Brigadier General Stoyan Georgiev SHOPOV was born in the village of Teshovo, Blagoevgrad district, Bulgaria on July 12, 1970.
He started his military career in 1988 as a conscripted soldier. Later in 1994, upon graduating from "Vasil Levski" National Military University in Veliko Tarnovo, he received his first commission as an infantry officer – he was appointed as an infantry platoon leader at 38-th regiment in the town of Gotse Delchev.
During his career as an officer, he was assigned to various command and staff positions at different levels, in the military garrisons of Gotse Delchev, Plovdiv, Sofia and Stara Zagora.
In 2005, BGEN SHOPOV graduated from the Command and Staff Faculty of "G. S. Rakovski" National Defence College, Sofia. In 2014, he completed a specialization course in military strategy at the National Security and Defence Faculty of the National Defence College.
In 2009, 2011 and 2014, BG Shopov deployed in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.
BGEN SHOPOV graduated from the US Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania in 2016. After that, he was appointed as Chief of Section of the "Training and Certification of Units", Bulgarian Land Forces Command.
On February 1st, 2018 he was assigned as Chief of Staff of the 2nd Mechanized Brigade, Bulgarian Land Forces. Between August 15th, 2019 and January 15th, 2022 he served as the Commander of the 2nd Mechanized Brigade, Bulgarian Land Forces.
BGEN SHOPOV assumed duties of Deputy Chief of Staff Support in NATO Allied Land Command on 20 January 2022.
He has received numerous decorations and awards from the Minister of the Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Chief of Defence and the Commander of the Bulgarian Land Forces.
BGEN SHOPOV is married and has two sons.