Antonio Vutov

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Antonio Vutov
Antonio Vutov.jpg
Vutov playing for Levski Sofia in 2012
Personal information
Full name Antonio Ventsislavov Vutov
Date of birth (1996-06-06) 6 June 1996 (age 20)
Place of birth Mezdra, Bulgaria
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Winger / Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Botev Plovdiv
(on loan from Udinese)
Number 39
Youth career
2007–2009 Lokomotiv Mezdra
2009–2012 Levski Sofia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2014 Levski Sofia 28 (3)
2014– Udinese 0 (0)
2015–2016 Cosenza (loan) 22 (1)
2016–2017 Lecce (loan) 9 (0)
2017– Botev Plovdiv (loan) 9 (3)
National team
2012–2013 Bulgaria U17 6 (2)
2013–2015 Bulgaria U19 15 (5)
2015– Bulgaria U21 13 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 April 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 March 2017

Antonio Vutov (Bulgarian: Антонио Вутов; born 6 June 1996 in Mezdra) is a Bulgarian footballer currently playing as a winger for Botev Plovdiv on loan from Udinese.[1]

Career[edit]

Born in Mezdra, Vutov began his career at his hometown club, Lokomotiv Mezdra.[2] When he was 12 years old he was the captain of the U-15 team of Lokomotiv Mezdra.

Levski Sofia[edit]

In 2009, he joined Levski Sofia Academy. Vutov made his senior debut for Levski on 8 April 2012, in a 1–1 league draw against Lokomotiv Sofia at the age of 15 years and 307 days, making him the youngest player ever to have played for the club.[3] His first start came in a home league game against Beroe Stara Zagora on 11 May.

Vutov's first goal came in a 7–1 win against Etar 1924 at the Georgi Asparuhov Stadium, on 28 November 2012.[4]

For 2013–14 season, Vutov was handed number 10, last worn by Hristo Yovov. He started to play more often as a first-team regular and for 6 months he made 24 appearances and scored 3 goals in all competitions. Vutov helped Levski to reach the Quarterfinals of the Bulgarian Cup after a 7-6 penalty win against CSKA Sofia, he scored one of the penalties for his team.

Udinese[edit]

During the winter break club's boss Todor Batkov announced that Levski are going to sell Antonio to Italian side Udinese. Vutov signed a four-and-a-half-year contract on 9 January[5] and the transfer was officially announced on 11 January 2014 on Udinese's official website. The transfer fee wasn't officially announced but it is believed that Levski got at least 950 000 euros from the deal.[6] Vutov made his Udinese first-team debut on 18 February, in a 0–3 friendly loss against Hajduk Split at Stadion Poljud, playing 78 minutes.

Cosenza[edit]

For the 2015-2016 season, Vutov was loaned out to Cosenza. He made 22 appearances for the club and scored a goal from the penalty spot.

Lecce[edit]

On 12 July 2016 Vutov was loaned out by Udinese to Lecce. On 30 July he debuted with the giallorossi and scored his first official goal for the club in a 2-1 win against Alto Vicentino in a Coppa Italia match.

Botev Plovdiv[edit]

In January 2017 Vutov was loaned out to Botev Plovdiv for the rest of the season.[7] He made an official debut on 18 February during the 0-1 away win over Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa.[8]

On 7 April, Vutov scored twice during the 7-1 win over PFC Montana.[9] These were his first goals in any official games as a player of Botev Plovdiv.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 27 January 2017
Club Season Division League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Levski Sofia 2011–12 A Group 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2012–13 4 1 6 0 0 0 10 1
2013–14 19 2 3 1 2 0 24 3
Udinese 2013–14 Serie A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cosenza 2015–16 Lega Pro 22 1 2 0 24 1
Lecce 2016–17 9 0 3 1 12 1
Career Total 59 4 14 2 2 0 75 6

Personal life[edit]

Vutov is an avid Real Madrid fan and has cited Zinedine Zidane as his favourite player.

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