Nikolay Dimitrov (footballer, born 1987)
Dimitrov with Ural in 2017
|Full name||Nikolay Emilov Dimitrov|
|Date of birth||15 October 1987|
|Place of birth||Ruse, Bulgaria|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 May 2011
Born in Ruse, Nikolay Dimitrov started growing his football abilities in Levski Sofia's Youth academy. Dimitrov took his league bow for Levski in 2004–05 season, making seven substitute appearances in his first campaign. He made his senior debut on 6 August 2004, in a 3–1 win over Slavia Sofia, as an 89th-minute substitute for Emil Angelov.
In the following season Dimitrov scored his first and second goals for the club, during a 6–1 win over Rodopa Smolyan on 30 April 2006. His first start came against Belasitsa Petrich in the final game of the A PFG season on 30 May.
Dimitrov became a regular starter during the 2007–08 season. He ended that season with 8 league goals in 29 matches. With Levski Dimitrov has won three A PFG titles, two Bulgarian Cups and three Bulgarian Supercups.
On 17 May 2010, Dimitrov together with his teammate Georgi Sarmov signed for Kasımpaşa S.K. for five years. He made his Süper Lig debut on 14 August 2010, in a 0–0 away draw against Gaziantepspor. On 27 October, Dimitrov scored a penalty in a 4–1 Turkish Cup win over Menemen Belediyespor. On 20 November, he scored his first Süper Lig goal against Gençlerbirliği. During the season, he earned 23 league appearances and scored two goals. However, Dimitrov and his Kasımpaşa team mates were relegated at the season's end.
During 2011–12 season he scored 12 goals in the TFF First League. His goals helped the team reach the promotion playoffs for the Süper Lig. On 19 May 2012, Dimitrov scored in a 2–0 away win against Konyaspor in the first leg of the play-offs semi-final. Four days later, en route to the play-off final, he scored the first goal, his fourteenth of the season, in Kasımpaşa's 3–0 home win over Konyaspor. On 27 May he played 120 minutes in the play-off Final against Adanaspor. Kasımpaşa won the match 3–2 after extra time with goals from Gökhan Güleç, Adem Büyük and Azar Karadas sending them back to the Süper Lig after a one season absence.
He made his debut for Bulgaria national football team on 6 February 2008 in a friendly match against Northern Ireland, a game in which Bulgaria won with a score of 0–1. Dimitrov came on as a substitute and played during the second half of the match. In November 2016, he was recalled to the national side (after a long absence from international duty) for a 2018 World Cup qualifier against Belarus, during which he remained on the bench.
|Levski Sofia||2004–05||A Group||7||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||8||0|
|Levski Sofia Total||89||18||6||1||14||0||1||0||110||19|
|2011–12||TFF First League||30||12||0||0||0||0||3||2||33||14|
|Samsunspor||2012–13||TFF First League||17||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||17||5|
|Boluspor||2013–14||TFF First League||25||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||26||2|
|Manisaspor||2014–15||TFF First League||32||11||10||1||0||0||0||0||42||12|
|Skoda Xanthi||2015–16||Superleague Greece||13||2||3||0||0||0||0||0||16||2|
|Skoda Xanthi Total||13||2||3||0||0||0||0||0||16||2|
- 1 Includes Bulgarian Supercup and promotion playoffs for the Süper Lig
- Levski Sofia
- "Levski Sofia 3-1 Slavia Sofia". levskisofia.info. Retrieved 6 August 2004.
- "Belasitsa Petrich 2-1 Levski Sofia". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 30 May 2006.
- Kasimpasa S.K. Scouts Come for Levski Players, standartnews.com, 13 May 2010
- "Adanaspor 2-3 Kasımpaşa". tff.org. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- "Славия подписа с бивш играч на Левски" (in Bulgarian). gong.bg. 29 September 2016.
- Jackson, Lyle (6 February 2008), Northern Ireland 0–1 Bulgaria, BBC News Online, retrieved 29 April 2008
- "Bulgaria NT vs. Belarus NT 1:0". flashscore.com. 13 November 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
- "Nikolay Dimitrov Career Statistics". levskisofia.info.
- "Nikolay Dimitrov Career Statistics". tff.org.