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Antoaneta Stefanova - Famous Bulgarians Information - Invest Bulgaria Antoaneta Stefanova

Antoaneta Stefanova is former world chess champion from 2005. When Veselin Topalov grabbed the same title in 2005, Bulgaria became the number 1 chess country in the world, having both of the titles, something no other country has done after the fall of the Soviet Union. Antoaneta Stefanova was born on April 19, 1979 in Sofia, Bulgaria. She received her first chess lessons from her father when she was only four years old. In 1986, at the age of six, she became Sofia champion. In 1989, she [Detailed Information]

Borislav Mihailov - Famous Bulgarians Information - Invest Bulgaria Borislav Mihailov

Borislav Mihailov is a former Bulgarian football goalkeeper. Currently he is the president of the Bulgarian Football Union, and also a member of the executive committee of UEFA.He has 3 children. His son Nikolay is a goalkeeper for the Bulgarian National Team. [Detailed Information]

Bulgarian Dream Team 1994 - Famous Bulgarians Information - Invest Bulgaria Bulgarian Dream Team 1994

Forwards The leader of the team was undisputedly Hristo Stoichkov, an established footballer with FC Barcelona. As a left attacker/winger, Stoichkov covered a lot of ground and scored regularly in important moments. Upfront, he was helped out by former CSKA Sofia teammates L.Penev and Kostadinov. Penev, nephew of the team's coach, was the team's centre forward. With an impressive stature of over 1.90 meters, he roamed as a target man dominating in air battles. Kostadinov was a right winger, [Detailed Information]

Dimitar Berbatov - Famous Bulgarians Information - Invest Bulgaria Dimitar Berbatov

Dimitar Berbatov was born on January 30, 1981 in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. He is the caprain of the Bulgarian national team and is undoubtedly the best Bulgarian soccer player at the moment. Now, he plays as a striker for the English Premiership team Tottenham Hotspur. Dimitar Berbatov is one of the beast soccer players in the world; he was nominated by FIFA for the same award in 2007. He has scored 38 goals for the Bulgarian National Team, one goal more than Hristo Stoichkov. He is second in this [Detailed Information]

Dimitar Penev  - Famous Bulgarians Information - Invest Bulgaria Dimitar Penev

Dimitar Penev is former football player. He used to play to the National Team and for CSKA Sofia. He participated in 90 games for Bulgaria national football team and scored 2 goals.He is regarded as one of his country's best ever defenders. [Detailed Information]

Ekaterina Dafovska - Famous Bulgarians Information - Invest Bulgaria Ekaterina Dafovska

Ekaterina Dafovska won Bulgaria's first-ever Olympic gold medal in winter Olympic Games. She was born on November 28, 1975 in Chepelare, Bulgaria. For 15 years she has been among the most influential female biathlonists in the world. She, along with Pavlina Philipova, is the main reason for biathlon to become popular in Bulgaria. When she was competing, biathlon was on TV in Bulgaria all the time. She was 22 years old on February 9, 1998 when she won the golden Olympic medal, outrunning Elena [Detailed Information]

Emil Kostadinov - Famous Bulgarians Information - Invest Bulgaria Emil Kostadinov

Emil Kostadinov or "The executioner of the roosters" was born on August 12, 1967. Emil Kostadinov is yet another great Bulgarian striker, who became famous for his last-minute goal against France, which devastated the over-confident French (one minute before the commentator already celebrated and said "It's in the pocket") and qualified Bulgaria for the 1994 World Cup, thus freeing the way towards what should become the most remarkable performance ever of Bulgarian football. "God is [Detailed Information]

Georgi Asparouhov - Famous Bulgarians Information - Invest Bulgaria Georgi Asparouhov

Georgi Asparuhov (Gundy) was born on May 4, 1943, and died in a car crash on June 30, 1971. The Bulgarian footballer was a center forward for FC "Levski" Sofia during 1960-1961, and 1964-1971, and for FC "Botev" Plovdiv during 1961-1963. He had 245 games and 150 goals in the master's group. He was a top scorer in the 1965 Championship with 27 goals. He was a three time country champion in 1965, 1968, 1970, as a winner of the cup of sportsmanship. He was declared for footballer No1 and [Detailed Information]

Grigor Dimitrov - Famous Bulgarians Information - Invest Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov

Grigor Dimitrov is a Bulgarian Tennis Player. He is the most successful Bulgarian player ever, having scored number 48 in the World Ranking on Dec. 5, 2012. Originally from Haskovo, he resides in Paris, France. [Detailed Information]

Hristo Stoichkov - Famous Bulgarians Information - Invest Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov

Hristo Stoichkov is the most successful Bulgarian soccer player of all time. He debuted in professional football with CSKA Sofia and was later spotted by European giant FC Barcelona. Stoitchkov earned global acclaim after winning the Spanish Primera Division four consecutive times and taking his club to Champions League glory in 1992. At World Cup 1994, Hristo Stoichkov was awarded the Golden boot as the top goal scorer of the tournament as he miraculously led his country to the semi-finals. [Detailed Information]

Iliana Raeva - Famous Bulgarians Information - Invest Bulgaria Iliana Raeva

Iliana Raeva is a former member of the Bulgarian National Rhythmic Gymnastics Team. She is a former World champion. Since 2008 to 2012 she was the head coach of the national team. Now, she is the President of the Gymnastics Federation. She is married to Nasko Sirakov, a former member of the Bulgarian National Football Team. [Detailed Information]

Ivet Lalova - Famous Bulgarians Information - Invest Bulgaria Ivet Lalova

Ivet Lalova is the fastest white woman on the planet. She was born on May 18, 1984 in a sports family. Her father was one of Bulgaria's fastest sprinters and he mother was also an athlete. In her career Ivet Lalova has 50 medals: 30 gold ones and 10 silvers, all of them are on 60, 100, and 200 m individual sprints. In 2003 she is rewarded "The most prospective sports person" by the foundation "Bulgarian Sport". In 2004 she is given a reward for breaking into the worldпїЅs elite. Ivet Lalova [Detailed Information]

Krasimir Balakov - Famous Bulgarians Information - Invest Bulgaria Krasimir Balakov

"Krasimir Balakov is the best play-maker in Europe", said of him Joachim Loew, trainer of Stuttgart to the Bild am Sonntag magazine in 1997. The sports media in Germany are still more generous in their praises of the 32-year old Bulgarian national football player. His class is really so high that the February attempt of the press to involve him in a conflict with the managers of his club ended by an invitation on the part of club president Meier-Vorfelder to Krasimir to hold a trainer's post in [Detailed Information]

Kubrat Pulev - Famous Bulgarians Information - Invest Bulgaria Kubrat Pulev

Kubrat Pulev is a Bulgarian undefeated professional heavyweight boxer, best known to medal repeatedly at international tournaments as an amateur, winning the gold medal in the super heavyweight division at the 2008 European Championships. He currently holds the EBU Heavyweight title and the IBF International Heavyweight title.
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Magdalena Maleeva - Famous Bulgarians Information - Invest Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva

Magdalena Maleeva is one of the most successful Bulgarian female tennis players of all times. She was born on April 1, 1975 in Sofia, Bulgaria. In her professional career she has played 729 matches and won 439 of them. Magdalena Maleeva has entered Grand Slam tournaments 54 times and has 78 wins and 54 losses. She has accumulated 4.4 million USD from rewards in the tournaments she has played in. Maleeva has also participated in three Olympic Games: Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 and Athens 2004. [Detailed Information]

Maria Grozdeva -  Famous Bulgarians Information - Invest Bulgaria Maria Grozdeva

Maria Zdravkova Grozdeva is a Bulgarian sport shooter, concentrating on both 25 metre pistol and 10 metre air pistol. She is the only woman EVER to have successfully defended 25 metre pistol title at the Olympic Games. She has five Olympic medals including two gold medals. She has also participated successfully at CISM World Championships and ISSF World Cups. [Detailed Information]

Nasko Sirakov - Famous Bulgarians Information - Invest Bulgaria Nasko Sirakov

Nasko Petkov Sirakov (Bulgarian: Наско Петков Сираков; born 26 April 1962) is a retired Bulgarian footballer who played mainly as a striker. Part of the Bulgarian team at the 1994 FIFA World Cup as it finished fourth, he was one of the most important footballers in the country in the 1980s/1990s, being a legend at Levski Sofia, a club he represented in four different spells. Having surpassed the 300-goal mark as a professional – he was crowned the country's top [Detailed Information]

Naum Shalamanov - Famous Bulgarians Information - Invest Bulgaria Naum Shalamanov

Naum Shalamanov (also Naim Suleimanov and Naim Suleymanoglu, born January 23, 1967 at Ptichar, Bulgaria) is a Turkish World and Olympic Champion in weightlifting. He won three Olympic Championships, seven World Championships and six European Championships and improved world records 46 times. Of Turkish descent born in Bulgaria, Naim Suleimanov was a boy wonder who set his first world record in weightlifting at age 16. Due to his small stature, he was nicknamed "The Pocket Hercules". He [Detailed Information]

Neshka Robeva - Famous Bulgarians Information - Invest Bulgaria Neshka Robeva

Neshka Robeva is a former Bulgarian rhytmic gymnast, former coach of the National Bulgarian Rhytmic gymnast team and currenly a coach and owner of club "Levski". She was a head coach of the national team for 25 years and during that time, her students won in total 294 medals. She is divorced and has 1 child. [Detailed Information]

Sesil Karatancheva - Famous Bulgarians Information - Invest Bulgaria Sesil Karatancheva

Sesil Karatancheva is the Bulgarian wonderkid of professional tennis. She was born on August 8, 1989 in Sofia. Raised in a sports family, her father was Bulgarian National Champion in rowing and her mother was also Bulgarian National Champion, but in volleyball. Trained at the prominent tennis school of Nicholas Bollettieri, Sesil Karatancheva made her debut in professional tennis at the age of 14, in 2003. The same year she won 3 ITF (International Tennis Federation) titles, the first one in [Detailed Information]

Stefka Kostadinova - Famous Bulgarians Information - Invest Bulgaria Stefka Kostadinova

Stefka Kostadinova is still the reigning world record holder in the women's high jump with 2.09 m which she jumped at the 1987 World Championships in Athletics in Rome. More than 20 years old, this record is one of the oldest records in athletics. Stefka Kostadinova has set 7 world records throughout her career: three outdoor records, and four indoor records. She has jumped over the psychological line of 2.00 m 197 times in her career, which is the best female achievement of all time. She [Detailed Information]

Stilyan Petrov - Famous Bulgarians Information - Invest Bulgaria Stilyan Petrov

Stilyan Petrov is the Captain of the Bulgaria Football Team. He also plays for Aston Villa in the Premier League. In 2003 he won the Bulgarian Footballer of the Year award. In March 2012, he was diagnosed with acute leukeamia and he had to temporarily retire from football. In August, it was announced his leukeamia was in remission. [Detailed Information]

Trifon Ivanov - Famous Bulgarians Information - Invest Bulgaria Trifon Ivanov

Trifon Ivanov is certainly along with Hristo Stoitchkov and Emil Kostadinov the symbol of this highly talented generation of football players, who transformed the Bulgarian national team into one of the most feared teams around the world. At the 1994 World Cup he was certainly one of the main characters of the Bulgarian miracle, which saw Bulgaria browse through the competition on to the semifinals after having secured their qualification by a last-minute goal against France in 1993. With his [Detailed Information]

Veselin Topalov - Famous Bulgarians Information - Invest Bulgaria Veselin Topalov

Veselin Topalov was born on March 15, 1975, in Rousse, Bulgaria. His father taught him his first chess lessons when Veselin was 8 years old, ever suspecting that one day his son will become the chess champion of the world. Veselin Topalov shows his great talent for first time in 1989 in Puerto Rico when he becomes chess champion of the world in the Under 14 World Championship. In 1990 he became second in the Under 16 World Championship in Singapore. After acquiring the title of Grandmaster in [Detailed Information]

Yordan Lechkov - Famous Bulgarians Information - Invest Bulgaria Yordan Lechkov

The Bold Magician - The Bold Genius! Bulgaria had only qualified for World Cup USA 94 by scoring a goal in the dying seconds against France in their final qualifying game, and had never won a match in the finals prior to the competition. David Ginola, whose mistake lead to the goal, never played again for France while there was little expectation from Bulgaria. Few gave us a chance against the reigning World Champions in the quarter-finals, and even fewer were backing us to win when [Detailed Information]

Yordan Yovchev - Famous Bulgarians Information - Invest Bulgaria Yordan Yovchev

Yordan Yovchev is arguably the finest men's gymnast alive. In his collection he has four gold medals from World Gysnastics Championships, four Olympic medals (one silver, and three bronze), three gold medals from European Championships and many, many others. Yordan Yovchev was born on February 24, 1973 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. In 2006, Yordan Yovchev was officially announced as one the greatest gymnasts in the history of the sport by the International Federation. One of the most popular [Detailed Information]

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