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Borislav Mihaylov

Published: Wednesday 31 August 2011, 17.12CET
Bulgaria

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Published: Wednesday 31 August 2011, 17.12CET

Borislav Mihaylov

Bulgaria

Clubs: PFC Levski Sofia, CF Os Belenenses, FC Mulhouse, PFC Botev Plovdiv, Reading FC, PFC Slavia Sofia, FC Zürich

• Born in Sofia in 1963, Mihaylov is the son of former Levski Sofia goalkeeper Biser Mihaylov. He made his Levski debut in 1981 and remained at the capital club until 1989. In that time he won the national title in 1984, 1985 and 1988 as well as the Bulgarian Cup in 1982, 1984 and 1986. He was also voted Bulgarian footballer of the year for 1986.

• Mihaylov made his Bulgaria debut in 1983 against Cuba in Sofia and went on to collect 102 caps, with his last game being against Algeria in June 1998. His finest moments came during the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States when he captained a Bulgaria team featuring Hristo Stoichkov, Emil Kostadinov, Krasimir Balakov and Yordan Lechkov to a semi-final against Italy and eventual fourth place.

• His playing career was also notable for spells abroad in Portugal, France, England and Switzerland.

• After hanging up his boots in 1998, Mihaylov became a member of the Bulgarian Football Union (BFS) executive committee in 2000, and served as vice-president from 2001 until he was elected president in October 2005.

• He said: "I have had so many glorious moments and some disappointments on the field, because football is an extraordinary game – a projection of real life. I still love football as much as in my early years and I am working with the same passion for an even brighter future for the game."

• In March 2011 he became a member of the UEFA Executive Committee.

• His son, Nikolay Mihaylov, currently playing for Dutch side FC Twente, has been capped by Bulgaria too – meaning the Mihaylovs have given the country three generations of international goalkeepers.

• Mihaylov received a commemorative cap and medal from UEFA to mark his century of international appearances at the UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Cyprus in September 2011.

• "It was 15 years of my life, to be goalkeeper of the national team and play 102 matches, and it was a great honour to receive the award from Michel Platini in front of all the presidents of the 53 associations," Mihaylov said. "It was a great emotion for me. I feel very proud to be among a group of players who have reached 100 matches − because there are not many."

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