Ivan Ivanov (footballer, born 1988)
Ivanov in 2011
|Full name||Ivan Kamenov Ivanov|
|Date of birth||25 February 1988|
|Place of birth||Zlatitsa, Bulgaria|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2007–2008||→ Lokomotiv Plovdiv (loan)||24||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 April 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 February 2015
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Career statistics
- 4 Honours
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Born in Zlatitsa, Ivanov was inspired to become a footballer after watching the Bulgaria national football team's performance during their 1994 FIFA World Cup campaign. He made his debut with Pirin 1922, before moving to CSKA Sofia in 2005. With CSKA, he was a Bulgarian Cup winner in 2006 and Bulgarian Supercup winner in the same year. In August 2007, Ivanov went on loan to Lokomotiv Plovdiv. In the winter of 2008, local media reported that he was a target for English side Derby County, but problems with the work permit stopped the transfer.
After many departures from the club in the 2008 summer transfer window, Ivanov became an integral part of CSKA's defence, together with Kiril Kotev. He was in the starting line-up against Litex Lovech in the 2008 Bulgarian Supercup, which they won 2–1. On 19 September 2008, Ivanov scored his first goal for CSKA against Minyor Pernik, a header after a corner kick in the 67th minute. On 18 March 2009, Ivanov scored against his former club Lokomotiv Plovdiv to secure a 3–1 win for CSKA. He continued his goalscoring run on 21 March 2009, in a 2–0 win against Spartak Varna. In total, Ivanov scored five league goals in the 2008–09 season.
On 15 August 2009, Ivanov scored his first goal of the 2009–10 season, in a 3–0 home win against Beroe Stara Zagora. On 27 August 2009, Ivanov scored the winning goal against Dynamo Moscow in the Europa League play-off round, helping his team to a 2–1 aggregate win and an entry into the group stage of the tournament. On 1 November 2009, he was indefinitely banned from the first team, along with eight other players, following a breach of discipline. On 20 November 2009, Ivanov was reinstated to the first team and a day later came on as a substitute for Aleksandar Branekov in a 2–2 away draw with Lokomotiv Sofia.
In February 2010, Ivanov signed a four-year contract with Alania Vladikavkaz. He scored two goals in 24 matches of the Russian Premier League. However, Alania were relegated to the Russian First Division after only one season.
On 17 June 2011, Ivanov signed a three-year contract with Partizan. He made his competitive debut for the club on 13 July 2011, in a 4–0 home win against Shkëndija in the second qualifying round of the Champions League. On 3 December 2011, he scored his first goal for Partizan, in a 3–0 home win against Radnički Kragujevac. He also scored a header which provided to be the winning goal in their 2–1 away win over OFK Beograd on 14 March 2012. In the 2011–12 season, Ivanov played every minute of Partizan's league matches and scored four goals.
On 30 August 2012, Ivanov scored a header against Tromsø to give Partizan a 1–0 win and thus qualify the team for the Europa League group stage. In recognition of his contributions, he was voted Partizan's Player of the Year for 2012 by the club's supporters. Ivanov was also named in the 2012–13 Serbian SuperLiga Team of the Season, alongside four teammates.
In August 2013, Ivanov signed a contract with Swiss side Basel. He scored his first goal for the club with a header in an away cup match against Old Boys, with an assist coming from Matías Delgado. On 11 December 2013, Ivanov was sent off in a 0–2 loss to Schalke 04.
On 14 January 2014, Ivanov suffered a knee injury in a friendly match against Eintracht Braunschweig, causing him to miss the rest of the 2013–14 season. Finally, the team won the 2013–14 Swiss Super League. They also reached the final of the 2013–14 Swiss Cup, but were beaten 0–2 by Zürich after extra time. Ivanov also missed the entire 2014–15 season due to the injury reoccurring. Basel again won the title and again reached the 2014–15 Swiss Cup final.
On 15 December 2015 he was released from the club in mutual consent, in order to be able to cope with his injury at his own pace.
After having trials at New York City FC, Ivanov was not able to sign because he was still recovering from an 2-year long injury (torn ligaments). Instead he chose to return to his home country and signed a one-and-a-half-year contract with a former team of his, PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv. He appeared in 9 matches for Lokomotiv during the second half of the season.
On 28 June 2016, Ivanov signed a contract with Superleague Greece club Panathinaikos until the summer of 2019. He scored his first goal in a 1-1 Europa League game against Danish side Brøndby IF; a game which saw his team secure a place in the group phases of the tournament. Since joining the club, he had been a solid starter for Panathinaikos while manager Andrea Stramaccioni was in charge. However, after Marinos Ouzounidis took over, he was no longer a first-team choice for the club, especially after the defensive mistake that helped Apollon Smyrnis open the scoring in the Greek Cup match between the two (Panathinaikos eventually won 4-3); instead, discussions within Panathinaikos were made as to whether Ivanov would remain at the club even as a backup for the first team or would be completely released from his contract. He was released from Panathinaikos on 24 January 2017 by mutual consent.
Ivanov represented Bulgaria at all national levels, including U-17, U-19 and U-21 teams. On 10 June 2009, he scored his only goal for the under-21 side in a 4–3 loss against Israel U-21. Ivanov also served as team captain in the absence of Nikolay Mihaylov.
Ivanov made his debut for the senior national team on 20 August 2008, in a 2–1 win against Bosnia and Herzegovina, during which he entered the match as a substitute in the 67th minute. He also came on as a substitute for the naturalized Brazilian Lúcio Wagner in a World Cup qualifier against Italy on 10 October 2008. He played the full 90 minutes in another World Cup qualifier against Georgia five days later, which also ended in a scoreless draw. On 10 October 2009, Ivanov earned his fourth cap in a 4–1 away loss against Cyprus, attracting some criticism from the media for defensive mistakes. Nonetheless, he played in the next match against Georgia.
On 6 September 2011, Ivanov netted his first national team goal, opening the scoring in a 3–1 away loss against Switzerland in a Euro 2012 qualifier. He became an integral part of the national team in the following years. After missing the qualifiers for Euro 2016 due to continued struggles with injuries, Ivanov made his return to the team on 6 September 2016, in the 4:3 win over Luxembourg in a 2018 World Cup qualification match.
- As of 25 December 2016
- As of 9 September 2016
|Bulgaria national team|
- Scores and results list Bulgaria's goal tally first.
|1||6 September 2011||St. Jakob-Park, Basel||Switzerland||1–0||1–3||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying|
|2||22 March 2013||Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia||Malta||6–0||6–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying|
|3||4 June 2013||Almaty Central Stadium, Almaty||Kazakhstan||2–0||2–1||Friendly|
- CSKA Sofia
- FK Partizan Player of the Year (1): 2012
- Serbian SuperLiga Team of the Season (1): 2012–13
- Bulgarian Footballer of the Year (1): 2013
- "Българите с половин сантиметър по-високи" (in Bulgarian). 7sport.net. 1 September 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
- Only official UEFA matches included
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- "Българските футболисти - до Англия и назад" (in Bulgarian). 7sport.net. 14 January 2008. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
- "Велик ЦСКА! Динамо (Москва) на колене пред евробоеца на България" (in Bulgarian). sportal.bg. 27 August 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
- "Alania sign Bulgaria duo". uefa.com. 26 February 2010. Retrieved 26 April 2010.
- "Ivanov u Partizanu!" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2011.
- "Ivan Ivanov zum FC Basel 1893" (in German). fcb.ch. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
- "Челси без драма срещу Стяуа, Шалке изхърли Базел" (in Bulgarian). topsport.ibox.bg. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
- "Иван Иванов със скъсани кръстни връзки на коляното?" (in Bulgarian). topsport.ibox.bg. 15 January 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
- "Basel lose Ivanov as Díaz signs on". uefa.com. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
- "Fotos vom Spiel gegen Lausanne sowie den anschliessenden Feierlichkeiten" (in German). fcb.ch. 18 May 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
- "Иван Иванов претърпя втора операция на коляното" (in Bulgarian). topsport.ibox.bg. 20 May 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
- "Тежък удар по Любо преди старта на квалификациите" (in Bulgarian). topsport.ibox.bg. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
- Basel released Ivan Ivanov
- Ανακοίνωσε την απόκτηση του Ιβάνοφ ο ΠΑΟ
- Επίσημο: Στον Παναθηναϊκό ο Ιβανόφ
- "Γκέλα του Ιβανόφ και 1-0 ο Απόλλων τον Παναθηναϊκό (video)". sport-fm.gr. Retrieved 2016-12-17.
- "Τελείωσαν οριστικά Λεντέσμα και Ιβανόφ". Contra.gr. Retrieved 2016-12-17.
- ИВАН ИВАНОВ СТАЛ АРСЕНАЛЬЦЕМ (in Russian). FC Arsenal Tula. 1 February 2017.
- РЫЖКОВ, СТЕКЛОВ И ИВАНОВ ПОКИДАЮТ «АРСЕНАЛ» (in Russian). FC Arsenal Tula. 11 July 2017.
- "Иван Иванов с капитанската лента" (in Bulgarian). topsport.ibox.bg. 31 March 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
- "България победи Босна" (in Bulgarian). topsport.ibox.bg. 20 August 2008. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
- "България не се даде на Италия" (in Bulgarian). topsport.ibox.bg. 11 October 2008. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
- "Кипър се подигра с България – 4:1" (in Bulgarian). tvevropa.com. 11 October 2009. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
- "България поведе в Базел, но накрая падна с 1:3" (in Bulgarian). tvevropa.com. 7 September 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
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