Five Things To Know About Filip Krastev

LAFC's new midfielder brings SoCal swagger and a familiar playing style to his new club


Bulgaria Born & Bred

Twenty-one-year-old Filip Krastev is an attacking central midfielder from Bulgaria who despite his age has already made 11 appearances for the senior Bulgarian National Team. In its history, Bulgaria has competed in seven World Cups, including a fourth-place finish in 1994 (before Krastev was born).

Krastev’s hometown, Sofia, is the largest city in Bulgaria as well as its capital. Sofia’s population of 1.2 million makes it the 14th-largest city in the European Union.

Pity the FU

Nicknamed “Fufu,” Krastev (IG: @fufu_krastev) is expected to help bolster the midfield.

In Russ He Trusts

Krastev’s favorite athlete is Los Angeles’ own Russell Westbrook of the NBA’s LA Clippers. Krastev’s hard-charging, direct style of play is similar to the former Leuzinger High School and UCLA star, who won the 2016-17 NBA MVP award, and gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics and 2010 World Championships (played in Turkey, which borders Bulgaria).

Jersey Kid

Krastev’s fashion sense leans toward American culture, particularly sports jerseys. He’s been spotted in kits ranging from Jimmy Butler’s Miami Heat tank top to the purple number 18 worn by Minnesota Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson. Tupac and Nas are among Krastev’s favorite hip-hop artists.

Small World

On Sept. 6, 2020, the 18-year-old Krastev appeared in a UEFA Nations League match against Wales in which LAFC legend and 2022 MLS Cup champion Gareth Bale played the full 90 minutes. The Welsh won 1-0 on a stoppage goal. It was Krastev’s first cap for Bulgaria’s senior national team.