Ivan Vutsov

Bulgarian footballer and coach (1939–2019)
Ivan Vutsov
Ivan Vutsov (1977).jpg
Vutsov in 1977
Personal information
Full name Ivan Kolev Vutsov
Date of birth (1939-12-14)14 December 1939
Place of birth Gabrovo, Bulgaria
Date of death 18 January 2019(2019-01-18) (aged 79)
Place of death Sofia, Bulgaria
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1958–1960 Botev Plovdiv 18 (0)
1960–1969 Levski Sofia 214 (4)
1970–1972 Akademik Sofia 70 (1)
Total 302 (5)
International career
1962–1966 Bulgaria 24 (0)
Managerial career
1975–1976 Levski Sofia
1977–1980 Levski Sofia
1981–1982 Spartak Varna
1982–1986 Bulgaria
1986–1987 Spartak Pleven
1987–1988 Hajduk Split
1989–1990 Slavia Sofia
1989–1991 Bulgaria
1991–1992 Aris
1992–1993 Levski Sofia
1993–1994 Lokomotiv Plovdiv[1]
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Ivan Kolev Vutsov (Bulgarian: Иван Кoлeв Вуцов; 14 December 1939 – 18 January 2019)[2] was a Bulgarian football player and coach. His career included periods playing for and later managing the Bulgarian national team.

He played in three matches at the 1966 FIFA World Cup[3][4] and for Levski Sofia.[5]

Playing career

Vutsov's professional playing career as a defender spanned nearly 15 years, during which he played for three clubs: Botev Plovdiv, Levski Sofia and Akademik Sofia.

He spent nine seasons with Levski where he won two Bulgarian League titles and one Bulgarian Cup.

Vutsov was capped 24 times for the Bulgaria national football team and appeared in the 1966 FIFA World Cup.

He was also a vice president of the Bulgarian Football Union and manager of the Bulgarian national team,[6] Hajduk Split and PFC Levski Sofia[7] where became famous for having 18 games in the European club competitions during his reign. One of the most prominent players he discovered was Alen Bokšić, when managing Hajduk Split. He also held various administrative positions at the Bulgarian Football Union.[8] His son, Velislav Vutsov, is also a former footballer.


As player of Levski

As player of Bulgaria

As coach of Levski

  • Bulgarian Champion – 1979
  • Bulgarian Cup – 1976, 1979
  • UEFA Cup 1/4 Finalist – 1976

As coach of Bulgaria


  1. ^ "Ivan Vutsov, football manager".
  2. ^ "Почина легендата на българския футбол Иван Вуцов" (in Bulgarian). gong.bg. 18 January 2019.
  3. ^ Ivan Vutsov – FIFA competition record (archived)
  4. ^ "PLAYER: Ivan Vutsov - Đ˜Đ˛Đ°Đ˝ КОНов Đ'ŃƒŃ†ĐžĐ˛ "Đ'ŃƒŃ†Đ°Ń'Đ°"". eu-football.info.
  5. ^ Локомотив Пловдив. "Гонг : Gong : Иван Вуцов празнува 70-годишен юбилей". Lokoplovdiv.gong.bg. Retrieved 2012-05-15.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-12-24. Retrieved 2010-02-13.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "PFC Levski". Levski.bg. Archived from the original on 2012-04-26. Retrieved 2012-05-15.
  8. ^ "Информационна Агенция "Фокус"".

External links

  • Profile at LevskiSofia.info
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