Plamen Nikolov (footballer, born 1985)
|Full name||Plamen Venelinov Nikolov|
|Date of birth||12 June 1985|
|Place of birth||Pleven, Bulgaria|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|2012||→ Tom Tomsk (loan)||10||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 April 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 May 2011
After emerging through Levski Sofia's youth system, Plamen Nikolov made his professional debut in the second level with Spartak Pleven, the club from his home town. He made his team début on 7 August 2004, in an 0–0 draw against Rilski Sportist Samokov. On 6 October 2004 Nikolov scored his first goal in an 6–0 drubbing of amateur side Botev Lukovit of Bulgarian Cup.
Plamen quickly became part of the main team and for two seasons earned 53 appearances, scoring two goals.
In June 2006, Nikolov agreed a deal to sign for Litex Lovech for an undisclosed fee. He has made his debut for Litex in Rilski Sportist match on 13 August 2006 as an 85th-minute substitute. During his first season in Litex, Nikolov found regular starting positions in defence hard to find. He played only 5 matches in the domestic league.
In 2007–08 A PFG season coach of Litex Miodrag Ješić decided to put Nikolov into the starting line-up as center back. In this season, he earned 22 appearances playing in the A PFG, scored one goal. In the Bulgarian Cup, he played three matches, and in the UEFA Cup, he played 6 matches. Nikolov also won his first trophy in his career - Bulgarian Cup. In the final against Cherno More he played 90 minutes.
FC Tom Tomsk
In February 2012 Nikolov signed for FC Tom Tomsk on loan until the end of the season, before joining the club permanently in the summer of the same year.
Return to Litex Lovech
Nikolov quickly became a key player for Botev Plovdiv and took part in a lot of important games, including the 0-2 away win over the local rivals Lokomotiv Plovdiv. On 16 May, Nikolov was sent off with a direct red card after a conflict with Toni Silva from CSKA Sofia, who was also sent off. Despite his absence in the final 35 minutes Botev won the game with 3-2.
- As of 23 April 2017
- "Състав на "Черно море" за сезон 2016/2017" (in Bulgarian). Cherno More official website. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
- "Официално: И Пламен Николов подписа с оранжевите" (in Bulgarian). pfclitex. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
- Ботев сгази Локо в калта на Лаута
- Ботев с първа победа в плейофите след атрактивно 3:2 над ЦСКА
- Пламен Николов поднови договора си с Ботев
- Ботев се раздели с още един младок
- Ботев загуби от Лудогорец във финала за Суперкупата