Pavel Panov

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Pavel Panov
Pavel Panov 1971.jpg
Personal information
Full name Pavel Georgiev Panov
Date of birth (1950-09-14) 14 September 1950 (age 66)
Place of birth Sofia, Bulgaria
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967–1968 Septemvri Sofia
1968 Spartak Sofia 8 (5)
1969–1981 Levski Sofia 299 (131)
1981–1982 Aris 25 (0)
National team
1971–1979 Bulgaria 44 (13)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Pavel Georgiev Panov (Bulgarian: Павел Гeopгиeв Панов; born 16 September 1950) is a former Bulgarian football player and coach, who played as a midfielder or striker. He started his career in Septemvri Sofia in 1963 and stayed there until 1968.

In 1969, he moved to Spartak Sofia. After the forceful union of Levski Sofia with Spartak in the late 1969 he became one of the best players in blue. In Levski he stayed twelve seasons, playing in 301 games and scoring 130 goals in the Championship. He played in forty-four games and scored thirteen goals for the Bulgarian National team[1] with which he played in the World Cup tournament in 1974.

With 22 goals Panov is the Third highest all-time Bulgarian goalscorer in European club competitions, after Hristo Stoichkov and Dimitar Berbatov. Quarterfinalist for the Cup Winners' Cup in 1970 and 1977 and also for the UEFA Cup in 1976. One of the biggest Bulgarian players of the 1970s. Master of the free kicks. He also played for Aris FC[2] before finishing his career in Haskovo. He coached Levski in 1986–1987 and again in 1989–1990. He also coached Iwuanyanwu Nationale, Bulgaria's national youth side, Botev Plovdiv, Septemvri, Lokomotiv Sofia. He was president of Levski's Sport-technical board.


  • Bulgarian champion with Levski: 1969–1970, 1973–1974, 1976–1977, 1978–1979
  • Bulgarian cup winner with Levski: 1969–1970, 1970–1971, 1975–1976, 1976–1977, 1978–1979
  • Best goal scorer in Bulgaria in 1976 (18 goals) and 1977 (20 goals)
  • Best player of Bulgaria in 1977
  • UEFA Euro Under-19 Champion with Bulgaria: 1969


  1. ^ Mamrud, Roberto (2009-07-16). "Bulgaria – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 
  2. ^ Mastrogiannopoulos, Alexander (2005-05-11). "Foreign Players in Greece since 1959/60". RSSSF. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 

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Preceded by
Bulgaria Bozhidar Grigorov
Bulgarian Footballer of the Year
Succeeded by
Bulgaria Rumen Goranov