Tomas Lafchis

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Tomas Lafchis
Personal information
Full nameTomas Lafchis
Date of birth (1958-08-06) 6 August 1958 (age 62)
Place of birth Sofia, Bulgaria
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Senior career*
1977–1979 Levski Sofia 27 (0)
1981–1983 OFI Crete 33 (0)
1983–1985 Panathinaikos 45 (0)
1985–1986 Cherno More Varna
1986–1987 Belgian club 4 (0)
1987–1989 OFI Crete 15 (0)
Teams managed
1991–1999 Levski Sofia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Tomas Lafchis also pronounced Thomas Laftsis (Bulgarian : Томас Лафчис, Greek : Θωμάς Λαφτσής; born 6 August 1958) is a Bulgarian retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper for clubs in Bulgaria, Greece and Belgium.


Playing career

Lafchis began playing football for Bulgarian clubs PFC Cherno More Varna and OFC Sliven. In 1977, he joined PFC Levski Sofia, and helped the club win the Bulgarian Cup. [1]

In 1981, Lafchis joined Greek First Division side OFI Crete F.C. for two seasons. He moved to fellow First Division club Panathinaikos F.C. for the following two seasons, [2] where he would win the Greek Football Cup. [3] After a brief spell in Belgium, he returned to play two more seasons in the Greek First Division with OFI Crete. [1]

Managerial career

After he retired from playing, Lafchis became a director. He was the owner of Levski Sofia from 1991 to 1999. In this era, Levski managed to win three Bulgarian A PFG titles and four Bulgarian Cups. [1]


Lafchis is of Greek ethnicity. He is married to Bulgarian National Television director Vyara Ankova. [4]

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