Hristo Bonev

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Hristo Bonev
Hristo Bonev 1974.jpg
Hristo Bonev in 1974
Personal information
Full name Hristo Atanasov Bonev-Zuma
Date of birth (1947-02-03) 3 February 1947 (age 72)
Place of birth Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Attacking Midifielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1967 Lokomotiv Plovdiv 64 (19)
1967–1968 CSKA Sofia 6 (5)
1968–1979 Lokomotiv Plovdiv 337 (161)
1979–1981 AEK Athens 10 (0)
1982–1984 Lokomotiv Plovdiv 6 (0)
Total 422 (185)
National team
1967–1979 Bulgaria 96 (47)
Teams managed
1983–1985 Lokomotiv Plovdiv
1987–1988 Lokomotiv Plovdiv
1988–1990 Panathinaikos
1990–1993 Larissa
1993–1994 Ionikos
1994–1996 APOEL
1996–1998 Bulgaria
1997–1998 Lokomotiv Sofia
2000 Sachsen Leipzig
2010 Lokomotiv Plovdiv

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Hristo Atanasov Bonev-Zuma (Bulgarian: Христо Aтанасов Бонев; born 3 February 1947 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria) is a former Bulgarian footballer, the second all-time leading scorer for the Bulgarian national team behind Dimitar Berbatov, who surpassed his record on 18 November 2009. Currently he manages PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the Bulgarian A PFG.[1] One of the greatest Bulgarian footballers, Bonev was renowned for his vision and technique.

Between 1967 and 1979, Bonev played for the Bulgarian national team 96 times, scoring a record 48 goals.[2] He played for his country at the 1970 and 1974 World Cups. Most of Bonev's club career was spent with Lokomotiv Plovdiv, but he also played for CSKA Sofia and AEK Athens FC[3] and later briefly came out of retirement to play for Oxford United in 1982, before an injury to his thigh muscle ended his playing career.

After his retirement he became a manager and he went to Greece and became coach of Panathinaikos FC, AEL 1964, Ionikos FC. After Greece, he became manager of the Cypriot team APOEL FC in 1995 and until 1996 when he quit from his team, he won the Cup in his first year in Cyprus in 1995 and the Double the following season.

He went back to his country to become manager of Lokomotiv Sofia and then he coached his country's national team for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Despite a poor showing in France with only one point from three games he continued as national coach, but after a 3–0 defeat to Poland in the first qualifying match for Euro 2000 in September 1998, he resigned from his post.


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  3. Mastrogiannopoulos, Alexander (11 May 2005). "Foreign Players in Greece since 1959/60". RSSSF. Retrieved 17 August 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>