Malinov playing for Litex 2015
|Full name||Kristiyan Aleksandrov Malinov|
|Date of birth||30 March 1994|
|Place of birth||Petrich, Bulgaria|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Playing position||Central midfielder|
|2013–2014||→ Dobrudzha (loan)||26||(4)|
|2016||Litex Lovech II||11||(0)|
|2016–2017||CSKA Sofia II||9||(1)|
* 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
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.
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.
Loan to Dobrudzha
In July 2013, Malinov was loaned to B Group team Dobrudzha Dobrich for the 2013–14 season. 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
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.
- As of 30 May 2019
|Litex Lovech||2011–12||A Group||0||0||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|
|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|
- As of match played 7 June 2019
|Bulgaria national team|
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. 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.
- "Профил на Кристиян Александров Малинов" (in Bulgarian). fpleague.bg. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
- "Kristiyan Malinov Facts". footballdatabase.eu.
- Malinov Stats
- "Lokomotiv Plovdiv 2–1 Litex". soccerway.com. 27 November 2011.
- "Добруджа взе още един талант от Литекс" (in Bulgarian). football24.bg. 18 July 2013.
- Манолев и петима чужденци от "Литекс" започнаха подготовка с ЦСКА
- Malinov, Kristiyan at National-Football-Teams.com
- "Romania vs. Bulgaria 0–0". flashscore.com. 7 February 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
- "Turkey vs. Bulgaria 4–0 (MatchCast)". topsport.bg. 8 June 2015. Archived from the original on 12 June 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
- Kristiyan Malinov at Soccerway