Petar Aleksandrov

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Petar Aleksandrov
Personal information
Date of birth (1962-12-07) 7 December 1962 (age 54)
Place of birth Karlovo, Bulgaria PR
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
FC Zurich (Assistant Manager - Forwards)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1982 Levski Karlovo 26 (10)
1982–1989 Slavia Sofia 173 (100)
1989–1990 Kortrijk 18 (4)
1990–1991 Energie Cottbus 18 (2)
1991–1993 Aarau 85 (37)
1994 Levski Sofia 12 (10)
1994–1995 Neuchâtel Xamax 30 (24)
1995–1997 Luzern 55 (29)
1998 Baden 13 (4)
1998–2000 Aarau 28 (6)
2000–2001 Kickers Lucerne
2001–2002 Blue Star Zürich
Total 458 (226)
National team
1987–1994 Bulgaria 25 (5)
Teams managed
2002–2004 Aarau U21
2004–2005 PAOK (assistant)
2006–2007 St. Gallen (assistant)
2007 Grasshopper (assistant)
2008–2009 Bulgaria (assistant)
2008–2011 Luzern (assistant)
2016 Biel-Bienne
2017– FC Zurich (assistant - Forwards)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Petar Aleksandrov (Bulgarian: Петър Александров; born 7 December 1962 in Karlovo) is a Bulgarian football coach and former player who is the current manager of Biel-Bienne.

As a footballer Aleksandrov played for various clubs in Bulgaria, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland during the 1980s and 1990s. He was a striker, noted for his goal-scoring ability. Aleksandrov was capped 25 times for the Bulgarian national team, scoring 5 goals, and played in the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

Career[edit]

As a player[edit]

Aleksandrov started playing professionally with home-town club Levski Karlovo in 1981 before moving to PFC Slavia Sofia a year later. He played at Slavia for seven years and helped the club win the Balkans Cup in 1986 and 1988, and secure third-placed finishes in 1982 and 1986. For Slavia Aleksandrov played in 173 matches and scored 100 goals. In 1989, he signed for Belgium's K.V. Kortrijk where his form earned him a move to FC Energie Cottbus of East Germany in 1990. He struggled there, however, and moved on to FC Aarau in Switzerland after just one season. He was a major success at Aarau before he made his way back to Bulgaria to play for PFC Levski Sofia. Despite his excellent goal record, he played at Levski for just one and a half seasons as he returned to Switzerland with Neuchâtel Xamax in January 1995. The following January, he signed for FC Lucerne and he went on to play over fifty league matches for the club before going to FC Aarau for a second spell in 1998. In 2000, he played for FC Basel for a short while before dropping down to the Swiss lower leagues where he continued to play for another two years with Kickers Lucerne and Blue Star Zürich.

He was capped 25 times by the Bulgarian national team and was part of the squad that reached the semi-finals of the 1994 World Cup. His international debut came in a 0–0 draw with Scotland on 10 September 1987 and he went on to score five international goals. Aleksandrov came on as a substitute for the last 10 minutes in the memorable 2:1 away win over France on 17 November 1993, which secured Bulgaria's qualification for the 1994 World Cup.[1]

As a coach[edit]

After his retirement from playing, Aleksandrov stayed in Switzerland and managed the reserve squad of FC Aarau from 2002 until 2004 when he became the assistant manager of Greek side PAOK F.C.. In 2006, he was appointed as fellow countryman Krassimir Balakov's assistant at FC St. Gallen but he left after a few months to join the coaching staff at Grasshopper Club Zürich. In 2008, Plamen Markov named him as his assistant at the Bulgarian national team.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Slavia Sofia
Aarau
Levski Sofia

Individual[edit]

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