Full name in native alphabet: Стефан Стефанов Смъркалев
Date of birth: 14/05/2007 (16 years old)
Place of birth: Sofia (Bulgaria)
Youth career: Botev Plovdiv
Current club: Botev Plovdiv
Squad number: 77
Current national team: Bulgaria U-17
Preferred foot: right
Market value (by transfermarkt.de): 50.000 €
Tournaments participated in: —
Contract until: 30.06.2026
Player’s agent: unknown
Transfer rumours: —
Similar type of player: Dominik Livaković
– close-range shot-stopping ability
– aerial ability
– technical mistakes while parrying or catching the ball
Style of play:
Mature right-footed goalkeeper who excels with his fantastic reflexes. Good height and strength for a keeper of his age. Decent long and short distribution. Above-average footwork and composure under pressure.
Smarkalev with a fantastic instinctive save from close-range.
Smarkalev saves a dangerous long-range shot in a great fashion.
Smarkalev with a spectacular save of an ovehead kick from close range.
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League summary (as for 19 November 2023):
Vtora liga 2022/2023: 12 games/0 goals (Botev II)
Parva Liga 2022/2023: 1 game/0 goals (Botev)
Stefan Smarkalev is a product of the Botev Plovdiv youth academy. He is considered to be one of the most interesting U-17 goalkeepers in Europe. He made his professional debut just 23 days after his 16th birthday on 6 June 2023 in a league fixture against Arda Kardzhali.
Football Talent Scout potential rating:
First team material in a top European league.