Milanov playing for Tom Tomsk in 2013
|Full name||Zhivko Kirilov Milanov|
|Date of birth||15 July 1984|
|Place of birth||Sofia, Bulgaria|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 April 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 October 2016
Zhivko Milanov (Bulgarian: Живко Миланов; born 15 July 1984 in Sofia) is a Bulgarian footballer who plays for APOEL FC in the Cypriot First Division. Although he is primarily a right back, when needed he operates on the left side as well. Milanov has been capped 28 times for the Bulgarian national team.
Milanov made his league debut in 2003. With Levski Sofia he reached the quarter finals of UEFA Cup in 2005–06. Next season, Levski Sofia reached the group-stage of UEFA Champions League, becoming the first Bulgarian team that reached the groups.
He became a Champion of Bulgaria in 2009.
Milanov joined Vaslui on 14 January 2010 on a two-and-a-half year contract. The deal was reported by media to be worth $350,000. He was seen as the perfect substitute for Vaslui's captain Buhuş, whose long-term injury would keep him out from the field for the rest of the season. He made his league debut against Gaz Metan Mediaş, wearing the number 20 for Vaslui. He did not missed a single match for his new team, and helped Vaslui finishing third in Liga I, and reaching the Romanian Cup final, eventually lost at the penalty shootout. After Buhuş's departure, he established himself as Vaslui's first-choice right back.
On 23 July 2010, in Liga I's opening match, Milanov received his first red card since his arrival in Vaslui. Following Luz's long term-injury and Bălace's bad shape, Milanov was sent to play on the left side. However, because of Papp's unsuccessful try out on the right side, Milanov was sent back on his favourite position. In his second season in Vaslui, he ended third in Liga I, after a long battle, between Oţelul Galaţi, Poli Timişoara and SC Vaslui, for their first championship.
On 23 July 2011, Milanov received his second red card, in Vaslui's opening match against Rapid Bucureşti. On 19 August, he scored his first goal for Vaslui, against Sparta Prague helping his team qualify for the first time to the UEFA Europa League's Group Stages.
On 30 December 2015, Milanov signed an 18-month contract with Cypriot First Division champions APOEL. He made his debut on 10 January 2016, playing the full 90 minutes in APOEL's 2–1 away victory against Aris Limassol for the Cypriot First Division. A few months after joining APOEL, he crowned champion as his team managed to win the Cypriot First Division title for a fourth time in the row.
On 2 March 2017, Milanov signed a two-year contract extension with APOEL, running until 31 May 2019.
Milanov started playing for the Bulgarian national team in 2006, and has been capped 28 times during his international career. He announced his retirement from the national team on 21 March 2017, at the age of 32.
- As of 19 April 2017
|Levski Sofia||2002–03||A Group||4||0||1||0||0||0||—||5||0|
|Tom Tomsk||2013–14||Premier Liga||28||0||3||0||—||2[b]||0||33||0|
|Levski Sofia||2015–16||A Group||12||1||2||0||—||—||14||1|
|APOEL||2015–16||Cypriot First Division||16||0||6||0||—||—||22||0|
- As of 28 April 2016
- A PFG: 2005–06, 2006–07, 2008–09
- Bulgarian Cup: 2002–03, 2004–05, 2006–07
- Bulgarian Supercup: 2005, 2007, 2009
- "Milanov vine la Vaslui" (in Romanian). GSP. 13 January 2010.
- "Buhus: Mi-e dor de fotbal" (in Romanian). GSP. 4 March 2010.
- "Vasluiul tinut in sah la Medias" (in Romanian). Onlinesport. 21 February 2010.
- "Vasluiul prinde podiumul" (in Romanian). Onlinesport. 22 May 2010.
- "CFR castiga cupa" (in Romanian). Onlinesport. 27 May 2010.
- "Buhus si-a reziliat contractul cu FC Vaslui" (in Romanian). Adevarul. 13 July 2010.
- "Cap si spada" (in Romanian). Prosport. 23 July 2010.
- "Papp a fost marginalizat" (in Romanian). Vremea Noua. 1 March 2011.
- "Si-au respectat blazonul" (in Romanian). Vremea Noua. 23 May 2011.
- "Start cu stangul" (in Romanian). Adevarul. 23 July 2011.
- "Moldovenii au detonat bomba" (in Romanian). Evenimentul Zilei. 19 August 2011.
- "Живко Миланов подписа с Том Томск" (in Bulgarian). gong.bg. 24 June 2013.
- "Шансовете Джеки Чан да остане намаляват". 7sport.net. 4 December 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
- Κατ' αρχήν συμφωνία με Zhivko Milanov (in Greek). apoelfc.com.cy. 30 December 2015. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
- Aris Limassol 1-2 APOEL. apoelfc.com.cy. 10 January 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
- "APOEL clinch record 25th title in Cyprus". uefa.com. 28 April 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
- "APOEL vs. AEK Larnaca 2 - 0". Soccerway. 28 April 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
- "Επέκταση συνεργασίας με τον Zhivko Milanov". APOEL FC. 2 March 2017. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
- Живко Миланов разкри каква е причината да се откаже от националния
- "Z. Milanov - Soccerway profile". soccerway. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
- "Milanov, Zhivko - NFT profile". national football teams. Retrieved 30 December 2015.