Yordanov in 2016
|Full name||Ivaylo Stoimenov Yordanov|
|Date of birth||22 April 1968|
|Place of birth||Samokov, Bulgaria|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Striker / Midfielder|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
During his career, he represented mainly Sporting in Portugal, appearing in more than 250 official games in one full decade and winning two major titles.
Born in Samokov, Yordanov began his career at local PFC Rilski Sportist, where he first appeared professionally at not yet 15, moving to FC Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa in 1989. In the last of his two seasons, he topped the First Professional Football League scoring charts, at 21 goals, helping lowly Lokomotiv to a comfortable ninth place.
In 1991–92, Yordanov joined Sporting Clube de Portugal, signing alongside compatriot Boncho Genchev – who had been his predecessor at Lokomotiv GO – where he would play in a variety of positions (including central defender, due to injuries to teammates). Persistent injury problems and the 1997 diagnosis of multiple sclerosis led to a 2001 retirement, still with the Lisbon club (he contributed with 11 matches and one goal in the team's Primeira Liga conquest the previous year).
In the former, in another display of "team-first" attitude – and first discovering his versatile qualities – during the round-of-16 contest against Mexico (as Bulgaria prevailed in a penalty shootout) he filled in at stopper, due to the absence of Trifon Ivanov (suspension) and Nikolay Iliev (injury). During the match, he set up Hristo Stoichkov's goal in the 1–1 draw.
Yordanov would also appear at UEFA Euro 1996, playing all three group stage matches (two complete) as Bulgaria finished third in its group.
- Stoyan Georgiev (18 June 2004). "Yordanov: There is hope for Bulgaria". Novinite. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
- Unlucky seven; UEFA.com, 11 July 2003
- Iordanov sees hope for Bulgaria; UEFA.com, 17 June 2004
- "Ивайло Йорданов почна с Литекс" [Ivaylo Yordanov started at Litex] (in Bulgarian). Gong.bg. 7 June 2010. Retrieved 7 June 2010.
- "World Cup '94; Bulgaria has winning touch at shootout time". The New York Times. 6 July 1994. Retrieved 16 July 2015.