Bulgarian Footballer of the Year

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Dimitar Iliev is the current prize holder. He won the award in 2019 and 2020. Iliev plays for Lokomotiv Plovdiv. Dimitar iliev 2019.jpg
Dimitar Iliev is the current prize holder. He won the award in 2019 and 2020. Iliev plays for Lokomotiv Plovdiv.

Bulgarian Footballer of the Year (Bulgarian : Футболист №1 на България, Futbolist №1 na Balgariya) is an annual title awarded to the best Bulgarian association football player of the year. The award has been given since 1961, and the winner is elected by authorized journalists from the leading Bulgarian media.[ citation needed ]

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History

2011 was the first year with a vote held online by fans. [1] The poll has been organized by the Futbol newspaper (1961–1975), the Start newspaper (1975–1998), the Futbol newspaper and Start magazine (1999–present).

The footballers to have won the award the most times are Dimitar Berbatov (7 times - 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), Hristo Stoichkov (5 times - 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994), Hristo Bonev (1969, 1972, 1973) and Ivelin Popov (2015, 2016, 2017). [2] The clubs with the most winners are Levski Sofia and CSKA Sofia with 11 each.

List of Bulgarian Footballer of the Year

Ivelin Popov was Bulgarian Footballer of the Year for 2015, 2016 and 2017 Spar-Rub15 (6).jpg
Ivelin Popov was Bulgarian Footballer of the Year for 2015, 2016 and 2017

Men

YearFootballerPositionClub
1961 Georgi Naydenov Goalkeeper Flag of Bulgaria.svg CSKA Sofia
1962 Ivan Kolev Defender Flag of Bulgaria.svg CSKA Sofia
1963 Aleksandar Shalamanov Defender Flag of Bulgaria.svg Slavia Sofia
1964 Nikola Kotkov Forward Flag of Bulgaria.svg Lokomotiv Sofia
1965 Georgi Asparuhov Forward Flag of Bulgaria.svg Levski Sofia
1966 Aleksandar Shalamanov Defender Flag of Bulgaria.svg Slavia Sofia
1967 Dimitar Penev Defender Flag of Bulgaria.svg CSKA Sofia
1968 Simeon Simeonov Goalkeeper Flag of Bulgaria.svg Slavia Sofia
1969 Hristo Bonev Forward Flag of Bulgaria.svg Lokomotiv Plovdiv
1970 Stefan Aladzhov Defender Flag of Bulgaria.svg Levski Sofia
1971 Dimitar Penev Defender Flag of Bulgaria.svg CSKA Sofia
1972 Hristo Bonev Forward Flag of Bulgaria.svg Lokomotiv Plovdiv
1973 Hristo Bonev Forward Flag of Bulgaria.svg Lokomotiv Plovdiv
1974 Kiril Ivkov Defender Flag of Bulgaria.svg Levski Sofia
1975 Kiril Ivkov Defender Flag of Bulgaria.svg Levski Sofia
1976 Bozhidar Grigorov Forward Flag of Bulgaria.svg Slavia Sofia
1977 Pavel Panov Midfielder / Forward Flag of Bulgaria.svg Levski Sofia
1978 Rumyancho Goranov Goalkeeper Flag of Bulgaria.svg Lokomotiv Sofia
1979 Atanas Mihaylov Forward Flag of Bulgaria.svg Lokomotiv Sofia
1980 Andrey Zhelyazkov Forward Flag of Bulgaria.svg Slavia Sofia
1981 Georgi Velinov Goalkeeper Flag of Bulgaria.svg CSKA Sofia
1982 Radoslav Zdravkov Defender Flag of Bulgaria.svg CSKA Sofia
1983 Stoycho Mladenov Midfielder / Forward Flag of Bulgaria.svg CSKA Sofia
1984 Plamen Nikolov Defender Flag of Bulgaria.svg Levski Sofia
1985 Georgi Dimitrov Defender Flag of Bulgaria.svg CSKA Sofia
1986 Borislav Mihaylov Goalkeeper Flag of Bulgaria.svg Levski Sofia
1987 Nikolay Iliev Defender Flag of Bulgaria.svg Levski Sofia
1988 Lyuboslav Penev Forward Flag of Bulgaria.svg CSKA Sofia
1989 Hristo Stoichkov Midfielder / Forward Flag of Bulgaria.svg CSKA Sofia
1990 Hristo Stoichkov Midfielder / Forward Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
1991 Hristo Stoichkov Midfielder / Forward Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
1992 Hristo Stoichkov Midfielder / Forward Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
1993 Emil Kostadinov Forward Flag of Portugal.svg Porto
1994 Hristo Stoichkov Midfielder / Forward Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
1995 Krasimir Balakov Midfielder Flag of Portugal.svg Sporting CP / Flag of Germany.svg VfB Stuttgart
1996 Trifon Ivanov Defender Flag of Austria.svg Rapid Wien
1997 Krasimir Balakov Midfielder Flag of Germany.svg VfB Stuttgart
1998 Ivaylo Yordanov Defender / Midfielder / Forward Flag of Portugal.svg Sporting CP
1999 Aleksandar Aleksandrov Midfielder Flag of Bulgaria.svg Levski Sofia
2000 Georgi Ivanov Forward Flag of Bulgaria.svg Levski Sofia
2001 Georgi Ivanov Forward Flag of Bulgaria.svg Levski Sofia
2002 Dimitar Berbatov Forward Flag of Germany.svg Bayer Leverkusen
2003 Stiliyan Petrov Midfielder Flag of Scotland.svg Celtic
2004 Dimitar Berbatov Forward Flag of Germany.svg Bayer Leverkusen
2005 Dimitar Berbatov Forward Flag of Germany.svg Bayer Leverkusen
2006 Martin Petrov
2nd Dimitar Berbatov
3rd Stiliyan Petrov
Midfielder / Forward
Forward
Midfielder
Flag of Spain.svg Atlético Madrid
Flag of England.svg Tottenham Hotspur
Flag of England.svg Aston Villa
2007 Dimitar Berbatov
2nd Martin Petrov
3rd Georgi Petkov
Forward
Midfielder / Forward
Goalkeeper
Flag of England.svg Tottenham Hotspur
Flag of England.svg Manchester City
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Levski Sofia
2008 Dimitar Berbatov
2nd Georgi Petkov
3rd Blagoy Georgiev
Forward
Goalkeeper
Midfielder
Flag of England.svg Manchester United
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Levski Sofia
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Slavia Sofia
2009 [3] Dimitar Berbatov
2nd Stiliyan Petrov
3rd Blagoy Georgiev
Forward
Midfielder
Midfielder
Flag of England.svg Manchester United
Flag of England.svg Aston Villa
Flag of Russia.svg Terek Grozny
2010 [4] Dimitar Berbatov
2nd Ivelin Popov
3rd Nikolay Mihaylov
Forward
Forward
Goalkeeper
Flag of England.svg Manchester United
Flag of Turkey.svg Gaziantepspor
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Twente
2011 Nikolay Mihaylov
2nd Stiliyan Petrov
3rd Dimitar Berbatov
Goalkeeper
Midfielder
Forward
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Twente
Flag of England.svg Aston Villa
Flag of England.svg Manchester United
2012 Georgi Milanov
2nd Ivan Ivanov
3rd Stanislav Manolev
Midfielder
Defender
Defender
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Litex Lovech
Flag of Serbia.svg Partizan
Flag of the Netherlands.svg PSV
2013 Ivan Ivanov
2nd Ivelin Popov
3rd Svetoslav Dyakov
Defender
Midfielder
Midfielder
Flag of Switzerland.svg Basel / Flag of Serbia.svg Partizan
Flag of Russia.svg Kuban Krasnodar
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ludogorets Razgrad
2014 Vladislav Stoyanov
2nd Svetoslav Dyakov
3rd Dimitar Berbatov
Goalkeeper
Midfielder
Forward
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ludogorets Razgrad
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ludogorets Razgrad
Flag of France.svg Monaco
2015 Ivelin Popov
2nd Ivaylo Chochev
3rd Georgi Milanov
Forward
Midfielder
Midfielder
Flag of Russia.svg Spartak Moscow
Flag of Italy.svg Palermo
Flag of Russia.svg CSKA Moscow
2016 Ivelin Popov
2nd Svetoslav Dyakov
3rd Vladislav Stoyanov
Forward
Midfielder
Goalkeeper
Flag of Russia.svg Spartak Moscow
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ludogorets Razgrad
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ludogorets Razgrad
2017 Ivelin Popov
2nd Martin Kamburov
3rd Todor Nedelev
Forward
Forward
Midfielder
Flag of Russia.svg Spartak Moscow
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Beroe Stara Zagora
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Botev Plovdiv
2018 Kiril Despodov
2nd Georgi Petkov
3rd Todor Nedelev
Forward
Goalkeeper
Midfielder
Flag of Bulgaria.svg CSKA Sofia
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Slavia Sofia
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Botev Plovdiv
2019 Dimitar Iliev
2nd Anton Nedyalkov
3rd Vasil Bozhikov
Forward
Defender
Defender
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Lokomotiv Plovdiv
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ludogorets Razgrad
Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovan Bratislava
2020 Dimitar Iliev
2nd Valentin Antov
3rd Anton Nedyalkov
Forward
Defender
Defender
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Lokomotiv Plovdiv
Flag of Bulgaria.svg CSKA Sofia
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ludogorets Razgrad

Youth

YearFootballerPositionClub
2014 Bozhidar Kraev Midfielder Flag of Bulgaria.svg Levski Sofia
2015 Bozhidar Kraev Midfielder Flag of Bulgaria.svg Levski Sofia
2016 Petko Hristov Defender Flag of Bulgaria.svg Slavia Sofia
2017 Kiril Despodov Forward Flag of Bulgaria.svg CSKA Sofia
2018 Valentin Antov Defender Flag of Bulgaria.svg CSKA Sofia
2019 Stanislav Ivanov Forward Flag of Bulgaria.svg Levski Sofia
2020 Dominik Yankov Midfielder Flag of Bulgaria.svg Botev Vratsa / Ludogorets

Women

YearFootballerPositionClub
2015 [5] Silvia Radoyska Midfielder Flag of Bulgaria.svg NSA Sofia
2016 Evdokiya Popadinova Forward Flag of the United States.svg Racers Ohio
2017 Evdokiya Popadinova Forward Flag of the United States.svg Racers Ohio
2018 Evdokiya Popadinova Forward Flag of the United States.svg Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
2019 [6] Evdokiya Popadinova Forward Flag of the United States.svg Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
2020 Evdokiya Popadinova Forward Flag of Italy.svg Napoli Femminile

Statistics

Multiple winners

WinnerNumber of winsWinning years
Dimitar Berbatov 72002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Hristo Stoichkov 51989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994
Hristo Bonev 31969, 1972, 1973
Ivelin Popov 32015, 2016, 2017
Krasimir Balakov 21995, 1997
Georgi Ivanov 22000, 2001
Kiril Ivkov 21974, 1975
Dimitar Penev 21967, 1971
Dimitar Iliev 22019, 2020

Winners by league

CountryWinnersClubs featured
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 36 Levski  (11), CSKA  (11), Slavia Sofia  (5), Lokomotiv Plovdiv  (4), Lokomotiv Sofia  (3), Litex Lovech  (1), Ludogorets Razgrad  (1)
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 5 Bayer Leverkusen  (3), Stuttgart  (2)
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 5 Barcelona  (4), Atlético Madrid  (1)
Flag of England.svg  England 4 Manchester United  (3), Tottenham Hotspur  (1)
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 3 Sporting  (2), Porto  (1)
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 3 Spartak Moscow  (3)
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 1 Rapid Wien  (1)
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 1 Twente  (1)
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 1 Celtic  (1)
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 1 Partizan  (1)
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 1 Basel  (1)

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References

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