Velizar Dimitrov (Bulgarian: Велизар Димитров) (born 13 April 1979) is a retired Bulgarian football player who played as a midfielder.

Velizar Dimitrov
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Personal information
Date of birth (1979-04-13) 13 April 1979 (age 40)
Place of birth Pernik, Bulgaria
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
CSKA Sofia (Chief Scout)
Youth career
Minyor Pernik
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Minyor Pernik 28 (6)
2000 Lokomotiv Sofia 2 (0)
2001–2002 Marek Dupnitsa 43 (18)
2002–2008 CSKA Sofia 115 (36)
2008–2013 Metalurh Donetsk 108 (18)
National team
2004–2010 Bulgaria 31 (4)
Teams managed
2014–2015 Metalurh Donetsk (Scout)
2016– CSKA Sofia (Scout)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 January 2014
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 January 2014

He has previously played for Minyor Pernik, Lokomotiv Sofia, Marek Dupnitsa and CSKA Sofia. Dimitrov was part of the Bulgarian 2004 European Football Championship team, who exited in the first round, finishing bottom of Group C, having finished top of Qualifying Group 8 in the pre-tournament phase. He has also worked as a pundit since his retirement.

CareerEdit

He joined CSKA Sofia in 2002, brought in the team by the manager Stoycho Mladenov.[citation needed].

In 2003, when Dimitrov won a number of individual awards as one of the best players in the A PFG, he was close to securing a move to FC Porto, but the deal eventually fell through due to financial reasons.[1]

Metalurh DonetskEdit

On 11 June 2008, Dimitrov signed with Metalurh Donetsk on a 2+1-year deal for a reported fee of €500,000.[2] He made his Ukrainian Premier League debut against Karpaty Lviv on 19 July, playing the full 90 minutes.[3]

On 17 November 2012, he scored the only goal in a 1–0 victory over Dynamo Kyiv.[4][5] He marked his 100th league appearance for Metalurh against Hoverla Uzhhorod on 20 April 2013, by scoring a winning goal for a 2–1 home win.[6]

International careerEdit

Dimitrov played for the league based national side in an unofficial friendly against Azerbaijan on 21 February 2002, scoring a goal for a 3–0 home win.[7] He made his competitive debut for the national team in a 1–0 away loss against Spain on 20 November 2002, coming on as a second-half substitute.[8] On 20 August 2003, Dimitrov opened his senior international goals tally, scoring twice for a 3–0 win over Lithuania.

He was included in the Bulgaria Euro 2004 squad in May 2004 by Plamen Markov and came on as a second-half substitute in Bulgaria's opening game against Sweden on 14 June.[9] He was brought on once again in the match against Italy.

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Bulgaria's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 20 August 2003 Vasil Levski, Sofia, Bulgaria   Lithuania 2–0 3–0 Friendly
2. 3–0
3. 17 November 2007 Vasil Levski, Sofia, Bulgaria   Romania 1–0 1–0 Euro 2008 qualifier

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

CSKA Sofia
Metalurh Donetsk

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Велизар разкри учителите си за "велизарките", "подражавах на Емо Костадинов и Гиби Искренов". topsport.bg. 15 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Велизар Димитров е играч на Металург Донецк" (in Bulgarian). sportline.bg. 11 June 2008.
  3. ^ "Metalurh Donetsk 1–0 Karpaty Lviv". soccerway.com. 19 July 2008.
  4. ^ "Велизар Димитров в идеалния отбор на 16-ия кръг в Украйна" (in Bulgarian). sportal.bg. 21 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Metalurh Donetsk 1–0 Dynamo Kyiv". soccerway.com. 17 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Като в приказка" (in Bulgarian). sportal.bg. 21 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Националите ни с лекота се справиха с азерите" (in Bulgarian). more.info.bg. 21 February 2002. Archived from the original on 28 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Испания – България 1:0" (in Bulgarian). more.info.bg. 20 November 2002. Archived from the original on 28 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Sweden 5–0 Bulgaria". bbc.co.uk. 14 June 2004.

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