Flash­back Vik­tor was not so vic­to­ri­ous at Saints

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page -

The ar­rival of East­ern Euro­pean play­ers is noth­ing new, but it re­mains a nov­elty in these parts.

Ro­ma­nian de­fender Mi­hai Popescu ar­rived late last week from Di­namo Bucharest, spark­ing mem­o­ries of big Bul­gar­ian cen­tre back Vik­tor Genev.

The 26-year-old de­fender had been on trial at the Pais­ley club in 2015 and had done enough to con­vince Bud­dies boss Gary Teale to hand him a con­tract un­til the end of the sea­son.

And Genev went straight into the squad for the fol­low­ing Satur­day’s clash at home to Hamil­ton Ac­cies.

Teale told Ex­press Sports: “Vik­tor is a win­ner and some­one who can help us in both penalty boxes.

“He has played at a good level and, hope­fully, he’ll give us added

Short stay

St Mir­ren FC is a club with a proud tra­di­tion — and a his­tory to match.

They have been at the cen­tre of the Scot­tish game since their for­ma­tion in 1877.

To­day, we look back at the brief spell Vik­tor Genev spent with the Bud­dies .

pres­ence at the back.

“We’re hop­ing he can come in and com­ple­ment what we’ve al­ready got at the club.”

Genev kicked off his ca­reer with home­town club Levski Sofia, spend­ing three years there.

In 2009, he helped the club win the Bul­gar­ian cham­pi­onship.

His form was also im­pres­sive enough to earn him in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion for Bul­garia at Un­der-21 level.

Genev spent a year at Spar­tak Se­mey, who play in the Kaza­khstan Premier League, prior to sign­ing for the Bud­dies.

He be­came the sixth player to join Saints since Teale took over as gaffer in De­cem­ber, with Yoann Arquin, James Day­ton, Em­manuel Sonupe, Kieran Sadlier and Alan Gow al­ready re­cruited.

Ul­ti­mately, the new re­cruits were un­able to beat the drop de­spite bat­tling tooth and nail to avoid the trap door to the Cham­pi­onship.

Big Genev didn’t ex­actly help mat­ters, with an in­jury against Ac­cies and a red card against Ross County mean­ing he didn’t ex­actly set the heather alight.

He was amongst a host of play­ers to be re­leased at the end of that sea­son and has since pitched up at a va­ri­ety of clubs... and coun­tries.

Ro­ma­nia was next with Petrolui Ploiesti, then Be­larus at Di­namo Minsk be­fore head­ing back to Bul­garia with Levski Sofia.

Botev Plo­div and a spell in Is­rael at Ash­dod added the ex­tra Air­miles, but he is again back in his home­land with Ch­erno More Varna.

Sent off Genev was red-carded dur­ing a Ross County match

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