Zahari Sirakov

Bulgarian footballer

Zahari Sirakov
Zahari Sirakov October 2011.jpg
With Amkar in 2011
Personal information
Date of birth (1977-10-08) 8 October 1977 (age 44)
Place of birth Smolyan, Bulgaria
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Right-back
Club information
Current team
PFC Ludogorets Razgrad III (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996 Levski Kyustendil 12 (0)
1997–2001 Levski Sofia 98 (8)
2001–2002 Spartak Pleven 27 (1)
2002 APOEL 5 (0)
2003 Lokomotiv Sofia 4 (0)
2003 Rodopa Smolyan 12 (0)
2004–2015 Amkar Perm 276 (7)
Total 434 (16)
National team
1997–1998 Bulgaria U-21 15 (0)
1998–2010 Bulgaria 4 (0)
Teams managed
2020 Levski Sofia U17
2020– Ludogorets Razgrad U19
2020– PFC Ludogorets Razgrad III
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Zahari Sirakov (Bulgarian: Захари Сираков; born 8 October 1977, in Smolyan) is a former Bulgarian footballer who currently coaches the U-19 team of PFC Ludogorets Razgrad III.

Career

Sirakov started his career with Levski Kyustendil, but made a name for himself in Bulgaria while playing for Levski Sofia.[1] On 24 September 1999, he scored a last-minute goal against Litex Lovech in an A Group match to bring the score to 1–1 in the heated derby encounter, prompting a brief pitch invasion by joyous Levski supporters. Sirakov was also notable for his sportsmanship, on one occasion shaking the hand of referee Atanas Uzunov after receiving a red card in a match against CSKA Sofia. He has remained popular with Bulgarian supporters even after starting his Russian adventures.

In February 2004, Sirakov signed with Russian club Amkar Perm. After more than 11 years with Amkar, Sirakov ended his career at the end of 2014–15 season.[2]

International career

Sirakov made his debut for Bulgaria against Poland on 6 September 1998, but received his second cap in 2007 during UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying. In August 2010, he earned a recall to the national side due to an injury suffered by Georgi Sarmov and on 11 August 2010, he came on as a substitute in the 0–1 away loss in a friendly match against Russia.

Honours

Club

PFC Levski Sofia

APOEL

References

  1. ^ "Честити 40 на Захари Сираков!". levski.bg (in Bulgarian). 8 October 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Захари Сираков се връща на терена" (in Bulgarian). sportal.bg. 23 September 2015. Retrieved 1 May 2016.

External links

  • Profile at Amkar (in English)
  • Zahari Sirakov at National-Football-Teams.com