|Full name||Nikola Todorov Kotkov
(Никола Тодоров Котков)
|Date of birth||9 December 1938|
|Place of birth||Sofia, Bulgaria|
|Date of death||30 June 1971(aged 32)|
|Place of death||Sofia, Bulgaria|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 2006.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of December 2006
Born in the capital Sofia, Kotkov started his football career as a PFC Lokomotiv Sofia trainee and went on to spend much of his career (1956–1969) with the club, winning the Bulgarian Championship in 1964. He then moved to PFC Levski Sofia, for whom he played until his death in 1971. Kotkov died together with his friend and teammate Georgi Asparuhov in a traffic accident in the Vitinya Pass of the Balkan Mountains, en route to Vratsa. With Levski, Kotkov became once again champion in 1970, winning the Bulgarian Cup the same year.
Kotkov played a total of 322 matches and scored 163 goals in the Bulgarian Championship and was given the Bulgarian Footballer of the Year award in 1964. For the Bulgaria national team, he had 26 caps and scored 12 goals, taking part in the 1966 FIFA World Cup in England.
A fans' favourite noted for his fair play, Kotkov was known for his remarkable technique, pinpoint passing and skilful free kick taking.
- National teams — 59 matches, 33 goals
- Bulgarian championship — 322 matches, 163 goals — 286/145 for Lokomotiv, 45/25 for Levski
- European club tournaments — 11 matches, 10 goals — CEC-6, CWC-5
- First match — with Lokomotiv Sofia 1956
- Last match — with Levski against CSKA — 28 June 1971
- All - 392 matches, 206 goals
- Champion of Bulgaria — 2 times, 1964 with Lokomotiv and 1970 with Levski
- Holder of the National Cup — 2 times 1970, 1971 (posthumously) with Levski
- Bulgarian Footballer of the Year — 1964
- Holder of an Order of Labour - 1970
- Deserved Master of Sports
- 25th place in the Golden Ball quiz — 1967
- Paytashev, Rumen (2001). Svetovna Futbolna Entsiklopediya. Sofia: KK Trud. p. 187. ISBN 978-954-528-201-0.
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