Stanimir Stoilov

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Stanimir Stoilov
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Personal information
Full name Stanimir Kolev Stoilov
Date of birth (1967-02-13) 13 February 1967 (age 51)
Place of birth Haskovo, Bulgaria
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Kazakhstan (manager)
Youth career
1977–1985 FC Haskovo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1990 Haskovo
1990–1992 Levski Sofia 74 (27)
1992–1993 Fenerbahçe 23 (0)
1993–1994 CSKA Sofia 19 (4)
1994–1995 Levski Sofia 38 (15)
1995–1997 Campomaiorense 52 (19)
1997–1998 Slavia Sofia 29 (12)
1998–2003 Levski Sofia 153 (9)
National team
1992–2000 Bulgaria 14 (3)
Teams managed
2004–2008 Levski Sofia
2007 Bulgaria
2008–2009 Litex Lovech
2009–2010 Bulgaria
2011 Anorthosis Famagusta
2013–2014 Botev Plovdiv
2014–2018 Astana
2018–2019 Kazakhstan
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Stanimir Kolev Stoilov, nicknamed Murray, (Bulgarian: Станимир Колев Стоилов, Мъри) (born 13 February 1967) is a former Bulgarian footballer, former manager of Levski Sofia, Litex Lovech, the Bulgarian national team and FC Astana. He was the manager of the national team of Kazakhstan.



Stoilov began his career at the local FC Haskovo, where he stayed until 1990. His first spell at Levski Sofia spanned for 2 years, between July 1990 and June 1992, when he moved to the Turkish club of Fenerbahche and then played shortly for Levski rival CSKA Sofia only to return to Levski Sofia for another year between July 1994 and June 1995. He then spent some time playing in Portugal and then for PFC Slavia Sofia before returning again to Levski Sofia for a third spell since July 1998 as a captain and assistant manager since July 2000.


In 2004, he became the manager of Levski, most notably leading the team to the UEFA Cup 2005-06 quarter final stage and then becoming the first Bulgarian club to ever reach the group stage of the UEFA Champions League during the 2006–07 season.[1] He has also led the team to winning the national cup in 2005 and 2007, Bulgarian Supercup in 2005 and 2007 and the 2005/2006 and 2006/2007 national championship.

Stoilov briefly coached the Bulgarian national under-19 side (2003–2004). In April 2007, Stanimir Stoilov was assigned as caretaker manager of the Bulgarian national football team for the matches against Belarus in June from the Euro 2008 qualification campaign. His side won the first match against Belarus in Minsk 2–0 on 2 June 2007 and the second in Sofia 2–1 on 6 June 2007.

On 7 May 2008, Stoilov was sacked from Levski Sofia together with his friend and colleague Nasko Sirakov. Before the 2008–09 season he took over at Litex Lovech. He led them to winning the Bulgarian cup in 2009, but quit after the club failed to reach the group stage of the Europa League.[2]

In the beginning of 2009, Stanimir was announced as the manager of Bulgaria.[3]

Stoilov didn't manage to get Bulgaria into the World Cup. After two draws with the main rival for the play-offs Ireland and a 2–0 victory against Cyprus Bulgaria's job was now even harder. After the summer of 2009 Bulgaria won against Latvia 1–0 in a friendly and against Montenegro with 4–1, Stoilov's got his first lost with the national team against Italy with 2–0. From that moment everything for Stoilov wasn't going well and he recorded a disappointing loss from Cyprus with 4–1. Bulgaria finished the campaign with a 6–2 win against Georgia. The draw for the UEFA Euro 2012 defined Bulgaria to play along with England, Switzerland, Wales and Montenegro.

2010 was a very disappointing year for Stoilov and Bulgaria. He recorded a series of weak results, including 5 losses and only 1 draw with South Africa in 6 games. On 7 September 2010, Bulgaria lost for the first time in 5 years in Sofia from Montenegro in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier with a score of 0–1. After this match Stoilov announced his resignation from his position as coach of the national team.

In the winter of 2012 Stoilov was appointed as a new manager of Botev Plovdiv. His official debut was on 1 March 2013 against Slavia Sofia in a 2:2 draw. In the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League, Botev eliminated 2 teams, before losing to Stuttgart on away goals. On domestic level, Botev became only 2014 cup runner-up.

On 22 June 2014, Stoilov signed with FC Astana of the Kazakhstan Premier League.[4] In the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League, Astana eliminated three teams to reach the play-offs, where they lost to Villarreal. The club won its maiden title in the 2014 season, despite being in third place when Stoilov had become its manager. Astana was entitled to play in the second qualifying round of the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League, where Stoilov's team eliminated NK Maribor.[5] Astana beat HJK Helsinki in the third qualifying round and APOEL Nicosia in the play-off round. Thus, Stanimir Stoilov became the first Bulgarian to coach two teams in the group stage of the Champions League.[6] On 9 December 2015, Stoilov extended his Astana contract for another two years.[7] On 8 January 2018, Astana announced they had agreed a new contract with Stoilov.[8]

Coaching philosophy[edit]

Stoilov's teams tend to emphasize possession football and good ball control and he has been praised for his openness to promoting young players from the junior squads to the senior team. He also played a part in reinvigorating the career of Hristo Yovov, who subsequently established himself as one of the key players for Levski Sofia in the mid 2000s.[9]


As of match played 19 November 2018
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L F A Win %
Levski Sofia Bulgaria 1 June 2004 6 May 2008 165 109 31 25 0 0 066.06
Bulgaria Bulgaria 10 April 2007 6 June 2007 2 2 0 0 4 1 100.00
Litex Lovech Bulgaria 1 July 2008 28 August 2009 23 11 6 6 32 23 047.83
Bulgaria Bulgaria 1 January 2009 8 September 2010 14 3 4 7 18 22 021.43
Anorthosis Famagusta Cyprus 27 December 2010 25 September 2011 24 15 4 5 36 17 062.50
Botev Plovdiv Bulgaria 1 January 2013 4 June 2014 59 31 16 12 60 18 052.54
Astana Kazakhstan 23 June 2014 31 December 2017 169 100 38 31 289 156 059.17
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 1 January 2018 present 9 3 3 3 15 11 033.33
Total 465 274 102 89 0 0 058.92





Football manager of the year in Bulgaria - 2017.[10]

International competitions[edit]


UEFA Champions League

UEFA Europa League


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Bulgaria coach Stoilov quits Litex after European exit". Reuters. 2009-08-28. Retrieved 2009-08-28.
  3. ^ "Briefs 4-Stoilov set to return as Bulgaria's soccer coach". Reuters. 30 January 2009.
  4. ^ "New coach of FC Astana named". 2014-06-22. Retrieved 2014-06-27.
  5. ^ "Astana oust Maribor, BATE, Steaua, Celtic go on". UEFA. 22 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Мъри за втори път влезе през парадния вход в ШЛ" (in Bulgarian). 26 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Официально: ФК "Астана" продлил контракт со Станимиром Стойловым". (in Russian). FC Astana. 9 December 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Астана продолжит сотрудничество со Станимиром Стойловым!". (in Russian). FC Astana. 8 January 2018. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Методите на Станимир Стоилов". 2013-08-01. Retrieved 2013-11-30.
  10. ^ Yotova, Ralitsa (7 January 2018). "Ивелин Попов е "Футболист на годината" за трети пореден път!" (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 16 January 2018.

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