Thu, May 23 2013
Bulgarian national and Manchester United forward Dimitar Berbatov has been voted the Bulgarian Football Union's (BFU) Footballer of the Year for the fifth time.
According to the BFU website, Berbatov got 283 points, well ahead of runner-up Georgi Petkov of Levski (162 points) and Blagoi Georgiev of Slaviya (122 points).
The award, decided on the basis of voting by sports journalists, will be given to Berbatov at a ceremony on December 27 2008 at Sofia's Kempinski Hotel Zografski.
Others in the top 10 were Stilian Petrov (49 points), Martin Petrov (36), Alexander Alexandrov (28), Alexander Tunchev (25), Todor Yanchev and Velizar Dimitrov (24 points each) and Dimitar Rangelov (eight points).
Bulgarian news agency Focus said that it was expected that Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson would attend the award ceremony.
The winner and first two runners-up will be given "the traditional golden footballs" representing the award. The ceremony is to be broadcast on Bulgarian National Television from 8.30pm to 9.15pm local time.
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Despite Berbatov's continued absence, Bulgaria looked livelier than ever in friendly with Hungary.