Jul 2, 1976
|Age||44 years old|
In 2002, there was a change in management at Stade Rennais FC, and Dréossi took over as General Manager. As part of a quartet of new international signings, Georgi Ivanov joined along with Cech, Loeschbor and Fleurquin. The Bulgarian international striker arrived with a flattering CV, twice voted best player in the Bulgarian championship, top scorer in the league, three times Bulgarian champion and three domestic cup titles. He seemed to be just the centre-forward that Rennes needed after the departure of Nonda in 2000. He was given 5 starts in the first 10 games, but failed to score a single goal, and didn’t have much in the way of goalscoring opportunities. With Manager Bergeroo sacked in October, the player nicknamed “Gonzo” didn’t have any more credibility with new boss Halilhodzic, who only gave his three starts before Christmas. Returned to sender, on loan, to Levski Sofia in January 2003, Ivanov struggled to get his career back on track. In the same transfer window, Frei arrived in Brittany to replace him.