dimitar berbatov - fact file

2006 - 2008           forward

 

Born on 30th January 1981 in Bladoevgrad, Bulgaria.

Position : Forward

Height : - 1.89m

Weight : -  82 kgs

A skilful and potent striker, who often looked as though he lacked the input into the team's game, Dimitar Berbatov was a striker who shone brightly and scored some memorable goals.

As a schoolboy, Berbatov was a good student and enjoyed drawing.  Dimitar was also a very good athlete, specialising in running and long jump, but he excelled at football, first playing with a basketball he was given.

Started his career with Pirin Blagoevgrad in Bulgaria, who sold him to CSKA Sofia for 20 pairs of football boots, but got a five figure pay-out from a sell-on clause when he joined Tottenham from Bayer Leverkusen for 10.9 million in the summer of 2006.

Was castigated by CSKA fans for missing three chances in a Bulgarian league game against Levski that decided the title even though he was only 19 at the time.  This was followed by telephoned threats and he also was abused by his own fans, along with his mother, when CSKA drew a match - an incident that made him consider quitting football for good.

The forward moved to Bayer Leverkusen for a fee of 1.56 million in the summer of 2001 and he cried on leaving his family behind to move to Germany.  While at the club, he played alongside Michael Ballack and was coached by Rudi Voeller, Jurgen Topmoller and Berti Vogts.


The striker scored 21 goals in 34 matches for Bayer in the Bundesliga in the 2005-06 season - the second highest goal-scorer in the league.

Named Bulgarian Player of the Year in 2002, 2004 and 2005, Berbatov scored a high ratio of goals to games in his senior international appearances.

Tottenham had followed his progress for some time at Bayer Leverkusen, making him feel wanted and a fee of 10.9 million brought him to White Hart Lane in the summer of 2006, ahead of other teams, including Manchester United, who were not willing to take a chance on the forward.

Joining Spurs, he found his style suited the Premier League very quickly and his languid approach fooled many defenders into thinking he was not a threat, but his quick thinking often caught them and opposition goalkeepers unaware.  With 22 goals in his first season and 23 in 2007-08, he was hailed as a player who could become a legend at the club, but the rumours linking him with a move away from the club almost as soon as he joined, re-surfaced.  Tottenham put a 30 million price tag on his head, but this might be less for a transfer abroad and precipitated a complaint to the Premier League over Alex Ferguson's pursuit of the Bulgarian for over a year, without being given permission to speak to him.

In the end, he went to Old Trafford for 30.75 million plus Spurs got striker Frazier Campbell on loan for a season, but the Bulgarian had problems at United, with some fans considering him to be lazy and not to have hit the heights he did with Spurs.  He won things there though, but was disappointed to be left out of the Champions League final squad in 2011, prompting rumours of a return to White Hart Lane.  Berba moved on eventually, signing for Martin Jol at Fulham in 2012, but while his ability could not be questioned, his attitude was, but that was true of a lot of his career.  After Jol was replaced by Rene Meulensteen, a coach he knew well from Manchester United, he was soon a striker in a team struggling at the foot of the table and in the Janaury 2-14 transfer window made his exit to join AS Monaco on loan for the remainder of the season to cover for the injured Radamel Falcao.

In his spare time he enjoyed drawing and singing, but only amongst friends.

 

NICKNAME :  Berba

Career Record
 
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Pirin Bladoevgrad (Bulgaria) ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
CSKA Sofia (Bulgaria) 1997 ?? ??  ?? ??
Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) January 2001 1,560,000 ??  ?? ??
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR July 2006 10,900,000 19th August 2006 v Bolton Wanderers (Premier League) (Away) lost 0-2 ?? ??
Manchester United 1st September 2008 30,750,000 ??  ?? ??
Fulham 31st August 2012 Undisclosed ??  ?? ??
AS Monaco (France) 31st January 2014 Loan ??  ?? ??
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Career Record
Pirin Bladoevgrad (Bulgaria)
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CSKA Sofia (Bulgaria)
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Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)
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TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
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Manchester United
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Fulham

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AS Monaco (France)
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Honours
Bulgaria international
78 full caps; 48 goals
3 Under-21 caps; 3 goals
2 Under-21 caps; 2 goals

Bulgarian Cup winners medal 1998-99 (CSKA Sofia)
Bulgarian Player of the Year in 2002, 2004 and 2005
League Cup Winners medal 2007-2008 (THFC)
Selected in the PFA Premier league Team of the Year 2006-07
Joint Barclaycard Player of the Month with Robbie Keane - April 2007

           

2007

Heroes as a youngster : Marco van Basten and Alan Shearer
Favourite club as a boy : AC Milan because Marco van Basten played for them
Enjoys watching American Football and wrestling
Drives a Mercedes
As a boy he supported Newcastle United.
His favourite player is Marco van Basten.
The only opponent's shirt he has kept is that of the Brazilian striker Ronaldo - all the others he ahs given away.
His favourite actor is Robert De Niro.
Enjoys gangster and action films (Godfather; James Bond) and learned a lot of his English from them.

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What they said about Dimitar Berbatov
Bobby Smith (Spurs legend) ... 20.07.07 (www.tottenhamhotspur.com)

"Berbatov's a very good player.  He has great movement in and around the box, works hard off the ball, creates space and shows a lot of lovely touches.

"I like the way he controls the ball, his hold-up play and the way he brings other players into the game - not only does he score his goals, he makes a lot as well.

"He's a very clever player and I think he'd have coped well in our day, he has all the right touches and everything you want from a footballer."

"We'd have played well together but obviously the game has altered a lot since I played."

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What Dimitar Berbatov said about ...
... a good book ... 28.12.2008 (The Sunday Times - Quotes of the Year)

"I am religious and I take the Bible everywhere with me.  There are many good pieces of advice for those like me in the Bible."

To which the Sunday Times added, "forgetting Proverbs 3:3 'Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart' as he cuckolded Tottenham."

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