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Ivaylo Yordanov
Personal information
Full name Ivaylo Stoimenov Yordanov
Date of birth April 22, 1968 (1968-04-22) (age 41)
Place of birth    Samokov, Bulgaria
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker / Midfielder
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1982–1989
1989–1991
1991–2001
Rilski Sportist
Lokomotiv GO
Sporting CP
199 (23)
051 (23)
183 (55)   
National team
1991–2000 Bulgaria 050 0(3)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Ivaylo Stoimenov Yordanov (Bulgarian: Ивайло Йорданов) (born April 22, 1968) is a former Bulgarian footballer.

Known for his professional approach to the game, he played mainly as a striker. During his career, he represented mainly Sporting Clube de Portugal.

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Club career

Born in Samokov, Yordanov began his career at local PFC Rilski Sportist, where he first appeared professionally at not yet 15, moving to FC Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa in 1989. In the last of his two seasons, he topped the first division scoring charts, at 21 goals, helping lowly Lokomotiv to a comfortable 9th place.

In 1991–92, he joined Portuguese League Sporting Clube de Portugal, where he would play in a variety of positions (including central defender, due to injuries to teammates). Persistent injury problems and multiple sclerosis led to a 2001 retirement,[1] still with the Lisbon club (he contributed with 11 matches and one goal in the side's league conquest the previous year).

Upon retiring, Yordanov stayed connected with Sporting, in its youth teams.[2]

International career

Yordanov was capped 50 times and scored three goals for the Bulgarian national team, including seven FIFA World Cup games, in the 1994 and 1998 editions.

In the former, in another display of "team-first" attitude - and first discovering his versatile qualities - during the round-of-16 contest with Mexico (as Bulgaria prevailed in a penalty shootout) he filled in at stopper, due to the absence of Trifon Ivanov (suspension) and Nikolay Iliev (injury).

Yordanov would also appear at UEFA Euro 1996, playing all three group stage matches (two complete), as Bulgaria finished third in its group.

Honours

References

  1. ^ Unlucky seven; UEFA.com, 11 July 2003
  2. ^ Iordanov sees hope for Bulgaria; UEFA.com, 17 June 2004

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