Stoycho Mladenov

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Stoycho Mladenov
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Personal information
Full name Stoycho Dimitrov Mladenov
Date of birth (1957-04-12) 12 April 1957 (age 64)
Place of birth Ploski, Bulgaria
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
CSKA Sofia (manager)
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1976 Dimitrovgrad 31 (6)
1976–1979 Beroe 81 (42)
1980–1986 CSKA Sofia 158 (80)
1986–1989 Belenenses 88 (30)
1989–1991 Vitória de Setúbal 63 (22)
1991–1993 Estoril Praia 39 (7)
1993–1994 Olhanense 5 (0)
Total 465 (187)
National team
1978–1988 Bulgaria 59 (15)
Teams managed
1991–1993 Estoril
1993–1995 Olhanense
1997 Belenenses
2000–2002 Bulgaria
2002–2003 CSKA Sofia
2004 Litex Lovech
2005 Kastoria
2005 Kallithea
2006 Veria
2007–2008 CSKA Sofia
2008–2009 Al-Ahli
2009–2011 ENPPI Club
2012–2013 CSKA Sofia
2013–2015 CSKA Sofia
2015 El Ittihad Alexandria
2016 Atyrau
2017–2020 Kaisar
2021– CSKA Sofia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Stoycho Dimitrov Mladenov (Bulgarian: Стойчо Димитpoв Младенов; born 12 April 1957 in Ploski, Blagoevgrad Province) is a Bulgarian former football player and is manager in CSKA Sofia.


Mladenov started from small teams like Dimitrovgrad and gradually moved to bigger teams like CSKA Sofia. From there he went all around the world, however his best moments of winning were in Portugal and also with his National Team. His best years were spent as a striker for CSKA Sofia. He also served the club as a manager and head coach. Mladenov's nickname is "Liverpool's Executioner" in honor of his winning goals against the European champion Liverpool F.C. in UEFA European Champions Cup 1/4 finals in season 81/82. Mladenov's finest game as a player was on 17 March 1982, when he scored both of CSKA's goals as they beat Liverpool 2–0 in Sofia to knock the English giants out of the European Cup quarter-finals. He was honoured as Bulgarian Footballer of the Year in 1983. He played also in Portugal in several clubs like V.Setúbal, GD Estoril-Praia, Olhanense, but was in C.F. Os Belenenses where he achieved one third place in Portuguese football league and won a Portuguese Cup beating Benfica in the final, after winning in the prior stages teams like FC Porto and Sporting CP. He was also responsible for the victory that Belenenses had over Barcelona in the UEFA Cup of 1988, when he stole the ball from Barcelona's defender Schuster and made a perfect assist for Mapuata's goal. Nowadays he trains the most successful Bulgarian team CSKA Sofia. Financial problems at his favourite club CSKA Sofia pushed him away after a series of compromises he had done during his time there. He was recently fired as manager of Al-Ettifaq FC after the team failed to win in 4 consecutive games. His son Alexandar Mladenov is a professional footballer. In 2000, he was officially appointed by the Bulgarian Football Union as head coach of Bulgaria. The team eventually finished in third place and was unable to qualify for 2002 FIFA World Cup. He was resigned from national team in 2002. In his initial stint at CSKA Sofia (between 2002 and 2003), Mladenov led the team to its first A PFG title in 6 years.[1] In March 2012, he replaced Dimitar Penev as head coach of CSKA Sofia and led the team to a second-place finish during the 2011/2012 A PFG season.

On 4 January 2013 Stoycho Mladenov was sacked by CSKA Sofia – he was at CSKA Sofia for the third time as manager of the club.[2] On 16 July 2013 Stoycho Mladenov was reappointed by CSKA Sofia – this was his fourth time at CSKA Sofia.[3] He resigned in March 2015 despite the successful season for the team, which was able to pose a challenge to Ludogorets Razgrad for the title. On 20 March 2015, Mladenov officially resigned as manager of CSKA Sofia once again.[4]

In June 2016, Mladenov was appointed as manager of Atyrau.[5]

On 21 November 2016, Mladenov was appointed as manager of FC Kaisar.[6]

On 26 July 2021, Mladenov was appointed as manager of CSKA Sofia.

International career[]

Mladenov made 59 appearances for Bulgaria, between 1978 and 1988, and scored 15 goals.[7] He played in four matches for his country at the 1986 FIFA World Cup.[8]

Personal life[]

His son Stoycho Mladenov Jr. is also a football player and manager.



  • CSKA Sofia
    • Bulgarian League: 4 times – 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983
    • Bulgarian Cup: 2 times – 1983, 1985
  • C.F. Os Belenenses
    • Portuguese Cup: 1 time – 1989


  • Bulgarian League Top Scorer: 1978 (with 21 goals)


  • CSKA Sofia
    • Bulgarian League: 2 times – 2003, 2008
  • Al-Ahli SC (Jeddah)
    • Gulf Club Champions Cup: 1 times – 2008
  • FC Kaisar
    • Kazakhstan Cup (1): 2019

Best Bulgarian football coach – 2019[9]


  1. ^ Yolchev, Ivaylo (12 May 2003). "Стойчо Младенов: титлата е най-сладка на Герена, мечтая за ЦСКА с 11 български футболисти, признава треньорът" (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  2. ^ "CSKA Sofia Fire Coach Mladenov – – Sofia News Agency". Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  3. ^[dead link]
  4. ^ Reuters Editorial. "Soccer-CSKA Sofia appoint Ivanov as temporary head coach". U.K. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Стойчо Младенов — главный тренер Атырау". (in Russian). Sports KZ. 6 June 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Главным тренером ФК "Кайсар" назначен Стойчо Младенов". (in Russian). FC Kaisar. 21 November 2016. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  7. ^ Mamrud, Roberto (16 July 2009). "Bulgaria – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 3 September 2009.
  8. ^ Stoytcho MladenovFIFA competition record (archived)
  9. ^ Petkov, Georgi (5 January 2020). "Димитър Илиев е "Футболист на годината", получи наградата си лично от Бербатов". Retrieved 8 January 2020.

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