Velizar Emilov Popov (Велизар Емилов Попов), born 7
February 1976, is a former Bulgarian football player and current
UEFA PRO Licensed Football Head Coach.
In his Career as a player he has played for PFC Lokomotiv
Plovdiv, FC Armeec Sliven, PFC Hebar Pazardzhik and PFC
Velizar Popov is the only Bulgarian Head Coach to have managed
abroad 9 different teams in 7 different countries including 2
National Teams and one of the best ambassadors of the
Bulgarian coaching guild abroad, especially in Asia. He is the first
Bulgarian Head Coach who won historic treble with a 100%
winning record in 2013 abroad and the Group Stage in AFC Cup.
Popov is also the first Bulgarian who has ever worked in the
Moldovan Premier League in 2011, Thailand Premier League in
2014 and 2017, and in the Malaysian Super League in 2016. In
2019 Velizar Popov became the first Bulgarian Head Coach to win
the Group Stage and a medal from the SEA Games as well.
Popov is a highly qualified and ambitious professional football
coach with over 21 years experience coaching across the world
with extensive stints in Europe, Asia and Middle East, gained
tremendous experience with more than 200 official games as a
Head Coach in Senior Premier Leagues and International
competitions last 11 years in Europe – Bulgarian Premier League,
Denmark, Moldovan Premier League, Asia – Thailand Premier
League, Malaysian Super League, Maldives National Team,
Myanmar National Olympic Team and in the Gulf – Oman Premier
League, participated in international competitions such as World
Cup Qualifiers, AFC Cup, AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers, UEFA
Europa League, AFF Championship and SEA Games – an
incredible career journey and forged a formidable reputation for
improving players and transforming teams.