Ivanov (left) challenging Alessandro Del Piero circa 1996
|Full name||Trifon Marinov Ivanov|
|Date of birth||27 July 1965|
|Place of birth||Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria|
|Date of death||13 February 2016(aged 50)|
|Place of death||Samovodene, Bulgaria|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|1983–1988||Etar Veliko Tarnovo||62||(7)|
|1991||→ Etar Veliko Tarnovo (loan)||12||(1)|
|1992||→ CSKA Sofia (loan)||5||(1)|
|1995||→ CSKA Sofia (loan)||7||(0)|
|1998||→ CSKA Sofia (loan)||10||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Ivanov made his debut for Bulgaria in 1988, earning 76 caps and scoring 6 goals over a ten-year international career. He appeared in the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cups, as well as the 1996 UEFA European Championship.
Ivanov started his career with Etar Veliko Tarnovo. He made his first team debut during the 1983–84 A Group season, and established himself as a regular player two years later. Ivanov played 62 games and scored 7 goals for Etar in the A Group.
After five seasons at Etar, Ivanov joined CSKA Sofia where he won two A Group titles, one Bulgarian Cup, and one Bulgarian Supercup. He made his debut in a 5–1 home league win over Botev Vratsa on 13 August 1988. Ivanov scored his first goal for the club on 12 October, in a 7–1 thumping of Sliven.
In January 1991, Ivanov transferred to La Liga-side Real Betis. He finished the season with 5 goals in 20 matches, but Betis were relegated to Segunda División. Whilst at Betis, he spent time out on loan at his previous clubs Etar and CSKA, before joining Swiss club Neuchâtel Xamax on a permanent basis in 1993.
Ivanov's international distinctions included being a member of the Bulgaria national football team that reached the fourth place in the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States. He also participated in the UEFA Euro 1996 in England. Ivanov's goal against Russia on 10 September 1997, in the qualifiers for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, was the one that clinched Bulgarian qualification. Ivanov scored 6 goals in 76 caps in the course of 10 years with the national side.
Ivanov was famous for his long-range shots and free-kicks at goal. In Euro 96 particularly, he had a number of 40–45 yards shots at goal narrowly missing the target.
In 2013, a Brazilian amateur tournament was named after him.
|Bulgaria national team|
|Trifon Ivanov – goals for Bulgaria|
|1||13 April 1988||Chernomorets Stadium, Burgas, Bulgaria||East Germany||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
|2||11 October 1989||Yuri Gagarin Stadium, Varna, Bulgaria||Greece||1–0||4–0||1990 World Cup Qualifier|
|3||22 May 1991||Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino||San Marino||0–1||0–3||Euro 1992 Qualifier|
|4||14 April 1993||Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria||Austria||2–1||3–1||1994 World Cup Qualifier|
|5||14 December 1994||Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff, Wales||Wales||0–1||0–3||Euro 1996 Qualifier|
|6||10 September 1997||Vasil Levski Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria||Russia||1–0||1–0||1998 World Cup Qualifier|
- FIFA World Cup fourth place: 1994
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