|Full name||Stanimir Kolev Stoilov|
|Date of birth||13 February 1967|
|Place of birth||Haskovo, Bulgaria|
|Playing position||Midfielder, sweeper (retired)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Stanimir Kolev Stoilov, nickname Murray (Bulgarian: Станимир Стоилов, Мъри) (born 13 February 1967) is a former Bulgarian footballer, former manager of Levski Sofia, Litex Lovech and the Bulgarian national team. He is currently manager of FC Astana of the Kazakhstan Premier League.
Stoilov began his career at the local FC Haskovo, where he stayed until 1990. In the beg His first spell at Levski Sofia spanned 2 years, between July 1990 and June 1992, when he moved to the Turkish club Fenerbahçe SK and then played shortly for Levski rival PFC CSKA Sofia only to return to Levski Sofia for another year between July 1994 and June 1995. He then spent some time playing in Portugal and for PFC Slavia Sofia before again returning to Levski Sofia for a third spell since July 1998 as a captain and assistant manager since July 2000. In 2004 he became the manager of the team, most notably leading it to the UEFA Cup 2005-06 quarter final stage and becoming the first Bulgarian club to ever reach the group stage of the UEFA Champions League during the 2006–07 season. He has also led the team to winning the national cup in 2005 and 2007, Bulgarian Supercup in 2005 and 2007 and the 2005/2006 and 2006/2007 national championship.
Stoilov briefly coached the Bulgarian national under-19 side (2003–2004). In April 2007, Stanimir Stoilov was assigned as caretaker manager of the Bulgarian national football team for the matches against Belarus in June from the Euro 2008 qualification campaign. His side won the first match against Belarus in Minsk 2–0 on 2 June 2007 and the second in Sofia 2–1 on 6 June 2007.
On 7 May 2008, Stoilov was sacked from PFC Levski Sofia together with his friend and colleague Nasko Sirakov. However, he is still popular among Levski's supporters who sometimes chant his name at the stadium. Before the 2008–09 season he took over at Litex Lovech. He led them to winning the Bulgarian cup in 2009, but quit after the club failed to reach the group stage of the Europa League.
Stoilov didn't manage to get Bulgaria into the World Cup. After two draws with the main rival for the play-offs Ireland and a 2–0 victory against Cyprus Bulgaria's job was now even harder. After the summer of 2009 Bulgaria won against Latvia 1–0 in a friendly and against Montenegro with 4–1, Stoilov's got his first lost with the national team against Italy with 2–0. From that moment everything for Stoilov wasn't going well and he recorded a disappointing loss from Cyprus with 4–1. Bulgaria finished the campaign with a 6–2 win against Georgia. The draw for the UEFA Euro 2012 defined Bulgaria to play along with England, Switzerland, Wales and Montenegro.
2010 was a very disappointing year for Stoilov and Bulgaria. He recorded a series of weak results, including 5 losses and only 1 draw with South Africa in 6 games. On 7 September 2010, Bulgaria lost for the first time in 5 years in Sofia from Montenegro in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier with a score of 0–1. After this match Stoilov announced his resignation from his position as coach of the national team.
In the winter of 2012 Stoilov was appointed as the new manager of Botev Plovdiv. His official debut was on 1 March 2013 against Slavia Sofia in a 2:2 draw. On 22 June, Stoilov signed by FC Astana of the Kazakhstan Premier League.
Stoilov's teams tend to emphasize possession football and good ball control and he has been praised for his openness to promoting young players from the junior squads to the senior team. He also played a part in reinvigorating the career of Hristo Yovov, who subsequently established himself as one of the key players for Levski Sofia in the mid 2000s.
- As of match played 10 July 2014
|Levski Sofia||1 June 2004||6 May 2008||165||109||31||25||0||0||66.06|
|Bulgaria||10 April 2007||6 June 2007||2||2||0||0||4||1||100.00|
|Litex Lovech||1 July 2008||28 August 2009||23||11||6||6||32||23||47.83|
|Bulgaria||1 January 2009||8 September 2009||14||3||4||7||18||22||21.43|
|Anorthosis Famagusta||27 December 2010||25 September 2011||24||15||4||5||36||17||62.50|
|Botev Plovdiv||1 January 2013||4 June 2014||59||31||16||12||60||18||52.54|
|FC Astana||23 January 2013||Present||4||3||1||0||11||2||75.00|
- Levski Sofia
- Levski Sofia
- Quarter-finalist (1 time): 2005–06
- Group Stage: 2006–07
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