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Newcastle After Top 21 Year-Old Bulgarian Striker

6:35 pm, Thursday, November 15th, 2007 by Ed Harrison · 46 Comments

There is news today from Sky Sports that Newcastle United are monitoring Levski Sofia’s 21 year-old Bulgarian striker Valeri Domovchiyski.

Valeri is rated one of the best young prospects to emerge from Bulgaria in recent years, and he made his professional debut when he was just 17 years old, for his hometown club Marista Plovdiv.


Valeri Domovchiyski - one of the outstanding young players in Bulgaria

When he turned 18 he was acquired by Levski Sofia, and finished last season with 18 goals in just 26 games. Valeri has started well again this season and is already top-scorer in Bulgaria with seven goals in just 11 matches. The Magpies are monitoring a number of young up and coming prospects and will take a closer look at Domovchiyski this week. Valeri is due to play for Bulgaria against England Under 21s on Friday evening, before facing Ireland next week. Newcastle stars Steven Taylor and James Milner, another two 21 year-olds will also play in the England game.

Levski’s financial director Konstantin Bazdekov confirmed that Newcastle were planning to be in attendance.

“It’s true that a scout from Newcastle wanted to watch our last match,”

“But I cannot confirm Domovciyski is their target.”

Last summer both Olympiakos and Sporting Lisbon tried to get the young Bulgarian but failed to agree terms. Not surprisingly, there are now a number of clubs said to be after the young Bulgarian, who stands 5′ 10″ tall.

Domovchiyski played a total of 21 games for Maritsa Plovdiv scoring 8 goals. He has played 107 times for Levski Sofia in total, scoring 50 goals, and has already played for the full Bulgarian side. In 128 first class games he has scored 58 goals, not a bad striking record for a 21 year old. Not a bad striking record for a striker of any age. Shades of Alan Shearer :D

Domovchiyski has been part of the Levski team that twice won the Bulgarian Championship in seasons 2005-2006 and 2006-2007. Levski also won two Bulgarian Cups in 2005 and 2007, and also won the Bulgarian Supercup in those same years.

Here’s Valeri’s career stats in the league with the goals scored.

Season          Team              Games  Goals
2003-2004 	Maritsa Plovdiv    21 	   8
2004-2005 	Levski Sofia 	   15 	  10
2005-2006 	Levski Sofia 	   24 	  12
2006-2007 	Levski Sofia 	   26 	  18
2007-2008       Levski Sofia       11      7

                                   97     55   

This boy certainly seems to have the knack of scoring goals and is yet another top youngster Newcastle have been linked with over the last couple of months. It’s obvious that Newcastle are following the Arsenal blueprint, of scouring the world for top talent and bringing them in to develop them to full stardom (hopefully) at the club. We hope to have at least 3-4 top youngsters join the club in January.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours


46 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Hadji // Nov 15, 2007 at 6:49 PM

    Great replacement for Shola Ameobi.He looks like Wayne Rooney,i hope he plays like him

  • 2 phil // Nov 15, 2007 at 6:49 PM

    You had to add the Shearer reference didn’t you lol.

  • 3 Hammy // Nov 15, 2007 at 6:52 PM

    “He looks like Wayne Rooney”
    u need your eyes testing mate….

  • 4 milnerfan // Nov 15, 2007 at 7:02 PM

    looks more like stevie G

  • 5 Tom_Toon // Nov 15, 2007 at 7:03 PM

    Brought this news to you last night saw a few cameos of him on the net looked very decent, very skillful and his record is pretty good.

  • 6 Callum // Nov 15, 2007 at 7:11 PM

    Hopefully hes a Newcastle fan like his compatriot Berbatov, that’ll make it easier for us to sign him :D

  • 7 Ed Harrison // Nov 15, 2007 at 7:14 PM

    It’s going to be interesting to see which youngsters we bring in during January – we seem to be linked with quite a few – and they all look very good players.

  • 8 Ed Harrison // Nov 15, 2007 at 7:15 PM

    Tom_Toon – I was a bit late on this one.

  • 9 nightfall // Nov 15, 2007 at 7:18 PM

    how tall is he? (in cm please :) )

  • 10 Hadrain // Nov 15, 2007 at 7:31 PM

    all these young signings will be great if they come off , refreshing to see us take this aproach again but on a more grander scale than bobby ,

  • 11 Hadrain // Nov 15, 2007 at 7:39 PM

    this lad has a few clips on the net , i know its easy to make anyone look good in those sort of things , but the lad has some skill and plays some lovely assists , looks a hell of alot more than just a goalscorer /cough *owen* /cough :D

  • 12 Halliday // Nov 15, 2007 at 8:16 PM

    How do you know? Wheres the source?

    Still wouldnt mind him by his scoring records though.

  • 13 Bill f // Nov 15, 2007 at 8:28 PM

    Saw a striker by name of DeMelo playing for LeMans who looked absolutely brilliant on the French highlights show. Big, strong, fast, skilful, another possible name for the pot?

  • 14 iain // Nov 15, 2007 at 9:04 PM

    read today that spurs want to by carrick back for 18m.

    even if we have to pay 18m we should be in for him if man utd were to let him leave, although i doubt they would sell him, even less so for the same as they bought him for.

    typical of nufc that we have crap passing in cm and one of englands best cm passers after gerrard and lampard is a geordie yet he doesnt play for us.

    i know shepard was keen onm this team of geordies bollox but had the club been managed properly we would have 4 geordies in the team in harper/taylor/carrick/carroll and in this day and of foreign owners and fifa complaing about too many foriegn players, imagine us an english owned club with 4 home grownplayers albeit one we bought back.

  • 15 iain // Nov 15, 2007 at 9:04 PM

    oops that should be 5 sorry shola.

  • 16 Tom_Toon // Nov 15, 2007 at 9:08 PM

    carrick is a muppet to much money way to much id rather see foreign players all this, waaaaaaaaaaaaa foreign players are ruining your national team is bollocks. If the players that coe through are good enough, they will play simple as,club before country any day of the week. I support portugal so i cant complain :).

    De Melo aint got a great scoring record. Where are the young defenders?!? Id suggest Sebastian Prodl would be cheap coming from an austrian mid table team and an absolute brute of a defender even at 20, named in the recent fifa under-20 fifa world cups’ team of the tournament.

  • 17 Ed Harrison // Nov 15, 2007 at 9:09 PM

    iain – blame Keagan for losing Carrick. Michael was on Newcastle’s books but then Keagan ended the reserve team so the lads couldn’t get a game – left for WHU in 1998. Born and bred in Wallsend.

  • 18 Tom_Toon // Nov 15, 2007 at 9:11 PM

    oh ye look out for prodl in the friendly tomorrow if he plays along with leitgeb.

  • 19 Tom_Toon // Nov 15, 2007 at 9:12 PM

    actually quite a few talented young austrians.

  • 20 Bill f // Nov 15, 2007 at 9:18 PM

    He got 2 in the game I was watching and took them well. One an overhead with a Martin type celebration. I think he is one to watch.

  • 21 Tom_Toon // Nov 15, 2007 at 9:23 PM

    ameobi got two in a game and took them well because he put them in the back of the net :)

  • 22 Rob kirton // Nov 15, 2007 at 9:30 PM

    ED: Didn’t realise Carrick was on our books as a kid. Mind you we’ve been good with that sort of trick, local lad or not. We sent Sammy Hyypia away as not good enough after a trial. At the time he was an established league player in Iceland looking for a setp up into the English top flight. To think of some of the dfenders who we have managed to sign since….

  • 23 joshi // Nov 15, 2007 at 9:43 PM

    any good video links?

  • 24 Brisbane Mag // Nov 15, 2007 at 9:46 PM

    Good to see us bringing in the best youngsters, but also need to strengthen todays team with top class quality players…….

  • 25 Hammy // Nov 15, 2007 at 9:48 PM

    Didn’t realise Hyypia slipped through our fingers…..hmmmnnnn
    all this speculation is starting to wear me down…at the mo….come my birthday FEBRUARY 7TH, we are going to have a squad of about 70 top notch pro’s and Mike Ashley is going to be skint busking outside Grey’s monument with Mort holding the tin.
    Ed. I hope you are not taking a leaf out of that reporting god Alan Olivers book and just “making stuff up”……….I’d rather perve over tasty birds and escort Carr and Shola down to the Central station than read we are about to “sign” an up and coming U21 Greenland International.
    Sorry Ed but I think we need some humourous topics to discuss over the International weekend as let’s face it no ones gonna be watching the telly.

  • 26 dragoner // Nov 15, 2007 at 10:30 PM

    carrick for 18mill!? thats just stupid, you can get better midfielders for around half of that. stop all this “english english english blah blah blah” we might as well join the movement and be successful, rather than be respected and get nowhere

  • 27 Bill f // Nov 15, 2007 at 10:33 PM

    Ok tom-toon I can see this discussion is going nowhere, still think he is worth watching.

  • 28 Bill f // Nov 15, 2007 at 10:35 PM

    Hammy don’t you find a lot of these discussions amusing, I do. :)

  • 29 joshi // Nov 15, 2007 at 10:37 PM

    Ahhhhh Big Als testimonial was the best!

  • 30 ToonKing // Nov 15, 2007 at 11:47 PM

    Valeri Domovchiyski is an amazing player. He is not a young talent, he is a superstar in making. I went on holiday in Croatia last year and we traveled via Sofia. Plan was to spend the day there so what better way of doing that then going to a game ?? :) He was amazing. The best player in the team by a mile. I expected him to be picked up by a big club this summer but somehow Levski managed to keep him. Not for long though. It would be massive if we could get him but tbh i seriously doubt it, he is the kind of talent we never seem to get. He will most probably end up in some big clubs reserve team and then come in with a bang in a couple of years.

    But i repeat he is a superstar in the making, signing him would be incredible.

  • 31 Tom_Toon // Nov 16, 2007 at 12:41 AM

    One player id like is Omar Esparza plays RB, LB, DM, RM, LM his most comfortable position is full back only 19 atm :)

  • 32 Leo // Nov 16, 2007 at 12:50 AM

    his goal record speaks for itself but will be be able to hack it in the premierleague

  • 33 Hadrain // Nov 16, 2007 at 2:26 AM

    what made me laugh was carricks transfer press conference……. fergie ; “he will do well for us balla…carrick”
    we played together as young teenagers , always thought he would end up further up the park than where he plays , has alot of ability and great passing , but 18mill no thanks , he’s no shearer , not worth breaking records for .

  • 34 Len // Nov 16, 2007 at 3:05 AM

    We can look forward to a great toon u21 side then. I am all in favour of bringing in good young players provided we play them and dont just leave them to rot in the reserves. Bring them on quickly, drop some of the old guard, and just accept the fact there will be mistakes while they grow up. If they make it great. If they dont then unload fast, no more, 26 year old ‘prospects’ Shola.

  • 35 ssdd // Nov 16, 2007 at 3:48 AM

    Compilation of Levski FC youngsters Valeri Domovchiyski & Milan Koprivarov

  • 36 vincent // Nov 16, 2007 at 9:19 AM

    how about portsmouth’s matt taylor ? unsettled now and would be great to fill in our left back position, enrique to be backup, release zog back to left winger..

  • 37 aaron d // Nov 16, 2007 at 10:41 AM

    matt taylor would be a great signing. Weren’t we link to Gareth Barry a while back, would love to see him at newcastle, especially if he’s playing like he is at the moment. Carrick would be a good signing too, isn’t going to feature as much as he would like this year at man u. I would like to see someone like Shaun Wright-Phillips or Joe Cole, unlikely but are the sort of flair players we need. This Arshavin looks like a good possible target.

  • 38 steve // Nov 16, 2007 at 11:48 AM

    we should sign Steve Patrick from j4g – he’s getting on a bit but has a fantastic scoring record ( scored 70 goals last season ) – not only that but he’s a geordie as well, we could get him on a free (or give him a couple of million to sign and he’ll only cost about 50k a week :-)

  • 39 Tom_Toon // Nov 16, 2007 at 11:49 AM

    Arshavin, Domovchisky, Esparza would be my signings.

  • 40 Bill f // Nov 16, 2007 at 11:50 AM

    I would think we got as much chance of getting Cole as there is the Poles refreezing.

  • 41 steve // Nov 16, 2007 at 11:50 AM

    I’ll get someone to take a video next time we play and I’ll edit it to make me look great so everyone can start saying sign him ( if only Souness was still around I’d prob have a chance :-) )

  • 42 Owen // Nov 16, 2007 at 3:57 PM

    I’d rather spend £18 million on Jole Cole than Carrick.

  • 43 scott 9 // Nov 16, 2007 at 7:27 PM

    he looks qaulity i had a look on youtube but in my opinion we have owen and martins as our to small quick strikers so why do we want another 5.8 foot striker we need another target man to back up viduka smith is not good enough ameobi is poor we need another target man nota another small striker.

  • 44 Tom_Toon // Nov 16, 2007 at 9:07 PM

    a striker is a striker and by the looks of the players we’ve been linked with BSA isnt going to playmany long balls anymore if they score its good enough for mean couldnt care less about their build, btw hes 5ft 10.

  • 45 nasko skoplje // Nov 17, 2007 at 3:39 AM

    This guy is Mister Universum for Wayne Rooney .Nobody looks like Wayne Rooney

  • 46 scott 9 // Nov 18, 2007 at 4:47 PM

    i would love it if we could play without a big man and still play weel but i thionk when we havent had viduka this season we have struggled hes the player we miss the most out of everyone in my opinion

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