Kaloyan Karadzhinov

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Kaloyan Karadzhinov
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Personal information
Date of birth (1977-01-25) 25 January 1977 (age 40)
Place of birth Sofia, Bulgaria
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Tornado Bezden
Youth career
0000–1996 Lokomotiv Sofia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996 Nadezhda Dobroslavtsi 9 (2)
1997 Kom Berkovitsa 11 (3)
1997–2001 Himik Kostinbrod 10 (1)
2001–2004 Benkovski Kostinbrod 84 (51)
2004 Minyor Bobov Dol 14 (5)
2005–2007 Lokomotiv Sofia 75 (15)
2008–2009 Dalian Shide 7 (0)
2008 Botev Plovdiv (loan) 11 (0)
2009–2011 Lokomotiv Sofia 51 (2)
2015–2016 Lokomotiv 1929 Sofia 7 (2)
2016– Tornado Bezden ? (?)
National team
2005–2006 Bulgaria 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 May 2016.

Kaloyan Karadzhinov (Bulgarian: Калоян Караджинов; born 25 January 1977 in Sofia) is a former Bulgarian football midfielder.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Karadzhinov started his career in the youth system of Lokomotiv Sofia. In 1996, he was released by Lokomotiv after failing to progress into their first team and joined amateur side Nadezhda Dobroslavtsi. In the following years Karadzhinov has played for a number of amateurs clubs at third and fourth division. In this period, along with his football career, he also worked as a builder, concrete maker, petrol pump attendant and travelling salesman.[3] In 2001, he joined Benkovski Kostinbrod. For three seasons Karadzhinov earned 84 appearances in the Bulgarian V AFG, scored 51 goals.

Karadzhinov's performances at Benkovski had attracted interest from a number of professional clubs in Bulgaria and in June 2004, at the age of 27, he signed his first professional contract with Minyor Bobov Dol. On 8 August 2004, he made his B Group debut in a 1–0 home win over Chernomorets Burgas. Karadzhinov scored his first league goal for Minyor, as he netted twice in a 3–1 win over Pomorie on 22 August. Because of his good displays he caught eye of Lokomotiv Sofia scouts.

Lokomotiv Sofia[edit]

In January 2005 Karadzhinov returned to his first club Lokomotiv Sofia on a two-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee believed to be around €10 000. He marked his Lokomotiv and A Group début with winning goal in a 2–1 victory over Litex Lovech on 26 February 2005.[4]

On 13 July 2006, Karadzhinov scored his first-ever UEFA Cup goal in a 2–0 home win over Makedonija Gjorče Petrov.[5] He also scored twice in a 4–0 home win over Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv on 24 August.

On 14 September 2007, Karadzhinov scored his first hat-trick in the professional football, scoring four in a 4–0 win over Chernomorets Burgas.

Dalian[edit]

On 31 January 2008 Karadzhinov joined Chinese side Dalian Shide.[6] The transfer fee was undisclosed, but has been purported to be in the region of €200,000. He earned 7 appearances in the Chinese Super League, before returned to Bulgaria in the summer of 2008.

On 29 August he joined Botev Plovdiv on a four months loan deal.[7] Karadzhinov made his Botev debut in a 1–1 home draw against Litex Lovech on 13 September. On 27 September he assisted Georgi Avramov for Botev's third goal in a 5–0 home win over Belasitsa Petrich.

Return to Lokomotiv[edit]

In January 2009 Karadzhinov was released by Dalian Shide and returned to Lokomotiv Sofia. On 10 May 2009 he scored Lokomotiv's third goal in a 4–2 away victory over Belasitsa Petrich. In October 2011 he left Loko Sofia after being deemed surplus to the requirements.[8]

International career[edit]

On 12 November 2005, Karadzhinov earned his first cap for his country after coming on as a second-half substitute for Blagoy Georgiev in the 6–2 win over Georgia.[9]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 15 November 2006 Stadium Pod Dubňom, Žilina  Slovakia 1–3 1–3 Friendly match

Professional career statistics[edit]

As of 12 June 2011

Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Minyor Bobov Dol 2004–05 14 5 3 0 17 5
Lokomotiv Sofia 2004–05 12 2 0 0 12 2
2005–06 25 5 0 0 25 5
2006–07 24 4 2 0 6 3 32 7
2007–08 14 4 2 0 4 0 20 4
Dalian Shide 2007–08 7 0 0 0 7 0
Botev Plovdiv 2008–09 11 0 1 0 12 0
Lokomotiv Sofia 2008–09 14 1 0 0 0 0 14 1
2009–10 10 1 0 0 10 1
2010–11 23 0 1 0 24 0
2011–12 4 0 0 0 2 0 6 0
Career totals 158 22 9 0 12 3 179 25

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stats Centre: Kaloyan Karadzhinov Facts". Guardian.co.uk. 
  2. ^ "Kaloyan Karadzhinov Facts". Footballdatabase.eu. 
  3. ^ "Гатузо от "Надежда", който мрази Левски" (in Bulgarian). Sportline.bg. Retrieved 11 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Lokomotiv 2–1 Litex". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 26 February 2005. 
  5. ^ "Unlikely hero ready for Rennes". UEFA.com. Retrieved 20 September 2007. 
  6. ^ "Далиен одобри Караджинов" (in Bulgarian). Gong.bg. Retrieved 31 January 2008. 
  7. ^ "Ботев взе Караджинов" (in Bulgarian). Gong.bg. Retrieved 29 August 2008. 
  8. ^ "Караджинов и Колев преговарят с Видима". Novsport.com. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "КАРЕджинов тропа по вратата на националния". frognews.bg. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 

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