Anton Karachanakov

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Anton Karachanakov
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Personal information
Full name Anton Atanasov Karachanakov
Date of birth (1992-01-17) 17 January 1992 (age 25)
Place of birth Novo Delchevo, Bulgaria
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Beroe Stara Zagora
(on loan from Cracovia)
Number 17
Youth career
2006–2010 Pirin Blagoevgrad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011 Pirin Blagoevgrad 14 (4)
2011–2014 CSKA Sofia 53 (13)
2015 Baltika Kaliningrad 7 (0)
2015–2016 Slavia Sofia 19 (6)
2016– Cracovia 5 (0)
2017– Beroe Stara Zagora (loan) 1 (2)
National team
2011–2014 Bulgaria U21 6 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 January 2017.

Anton Karachanakov (Bulgarian: Антон Карачанаков; born 17 January 1992 in Novo Delchevo) is a Bulgarian footballer, who currently plays for Beroe Stara Zagora on loan from Ekstraklasa club Cracovia as a winger.


Pirin Blagoevgrad[edit]

Born in Novo Delchevo, near to Sandanski, Karachanakov progressed through Pirin Blagoevgrad's youth system, having joined the club at the age of 14 in 2006.[1]

He made his first team debut on 26 February 2011 in a 1–0 A PFG loss against Cherno More, coming on as a substitute for Anton Kostadinov. On 12 March, he scored his first goal in his first start, netting Pirin's only goal in their 2–1 loss against Litex Lovech.

Karachanakov finished the 2010–11 season with 16 appearances and four goals in all competitions, helping Pirin to secure their status in the top-flight of Bulgarian football league system. Finally, Pirin was relegated to fourth division, after the license necessary to play in the A PFG was denied by Bulgarian Football Federation.

CSKA Sofia[edit]

On 18 June 2011, Karachanakov joined CSKA Sofia on a free transfer.[2] He scored his first league goal for CSKA on 22 March 2012, in the 4–0 home win over Lokomotiv Sofia.[3] He scored in his next two games as well, against Lokomotiv Plovdiv on 25 March and against Beroe Stara Zagora three days later.

On 31 August 2012, Karachanakov scored his first brace for the club, scoring twice in a 4–1 away win against Minyor Pernik. In October 2012, he sustained an injury during The Eternal Derby and was ruled out until the end of the season.[4]

Karachanakov made a full recovery by June 2013.[5] On 14 December 2013, he scored his first two goals (and second brace for the club) after coming back from injury in a 7–0 thrashing of Lyubimets 2007.

On 27 July 2014, Karachanakov scored the opening goal and assisted Sergiu Buș' second in the 2–0 win over Levski Sofia in The Eternal Derby. For his performance he won the Man of the Match award.[6] In January 2015, he left the "armymen" due to a combination of financial reasons (unreceived salaries) and not being granted sufficient playing time.[7]

International career[edit]

His first goal for the Bulgarian U21 squad came in his second match on 29 February 2012 as he scored the only goal in a 1–0 friendly win against Poland U21.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Pirin Blagoevgrad 2010–11 14 4 1 0 15 4
CSKA Sofia 2011–12 13 4 2 0 0 0 15 4
2012–13 9 3 0 0 2 0 11 3
2013–14 16 2 1 0 0 0 17 2
2014–15 15 4 1 0 1 1 17 5


CSKA Sofia


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