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Georgi Ivanov
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Personal information
Full name Georgi Aleksandrov Ivanov
Date of birth 2 July 1976 (1976-07-02) (age 33)
Place of birth    Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Height 1.85m (6ft 1in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1986-1993 Lokomotiv Plovdiv
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1993-1997
1997-2002
2002-2003
2003-2004
2004-2005
2005-2006
2006
2007-2008
2008-2009
Lokomotiv Plovdiv
Levski
Rennes
Levski
Samsunspor
Gaziantepspor
Levski
NK Rijeka
Levski
54 (15)
115 (70)
12 (0)
34 (19)
29 (1)
13 (1)
26 (14)
13 (2)
23 (12)   
National team
1996-2004 Bulgaria 33 (4)
Teams managed
2009- Levski

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 09 May 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

Georgi Ivanov, nicknamed "Gonzo" (Bulgarian: Георги Иванов - Гонзо), born July 2, 1976 in Plovdiv), is a Bulgarian football striker who is currently the manager, the Head of the sport technical issues in FC Levski Sofia and is also a footballer, but is currently injured. Ivanov is a former Bulgarian international and is perhaps best known for his goal-scoring prowess in The Eternal Derby of Bulgaria, netting 15 goals, having bettered Nasko Sirakov's record in 2008.

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Career

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Lokomotiv Plovdiv

Georgi Ivanov started his career in his home town Plovdiv playing for local club Lokomotiv Plovdiv. His talent soon became apparent, and he received several call ups for the Bulgarian national football team. For four seasons in Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Georgi earned 54 appearances playing in the Bulgarian top division, scored 15 goals.

PFC Levski Sofia 1st period

"Gonzo" as he was known among the fans signed for Levski Sofia in 1999, and immediately became a favorite of the crowds with his incredible skills and passion for the game.

Stade Rennais FC

Considered by many at the time to be the best player in the Bulgarian league, Gonzo then joined French Ligue 1 side Stade Rennais FC for a club record transfer fee of 4 100 000 euro in 2002 after being linked to several top clubs. However, his ability wasn't enough for a French top league side, and after only a year abroad he rejoined Levski.

PFC Levski Sofia 2nd period

During 2003/2004 season, Gonzo played for Levski Sofia again out on loan. He made 34 appearances and scored 19 goals.

Turkish period

Between 2004 and 2006, Georgi Ivanov played in Turkey for Samsunspor and Gaziantepspor. He made a few good games, but as a previous foreign reign, he didn't play good at all.

PFC Levski Sofia 3rd period

Ivanov once again rejoined Levski Sofia on a free transfer from Gaziantepspor in 2006 and won the Bulgarian title for the fourth time in his career.

NK Rijeka

In January 2007, Georgi Ivanov was transferred to Croatian club NK Rijeka. In Croatia, Gonzo was used as a striker and as a defensive midfielder.

PFC Levski Sofia 4th period

On 22 June 2008 he signed a contract with PFC Levski Sofia for the fourth time. Georgi started the season not very good, but in the end of the half season for 4 matches he scored 6 goals, including his record 15th against Sofia rivals CSKA. He won back the Levski fans' love and once again became the leader of the team. During that season, Gonzo showed once again his strong leadership, playing even with an injures and protectors on his face because of broken cheek-bone.

His all times appearances for Levski are 204, scoring 122 goals, which makes him the 4th most scoring player in PFC Levski Sofia's history.

He became a Champion of Bulgaria in 2009, after a contradictory but great season under the coaching of Emil Velev. Despite the bad results during the autumnal part of the season, after great matches in the spring, Levski Sofia fulfilled the plan before the term had set and became a champion for 26th time, before the last round has been played.

Coaching Career

Executive Director

Because of injures, Ivanov didn't start the 09/10 season. On 23 July 2009, Gonzo became a manager and Head of the sport technical issues in PFC Levski Sofia, but he said that when he is ready he could play again.

Head Coach

After the fourth defeat in eight competitions, Levski Sofia have replaced the manager Ratko Dostanic, with the Sports manager[1].

International career

Georgi Ivanov is a part of Bulgaria national football team between 1996 and 2004. He earned his first cap with Bulgaria as a 20-year old, in a 1-0 victory over Luxembourg on 8 October 1996. For Bulgaria, Gonzo was capped 33 times, scoring 4 goals. He was part of Bulgaria's roster for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.

Awards

Playing style

Georgi Ivanov is a leader. He is the typical striker, consuming all the passes. He takes shots with both his legs, plays awesome with head, and isn't scared to do risky movements.

References

Awards
Preceded by
Bulgaria Aleksandar Aleksandrov
Bulgarian Footballer of the Year
2000 – 2001
Succeeded by
Bulgaria Dimitar Berbatov

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