Atanas Zehirov

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Atanas Zehirov
Atanas Zehirov.jpg
Zehirov with CSKA in 2009
Personal information
Full name Atanas Tsankov Zehirov
Date of birth (1989-02-13) 13 February 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth Kochan, Bulgaria
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Right back / Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Beroe Stara Zagora
Number 18
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 CSKA Sofia 6 (1)
2010 Sliven 2000 (loan) 5 (0)
2011 Pirin Blagoevgrad 1 (0)
2011–2012 Hasle-Løren IL 22 (6)
2013– Beroe Stara Zagora 83 (10)
National team
Bulgaria U19
2008–2009 Bulgaria U21 4 (0)
2015– Bulgaria 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 January 2017.

Atanas Zehirov (Bulgarian: Атанас Зехиров; born 13 February 1989 in Kochan) is a Bulgarian footballer, who currently plays as a right back for Beroe Stara Zagora.[1]

Career[edit]

Zehirov began his career with CSKA Sofia, but made only six league appearance with one goal and spent time on loan to Sliven 2000 before leaving the club in October 2010.[2] He scored his first and last goal for the club against Lokomotiv Mezdra on 13 June 2009.

On 31 January 2011, Zehirov signed as a free agent with Pirin Blagoevgrad,[3] but made only one league appearance, as a substitute, before being released at the end of the season.

In August 2011, Zehirov joined Norwegian side Hasle-Løren IL.

Beroe[edit]

On 7 February 2013, Zehirov signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Beroe Stara Zagora.[4] He made his debut on 22 May, replacing Martin Raynov for the last 13 minutes of a 2–1 away win over Lokomotiv Plovdiv. On 1 March 2014, Zehirov registered his first league goal with Beroe in a 5–0 home win over Lyubimets 2007, scoring the fourth of their five goals.

In the 2014–15 season, Zehirov became Beroe's first-choice right-back. On 8 May 2015, he signed a new two-year extension to his contract.[5]

International career[edit]

On 26 May 2015, Zehirov received his first call-up to the Bulgaria national team for the friendly game against Turkey on 8 June 2015 in Istanbul from Ivaylo Petev, but did not make an appearance.[6] His most recent call-up was in November 2016 for a 2018 World Cup qualifier against Belarus national team, during which he remained on the bench.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 8 November 2015
Club Season Division League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
CSKA Sofia 2008–09 A Group 5 1 0 0 5 1
2009–10 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Sliven 2000 (loan) 2009–10 5 0 0 0 5 0
Pirin Blagoevgrad 2010–11 1 0 0 0 1 0
Hasle-Løren IL 2011 2. Divisjon 12 1 0 0 12 1
2012 3. Divisjon 10 5 0 0 10 5
Beroe Stara Zagora 2012–13 A Group 2 0 1 0 3 0
2013–14 26 3 3 1 0 0 29 4
2014–15 19 2 3 0 22 2
2015–16 7 3 0 0 4 0 11 3
Career Total 88 15 7 1 5 0 100 16

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Beroe

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stats Centre: Atanas Zehirov Facts". Guardian.co.uk. 
  2. ^ "ЦСКА се раздели с талант от село Кочан" (in Bulgarian). blitz.bg. 11 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Атанас Зехиров подписа само за 1 година с Пирин" (in Bulgarian). novsport.com. 31 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Зехиров подписа с Берое" (in Bulgarian). gong.bg. 7 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Двама играчи продължиха договорите си" (in Bulgarian). beroe.bg. 8 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Turkey 4-0 Bulgaria". goal.com. 8 June 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "Bulgaria NT vs. Belarus NT 1:0". flashscore.com. 13 November 2016. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 

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