Date of birth: 12/12/1996 (16 years old)
Place of birth: Sofia (Bulgaria)
Club career: Slavia Sofia
Current national team: Bulgaria U-21
Position: centre back, right back
Preferred foot: right
Market value (by transfermarkt.de): 200,000 €
Contract until: unknown
Similar type of player: Andrea Ranocchia
– aerial duels
– ability to read the game
Style of play:
– ball playing centre back
– likes to play long balls
– likes to play the ball out of the defence
– indirect set-piece threat
He is best suited to playing as:
Centre back in 4-2-3-1.
Bulgarian A Group 2013/2014 (ongoing): 15 matches/0 goals (Slavia Sofia)
Velkov is a Slavia Sofia boy, where he has been playing since he’s been a little child. He made his first-team debut on 27th July 2013, at just 16 years 227 days of age, coming on as a substitute for Hristo Yaney in a 0-0 away draw in the league against Cherno More Varna. Despite his age, he is a regular in the “White Avalanche” first team as well as Bulgaria U-21 national team, where he is the youngest player. He is considered to be one of the most talented defenders in Eastern Europe, which did not escape the scouts from the top league, who are regularly coming to see Stefan, although it seems that it would be better for his development for now to stay and play regularly at Slavia.
“There were the scouts of Bayern who followed Velkov. There are four clubs currently interested in the youngster. Two of them have already announced officially their offers.”
(“Dneven Trud” – largest circulation Bulgarian daily newspaper)
Football Talent Scout potential rating:
First team material in a top European club.