Monday, September 8, 2008

Dimitar Berbatov (Dimitar Ivanov Berbatov)

Dimitar Berbatov Manchester United

Personal information

Full name: Dimitar Ivanov Berbatov
Date of birth: 30 January 1981 (1981-01-30) (age 27)
Place of birth: Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
Height: 1.89 m (6 ft 2+1⁄2 in)
Playing position: Striker

Senior clubs



CSKA Sofia
Bayer Leverkusen
Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United

Berbatov was born in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. His father, Ivan, was a professional footballer with local outfit Pirin Blagoevgrad, and his mother, Margarita, was a professional handball player. As a youngster, Berbatov supported A.C. Milan and modelled himself on Marco van Basten until Euro '96 in England, when the then fifteen year old discovered a new role model in Alan Shearer, formerly of Newcastle United, even sleeping in a Newcastle shirt. His mother later spoke of Dimitar's dream of playing for Newcastle one day. Berbatov learned the English language by watching the "Godfather" films. Outside of football, he lists his hobbies as drawing and basketball.

After much speculation, Berbatov completed a move to Manchester United on 1 September 2008 for a fee of around £30.75 million, with Fraizer Campbell joining Tottenham on a season-long loan as part of the deal. This came despite Tottenham accepting a bid for Berbatov from Manchester City on the same day. Berbatov's contract to United is for four years, and he will wear the number 9 shirt previously worn by Louis Saha.


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1 comment:

Juan y Fer said...

Superb player, now Manchester is even more powerful team.
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