Ivaylo Petev

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Ivaylo Petev
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Petev with Litex Lovech in May 2010
Personal information
Full name Ivaylo Bogdanov Petev
Date of birth (1975-07-09) 9 July 1975 (age 41)
Place of birth Lovech, Bulgaria
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Dinamo Zagreb (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2002 Litex Lovech 86 (15)
1998 → Olimpik Teteven (loan) 6 (0)
1999 Spartak Varna (loan) 19 (2)
2002 Cherno More Varna 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 (player-manager)
2010–2013 Ludogorets Razgrad
2013 Levski Sofia
2013–2014 AEL Limassol
2014–2016 Bulgaria
2016– Dinamo Zagreb
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ivaylo Bogdanov Petev (Bulgarian: Ивайло Богданов Петев; born 9 July 1975) is a retired Bulgarian football player who currently manages Dinamo Zagreb of the Croatian Prva HNL.

Club career[edit]

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

Managerial career[edit]

Ludogorets Razgrad[edit]

After a short spell at Lyubimets as a playing manager in 2009, Ivaylo Petev was appointed as head coach of Ludogorets Razgrad, following Kiril Domuschiev's purchase of the club. Petev managed to lead the team to a promotion to the top division of Bulgarian football, followed by two A Group titles (the first in the club's history), a Bulgarian Cup and a Bulgarian Supercup. On 21 July 2013, Ludogorets replaced him with Stoycho Stoev after poor performances against Lyubimets and Slovan Bratislava in the first leg of the Champions League qualifying rounds.[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 Levski supporters (due to a presumed conflict of interest because of his previous managerial positions and clubs represented as a player) who pulled off a Levski Sofia shirt he was wearing, essentially 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 the first place in the regular season's league table, three points ahead of 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 decisive match with APOEL . Despite the 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. AEL were drawn against English powerhouse, Tottenham Hotspur, but were easily eliminated after 5-1 on aggregate.


In December 2014, Petev was officially appointed by the Bulgarian Football Union as head coach 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. The team eventually finished in fourth place and was unable to qualify for Euro 2016.

Dinamo Zagreb[edit]

On 27 September 2016, Petev became the head coach of Croatian team Dinamo Zagreb.

Personal life[edit]

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

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 17 December 2016
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad 1 July 2010 21 July 2013 94 62 19 13 65.96
Cyprus AEL Limassol 25 October 2013 17 November 2014 37 24 4 9 64.86
Bulgaria Bulgaria 17 December 2014 27 September 2016 13 5 2 6 38.46
Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 27 September 2016 Present 16 9 3 4 56.25
Total 160 100 28 32 62.50



Ludogorets Razgrad
AEL Limassol