Ivan Zafirov

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Ivan Zafirov
Personal information
Full name Ivan Georgiev Zafirov
Date of birth (1947-12-30) 30 December 1947 (age 67)
Place of birth Sofia, Bulgaria
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Right-back
Youth career
1957–1965 CSKA Sofia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1966 CSKA Sofia 16 (1)
1966–1968 Sliven 24 (1)
1968–1981 CSKA Sofia 324 (7)
Total 364 (9)
National team
1968–1980 Bulgaria 50 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).
Olympic medal record
Men's Football
Silver medal – second place 1968 Mexico City Team competition

Ivan Georgiev Zafirov - Kopata (Bulgarian: Ивaн Гeopгиeв Зафиpoв) (born 30 December 1947) is a former Bulgarian football defender.

After short spells at Sliven, it was with CSKA Sofia that he found his spiritual home in the 1970s. Zafirov, a right-back, played 340 times for the Reds, scoring 8 goals. Nine Bulgarian championships and five Bulgarian Cups tell the tale of how successful Zafirov was.

Zafirov was on Bulgaria's roster for the 1974 FIFA World Cup.[1] He represented the Lions 50 times, scoring once. Zafirov won a silver medal at the 1968 Summer Olympics.


  1. ^ Ivan ZafirovFIFA competition record