Veselin Minev

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Veselin Minev
Veselin Minev 2016.jpg
Personal information
Full name Veselin Milchev Minev
Date of birth (1980-10-14) 14 October 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Pazardzhik, Bulgaria
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Levski Sofia
Number 14
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Hebar Pazardzhik 2 (0)
2001–2003 Belasitsa Petrich 34 (0)
2004–2006 Botev Plovdiv 62 (4)
2006–2011 Levski Sofia 91 (1)
2011–2012 Antalyaspor 29 (0)
2013–2014 Botev Plovdiv 35 (0)
2014– Levski Sofia 69 (0)
National team
2009– Bulgaria 21 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 December 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 09:21, 11 October 2014 (UTC)

Veselin Minev (Bulgarian Cyrillic: Веселин Минев; born 14 October 1980 in Pazardzhik) is a Bulgarian footballer, who plays as a defender for Levski Sofia and the Bulgarian national team.

He has a twin brother, Yordan, who is also a footballer.

Career[edit]

Minev, together with his twin brother, started his career at Hebar Pazardzhik.[1] Later, Minev joined Botev Plovdiv.

Levski Sofia[edit]

Minev came to Levski in June 2006.

On 9 May 2009, Minev and his twin brother Yordan entered in the history of The Eternal Derby. The situation was even more interesting, because Veselin was a left full-back and his brother Yordan was a right midfielder, and Veselin guarded his brother Yordan. Despite the tackles, after a foul against Veselin, Yordan came to him and call the referee.

He became a Champion of Bulgaria in 2008/2009 season. In 2009/2010 season, Levski achieved qualifying for UEFA Europa League becoming 3rd in the final ranking. During the 2010/2011 Levski qualified for UEFA Europa League after eliminating Dundalk F.C., Kalmar FF and AIK Fotboll. Levski was drawn in Group C, facing Gent, Lille and Sporting CP.

Antalyaspor[edit]

Minev playing for Antalyaspor in 2011

On 30 May 2011, Minev signed a three-year deal with Turkish club Antalyaspor for an undisclosed fee.[2] He left the club in early December 2012 for personal reasons.

Botev Plovdiv[edit]

On 12 December 2012, immediately following the appointment of Stanimir Stoilov as head coach, Minev signed a 1.5-year contract (with the option for an additional year) with his former club Botev Plovdiv.[3] Minev was among the first choice defenders during his time with the "canaries", captaining the team on occasions. His last game for the club was the 4:0 home victory against Libertas in the first qualifying round for UEFA Europa League on 3 July 2014.[4]

Levski Sofia[edit]

In July 2014 Minev's contract with Botev was terminated due to the financial problems that occurred in the club. On the 7 July 2014 he returned to Levski signing a new 1+1 year deal with the club.[5]

International career[edit]

On 28 August 2009, Minev received his first international call-up for the World Qualifier match against Montenegro.[6] He remained an unused substitute for the game. On 10 October 2009, he made his debut for the national side in the 1:4 away loss to Cyprus, playing the full 90 minutes of the game.[7] Minev was a starter for Bulgaria during the first two 2014 World Cup qualifiers, but in October 2012 he received a two-match ban for his involvement in a number of incidents during the ill-tempered match against Armenia.[8]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 7 December 2012.
Club Season League Cups Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Levski Sofia 2006–07 10 0 3 0 1 0 14 0
2007–08 18 0 3 0 0 0 21 0
2008–09 18 0 2 0 1 0 21 0
2009–10 22 0 2 0 12 0 36 0
2010–11 23 1 3 0 11 0 35 1
Antalyaspor 2011–12 25 0 7 0 32 0
2012–13 4 0 2 0 6 0
2014–15 8 0 0 0 0 0 Career totals 120 1 22 0 25 0 167 1

National team[edit]

Bulgaria national team
Year Apps Goals
2009 3 0
2010 4 0
2011 1 0
2012 6 0
2013 3 0
Total 17 0

Honours[edit]

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