Yordan Minev

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Yordan Minev
Yordan Minev.jpg
Minev with CSKA in 2010
Personal information
Full name Yordan Milchev Minev
Date of birth (1980-10-15) 15 October 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Pazardzhik, Bulgaria
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Right back / Left back
Club information
Current team
Ludogorets Razgrad
Number 25
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Hebar Pazardzhik 5 (1)
2001–2003 Belasitsa Petrich 43 (1)
2004 Rodopa Smolyan 10 (0)
2004 Hebar Pazardzhik 15 (1)
2005–2008 Botev Plovdiv 105 (4)
2009–2011 CSKA Sofia 42 (1)
2011 Botev Plovdiv 10 (1)
2011– Ludogorets Razgrad 125 (0)
2015– Ludogorets Razgrad II 6 (1)
National team
2008– Bulgaria 24 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:52, 7 May 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:07, 13 October 2015 (UTC)

Yordan Milchev Minev (Bulgarian Cyrillic: Йордан Милчев Минев; born 14 October 1980) is a Bulgarian footballer who currently plays for Ludogorets Razgrad and the Bulgarian national team as a defender.


Yordan Minev started his career in home town Pazardzhik for local team Hebar. Between 2001 and 2003, Minev played in PFC Belasitsa from Petrich. Then, from January 2004 until June 2004 he played in Rodopa from Smolyan. In 2005, he joined Botev Plovdiv.

CSKA Sofia[edit]

In January 2009, Minev signed with CSKA Sofia. He gradually established himself as the first choice right back in the team after Luboslav Penev's appointment as manager. On 23 May 2009, Minev received a second yellow card in the redmen's match against Lokomotiv Sofia.

Minev was released from CSKA in March 2011, as he was unable to stake a claim to first choice defender status under head coach Milen Radukanov.

Ludogorets Razgrad[edit]

On 30 May 2011, Minev signed a contract with newly promoted Ludogorets Razgrad.[1] He made his competitive debut for Ludogorets on 6 August, in a 0–0 home league draw against Lokomotiv Plovdiv. In his first season playing for Ludogorets, Minev made 28 appearances in the A group and ended the season winning his first league golden medal.

On 26 September 2013, he was alleged to have failed a doping test by FIFA (in reality the medical substances had been legally administered by a doctor due to a shoulder injury of the player and there had been a misunderstanding with regard to the terminology used), but was almost immediately cleared of any wrongdoing.[2]

On 22 October 2014, Minev scored his first goal for Ludogorets, scoring a crucial last-minute winning goal in a 1–0 home win over Basel in the group stage of the Champions League.[3]

Notable accomplishments[edit]

Minev is currently in the "top 20 footballer" club when it comes to the number of matches played for Bulgarian clubs in European competitions. As of 23 February 2017, he has appeared in 50 games in total - 13 for CSKA Sofia and 37 for Ludogorets Razgrad.[4][5]

International career[edit]

Yordan Minev made his debut for the national side on 19 November 2008 in the 1–6 loss against Serbia in a friendly match, which was also Savo Milošević's farewell appearance. He played over the course of the last 20 minutes of the game, during which Bulgaria did not concede.[6]

In October 2011, Minev was recalled to the national team by caretaker manager Mihail Madanski for the Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales, but remained an unused substitute for the match. He played as a starter for the first time on 26 May 2012 (alongside his twin brother Veselin Minev), in the 2–1 away win over the Netherlands in an exhibition game.[7] He was an everpresent part of the Bulgarian defense during the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, appearing in 8 of the 10 matches.

Career statistics[edit]

National team[edit]

Bulgaria national team
Year Apps Goals
2008 1 0
2009 0 0
2010 0 0
2011 0 0
2012 7 0
2013 7 0
2014 3 0
2015 6 0
Total 24 0


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





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