The Football Hard Man Index No.6: Trifon Ivanov, Aka The Bulgarian Wolfman

Ollie Irish

3rd, September 2010


By Ollie Irish

ROUTINELY included on ‘Ugliest Footballers’ lists, Trifon ‘The Wolfman’ Ivanov also played ugly. If Trifon didn’t intimidate opponents with his wild looks and intense stare, he would simply hack them down.

It would be harsh on Ivanov to remember him only as a hatchet man – he possessed a fine pair of shooting boots too, and could play a bit, as 77 caps for Bulgaria attest, not to mention this fine strike against Wales:

So, foot like a traction engine and, er, a face like a traction engine too. Trifon, we salute you and welcome you to the Hardman Hall of Fame.

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