|Full name||Krasimir Genchev Balakov|
|Date of birth||29 March 1966|
|Place of birth||Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking Midfielder|
|1983–1990||Etar Veliko Tarnovo||142||(35)|
|2003–2005||VfB Stuttgart (assistant)|
|2005||VFC Plauen (player-manager)|
|2012||1. FC Kaiserslautern|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Krasimir Genchev Balakov (Bulgarian: Красимир Балъков) (born 29 March 1966) is a Bulgarian former footballer turned manager. He was a key member of the Bulgarian national team that finished fourth in the 1994 FIFA World Cup. After Hristo Stoichkov, he is considered the greatest Bulgarian footballer of his generation.
Balakov began his club career at the local Etar Veliko Tarnovo, before transferring to Portugal's Sporting in 1990, where he won the 1994–95 Portuguese Cup. In 1995, he transferred to Germany's VfB Stuttgart where he won two UEFA Intertoto Cups (2000 and 2002) and a DFB-Pokal (1997), before retiring in 2003. As an attacking midfielder Balakov formed a successful attacking partnership with strikers Fredi Bobic and Giovane Élber at Stuttgart. The trio were known as the "magic triangle". He was voted as Stuttgart's best player of all time.
The year after he retired, Krasimir became assistant coach of the club he had just retired from, VfB Stuttgart. He stayed in this position for two years before deciding to become a player-manager at VFC Plauen, where he remained for just a short time.
He had been appointed on 16 January 2006 as a manager of Grasshopper Club Zürich to replace Hanspeter Latour who left for 1. FC Köln. Balakov managed to win the Intertoto Cup thus qualified the club to the UEFA Cup for 2006–07 season.
In December 2008, he became manager of PFC Chernomorets Burgas in his homeland. On 6 December 2010, he was released from PFC Chernomorets Burgas after mutual consent, following a change in the long-term vision for the club by the owner Mitko Sabev.
Balakov made 92 appearances for Bulgaria, between 1988 and 2003 (one of the best totals in national history) and scored 16 goals. Other than the 1994 FIFA World Cup, he also played for his country at Euro 1996 and the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
- As of 17 May 2012.
|Grasshopper Club Zürich||16 January 2006||21 May 2007||Swiss Super League||53||19||18||16||35.85||71||54||+17|
|Chernomorets Burgas||14 December 2008||6 December 2010||Bulgarian A Professional Football Group||60||29||16||15||48.33||79||54||+25|
|Hajduk Split||31 May 2011||22 March 2012||Prva HNL||22||13||5||4||59.09||42||17||+25|
|1. FC Kaiserslautern||22 March 2012||17 May 2012||Bundesliga||8||1||0||7||12.50||7||18||–11|
- Portuguese Cup winner: 1995
- DFB-Pokal winner: 1996–97
- UEFA Intertoto Cup winner: 2000, 2002
- DFB-Ligapokal finalist: 1997, 1998
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup finalist: 1997–98
- Bundesliga runner-up: 2002–03
- FIFA World Cup fourth place: 1994
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