Ivan Bandalovski

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Ivan Bandalovski
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Bandalovski with CSKA Sofia
Personal information
Full name Ivan Georgiev Bandalovski
Date of birth (1986-11-23) 23 November 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Sofia, Bulgaria
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Central back, Right back
Club information
Current team
Vereya
Number 86
Youth career
1992–2004 Levski Sofia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Litex Lovech 21 (0)
2005–2006 Feyenoord (loan) 0 (0)
2008–2010 Lokomotiv Sofia 43 (3)
2010–2013 CSKA Sofia 73 (3)
2013–2014 Oud-Heverlee Leuven 31 (0)
2015–2016 Partizan 67 (1)
2017– Vereya 3 (0)
National team
2004–2007 Bulgaria U21 12 (0)
2009– Bulgaria 16 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 June 2015

Ivan Georgiev Bandalovski (Bulgarian: Иван Георгиев Бандаловски; born 23 November 1986) is a Bulgarian footballer who plays for Vereya.[2]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Bandalovski started playing football in the youth team of Levski Sofia at the age of six.[3] He was not offered a professional contract with the club and in the summer of 2004, at the age of 17, signed with Litex Lovech. He earned his first professional cap against Lokomotiv Plovdiv for Bulgarian Supercup in Burgas on 31 July 2004 at the age of 17. In Lovech Bandalovski played several championship matches and was noticed by Feyenoord Rotterdam. In January 2005 the player went on loan to the Dutch team for 18 months. In June 2006 he returned to Litex.[4]

Lokomotiv Sofia[edit]

In January 2008 Bandalovski signed Lokomotiv Sofia.[5] Performing as a solid back, it didn't last long until he gained head coach Dragan Okuka's trust and became a starter. Sometimes credited as having a bad temper, he maintained the status of one of the most trustworthy defenders in the league, and soon was called up to the Bulgarian national football team.[6]

CSKA Sofia[edit]

Ivan Bandalovski knocks the ball from the feet of Belgian player of Levski Sofia, Jeanvion Yulu-Matondo

In the fall of 2010 he signed with CSKA Sofia. He made his competitive debut for CSKA Sofia on 13 November 2010, in a 1–0 home league win against Lokomotiv Plovdiv.[7] He has won a Bulgarian Cup and Bulgarian Supercup in 2011. In 2012, he won the prize best defender in Bulgarian A Football Group. On 4 March 2012, Bandalovski has first time played for CSKA Sofia as captain in the match against Chernomorets Burgas. He was followed by some clubs in Europe like A.S. Roma, S.S. Lazio, FC Steaua București. On 22 March 2012, Bandalovski has scored his first goal for CSKA, against his former club, Lokomotiv Sofia in 1–0 home win.[8]

In 2012, he became the captain of the team. Due to its financial difficulties the club wasn't able to offer him a new contract, instead it had to release him as a free agent.[9]

Oud-Heverlee Leuven[edit]

On 25 July 2013, Bandalovski signed a three-year contract with Oud-Heverlee Leuven in the Belgian Pro League.[10] Because he was a free agent, the player was brought in without a transfer fee. On 10 August 2013, Bandalovski made his Belgian Pro League debut, playing the full 90 minutes in the 1–1 away draw with KV Oostende.[11] After facing relegation with Oud-Heverlee Leuven, Bandalovski left the team in the summer of 2014.

Partizan[edit]

On 30 January 2015, Bandalovski signed a contract with Serbian team Partizan to replace the injured Miroslav Vulićević.[12] He was given the number 2 jersey upon promotion to the club, and it was revealed that Bandalovski had been recruited by coach Marko Nikolić.[13] For Partizan made his debut on 21 February 2015 against Voždovac.[14] Throughout the spring part of the championship, Bandalovski was played all matches in Serbian Cup and Serbian SuperLiga. During all 18 matches (including the Serbian league and cup of Serbia) he got only one yellow card.

During the first part of the 2015–16 season, after an injury of Gregor Balažic, Bandalovski began to play in the starting lineup as centre defender. On 21 November 2015, he has first time played as centre back against Novi Pazar in 3–0 home league win.[15] Five days later, Bandalovski has played full match against Dutch club AZ Alkmaar at AFAS Stadion in 1–2 away win in 2015–16 UEFA Europa League group stage.[16] On 20 April 2016, Bandalovski scored his first goal for Partizan against Spartak Subotica in the second leg of Semi-finals of Serbian Cup in 3–0 away win.[17]

Vereya[edit]

On 2 March 2017, Bandalovski signed with Vereya until the end of the season.[18]

International career[edit]

Bandalovski with Bulgaria in 2011

Since 2004 Bandalovski has been playing for Bulgaria's under-21 team. However, in October 2009, he earned his first call-up to the Bulgaria national football team against Georgia. On 14 October 2009, he made his debut against Georgia in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier the 6–2 win.[19] On 12 October 2012, Bandalovski was sent off against Denmark after a foul on Daniel Wass in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier.[20]

His solid performances with Partizan earned him a return to the national team in the friendly game against Turkey played on 8 June 2015.[21] He also played the full 90 minutes in the 0:1 loss against Norway in a Euro 2016 qualifier held on 3 September 2015.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Litex Lovech 2004–05 8 0 1 0 3 0 12 0
Feyenoord 2004–05 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005–06 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Litex Lovech 2006–07 11 0 1 0 0 0 12 0
2007–08 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
Lokomotiv Sofia 2007–08 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2008–09 12 1 1 0 2 0 15 1
2009–10 21 2 2 0 0 0 23 2
CSKA Sofia 2010–11 15 0 2 0 0 0 13 0
2011–12 26 1 2 0 2 0 30 1
2012–13 23 2 4 0 1 0 30 2
Oud-Heverlee Leuven 2013-2014 24 0 7 0 0 0 31 0
Partizan 2014-2015 15 0 3 0 0 0 18 0
2015-2016 21 0 5 1 2 0 28 1
Career totals 182 6 26 1 11 0 229 7

International matches[edit]

International appearances and goals
# Date Venue Opponent Result Goal Competition
1 14 October 2009 Sofia, Bulgaria  Georgia 6–2 0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 18 November 2009 Paola, Malta  Malta 1–4 0 Friendly
3 26 March 2011 Sofia, Bulgaria   Switzerland 0–0 0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualification
4 29 March 2011 Larnaca, Cyprus  Cyprus 0–1 0 Friendly
5 4 June 2011 Podgorica, Montenegro  Montenegro 1–1 0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualification
6 10 August 2011 Minsk, Belarus  Belarus 1–0 0 Friendly
7 2 September 2011 Sofia, Bulgaria  England 0–3 0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualification
8 7 October 2011 Kyiv, Ukraine  Ukraine 3–0 0 Friendly
9 29 February 2012 Győr, Hungary  Hungary 1–1 0 Friendly
10 29 May 2012 Salzburg, Austria  Turkey 0–2 0 Friendly
11 15 August 2012 Sofia, Bulgaria  Cyprus 1–0 0 Friendly
12 12 October 2012 Sofia, Bulgaria  Denmark 1–1 0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
13 8 June 2015 Istanbul, Turkey  Turkey 0–4 0 Friendly
14 12 June 2015 Valletta, Malta  Malta 1–0 0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualification
15 3 September 2015 Sofia, Bulgaria  Norway 0–1 0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualification
16 6 September 2015 Palermo, Italy  Italy 0–1 0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualification

Honours[edit]

Litex
CSKA Sofia
Bulgarian Supercup (1)
Partizan

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Българите с половин сантиметър по-високи" (in Bulgarian). 7sport.net. 1 September 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Stats Centre: Ivan Bandalovski Facts". Guardian.co.uk. 
  3. ^ Ivan Bandalovski states that he comes from Levski Sofia youth academy
  4. ^ Feyenoord won't extend Bandalovski contract
  5. ^ Litex sold Bandalovski to Loko Sofia
  6. ^ Bandalovski called by Stanimir Stoilov in the national team
  7. ^ CSKA SOFIA VS. LOKOMOTIV PLOVDIV 1 - 0
  8. ^ CSKA SOFIA 4:0 LOKOMOTIV SOFIA
  9. ^ Bandalovski signs with CSKA Sofia
  10. ^ "Football - Un international bulgare pour OHL". rtl.be. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  11. ^ "KV OOSTENDE VS. OH LEUVEN 1 - 1". soccerway.com. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  12. ^ Bandalovski druga zimska akvizicija Partizana
  13. ^ [1] Mozzart Sport: Bandalovski uzeo „dvojku“: Hoću da budem prvak i igram Ligu šampiona sa Partizanom, jer navijači ne praštaju (Serbian) 31 January 2015
  14. ^ "Postigli tri gola, ali izgubili dva boda". FK Partizan.rs. 21 February 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  15. ^ "Super liga Srbije, 18. kolo: Partizan – Novi Pazar 3:0 (1:0)". FK Partizan.rs. 21 November 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  16. ^ "Partizan score late to beat AZ and close on last 32". uefa.com. 26 November 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  17. ^ "Partizan preko Subotice do finala". FK Partizan.rs. 20 April 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2016. 
  18. ^ "Верея привлече Иван Бандаловски" (in Bulgarian). fcvereya.bg. 2 March 2017. 
  19. ^ "Bulgaria - Georgia". fifa.com. 14 October 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  20. ^ "Bulgaria - Denmark". fifa.com. 12 October 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  21. ^ "TURKEY VS. BULGARIA 4 - 0". soccerway.com. 8 June 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 

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