Martin Minchev

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Martin Minchev
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Personal information
Full name Martin Yankov Minchev
Date of birth (2001-04-22) 22 April 2001 (age 18)
Place of birth Varna, Bulgaria
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)[1]
Playing position Winger / Forward
Club information
Current team
Cherno More
Number 90
Youth career
2008– Cherno More
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017– Cherno More 53 (4)
National team
2016–2017 Bulgaria U16 7 (0)
2017 Bulgaria U17 5 (1)
2017– Bulgaria U18 11 (5)
2019– Bulgaria 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 May 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 June 2019

Martin Minchev (Bulgarian: Мартин Минчев; born 22 April 2001) is a Bulgarian professional footballer who plays as a winger or forward for Cherno More Varna.

Minchev is an academy graduate of Cherno More and made his senior debut in 2017, aged 16.

Career[edit]

Born in Varna, Minchev joined Cherno More's youth academy at the age of seven in 2008 and progressed through the age groups.[2]

On 23 April 2017, a day after his 16th birthday, Minchev was given his professional debut by manager Georgi Ivanov in a 3–2 league victory over Lokomotiv Plovdiv, replacing Ivan Kokonov in the 76th minute.[3] In doing so, he became Cherno More's youngest-ever first team player in the Bulgarian league, aged 16 years and one day.[4] In the beginning of June 2017 he spent five days on trial at Serie A club Torino, where he trained with the U17 team and took part in one friendly match, scoring a hat-trick.[5]

Minchev began to establish himself in the Cherno More first team during the 2017–18 season. On 30 March 2018, he scored his first competitive goal for the club, netting Cherno More's first in a 2–1 league victory against Pirin Blagoevgrad.[6]

International career[edit]

Youth teams[edit]

Minchev made his Bulgaria under-18 debut at the age of 15 in January 2017 during the 2017 Granatkin Memorial Cup. He scored his first goal in the Bulgaria's fifth game of the tournament against Slovakia on 18 January.

On 19 September 2017, Minchev made his debut for Bulgaria U17 in a friendly against Turkey U17, scoring the second consolation goal in a 2–5 home defeat.[7]

In August 2018, Minchev took part in the Vaclav Jezek Tournament with Bulgaria U18. He scored three goals during the tournament in Vrchlabí, Czech Republic, and was named Player of the Tournament.[8]

Senior team[edit]

After a good run of form with Cherno More, on 11 March 2019 Minchev was called up by manager Petar Hubchev to the senior Bulgarian squad for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Montenegro and Kosovo.[9] He made his first senior appearance for Bulgaria in a 1–1 home draw against Montenegro on 22 March at the Vasil Levski National Stadium, coming on as a substitute for Spas Delev in the 82nd minute.[10] Minutes later he had a great opportunity to score a winning goal, but the ball ran inches wide.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 21 May 2019

Club League Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Cherno More First League 2016–17 4 0 0 0 4 0
2017–18 22 2 0 0 22 2
2018–19 27 2 3 1 30 3
2019–20 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career statistics 53 4 3 1 0 0 56 5

National team[edit]

Bulgaria
Year Apps Goals
2019 3 0
Total 3 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Профил на Мартин Янков Минчев" (in Bulgarian). fpleague.bg. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Мартин Минчев стъпил на "Тича" с фланелка на Юнайтед с №7 и Роналдо на гърба" (in Bulgarian). petel.bg. 23 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Cherno More vs. Lokomotiv Plovdiv". soccerway.com. 23 April 2017.
  4. ^ "16-годишен дебютира за Черно море ден след рождения си ден" (in Bulgarian). varnautre.bg. 23 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Нападател на Черно море впечатли Торино" (in Bulgarian). sportal.bg. 12 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Мартин Минчев – за него ще се говори още дълго време" (in Bulgarian). temasport.com. 1 April 2018.
  7. ^ "България U17 загуби от Турция U17 в контрола" (in Bulgarian). Bulgarian Football Union. 19 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Мартин Минчев най-добър на турнира в Чехия" (in Bulgarian). viasport.bg. 26 August 2018.
  9. ^ "The Bulgarian squad for the games against Montenegro and Kosovo has been announced". bfunion.bg. 11 March 2019.
  10. ^ "European Qualifier: Bulgaria 1–1 Montenegro". uefa.com. 22 March 2019.
  11. ^ Мартин Минчев: Само шанс не ми достигна да вкарам

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