Todorov being introduced at Litex Lovech in August 2009
|Full name||Svetoslav Todorov|
|Date of birth||30 August 1978|
|Place of birth||Dobrich, Bulgaria|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|2001–2002||West Ham United||14||(1)|
|2006–2007||→ Wigan Athletic (loan)||5||(0)|
|2017||CSKA Sofia II|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Svetoslav Todorov (Bulgarian: Светослав Тодоров; born 30 August 1978 in Dobrich, Bulgaria) is a former Bulgarian international footballer. He played as a forward. Todorov is the all-time top scorer for Litex Lovech in the Bulgarian A Football Group.
Todorov began his career at Bulgarian First Division club Dobrudzha Dobrich in 1996–97, scoring twice in twelve appearances. He then joined Second Division champions Litex Lovech where he scored 34 goals in 70 league games over four seasons. His form attracted attention from English clubs and after trials with Preston North End and West Ham United, he joined West Ham in January 2001. During his time in Bulgaria he had a clean disciplinary record and was sent off only once (on 13 May 2000, in a 0–1 away loss against Spartak Varna in an A PFG match).
West Ham United
Todorov joined West Ham in January 2001 for a fee of £500,000, rising to £2 million depending on appearances. He made his debut in a 3–0 defeat at Liverpool and scored his first goal for the club in his third game, a 3–2 FA Cup defeat at home to Tottenham, and then scored his first league goal for the club against Middlesbrough. However, following manager Harry Redknapp's departure from the club in May 2001, Todorov found himself out of favour and he played just eight games under new manager Glenn Roeder in the 2001–02 season.
Todorov signed for Portsmouth in March 2002 for £750,000, joining director of football, Harry Redknapp, who had signed him for West Ham; Redknapp described him as, "...a very intelligent footballer [who] will bring good competition in the striking department." He was sent off for violent conduct in his second appearance for Portsmouth in a 2–0 defeat away at Preston and made only one further appearance in the 2001–02 season. He became a regular in the first team in the 2002–03 season, making 45 league appearances and scoring 26 goals, including a hat-trick in the final game of the season against Bradford City, as Portsmouth won the Football League First Division championship and were promoted to the Premier League. He was the First Division's top scorer, overhauling Nottingham Forest's David Johnson with his hat-trick on the final day of the season; Redknapp said, "Todorov has had a great season. He is leading scorer in the First Division after today's goals. I bought him from my old club West Ham and he got a lot of stick at first... He has done marvellously, proving what a great player he is." Todorov signed a new three-year contract with Portsmouth in July 2003.
Days before the start of the club's debut Premiership season, Todorov severely damaged a cruciate knee ligament in a training accident. He required surgery on his knee and was expected to miss the rest of the 2003–04 season. He made a comeback in the Portsmouth reserve side in February 2004 and returned to the first team in an away game at Liverpool. He made only the one appearance for Portsmouth in the Premiership during the 2003–04 season and required further surgery on his knee in May 2004, causing him to miss the Euro 2004 championships in the summer of 2004 and the entire 2004–05 season. He was given a new contract in August 2005 and, having played very little in the previous two seasons, was offered to other clubs on loan to regain fitness. However, he remained with Portsmouth and was used mostly as a substitute during the 2005–06 season. He scored the winning goal against West Bromwich Albion in manager Harry Redknapp's second game on returning to Portsmouth in December 2005 and scored crucial goals against West Ham, Blackburn Rovers and Sunderland as Portsmouth battled against and survived relegation.
After scoring twice for Portsmouth in the opening three games of the 2006–07 season, Todorov joined Wigan Athletic in August 2006 on a season-long loan. Wigan manager, Paul Jewell, described him as "..a pure striker who lives to put the ball in the net." However, he made only five appearances for Wigan, without scoring, and returned to Portsmouth in January 2007. He made one further appearance in the 2006–07 season, as a substitute against Fulham in March 2007.
Having fallen down the pecking order at Portsmouth in the 2006–07 season, Todorov joined relegated side Charlton Athletic in July 2007 on a free transfer in a one-year deal. His first league goal for Charlton came against London rivals Crystal Palace in September 2007, but after suffering a knee injury in a match against Plymouth in October 2007, Todorov was ruled out of the remainder of the 2007–08 season. He signed a new one-year contract in June 2008, but was not offered a new contract at the end of the 2008–09 season.
He joined his former club Litex Lovech as a free agent on 16 July 2009. On 8 August 2009, he marked his return to the TBI A Football Group with a goal after coming on as a substitute for Ivelin Popov – wrapping up a 5–0 away win against Lokomotiv Mezdra with an 89th-minute strike. On 25 October 2010, Todorov scored a last-minute goal against Levski Sofia to help his team to a 2–1 home win. In January 2011, Todorov was chosen by the Litex fans as the 2010 Best Club Player for the Year. On 12 July 2011, he netted twice to help his team to a 2–1 away win against Montenegrin side Mogren in the first leg match of the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League qualifying phase. Todorov left the club during the summer of 2012.
In late August 2012, he signed a one-year contract with newly promoted Ukrainian Premier League club FC Hoverla Uzhhorod. Todorov made his debut for FC Hoverla Uzhhorod on 31 August 2012, in the 2:1 home win over Tavriya Simferopol and played the last match of his professional career on 24 November, in the 1:5 away loss against Shakhtar Donetsk. He left the club in January 2013 and later announced his retirement.
- Scores and results list Bulgaria's goal tally first.
|1.||29 March 2000||Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia||Belarus||1–0||4–1||Friendly|
|2.||7 October 2000||Georgi Asparuhov Stadium, Sofia||Malta||3–0||3–0||2002 World Cup qualifier|
|3.||27 March 2003||Stadion Mladost, Kruševac||Serbia and Montenegro||2–1||2–1||Friendly|
|4.||7 June 2003||Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia||Belgium||2–2||2–2||Euro 2004 qualifier|
|5.||12 November 2005||Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia||Georgia||5–0||6–2||Friendly|
|7.||9 May 2006||Nagai Stadium, Osaka||Japan||1–0||2–1||2006 Kirin Cup|
|1996–97||Dobrudzha Dobrich||A PFG||12||2||0||0||–||–||12||2|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2000–01||West Ham United||Premier League||8||1||1||1||0||0||–||9||2|
|2009–10||Litex Lovech||A PFG||11||2||0||0||1||0||2||0||15||2|
|2012–13||Hoverla Uzhhorod||Ukrainian Premier League||9||0||1||0||–||–||10||0|
Todorov is married to Severina and they have a son.
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- "Todorov pens new deal at Charlton". BBC Sport. 3 June 2008. Retrieved 10 June 2008.
- "Charlton hold contract talks with Jonathan Fortune, Matt Holland, Darren Randolph and Zheng Zhi". Kent Messenger. 8 June 2009. Retrieved 15 June 2009.
But Darren Ambrose, Svetoslav Todorov, Nicky Weaver, Rashid Yussuff, Aswad Thomas and Harry Arter will not be offered new deals when their contracts expire at the end of the month.
- Литекс тръгна с 5:0 в Мездра, Тоди се завърна с гол Archived 6 October 2015 at the Wayback Machine
- Отново много екшън и драма на Литекс – "Левски", шампионите излизат на върха
- Тоди стана №1 в Литекс
- Светльо Тодоров: заслужено победихме, мачът в Ловеч ще е тежък[permanent dead link]
- Тоди подписа с украинци, ветеранът за 1 год. в Ховерла-Закарпатия
- Svetoslav Todorov player profile and match log
- Светльо Тодоров се завръща в Портсмут, Тоди ще играе в благотворителен мач
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- "Светльо Тодоров стана баща на момченце!". blitz.bg. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
- Svetoslav Todorov player profile[permanent dead link] at cafc.co.uk
- Svetoslav Todorov at Soccerbase
- BBC profile
- Bulgaria – Record International Players
- Svetoslav Todorov at National-Football-Teams.com
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