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Dimitar Berbatov
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Personal information
Full name Dimitar Ivanov Berbatov
Date of birth 30 January 1981 (1981-01-30) (age 29)
Place of birth Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria[1]
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Manchester United
Number 9
Youth career
Pirin Blagoevgrad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2001 CSKA Sofia 50 (25)
2001–2006 Bayer Leverkusen 154 (69)
2006–2008 Tottenham Hotspur 70 (27)
2008– Manchester United 57 (19)
National team
1999– Bulgaria 77 (48)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:09, 14 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 02:01, 22 November 2009 (UTC)

Dimitar Ivanov Berbatov (Bulgarian: Димитър Иванов Бербатов, [diˈmitər bɛrˈbatɔf]; born 30 January 1981)[1] is a Bulgarian footballer who plays as a striker for Manchester United of England and is the all-time leading goalscorer for the Bulgarian national team.[3][4] He has won the Bulgarian Footballer of the Year award six times, surpassing the number of wins by Hristo Stoichkov. He is distinctive for his skillful, seemingly effortless style of play, which has earned him praise but also a perception as being "lazy".[5]

Born in Blagoevgrad, Berbatov began his football career with his local club, Pirin Blagoevgrad, but joined CSKA Sofia as a 17-year-old in 1998. In January 2001, he was signed by Bayer Leverkusen, and 18 months later, he played in his first UEFA Champions League final, coming on as a substitute for Thomas Brdarić in the 2002 final against Real Madrid. After five-and-a-half years with Leverkusen, he was signed by Tottenham Hotspur, before joining Manchester United two years later. He played in his second Champions League final in 2009, competing against Barcelona.

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Early life

Berbatov's father, Ivan, was a professional footballer with local outfit Pirin Blagoevgrad, and his mother, Margarita, was a professional handball player.[6] As a youngster, Berbatov supported Milan and modelled himself on Marco van Basten, until Euro '96 in England, when the then fifteen year old discovered a new role model in Alan Shearer,[7] formerly of Newcastle United, even sleeping in a Newcastle shirt. His mother later spoke of Dimitar's dream of playing for Newcastle one day.[8][9][10]

Club career

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Early career

Berbatov's career began at the Pirin Blagoevgrad, and continued until he was spotted by legendary scout and manager Dimitar Penev.

CSKA Sofia

At the age of just 17, Berbatov moved to CSKA Sofia following in the footsteps of his father, Ivan, who also played for the club as a left winger and later as a defender. He played for CSKA Sofia in the Bulgarian A PFG between 1998 and January 2001, making his debut as an 18-year-old in the 1998–99 season. He started to make his name the following year when he scored 14 goals in 27 league games and won the Bulgarian National Cup in 1999.

At the age of 18 Berbatov was kidnapped following a training session as Bulgarian gangster Georgi Iliev, who has since been killed, tried to coerce the striker to sign for his own club, Levski Kyustendil. [11]

In June 2000 he was about to be signed by Italian Serie A side Lecce.[12] Former U.S. Lecce Director of football Pantaleo Corvino stated in an interview[13] that Berbatov had already underwent a medical, but when it came to signing the contract, the move collapsed, probably due to another request[13] by the player himself.

Bayer Leverkusen

A run of nine goals in 11 games in 2000–01 was enough to persuade Bayer Leverkusen to sign Berbatov in January 2001. Berbatov had a slow start to his Leverkusen career with just 16 goals in his first 67 appearances for the club. He did however play a crucial role in the Champions League during his first full season with the club scoring a memorable solo effort against Lyon with an excellent piece of skill, as well as a goal against Liverpool in the quarter finals. He also played a part in the final against Real Madrid coming on as a substitute for Thomas Brdaric after 38 minutes.

In 2001–02, Leverkusen were runners-up in the Fußball-Bundesliga and the DFB-Pokal. During the 2002–03 Bundesliga season, Berbatov established his place as the first-choice forward at Bayer Leverkusen, and scored a well taken goal against future club Manchester United in September 2002. However, it was not until the 2003–04 season that he really began to shine, scoring 16 goals in 24 starts. The following two seasons saw him go from strength to strength, netting another 46 goals including five in the Champions League 2004–05, raising awareness of his talent and generating interest from teams throughout Europe.

Tottenham Hotspur

2006–07 season

Speculation surrounded a potential move in 2004 for the Bulgarian Footballer of the Year, but it was May 2006, when Berbatov finally joined Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of €16m,[14] (£10.9 million).[15] making him the most expensive Bulgarian player in history. After being granted a work permit, the transfer was completed, and Berbatov joined Tottenham on 1 July 2006. He scored two goals in two minutes in his first match, as a Tottenham player against Birmingham City in a pre-season friendly match.[16]

Berbatov scored his first competitive Tottenham goal two minutes into his home debut in the Premiership game against Sheffield United at White Hart Lane. He built up a rewarding partnership with Robbie Keane in the UEFA Cup, until Spurs' departure to Sevilla in the quarter-finals, and, despite Martin Jol's rotation of his strikers, Berbatov firmly established himself as the first choice forward at the club. He scored five goals in four games during the group stage of the UEFA Cup, with his performances earning two man-of-the-match awards in the group stages against Besiktas and Club Brugge.

Despite his good form in European competition, Berbatov took a while to adapt to the Premiership. However, he soon began to regain the league form he had shown at Leverkusen with an excellent performance against Wigan Athletic, scoring one and creating the other two in a 3–1 win. On 9 December 2006, Berbatov scored his first Premiership brace for Spurs in a 5–1 victory for his side against Charlton Athletic. Berbatov came on as a second half substitute against Fulham in the FA Cup to score his first two goals in the competition. Berbatov scored his first away goal in the Premiership at Goodison Park against Everton, a first-time shot from around the penalty spot after an Aaron Lennon cross. Spurs went on to win the match 2–1.

Berbatov and Spurs team-mate Robbie Keane were named joint winners of the Premier League Player of the Month award for April, becoming the first players to share the award since Arsenal's Dennis Bergkamp and Edu, jointly claimed the award back in February 2004. He scored the 100th goal of Tottenham's 2006–07 season with the first goal of a 2–0 victory over Charlton Athletic on 7 May 2007.

Berbatov is also one of the few people to have two goals included in the BBC's goal of the month competition shortlist, with his sublime efforts against Wigan Athletic and Middlesbrough, both being included. Berbatov ended the 2006–07 season with 12 goals in 33 appearances in the Premier League, and also chipping in with 11 assists.

Due to his highly impressive displays, especially in the latter half of the season, he won the Tottenham Hotspur player of the season award in 2006–07. Berbatov was also included in the FA Premier League's PFA Team of the Season on 21 April 2007, one of only three players in the team not to play for league winners Manchester United (the other two being Steven Gerrard and Didier Drogba).

2007–08 season

After Spurs narrowly lost to Arsenal in the North London derby on 22 December 2007, Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger compared Berbatov to Thierry Henry.[17]

His first Spurs Premier League hat-trick came on 29 December 2007 after he bagged four goals in an incredible 6–4 win against Reading.

Berbatov played in his first cup final for Tottenham on 24 February 2008 in the Football League Cup at Wembley Stadium against Chelsea in which he scored an equalising penalty. Tottenham went on to win the game 2–1 after extra time, with Berbatov collecting his first trophy in English football.[18] On 9 March, Berbatov scored a brace of headers in the 4–0 demolition of West Ham United.[19]

This took his Premier League tally of goals for the season to twelve, which was equal to his 2007 league total. He ended the season with 15 league goals and an identical overall record of 23 goals and 11 assists in all competitions. He again scored Spurs' 100th goal of the season in this campaign, hitting the opener in the 1–1 draw at Wigan on 19 April.

2008–09 season

The 2008–09 season began in circumstances when Berbatov's desires for greener pastures dominated tabloid headlines. Ongoing rumours of a substantial bid by Manchester United unsettled the striker, and despite training with Tottenham, Berbatov was dropped for the games against Sunderland.[20] and Chelsea.[21] United manager Alex Ferguson sought to quell these rumours, describing his feelings as "less optimistic" about securing new signings before the close of the transfer windows.[22]

Manchester United

Berbatov playing for Manchester United.

2008–09 season

After much speculation, Berbatov completed a move to Manchester United on 1 September 2008 for fee of £30.75 million, with Fraizer Campbell joining Tottenham on a season-long loan as part of the deal.[23][24] This came despite Tottenham accepting a bid for Berbatov from Manchester City on the same day.[25] Berbatov's contract to United is for four years,[26] and he wears the number 9 shirt previously worn by Louis Saha. Berbatov later insisted he never even considered a move to Manchester City.[27]

Berbatov marked his Manchester United debut with an assist to a Carlos Tévez goal away to Liverpool but United went on to lose the game 2–1.[28] He scored his first two goals for Manchester United in their 3–0 win away to Aalborg BK in the Champions League group stage on 30 September 2008.[29] He scored the third goal in a 4–0 victory over West Bromwich Albion to mark his first Premier League goal as a Manchester United player. On 29 October 2008, Berbatov assisted Cristiano Ronaldo to open the scoring in Man Utd's home game against West Ham United after using deft footwork to get past defender James Collins. On 17 January 2009, he scored a last-minute goal to secure a 1–0 away win over Bolton Wanderers and help Man Utd to the top of the Premier League table for the first time in the season.[30] Alex Ferguson defended Berbatov after the Bulgarian was the subject of much criticism for a penalty miss in the FA Cup 2008–09 semi-final against Everton, with Manchester United eventually losing to Everton in the penalty shoot-out.[31] Soon after, Berbatov scored the fifth of United's goals as they came back from 2–0 down at half-time to win 5–2 against his former team, Tottenham Hotspur on 25 April 2009.[32] Manchester United won the Premier League on 16 May 2009 with a 0–0 draw at home to Arsenal, to grant Berbatov his first career league title and make him the first Bulgarian to win the competition. In the same season Berbatov made 10 assists in the Premier League and finished joint second (along with Fabregas, Gerrard and Lampard) behind league leader Robin van Persie with 11.

2009–10 season

Berbatov scored his first goal of the 2009–10 season against Wigan Athletic on 22 August 2009, scoring the second goal of a 5–0 away win.[33] On 3 October 2009, three days after an inspiring performance against Wolfsburg in the Champions League,[34] he produced a sublime scissor-kick finish for the first of United's two equalisers against Sunderland.[35] He scored again on 31 October with a sublime control and finish against Blackburn Rovers [36] but he got an injury in that game that kept him out of the team for more than a month. He scored again after nearly two months against Hull on the 27 December 2009. He scored the fourth goal in the very next game, a 5-0 home win against Wigan Athletic. Dimitar scored his ninth goal in the Premier League in the 3-1 defeat to Everton. That goal also meant that he had scored five goals in his last five league starts. His 10th league goal came against Fulham after a run of strong performances. He also assisted for Wayne Rooney's second with impressive control and skill.

International career

Berbatov made his debut for Bulgaria on 17 November 1999 in a friendly match against Greece. On 12 February 2000, he scored his first goal for the national side in a friendly match against Chile. On 14 October 2009, he netted a hat-trick in the 6–2 home win in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Georgia, enabling him to bring his goal tally for the national side to 46 goals, just one short of the then all-time top scorer for Bulgaria Hristo Bonev. On 18 November 2009, he scored two goals against Malta for a 4–1 away win in a friendly match and became the all-time top scorer of the national team of Bulgaria.

Berbatov is also the captain of the team, succeeding Stiliyan Petrov in 2007.

Personal life

Berbatov signing autographs in Sofia.

Berbatov learned the English language by watching the "Godfather" films.[37] Outside of football, he lists his hobbies as drawing and basketball.[38] Berbatov is a sponsor of children's charities in his native Bulgaria, supporting five care homes.[39] He also has plans to open a football academy in his hometown.[39]

On 15 October 2009, Berbatov's longtime girlfriend, Elena, gave birth to their first child, a girl named Dea, at a hospital in Sofia, Bulgaria.[40]

Career statistics

Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Other[41] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
CSKA Sofia 1998–99 11 3 5 3 0 0 0 0 16 6
1999–00 27 14 4 2 2 0 0 0 33 16
2000–01 12 8 0 0 4 7 0 0 16 15
Total 50 25 9 5 6 7 0 0 65 37
Bayer Leverkusen 2000–01 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2001–02 24 8 6 6 0 0 11 2 0 0 41 16
2002–03 24 3 0 0 1 0 7 2 0 0 31 5
2003–04 33 16 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 36 19
2004–05 33 20 1 1 0 0 10 5 0 0 44 26
2005–06 34 21 2 3 1 0 2 0 0 0 38 24
Total 154 69 12 13 4 0 30 9 0 0 200 90
Tottenham Hotspur 2006–07 33 12 5 3 3 1 8 7 0 0 49 23
2007–08 36 15 2 2 6 1 8 5 0 0 52 23
2008–09 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 70 27 7 5 9 2 16 12 0 0 102 46
Manchester United 2008–09 31 9 3 1 0 0 9 4 0 0 43 14
2009–10 26 10 1 0 2 0 4 0 1 0 34 10
Total 57 19 4 1 2 0 13 4 1 0 77 24
Career total 331 140 32 25 14 2 65 32 1 0 444 197

Statistics accurate as of match played 14 March 2010[42]

International goals

Updated to games played 18 November 2009. [43]

Dimitar Berbatov: International goals
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 12 February 2000 Valparaíso, Chile  Chile 2 – 3 Loss Friendly
2. 11 October 2000 Copenhagen, Denmark  Denmark 1 – 1 Draw FIFA World Cup 2002 Qualification
3. 23 March 2001 Sofia, Bulgaria  Iceland 2 – 1 Win FIFA World Cup 2002 Qualification
4. 6 June 2001 Reykjavik, Iceland  Iceland 1 – 1 Draw FIFA World Cup 2002 Qualification
5. 1 September 2001 Valletta, Malta  Malta 2 – 0 Win FIFA World Cup 2002 Qualification
6.
7. 21 August 2002 Sofia, Bulgaria  Germany 2 – 2 Draw Friendly
8. 12 October 2002 Sofia, Bulgaria  Croatia 2 – 0 Win UEFA Euro 2004 Qualification
9. 30 April 2003 Sofia, Bulgaria  Albania 2 – 0 Win Friendly
10.
11. 7 June 2003 Sofia, Bulgaria  Belgium 2 – 2 Draw UEFA Euro 2004 Qualification
12. 20 August 2003 Sofia, Bulgaria  Lithuania 3 – 0 Win Friendly
13. 6 September 2003 Sofia, Bulgaria  Estonia 2 – 0 Win UEFA Euro 2004 Qualification
14. 10 September 2003 Andorra la Vella, Andorra  Andorra 3 – 0 Win UEFA Euro 2004 Qualification
15.
16. 31 March 2004 Sofia, Bulgaria  Russia 2 – 2 Draw Friendly
17.
18. 28 April 2004 Sofia, Bulgaria  Cameroon 3 – 0 Win Friendly
19.
20. 4 September 2004 Reykjavik, Iceland  Iceland 3 – 1 Win FIFA World Cup 2006 Qualification
21.
22. 9 October 2004 Zagreb, Croatia  Croatia 2 – 2 Draw FIFA World Cup 2006 Qualification
23. 13 October 2004 Valletta, Malta  Malta 4 – 1 Win FIFA World Cup 2006 Qualification
24.
25. 17 August 2005 Sofia, Bulgaria  Turkey 3 – 1 Win Friendly
26.
27. 7 September 2005 Sofia, Bulgaria  Iceland 3 – 2 Win FIFA World Cup 2006 Qualification
28. 8 October 2005 Sofia, Bulgaria  Hungary 2 – 0 Win FIFA World Cup 2006 Qualification
29. 12 November 2005 Sofia, Bulgaria  Georgia 6 – 2 Win Friendly
30.
31. 16 November 2005 Houston, TX  Mexico 3 – 0 Win Friendly
32. 7 February 2007 Nicosia, Cyprus  Cyprus 3 – 0 Win Friendly
33.
34. 2 June 2007 Minsk, Belarus  Belarus 2 – 0 Win UEFA Euro 2008 Qualification
35.
36. 12 September 2007 Sofia, Bulgaria  Luxembourg 3 – 0 Win UEFA Euro 2008 Qualification
37.
38. 17 October 2007 Tirana, Albania  Albania 1 – 1 Draw UEFA Euro 2008 Qualification
39. 21 November 2007 Celje, Slovenia  Slovenia 2 – 0 Win UEFA Euro 2008 Qualification
40. 20 August 2008 Zenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina  Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 – 1 Win Friendly
41.
42. 5 September 2009 Sofia, Bulgaria  Montenegro 4 – 1 Win FIFA World Cup 2010 Qualification
43. 10 October 2009 Larnaca, Cyprus  Cyprus 1 – 4 Loss FIFA World Cup 2010 Qualification
44. 14 October 2009 Sofia, Bulgaria  Georgia 6 – 2 Win FIFA World Cup 2010 Qualification
45.
46.
47. 18 November 2009 Valletta, Malta  Malta 4 – 1 Win Friendly
48.

Honours

Club

CSKA Sofia
Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United

Individual

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External links


Simple English

Dimitar Berbatov
File:Berbatov
Personal information
Full name Dimitar Ivanov Berbatov
Date of birth 30 January 1981 (1981-01-30) (age 30)
Place of birth    Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2+12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Manchester United
Number 9
Senior clubs
Years Club
1998
1998-2001
2001-2006
2006-2008
2008-
Pirin Blagoevgrad
CSKA Sofia
Bayer Leverkusen
Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United
National team
1999- Bulgaria

Dimitar Berbatov (born 30 January 1981) is a Bulgarian football player. He plays for Manchester United and Bulgaria national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
BulgariaLeague Bulgarian Cup League Cup EuropeTotal
1998/99Pirin BlagoevgradA PFG9200-0092
1998/99CSKA SofiaA PFG11353-00166
1999/00271442-203316
2000/0112800-471615
GermanyLeague DFB-Pokal Premiere Ligapokal EuropeTotal
2000/01Bayer LeverkusenBundesliga6000000060
2001/0224866001124116
2002/03243001072315
2003/0433163320003619
2004/05332011001054426
2005/0634212310203824
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2006/07Tottenham HotspurPremier League33125331874923
2007/0836152261855223
2008/091000000010
2008/09Manchester UnitedPremier League3193100944314
2009/10
CountryBulgaria 592795-677439
Germany 1546812134030920090
England 1013810692251614560
Total 31413331241326132419189

International career statistics

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Bulgaria national team
YearAppsGoals
199910
200032
200184
200252
200387
2004139
2005107
200660
200798
200872
200987
2010
Total7848

References


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