Georgi Hristov (footballer, born 1985)

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Georgi Hristov
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Hristov with Tampa Bay Rowdies in 2017
Personal information
Full name Georgi Georgiev Hristov
Date of birth (1985-01-10) 10 January 1985 (age 34)
Place of birth Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Maritsa Plovdiv
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2007 Maritsa Plovdiv 111 (51)
2007–2008 Botev Plovdiv 30 (19)
2008–2010 Levski Sofia 38 (12)
2010Wisła Kraków (loan) 3 (0)
2010–2012 Slavia Sofia 30 (4)
2012 Lokomotiv Sofia 13 (2)
2013–2018 Tampa Bay Rowdies 164 (56)
Total 389 (144)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:26, 15 October 2018 (UTC)

Georgi Hristov (Bulgarian: Георги Христов; born 10 January 1985 in Plovdiv) is a former Bulgarian footballer who played as a striker.

Career[edit]

Maritsa Plovdiv[edit]

Hristov grew up as part of Maritsa Plovdiv's academy and made his debut for senior team in 2002/2003 season. He played for Maritsa until 2007. During the 2005/2006 season he became top scorer of B PFG, scoring 18 goals.[1] In the same season he was chosen the best footballer of B PFG East group by other players.

Botev Plovdiv[edit]

He signed a contract with Botev during summer of 2007. In his first season in A PFG he became a topscorer, scoring 19 goals[2] and was chosen the best footballer of the season by other players. Hristov became a free-agent on 4 July 2008.

Levski Sofia[edit]

Hristov started training with Levski Sofia on 23 June 2008. Later, he signed his contract with 'the Blues'. He scored a hat-trick against his ex-team Botev, in one of his first matches for Levski. On 13 August 2008, Hristov earned a penalty for Levski Sofia in the first leg of a decisive Champions League match against BATE Borisov, but it was not converted and the "bluemen" subsequently lost the match by a score of 0:1.[3] On 26 April 2009 Hristov scored four goals against PFC Belasitsa Petrich. He scored in 56th, 63rd, 65th and 86th minute. The result of the match was 1:7 with a guest win for Levski Sofia. On 9 May 2009 Hristov scored the first goal for Levski Sofia in The Eternal Derby against CSKA. The result of the match was 0:2 with a guest win for Levski. He became a Champion of Bulgaria in 2009.

On 15 July 2009, Hristov opened his goal account for the new season with two goals in the first official match for Levski during 2009/2010 season. The event took place in the 2nd Qualifying round of UEFA Champions League, where Levski beaten the team of UE Sant Julià. The result of the match was 4:0 with a home win for Levski. On 5 August 2009, he also scored against FK Baku to wrap up a 2:0 win for the team from Sofia. In the play-off round Levski was eliminated by Debreceni VSC with 4:1 (on aggregate). However, Levski qualified for UEFA Europa League. On 8 January 2009. the coach of Levski Georgi Ivanov, announced that he gave 'his' ex-kit-number 9 to Hristov.

Wisła Kraków[edit]

On 26 February 2010 Wisła Kraków signed the Bulgarian forward on loan from PFC Levski Sofia.[4] On 7 June 2010 it was announced that Hristov's loan contract would be terminated and he would return to Levski, unlike the initial plans of Wisła having him on loan until December 2010.[5]

Return to Bulgaria[edit]

Hristov playing for Slavia in a match against Litex Lovech

On 31 August 2010, Hristov moved to PFC Slavia Sofia.[6] In August 2012, he moved to another A PFG outfit PFC Lokomotiv Sofia. In February 2013, he trialed with Major League Soccer club Philadelphia Union.[7]

Tampa Bay Rowdies[edit]

Hristov with the Tampa Bay Rowdies in 2015

On 8 March 2013, The Tampa Bay Rowdies, of the North American Soccer League, announced that the club had signed Hristov to a two-year deal. Year two of the contract is a club option.[8] Hristov scored his first goal for the Rowdies in a 2-0 win against the San Antonio Scorpions.[9] Hristov made 22 appearances during his first season in USA, finishing as the club's top scorer with 12 goals. He also made 8 assists.He won the MVP award of the league that year.

On July 4, 2018 Hristov scored his 58th career goal for the Rowdies, making him the Rowdies’ all time top scorer.

International career[edit]

Georgi Hristov was called up for one friendly match against Bosnia and Herzegovina in August 2008, but remained an unused substitute.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Hristov is an avid rock music fan, and cited the American thrash metal band Metallica as his favourite. His older brother Hristo is a guitarist in the rock band P.I.F.[11]

Statistics[edit]

(As of 22 May 2018)
Club Season League Domestic League Domestic Cups European Cups Play-offs Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Maritsa Plovdiv 2002–03 V AFG 17 4 17 4
2003–04 V AFG 21 7 21 7
2004–05 V AFG 26 10 26 10
2005–06 B Group 24 18 1 0 1 1 26 19
2006–07 23 12 2 2 25 14
Total 111 51 3 2 1 1 115 54
Botev Plovdiv 2007–08 A Group 30 19 4 3 34 22
Total 30 19 4 3 - 0 0 34 22
Levski Sofia 2008–09 A Group 25 11 3 0 3 0 31 11
2009–10 12 1 3 1 10 3 25 5
Wisła Kraków (loan) 2009–10 Ekstraklasa 3 0 2 0 5 0
Levski Sofia 2010–11 A Group 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 38 12 6 1 13 3 57 16
Slavia Sofia 2010–11 A Group 23 4 5 0 28 4
2011–12 7 0 7 0
Total 30 4 5 0 35 4
Lokomotiv Sofia 2012–13 A Group 13 2 3 1 16 3
Tampa Bay Rowdies 2013 NASL 22 12 2 3 - - 24 15
2014 25 9 25 9
2015 28 2 1 0 29 2
2016 31 11 2 1 33 12
2017 32 15 2 0 34 15
2018 10 4 1 0 11 4
Total 148 53 11 5 159 58

Honours[edit]

Levski[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Източна "Б" Футболна група – сезон 2005/06, Голмайстори". Bulgarian-football.com. Archived from the original on 17 May 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2006.
  2. ^ "Hristov's goals have Canaries singing". Uefa.com. Retrieved 15 April 2008.
  3. ^ "Левски" играе, БАТЕ бие" (in Bulgarian). Netinfo sport. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 1 August 2009.
  4. ^ Hristov: Chciałem trafić do dużego klubu
  5. ^ "Жоро Христов започва подготовка с Левски" (in Bulgarian). Gong.bg. 7 June 2010. Retrieved 7 June 2010.
  6. ^ "Промени в състава". pfcslavia.com. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2010.
  7. ^ http://www.philadelphiaunion.com/news/2013/02/match-against-crew-was-under-watchful-eye-coaches-players-fight-contracts
  8. ^ http://rowdiessoccer.com/index.php?id=52&newsid=4162
  9. ^ http://www.soccerbyives.net/2013/04/nasl-week-back-1.html
  10. ^ "Зеница скочи срещу футболните шефове" (in Bulgarian). 7sport.net. 19 August 2008. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  11. ^ "Метълът Георги Христов: Митко Бербатов е като Джеймс Хетфийлд на футбола" (in Bulgarian). dariknews.bg. 1 July 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2009.
  12. ^ "Top goalscorers of A PFG (07/08)". topsport.ibox.bg. Retrieved 26 April 2009.
  13. ^ "Георги Христов спечели "Златната топка" на САЩ" (in Bulgarian). focus-sport.net. Retrieved 9 November 2013.

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