Georgi Milanov

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Georgi Milanov
Georgi Milanov 2013.jpg
Milanov with CSKA Moscow in 2013
Personal information
Full name Georgi Ventsislavov Milanov
Date of birth (1992-02-19) 19 February 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Levski, Bulgaria
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Winger
Club information
Current team
CSKA Moscow
Number 23
Youth career
2005–2009 Litex Lovech
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 Litex Lovech 106 (28)
2013– CSKA Moscow 22 (1)
National team
2010 Bulgaria U19 3 (1)
2010–2013 Bulgaria U21 10 (2)
2011– Bulgaria 18 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:31, 23 May 2014 (UTC)

Georgi Ventsislavov Milanov (Bulgarian: Георги Миланов; born 19 February 1992) is a Bulgarian footballer playing for CSKA Moscow in the Russian Premier League and the Bulgaria national team as a midfielder.[1] His twin brother Iliya Milanov plays for Litex Lovech as a defender.

Club career[edit]

Litex Lovech[edit]

Milanov with Litex in 2010

Born in Levski, Pleven Province, Milanov began playing football at the local club, before joined the Litex Lovech Academy, together with his twin brother Iliya, in 2005.[2] He was part of a group of young players at the club who guided the club to win the Bulgarian U-17 Championship in June 2009, with Milanov scoring in the final against Levski Sofia.[3]

On 1 August 2009, Milanov made his first team debut, at 17 years 152 days, coming off the bench in the 2009 Bulgarian Supercup against Levski Sofia, which ended in a 1–0 defeat at Vasil Levski National Stadium. A week later, he made his league debut against Lokomotiv Mezdra, scoring the opening goal in a 5–0 victory.[4] On 3 December, he scored his first ever Bulgarian Cup goal, in a 4–0 win over Pirin Gotse Delchev which sent them through to the 1/8 finals. Milanov play regularly in his first season, making 31 appearances in all competitions and collected his first A PFG title winner's medal at the end of the 2009–10 season.

On 14 August 2010, in a 2–1 home victory over Pirin Blagoevgrad, Milanov netted his first goal of 2010–11 season.[5] He ended his second season with 5 goals in 36 appearances in all competitions. Milanov helped Litex retain the A PFG title by a 3-point margin after being pushed by Levski Sofia for much of the season.

In 2011–12 season, Milanov scored 6 goals in 25 league matches. On 24 May 2012, he was credited with the ABF A PFG Young Player of the Season award, by the professional footballers association of Bulgaria.[6]

On 19 August 2012, Milanov scored his first goal of 2012–13 season in a 1–1 away draw against Lokomotiv Plovdiv. On 27 October, he scored his first ever hat-trick in the A PFG, against Montana, in a 3–1 victory at Ogosta Stadium; he scored from a penalty kick and a two free-kicks.[7] On 27 December 2012, he became the youngest ever recipient of the Bulgarian Footballer of the Year award.[8] On 30 March 2013, as a result of injuries to regular captains Nebojša Jelenković and Nikolay Bodurov, Milanov captained Litex for the first time[citation needed] against Botev Vratsa in a 5–1 home win.[9] On 14 April, he played his 100th match for Litex in the league in a 2–1 away loss against Slavia Sofia.[10]

CSKA Moscow[edit]

On 5 July 2013, Milanov signed with Russian Premier League side CSKA Moscow[11] on a five-year deal for an initial fee of 5,4 million leva, with a further 2 million leva depending on CSKA appearances in the UEFA competitions in the next two years.[12] He was given the number 23 jersey. He made his official debut on 18 August 2013, in the 1:0 home win over Kuban Krasnodar in a league match after coming on as a late substitute for Keisuke Honda.[13] Although having had trouble fitting into the club at start, Milanov is improving at a fast rate according to head coach Leonid Slutskiy, resulting in him becoming a regular starter plus in him receiving playing time in important European matches in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League 2013-2014. He provided his first assist in a 4-1 home win over Terek Grozny; it was the opening goal of the match netted by teammate Seydou Doumbia.

Milanov scored his first official goal for CSKA Moscow in a game against FC Zenit Saint Petersburg on 16 March 2014 - a long range effort that eventually won the game for his team; being the only goal scored in the whole match. His classy goal didn't go unnoticed, as he was voted player of the week for matchday 21 in the Russian Premier League.

International career[edit]

Milanov was called up to the Bulgaria under-21 team for the first time in February 2010, making his competitive debut on 3 March, in a 0–2 loss against Montenegro U21.

Milanov was called up to the senior Bulgaria squad for the first time in September 2011, and made his full international debut in a friendly against Ukraine at Valeriy Lobanovskyi Dynamo Stadium on 7 October, playing 24 minutes as a substitute of a 3–0 loss for Bulgaria. On 7 September 2012, Milanov scored his first international goal in a 2–2 home draw against Italy during 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying.[14]

Career statistics[edit]


As of 4 March 2014 (UTC)[1]
Club Season Division League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Litex Lovech 2009–10 A Group 27 2 3 1 1 0 31 4
2010–11 27 4 4 1 5 0 36 5
2011–12 25 6 1 0 6 0 32 6
2012–13 27 16 6 3 33 19
CSKA Moscow 2013–14 RFPL 22 1 4 0 6 0 32 1
Total Bulgaria 106 28 14 5 12 0 127 34
Total Russia 22 1 4 0 6 0 32 1

National team[edit]

Bulgaria national team
Year Apps Goals
2011 1 0
2012 8 1
2013 6 0
2014 1 1
Total 16 2

International goals[edit]

Scores and goals list Bulgaria's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 September 2012 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria  Italy 2–2 2–2 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 5 March 2014 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria  Belarus 1–0 2–1 Friendly






  1. ^ a b "Georgi Milanov Facts". 
  2. ^ "Георги Миланов - новото лице на българския футбол" (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  3. ^ "Литекс стана шампион при юношите младша" (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  4. ^ "Lokomotiv Mezdra 0–5 Litex". Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  5. ^ "Litex 2–1 Pirin". Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  6. ^ "Георги Миланов избран за най-добър млад футболист" (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  7. ^ "Георги Миланов с хеттрик за Литекс от статични положения" (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 2012-10-28. 
  8. ^ "Milanov becomes Bulgaria's youngest Footballer of Year". London: 21 April 2008. Retrieved 2012-12-27. 
  9. ^ "Литекс без милост срещу Ботев, громи врачани с 5:1" (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 2013-03-30. 
  10. ^ "Жоро Миланов закова 100 мача в "А" група" (in Bulgarian). 15 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Bulgaria's Young Football Star Milanov Officially Signs CSKA Moscow". 5 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Георги Миланов в ЦСКА Москва срещу 7,4 милиона лева" (in Bulgarian). 5 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Georgi Milanov match log". September 2013. 
  14. ^ "Bulgaria battle back to hold Italy". Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  15. ^ "Top Bulgarian accolade for rising star Milanov". 27 December 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  16. ^ "Ето тримата най-добри футболисти в "А" група". 27 December 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 

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