Trifon Ivanov perhaps the only player took the rapid fans never took a change to Austria. Six years ago, on February 13, 2016, the Bulgarian Wolf succumbed to a heart attack. His removing lifestyle was fatal to him. Rarely, a death in Austrian football was similarly attention. Today is a death day. The extraordinary history of a domestic football legend.

Andalusia instead of Barcelona

1992. For Betis Seville, Ivanov plays brilliant. The FC Barcelona sees this and submits a contract to Libero – but the President of the Béticos blocks the change. Ivanov annoys, but Andalusia is not bad either. Fans from England, Italy or Germany know Ivanov since the 1994 World Cup in the USA. When Nobody reaches Ivanov with Bulgaria fourth place four, the Panini Pickerl with his unique counterfeit is around the world.

A year later, Rapid coach is Ernst Dokupil looking for a central defender. He asks Gilbert Gress, who, among other things, trained Switzerland and Sturm Graz. GRESS shows Dokupil the bird and says, “Stay away! That’s a fool! That’s not bending!” But Dokupil familiarizes his belly feeling and gets Ivanov to Rapid, where he advanced to the cult ion. On European ground, Ivanov gets up and is decorated with the nomination for the “team of the year”.

But the championship boring Ivanov. At the latest as he rapidly costs the championship decision-making duel with Austria Salzburg, Docupil device on the edge of despair and punched his disciplinary exceptional council. Ivanov is that good. On the allegations, he is associated with the Schlendrian, he says, “That can only be a joke. From eleven to eighteen, I visited the football school in Veliko Tarnovo – that was a daily training three times a day, I have even made too much condition, That’s why I do not feel like it anymore. “

The thing with the army epicer

Ivanov puts his private life in the foreground. If you talk to him, he mentions more frequently as football. In his home, he buys an army of army and tries him in the box next door. With his gun he goes hunting for Hirschen, in his garage are eight cars. He collects her. From Fiat to Ferrari. The latter he gets from his private sponsor and Avanti boss Hannes Nouza. His zaster Ivanov was well laid out. With national team colleagues he founds the bank “National” in Sofia. He has two petrol stations, three apartments, a house and fits in the hospitality industry.

His body, however, is not important to him, his decay well documented. “He came with the endurance values ​​of a student player and the highest pollutant concentration of all,” recalls Ernst Dokupil. Ivanov’s performance fluctuations are Eklatant, its salary requirements for Rapid exorbitant. In the summer of 1997, Austria sees a chance to annoy the neighbors and accepts Ivanov under contract. Nouza is still sustained today to have given the necessary financial syringe. Because Austria coach Wolfgang Frank actually wants a striker. Instead, he gets Ivanov.

“Trifon was a great person”

Only half a year remains the bearded a violet. He does not help the Austria. But the fans love him until today – and only that counts. “It was an unfortunate commitment,” remembers his fellow players Herbert Gager. “He was physically in a bad constitution. If we had to expire, he managed to cut away every round. But Trifon was a great man.” Ivanov goes to Sofia, but returns to Vienna half a year later. Too much he loves the liveliest city in the world.

At the Floridsdorfer AC he leaves his career and takes care of a certain Marko Arnautovic in the 21st Viennese district, which sets his first ballteric steps. In his last years of life Ivanov is regional officer of the Bulgarian Association, in Weliko Tarnowo he should build a football school. But his lifestyle picks him. Cigarettes, alcohol – the former also like in the break of a Bundesliga game. The heart attack extends Ivanov down on February 13, 2016. The wolf is dead, but do not forget.

In conversation with Austria , companions remember the legend Trifon I.

Trifon Ivanov - Legendary Bulgarian Football Player

Ernst Dokupil: I got trifon personally to Rapid at that time. Ivanov has played in Switzerland for a while, so I interviewed the former Swiss team boss after him. He shouted me and said, ‘Stay away! That’s a fool! That’s not bending! ‘ And he was right. Trifon has always remained the same. In the half he smoked as a slot, he came too late for training. Since himself his Ferrari was not fast enough. But if he had a good day, the strikers were chanceless against him. He was a fantastic defender. Unfortunately, he is switched to Austria for financial reasons. Since then I had no contact more to him.

Herbert Gager: Trifon was a great man, we have understood awarded. He was a footballer with enormous quality, but not the most ambitious. If we had to expire, he has managed to cut away every round. In the end we went three rounds and he 1. So his game has lived in the Austria mainly from his positioning game – for athlete he was no one anymore. He always had little injuries, was in no good shape – but the opponents had respect for him. He was always good again to hust up. He was feared for that. Finally, his commitment was somewhat unhappy because the club urgently needed a striker. Although our coach Wolfgang Frank treated him well, but Trifon’s physical condition was often in the way.

Samuel Ipoua: Oh, I’m still extremely sad that he left us so early. He was a size in Austria and so he played. In his high phase he was a fantastic footballer. I’d like to remember back when Trifon has borrowed his Ferrari. He was his one and everything – but he did not do a tamtam. The only thing he said to me was: ‘Please do not catch the police, Sammy.’ He has never trained much, but in the game he was top – and at least in the head to 100 percent.

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Günter Kreissl: I played with Trifon a three quarters of a year in the fight team at the Austria and got to know him as a really funny guy and lovable guys, who was always good for a thirty. He was a bit like a big, playful child. At Trifon one was never sure if he could even know the first names of his teammates. Often he just said “servus you”, a “servus günter” I never heard of him. On the square, he did partly as if the whole thing would not tackle him and then suddenly he played a pass over 60, 70 meters, which landed exactly at the shoe. He was at the end of his career and there he was physically no longer in the best condition, but has always flashed that he was a world-class player.