Asen Bukarev

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Asen Bukarev
Personal information
Full name Asen Ivanov Bukarev
Date of birth (1979-02-07) 7 February 1979 (age 41)
Place of birth Sofia, Bulgaria
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Vitosha Bistritsa (maneger)
Youth career
1990–1997 CSKA Sofia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2002 CSKA Sofia 127 (17)
1997–1998Haskovo (loan) 14 (2)
1998Akademik Sofia (loan) 6 (0)
2002–2003 Cherno More 25 (3)
2003–2006 Levski Sofia 48 (4)
Total 180 (23)
National team
1998–2001 Bulgaria U21 18 (3)
2001–2004 Bulgaria 4 (0)
Teams managed
2008 Bulgaria U21 (Assistant)
2009–2013 Slavia Sofia (Assistant)
2013 Slavia Sofia
2015–2017 Levski Sofia (Assistant)
2017–2018 Levski Sofia (Director of Football)
2018–2019 Levski Sofia (Assistant)
2019 Latvia (Assistant)
2020 – Vitosha Bistritsa
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Asen Ivanov Bukarev (Bulgarian: Асен Иванов Букарев) is a Bulgarian football manager and former footballer. He is currently working as a manager of Vitosha Bistritsa.

Bukarev was honoured as Footballer of the Year of Varna for 2002.



On the club level, Bukarev has played for PFC Haskovo (1997–1998), Akademik Sofia (1998), CSKA Sofia (1998–2002), Cherno More Varna (2002–2003) and Levski Sofia (2003–2006). He ended his career as a 27-year-old at the end of the 2005-2006 season, because of a serious injury from which he recovered, though the medical advice was not to risk continuing to train in accordance with the requirements for professionals.[1]

International career[edit]

Bukarev earned his first cap with Bulgaria in 2001 and has since earned 4 caps for his country.[2] For Bulgaria U-21 he played in 18 matches, scoring 3 goals.

Coaching career[edit]

In June 2009 he had been appointed as an assistant coach of Velislav Vutsov in Slavia Sofia.
On 31 May 2010 Bukarev left Slavia Sofia after the departure of manager Velislav Vutsov.[3] On 4 August 2017, following the departure of Nikolay Mitov, Asen Bukarev was appointed as caretaker manager of Levski Sofia.[4] He moved back to assistant role on 8 August, following the appointment of Delio Rossi as manager.[5] In late December 2019, he was appointed as manager of Vitosha Bistritsa.


Bukarev's father, Ivan, and his brother, Dimitar, are both employed within the field of medicine. His mother, Lidiya, is a historian-archivist.[6]


CSKA Sofia[edit]

Levski Sofia[edit]


  1. ^ Yanakiev, Todor (27 October 2006). "Асен Букарев: Горд съм с това, което постигнах!" (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Asen Bukarev".
  3. ^ "И Букарев си тръгна от Славия" (in Bulgarian). 31 May 2010. Retrieved 13 Jun 2010.
  4. ^ "Промени в треньорския щаб на клуба" (in Bulgarian). 4 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Официално представяне на Делио Роси като старши треньор на ПФК ЛЕВСКИ" (in Bulgarian). 8 August 2017.
  6. ^ Zdravkova, Yanina (24 April 2004). "Иван Букарев не пропуска мач на сина си Асен" (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 6 January 2020.

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