Ivan Ivanov (footballer, born 1988)

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Ivan Ivanov
Ivan Ivanov - 2011.jpg
Ivanov in 2011
Personal information
Full name Ivan Kamenov Ivanov
Date of birth (1988-02-25) 25 February 1988 (age 29)
Place of birth Zlatitsa, Bulgaria
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Arsenal Tula
Number 86
Youth career
–2005 Pirin 1922
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Pirin 1922 6 (0)
2005–2010 CSKA Sofia 53 (6)
2007–2008 Lokomotiv Plovdiv (loan) 24 (0)
2010–2011 Alania Vladikavkaz 24 (2)
2011–2013 Partizan 59 (8)
2013–2015 Basel 11 (0)
2016 Lokomotiv Plovdiv 9 (0)
2016–2017 Panathinaikos 7 (0)
2017– Arsenal Tula 5 (0)
National team
2004–2005 Bulgaria U17[2] 6 (0)
2006–2007 Bulgaria U19[2] 8 (0)
2007–2009 Bulgaria U21[2] 9 (1)
2008– Bulgaria 40 (3)
* 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

Ivan Kamenov Ivanov (Bulgarian: Иван Каменов Иванов; born 25 February 1988) is a Bulgarian professional footballer who plays for Russian Premier League club Arsenal Tula and the Bulgarian national team, mainly as a centre-back.

In 2013, Ivanov was named the Bulgarian Footballer of the Year, becoming the first defender to win this award after Trifon Ivanov in 1996.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4]

CSKA Sofia[edit]

Ivanov celebrating the win against Dynamo Moscow (2009)

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.[5] 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.

Alania Vladikavkaz[edit]

In February 2010, Ivanov signed a four-year contract with Alania Vladikavkaz.[6] 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.

Partizan[edit]

On 17 June 2011, Ivanov signed a three-year contract with Partizan.[7] 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.

Basel[edit]

In August 2013, Ivanov signed a contract with Swiss side Basel.[8] 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.[9]

On 14 January 2014, Ivanov suffered a knee injury in a friendly match against Eintracht Braunschweig,[10] causing him to miss the rest of the 2013–14 season.[11] Finally, the team won the 2013–14 Swiss Super League.[12] 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.

Ivanov was expected to recover for the start of the Euro 2016 qualifiers,[13] receiving a call-up for the match against Azerbaijan, but was eventually deemed not fully fit.[14]

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.[15]

Lokomotiv Plovdiv[edit]

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.[16] He appeared in 9 matches for Lokomotiv during the second half of the season.

Panathinaikos[edit]

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.[17][18] 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[19] (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.[20] He was released from Panathinaikos on 24 January 2017 by mutual consent.[21]

Arsenal Tula[edit]

On 1 February 2017, Ivanov joined Russian Premier League club FC Arsenal Tula on a 1.5-year contract.[22]

International career[edit]

Ivanov (#15) on the starting line against Switzerland (2011)

Youth level[edit]

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.[23]

Senior level[edit]

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.[24] He also came on as a substitute for the naturalized Brazilian Lúcio Wagner in a World Cup qualifier against Italy on 10 October 2008.[25] 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.[26] 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.[27] 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.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 25 December 2016
Club Season League Cup Continental Super Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
CSKA Sofia 2005–06 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2006–07 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 0
Lokomotiv Plovdiv 2007–08 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 0
CSKA Sofia 2008–09 30 5 3 0 0 0 1 0 34 5
2009–10 11 1 1 0 8 1 0 0 20 2
Alania Vladikavkaz 2010 24 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 28 2
2011–12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Partizan 2011–12 30 4 3 0 6 0 39 4
2012–13 29 4 0 0 12 2 41 6
2013–14 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0
Basel 2013–14 11 0 1 1 6 0 18 1
2014–15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015–16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lokomotiv Plovdiv 2015–16 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Panathinaikos 2016–17 7 0 3 0 9 1 19 1
Bulgaria 86 6 4 0 9 1 1 0 100 7
Russia 24 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 28 2
Serbia 59 8 3 0 21 2 83 10
Switzerland 11 0 1 1 6 0 18 1
Greece 7 0 3 0 9 1 19 1
Career total 187 16 16 1 45 4 1 0 248 21

International[edit]

As of 9 September 2016
Bulgaria national team
Year Apps Goals
2008 3 0
2009 2 0
2010 9 0
2011 9 1
2012 8 0
2013 8 2
2016 1 0
Total 40 3

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Bulgaria's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
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

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

CSKA Sofia
Partizan
Basel
Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Българите с половин сантиметър по-високи" (in Bulgarian). 7sport.net. 1 September 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Only official UEFA matches included
  3. ^ "И2 – формулата на яркия талант" (in Bulgarian). 7sport.net. 26 April 2006. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Българските футболисти - до Англия и назад" (in Bulgarian). 7sport.net. 14 January 2008. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Велик ЦСКА! Динамо (Москва) на колене пред евробоеца на България" (in Bulgarian). sportal.bg. 27 August 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Alania sign Bulgaria duo". uefa.com. 26 February 2010. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "Ivanov u Partizanu!" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Ivan Ivanov zum FC Basel 1893" (in German). fcb.ch. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Челси без драма срещу Стяуа, Шалке изхърли Базел" (in Bulgarian). topsport.ibox.bg. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Иван Иванов със скъсани кръстни връзки на коляното?" (in Bulgarian). topsport.ibox.bg. 15 January 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Basel lose Ivanov as Díaz signs on". uefa.com. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  12. ^ "Fotos vom Spiel gegen Lausanne sowie den anschliessenden Feierlichkeiten" (in German). fcb.ch. 18 May 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2014. 
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  14. ^ "Тежък удар по Любо преди старта на квалификациите" (in Bulgarian). topsport.ibox.bg. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  15. ^ Basel released Ivan Ivanov
  16. ^ http://gong.bg/bg-football/a-grupa/multimedia/video/ivan-ivanov-otkroven-reshih-da-se-vyrna-tam-kydeto-zapochna-vsichko-369304
  17. ^ Ανακοίνωσε την απόκτηση του Ιβάνοφ ο ΠΑΟ
  18. ^ Επίσημο: Στον Παναθηναϊκό ο Ιβανόφ
  19. ^ "Γκέλα του Ιβανόφ και 1-0 ο Απόλλων τον Παναθηναϊκό (video)". sport-fm.gr. Retrieved 2016-12-17. 
  20. ^ "Τελείωσαν οριστικά Λεντέσμα και Ιβανόφ". Contra.gr. Retrieved 2016-12-17. 
  21. ^ http://www.naftemporiki.gr/story/1197247/o-panathinaikos-apodesmeuse-ton-ibanof
  22. ^ ИВАН ИВАНОВ СТАЛ АРСЕНАЛЬЦЕМ (in Russian). FC Arsenal Tula. 1 February 2017. 
  23. ^ "Иван Иванов с капитанската лента" (in Bulgarian). topsport.ibox.bg. 31 March 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  24. ^ "България победи Босна" (in Bulgarian). topsport.ibox.bg. 20 August 2008. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  25. ^ "България не се даде на Италия" (in Bulgarian). topsport.ibox.bg. 11 October 2008. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  26. ^ "Кипър се подигра с България – 4:1" (in Bulgarian). tvevropa.com. 11 October 2009. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  27. ^ "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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