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Nedelcho Matushev
Personal information
Full name Nedelcho Stoyanov Matushev
Date of birth (1962-02-14) 14 February 1962 (age 59)
Place of birth Kardzhali, Bulgaria
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1982 Slavia Sofia
1982–1988 Neftochimic Burgas
1988–1989 Spartak Plovdiv
1989–1990 Neftochimic Burgas
1990–1991 Rozova Dolina
1991–1994 Neftochimic Burgas
Teams managed
1995–1996 Neftochimic Burgas Reserves
1996–1998 Chernomorets Burgas (assistant)
1998–2000 Neftochimic Burgas Reserves U16 & U17
2000–2001 Nesebar
2001–2003 Neftochimic Burgas
2003–2006 Bulgaria U19
2006–2007 Bulgaria U21 and Spartak Varna
2008 Banants
2010–2011 Lokomotiv Plovdiv
2011–2012 Chernomorets Pomorie
2012–2013 Karpaty Lviv (assistant)
2014 Lokomotiv Plovdiv
2014–2015 Chernomorets Burgas
2015 Pirin Blagoevgrad
2017 Chernomorets Burgas (sports director)
2017–2018 Stal Kamianske (assistant)
2019 Spartak Varna
2019–2020 Bulgaria (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Nedelcho Stoyanov Matushev (Bulgarian: Неделчо Стоянов Матушев; born 14 February 1962) is a Bulgarian football manager and former footballer and currently assistant manager of Bulgaria. He played as a central defender in his career.

Matushev was formerly manager of Neftochimic Burgas, Chernomorets Burgas, Nesebar, Spartak Varna and Bulgaria U-21 and Under-19.


He is former footballer of Slavia, Neftochimic Burgas, where he spent most of his career, Spartak Plovdiv and F.C. Rozova dolina. As a player plays a central defender position and is characterized by intransigence on the ground, solid game with a head, excellent inclusions in pieces before the opponent's goal.

Matushev is a head coach who tries to use the newest and most modern football theory and practice. He is not afraid to have young players and to work individually with them. Nedelcho likes to work with a strong midfield and to impose (himself on?) the game and to attack on both sides with the wingers and the full backs. He developed a few players who became part of the Bulgarian national team such as Blagoy Georgiev, Vladimir Gadzhev, Georgi Chilikov, Stoyko Sakaliev, Ivelin Popov (Kuban Krasnodar), Nikolay Dimitrov (Kasimpaşa), Valeri Domovchiyski (Hertha BSC), and Vladislav Stoyanov (Sheriff). He worked with them in the U21 and U19 national teams. In August 2012 Matushev moved to Ukraine and started to work at most popular club in the northwestern part of this country - Karpaty Lviv. He was part of the staff of Nikolay Kostov and worked as a first team-coach. Karpaty Lviv started to play much better and more aggressively, but at the end of the season all staff members decided to leave because of internal club problems. In October 2019, Matushev joined Georgi Dermendzhiev's coaching staff, becoming assistant manager of Bulgaria.[1]

Playing career

Matushev start to play professional football in Slavia for two years and after this moved to Bourgas and is now considered one of the true legends in this club Neftochimic, where he was famous for his strong playing style. With this team he got to the final of Cup of Federarion, but Neftochimic lost.

Managerial career

Achievements: As coach:

2008: Final of the Armenian's Cup

2008: 2nd place in the Armenian L1 Championship

2008: Participation to the 1st round of UEFA Cup

2006: 2nd place in LG Cup (U23) in Vietnam with Bulgarian National Team U21

2005: Winner of Portuguese's "Teju Cup" (U 23) with Bulgarian National U21

2000: Final of Bulgarian's Cup U16

1996: Winner of the L2 Championship

Practice's Education:

2003: 2 weeks trial at Sparta Prague (L1, Czech Republic)

2002: 2 weeks trial at Real Sociedad (L1, Spain)


Matushev holds the UEFA Pro License and a Football master's degree from National Sports Academy.


  1. ^ "Елин Топузаков става част от треньорския щаб на националния отбор". 24 October 2019. Retrieved 25 April 2020.

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