Balakov in 2014
|Full name||Krasimir Genchev Balakov|
|Date of birth||29 March 1966|
|Place of birth||Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|1983–1990||Etar Veliko Tarnovo||142||(35)|
|2003–2005||VfB Stuttgart (assistant)|
|2005||VFC Plauen (player-manager)|
|2012||1. FC Kaiserslautern|
|2018–2019||Etar Veliko Tarnovo|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Krasimir Genchev Balakov (Bulgarian : Красимир Генчев Балъков, pronounced [krɐsiˈmir ˈbaɫɐkof] ; born 29 March 1966) is a Bulgarian professional football manager and former player who is the head coach of Bulgarian club CSKA 1948. A former attacking midfielder, he was a key member of the Bulgarian national team that finished fourth in the 1994 FIFA World Cup. He is considered as second only to Hristo Stoichkov among Bulgarian footballers of his generation.
Balakov began his club career at the local Etar Veliko Tarnovo, before transferring to Portugal's Sporting Clube de Portugal in 1990, playing alongside future Ballon D'Or recipient Luís Figo, his compatriot Yordanov, and future two-time Champions League winner Paulo Sousa. Though Sporting had a quality squad, Balakov only managed to win the 1994–95 Portuguese Cup during his time at the club. In 1995, he transferred to Germany's VfB Stuttgart where he won two UEFA Intertoto Cups (2000 and 2002) and a DFB-Pokal (1997), before retiring in 2003 - the same year that he called time on an international career which had spanned 15 years and 92 caps. As an attacking midfielder Balakov formed a successful attacking partnership with strikers Fredi Bobic and Giovane Élber at Stuttgart. The trio were known as the "magic triangle". He was voted as Stuttgart's best player of all time. He stayed at Stuttgart until retiring as a player in 2003, although he did make a comeback as a player two years later when he made a single appearance as player-manager of VFC Plauen.
The year after he retired, Krasimir became assistant coach of the club he had just retired from, VfB Stuttgart. He stayed in this position for two years before deciding to become a player-manager at VFC Plauen, where he remained for just a short time.
He had been appointed on 16 January 2006 as a manager of Grasshopper Club Zürich to replace Hanspeter Latour who left for 1. FC Köln. Balakov managed to win the Intertoto Cup, thus qualified the club to the UEFA Cup for 2006–07 season.
He had been appointed on 29 October 2007 as a manager of FC St. Gallen to replace Rolf Fringer.Three days before the season ended, he was fired by the club management.
In December 2008, he became manager of PFC Chernomorets Burgas in his homeland, taking over from Dimitar Dimitrov, after also having considered an offer to coach the national team of his country.On 6 December 2010, he was released from PFC Chernomorets Burgas after mutual consent, following a change in the long-term vision for the club by the owner Mitko Sabev.
On 27 May 2011, it was announced that Balakov would take over the helm of Croatian club Hajduk Split.
On 22 March 2012, Balakov was appointed the manager of 1. FC Kaiserslautern.He was sacked on 17 May 2012, after being unable to prevent Kaiserslautern's relegation to the 2. Bundesliga. He subsequently continued his career as manager in his country.
On 4 January 2018, he was announced as the new manager of Etar Veliko Tarnovo with Stanislav Genchev, Iliyan Kiryakov and Kaloyan Chakarov as first team coaches.
On 14 May 2019, he was named as the new manager of the Bulgaria national football team.
In October 2019, Balakov was replaced as manager of the national team by Georgi Dermendzhiev after resigning from his role following the backlash over his denial of alleged fan racism aimed at members of the England team in a Euro 2020 qualifying match as well as a continued string of unsatisfactory results.He took over as manager of CSKA 1948 in June 2020. In late August 2020, Balakov's duties were extended to cover the organizational management as well, with assistant Yordan Yurukov becoming more actively involved in the training process. However, the latter resigned on 22 September, leaving Balakov to be the sole one in charge of the team.
Balakov made 92 appearances for Bulgaria, between 1988 and 2003 (one of the best totals in national history) and scored 16 goals.[ citation needed ] He made his debut on 2 November 1988, in the 1–1 draw with Denmark in a qualifying match for the 1990 FIFA World Cup, coming on as a late second half substitute for Hristo Stoichkov. Other than the 1994 FIFA World Cup, he also played for his country at Euro 1996 and the 1998 FIFA World Cup. At age 37 he played in the qualifications for Euro 2004 to help his teammates qualify but retired from football before the final stage in Portugal.
|1.||14 May 1992||Olympiastadion, Helsinki, Finland||Finland||1–0||3-0||1994 World Cup qualifier|
|2.||9 September 1992||Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria||France||2–0||2–0||1994 World Cup qualifier|
|3.||11 November 1992||Saint-Ouen, Paris, France||Portugal||1–1||1-2||Friendly match|
|4.||19 January 1994||SDCCU Stadium, San Diego, United States||Mexico||1–1||1–1||Friendly match|
|5.||16 November 1994||Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria||Moldova||2–1||4–1||Euro 1996 qualifier|
|6.||29 March 1995||Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria||Wales||1–0||3–1||Euro 1996 qualifier|
|7.||26 April 1995||Stadionul Republican, Chişinău, Moldova||Moldova||1–0||3–0||Euro 1996 qualifier|
|8.||1 September 1996||Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan, Israel||Israel||1–0||1–2||1998 World Cup qualifier|
|9.||8 October 1996||Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg||Luxembourg||1–0||2–1||1998 World Cup qualifier|
|10.||14 December 1996||Tsirio Stadium, Limassol, Cyprus||Cyprus||2–1||3–1||1998 World Cup qualifier|
|11.||8 June 1997||Neftochimik Stadium, Burgas, Bulgaria||Luxembourg||3–0||4–0||1998 World Cup qualifier|
|12.||28 March 2001||Balgarska Armia Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria||Northern Ireland||1–0||4–3||2002 World Cup qualifier|
|13.||15 August 2001||Balgarska Armia Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria||Macedonia||1–0||1-0||Friendly match|
|14.||21 August 2002||Georgi Asparuhov Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria||Germany||2–1||2-2||Friendly match|
|15.||16 October 2002||Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria||Andorra||2–0||2-1||Euro 2004 qualifier|
|Grasshopper Club Zürich||16 January 2006||21 May 2007||Swiss Super League||53||19||18||16||35.85||71||54||+17|
|Chernomorets Burgas||14 December 2008||6 December 2010||Bulgarian A Professional Football Group||60||29||16||15||48.33||79||54||+25|
|Hajduk Split||31 May 2011||22 March 2012||Prva HNL||22||13||5||4||59.09||42||17||+25|
|1. FC Kaiserslautern||22 March 2012||17 May 2012||Bundesliga||8||1||0||7||12.50||7||18||–11|
|Litex Lovech||27 May 2014||11 July 2015||Bulgarian A Professional Football Group||31||16||6||9||51.61||49||32||+17|
|Etar Veliko Tarnovo||4 January 2018||14 May 2019||First Professional Football League||52||24||10||18||46.15||65||56||+9|
|Bulgaria national football team||14 May 2019||18 October 2019||UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group A||5||0||1||4||0.00||3||15||-12|
|National League Cup||14||9||2||3||64.29||29||14||+15|
|European League Cup||20||8||5||7||40.00||29||26||+3|
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