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Chavdar Yankov
Personal information
Date of birth 29 March 1984 (1984-03-29) (age 25)
Place of birth    Sofia, Bulgaria
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Metalurh Donetsk
Number 10
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
2001–2005
2005–2009
2009
2010–
Slavia Sofia
Hannover 96
MSV Duisburg (loan)
Metalurh Donetsk
080 0(12)
058 00(6)
5 0 0 (1)
3 (0)   
National team2
2004- Bulgaria 027 00(5)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 11 November 2007.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of September 6, 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

Chavdar Yankov (Bulgarian: Чавдар Янков) (born 29 March 1984) is a Bulgarian footballer currently playing for Metalurh Donetsk[1]. He is known for his passing, aerial ability and tackling. He is a central midfielder who plays in the holding midfield role or as an attacking midfielder. Despite often being used in a defensive position he is mainly an attacking player.

As a youngster, Yankov supported Real Madrid and modelled himself on Zinedine Zidane and Edgar Davids. His nickname is Chack.

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Club career

The midfielder began his football career as a youth at Slavia Sofia. He making his debut in professional football on 7 September 2001, in a 0-1 loss from Lokomotiv Sofia. In the 20014-2002 season, Yankov played in seven matches for Slavia. He started to make his name two years later when he scored six goals in 30 league games and was called to the Bulgaria national football team by then coach Hristo Stoichkov. In Slavia Yankov played together with Blagoy Georgiev and Dimitar Rangelov. In summer 2005, Yankov moved to German Bundesliga side Hannover 96, initially on a loan, but made permanent in summer 2007 for a fee of around €1.30 million. After as Hannover 96 win a friendly match against Real Madrid with 3-0 on 1 August 2007 in the Germany media wrote: "Many ideas, much dynamics and elegance. He was the motor for your team. This is Chavdar Yankov".[citation needed] In summer 2009, he was loaned to MSV Duisburg.[2] Six months later, he left Duisburg and signed for Metalurh Donetsk.[3] The player has signed a contract until June 2011.

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Club career statistics

Season Team Country Division Apps Goals
2001–02 Slavia Sofia  Bulgaria 1 7 0
2002–03 Slavia Sofia  Bulgaria 1 18 0
2003–04 Slavia Sofia  Bulgaria 1 30 6
2004–05 Slavia Sofia  Bulgaria 1 25 6
2005–06 Hannover 96  Germany 1 21 4
2006–07 Hannover 96  Germany 1 29 2
2007–08 Hannover 96  Germany 1 8 0

International career

Yankov made his debut for Bulgaria in 2004 after the participation on the team in 2004 European Football Championship. On 13 October 2004, Yankov scored his first goal for Bulgaria in a World Cup 2006 qualifying match against Malta. He scored a goal in the 87th minute. The result of the match was a 4–1 win for Bulgaria. At 1 November 2008, the midfielder has 24 matches and 5 goals for the national team.

International goals

Chavdar Yankov: International Goals
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 13 October 2004 Sofia, Bulgaria  Malta 4-1 4-1 World Cup 2006 Qual.
2. 12 November 2005 Sofia, Bulgaria  Georgia 1-0 6-2 Friendly
3. 12 November 2005 Sofia, Bulgaria  Georgia 2-0 6-2 Friendly
4. 6 February 2007 Larnaca, Cyprus  Latvia 2-0 Win Friendly
5. 6 June 2007 Sofia, Bulgaria  Belarus 2-1 2-1 UEFA Euro 2008 Qual.

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