Plamen Krachunov

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Plamen Krachunov
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Personal information
Full name Plamen Nikolov Krachunov
Date of birth (1989-01-11) 11 January 1989 (age 32)
Place of birth Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2+12 in)
Position(s) Centre back
Club information
Current team
Lokomotiv Sofia
Number 6
Youth career
0000–2007 Maritsa Plovdiv
Senior career*
2007–2010 Maritsa Plovdiv 81 (7)
2010–2011 Lokomotiv Plovdiv 16 (1)
2011–2013 CSKA Sofia 47 (3)
2013 Lokomotiv Plovdiv 11 (2)
2014–2015 CSKA Sofia 12 (1)
2015 Slavia Sofia 8 (0)
2016 St. Johnstone 2 (0)
2016–2017 Ethnikos Achna 28 (1)
2017–2018 Sandecja Nowy Sącz 26 (0)
2019 Stomil Olsztyn 11 (1)
2019 Zagłębie Sosnowiec 9 (1)
2020 Lokomotiv Sofia 2 (0)
2020–2021 Etar 25 (1)
2021– Lokomotiv Sofia 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 13:50, 21 July 2021 (UTC)

Plamen Krachunov (Bulgarian : Пламен Крачунов; born 11 January 1989) is a Bulgarian professional footballer who currently plays as a defender for Lokomotiv Sofia. [1]



Maritsa Plovdiv

Krachunov started playing football with Maritsa Plovdiv. He made his first-team debut on 18 August 2007, at 18 years, in a 0–3 away defeat to Kaliakra Kavarna and quickly became a regular starter of the team, as a centre back. His first goal came on 11 May 2008, in a 3–1 home win over Minyor Radnevo. During his first two seasons, he earned 50 appearances in the East B PFG, but Maritsa were relegated at the end of the 2008–09 season. After one season, playing for Maritsa in third league, he joined Lokomotiv Plovdiv.

Lokomotiv Plovdiv

After a short trial, on 6 July 2010, Krachunov signed a three-year contract with Lokomotiv. [2] He made his A PFG debut in a 2–2 draw against Litex Lovech on 22 August, coming on as a substitute for Youness Bengelloun. Krachunov netted Lokomotiv's only goal in their Bulgarian Cup loss, a 2–1 defeat at Pirin Blagoevgrad on 6 April 2011. Four days later, he scored his first league goal for Lokomotiv, in a 1–1 draw against Montana.

CSKA Sofia

On 15 August 2011, reports linked Krachunov with a move to CSKA Sofia, adding depth to the position one day after Apostol Popov was lost for the season because of a knee injury. The following day, he completed his move to CSKA, on a three-year contract. [3] He was handed the number 66 shirt.

He made his debut on 21 August, appearing as a substitute in a 2–1 win over Kaliakra Kavarna, [4] and made his first start for the club in the following game against Montana. On 26 September, he scored his first goal for CSKA, scoring a header in CSKA's 4–1 league win over Vidima-Rakovski from a Spas Delev corner-kick. [5] Krachunov then scored on 3 December in a Bulgarian Cup game against Spartak Pleven. [6] On 15 March 2014, Krachunov scored a last-minute goal in the 1:0 win over Levski Sofia in an A PFG match. [7] He joined Slavia Sofia in the summer of 2015, remaining with the "whites" until January 2016. [8]

St Johnstone

On 22 February 2016, Krachunov signed a contract with Scottish Premiership side St Johnstone, after a successful trial period with the club. [9]

Sandecja Nowy Sącz

On 5 July 2017 he signed a contract with Sandecja Nowy Sącz. [10]

Etar Veliko Tarnovo

After a short stint with Lokomotiv Sofia, Krachunov joined Etar in June 2020. [11]

International career

In October 2011, Krachunov earned his first call-up to the Bulgaria national side for a friendly match against Ukraine and a Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales. [12]


All stats correct as of 22 February 2016.

Maritsa Plovdiv 2007–08 B Group 23110241
2008–09 27020290
2009–10 V Group 31631347
Lokomotiv Plovdiv 2010–11 A Group 14121162
2011–12 200020
CSKA Sofia 2011–12 A Group 26221283
2012–13 2111020241
Lokomotiv Plovdiv 2013–14 A Group 11210122
CSKA Sofia 2013–14 A Group 810081
2014–15 40002060
Slavia Sofia 2015–16 A Group 800080
St Johnstone 2015–16 Premiership 000000
Career total175141234019117

Personal life

His brother Stefan Krachunov is also footballer.

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  1. "Plamen Krachunov Facts".
  2. "Локо Пд одобри Крачунов" (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 6 July 2010.
  3. "Пламен Крачунов подписа за три години с ЦСКА" (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 16 August 2011.
  4. CSKA gets a win against Kaliakra - Krachunov debuts
  5. CSKA wins 4-1 against Vidima - Krachunov scores
  6. CSKA wins against amateurs, Krachunov scores with a head
  7. "CSKA Sofia vs. Levski Sofia 1:0". Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  8. "Славия" повече няма да разчита на Пламен Крачунов" (in Bulgarian). 1 January 2016. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  9. "Saints sign Bulgarian centre half for remainder of season". 22 February 2016. Archived from the original on 22 February 2016.
  10. "Płamen Kraczunow w Sandecji" (in Polish). 90minut. 5 July 2017. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  11. "Крачунов подписа с Етър, раздялата с Локо (Сф) е факт". 15 June 2020. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  12. "Мишо Мадански вече зачеркна петима национали" (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 17 March 2012.