Stefan Smerkalev signed his first professional contract with Botev (Plovdiv). The Club youngster paraphrases a long-term contract with the
Stefan Smerkalev signed his first professional contract with Botev (Plovdiv). The Club youngster paraphrases a long-term contract with the "canaries" (Image Courtesy-Facebook)

Stefan Smerkalev signed his first professional contract with Botev (Plovdiv). The Club youngster paraphrases a long-term contract with the “canaries”.

Stefan Smerkalev was born on May 14, 2007, in Sofia. He has been part of the “yellow-black” school since their earliest childhood.

Smerkalev, who is distinguished by serious growth for his age, has passed through all formations of the Plovdiv Academy. The goalkeeper is also part of the youth national team of Bulgaria.

Smerkalev does not miss a match of his beloved Botev, which can very often be seen in the stands of the “Botev 1912 Football Complex” and in the visiting sector during the visits of the “canaries”.

On September 23, 2022, he made his first minutes in men’s football in control of the double against Beroe. Two months later, on November 13, he recorded a full 90 minutes in a Second League encounter against Montana, winning 4:1.

PFC Botev Plovdiv wishes Smerkalev good health and success with the “yellow-black” jersey and many dry nets at the Hristo Botev Stadium.

Since the beginning of 2023, changes in the coaching staff have occurred in the Botev (Plovdiv) same team.

The head of the second team of the Canaries will be Daniel Cohen. The Israeli will also continue to hold the position of a Methodist of the “yellow-black” Academy.

Borislav Karamatev, who so far was a coach at the DUSH of the “canaries”, is joined by the Plovdiv headquarters.

The main features in the dubbing team remain coaches Ivan Tsvetanov and Atanas Lyubenov, goalkeeper coach Biyan Said, conditioning specialist Dragan Todorovic, and analyst Martin Georgiev.

The “Yellow-Black” started their preparation on January 4. The “Canaries” will be fully cooked under the “Botev 1912 Football Complex” conditions.