Svetoslav Kovachev

Svetoslav Kovachev (Bulgarian: Светослав Ковачев; born 14 March 1998) is a Bulgarian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Arda Kardzhali.[1]

Svetoslav Kovachev
Personal information
Full name Svetoslav Svetlozarov Kovachev
Date of birth (1998-03-14) 14 March 1998 (age 23)
Place of birth Pleven, Bulgaria
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7+12 in)
Position(s) Winger
Club information
Current team
Arda Kardzhali
Number 10
Youth career
2008–2010 Svoboda Milkovitsa
2010–2011 Spartak Pleven
2011–2016 Ludogorets Razgrad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2018 Ludogorets II 54 (10)
2016–2021 Ludogorets Razgrad 10 (0)
2018–2019Dunav Ruse (loan) 28 (5)
2019Etar (loan) 19 (0)
2020Arda Kardzhali (loan) 24 (5)
2021– Arda Kardzhali 7 (0)
National team
2015–2016 Bulgaria U17 3 (0)
2016–2018 Bulgaria U19 15 (0)
2018–2020 Bulgaria U21 7 (0)
2020– Bulgaria 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:23, 1 September 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2020

His younger brother Lachezar is also a footballer, currently playing for Levski Lom.

CareerEdit

Ludogorets RazgradEdit

Born in Pleven, Kovachev started his career in Svoboda Milkovitsa.[2] He joined Ludogorets in 2011 recruited by the Bulgarian legend Plamen Getov.[3] In 2014, he played for Ludogorets U19 in the UEFA Youth League, being a starter in all of the 6 matches.[4]

He made his debut for Ludogorets Razgrad II on 6 December 2015 in a match against FC Pirin Razlog.[5]

On 22 May 2016 he made his complete debut in A Group for Ludogorets in a match against Beroe Stara Zagora.[6]

Kovachev started the 2017-18 season in Ludogorets II by scoring a goal in the first match of the season against Lokomotiv 1929 Sofia.[7] On 29 July 2017 he played for the main team in the 0-0 draw against Lokomotiv Plovdiv coming as a substitute in the First League match.[8] Kovachev was on the bench for the Europa League group stage match against İstanbul Başakşehir, but stayed as an unused substitute.[9] On 21 September 2017 he made his debut for the Bulgarian Cup in the first round against Oborishte.[10]

Kovachev was named captain for the Ludogorets U19 team in the UEFA Youth League in the first match from the Domestic Champions Path against Željezničar U19 on 27 September 2017.[11]

On 15 February 2018 Kovachev was named on bench for the Europa League Round of 32 match against Milan and made his debut as a substitute in the 81st minute.[12][13]

Loan to DunavEdit

In June 2018, Kovachev was loaned to Dunav Ruse, although he spend the pre-season camp with Ludogorets first team.[14] He made his debut for the team in the first league match of the season against Vitosha Bistritsa on 20 July 2018, assisting for the only goal for Dunav.[15]

On 4 November 2018 he scored his first goal for the team in First League, netting the second goal for the 3:0 win over Vitosha Bistritsa.[16]

Arda KardzhaliEdit

Kovachev joined Arda Kardzhali on a year long loan on 6 January 2020.[17] He returned to Ludogorets team in end of December 2020, having a contract with Razgrad team until July 2021, which he didn't extend.[18] In February 2021 he signed a 3 year pre-contract with Arda, from July 2021, leaving him out of Ludogorets team until end of the season.[19]

International careerEdit

Youth levelsEdit

Kovachev was called up for the Bulgaria U19 team for the 2017 European Under-19 Championship qualification from 22 to 27 March 2017.[20] After a draw and 2 wins the team qualified for the knockout phase which will be held in July 2017.[21]

Kovachev made his debut for Bulgaria U21 on 27 March 2018 in a European Undr-21 qualification match against Kazakhstan U21, keeping a clean sheet for the 3:0 win. [22]

SeniorEdit

Kovachev received his first call-up for senior Bulgarian squad on 29 August 2018 for the UEFA Nations League matches against Slovenia and Norway on 6 and 9 September.[23] He earned his first cap on 26 February 2020, coming on as a substitute for Ismail Isa during the second half of the 0:1 home loss against Belarus in a friendly game.[24]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 27 December 2020 [1]
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
Ludogorets Razgrad II B Group 2015–16 11 2 11 2
Second League 2016–17 19 2 19 2
2017–18 24 6 24 6
Total 54 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 54 10
Ludogorets Razgrad A Group 2015–16 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
First League 2016–17 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2017–18 5 0 2 0 1 0 8 0
Total 10 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 13 0
Dunav Ruse (loan) First League 2018–19 28 5 2 0 2[b] 0 32 5
Etar Veliko Tarnovo (loan) 2019–20 19 0 1 0 20 0
Arda Kardzhali (loan) 9 2 0 0 9 2
2020–21 15 3 1 0 16 3
Career statistics 135 20 6 0 1 0 2 0 144 20

National teamEdit

As of 24 May 2021
Bulgaria national team
Year Apps Goals
2020 4 0
Total 4 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Kovachev Stats
  2. ^ Светослав Ковачев капитан на Лудогорец (98)
  3. ^ Младите надежди на Лудогорец разкриват тайни
  4. ^ Таланти от Благоевград, Дупница и Кюстендил пред дебют в Шампионската лига за младежи
  5. ^ Ludogorets II vs Pirin
  6. ^ Берое си гарантира Европа на "Лудогорец арена", "орлите" показаха младата генерация
  7. ^ Лудогорец 2 започна с успех новия сезон във Втора лига, разочарование за Локо (Сф)
  8. ^ Резервите на Лудогорец - тлъста нула срещу Локо Пд
  9. ^ Браво на Лудогорец! Изигра силен мач и изпусна турската сензация Истанбул ББ
  10. ^ Румънец спаси Лудогорец и Херо от голям резил срещу тим от Втора лига
  11. ^ При равен резултат завърши първият мач от Младежка Шампионска лига в Разград
  12. ^ "Europa League (Sky Sports)".
  13. ^ Ковачев: Радвам се, че имах възможност да играя срещу Милан, но ми е гадно, че загубихме
  14. ^ "Дунав взима Светослав Ковачев от Лудогорец" (in Bulgarian). topsport.bg. 9 June 2018.
  15. ^ Витоша (Бистрица) победи Дунав (Русе) с 2:1 на старта на новия сезон в Първа лига
  16. ^ Дунав разби Витоша за 18 минути
  17. ^ "Арда привлече младежки национал". fcarda.bg (in Bulgarian). 6 January 2020.
  18. ^ "Светослав Ковачев е на кръстопът". gong.bg (in Bulgarian). 30 December 2020.
  19. ^ Един от големите таланти на Лудогорец избра Арда
  20. ^ Съставът на България (U19) за Елитния кръг във Франция
  21. ^ Футболът ни възкръсна! 19-годишните лъвове "изядоха" всички, България с нов грандиозен успех
  22. ^ Браво, момчета! Младежите се развихриха и съсипаха Словения
  23. ^ Съставът на България - петима дебютанти за "лъвовете" срещу Словения и Норвегия, Спас Делев аут
  24. ^ "Експериментален състав на България отстъпи на Беларус (видео+галерия)". sportal.bg. 26 February 2020. Retrieved 27 February 2020.

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