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Daniel Boytchev Borimirov ( ) (born January 15, 1970 in Vidinmarker) is a former Bulgarianmarker football player and former executive director at Levski Sofia.

Career

Borimirov returned to Levski in 2003; he started his career there in 1990, but spent 1995-2003 at 1860 Munich. For Bulgaria, Borimirov was capped 67 times, scoring 5 goals. He was part of Bulgaria's surprising fourth-place run at the 1994 World Cup, and also played in the 1998 edition, as well as Euro 96 and Euro 2004. He scored a goal at the 1994 World Cup group stage game against Greece for Bulgaria's first ever win at a World Cup, and he scored in the penalty shoot-out in the round of 16 against Mexico.

Borimirov was the driving force behind the success of Levski Sofia in the 2005/06 UEFA Cup. He led the squad to the quarter finals and scored vital goals against Italian side Udinese and Germany's Schalke 04.

In an interview on August 16, 2006, Borimirov stated that he is currently attending coaching classes and he intends to work in the field of football after he retires as a player[109318].

On July 1, 2007, Borimirov played for a FIFA All-Star team against Hong-Kong in an exhibition game as part of Hong-Kong's Independence 10 year anniversary celebrations. The FIFA All-Star team was coached by Gerrard Houllier and featured famous players including Hidetoshi Nakata, Stéphane Chapuisat, Christian Karembeu, George Weah, Atirson, Brian McBride, and others. Borimirov played for 84 minutes.

He ended his career at the age of 38. He played his last match on 17 May 2008 against Slavia Sofia. He played the full match and his team won.

Borimirov served as the executive director at Levski Sofia during 2008/2009 season, before he was replaced by Georgi Ivanov.

Playing style

At the beginning, Borimirov mainly played as a striker. As his career progressed he moved to the position of a central midfielder. He is said to be a good leader and an important part of the team. In 2006, however, he gained notoriety in Bulgarian football circles for his violent outbursts after controversial referee decisions. One particular accident in which Borimirov was involved in resulted in him spitting in the face of the referee. Borimirov was fined 10,000 Bulgarian Leva by the Bulgarian Football Association. He later apologized and stated he regreted his behaviour.

Honours

  • Champion of Bulgaria 1993, 1994, 1995, 2006, 2007
  • Holder of Bulgaria's cup 1991, 1992, 1994, 2005, 2007
  • Bulgarian Supercup 2005, 2007
  • Best footballer in Bulgarian A PFG 2005


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