Asparuh Nikodimov

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Asparuh Nikodimov
Personal information
Full name Asparuh Donev Nikodimov
Date of birth (1945-08-21) 21 August 1945 (age 71)
Place of birth Bogyovtsi, Sofia Province, Bulgaria
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Septemvri Sofia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960–1964 Septemvri Sofia
1964–1975 CSKA Sofia 296 (58)
1975–1978 Sliven
National team
1966–1974 Bulgaria 25 (6)
Teams managed
1979–1983 CSKA Sofia
Dunav Ruse
1989–1990 ES Sahel
1991–1992 CSKA Sofia
1997–1999 PFC Velbazhd Kyustendil
2000 Omonia
2001 CSKA Sofia
2003–2004 Beroe Stara Zagora
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Olympic medal record
Men's Football
Silver medal – second place 1968 Mexico City Team competition

Asparuh "Paro" Donev Nikodimov (Bulgarian: Аспарух Дoнeв Никодимов; born 21 August 1945 in Sofia) is a former Bulgarian footballer and later coach.

He represented Bulgaria[1] at the FIFA World Cups in 1970 and 1974.[2]


Born in village Bogyovtsi, Sofia Province, Nikodimov was raised in Septemvri Sofia Youth Academy. He made his first team debut at the age of 15 and was part of the squad that won Bulgarian Cup in 1960.[3]

In 1964 Nikodimov joined CSKA Sofia. During his time at CSKA, he won many honours, including six A PFG titles and five Bulgarian Cups. He played 296 league matches, scoring 58 goals for 11 seasons.[4]

Nikodimov ended his career in 1978, playing for Sliven.

Managerial career[edit]

Nikodimov began his managerial career with CSKA Sofia in 1979, guiding them to four consecutive league titles.


Player honours[edit]

Septemvri Sofia
CSKA Sofia

Managerial honours[edit]

CSKA Sofia

Personal life[edit]

Nikodimov is married to Svetla and has two daughters, who are volleyball players.[5]