Petar Zhekov

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Petar Zhekov
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Personal information
Full name Petar Petrov Zhekov
Date of birth (1944-10-10) 10 October 1944 (age 69)
Place of birth Knizhovnik, Bulgaria
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1963 Dimitrovgrad 25 (8)
1963–1968 Beroe Stara Zagora 141 (101)
1968–1975 CSKA Sofia 167 (144)
Total 333 (253)
National team
1964–1973 Bulgaria 44 (25)
Teams managed
1976–1977 Hebar Pazardzhik
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Olympic medal record
Men's Football
Silver 1968 Mexico City Team competition

Petar Petrov Zhekov (Bulgarian: Петър Петров Жеков, born 10 October 1944) is a former Bulgarian football player, who won the silver medal at the 1968 Summer Olympics.[1]

Zhekov was born in Knizhovnik, Haskovo Province, and began his career in F.C. Dimitrovgrad. He was initially deployed as a defender, but on the advice of manager Hristo Hadzhiev switched to the forward position.[2] Later he moved to Beroe Stara Zagora, where he twice became Bulgaria's top goalscorer. Between 1968 and 1975 Zhekov played for CSKA Sofia and scored 144 goals for the team. This makes him the club's best goalscorer of all time.[3] He also won the European Golden Boot in 1969 and two European Bronze Boots.He has 333 appearances and a record of 253 goals in TBI A Football Group.

He later coached PFC Hebar Pazardzhik.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dimitrovgrad 1962–63 25 8 25 8
Beroe 1963–64 27 11 27 11
1964–65 30 18 30 18
1965–66 26 20 26 20
1966–67 29 21 29 21
1967–68 29 31 29 31
CSKA Sofia 1968–69 29 36 0 0 29 36
1969–70 28 31 2 2 30 33
1970–71 27 16 4 2 31 18
1971–72 33 27 3 1 36 28
1972–73 31 29 4 2 35 31
1973–74 14 2 4 2 18 4
1974–75 5 3 1 0 6 3
Career totals 333 253 18 9 351 262

Honours[edit]

1968–69, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1974–75

1969, 1972, 1973, 1974

Individual[edit]

1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973

References[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Portugal Eusébio
European Golden Boot
1968 – 1969
Succeeded by
West Germany Gerd Müller