Atanas Zehirov ( ; born 13 February 1989) is a Bulgarian professional footballer who plays as a right back and right winger for Botev Vratsa.
Zehirov began his career with CSKA Sofia, but made only six league appearance with one goal and spent time on loan to Sliven 2000 before leaving the club in October 2010. He scored his first and last goal for the club against Lokomotiv Mezdra on 13 June 2009. On 31 January 2011, Zehirov signed as a free agent with Pirin Blagoevgrad, but made only one league appearance, as a substitute, before being released at the end of the season. In August 2011, Zehirov joined Norwegian side Hasle-LÃ¸ren IL.
On 7 February 2013, Zehirov signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Beroe Stara Zagora. During his time with the club he primarily has been used in the defence as a right-back. Zehirov made his debut on 22 May 2013, replacing Martin Raynov for the last 13 minutes of a 2â€“1 away win over Lokomotiv Plovdiv. On 1 March 2014, Zehirov scored his first league goal for Beroe in a 5â€“0 home win over Lyubimets 2007, scoring the fourth of their five goals. In the 2014â€“15 season, Zehirov became Beroe's first-choice right-back. On 8 May 2015, he signed a new two-year extension to his contract. He left the club in May 2017 after his contract expired.
On 1 June 2017, Zehirov agreed to join Cherno More, but the official contract was signed two weeks later. On 15 July, he made his debut in a 1â€“0 home win over Vitosha Bistritsa, playing as a right winger. On 11 August 2017, he scored his first goal for the club in a 1â€“1 home draw with Slavia Sofia. Zehirov won the Man of the match award in that game.
On 26 May 2015, Zehirov received his first call-up to the Bulgaria national team for the friendly game against Turkey on 8 June 2015 in Istanbul from Ivaylo Petev, but did not make an appearance. He was called up in November 2016 for a 2018 World Cup qualifier against Belarus national team, during which he remained on the bench. On 3 September 2017, Zehirov made his debut in a 1â€“3 away defeat by the Netherlands, a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.
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