Kristiyan Malinov

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Kristiyan Malinov
Kristiyan Malinov 2.JPG
Malinov playing for Litex 2015
Personal information
Full name Kristiyan Aleksandrov Malinov
Date of birth (1994-03-30) 30 March 1994 (age 25)
Place of birth Petrich, Bulgaria
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
CSKA Sofia
Number 15
Youth career
2004–2007 Belasitsa Petrich
2007–2008 Pirin 2001
2008–2013 Litex Lovech
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2016 Litex Lovech 44 (4)
2013–2014Dobrudzha (loan) 26 (4)
2016 Litex Lovech II 11 (0)
2016–2017 CSKA Sofia II 9 (1)
2016– CSKA Sofia 77 (4)
National team
2010 Bulgaria U17 3 (0)
2014–2016 Bulgaria U21 12 (1)
2015– Bulgaria 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:12, 30 May 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 June 2019

Kristiyan Malinov (Bulgarian: Кристиян Малинов; born 30 March 1994) is a Bulgarian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for CSKA Sofia and the Bulgarian national team.[2][3]

Born in Petrich, Malinov began his youth career with Belasitsa and spent three years in the academy before moving to Pirin 2001. In 2008, he joined Litex Lovech, where he developed in their academy and became a professional in 2013. Malinov made his senior debut while on loan at Dobrudzha in the 2013–14 season, before he broke into Litex's first team during following campaign. In June 2016, he joined CSKA Sofia.

In 2015, Malinov won his first cap for Bulgaria, having previously played for the under-21 team.

Career[edit]

Litex Lovech[edit]

Malinov joined Litex Lovech's Academy as a fourteen-year-old after playing junior football for his home-town club Belasitsa Petrich and Pirin 2001. He progressed through the club's youth system and made his first appearance in a senior match day squad in November 2011, sitting on the bench for a A Group match against Lokomotiv Plovdiv.[4]

Loan to Dobrudzha[edit]

In July 2013, Malinov was loaned to B Group team Dobrudzha Dobrich for the 2013–14 season.[5] He made his debut in a 1–0 home win over Akademik Svishtov on 3 August 2013. Coached by former Litex's forward Svetoslav Todorov, Malinov made an immediate impact, appearing in all 26 league matches, scoring four goals. He was substituted only once during the entire league season in the second division.

Return to Litex[edit]

Malinov returned to Litex at the end of the season. He made his debut in the team's opening league match of the 2014–15 campaign against CSKA Sofia on 20 July 2014, playing the full 90 minutes in the centre of midfield. On 14 September, he scored his first goal in a 2–0 home win over Haskovo. On 29 November 2014, Malinov opened the scoring against Levski Sofia at Georgi Asparuhov Stadium. Later in the match Litex went 2–1 down, but Malinov created Litex's second goal, which was scored by Kiril Despodov for a 2–2 draw.

CSKA Sofia[edit]

In June 2016 he and a big part of the Litex squad moved to CSKA Sofia since the team took the license of Litex for Bulgarian First League.[6]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 30 May 2019[3]
Club Season Division League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Litex Lovech 2011–12 A Group 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012–13 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dobrudzha (loan) 2013–14 B Group 26 4 4 0 30 4
Litex Lovech 2014–15 A Group 30 2 4 0 1 0 35 2
2015–16 14 2 3 1 2 0 19 3
Total 44 4 7 1 3 0 54 5
Litex Lovech II 2015–16 B Group 11 0 11 0
CSKA Sofia II 2016–17 Second League 9 1 9 1
CSKA Sofia 2016–17 First League 17 0 1 0 18 0
2017–18 29 3 3 0 32 3
2018–19 31 1 5 0 3 0 39 1
2019–20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 77 4 9 0 3 0 89 4
Career Total 167 13 20 1 6 0 193 14

International[edit]

As of match played 7 June 2019[7]
Bulgaria national team
Year Apps Goals
2015 1 0
2016 0 0
2017 0 0
2018 2 0
2019 2 0
Total 5 0

International career[edit]

On 7 February 2015, Malinov made his first appearance for Bulgaria, in the 0–0 draw with Romania in a non-official friendly match, being replaced in the 63rd minute by Stefan Velev.[8] He earned his first cap on 8 June 2015, in the 0–4 loss against Turkey in another exhibition game, after coming on as a substitute during the second half.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Профил на Кристиян Александров Малинов" (in Bulgarian). fpleague.bg. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Kristiyan Malinov Facts". footballdatabase.eu.
  3. ^ a b Malinov Stats
  4. ^ "Lokomotiv Plovdiv 2–1 Litex". soccerway.com. 27 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Добруджа взе още един талант от Литекс" (in Bulgarian). football24.bg. 18 July 2013.
  6. ^ Манолев и петима чужденци от "Литекс" започнаха подготовка с ЦСКА
  7. ^ Malinov, Kristiyan at National-Football-Teams.com
  8. ^ "Romania vs. Bulgaria 0–0". flashscore.com. 7 February 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  9. ^ "Turkey vs. Bulgaria 4–0 (MatchCast)". topsport.bg. 8 June 2015. Archived from the original on 12 June 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2015.

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