Dinko Dermendzhiev

Bulgarian footballer and manager (1941–2019)
Dinko Dermendzhiev
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Dermendzhiev in 2014
Personal information
Full name Dinko Tsvetkov Dermendzhiev
Date of birth (1941-06-02)2 June 1941
Place of birth Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Date of death 1 May 2019(2019-05-01) (aged 77)[1]
Place of death Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
Maritsa Plovdiv
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1959–1978 Botev Plovdiv 447 (194)
International career
1962–1977 Bulgaria 58 (19)
Managerial career
1978–1979 Chepinets Velingrad
1979–1984 Botev Plovdiv
1984–1985 Shumen
1987–1988 Spartak Pleven
1989–1991 Botev Plovdiv
1991 Levski Sofia
1992 Hebar Pazardzhik
1992 Botev Plovdiv
1993 Botev Plovdiv
1996 Lokomotiv Plovdiv
1996 Lokomotiv Sofia
1997 Botev Plovdiv
1998–1999 Lokomotiv Plovdiv
2000 Botev Plovdiv
2001 Botev Plovdiv
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Dinko Tsvetkov Dermendzhiev (Bulgarian: Динко Цветков Дерменджиев; 2 June 1941 – 1 May 2019), nicknamed Chico was a Bulgarian footballer and coach.[2]

Club career

Dinko Dermendzhiev began his youth career in Maritsa Plovdiv. Initially, he played as a goalkeeper, although later he would be famed as a skillful and elegant forward.

Dermendzhiev spent his entire professional career with Botev Plovdiv, playing for the club for 19 years during the 1960s and 1970s.[3] He participated in 447 matches in A Grupa and scored 194 goals for the club. Dermendzhiev would score twice in eight UEFA club competition games. He also holds the third place in the all time goalscorers ranking of A Grupa.[4] Throughout his career Dermendzhiev scored seven hat-tricks.

International career

He made 58 appearances for the Bulgaria national football team and scored 19 goals from 1966 to 1977.[5] He participated at three editions of FIFA World Cup in 1962 (2 games), 1966 (2 games) and 1970 (2 games and 1 goal), scoring one goal against Peru.[6]

Coaching career

The first team Dermendzhiev coached was Chepinets. He then took charge of Botev Plovdiv, leading the club to win the 1980–81 Bulgarian Cup. On 30 September 1981, under his guidance the club achieved a glorious 1–0 victory over FC Barcelona.[7] Dermendzhiev would spend several spells in charge of Botev. He would also coach local rivals Lokomotiv Plovdiv, as well as Shumen, Lokomotiv Sofia, Spartak Pleven, Maritsa Plovdiv, Omonia Aradippou, Hebar Pazardzhik, Chernomorets Burgas, Bulgaria U21, and have a short spell at Levski Sofia where he achieved 8 wins and 2 draws in 1991.[8]


Club Honours



Individual Honours

  • Best football player of Plovdiv: 1966, 1967, 1976
  • Best football player of Botev Plovdiv for 20th century


  1. ^ "Отиде си! Великият Динко Дерменджиев - Чико се пренесе във вечността!". botevplovdiv.bg (in Bulgarian). 1 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Bulgarian great Dermendzhiev passes away". uefa.com. UEFA. 1 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Легенди на клуба › Динко Дерменджиев (Чико)". Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2015-04-13.
  4. ^ ВИДЕО: Гол №151 за Камбуров, размина Гунди
  5. ^ Mamrud, Roberto (2009-07-16). "Bulgaria - Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 2009-08-18.
  6. ^ "Dinko Dermendzhiev, international footballer".
  7. ^ Ботев - Барселона - “Ботев” - “Барса” или романтичният мач
  8. ^ Великият Чико

External links

  • Dinko Dermendzhiev at National-Football-Teams.com
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Bulgaria squad1962 FIFA World Cup
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Bulgaria squad1966 FIFA World Cup
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Bulgaria squad1970 FIFA World Cup
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