Popov honoured

SOFIA: Spartak Moscow midfielder Ivelin Popov was named Bulgaria’s footballer of the year on Saturday. The 28-year-old, capped 58 times by Bulgaria, garnered 241 points in the annual poll of sports journalists. Palermo midfielder Ivaylo Chochev was second and CSKA Moscow midfielder Georgi Milanov third. Stanimir Stoilov won the coach’s award after leading Astana to their second league title and the Champions League group stages last year.