Hristo Yovov

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Hristo Yovov
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Personal information
Full name Hristo Georgiev Yovov
Date of birth (1977-11-04) 4 November 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth Svoge, Bulgaria
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1997 Levski Sofia 56 (19)
1998–1999 1860 Munich 9 (1)
1999 Lokomotiv Sofia (loan) 12 (6)
2000–2004 Litex Lovech 97 (43)
2004–2007 Levski Sofia 63 (22)
2008 Aris Limassol 14 (1)
2008 Apollon Limassol 7 (2)
2009–2013 Levski Sofia 96 (32)
Total 354 (126)
National team
1998–2007 Bulgaria 29 (5)
Teams managed
2012–2013 Levski Sofia (assistant)
2013 Levski Sofia (sports-technical director)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 June 2013.

Hristo Georgiev Yovov (Bulgarian: Христо Георгиев Йовов) (born 4 November 1977) is a Bulgarian former footballer who last played for Levski Sofia. Yovov's first club was Levski, but he has also played for 1860 Munich, Lokomotiv Sofia, Litex Lovech, Aris Limassol and Apollon Limassol.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

During the 1994–95 season, before his 18th birthday, Yovov made his senior debut for Levski Sofia. His first match for Levski in European tournament competitions was on 22 August 1995, in the 1–1 draw (after extra time) against Romanian team Dinamo București in a UEFA Cup match. He scored 19 goals in 56 matches, before he moved to 1860 Munich in January 1998. Yovov spent most of his time with the German side on the substitutes' bench, making for the year only nine Bundesliga appearances in the 1997–98 season. He made his debut in a 3–0 defeat to Hansa Rostock on 31 January 1998, coming on as a 59th-minute substitute for Horst Heldt[1] and scored his first – and only – goal for 1860 in a 5–1 away win over 1. FC Nürnberg on 3 October 1998.[2]

In January 1999, Yovov joined Lokomotiv Sofia on loan and quickly became part of the main team. He made his league debut for Lokomotiv against Litex Lovech on 26 February 1999, in a 1–0 home win. He scored his first competitive goal in a Lokomotiv shirt against Minyor Pernik on 6 March in a 5–1 away win.

Litex Lovech[edit]

In January 2000, Yovov joined Litex Lovech. On 4 March, he made his league debut in a 4–1 home win against Dobrudzha Dobrich. Two weeks later, Yovov scored his first goal for Litex in a 1–1 draw against Pirin Blagoevgrad. He scored 9 goals in 12 games for Litex in his first season.

In the following 2000–01 season, Yovov formed an impressive partnership with Zoran Janković, contributing 20 goals in all competitions. Litex won the Bulgarian Cup, with he scoring three goals in the tournament.

On 15 August 2002, Yovov scored his first-ever UEFA Cup goals, scoring twice in a 5–0 home win over Atlantas in their qualifying round first leg tie.[3]

Levski Sofia[edit]

On 2 December 2005, Yovov scored a brilliant winning goal in a 1–0 home win over Marseille, after which he was called "The Jeweler" by fans and journalists.[4] With Levski, he reached quarter-finals of UEFA Cup in 2005–06. The next season, Levski reached the group-stage of UEFA Champions League, becoming the first Bulgarian team to do so.

Aris Limassol[edit]

On 4 January 2008, Yovov joined Cypriot club Aris Limassol for a transfer fee of around €100,000.[5] He was transferred because he no longer featured in the coach's plans. Yovov made his Cypriot First Division debut for Aris in a 1–0 home loss against Ethnikos Achna on 12 January, coming on as a 17th-minute substitute for Laurențiu Diniță.[6] He played 14 games for the club, scoring once in a 2–1 home win over Enosis Neon Paralimni,[7] but Aris were relegated at the end of the season and his contract was terminated by mutual consent.

Apollon Limassol[edit]

On 3 June 2008, Yovov signed a two-year contract with Apollon Limassol[8] and scored his first goal in a 2–1 home loss against Anorthosis Famagusta on 23 November 2008.[9]

Return to Levski Sofia[edit]

On 2 February 2009, he officially joinеd Levski Sofia, taking the number 10 shirt. He made his second debut for Levski came on 4 March in a 2–0 win over Vihren Sandanski.

Yovov holds the record of the fastest goal ever scored in A PFG, scoring in the 19th second of the match against Lokomotiv Plovdiv.

Yovov became a Champion of Bulgaria in 2009. On 21 July 2009, Yovov opened his goal account for the new 2009–10 season during in the second match of the second qualifying round of the Champions League, where Levski beat Sant Julià away, 5–0. On 18 December 2009, Yovov scored the winning goal in a game against Lazio in a UEFA Europa League match.

In the 2009–10 season, Levski achieved qualifying for Europa League by finishing third in the final league table. During the season, Yovov finished as topscorer for Levski with 13 goals in all competitions.

Levski started the 2010–11 season with a match against Dundalk in a second qualifying round for Europa League. Levski won the first match and the result was 6–0, with Yovov scoring in the 11th minute, Levski's first goal.

During the 2011–12 season, Yovov continued to be first choice for Levski, managing 8 goals in 23 A PFG appearances, but was sent off on two occasions – on 15 March 2012, in a Bulgarian Cup match against Lokomotiv Plovdiv, and on 2 April in a championship game against Ludogorets Razgrad.[10]

On 19 July 2012, Yovov played for Levski in the 1–0 home win over FK Sarajevo in a Europa League match and thus became the Bulgarian player with the most appearances in European competitions, surpassing the record set by former Levski teammate Elin Topuzakov.[11] Yovov has now participated in 66 matches for Bulgarian teams in European club tournaments (50 with Levski and 16 with Litex Lovech).[12] On 6 May 2013, in the 2–1 home win over Minyor Pernik, Yovov made his 300th A PFG appearance.[13]

Career Stats[edit]

As of 10 March 2013.[14][15]
Club Season League Cups Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Levski Sofia 1994–95 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
1995–96 24 10 6 1 3 0 33 11
1996–97 21 6 7 3 0 0 28 9
1997–98 11 3 3 1 2 0 16 4
Total 56 19 17 5 5 0 78 24
1860 Munich 1997–98 5 0 0 0 5 0
1998–99 4 1 0 0 4 1
Total 9 1 0 0 0 0 9 1
Lokomotiv Sofia 1998–99 12 6 3 0 15 6
Total 12 6 3 0 0 0 15 6
Levski Sofia 2004–05 9 4 2 0 0 0 11 4
2005–06 19 4 2 0 13 3 34 7
2006–07 24 13 6 1 9 0 39 14
2007–08 11 1 2 0 2 0 15 1
Total 63 22 12 1 24 3 99 26
Aris Limassol 2007–08 14 1 ? ? 14 1
Total 14 1 0 0 0 0 14 1
Apollon Limassol 2008–09 7 2 ? ? 7 2
Total 7 2 0 0 0 0 7 2
Levski Sofia 2008–09 11 4 2 0 0 0 13 4
2009–10 24 11 0 0 11 3 35 14
2010–11 16 7 0 0 7 1 23 8
2011–12 25 8 3 0 2 0 30 8
2012–13 15 2 2 1 1 0 18 2
Total 91 31 7 1 21 4 119 36

Awards[edit]

Political career[edit]

During the 2011 local elections in Bulgaria, Yovov was a mayoral candidate for his home town of Svoge, finishing in third place after the first election round.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hansa Rostock 3-0 1860 München". footballzz.com. 31 January 1998. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "1. FC Nuremberg 1-5 1860 München". footballzz.com. 3 October 1998. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Five-star Litex sink Atlantas". uefa.com. 15 August 2002. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Yovov sends Levski through". uefa.com. 2 December 2005. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Yovov Signs with Aris Limassol". pfclevski.eu. 4 January 2008. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Йовов дебютира за Арис със загуба" (in Bulgarian). gong.bg. 12 January 2008. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Христо Йовов с първи гол за Арис" (in Bulgarian). gong.bg. 1 March 2008. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Hristo Yovov Prefers Cyprus to FC Levski". standartnews.com. 2 June 2008. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Христо Йовов се разписа за Аполон при загуба от Анортозис" (in Bulgarian). btv.bg. 23 November 2008. Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "Hristo Yovov match log". soccerway.com. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "Йовов стана играчът с най-много участия за български отбори в евротурнирите" (in Bulgarian). stigabe.com. Archived from the original on 4 February 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "Йовов счупи нов рекорд" (in Bulgarian). football24.bg. 20 July 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  13. ^ "Левски" продължава да мечтае след уникална драма с "Миньор", вездесъщ холандец носи нов успех на "сините"" (in Bulgarian). topsport.bg. 6 May 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Hristo Yovov Career Stats" (in Bulgarian). levskisofia.info. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "Hristo Yovov UEFA Career Statistics". uefa.com. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  16. ^ ЦИК - Резултати за община Своге

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