Georgi Kitanov

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Georgi Kitanov
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Personal information
Full name Georgi Georgiev Kitanov
Date of birth (1995-03-06) 6 March 1995 (age 22)
Place of birth Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
CSKA Sofia
Number 12
Youth career
2004–2012 Cherno More
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2016 Cherno More 110 (0)
2016– CSKA Sofia 22 (0)
National team
2011–2012 Bulgaria U17 6 (0)
2012–2013 Bulgaria U19 2 (0)
2012–2016 Bulgaria U21 17 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 December 2016

Georgi Kitanov (Bulgarian: Георги Китанов; born 6 March 1995 in Blagoevgrad) is a Bulgarian footballer who currently plays for CSKA Sofia as a goalkeeper.

Kitanov has been with Cherno More since the age of 9. He has also represented Bulgaria at under-17, under-19 and under-21 level.

Career[edit]

Cherno More[edit]

Kitanov was born in Blagoevgrad, but grew up in Varna. He joined Cherno More Academy at the age of nine.[2] In May 2012, he was promoted to the senior squad and given the number 33, for to replace the injured Petar Denchev. Kitanov made his first team debut in a 2–1 league win over Vidima-Rakovski on 14 May, coming on as a substitute for Plamen Kolev at the age of 17 years, 2 months and 8 days.

On 11 August 2012, he was handed his first league start, in a 3–0 home loss against Ludogorets Razgrad on the opening day of the 2012–13 season. A week later, Kitanov made his second start for Cherno More, keeping a clean sheet against Etar 1924 at Ivaylo Stadium. In January 2013, he spent a week on trial at Dutch club PSV Eindhoven.[3]

On 19 October 2014, Kitanov kept a clean sheet in the 4–0 win over Beroe, but was seriously injured in the closing minutes of the match, suffering a broken foot after a challenge from a Beroe player. He underwent an operation and is expected to recover in four months' time at the earliest.[4] Kitanov made his comeback for Cherno More from a serious injury on 26 May 2015, playing for 56 minutes of the 2–1 defeat against Lokomotiv Plovdiv.

On 3 March 2016 against Beroe, Kitanov made his 100th A Group appearance.[5]

CSKA Sofia[edit]

On 2 June 2016 Kitanov moved to CSKA Sofia for 3 years.[6]

International career[edit]

Under U21[edit]

On 26 March 2016 Kitanov was in the starting lineup for the goalless draw with Wales U21.[7][8]

On 21 May 2016 Kitanov was in the starting lineup during the 0-1 defeat from France U21.[9]

Senior[edit]

In November 2016 Kitanov received his first call-up to the senior Bulgaria squad for a match against Belarus.[10]

Statistics[edit]

As of 19 December 2016

Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total
Club League Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bulgaria League Bulgarian Cup Europe Other[a] Total
Cherno More A Group 2011–12 2 0 0 0 2 0
2012–13 28 0 1 0 29 0
2013–14 35 0 2 0 37 0
2014–15 12 0 0 0 12 0
2015–16 33 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 35 0
Total 110 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 115 0
CSKA–Sofia First League 2016–17 17 0 1 0 18 0
Total 17 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
Career statistics 127 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 133 0
  1. ^ Includes Bulgarian Supercup matches.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Cherno More

References[edit]

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