Nikolay Dimitrov (footballer, born 1987)

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Nikolay Dimitrov
Nikolay Dimitrov 2017.jpg
Dimitrov with Ural in 2017
Personal information
Full name Nikolay Emilov Dimitrov
Date of birth (1987-10-15) 15 October 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Ruse, Bulgaria
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Ural Yekaterinburg
Number 17
Youth career
2000–2004 Levski Sofia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2010 Levski Sofia 89 (18)
2010–2012 Kasımpaşa 58 (16)
2013 Samsunspor 17 (5)
2013–2014 Boluspor 25 (2)
2014–2015 Manisaspor 32 (11)
2015–2016 Xanthi 23 (2)
2016 Slavia Sofia 11 (1)
2017– Ural Yekaterinburg 12 (0)
National team
2007–2008 Bulgaria U-21
2008–2011 Bulgaria 8 (0)
* 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

Nikolay Dimitrov (Bulgarian: Николай Димитров; born 15 October 1987 in Ruse) is a Bulgarian footballer who currently plays as a winger for Russian Premier League club Ural Yekaterinburg.

Career[edit]

Levski Sofia[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2]

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.

Kasımpaşa S.K.[edit]

On 17 May 2010, Dimitrov together with his teammate Georgi Sarmov signed for Kasımpaşa S.K. for five years.[3] 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.[4] 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.

Slavia Sofia[edit]

Dimitrov joined Slavia Sofia on 29 September 2016.[5]

International career[edit]

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.[6] 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.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 3 January 2016.[8][9]
Club Season League League Cup Europe Other1 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Levski Sofia 2004–05 A Group 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 8 0
2005–06 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 2
2006–07 8 3 1 0 3 0 0 0 12 3
2007–08 29 8 2 0 1 0 0 0 32 8
2008–09 17 1 3 1 2 0 0 0 22 2
2009–10 22 4 0 0 7 0 1 0 30 4
Levski Sofia Total 89 18 6 1 14 0 1 0 110 19
Kasımpaşa 2010–11 Süper Lig 23 2 6 1 0 0 0 0 29 3
2011–12 TFF First League 30 12 0 0 0 0 3 2 33 14
2012–13 Süper Lig 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 4 2
Kasımpaşa Total 55 14 8 3 0 0 3 2 66 19
Samsunspor 2012–13 TFF First League 17 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 5
Samsunspor Total 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
Boluspor Total 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
Manisaspor Total 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
Career Total 231 52 27 5 14 0 4 2 277 59
1 Includes Bulgarian Supercup and promotion playoffs for the Süper Lig

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Levski Sofia

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Levski Sofia 3-1 Slavia Sofia". levskisofia.info. Retrieved 6 August 2004. 
  2. ^ "Belasitsa Petrich 2-1 Levski Sofia". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 30 May 2006. 
  3. ^ Kasimpasa S.K. Scouts Come for Levski Players, standartnews.com, 13 May 2010 
  4. ^ "Adanaspor 2-3 Kasımpaşa". tff.org. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Славия подписа с бивш играч на Левски" (in Bulgarian). gong.bg. 29 September 2016. 
  6. ^ Jackson, Lyle (6 February 2008), Northern Ireland 0–1 Bulgaria, BBC News Online, retrieved 29 April 2008 
  7. ^ "Bulgaria NT vs. Belarus NT 1:0". flashscore.com. 13 November 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 
  8. ^ "Nikolay Dimitrov Career Statistics". levskisofia.info. 
  9. ^ "Nikolay Dimitrov Career Statistics". tff.org. 

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