Famous Bulgarian Sportspersons

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André the Giant
(French Professional Wrestler Known for His Great Size)
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Birthdate: May 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Coulommiers, France
Died: January 27, 1993

André the Giant was one of the most popular French wrestlers ever to appear in WWF. He stood over seven feet tall due to a condition aptly called gigantism, but used his condition to gain popularity. Also an actor, André the Giant continues to be one of the most recognizable faces in the world, several years after his death.

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Hristo Stoichkov
(Football Player)
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Birthdate: February 8, 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Bulgarian footballer/coach Hristo Stoichkov’s temper and ugly fights with players have earned him nicknames such as The Raging Bull and The Dagger. The Ballon d'Or-winning player started his career at 11 with a local club. He then graduated to CSKA Sofia and Barcelona and was named to FIFA 100, too.
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Grigor Dimitrov
(Bulgarian Former World Number 3 Tennis Player )
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Birthdate: May 16, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Haskovo, Bulgaria
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Dimitar Berbatov
(The Leading Goal-Scorer in Bulgarian Football History )
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Birthdate: January 30, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
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Kubrat Pulev
(Bulgarian Boxer and Multiple Heavyweight Championship Winner )
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Birthdate: May 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria
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Miro
(Former US and TNT Champion and the Only Bulgarian Wrestler to Compete in the WWE)
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Birthdate: December 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Plovdiv, People's Republic of Bulgaria
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Veselin Topalov
(Bulgarian Chess Grandmaster and Former FIDE World Chess Champion)
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Birthdate: March 15, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ruse, Bulgaria
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Naim Suleymanoglu
(Bulgarian World Champion Weightlifter and 3-Time Olympic Gold Medalist)
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Birthdate: January 23, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ptichar, Bulgaria
Died: November 18, 2017
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Rusev
(First and Only Bulgarian Wrestler to Compete in the WWE)
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Birthdate: December 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Plovdiv, Bulgaria
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Blagoy Ivanov
(Bulgarian MMA Fighter and Sambo Practitioner Currently Signed to UFC)
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Birthdate: October 9, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sandanski, Bulgaria
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Stiliyan Petrov
(Bulgarian Former Professional Football Midfielder and All-Time Most Capped Player of the Country)
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Birthdate: July 5, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montana
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Valentin Yordanov
(Bulgarian Freestyle Wrestler and Olympic Gold Medalist)
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Birthdate: January 26, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ruse Municipality, Bulgaria
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Tsvetana Pironkova
(First Tennis Player of Bulgaria Who Reached Semi-Final of a Grand Slam in Singles)
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Birthdate: September 13, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Plovdiv, Bulgaria
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Valeri Bojinov
(Bulgarian Professional Football Player Who Plays as a Striker )
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Birthdate: February 15, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gorna Oryahovitsa
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Stefka Kostadinova
(High jumper)
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Birthdate: March 25, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Stefka Kostadinova is a Bulgarian former athlete whose world record of 2.09 metres in high jump has stood since 1987. One of the most respected athletes from Bulgaria, Kostadinova has won an Olympic gold medal, two gold medals in World Championships, five gold medals in World Indoor Championships, and four gold medals in European Indoor Championships.

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Martin Petrov
(Retired Bulgarian Footballer Who Played as a Winger)
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Birthdate: January 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vratsa
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Julian Kostov
(Bulgarian Actor, Filmmaker and a 10-Time National Swimming Champion)
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Birthdate: August 25, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Varna, Bulgaria
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Ivelin Popov
(Bulgarian Football Player Who Plays as a Midfielder)
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Birthdate: October 26, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria
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Jared Homan
(American Basketball Player Who Has Represented the Bulgarian National Basketball Team)
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Birthdate: March 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Remsen, Iowa, United States
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Darius Adams
(American-Born Bulgarian Basketball Player Who Plays as a Point Guard )
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Birthdate: April 17, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Decatur, Illinois, United States
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Ivet Lalova-Collio
(Bulgarian Sprinter Who Has Been a European Champion and a 5-Time Olympian )
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Birthdate: May 18, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria
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Serafim Todorov
(Bulgarian Amateur Boxer and Olympic Silver Medalist)
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Birthdate: July 6, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Peshtera, Bulgaria
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Kotoōshū Katsunori
(Bulgarian Sumo Wrestler and One of the Longest Serving 'ōzeki (Champion) in Sumo History)
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Birthdate: February 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
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Aleksandar Tonev
(Bulgarian Football Player Who Plays as a Winger )
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Birthdate: February 3, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Elin Pelin
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Tervel Pulev
(Bulgarian Boxer and Olympic Bronze Medalist )
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Birthdate: January 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria
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Halil Mutlu
(Bulgarian-Born Turkish Weightlifter and 3-Time Olympic Gold Medalist)
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Birthdate: July 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Postnik, Bulgaria
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Sasha Vezenkov
(Bulgarian Basketball Player Who Plays as a Power Forward / Small Forward)
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Birthdate: August 6, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nicosia, Cyprus
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Magdalena Maleeva
(Daughter of Bulgarian Tennis Player Yuliya Berberyan and a Former World Number 4)
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Birthdate: April 1, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria
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Priest Lauderdale
(Retired American Basketball Player and One of the Tallest NBA Players Ever)
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Birthdate: August 31, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Dee Bost
(American-Born Basketball Player Who Represents the Bulgarian National Team)
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Birthdate: October 12, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Concord, North Carolina, United States
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Yordan Yovchev
(Former Bulgarian Gymnast, Olympic Silver and 3-Times Bronze Medallist )
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Birthdate: February 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Plovdiv, Bulgaria
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Viktoriya Tomova
(Bulgarian Professional Tennis Player )
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Birthdate: February 25, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria
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Dan Kolov
(Bulgarian Professional Wrestler, Mixed Martial Artist and Diamond Belt World Heavyweight Champion Twice)
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Birthdate: December 27, 1892
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sennik, Bulgaria
Died: March 26, 1940
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Stanimir Stoilov
(Retired Bulgarian Football Player and Manager )
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Birthdate: February 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Haskovo
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Keydren Clark
(Retired American Basketball Player Who Played at the 'Point Guard' Position)
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Birthdate: October 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States
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Cedric Simmons
(Bulgarian Basketball Player Who Plays as a Power Forward or Center)
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Birthdate: January 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shallotte, North Carolina, United States
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Tsvetan Sokolov
(Bulgarian Volleyball Player)
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Birthdate: December 31, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dupnitsa, Bulgaria
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Matey Kaziyski
(Bulgarian Volleyball Player Who Is a FIVB World Cup and World Championship Bronze Medalist)
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Birthdate: September 23, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria
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Karlos Nasar
(Winner of Gold Medal at 2021 World Weightlifting Championships in Men’s 81 kg Event)
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Birthdate: May 12, 2004
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cherven Bryag, Bulgaria
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Yordanka Donkova
(Bulgarian Athlete Who Specalizes in 100m Hurdles and Olympic Gold Medalist)
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Birthdate: September 28, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria
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Stanislav Nedkov
(Bulgarian Mixed Martial Artist)
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Birthdate: December 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
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Christo Popov
(French Badminton Player and Former World Junior Number 1 in Boy’s Singles)
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Birthdate: March 8, 2002
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria
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Manuela Maleeva
(Tennis player)
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Birthdate: February 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria

While she initially represented Bulgaria, former world number 3 tennis star Manuela Maleeva began playing for Switzerland after her marriage to Swiss tennis coach François Fragnière. Politically vocal, the Olympic bronze medalist co-established the party Yes, Bulgaria! She also owns a foundation that helps disabled children.

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Atanas Kolev
(Bulgarian Singer and Rapper Who Finished as a Runner-Up in 'X Factor Bulgaria')
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Birthdate: December 21, 1996
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Varna, Bulgaria
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Armen Nazaryan
(Greco-Roman Wrestler Who Has Won Olympic Gold Medals for Both Armenia and Bulgaria)
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Birthdate: March 9, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Masis, Armenian SSR, Soviet Union
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Adrian Andreev
(Bulgarian Tennis Player )
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Birthdate: May 12, 2001
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria
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Vladimir Stoychev
(Bulgarian Military officer, Diplomat and Olympic Equestrian)
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Birthdate: March 24, 1892
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria
Died: April 27, 1990

Vladimir Stoychev was a Bulgarian diplomat, Colonel General, and Olympic equestrian. As part of the Bulgarian Army, Stoychev took part in the Balkan Wars and the First World War. In the interwar period, Vladimir Stoychev competed at the 1924 and 1928 Olympics as an equestrian. From 1952 to 1987, he served as a member of the International Olympic Committee

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Antoaneta Stefanova
(Bulgarian Chess Grandmaster and Former Women's World Champion (2004 - 2006))
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Birthdate: April 19, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria
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Dimitar Kuzmanov
(Tennis player)
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Birthdate: July 28, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Plovdiv, Bulgaria
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Stefani Stoeva
(Bulgarian Badminton Player and Doubles Specialist Who is 3-Time European Champion)
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Birthdate: September 23, 1995
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Galabovo, Bulgaria