Stanislav Kostov

Bulgarian footballer
Stanislav Kostov
Stanislav kostov 2018.jpg
Personal information
Full name Stanislav Yordanov Kostov
Date of birth (1991-10-02) 2 October 1991 (age 30)
Place of birth Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Pirin Blagoevgrad
Number 29
Youth career
0000–2009 Pirin 2001
2010 Pirin Blagoevgrad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010 Pirin Blagoevgrad 12 (2)
2011–2012 CSKA Sofia 26 (3)
2012–2013 Botev Plovdiv 35 (3)
2014–2016 Beroe 42 (4)
2016–2017 Pirin Blagoevgrad 51 (16)
2018–2020 Levski Sofia 62 (27)
2020–2021 Olympiakos Nicosia 20 (1)
2021– Pirin Blagoevgrad 31 (7)
National team
2010–2012 Bulgaria U21 6 (0)
2018– Bulgaria 3 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 1 June 2022
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 12 May 2019

Stanislav Kostov (Bulgarian: Станислав Костов; born 2 October 1991) is a Bulgarian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Pirin Blagoevgrad.

Club career

Pirin Blagoevgrad

Born in Blagoevgrad, Kostov began his career at Pirin 2001 as an important part of their youth team. In January 2010 he was scouted by Pirin Blagoevgrad. Kostov made his first-team debut in the 2010–11 season as a substitute against Sliven 2000 in a 2–1 league win on 7 August 2010. He netted his first goal, as he scored the winning strike in a 2–1 home victory over Lokomotiv Sofia on 11 September. In the game, he also assisted Boris Kondev for the first goal and won the Man of the Match award. On 25 September 2010, in a home match versus Minyor Pernik, Stanislav scored the only goal for Pirin in a 1–1 draw. On 16 October he assisted Boris Kondev for the opening goal in a match against Levski Sofia, but Pirin went on to lose the game 4–1.

CSKA Sofia

After a good first half of the season with Pirin, Kostov caught the eye of the major Bulgarian clubs CSKA Sofia and Levski Sofia. After a tough transfer battle for the youngster, Kostov finally decided to sign with CSKA. He made 21 appearances for CSKA, scoring 3 goals.

Botev Plovdiv

On 22 June 2012, Botev Plovdiv signed Kostov on a season-long loan deal,[1] with the option of making the move permanent. On 10 August, Botev exercised the option to buy 100% of Kostov's contract.[2] He signed a two-year contract. The following day, Kostov made his debut in a 3–0 win over Slavia Sofia, coming on as a substitute for Vander. His first goals came on 24 November, in a 6–1 home win over FC Eurocollege in the Bulgarian Cup, scoring a hat-trick.

Beroe

In February 2014, Kostov signed a contract with Beroe Stara Zagora.[3]

Pirin Blagoevgrad

Kostov returned to his home club in the season 2016/17. Scoring 16 goals in 51 games, he was the team's top striker and an unchangeable starter. During the winter break of the 2017-18 season he left for Levski Sofia.

Levski Sofia

After coming to Sofia, Kostov had a disappointing half a season in Levski. But during the second season of his spell there he started the season with 13 goals in just 14 appearances, the likes of which no other Bulgarian striker has done in the past 12 years since Georgi Ivanov, thus converting himself in a regular starter. Kostov scored 24 goals in 38 matches with Levski by the end of his second season and became the top scorer of the league.

International career

Kostov earned his first cap for Bulgaria on 16 November 2018, coming on as a late second half substitute for Simeon Slavchev in the 1:1 away draw with Cyprus in a UEFA Nations League match.[4]

Career statistics

As of 21 May 2021
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Pirin Blagoevgrad 2010–11 12 1 1 0 13 1
CSKA Sofia 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 1
2011–12 18 2 2 0 1 0 21 2
Botev Plovdiv 2012–13 22 2 1 0 23 2
2013–14 13 0 3 2 4 0 20 2
Beroe Stara Zagora 6 0 0 0 6 0
2014–15 20 2 3 1 23 3
2015–16 16 2 4 1 1 0 21 3
Pirin Blagoevgrad 2016–17 32 10 2 0 34 10
2017–18 19 6 1 0 20 6
Levski Sofia 12 3 0 0 0 0 12 3
2018–19 35 24 1 0 2 0 38 24
2019–20 15 0 2 0 2 0 19 0
Olympiakos Nicosia 2020–21 20 1 5 1 25 2
Pirin Blagoevgrad 2021–22 30 6 2 0 32 6
Career totals 271 56 26 5 10 0 1 0 308 61

Honours

Club

CSKA Sofia

Botev Plovdiv

Levski Sofia

Individual

  • First League top scorer: 2018–19

Personal life

Kostov became a father of a daughter in 2019.[5]

References

  1. ^ "Ботев Пд взе Станислав Костов от ЦСКА" (in Bulgarian). gong.bg. Retrieved 2012-06-22.
  2. ^ "Ботев откупи правата на Станислав Костов от ЦСКА" (in Bulgarian). novsport.com. Retrieved 2012-08-10.
  3. ^ "Станислав Костов: избрах Берое заради треньора и града" (in Bulgarian). sportal.bg. 8 February 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Cyprus NT vs. Bulgaria NT 1:1". soccerway.com. 16 November 2018. Retrieved 21 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Станислав Костов отказал трансфер в тим от Саудитска Арабия" (in Bulgarian). topsport.bg. 2019-08-31. Retrieved 2019-09-02.

External links

  • Stanislav Kostov at Soccerway
  • Stanislav Kostov at FootballDatabase.eu
  • Profile at Levskisofia.info
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Bulgarian First League top scorers