The oldest active football player in the world turned out to be Bulgarian, look who he is

The goalkeeper of “Slavia” Georgi Petkov is the oldest player in professional football in the world for the past year. This was announced by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS).

On February 20, 2022, in the match against CSKA, Petkov guarded for the “Whites” at the age of 45 for 343 days. Thus, he is 145 days ahead of the next in the ranking – the Egyptian Mohamed Abdel Monsef (“Al Ittihad”), also a goalkeeper, who on August 23 played against “Zamalek” at the age of 45 years and 198 days. However, it was also the farewell match in the career of the Egyptian, popularly known by his nickname Usa.

The third in the order – the Bolivian Daniel Vaca (Royal Money), again a goalkeeper, was 43 years and 324 days old when he guarded against Real Santa Cruz.

The paradox is that the match with which Georgi Petkov recorded the world achievement for 2022 was also his only match of the year. He suffered a very heavy blow to the head after a collision with then-CSKA player Jordi Caicedo and was substituted in the 43rd minute, being taken to hospital with a severe concussion. Petkov then lost consciousness several times on the field and his life was saved by the Slavia doctor Deniz Yilmaz. However, the former national goalkeeper recovered and even announced that he has no intention of ending his career at the moment.

This means that already in his first official match for Slavia in 2023, Petkov will improve his own achievement, as he is already 46 years old, and will turn 47 in March.


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