Pavel Panov

Bulgarian footballer

Pavel Panov
Pavel Panov 1971.jpg
Personal information
Full name Pavel Georgiev Panov
Date of birth (1950-09-14)14 September 1950
Place of birth Sofia, Bulgaria
Date of death 18 February 2018(2018-02-18) (aged 67)
Place of death Sofia, Bulgaria
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963–1968 Septemvri Sofia
1968 Spartak Sofia 8 (5)
1969–1981 Levski Sofia 301 (131)
1981–1982 Aris 25 (0)
International career
1967–1969 Bulgaria U19 28 (20)
1970–1972 Bulgaria U23 26 (8)
1971–1979 Bulgaria 44 (13)
Managerial career
1986–1987 Levski Sofia
1988–1989 Haskovo
1989–1990 Levski Sofia
1990–1991 Iwuanyanwu Nationale
1992–1993 Septemvri Sofia
1992–1993 Bulgaria U21
1993–1995 Botev Plovdiv
1995–1999 Septemvri Sofia
2000 Lokomotiv Sofia
2006 Rodopa Smolyan
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Pavel Georgiev Panov (Bulgarian: Павел Гeopгиeв Панов; 16 September 1950 – 18 February 2018) was a Bulgarian football player and coach, who played as a midfielder or striker.[1]


Panov started his career with Septemvri Sofia in 1963 and stayed there until 1968.

In 1969, he moved to Spartak Sofia. After the forceful union of Levski Sofia with Spartak in the late 1969 he became one of the best players in blue. In Levski he stayed twelve seasons, playing in 301 games and scoring 130 goals in the Championship. He played in forty-four games and scored thirteen goals for the Bulgarian National team[2] with which he played in the World Cup tournament in 1974.

With 22 goals Panov is the Third highest all-time Bulgarian goalscorer in European club competitions, after Hristo Stoichkov and Dimitar Berbatov. Quarterfinalist for the Cup Winners' Cup in 1970 and 1977 and also for the UEFA Cup in 1976. One of the biggest Bulgarian players of the 1970s. Master of the free kicks. He also played for Aris FC[3] before finishing his career in Haskovo. He coached Levski in 1986–1987 and again in 1989–1990. He also coached Iwuanyanwu Nationale, Bulgaria's national youth side, Botev Plovdiv, Septemvri, Lokomotiv Sofia. He was president of Levski's Sport-technical board.


Levski Sofia

  • Bulgarian champion: 1969–1970, 1973–1974, 1976–1977, 1978–1979
  • Bulgarian Cup winner: 1969–1970, 1970–1971, 1975–1976, 1976–1977, 1978–1979




  • Cup of the Soviet Army winner with Levski: 1987


  1. ^ "Bulgaria mourns Levski great Pavel Panov". Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  2. ^ Mamrud, Roberto (16 July 2009). "Bulgaria – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 15 October 2009.
  3. ^ Mastrogiannopoulos, Alexander (11 May 2005). "Foreign Players in Greece since 1959/60". RSSSF. Retrieved 15 October 2009.

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