Bulgarian football mourns Stefan Bozhkov

PFC CSKA Sofia and Bulgaria legend Stefan Bozhkov, who won ten titles with the capital side and helped his country take bronze at the 1956 Olympics, has died at the age of 90.

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Bulgaria and PFC CSKA Sofia legend Stefan Bozhkov, who won ten titles with the capital giants, has passed away at the age of 90.

One of the most respected figures in Bulgarian football, Bozhkov was one of the founders of CSKA Sofia in 1948 and played for the club until 1960, scoring 65 goals in 202 appearances. With the gifted playmaker operating in midfield, the Reds clinched the Bulgarian crown on ten separate occasions, also lifting the Bulgarian Cup in 1951, 1954 and 1955.

On the international stage, Bozhkov won 53 caps between 1946 and 1958, registering four goals and also captaining the side on many occasions. He was wearing the armband when Bulgaria claimed the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Melbourne in 1956, his team beating India 3-0 to achieve their podium place.

After retiring, Bozhkov took over as coach of Bulgaria's national side, leading them to the 1970 FIFA World Cup. He later spent a short stint in charge of CSKA Sofia and served a spell as vice-president of the Bulgarian Football Union (BFS), also heading various BFS committees.