Zdravko Lazarov

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Zdravko Lazarov
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Lazarov playing for Lokomotiv Plovdiv
Personal information
Date of birth (1976-02-20) 20 February 1976 (age 39)
Place of birth Gabrovo, Bulgaria
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Montana
Number 10
Youth career
Chardafon Gabrovo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1992 Lokomotiv Septemvri 14 (3)
1992–1995 Yantra Gabrovo 48 (16)
1993–1994 → Lokomotiv Septemvri (loan) 7 (0)
1995 CSKA Sofia 14 (3)
1996–1997 Yantra Gabrovo 40 (19)
1997–1998 Minyor Pernik 22 (7)
1998–1999 Levski Sofia 27 (3)
1999–2000 Slavia Sofia 28 (8)
2000–2003 Kocaelispor 79 (24)
2003–2006 Gaziantepspor 87 (36)
2006–2007 Erciyesspor 31 (9)
2007–2008 Slavia Sofia 7 (4)
2008 Shinnik Yaroslavl 14 (2)
2008–2009 CSKA Sofia 15 (2)
2009 Cherno More 10 (0)
2010–2012 Lokomotiv Plovdiv 67 (23)
2012–2013 Slavia Sofia 27 (4)
2013–2014 Lokomotiv Plovdiv 30 (3)
2014– Montana 15 (4)
National team
2003–2011[1] Bulgaria 31 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 March 2011

Zdravko Lazarov (Bulgarian: Здравко Лазаров; born 20 February 1976 in Gabrovo) is a Bulgarian footballer who currently plays as a forward for Montana.

He is an experienced, technically gifted attacker, who can also play as a left or right winger.[2] Since 2001 Lazarov is playing in the Bulgaria national football team. He was part of the Bulgarian 2004 European Football Championship team.

Career[edit]

Lazarov started his career in his home town Septemvri in the local team FC Locomotiv Septemvri. After that, Lazarov played for Chardafon Gabrovo (now FC Yantra).[3] After two very good seasons, he signed with Bulgarian grand CSKA Sofia. He did not impress with his performance and was sold to Minyor Pernik. In June 1998, Lazarov signed with the other Bulgarian grand Levski Sofia. Between 1999 and 2001 he played for Slavia Sofia. After that, he went in the Turkish Turkcell Super League where he played for Kocaelispor, Gaziantepspor and Kayseri Erciyesspor. For six seasons in Turkey he played in 202 games and scored 76 goals.

In July 2007, Zdravko returned in Bulgaria and signed with Slavia Sofia. After spending half a season with Slavia and participating in 11 games, in which he scored 8 goals, in December 2007, he signed with the Russian side Shinnik Yaroslavl. In 2008 he returned to Bulgaria,[4] playing for CSKA Sofia once more. He scored 2 goals in 15 games before getting sidelined for six months due to an injury in the game against Litex Lovech. On 11 June 2009 he terminated his contract with CSKA with immediate effect after a meeting with the club's bosses.

On 15 June 2009, Lazarov signed with Cherno More Varna for two years. He took number 11, which at that time was worn by Georgi Kakalov, but Kakalov stepped it back to Lazarov. He made his team début on 7 July, in a friendly game against Levski Sofia.

In January 2010, Lazarov completed his move to Lokomotiv Plovdiv on a free transfer. He made his league debut for Lokomotiv on 27 February in a 3–2 away loss against CSKA Sofia, scoring a two penalties. Lazarov was promoted to club captain at the start of the 2010–11 season.[5] During the entire season, he scored 14 goals in the league. On 15 March 2012, Lazarov scored the winning goal against Levski Sofia (in the extra time) in a 1/4 final match of the Bulgarian Cup.[6] On 7 August 2012, his contract was terminated.

Two days later, Lazarov joined Slavia Sofia for third time in his career.

International career[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Bulgarian national team
Year Apps Goals
2003 1 0
2004 10 1
2005 11 1
2006 2 0
2007 2 0
2008 4 1
2011 1 0
Total 31 3

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Turkey Kocaelispor

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lazarov, Zdravko". nationalfootballteams.com. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Здравко Лазаров си тръгва от Славия" (in Bulgarian). topsport.bg. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Здравко Лазаров на 36: Само да съм здрав и да радвам феновете на Локо Пд". gong.bg. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Zdravko Lazarov officially in CSKA". Football24.bg. Retrieved 10 September 2008. 
  5. ^ "Здравко Лазаров е новият капитан на Локо" (in Bulgarian). sport.plovdiv24.bg. Retrieved 2 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "Драма в Пловдив: Локо е на полуфинал след продължения" (in Bulgarian). topmatch.bg. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 

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