Bulgarian Footballer of the Year

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Bulgarian Footballer of the Year (Bulgarian: Футболист №1 на България, Futbolist №1 na Balgariya) is an annual title awarded to the best Bulgarian association football player of the year. The award has been given since 1961, and the winner is elected by authorized journalists from the leading Bulgarian media.[citation needed]

2011 was the first to be held online by fans.[1]

The poll has been organized by the Futbol newspaper (1961–1975), the Start newspaper (1975–1998), the Futbol newspaper and Start magazine (1999–present).

The footballers to have won the award most times are Dimitar Berbatov (2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), Hristo Stoichkov (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994) and Hristo Bonev (1969, 1972, 1973).[2] The club with most winners is Levski Sofia with 11 winners while their local rivals CSKA Sofia have ten.

Bulgarian Footballer of the Year[edit]

Year Footballer Position Club
1961 Georgi Naydenov Goalkeeper Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
1962 Ivan Kolev Defender Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
1963 Aleksandar Shalamanov Defender Bulgaria Slavia Sofia
1964 Nikola Kotkov Forward Bulgaria Lokomotiv Sofia
1965 Georgi Asparuhov Forward Bulgaria Levski Sofia
1966 Aleksandar Shalamanov Defender Bulgaria Slavia Sofia
1967 Dimitar Penev Defender Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
1968 Simeon Simeonov Goalkeeper Bulgaria Slavia Sofia
1969 Hristo Bonev Forward Bulgaria Lokomotiv Plovdiv
1970 Stefan Aladzhov Defender Bulgaria Levski Sofia
1971 Dimitar Penev Defender Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
1972 Hristo Bonev Forward Bulgaria Lokomotiv Plovdiv
1973 Hristo Bonev Forward Bulgaria Lokomotiv Plovdiv
1974 Kiril Ivkov Defender Bulgaria Levski Sofia
1975 Kiril Ivkov Defender Bulgaria Levski Sofia
1976 Bozhidar Grigorov Forward Bulgaria Slavia Sofia
1977 Pavel Panov Midfielder / Forward Bulgaria Levski Sofia
1978 Rumen Goranov Goalkeeper Bulgaria Lokomotiv Sofia
1979 Atanas Mihaylov Forward Bulgaria Lokomotiv Sofia
1980 Andrey Zhelyazkov Forward Bulgaria Slavia Sofia
1981 Georgi Velinov Goalkeeper Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
1982 Radoslav Zdravkov Defender Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
1983 Stoycho Mladenov Midfielder / Forward Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
1984 Plamen Nikolov Defender Bulgaria Levski Sofia
1985 Georgi Dimitrov Defender Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
1986 Borislav Mihaylov Goalkeeper Bulgaria Levski Sofia
1987 Nikolay Iliev Defender Bulgaria Levski Sofia
1988 Lyuboslav Penev Forward Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
1989 Hristo Stoichkov Midfielder / Forward Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
1990 Hristo Stoichkov Midfielder / Forward Spain Barcelona
1991 Hristo Stoichkov Midfielder / Forward Spain Barcelona
1992 Hristo Stoichkov Midfielder / Forward Spain Barcelona
1993 Emil Kostadinov Forward Portugal Porto
1994 Hristo Stoichkov Midfielder / Forward Spain Barcelona
1995 Krasimir Balakov Midfielder Portugal Sporting CP / Germany Stuttgart
1996 Trifon Ivanov Defender Austria Rapid Wien
1997 Krasimir Balakov Midfielder Germany Stuttgart
1998 Ivaylo Yordanov Defender / Midfielder / Forward Portugal Sporting CP
1999 Aleksandar Aleksandrov Midfielder Bulgaria Levski Sofia
2000 Georgi Ivanov Forward Bulgaria Levski Sofia
2001 Georgi Ivanov Forward Bulgaria Levski Sofia
2002 Dimitar Berbatov Forward Germany Bayer Leverkusen
2003 Stiliyan Petrov Midfielder Scotland Celtic
2004 Dimitar Berbatov Forward Germany Bayer Leverkusen
2005 Dimitar Berbatov Forward Germany Bayer Leverkusen
2006 Martin Petrov
2nd Dimitar Berbatov
3rd Stiliyan Petrov
Midfielder / Forward
Forward
Midfielder
Spain Atlético Madrid
England Tottenham Hotspur
England Aston Villa
2007 Dimitar Berbatov
2nd Martin Petrov
3rd Georgi Petkov
Forward
Midfielder / Forward
Goalkeeper
England Tottenham Hotspur
England Manchester City
Bulgaria Levski Sofia
2008 Dimitar Berbatov
2nd Georgi Petkov
3rd Blagoy Georgiev
Forward
Goalkeeper
Midfielder
England Manchester United
Bulgaria Levski Sofia
Bulgaria Slavia Sofia
2009[3] Dimitar Berbatov
2nd Stiliyan Petrov
3rd Blagoy Georgiev
Forward
Midfielder
Midfielder
England Manchester United
England Aston Villa
Russia Terek Grozny
2010[4] Dimitar Berbatov
2nd Ivelin Popov
3rd Nikolay Mihaylov
Forward
Forward
Goalkeeper
England Manchester United
Turkey Gaziantepspor
Netherlands Twente
2011 Nikolay Mihaylov
2nd Stiliyan Petrov
3rd Dimitar Berbatov
Goalkeeper
Midfielder
Forward
Netherlands FC Twente
England Aston Villa
England Manchester United
2012 Georgi Milanov
2nd Ivan Ivanov
3rd Stanislav Manolev
Midfielder
Defender
Defender
Bulgaria Litex Lovech
Serbia Partizan
Netherlands PSV Eindhoven
2013 Ivan Ivanov
2nd Ivelin Popov
3rd Svetoslav Dyakov
Defender
Midfielder
Midfielder
Switzerland Basel / Serbia Partizan
Russia Kuban Krasnodar
Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad

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