Veselin Minev

Veselin Minev (Bulgarian Cyrillic: Веселин Минев; born 14 October 1980) is a Bulgarian former footballer who played as a defender.

Veselin Minev
Veselin Minev 2016.jpg
Personal information
Full name Veselin Milchev Minev
Date of birth (1980-10-14) 14 October 1980 (age 40)
Place of birth Pazardzhik, Bulgaria
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in)
Position(s) Left back
Youth career
Hebar Pazardzhik
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Hebar Pazardzhik 2 (0)
2001–2003 Belasitsa Petrich 34 (0)
2004–2006 Botev Plovdiv 62 (4)
2006–2011 Levski Sofia 91 (1)
2011–2012 Antalyaspor 29 (0)
2013–2014 Botev Plovdiv 35 (0)
2014–2017 Levski Sofia 80 (0)
2017 Etar 14 (0)
2018 Vereya 10 (0)
2018–2019 Tsarsko Selo 38 (0)
2020 Vitosha Bistritsa 4 (0)
National team
2009–2016 Bulgaria 25 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 March 2020

He has a twin brother, Yordan, who is also a footballer.

Club careerEdit

Minev, together with his twin brother, started his career at Hebar Pazardzhik.[1] Later, Minev joined Botev Plovdiv.

Levski SofiaEdit

Minev came to Levski in June 2006.

On 9 May 2009, Minev and his twin brother Yordan entered in the history of The Eternal Derby. The situation was even more interesting, because Veselin was a left full-back and his brother Yordan was a right midfielder, and Veselin guarded his brother Yordan. Despite the tackles, after a foul against Veselin, Yordan came to him and call the referee.

He became a Champion of Bulgaria in 2008/2009 season. In 2009/2010 season, Levski achieved qualifying for UEFA Europa League becoming 3rd in the final ranking. During the 2010/2011 Levski qualified for UEFA Europa League after eliminating Dundalk F.C., Kalmar FF and AIK Fotboll. Levski was drawn in Group C, facing Gent, Lille and Sporting CP.

AntalyasporEdit

 
Minev playing for Antalyaspor in 2011

On 30 May 2011, Minev signed a three-year deal with Turkish club Antalyaspor for an undisclosed fee.[2] He left the club in early December 2012 for personal reasons.

Botev PlovdivEdit

On 12 December 2012, immediately following the appointment of Stanimir Stoilov as head coach, Minev signed a 1.5-year contract (with the option for an additional year) with his former club Botev Plovdiv.[3] Minev was among the first choice defenders during his time with the "canaries", captaining the team on occasions. His last game for the club was the 4:0 home victory against Libertas in the first qualifying round for UEFA Europa League on 3 July 2014.[4]

Levski SofiaEdit

In July 2014 Minev's contract with Botev was terminated due to the financial problems that occurred in the club. On the 7 July 2014 he returned to Levski signing a new 1+1 year deal with the club.[5] He was released in June 2017.[6]

EtarEdit

On 16 June 2017, Minev signed a 1-year contract with newly promoted Etar Veliko Tarnovo.[7]

VereyaEdit

On 13 January 2018 Minev joined Vereya Stara Zagora on a six-month contract.[8]

Tsarsko SeloEdit

On 11 June 2018, Minev signed a 1-year contract with Second League club Tsarsko Selo.[9]

International careerEdit

On 28 August 2009, Minev received his first international call-up for the World Qualifier match against Montenegro.[10] He remained an unused substitute for the game. On 10 October 2009, he made his debut for the national side in the 1:4 away loss to Cyprus, playing the full 90 minutes of the game.[11] Minev was a starter for Bulgaria during the first two 2014 World Cup qualifiers, but in October 2012 he received a two-match ban for his involvement in a number of incidents during the ill-tempered match against Armenia.[12]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 13 January 2018.
Club Season League Cups Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Levski Sofia 2006–07 10 0 3 0 1 0 14 0
2007–08 18 0 3 0 0 0 21 0
2008–09 18 0 2 0 1 0 21 0
2009–10 22 0 2 0 12 0 36 0
2010–11 23 1 3 0 11 0 35 1
Antalyaspor 2011–12 25 0 7 0 32 0
2012–13 4 0 2 0 6 0
Botev Plovdiv 2012–13 8 0 0 0 8 0
2013–14 27 0 6 0 6 0 39 0
2014–15 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Levski Sofia 24 0 6 0 30 0
2015–16 32 0 2 0 34 0
2016–17 24 0 1 0 2 0 27 0
Etar Veliko Tarnovo 2017–18 14 0 0 0 14 0
Vereya 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career totals 249 1 37 0 34 0 320 1

InternationalEdit

Bulgaria national team
Year Apps Goals
2009 3 0
2010 4 0
2011 1 0
2012 6 0
2013 5 0
2014 5 0
2015 1 0
Total 25 0

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "6000 евро по трансфера на Веселин Минев очакват в Хебър". Retrieved 20 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Dış transferde ilk isim Minev". antalyaspor.com.tr. Archived from the original on 1 June 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Ботев" уреди Веско Минев, националът подписва за 1,5+1 година". 12 December 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
  4. ^ "В "Ботев" мислят до петък, феновете не искат Вуцов". 8 July 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Официално: Минев в Левски за 1+1 години, националът парафира със "сините". 7 July 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Левски обяви раздяла с още трима футболисти, Боян Йоргачевич остава... засега!". topsport.bg. 13 June 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  7. ^ ""Етър" привлече досегашния капитан на "Левски" Веселин Минев" (in Bulgarian). etarvt.bg. 16 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Бившият капитан на Левски си намери нов отбор в Първа лига" (in Bulgarian). etarvt.bg. 13 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Отбор от Втора лига взе бивш капитан на Левски" (in Bulgarian). sportal.bg. 11 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Минев от "Левски" е повикан за първи път в националния отбор". dnevnik.bg. 28 August 2009. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
  11. ^ "Резил в Ларнака! Кипър ни разпра 4:1". 7sport.net. 10 October 2009. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
  12. ^ "Пенев повика двама играчи на ЦСКА заради наказание на Веселин Минев". dnevnik.bg. 8 October 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2012.

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