Dimitar Penev

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Dimitar Penev
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Personal information
Full name Dimitar Dushkov Penev
Date of birth (1945-07-12) 12 July 1945 (age 69)
Place of birth Mirovyane, Bulgaria
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
CSKA Sofia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1959–1965 Lokomotiv Sofia
1965–1977 CSKA Sofia
National team
1965–1974 Bulgaria 90 (2)
Teams managed
1985–1991 CSKA Sofia
1991–1996 Bulgaria
1998 Spartak Varna
1998–2000 CSKA Sofia
2003 Liaoning
2007 Bulgaria
2008–2009 CSKA Sofia
2011–2012 CSKA Sofia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Dimitar Dushkov Penev (Bulgarian: Димитър Душков Пенев, born 12 July 1945) is a Bulgarian football coach and former player and central defender of CSKA Sofia.[1] He played 90 games for Bulgaria national football team and scored 2 goals.[2] He is regarded as one of his country's best ever defenders, winning Bulgarian footballer of the year in 1967 and 1971, he also participated in 3 world cups for his country in 1966, 1970 and 1974.[3] He is currently the Honorary President of CSKA Sofia and semi-pro side Nottingham United FC.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

Penev was manager of the Bulgaria national football team during the 1994 FIFA World Cup, where his team reached the semi-finals and then lost the bronze medal game with Sweden. Throughout his career as manager he demonstrated excellence in both tactics and team psychology. Penev's most notable quality was his ability to work well with young players. During his career at CSKA Sofia he discovered a lot of previously unknown or little-known talented youths and used them as a basis for a domestically and internationally successful squad. Amongst them Hristo Stoichkov, Emil Kostadinov, Luboslav Penev, Martin Petrov, Stilian Petrov and Dimitar Berbatov. On 30 July 2007 he was appointed manager of the Bulgaria national football team for the second time. Last he was the manager of CSKA Sofia, on 6 March 2009 CSKA fired the coach, The Bulgarian team decided to sub him with his nephew Luboslav Penev, former player of CSKA Sofia, Celta Vigo, Valencia and Atletico Madrid.[5]

Personal life[edit]

He is the uncle of former Bulgarian international and current national team coach Luboslav Penev.

Relevant statistics[edit]

As of April 2007, Penev has been in charge of the Bulgaria national football team for 55 matches in total (25 wins, 15 draws, 15 losses, with a goal difference of 88:60).[6]

References[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Krasimir Borisov
Bulgaria national football team manager
1991 – 1996
Succeeded by
Hristo Bonev
Preceded by
Stanimir Stoilov
Bulgaria national football team manager
2007
Succeeded by
Plamen Markov