Vasil Bozhikov

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Vasil Bozhikov
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Bozhikov with Litex Lovech in 2015
Personal information
Full name Vasil Georgiev Bozhikov
Date of birth (1988-06-02) 2 June 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Gotse Delchev, Bulgaria
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Left back / Centre back
Club information
Current team
Kasımpaşa
Number 3
Youth career
Pirin Gotse Delchev
Botev Plovdiv
Botev 2002
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Gigant Saedinenie 67 (3)
2009–2011 Minyor Pernik 70 (0)
2012–2015 Litex Lovech 91 (1)
2015– Kasımpaşa 20 (0)
National team
2009 Bulgaria U21 6 (0)
2016– Bulgaria 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 March 2017

Vasil Bozhikov (Bulgarian: Васил Божиков; born 2 June 1988 in Gotse Delchev[1]) is a Bulgarian footballer who plays for Süper Lig club Kasımpaşa and the Bulgarian national team. He normally plays as a defender in a left back position, but can also play on the right side and the centre of defense.

Career[edit]

Minyor Pernik[edit]

Bozhikov joined Minyor in February 2009 and made his league debut on 16 March 2009 in a 0–0 home draw against Litex Lovech. At the end of July 2011, Bozhikov spent a week on trial with Belgian side Genk, playing in a pre-season match against Bayer 04 Leverkusen, but he did not sign for Genk.[2] During his spell at Pernik, Bozhikov made a total of 70 league appearances for the club.

Litex Lovech[edit]

On 1 December 2011, Minyor Pernik announced on their official website, that they have reached an agreement with Litex for the transfer of Bozhikov, with the player joining the Lovech side on 1 January 2012. He made his debut on 22 April 2012 in a 1–1 home draw against Ludogorets Razgrad.

Kasımpaşa[edit]

Bozhikov signed with Turkish side Kasımpaşa on 15 July 2015 on a 2+1-year deal for a reported fee of €400,000.[3] He made his debut for the club on 23 September against Tire 1922 in the Turkish Cup, playing full 90 minutes. He played his first Süper Lig game on 28 September, coming on as a first-half substitute for Kenneth Omeruo in a 1–1 home draw against Rizespor.[4] On 4 October, Bozhikov made his first league start in Kasımpaşa's fixture away at Antalyaspor.[5]

International career[edit]

In February 2014, Bozhikov was named in the senior Bulgarian squad for the first time, ahead of a friendly against Belarus in March, but did not feature.

In March 2016, he was called up for friendly matches against Portugal and against Macedonia, and made his senior debut from the bench on 26 March, in a 1–0 away win over Portugal, replacing Strahil Popov in the 88th minute. On 29 March, Bozhikov made his first Bulgaria start in a friendly against Macedonia at Philip II Arena.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 26 January 2016
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Minyor Pernik 2008–09 14 0 1 0 15 0
2009–10 23 0 3 0 26 0
2010–11 22 0 2 0 24 0
2011–12 11 0 0 0 11 0
Total 70 0 6 0 0 0 76 0
Litex Lovech 2011–12 4 0 0 0 4 0
2012–13 27 0 2 0 29 0
2013–14 34 0 6 1 40 1
2014–15 26 1 4 1 4 0 34 2
2015–16 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 1
Total 91 1 12 2 6 1 109 4
Kasımpaşa 2015–16 14 0 2 0 16 0
Total 14 0 2 0 0 0 16 0
Career total 175 1 20 2 6 1 201 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Васил Божиков пред Novsport: Публиката в Перник е уникална" (in Bulgarian). novsport.com. 26 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "Божиков не успя с пробите в Генк" (in Bulgarian). bgfootball.com. 29 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Защитник на Литекс подписа с Касъмпаша" (in Bulgarian). gong.bg. 15 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Kasımpaşa vs. Rizespor". soccerway.com. 28 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "Antalyaspor vs. Kasımpaşa". soccerway.com. 4 October 2015. 

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