|Full name||Kiril Hristov Kotev|
|Date of birth||18 April 1982|
|Place of birth||Sofia, Bulgaria|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2001–2002||→ Vidima-Rakovski (loan)||18||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 May 2016.
In his youth years, Kotev started to play football at Vihar Gorublyane. At the age of 16 he moved to Velbazhd Kyustendil. In 2002 Kotev signed with Lokomotiv Plovdiv, with whom became a Champion of Bulgaria and holder of Bulgarian Supercup in 2004. In same year he made his debut for Bulgaria national football team.
In January 2005, CSKA Sofia signed Kotev to a four-year deal for €100,000. After the departure of Aleksandar Tunchev and Valentin Iliev in the summer of 2008, he started to play a lot more regularly showing his great abilities, great sense for marking and also scoring some important goals for the club.
He was part of the Bulgarian 2004 European Football Championship team, which exited in the first round, finishing bottom of Group C, having finished top of Qualifying Group 8 in the pre-tournament phase.
Chinese League career statistics
(Correct as of 1 March 2012)
|Season||Club||League||League||FA Cup||CSL Cup||Asia||Total|
|2011||Dalian Aerbin||China League One||23||1||1||0||-||-||-||-||24||1|
- Lokomotiv Plovdiv
- CSKA Sofia
- "Профил на Кирил Котев" (in Bulgarian). topsport.bg. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
- "И Кирил Котев в националния, защитникът на ЦСКА извикан заради несигурността в защита" (in Bulgarian). 7sport.net. 9 October 2008. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
- Kiril Kotev at National-Football-Teams.com