Ivaylo Petev

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Ivaylo Petev
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Personal information
Full name Ivaylo Petev Bogdanov
Date of birth (1975-07-09) 9 July 1975 (age 40)
Place of birth Lovech, Bulgaria
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2002 Litex Lovech 86 (15)
1998 Olympic Teteven (loan) 6 (0)
1999 Spartak Varna (loan) 19 (2)
2002 Cherno More 10 (1)
2003 Litex Lovech 3 (0)
2003–2004 Spartak Varna 13 (3)
2004–2005 Rodopa Smolyan 28 (4)
2006 Dunav Ruse 26 (2)
2007 Marek Dupnitsa 10 (1)
2007–2008 Trikala 22 (1)
2008–2009 Lyubimets 28 (5)
2009–2010 Etar 1924 23 (5)
Total 274 (39)
Teams managed
2009 Lyubimets
2010–2013 Ludogorets Razgrad
2013 Levski Sofia
2013–2014 AEL Limassol
2015– Bulgaria

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

† Appearances (goals)

Ivaylo Petev (Bulgarian: Ивайло Петев; born 9 July 1975) is a Bulgarian football manager and former player.


Petev previously played as a midfielder for Litex Lovech, Spartak Varna, Rodopa Smolyan and Marek Dupnitsa.[1]

Managerial career[edit]

Ludogorets Razgrad[edit]

After becoming head coach of Ludogorets Razgrad, he led the team to a promotion to the top division of Bulgarian football, two A PFG titles (the first in the club's history), a Bulgarian Cup and a Bulgarian Supercup. On 21 July 2013, Bulgaria champions Ludogorets Razgrad replaced coach Ivaylo Petev with Stoycho Stoev.[2]

Levski Sofia[edit]

On 8 October 2013, Petev was appointed as the coach of Levski Sofia, which drew the ire of a number of FC Levski supporters (due to a presumed conflict of interest because of his previous managerial appointments) who pulled off a Levski Sofia shirt he was wearing, forcing him to resign a day later.[3][4]

AEL Limassol[edit]

In October 2013, Petev signed a contract with Cypriot side AEL Limassol. He led AEL to finish first in the regular season's league table, three points ahead Apollon Limassol and APOEL Nicosia, which resulted in the qualification for the play-offs. Although leading the group until the last round, AEL lost the title in the deciding match with APOEL . Despite this defeat, AEL qualified for the 2014-15 UEFA Champions League season. Petev led the team to a surprise 1-0 win against Zenit Saint Petersburg in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round, but his team failed to keep the advantage and lost the second leg 0-3 thus being eliminated and placed in the Europa League. Here they were drawn against the English club, Tottenham Hotspur.

Bulgaria NT[edit]

In December 2014, Petev was officially appointed as manager of Bulgaria. In his first official game in charge, Bulgaria played a 2-2 draw at home to Italy despite leading until the 84th minute thanks to first half goals from Ivelin Popov and Iliyan Mitsanski.



As of 13 October 2015
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad 2010 2013 94 62 19 13 65.96
Cyprus AEL Limassol 2013 2014 37 24 4 9 64.86
Bulgaria Bulgaria 2015 present 8 2 2 4 25.00
Total 139 88 25 26 63.31



Ludogorets Razgrad

Bulgarian A Group:

Bulgarian Cup:

Bulgarian Supercup:

  • Winners (1): 2012
  • Runners-up (1): 2013

Bulgarian B Group:

AEL Limassol

Cypriot First Division:


In December 2014, Petev appeared on Slavi's Show.