Ivan Todorov is a 36-year-old man born and raised in Sofia the capital of Bulgaria.
Proud father of a 6-year-old – son.
Behind him Ivan has experience in professional football in Bulgaria and Poland. Having played for the teams of Levski Sofia (junior) and taking part with the amateur national team of Bulgaria which reached the European Championship Final in Poland at 2005 and became the goal scorer of the tournament being chosen as the best athlete at the same forum. After this success he got the opportunity to be transferred to the Polish team of Vigri Suwalki, which turned out to be the last in his professional career.
After the end of his football career he has been accepted with a thankful letter as a deserving master of sport in the football coaching faculty of the National Sports Academy “Vasil Levski”.
Three years ago, Ivan was diagnosed with the rare cancer disease osteosarcoma of the soft tissues, which he continues to fight to this day.
His treatment so far has seen him go through several surgeries, chemo and radiation therapies.
Ivan underwent two leg surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation therapy in Bulgaria. At the end of 2018, he went to one of the best cancer clinics in Istanbul, Turkey where he underwent three surgeries (one on his leg and two on his lungs) and a three-month course of chemotherapy.
Ivan recently returned from distant China, where he continues his battle with the rare disease and has undergone several innovative procedures. The procedures performed by the Chinese specialists give Ivan a positive impulse about his treatment and his recovery.
The long battle that Ivan continues to fight motivates him to start a humanitarian project, which is focused entirely on charity, mutual aid, solidarity and love for the sport.
The project is called Ivan Todorov Foundation and started under the slogan “Together in the fight and love of the sport.”
Its main functions and activities are charity.
The purpose of the foundation is to organize fundraising for support and participation in various charity campaigns and initiatives led by the love of the sport.
The first project of the Organization is related to the Bulgarian football player and midfielder in the national football team of Bulgaria – Mihail Alexandrov.
Mihail is a junior of CSKA (Sofia), five-time champion of Bulgaria with Ludogorets and participant in the Champion League with the same team. Champion of Poland with the team of Legia Warsaw, having played for one of the most popular teams in Germany – Borussia Dortmund and a participant in the Premier League of Russia with the team of Arsenal (Tula).
The 30-year-old professional athlete decided to make a noble gesture to the Ivan Todorov Foundation by donating his personal, unique and sentimental collection of 88 unique football shirts collected over the years to support the organization’s activities and empathize with the fight against the rare oncological disease of Ivan Todorov.
The two have known each other since early childhood. They grew up together managing to maintain friendly and family relationships, and mutually are supportive to this day.
Each of the donated T-shirts is a football relic belonging to some of the greatest football players in the football history, with names such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Hristo Stoichkov, Stilian Petrov, Dimitar Berbatov and many other football stars.
Each of the T-shirts which were received or delivered personally to Mihail Alexandrov from the respective players after the final whistle, and have a huge sentimental value for him, will be taking part in the first of its kind in a Bulgarian online auction organized by the Ivan Todorov Foundation
The project of the Foundation will start on the emblematic date for both 11.06.2020. – The birthday of the two friends.
The online auction will be launched on 15.06.2020. and will be active for a period of 30 days – end day 15.07.2020. This project main emphasis is based on a natural mutual assistance, unity, and love of football and its dedicated community and will continue solely on this path ahead.