Chavdar Yankov

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Chavdar Yankov
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Personal information
Full name Chavdar Yankov
Date of birth (1984-03-29) 29 March 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Sofia, Bulgaria
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Slavia Sofia
Number 8
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 Slavia Sofia 71 (12)
2005–2009 Hannover 96 66 (6)
2009 MSV Duisburg (loan) 12 (1)
2010–2012 Metalurh Donetsk 18 (0)
2010–2011 Rostov (loan) 25 (2)
2012– Slavia Sofia 40 (6)
National team
2003– Bulgaria 50 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 January 2011

Chavdar Yankov (Bulgarian: Чавдар Янков; born 29 March 1984) is a Bulgarian footballer currently playing for Slavia Sofia.[1] He is known for his passing, aerial ability and tackling. He is a central midfielder who plays in the holding midfield role or as an attacking midfielder. Despite often being used in a defensive position he is mainly an attacking player.

As a youngster, Yankov supported Real Madrid and modelled himself on Zinedine Zidane and Edgar Davids. His nickname is Chack.

Club career[edit]

Yankov began his football career as a youth at Slavia Sofia. He made his debut in professional football on 7 September 2001, in a 0–1 loss against Lokomotiv Sofia. In the 2001–02 season, Yankov played in seven matches for Slavia. He started to make his name two years later when he scored six goals in 30 league games and was called to the Bulgarian national team by then coach Hristo Stoichkov.

In summer 2005, Yankov moved to German Bundesliga side Hannover 96, initially on a loan, but made permanent in summer 2007 for a fee of around €1.30 million. In summer 2009, he was loaned to MSV Duisburg.[2]

On 8 January 2010, Yankov joined Ukrainian Premier League club Metalurh Donetsk on a two-and-a-half-year deal.[3] On 13 August 2010, Yankov was loaned out to Russian Premier League club FC Rostov.[4]

In July 2012, Yankov signed as a free agent for his boyhood club Slavia Sofia on a one-year contract.[5]

International career[edit]

Yankov made his debut for Bulgaria in 2004 after the participation on the team in 2004 European Football Championship. On 13 October 2004, Yankov scored his first goal for Bulgaria in a World Cup 2006 qualifying match against Malta. He scored a goal in the 87th minute. The result of the match was a 4–1 win for Bulgaria. As of October 2010, the midfielder has 31 matches and five goals for the national team. On 12 October 2010, in the absence of Stilian Petrov, he captained the side for the first time in the 2–0 win against Saudi Arabia in a friendly match.

International goals[edit]

Chavdar Yankov: International Goals
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 13 October 2004 Sofia, Bulgaria  Malta 4–1 4–1 World Cup 2006 Qual.
2. 12 November 2005 Sofia, Bulgaria  Georgia 1–0 6–2 Friendly
3. 12 November 2005 Sofia, Bulgaria  Georgia 2–0 6–2 Friendly
4. 6 February 2007 Larnaca, Cyprus  Latvia 2–0 Win Friendly
5. 6 June 2007 Sofia, Bulgaria  Belarus 2–1 2–1 UEFA Euro 2008 Qual.


  1. ^ "Yankov nach Donezk" (in German). Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Die Bundesliga rüstet auf" (in German). DFL. Retrieved 18 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "Metalurg sign midfielder Yankov". Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Чавдар Янков премина под наем в Ростов" (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 13 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Чавдар Янков се завърна в Славия" (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 26 June 2012. 

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