||This article includes a list of references, related reading or external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations. (August 2013)|
|This article needs additional citations for verification. (August 2013)|
|Full name||Bozhin Georgiev Laskov|
|Date of birth||15 February 1922|
|Place of birth||Sofia, Bulgaria|
|Date of death||2 April 2007(aged 85)|
|Place of death||Bratislava, Slovakia|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Bozhin Georgiev Laskov (Bulgarian: Божин Георгиев Ласков; (15 February 1922 – 2 April 2007) was a Bulgarian association football player who played as a striker, noted for his tall stature, impressive physique and great heading. In addition, Laskov was a professional doctor and a trained Eastern Orthodox priest. After 1946, he lived and worked in Czechoslovakia and is counted among Bulgaria and Slovakia's best footballers of the era.
Laskov was born in the village of Lokorsko, today administratively part of Sofia. He graduated from the Sofia Seminary, from where his nickname Popeto (Попето; "the little priest") stems. His youth team was FC Pobeda from the Sofia neighbourhood of Orlandovtsi, for which he played in 1939–1940. In 1940, Laskov moved to PFC Levski Sofia and featured for their senior team between 1941 and 1946 as their number 9 striker. Laskov appeared in 56 Bulgarian Championship matches, scoring the remarkable 40 goals. In 46 Bulgarian Cup matches, he scored 21 times; he also appeared in 9 international games, scoring 5 goals, as well as 35 other games with 24 goals on his name. During his stay with Levski, Laskov won the Bulgarian Championship twice (in 1942 and 1946), the Bulgarian Cup three times (in 1942, 1946 and 1947) and the Sofia Championship four times (in 1942, 1943, 1945 and 1946). For the Bulgaria national football team, his tally stands at 8 matches and 2 goals. At the 1946 Balkan Cup in Tirana, Albania, he was proclaimed the best footballer of the Balkans. Reportedly, France Football also deemed him the best footballer in Europe later on.
On 15 February 1946, Laskov immigrated to Brno, Czechoslovakia, where he studied medicine at the Masaryk University and played for SK Židenice, the modern 1. FC Brno. In 1947, he moved to Bratislava, where he married a Slovak beautician and was granted Czechoslovak citizenship. In Bratislava, he played for ŠK Slovan Bratislava between 1947 and 1952, winning the Czechoslovak First League in 1949, 1950 and 1951. In Czechoslovakia, he has also played for FK Inter Bratislava (then Cervena Hviezda) and TTS Trenčín players, until 1960. In the Czechoslovak Championship, he played a total of 169 games, of which 98 (with 48 league goals) for Slovan; he also featured in 3 games for the Czechoslovakia national football team. He was awarded several fair play prizes in Czechoslovakia. Later on, he worked as a manager, managing FK Inter Bratislava, FC Spartak Trnava and Trenčín. He also served as a professional physician specialized in otolaryngology and was an active member of the Bulgarian Association in Slovakia.
Laskov died in Bratislava on 2 April 2007.
- "Players Appearing for Two or More Countries". RSSSF. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
- "Vo veku 85 rokov zomrel bývalý výborný futbalista Božin Laskov" (in Slovak). Slovenský olympijský výbor / Slovak Olympic Committee. Retrieved 2008-09-05.[dead link]
- "Nechaj loptu, niečo cítim" (in Slovak). Dennik Šport. 2007-04-03. Retrieved 2009-09-05.[dead link]
- "Почина Божин Ласков" (in Bulgarian). DARIK News. 2008-04-03. Retrieved 2009-09-05.
- Българи в Словакия. Етнокултурни характеристики и взаимодействия (in Bulgarian). София: Академично издателство "Марин Дринов". 2005. pp. 42–44. ISBN 954-322-098-0.