Asparuh Nikodimov

Bulgarian footballer

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Asparuh Nikodimov
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Personal information
Full name Asparuh Donev Nikodimov
Date of birth (1945-08-21) 21 August 1945 (age 77)
Place of birth Bogyovtsi, Sofia Province, Bulgaria
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
1961–1962 Septemvri Sofia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1964 Septemvri Sofia
1964–1975 CSKA Sofia 296 (58)
1975–1978 Sliven
International career
1966–1974 Bulgaria 25 (6)
Managerial career
1979–1983 CSKA Sofia
Dunav Ruse
1989–1990 ES Sahel
1991–1992 CSKA Sofia
1997–1999 Velbazhd Kyustendil
2000 Omonia
2001 CSKA Sofia
2003–2004 Beroe Stara Zagora
*Club domestic league appearances and goals
Olympic medal record
Men's Football
Silver medal – second place 1968 Mexico City Team competition

Asparuh "Paro" Donev Nikodimov (Bulgarian: Аспарух Донев Никодимов; born 21 August 1945) is a Bulgarian former football player and coach.

He represented Bulgaria[1] at the FIFA World Cups in 1970 and 1974.[2]

Playing career

Nikodimov (middle) playing for Bulgaria and Ricardo Pavoni (left) playing for Uruguay during Group 3 of the 1974 World Cup

Nikodimov began playing football at the age of 16 in the youth team of Septemvri Sofia, where he played until he joined CSKA Sofia at the age of 19.[3]

In 1964 Nikodimov joined CSKA Sofia. During his time at CSKA, he won many honours, including six A PFG titles and five Bulgarian Cups. He played 296 league matches, scoring 58 goals for 11 seasons.[4]

Nikodimov ended his career in 1978, playing for Sliven.

Managerial career

Nikodimov began his managerial career with CSKA Sofia in 1979, guiding them to four consecutive league titles.


Player honours

CSKA Sofia

Managerial honours

CSKA Sofia

Personal life

Nikodimov is married to Svetla and has two daughters who are volleyball players.[5]


  1. ^ "Asparuh Nikodimov, international footballer".
  2. ^ Asparuch Nikodimov – FIFA competition record (archived)
  3. ^ ""Другата игра" на Паро Никодимов: От кварталните игрища до големия футбол" (in Bulgarian). 12 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Легендата Аспарух Никодимов" (in Bulgarian). Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
  5. ^ Bonev, Aleksandar (9 May 2008). "Семейство има 28 титли с ЦСКА. Аспарух Никодимов, дъщерите и зет му готови за "Гинес"" (in Bulgarian). Archived from the original on 12 June 2008. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
Asparuh Nikodimov international tournaments
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Bulgaria squad1968 Summer Olympics – Silver medalists
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Bulgaria squad1970 FIFA World Cup
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Bulgaria squad1974 FIFA World Cup
Asparuh Nikodimov managerial positions
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PFC CSKA Sofiamanagers
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Étoile Sportive du Sahelmanagers
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AC Omoniamanagers
(c) = caretaker manager