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Georgi Petkov (footballer, born 1976)

Georgi Petkov (footballer, born 1976)

Bulgarian footballer
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Bulgarian footballer
Countries Bulgaria
Occupations Association football player
Gender male
Birth 14 March 1976 (Pazardzhik)
The details

Georgi Stoyanov Petkov (Bulgarian: Георги Стоянов Петков; born 14 March 1976) is a Bulgarian football goalkeeper who plays for and captains Slavia Sofia. Petkov has played for Bulgarian national team since 2005 as a backup to Dimitar Ivankov.


Born in Pazardzhik, Petkov started his career at local side Hebar. In June 1996, he was signed by A PFG club Slavia Sofia. Petkov started the 1996–97 season as the third choice goalkeeper and earned only two appearances in his first campaign at Slavia. Following Zdravko Zdravkov's transfer to Turkish İstanbulspor in June 1997, he has been promoted to second choice.

Levski Sofia

In July 2001, Petkov joined Levski Sofia for a $400,000, breaking the Bulgarian goalkeeper transfer-record. He was a substitute of Dimitar Ivankov until this season.

After Ivankov left Levski, Petkov showed his real potential and became an important part of the team. With Georgi as a key player, his team was the first Bulgarian team to join the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. He was one of the few players that had their positions secure during the 07-08 transfer season, when a big part of the Levski players were sold. On 25 April 2008 a media report said that Petkov is wanted by Besiktas J.K. during the summer transfer season.

Petkov became a captain of PFC Levski, during the 2008/2009 season.

On 24 January 2008, during the pause of 2008/2009 season, Petkov was number one goalkeeper in Europe, according to IMScouting. He conceded the least goals per minute. Petkov conceded one goal on each 810 minutes.

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 26 time, before the last round has been played.

During 2009/2010 season, the Levski's team started their European campaign with 9:0 (on aggregate) in the second Qualifying round of Champions League against UE Sant Julià. On the next round, Levski Sofia faced FK Baku. The blues eliminated the team from Azerbaijan with 2:0 (on aggregate). In the play-off round Levski was eliminated by Debreceni VSC with 4:1 (on aggregate). However, Levski qualified for UEFA Europa League. In the group stage, Levski faced Villarreal CF, SS Lazio and Red Bull Salzburg. Levski achieved only one win and 5 losses. Levski took the win against SS Lazio, after Hristo Yovov scored the winning goal in the match. The match was played at Stadio Olimpico. In 2009/2010 season, after couple of bad games and results, Levski however achieved qualifying for UEFA Europa League becoming 3rd in the final ranking.

During the 2010/2011 Levski qualified for UEFA Europa League after eliminating Dundalk F.C., Kalmar FF and AIK Fotboll. Levski was drawn in Group C, facing Gent, Lille and Sporting CP. The first match was against Gent. Levski won the match in a 3–2 home win. The winning goal was scored by Serginho Greene. With this win Levski recorded 8 games in-a-row without losing in European competitions. After that Levski lost catastrophically from Sporting CP with 5–0. Followed by another loss against Lille. In Sofia Levski played very well against Lille and was leading 2–1 until Ivo Ivanov scored an own goal to make it 2–2. In the last match of the Group C, Levski take a win against Sporting CP with 1–0, the winning goal was scored by Daniel Mladenov.

On 10 January 2011, it was announced that Petkov is being released from the club. After ten years in Levski, Petkov told the media that he felt insulted by the actions of his former club.

Enosis Neon Paralimni

Georgi Petkov signed for Enosis Paralimni on 21 January 2011, making a winning debut 24 hours later, by beating Ermis Aradippou 3–1 in Tasos Markou Stadium.

Return to Slavia

Petkov re-signed for Slavia Sofia on 22 June 2012. He quickly established himself as the first choice goalkeeper for the team.

International career

Petkov earned 18 caps for Bulgaria between 2005 and 2009.

Career statistics

As of 10 January 2011.
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Levski Sofia 2001–02 27 0 5 0 8 0 40 0
2002–03 8 0 6 0 2 0 16 0
2003–04 2 0 3 0 0 0 5 0
2004–05 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005–06 23 0 2 0 13 0 38 0
2006–07 17 0 2 0 8 0 27 0
2007–08 28 0 1 0 2 0 31 0
2008–09 17 0 3 0 3 0 23 0
2009–10 19 0 0 0 9 0 28 0
2010–11 6 0 0 0 3 0 6 0
Career totals 149 0 22 0 48 0 216 0


  • Champion of Bulgaria 1996,2002, 2006, 2007, 2009
  • Holder of Bulgarian Cup 1996,2002, 2003, 2005, 2007
  • Bulgarian Supercup 2005, 2007, 2009
  • Bulgarian Goalkeeper of the year 2002, 2007, 2008
  • Bulgarian Footballer of the Year 2007 (3rd place), 2008 (2nd place)
  • UEFA Cup 2005-06: 1/4 finals
  • UEFA Champions League 2006-07: Group-stage

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