|Intro||Bulgarian association football player|
|Was||Athlete Football player Association football player|
|Birth||11 December 1939, Sofia, Sofia Capital Municipality, Sofia City Province, Bulgaria|
|Death||7 October 2004, Sofia, Sofia Capital Municipality, Sofia City Province, Bulgaria (aged 64 years)|
Nikola Tsanev (Bulgarian: Никола Цанев; 11 December 1939 – 7 October 2004) was a Bulgarian footballer, who played as a forward. He played for Bulgaria in 8 matches, scoring 3 goals. He also competed in the men's tournament at the 1960 Summer Olympics.
Tsanev started his career with Levski Sofia, but is mainly remembered for his highly successful career with CSKA Sofia during the 60s. With CSKA, he won the A Group title six times and the Bulgarian Cup three times. During the 1963–64 season, he scored 26 league goals to become A Group top goalscorer.