Today is a sad day for Bulgaria since one their football stars passed away this morning (on the 13th of February) from a heart attack. He became 50 years old and died the day before his name day in his home of the village Samovodene near Veliko Tarnovo. Now social media is filled with tributes from fans and friends that are calling him “a legend” and “a great player”.
Trifon was born the 27th of July 1965 and became famous as the defender of the Bulgarian national team of football between 1988-1998. He made his debut in 1988 and during his career he earned 76 caps and scored 6 goals. He participated in the Fifa World Cups twice, 1994 and 1998. He also participated in the UEFA European Championship in the year of 1996 and the very same year Bulgaria appointed Trifon Ivanov as the best football player of Bulgaria.
He also played for the football clubs of: EC Etar (1988-1994), CSKA Sofia (1994-95 and 1997-98), Neuchatel Xamax, Austria Vienna and Rapid Vienna and the Spanish club Real betis.
Trifon Ivanov got the nickname The Bulgarian Wolf cause of his unshaved appearance and his wild hair. He was very popular among the Bulgarian people since he lived a peaceful life in his village outside Veliko Tarnovo and never made a big fuzz about being famous. A Brazilian amateur tournament was named after Trifon Ivanov in 2013.
The group Kanaleto made a song to tribute the honor of his football career named Sudiata (The Judge).
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