16 August 2018, Hristov joined to Serie C club Ternana on loan until 30 June 2019.[12] Petko scored his debut goal for the team on 4 December 2018 in a league match against Rimini won by Ternana by 3:0.[13]

Bisceglie (loan)Edit

On 9 August 2019, Hristov joined Serie C club Bisceglie on loan until 30 June 2020.[14]

International careerEdit

Youth levelsEdit

Hristov was called up for the Bulgaria U19 team for the 2017 European Under-19 Championship qualification from 22 to 27 March 2017.[15] After a draw and 2 wins the team qualified for the knockout phase which was held in July 2017.[16] Petkov played in the all 3 matches from the group stage when Bulgaria were eliminated.

On 5 September 2017, he made his debut for the Bulgaria U21 in match against Luxembourg U21.[17]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 19 February 2019[2]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Slavia Sofia First League 2016–17 25 1 0 0 1 0 4[a] 0 30 1
2017–18 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 26 1 0 0 1 0 4 0 31 1
Fiorentina Serie A 2017–18 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ternana (loan) Serie C 2018–19 13 1 1 0 14 1
Career total 39 2 1 0 1 0 4 0 45 2

Style of playEdit

Hristov was described from the Italian media as a physically strong defender with great air abilities and being able to read the game which has led him to be compared to legendary Brazilian defender Thiago Silva.[18]

AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Todorov, Nayden (6 May 2015). "Кои са те? Отборът на бъдещето!" (in Bulgarian). 24chasa.bg. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b Hristov Stats
  3. ^ "Братята Де Бур" от Овча купел
  4. ^ Slavia VS. Lubin 1 - 0
  5. ^ CSKA VS. Slavia 2 - 0
  6. ^ Slavia vs Vereya
  7. ^ Славия подписа с трима от героите на България
  8. ^ "Fiorentina complete Hristov signing". violachannel.tv. 17 July 2017.
  9. ^ Inter beats Fiorentina by 3:0
  10. ^ Cristiano Ronaldo goal, assist as Real Madrid win Trofeo Bernabeu game
  11. ^ Real Madrid 2:1 Fiorentina
  12. ^ "UFFICIALE: Fiorentina, Hristov saluta e va in prestito alla Ternana". Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  13. ^ Fere, 3-0 al Liberati con il Rimini nel recupero della prima giornata
  14. ^ "UFFICIALE: Bisceglie, ecco il bulgaro Hristov in prestito dalla Fiorentina". Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  15. ^ Съставът на България (U19) за Елитния кръг във Франция
  16. ^ Футболът ни възкръсна! 19-годишните лъвове "изядоха" всички, България с нов грандиозен успех
  17. ^ Младежите падат от Люксембург
  18. ^ Dalla Bulgaria alla Viola per stregare Pioli: ecco Petko Hristov il nuovo Thiago Silva
  19. ^ Талант №1 Петко Христов: Мечтая да играя в чужбина

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