Former Bulgaria defender Ivanov dead

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Sofia, Feb 14 (IANS) Former Bulgaria defender Trifon Ivanov has died at the age of 50, the country’s football association has said.

Ivanov was instrumental in getting Bulgaria to the semi-final of the 1994 World Cup and was also a part of Euro 96. The centre-back played 77 games for his country.

“Trifon Ivanov will remain in the history of Bulgarian football as one of the best defenders,” a statement from the Bulgarian Football Federation said on Saturday.

“Before being a great player, Trifon was a great man with great heart and always ready to help. We all mourn the loss of a true friend. Rest in peace, Trifon.”

Ivanov’s club career included spells at CSKA Sofia, Real Betis and Rapid Vienna.

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