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Hristo Bonev
Personal information
Full name Hristo Atanasov Bonev-Zuma
Date of birth February 3, 1947 (1947-02-03) (age 63)
Place of birth Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1959–1967 Lokomotiv Plovdiv
1967–1968 CSKA Sofia
1968–1979 Lokomotiv Plovdiv
1979–1981 AEK Athens 10 (0)
1982–1984 Lokomotiv Plovdiv
National team
1967–1979 Bulgaria 96 (47)
Teams managed
1989–1990 Panathinaikos
1995–1996 APOEL
1996 Lokomotiv Sofia
1996–1998 Bulgaria
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Hristo Atanasov Bonev-Zuma (Bulgarian: Христо Бонев; born 3 February 1947) is a retired Bulgarian footballer, the second all-time leading scorer for the Bulgarian national team behind Dimitar Berbatov, who surpassed his record on November 18, 2009.

Between 1967 and 1979, Bonev played for the Bulgarian national team 96 times, scoring a record 47 goals.[1] He played for his country at the 1970 and 1974 World Cups. Most of Bonev's club career was spent with Lokomotiv Plovdiv, but he also played for CSKA Sofia and AEK Athens FC[2] and later briefly came out of retirement to play for Oxford United in 1982, before an injury to his thigh muscle ended his playing career.

After his retirement he became a manager and he went to Greece and became trainer of Panathinaikos FC, AEL 1964, Ionikos FC. After Greece, he became manager of the Cypriot team APOEL FC in 1995 and until 1996 when he quit from his team, he won the Cup in his first year in Cyprus in 1995 and the Double the following season.

He went back to his country to become manager of Lokomotiv Sofia and then he coached his country's national team for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. However he resigned after the elimination of Bulgaria from the First Round of World Cup after his team collected only one point in the groups.


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bulgaria Dimitar Penev
Bulgaria national football team manager
1996 – 1998
Succeeded by
Bulgaria Dimitar Dimitrov

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