Georgi Bozhilov

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Georgi Bozhilov
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Personal information
Full name Georgi Penkov Bozhilov
Date of birth (1987-02-12) 12 February 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth Sofia, Bulgaria
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Second striker / Striker
Club information
Current team
Beroe Stara Zagora
Number 14
Youth career
0000–2002 Septemvri Sofia
2002–2004 CSKA Sofia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Naftex Burgas 21 (0)
2006–2010 Chernomorets Burgas 45 (7)
2009 Lokomotiv Plovdiv (loan) 5 (0)
2010–2015 Cherno More 139 (19)
2015– Beroe Stara Zagora 4 (1)
National team
2011– Bulgaria 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 August 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 September 2011

Georgi Penkov Bozhilov (Bulgarian: Георги Божилов, born 12 February 1987) is a Bulgarian football forward who currently plays for Beroe Stara Zagora.[1] He has played much of his career as a second striker but he has also been used as a striker and as an attacking midfielder.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Sofia, Bozhilov joined CSKA Sofia's Academy at the age of 15 having previously been at Septemvri Sofia. In 2004 he left CSKA's Academy and signed first professional contract with Naftex Burgas, together with his teammates Vladislav Stoyanov and Orlin Starokin.[2]

Chernomorets Burgas[edit]

In June 2006, Bozhilov joined Chernomorets Burgas, but suffered a severe knee injury and missed all matches of the 2006–07 season.[3] He made his league debut in a 6–1 away win at Belasitsa Petrich on 12 August 2007, coming on in the 81st minute as a substitute. Bozhilov then netted his first ever professional goal of his career in the league match against Lokomotiv Plovdiv on 6 October 2007, scoring the only goal in a 1–0 home win. He scored a total of 5 goals in 25 A Group games in the 2007–08 season.

Lokomotiv Plovdiv (loan)[edit]

On 31 August 2009, Bozhilov was loaned out to fellow A Group club Lokomotiv Plovdiv for four months.[4] On 26 November, Bozhilov returned to Chernomorets after a hamstring injury.[5]

Cherno More[edit]

On 24 January 2010, Bozhilov completed a move from Chernomorets to Cherno More, signing a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee.[6] He made his competitive debut for Cherno More in a league game against Sliven 2000 on 8 March 2010, wearing the number 14. Bozhilov scored his first goal a week later, in a 3–2 home win over Lokomotiv Plovdiv.

On 7 January 2012, it was announced that Ukrainian Premier League side Zorya Luhansk had agreed a deal to sign Bozhilov.[7] Five days later, Zorya however pulled out of the transfer after it was reported that he failed his medical with the club.[8]

On 31 August 2013, Bozhilov hit his first goals of the 2013–14 season, scoring twice in the 3–1 home win against Ludogorets Razgrad. He made his 100th league appearance for Cherno More in a 1–0 away win at Neftochimic Burgas on 14 September.

Beroe Stara Zagora[edit]

In June 2015, Bozhilov signed a contract with Beroe Stara Zagora as a free agent, after his contract had expired with Cherno More at the end of the 2014–15 season. He scored on his competitive debut for Beroe on 2 July, scoring the second in a 2–0 away victory over Atlantas in the first qualifying round of 2015–16 Europa League.

International career[edit]

On 2 September 2011, Bozhilov made his debut for the Bulgarian national team, when he came on as a substitute in a Euro 2012 qualifying match against England for the final 28 minutes.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 2 July 2015

Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Naftex Burgas 2004–05 11 0 2 0 13 0
2005–06 10 0 1 0 11 0
Chernomorets Burgas 2006–07 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007–08 25 5 2 1 27 6
2008–09 20 2 1 0 21 2
Lokomotiv Plovdiv 2009–10 5 0 0 0 5 0
Cherno More 2009–10 10 3 1 0 11 3
2010–11 28 4 3 0 31 4
2011–12 27 3 1 0 28 3
2012–13 27 5 3 0 30 5
2013–14 27 3 0 0 27 3
2014–15 20 1 1 0 21 1
Beroe Stara Zagora 2015–16 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1
Career totals 209 26 15 1 1 1 225 28

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Cherno More

References[edit]

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