Tsvetan Genkov

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Tsvetan Genkov
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Personal information
Full name Tsvetan Valentinov Genkov
Date of birth (1984-02-08) 8 February 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Mezdra, Bulgaria
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Levski Sofia
Number 8
Youth career
Lokomotiv Mezdra
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Lokomotiv Mezdra 72 (39)
2004–2007 Lokomotiv Sofia 86 (50)
2007–2010 Dynamo Moscow 37 (4)
2010 Lokomotiv Sofia (loan) 26 (15)
2011–2013 Wisła Kraków 55 (17)
2013– Levski Sofia 27 (5)
National team
2004–2006 Bulgaria U-21 9 (3)
2005–2012 Bulgaria 18 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 September 2011

Tsvetan Valentinov Genkov (Bulgarian: Цветан Валентинов Генков; born 8 February 1984 in Mezdra) is a Bulgarian footballer who plays as a striker for Levski Sofia.

Career[edit]

Loko Mezdra[edit]

Born in Mezdra, Genkov began his career in the local Lokomotiv, previously having been an athlete.[1] He made his debut during the 2001–02 season on 14 October 2001 in a 0–2 away loss against Sitomir Nikopol in the campaign of V AFG.[1] On 12 May 2002, Genkov scored his first goal in a 2–2 home draw against Olimpik Teteven.[1] As of the 2002–03 season he became first-choice forward scoring 14 goals.[2] After 24 goals in the next season he transferred to Lokomotiv Sofia.[2]

Loko Sofia[edit]

He made his debut for Lokomotiv Sofia on 6 August 2004, in a 0–2 away loss against Litex Lovech. In Sofia, Genkov established himself in one of the leading A PFG clubs and helped his team to reach the fourth place in 2005–06 and secure a place in the 2006–07 UEFA Cup. During the qualification rounds, Genkov scored four goals in six matches. In Bulgaria's A PFG, he became the top goalscorer of 2006–07 with 27 goals, leading Lokomotiv to the third position and 2007–08 UEFA Cup qualification.

Dynamo Moscow[edit]

On 9 June 2007, he signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with Dynamo Moscow for a transfer fee of €2.25 million.[3][4]

Return to Loko Sofia[edit]

In January 2010, Genkov was loaned out to his former club. On 7 March 2010, he netted twice in the 5–1 away win against FC Sportist Svoge. In the following season, with 11 goals to his name, Genkov had climbed up to second place in the scoring charts in the A PFG by the time his loan expired.

Wisła Kraków[edit]

Genkov playing for Wisła

On 28 January 2011, Genkov joined Polish Ekstraklasa side Wisła Kraków on a three and a half-year deal for an undisclosed fee from Dynamo Moscow.[5] He won the Ekstraklasa championship in his debut season. Genkov was club's top goalscorer in the second part of the season with six goals in the league.[6]

In the following season, he was a starter in all six matches in the Wisła's ultimately unsuccessful UEFA Champions League qualifying campaign. On 9 September, Genkov picked up an injury at beginning of the league match against Lech Poznań.[7] He returned to play on 15 October, scoring the winning goal in a 3–1 home win over Jagiellonia Białystok. Genkov also netted the winning goal in a 2–1 victory over FC Twente, in the last UEFA Europa League group stage match, which lead his team to qualify for the round of 32.

On 16 February 2012, he scored a late equaliser in the first leg tie against Standard Liège. Wisła Kraków played with ten-men for most of the match after Michał Czekaj was sent off in the 27th minute.[8] He scored his first hat-trick for Wisła Kraków on 14 April, scoring all three of his team's goals in a 3–2 home win over ŁKS Łódź in the Ekstraklasa. Genkov was a top goalscorer of 2011–12 Polish Cup with four goals from three games.

Levski Sofia[edit]

Genkov signed with Levski Sofia on 19 June 2013 on a three-year deal.[9] He was not registered for the 1st round of the UEFA Europa League games against Kazakh club Irtysh Pavlodar, which his team lost by an aggregate score of 0–2. Genkov made his official debut for Levski Sofia on 21 July 2013, in the 1–2 away loss against Botev Plovdiv in an A PFG match. He scored his first goal for the team from Sofia a week later in the 1–2 home defeat inflicted by Lokomotiv Plovdiv.

International career[edit]

He was capped nine times for Bulgaria national under-21 football team, scoring three goals. Genkov received his first senior international cap for Bulgaria on 17 August 2005 in a friendly match against Turkey, which they won 3–1, coming on as a substitute for Dimitar Berbatov after one hour of play.

Outside football[edit]

Genkov has participated in charity campaigns during his spell with Wisla.[10] He also represents Bulgarian company TRYMAX [11]

Statistics[edit]

(correct as of 3 June 2013)
Club Season League Domestic League Domestic Cups European Cups Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Lokomotiv Mezdra 2001–02 V AFG 12 1 12 1
2002–03 V AFG 30 14 3 1 33 15
2003–04 V AFG 30 24 30 24
Lokomotiv Sofia 2004–05 A PFG 30 12 1 1 31 13
2005–06 A PFG 27 11 1 0 28 11
2006–07 A PFG 29 27 2 1 6 4 37 32
Dynamo Moscow 2007 Premier Liga 9 0 1 1 10 1
2008 Premier Liga 23 4 2 0 25 4
2009 Premier Liga 5 0 2 0 0 0 7 0
Lokomotiv Sofia 2009–10 A PFG 13 4 13 4
2010–11 A PFG 13 11 1 0 14 11
Wisła Kraków 2010–11 Ekstraklasa 13 6 1 1 14 7
2011–12 Ekstraklasa 21 7 3 4 10 2 34 13
2012–13 Ekstraklasa 21 4 3 4 24 8
Total Lokomotiv Mezdra 72 39 3 1 75 40
Total Lokomotiv Sofia 112 65 5 2 6 4 123 71
Total Dynamo Moscow 37 4 5 1 0 0 42 5
Total Wisła Kraków 55 17 7 9 10 2 72 28

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Wisła Kraków

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Любопитни факти". lokomotivmezdra.com. Retrieved 23 October 2011. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b "В Северозападната зона (1984 – 1993, 1994 – 2005 г.)". lokomotivmezdra.com. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Цветан Генков подписа с Динамо (Москва)". topsport.ibox.bg (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 21 January 2009. 
  4. ^ "Dinamo sign Loko Sofia's Genkov". uefa.com. 11 June 2007. Retrieved 21 January 2009. 
  5. ^ "Cvetan Genkov piłkarzem Białej Gwiazdy" (in Polish). wisla.krakow.pl. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Ekstraklasa: Frankowski: To problem polskiej piłki! Koniec sezonu dla Vukovicia. Ruch dalej walczy o puchary" (in Polish). 2x45.com.pl. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Uszkodzony mięsień Genkova" (in Polish). wisla.krakow.pl. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Standard fail to overcome ten-man Wisła". uefa.com. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "Цветан Генков подписа за три години с Левски" (in Bulgarian). gong.bg. 19 June 2013. 
  10. ^ (Bulgarian) "Genkov buys Christmas presents for the poor (Генков пазарува коледни подаръци за бедни)" (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 2014-09-06. 
  11. ^ "Tzvetan Genkov Profile". TRYMAX. 9 June 2014. 

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