Strahil Popov

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Strahil Popov
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Personal information
Full name Strahil Venkov Popov
Date of birth (1990-08-31) 31 August 1990 (age 26)
Place of birth Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Kasımpaşa
Number 90
Youth career
Pirin Blagoevgrad
Pirin 2001
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2016 Litex Lovech 138 (6)
2009 Lokomotiv Mezdra (loan) 14 (0)
2010 Montana (loan) 2 (0)
2016– Kasımpaşa 38 (0)
National team
2008 Bulgaria U19 3 (0)
2009–2012 Bulgaria U21 3 (0)
2014– Bulgaria 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:06, 27 March 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:06, 27 March 2017 (UTC)

Strahil Popov (Bulgarian: Страхил Попов; born 31 August 1990) is a Bulgarian footballer who plays for Kasımpaşa and the Bulgarian national team. He mainly plays as a right back.

Club career[edit]

Born in Blagoevgrad, Popov began his career playing for Pirin Blagoevgrad before departing for Pirin 2001.[1]

Litex Lovech[edit]

In 2008, Popov joined Litex Lovech.[2]

Lokomotiv Mezdra (loan)[edit]

On 9 July 2009, Popov joined Lokomotiv Mezdra on loan until December 2009.[3] He made his team début on 10 July, scoring goal in an 1–2 friendly loss against Sivasspor.

Montana (loan)[edit]

On 18 January 2010, Popov was loaned out to Montana for the rest of the season.[4] He made his competitive debut on 20 March in a 0–0 home league draw against Litex, coming on as a second-half substitute, and participated in only one more game to the end of the season.

Return to Litex[edit]

Popov returned to Litex at the end of the 2009–10 season. He played only three league games during a following campaign and became a regular first team player in the 2011–12 season. On 21 March 2012, Popov was sent off for the first time in his professional career in a 1–1 away draw against Beroe Stara Zagora.

On 21 July 2013, Popov scored his first goal for Litex, with a header, netting the third in a 4–1 home win over Neftochimic Burgas. He then scored the winning goal in Litex's 2–1 away win against Slavia Sofia on 7 December.

On 3 August 2014, Popov was announced as Litex's new club captain.[5] Six days later, he added his third goal for Litex against Botev Plovdiv in a 3–3 away draw.

Kasımpaşa[edit]

On 5 January 2016, he moved to the Turkish Süper Lig team Kasımpaşa for a reported fee of € 750 000. He was given the number 90 jersey.[6]

International career[edit]

After first being called up for a friendly match against Belarus in March 2014, but remaining an unused substitute,[7] Popov made his debut for the national side on 23 May 2014, in the 1–1 draw with Canada.[8] He played as a starter on 10 October 2015, in the 0-3 loss against Croatia in a Euro 2016 qualifier, remaining on the pitch for the full 90 minutes.[9]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 01 March 2017 [10]
Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total
Club League Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bulgaria League Bulgarian Cup Europe Other[a] Total
Litex Lovech A Group 2008–09 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Lokomotiv Mezdra (loan) 2009–10 14 0 0 0 14 0
Montana (loan) 2009–10 2 0 0 0 2 0
Litex Lovech 2010–11 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2011–12 18 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 21 0
2012–13 27 0 3 0 30 0
2013–14 37 2 3 0 40 2
2014–15 31 3 4 0 4 0 39 3
2015–16 19 1 2 0 2 0 23 1
Total 138 6 14 0 6 0 1 0 159 6
Turkey League Turkish Cup Europe Other[b] Total
Kasımpaşa Süper Lig 2015–16 13 0 0 0 13 0
2016–17 22 0 4 1 26 1
Total 35 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 39 1
Career statistics 190 6 19 1 6 0 1 0 216 7

Awards[edit]

Club[edit]

Litex Lovech

Individual[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes Bulgarian Supercup matches.
  2. ^ Includes Turkish Super Cup matches.

References[edit]