Trifon Ivanov was born in Gorna Lipnitza, located in the northeast Bulgarian district of Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria
. He is a professional football player.
Biography and Career :
He began his professional career with the local club Etar at the age of 18. In the very same team, he played alongside with Krasimir Balakov, Ilian Kiriakov and a few other talented footballers. By his 24th birthday, Trifon Ivanov gets drafted by elite Bulgarian club, CSKA Sofia. With CSKA, Ivanov wins the Bulgarian championship in 1989, 1990, and 1992. He also takes the Bulgarian Cup for 1989. Trifon Ivanov earned even more attention with CSKA by playing in international competition next to Hristo Stoichkov
, Emil Kostadinov, and Luboslav Penev. In 1991, Spanish club Real Betis purchased the defender but his presence was of little help as his new team struggled in the Primera Division.
Disatisfied by his reportedly undisciplined attitude, the club sells Trifon Ivanov over to the obscure Swiss Xamax Neuchatel. By his second season at Xamax, Trifon Ivanov's outspokenness gets him in trouble again. After a poor result, he openly criticizes Coach Gilbert Gress telling him that he "knows nothing about football." Xamax quickly release the Bulgarian who is picked up by his former club CSKA. Just a few months later, in the summer of 1995, Trifon Ivanov is transfered over to Austrian
Rapid Wien for the mere $800,000.
While playing for Rapid, success came right away and Trifon Ivanov lead his team to an Austrian title and the Winners Cup final (where PSG beats them.) The following year, Rapid qualify for the Champions League, but after some errors by the Bulgarian he gets in yet another dispute with the club coach. Ernst Dokupil decides to release Trifon Ivanov and he joins the local rival Austria Wien
. After little success at Austria Wien, Trifon Ivanov eventually settles back at CSKA. Trifon Ivanov rejoined his old club in order to prepare for the upcoming World Cup
1998. After the summer of 1998, he decides to put an end to his competitive career and returns to his home in Austria. Trifon Ivanov entertains himself by playing in the Austrian 3rd division with FAC Avanti, a club owned by his business associate Hannes Nouza. Both of them are successful contractors in the oil industry.
In the Bulgarian national squad, Trifon Ivanov mesmerized a worldwide audience with his on-pitch antics and spectacular tackles. At the 1994 World Cup, he played a crucial role in Bulgaria's forth place finish. In 1996 he was nominated for the Golden Ball and was selected as the Top Footballer of Bulgaria. Trifon Ivanov participated at Euro 1996 and later had a huge part in Bulgaria's road to World Cup 1998. His goal against Russia in the qualifications ensured a spot for Bulgaria at France `98.
Trifon Ivanov is an extremely agile defender, who has the ability to confront and intimidate world-class opponents. Not all of his tackles are clean, but they are always spectacular and entertaining. Ivanov is not only a footballer but also an extravagant showman. Trifon Ivanov has a very hard long-range kick and many. Keepers fear him because he often comes up with shots out of the blue. Maintaining a peak physical condition is a must for his particular position, but at the end of his career Trifon Ivanov suffered maintaining it. Outside of the pitch, Trifon Ivanov is known as a sensitive and mild-mannered individual. There are many myths about him being a rambunctious character but most of these are untrue.
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