Dimitar Evtimov

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Dimitar Evtimov
Dimitar Evtimov 2016.jpg
Evtimov pictured in August 2016.
Personal information
Full name Dimitar Ivanov Evtimov[1]
Date of birth (1993-09-07) 7 September 1993 (age 25)
Place of birth Shumen, Bulgaria
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Accrington Stanley
Number 1
Youth career
2000–2009 Volov Shumen
2009–2010 Chavdar Etropole
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Chavdar Etropole 5 (0)
2011–2018 Nottingham Forest 2 (0)
2011Ilkeston (loan)
2011Gainsborough Trinity (loan) 3 (0)
2013Nuneaton Town (loan) 4 (0)
2014–2015Mansfield Town (loan) 10 (0)
2016–2017Olhanense (loan) 10 (0)
2017Port Vale (loan) 1 (0)
2018–2019 Burton Albion 7 (0)
2019– Accrington Stanley 14 (0)
National team
2010–2011 Bulgaria U19 5 (0)
2013 Bulgaria U21 4 (0)
2018– Bulgaria 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:39, 6 May 2019 (UTC)

Dimitar Ivanov Evtimov (Bulgarian: Димитър Евтимов; born 7 September 1993) is a Bulgarian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for EFL League One club Accrington Stanley.

A former Bulgaria under-21 international, he was signed to Chavdar Etropole from Volov Shumen in 2009. He made his first-team debut during the 2010–11 season, before he joined English club Nottingham Forest in April 2011. From Forest he has spent time on loan at Ilkeston, Gainsborough Trinity, Nuneaton Town, Mansfield Town, Olhanense (Portugal), and Port Vale. He was named as the Championship Apprentice of the Year for the 2012–13 season, however he left the club in August 2018 after making a total of just three first-team appearances. He signed with Burton Albion in September 2018, and then moved on to Accrington Stanley four months later.

Club career[edit]

Chavdar Etropole[edit]

Evtimov signed to Chavdar Etropole from Volov Shumen in 2009. He made his first-team debut in a 5–1 victory over Kom on 18 September 2010.[3] He made a total of five appearances in the B Group in the 2010–11 season.[4]

Nottingham Forest[edit]

Evtimov signed for English club Nottingham Forest in April 2011.[5] He spent a brief time on loan at Ilkeston, before he joined Gainsborough Trinity in the Conference North on a one-month loan on 10 November 2011.[6] He played three matches in the space of a week for Steve Housham's "Holy Blues", before losing his first-team place at The Northolme. He was named as the Championship Apprentice of the Year for the 2012–13 season.[7] On 16 July 2013, he joined Conference Premier club Nuneaton Town on a three-month loan deal.[8] He made four appearances during his stay at Liberty Way.[9] He made his first-team debut for Forest on 21 April 2014, coming on as a late substitute for the injured Dorus de Vries in a 2–0 win at Leeds United.[10] He signed a new two-year contract with the club three months later after new manager Stuart Pearce was told by caretaker-manager Gary Brazil that he was a good prospect.[11]

A loan to Wrexham fell through in July 2014 after manager Kevin Wilkin was unable to accept an instant recall option demanded by Forest due to regulations by the FAW.[12] Evtimov instead joined Nottinghamshire League Two club Mansfield Town on 19 August, on loan until 3 January, after impressing manager Paul Cox during pre-season.[13][14] He played 11 games for the "Stags", and new manager Adam Murray stated that "we attempted to extend his loan but unfortunately for us, Forest see him as part of their long-term plans".[15] Evtimov extended his contract with Forest by a further four years in July 2015, tying him to the club until 2019.[16] Following an injury to de Vries, he made his second appearance for Forest at Sheffield Wednesday on 31 October 2015, and manager Dougie Freedman said that he "cost us the game" after he allowed a strike from Fernando Forestieri to creep underneath him for the only goal of the game.[17]

On 31 August 2016, he signed on loan with Portuguese club Olhanense for the 2016–17 season, who were bottom of the LigaPro.[18] His loan spell at the Estádio José Arcanjo proved a difficult one as he conceded within three minutes of his debut, in a 3–2 defeat at União da Madeira on 10 September.[19] Manager Cristiano Bacci lost his job the following month, and though Evtimov established himself in the first team under new boss Bruno Baltazar, he was recalled from his loan spell earlier than planned on 13 January, having made ten appearances for the "Lions".[20][21][22] Evtimov started the 2017–18 season as Mark Warburton's third-choice goalkeeper behind Jordan Smith and Stephen Henderson, and was advised by former "Reds" goalkeeper Barry Roche to go out on loan to find first-team football.[23] On 8 August 2017, Evtimov started Forest's first round EFL Cup tie against Shrewsbury Town, conceding a penalty in a 2–1 win. This was Evtimov's first game for Forest since October 2015, and his home debut at the City Ground six years after first joining the club.[24]

On 28 October 2017, Evtimov joined League Two club Port Vale on an emergency loan following an injury to loanee goalkeeper Kelle Roos, and made his "Valiants" debut later that day against Swindon Town at Vale Park.[25][26] At fault for at least one of the goals in a 3–0 defeat, The Sentinel's Michael Baggaley wrote that "Evtimov looked as though he had only just been introduced to his defence, but that’s not a criticism because actually he had".[27] Manager Neil Aspin reserved his criticism for the club's medical staff as they only ruled Roos as unfit to play the previous day.[28] On 31 August 2018, Evtimov's contract with Nottingham Forest was terminated by mutual consent after he found himself behind Costel Pantilimon, Luke Steele and Jordan Smith in the first-team pecking order.[29]

Burton Albion[edit]

On 14 September 2018, Evtimov signed a one-month contract with EFL League One club Burton Albion after manager Nigel Clough looked for a goalkeeper with experience in the English Football League to stand in for the injured Stephen Bywater and Bradley Collins.[30] He made his debut the following day in a 2–1 win over Sunderland at the Pirelli Stadium.[31] After the game he said that he was happy with the win and passed on his best wishes to opposition striker Charlie Wyke, who he injured during an accidental collision.[32] On 16 October, Evtimov signed a new one-month contract.[33] Despite Collins being restored to the starting line-up, Evtimov went on to sign a second contract extension with the "Brewers" to keep him at the club until January.[34]

Accrington Stanley[edit]

On 19 January 2019, Evtimov signed an 18-month contract with EFL League One club Accrington Stanley.[35] He was signed by manager John Coleman after loanee goalkeeper Connor Ripley was recalled by Middlesbrough.[36] He made his debut the same day, replacing Luke Armstrong in the 83rd minute of the club's 1–0 defeat at Charlton Athletic after Jonny Maxted was sent off; after the match he said he was "gutted" to concede the only goal of the game from the penalty spot in the third minute of stoppage-time.[37][38] On 5 March, he was sent off after he tossed a bottle thrown by a Blackpool fan back into the crowd.[39] He was sent off for the second time in his Stanley career on 20 April after giving away two penalties in a 3–0 defeat to Luton Town at the Crown Ground.[40]

International career[edit]

Evtimov won caps for the under-19 and under-21 teams before he was called up to the senior Bulgaria squad in November 2018.[41]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 6 May 2019
Club Season League Domestic Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Chavdar Etropole 2010–11[4] B Group 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Nottingham Forest 2011–12[42] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012–13[43] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14[44] Championship 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2014–15[45] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015–16[46] Championship 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2016–17[47] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017–18[48] Championship 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2018–19[49] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
Gainsborough Trinity (loan) 2011–12[4] Conference North 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Nuneaton Town (loan) 2013–14[4] Conference Premier 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Mansfield Town (loan) 2014–15[4] League Two 10 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 11 0
Olhanense (loan) 2016–17[4] LigaPro 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Port Vale (loan) 2017–18[4] League Two 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Burton Albion 2018–19[49] League One 7 0 0 0 2 0 1[a] 0 10 0
Accrington Stanley 2018–19[49] League One 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
2019–20[50] League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Career total[b] 53 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 58 0
  1. ^ a b Appearance/s in the EFL Trophy.
  2. ^ Statistics for Ilkeston not known.

Honours[edit]

Individual

References[edit]

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  43. ^ "Games played by Dimitar Evtimov in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  44. ^ "Games played by Dimitar Evtimov in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  45. ^ "Games played by Dimitar Evtimov in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
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  47. ^ "Games played by Dimitar Evtimov in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  48. ^ "Games played by Dimitar Evtimov in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
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