Despodov warming up for Bulgaria in October 2018
|Full name||Kiril Vasilev Despodov|
|Date of birth||11 November 1996|
|Place of birth||Kresna, Bulgaria|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Winger, forward|
|Sturm Graz (on loan from Cagliari)|
|2019–||→ Sturm Graz (loan)||10||(6)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 November 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 November 2019
Kiril Despodov (Bulgarian: Кирил Десподов; born 11 November 1996) is a Bulgarian professional footballer who plays for Austrian Bundesliga side Sturm Graz, on loan from Serie A club Cagliari, and the Bulgarian national team. He primarily plays as a winger but can also play as a forward.
Despodov made his way through the youth teams at Litex Lovech before making his senior debut in 2012 at the age of 15. He was transferred to CSKA Sofia in June 2016, where he established himself as the team's star player, winning the Bulgarian Footballer of the Year award in 2018 - the first CSKA player to do so since Hristo Stoichkov in 1989.
On 23 March 2018, Despodov made his senior international debut for Bulgaria in a 1–0 friendly loss against Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Despodov was born in Kresna. He joined Litex Lovech's Academy at the age of 12 and progressed through the club's youth system. He played an important role in Litex's 2012 BFU U-16 Cup win, scoring two goals in the final against Cherno More on 26 April.
Despodov made his first team debut under Hristo Stoichkov's management, at 15 years 183 days, in a 5–0 league win over Kaliakra Kavarna on 12 May 2012, coming on as a substitute for Svetoslav Todorov. He scored his first goal on 10 August 2013, netting the fifth in a 5–1 away league win over Pirin Gotse Delchev.
On 22 November 2014, Despodov scored his first goal of the 2014–15 season against Cherno More in a 3–0 away win. On 27 November, he signed his first professional contract with Litex shortly after turning 18. Two days later he scored his second goal of the season in a 2–2 away draw against Levski Sofia in the 66th minute to clinch a point for his team.
Despite the not so good start of the season 2015–16 for Despodov, as he played only in 4 matches from 19 rounds, he became a hero in the quarterfinals of the Bulgarian Cup. In the match against Levski Sofia, after coming on as a subtitude in the 76th minute when the match was 0–0 and Litex was down to 10 people, they eventually ended up winning the game after extra time 3–0, with Despodov scoring 2 of the goals.
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On 30 January 2019, Despodov completed a transfer to Serie A side Cagliari, signing a contract until 2023 with an extension option for one more season. CSKA Sofia did not reveal the exact transfer fee, but it was reported that it broke the record for an outgoing First League transfer of a local Bulgarian player, which until then was Hristo Stoichkov's $ 4.5 million move to Barcelona in the summer of 1990. He made his debut for the club in a 3–0 away loss to Milan on 10 February, coming on for Artur Ioniță in the 75th minute.
Sturm Graz (loan)
On 7 February 2015, Despodov made his first appearance for Bulgaria, in a goalless draw with Romania in a non-official friendly match, coming on as a late substitute for Stanislav Manolev. He was also called up in March 2017, for a 2018 World Cup qualifier against the Netherlands, but remained on the bench. Despodov finally made his complete debut for Bulgaria on 23 March 2018 in a friendly match against Bosnia and Herzegovina, replacing Spas Delev shortly after the one hour mark.
- As of match played 30 November 2019
|Litex Lovech||2011–12||A Group||1||0||0||0||–||–||1||0|
|Litex Lovech II||2015–16||B Group||13||2||–||–||–||13||2|
|CSKA Sofia II||2016–17||Second League||1||0||–||–||–||1||0|
|CSKA Sofia||2016–17||First League||25||4||0||0||–||–||25||4|
|Sturm Graz (loan)||2019–20||Bundesliga||10||6||2||1||–||–||12||7|
- As of match played 17 November 2019
- Scores and results list Bulgaria's goal tally first.
|1.||13 October 2018||Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria||Cyprus||1–1||2–1||2018–19 UEFA Nations League C|
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