Trifon Ivanov

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Trifon Ivanov
Personal information
Full name Trifon Marinov Ivanov
Date of birth (1965-07-27)27 July 1965
Place of birth Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
Date of death 13 February 2016(2016-02-13) (aged 50)
Place of death Samovodene, Bulgaria
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Centre-back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1988 Etar Veliko Tarnovo 62 (7)
1988–1990 CSKA Sofia 64 (8)
1990–1993 Real Betis 52 (9)
1991 Etar Veliko Tarnovo (loan) 12 (1)
1992 CSKA Sofia (loan) 5 (1)
1993–1995 Neuchâtel Xamax 25 (3)
1995 CSKA Sofia (loan) 7 (0)
1995–1997 Rapid Wien 53 (7)
1997–1998 Austria Wien 11 (0)
1998 CSKA Sofia (loan) 10 (1)
1998–2001 Floridsdorfer AC 52 (8)
Total 353 (45)
National team
1988–1998 Bulgaria 76 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Trifon Marinov Ivanov (Bulgarian: Трифон Маринов Иванов; 27 July 1965 – 13 February 2016) was a Bulgarian international footballer who played as a defender.

Ivanov made his debut for Bulgaria in 1988, earning 76 caps and scoring 6 goals over a ten-year international career. He appeared in the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cups, as well as the 1996 UEFA European Championship.

Ivanov died of a heart attack on 13 February 2016.[1]

Career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Sometimes known by his nickname "The Bulgarian Wolf" due to his unshaven appearance and mullet hairstyle, Ivanov started his career with Etar Veliko Tarnovo.[2] He made his first team debut during the 1983–84 A Group season, and established himself as a regular player two years later. Ivanov played 62 games and scored 7 goals for Etar in the A Group.

After five seasons at Etar, Ivanov joined CSKA Sofia where he won two A Group titles, one Bulgarian Cup, and one Bulgarian Supercup. He made his debut in a 5–1 home league win over Botev Vratsa on 13 August 1988. Ivanov scored his first goal for the club on 12 October, in a 7–1 thumping of Sliven.

In January 1991, Ivanov transferred to La Liga-side Real Betis. He finished the season with 5 goals in 20 matches, but Betis were relegated to Segunda División. Whilst at Betis, he spent time out on loan at his previous clubs Etar and CSKA, before joining Swiss club Neuchâtel Xamax on a permanent basis in 1993.

In 1995, Ivanov signed with Rapid Wien, where he was a losing finalist in the 1995–96 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. With Rapid he won one Austrian Bundesliga-title.

International career[edit]

Ivanov's international distinctions included being a member of the Bulgaria national football team that reached the fourth place in the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States. He also participated in the UEFA Euro 1996 in England. Ivanov's goal against Russia on 10 September 1997, in the qualifiers for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, was the one that clinched Bulgarian qualification.[3] Ivanov scored 6 goals in 76 caps in the course of 10 years with the national side.

Ivanov was famous for his long-range shots and free-kicks at goal. In Euro 96 particularly, he had a number of 40–45 yards shots at goal narrowly missing the target. In 2013, a Brazilian amateur tournament was named after him.[4]

Honours[edit]

CSKA Sofia
Rapid Wien

Statistics[edit]

International[edit]

[5][6]

Bulgaria national team
Year Apps Goals
1988 9 1
1989 7 1
1990 4 0
1991 6 1
1992 6 0
1993 5 1
1994 12 1
1995 8 0
1996 9 0
1997 5 1
1998 5 0
Total 76 6

International goals[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Former Bulgaria defender Ivanov dies aged 50". uefa.com. 13 February 2016. 
  2. ^ Petrov, Petyo (18 March 2006). "Трифон Иванов на мач в Монтана" (in Bulgarian). 7sport.net. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Милен Петков: реално е да вземем медали". Topsport (in Bulgarian). 22 January 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Култово! В Бразилия организират футболен турнир за Купата на Трифон Иванов". Gong (in Bulgarian). 3 October 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Trifon Ivanov". EU-Football.info. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Bulgaria – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 20 May 2013.

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