|Full name||Boncho Lyubomirov Genchev|
|Date of birth||7 July 1964|
|Place of birth||General Toshevo, Bulgaria|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|1974–1981||Sportist General Toshevo|
|2016||Etar Veliko Tarnovo|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Boncho Lyubomirov Genchev, also known as Bontcho Guentchev (Bulgarian: Бончо Генчев; born 7 July 1964), is a Bulgarian retired professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder, and a current manager.
He started in his home country in the lower leagues before moving to Lokomotiv Gorna and Etar. After one year in Portugal with Sporting, he went to England in 1992 and played in the Premier League with Ipswich Town and in the Football League for Luton Town.
Born in General Toshevo, Dobrich Province, Genchev started playing with PFC Dobrudzha Dobrich, switching to PFC Litex Lovech in 1982 for another sole season. In the following year he established himself in the Bulgarian A Football Group, with FC Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa and F.C. Etar, where he played three 1/2 and four 1/2 years respectively.
After 22 league goals for Etar in two seasons combined, 27-year-old Genchev moved abroad, signing with Sporting Clube de Portugal in the summer of 1991 alongside compatriot Ivaylo Yordanov, who previously had succeeded him at Lokomotiv GO. Unlike the forward, he had virtually no impact with the Lisbon side, leaving after one sole season and two Primeira Liga matches.
Genchev revived his career in England, where he played for Ipswich Town and Luton Town, his three years with the Blues being spent in the Premier League (with relegation in the last one), where he netted a total of six times.
In 1997, the veteran returned to his country, with PFC CSKA Sofia, winning the top scorer accolade in his debut campaign — although the club could only finish third – and the Bulgarian Cup in his second. After that, he returned, at nearly 35, to England, playing non-league football for Hendon FC and Carshalton Athletic, and retiring three years after.
Four years later, Genchev came out of retirement and rejoined Hendon, scoring his first goal in his second spell on 14 March 2007 against Hayes FC, in the Middlesex Senior Cup. He retired for good in the following year, later going on to work for Ipswich as an international ambassador.
During six years, Genchev played 12 times for Bulgaria, without scoring. He represented the nation at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, replacing Nasko Sirakov for the second half of the round-of-16 match against Mexico and scoring in his penalty shootout attempt.
- I’ll have a bag of chips and one of those World Cup stars please; BBC, 25 September 2007
- GUENTCHEV, Bontcho; Where Are They Now
- "Бончо Генчев пое поста на Трифон Иванов в БФС-Велико Търново" [Boncho genchev took over for Trifon Ivanov at BFU-Veliko Tarnovo] (in Bulgarian). Dnevnik. 7 March 2016. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
- "World Cup '94; Bulgaria has winning touch at shootout time". The New York Times. 6 July 1994. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
- A slice of Bulgaria in London; The Sofia Echo, 27 June 2002
- "Lubo Guentchev agrees Lowestoft Town deal". BBC Sport. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2012.