Ventsislav Hristov

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Ventsislav Hristov
Personal information
Full name Ventsislav Dimitrov Hristov
Date of birth (1988-11-09) 9 November 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Sofia, Bulgaria
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Neftochimic Burgas
Number 91
Youth career
Lokomotiv Sofia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Lokomotiv Sofia 0 (0)
2007–2008 Sportist Svoge 20 (4)
2008–2010 Nesebar 36 (7)
2010–2011 Montana 30 (6)
2011–2012 Chernomorets Burgas 38 (10)
2013–2015 Beroe Stara Zagora 51 (17)
2014 Metalurh Donetsk (loan) 4 (0)
2015 Rijeka 6 (2)
2015 Skënderbeu Korçë (loan) 4 (1)
2016 Levski Sofia 19 (8)
2016– Neftochimic Burgas 11 (3)
National team
2013– Bulgaria 8 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 December 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 October 2016

Ventsislav Hristov (Bulgarian: Венцислав Христов; born 9 November 1988) is a Bulgarian footballer, who plays as a forward for Neftochimic Burgas.

Personal life[edit]

Hristov was born in Sofia to a Bulgarian father and a Ukrainian mother.[1] He began playing football at an early age with local side Lokomotiv Sofia and spent several years developing in the club's youth academy.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

After progressing through the Lokomotiv youth system, Hristov was promoted to the first team squad for the 2006–07 season, but did not make an appearance. He then played for Sportist Svoge and Nesebar in the Bulgarian B Group.

Montana[edit]

In June 2010, Hristov joined Montana. On 1 August 2010, he made his debut in a 1–0 home loss against Lokomotiv Sofia. Hristov made 30 appearances during the 2010–11 season, finishing with 6 goals. He also made 5 assists.[2]

Chernomorets Burgas[edit]

On 15 June 2011, Hristov joined Chernomorets Burgas.[3] He marked his league debut for Chernomorets with a winning goal, scoring the only in a 1–0 win over Kaliakra Kavarna on 6 August.

In January 2013, Hristov terminated his contract with Chernomorets.[4]

Beroe Stara Zagora[edit]

On 15 January 2013, Beroe Stara Zagora confirmed they had signed Hristov on a two-and-a-half-year contract.[5] He made his debut in a 0–0 away draw against Botev Vratsa on 2 March, playing the full 90 minutes. On 16 March, he scored his first goal for Beroe in a 2–0 win against Etar 1924.

On 10 July, Hristov scored the opening goal in the 2013 Bulgarian Supercup final against Ludogorets Razgrad. Ludogorets subsequently equalised, but Beroe still won the game through penalty shootout. On 18 July, Hristov netted Beroe's only goal in their 4–1 home loss against Hapoel Tel Aviv in the second qualifying round of Europa League. Hristov scored the second goal in Beroe's 2–0 win over Slavia Sofia in the first round of 2013–14 A PFG season on 22 July.

Metalurh Donetsk (loan)[edit]

In the beginning of 2014, Hristov was close to being transferred to CSKA Sofia, but eventually joined Metalurh Donetsk on loan for the rest of the season due to the precarious financial situation of CSKA.[6] He made his debut for Metalurh in a 3–1 home loss against Volyn Lutsk on 29 March, coming on as a substitute for Vasileios Pliatsikas.

Return to Beroe Stara Zagora[edit]

Hristov returned to Beroe at the end of the season having made only 4 appearances for Metalurh Donetsk in the Ukrainian Premier League.[7] On 16 August 2014, in a 2–0 away victory over Slavia Sofia, he netted his first goal of the season and assisted Salim Kerkar.[8] On 13 September, Hristov scored his first-ever hat-trick in Beroe's 4–0 home win over Marek Dupnitsa.[9] A week later, he scored his 6th goal in the last five games in a 3–0 away win against Lokomotiv Plovdiv.

HNK Rijeka[edit]

On 23rd of January, Hristov signed a 2 12-year deal with Croatian side HNK Rijeka for an undisclosed fee.

PFC Levski Sofia[edit]

On 3rd of February 2016, Hristov signed with PFC Levski Sofia until the end of the season after his contract with HNK Rijeka was terminated. His first goal for the club came in a game against PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv. He scored again in the following fixture against PFC Pirin Blagoevgrad. He continued his fine form with consecutive goals in the games against PFC Beroe Stara Zagora and PFC Botev Plovdiv and a hat-trick in a league game against PFC Cherno More Varna bringing his total to 7 goals in his first 10 games making him PFC Levski Sofia top goalscorer for the current season.

International career[edit]

On 8 August 2013, Hristov was called up to the Bulgaria national team by manager Lyuboslav Penev for a friendly match against Macedonia on 14 August. He came on as a substitute for Ivelin Popov in the 55th minute.[10] Hristov made his first start on 15 October 2013, in a 0–1 home loss against the Czech Republic in a World Cup qualifier. He was replaced by Simeon Slavchev in the 73rd minute.[11] He scored his first goal for the national team against Azerbaijan in the EURO 2016 qualifying game, scoring the winning goal in the 88th minute.[12]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results lists Bulgaria's goals first
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 9 September 2014 Bakcell Arena, Baku, Azerbaijan  Azerbaijan 1–2 1–2 Euro 2016 qualification

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 29 May 2015
Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total
Club League Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sportist Svoge 2007–08 B Group 20 4 0 0 20 4
Nesebar 2008–09 13 3 0 0 13 3
2009–10 23 4 2 1 25 5
Montana 2010–11 A Group 30 6 1 0 31 6
Chernomorets Burgas 2011–12 24 5 2 0 26 5
2012–13 14 5 1 0 15 5
Beroe Stara Zagora 2012–13 10 3 3 0 13 3
2013–14 23 8 3 1 2 1 1 1 29 11
Metalurh Donetsk (loan) 2013–14 Premier League 4 0 0 0 4 0
Beroe Stara Zagora 2014–15 A Group 18 6 1 0 19 6
Rijeka 2014–15 Prva HNL 6 2 1 0 7 2
Career Total 184 46 14 2 2 1 1 1 201 50

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Beroe

References[edit]

  1. ^ Венцислав Христов: "Мама – украинка, папа – болгарин" (in Russian). footboom.com. 13 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Долу ръцете от Венци Христов!" (in Bulgarian). sportline.bg. 14 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Трансфер номер 5 за Херо в Черноморец" (in Bulgarian). topsport.bg. 15 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Венци Христов приключи с Черноморец" (in Bulgarian). football24.bg. 4 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Венци Христов е поредното ново попълнение на Берое" (in Bulgarian). dariknews.bg. 15 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "ЦСКА прави нов опит да вземе Венци Христов, "червените" лесно ще се разберат с футболиста" (in Bulgarian). topsport.bg. 20 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Венци Христов замина с Берое за Тетевен, старозагорци отпътуваха с 24 играчи" (in Bulgarian). topsport.bg. 1 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Берое убедителен срещу Славия – 0:2" (in Bulgarian). beroe.bg. 16 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Берое отвя Марек с хеттрик на Венци Христов" (in Bulgarian). novsport.com. 13 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Macedonia vs. Bulgaria Matchcast". topsport.bg. 15 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "Bulgaria vs. Czech Republic Matchcast". topsport.bg. 15 October 2013. 
  12. ^ Dimov, Stanko (9 September 2014). "България показа характер и пречупи азерите в Баку, Венци Христов ни донесе успеха" (in Bulgarian). topsport.bg. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 

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