FC Dunav Ruse

Last updated
Dunav Ruse
FC Dunav logo.png
Full nameFootball Club Dunav Ruse
Nickname(s)Драконите (The Dragons)
Founded16 February 1949;72 years ago (1949-02-16)
Ground Gradski Stadion
Capacity13,000
OwnerFans Association / Academy Managers
Head coachMartin Tsirkov
League Third League
2020–21 North-East Third League, 5th
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

FC Dunav (Bulgarian : ФК Дунав) is a Bulgarian professional football club based in Ruse, which currently competes in the Third League, the third tier of the Bulgarian football league system.

Contents

Part of a larger sports branch, Dunav were established on February 16, 1949 as a merger of two local football clubs in the city, Dinamo and Rusenets. [1] Nicknamed The Dragons (Bulgarian : Драконите), Dunav's home colours are sky blue and white. Named after the Danube River, on the banks of which the city of Ruse is situated, the club plays its home matches at the local Gradski stadion, which has a seating capacity of 13,000 spectators. [2]

Among the club's most notable achievements are a final in the Bulgarian championship in 1937, a First League fourth place in 1975, 1989 and 2017, and four domestic cup finals in 1938, 1939, 1941 and 1962 respectively.

However Dunav's financial situation and poor ownership led to the club being taken over by fans association and academy coaches, announcing on 4'th of August 2020, that Dunav will compete in the 2020–21 Third Amateur Football League (Bulgaria) after four years among the best Bulgarian teams.

History

Domestic

Over the course of its history, the club carried a variety of different names such as Sava, Napredak, Levski, Varush, Angel Kanchev, Rakovski, Rusenets, Dinamo, Spartak, DNA, Torpedo and Partizanin. Dunav played in the A Group over a number of seasons between 1937–1940, 1951, 1956, 1958–67, 1968–73, 1974–77, 1984–86, 1988–91 and 1996–98, before being relegated again.

Dunav playing against Serie A club Roma at the Municipal Stadium in 1975. Dunav-roma 1-0.jpg
Dunav playing against Serie A club Roma at the Municipal Stadium in 1975.

Following years of several movements between lower divisions, a decent squad, established by playing manager Engibar Engibarov at the time, eventually won the Cup of Bulgarian Amateur Football League in 2003–04 and for the next season they finally gained promotion to the B PFG after a long-term absence in the amateur divisions. It was to be their first appearance in professional football since the club was relegated from the A Group in 1991.

From January 5, 2006 until October 2 of the same year, Dunav were managed by Ferario Spasov. He acquired some well-known footballers and loaned talented players from Litex Lovech in an unsuccessful attempt to reach the first division again.

The 2009–10 season in the B Group was very narrow for the club as the dream of reaching the A Group almost became a reality. Dunav finished the first half of the season in first place, leaving behind the teams of Kaliakra Kavarna and Nesebar. The second half of the season started very well and the team was in a row with a couple of very significant wins, but they won only one game in their last 7 matches and eventually failed to gain promotion to the top flight.

In the following years, Dunav again failed to impress and was mostly seen as a middle table club in the final ranking of the B Group. In 2010–11, the club was left by some of its good players, as a result of ongoing financial difficulties in the team. Dunav subsequently withdrew from the B Group in February 2011, after being unable to reduce its financial debts to the municipality and a majority of its squad players. A few days later, the club announced bankruptcy and was dissolved.

In 2011, Dr. Simeon Simeonov established a new entity under the name Dunav 2010, which was approved by the BFU to start from the lowest levels of Bulgarian football. The team obtained license and after several court decisions in the following months, it regained the traditions and history of its predecessor. In 2015, the club won the Bulgarian Amateur Cup and was promoted to the second division.

In 2016, Dunav 2010 became champions of the 2015-16 B Group and were promoted to the top flight for the first time since 1991, 25 years after their last participation. They completed in the debut season of the newly renamed Bulgarian First League. Their first year in the BFL was an instant success, as they finished fourth and qualified for Europa League.

Ever since, Dunav’s financial situation has been very unstable, despite the club playing in the top tier.

During the winter break of the 2019-20 season, Dunav owners stated that the team might face administrative relegation if a new income source is not provided on time. However, the club continued to participate in the top tier until the very end of the 2019–20 First Professional Football League (Bulgaria) season, finishing 13'th in the league, proceeding to 2019-20 First Professional Football League (Bulgaria)#Relegation round Group B in the company of fellow top tier Botev Plovdiv ( losing 3-1 at Plovdiv), FC Arda ( winning 2-0 at Kardjali) and Botev Vratsa ( losing 3-1 at Ruse, Bulgaria). As a result finishing 4'th in the group ( last place), qualifying for the 2019–20 First Professional Football League (Bulgaria)#Relegation play-offs. In a group, competing against Botev Vratsa ( drawing 0-0 at Vratsa) and Tsarsko Selo ( winning 1-0 at Rousse), finishing second in the group. Second place meaning a Relegation play-off final against the third from the Second Professional Football League (Bulgaria), where Dunav lost 4-1 to FC Montana, thus being relegated. However, Dunav's financial situation and poor ownership led to the club being taken over by the fans' association and academy coaches, announcing on 4th of August 2020 that Dunav will compete in the 2020–21 Third Amateur Football League (Bulgaria)

European

On an international basis, Dunav's debut entry in the European club competitions dates back to the 1975-76 UEFA Cup, where they were drawn against Roma of the Italian Serie A. Dunav were subsequently eliminated after a 2–0 defeat in Rome and a notable 1–0 win over the Italian team in Ruse. [3] In 2017, they managed to secure a spot in the first qualifying round of the Europa League after a prolonged period of European absence, but were eliminated by Irtysh Pavlodar after an overall 0–3 loss in both legs.

Honours

Domestic

First League:

Second League:

Third League:

Fourth League :

Bulgarian Cup:

Cup of Bulgarian Amateur Football League:

European

UEFA Europa League

League positions

Third Amateur Football League (Bulgaria)First Professional Football League (Bulgaria)Bulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian V AFGBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian V AFGRegional Amateur Football Groups (Bulgaria)Bulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian V AFGRegional Amateur Football Groups (Bulgaria)Bulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian V AFGBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian V AFGBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian A Football GroupBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian A Football GroupBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian A Football GroupBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian A Football GroupBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian A Football GroupBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian A Football GroupBulgarian V AFGBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian A Football GroupBulgarian B Football GroupFC Dunav Ruse

European record

Matches

SeasonCompetitionRoundClubHomeAwayAggregate
1975–76 UEFA Cup 1R Flag of Italy.svg Roma 1–00–21–2
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1Q Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Irtysh Pavlodar 0–20–10–3

Players

Current squad

As of 16 August 2020

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
2 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Ivan Bakalski
4 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Preslav Paparkov
5 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Iskren Anchev
6 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Alber Silviev
7 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Simeon Dochev
8 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Mert Tasim
9 FW Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Aleksandar Kirilov
11 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Diyan Dimov (team captain)
12 GK Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Tihomir Drumev
15 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Kaloyan Petrov
16 FW Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Konstantin Mitev
17 FW Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Djan Hasan
No.Pos.NationPlayer
18 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Latif Letif
20 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Dimitar Todorov
21 GK Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Tsvetelin Enchev
22 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Martin Ivanov
23 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Martin Todorov
29 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Jivko Donchev
33 GK Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Bogomil Stanchev
77 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Atanas Stambolov
86 GK Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Vincenzo Angelov
94 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Martin Angelov
99 FW Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Dani Bonev
FW Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Simeon Ivanov
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Biser Georgiev

Past/Current seasons

SeasonLvlLeaguePlaceWDLGFGAPts Bulgarian Cup
2010–11IV A RFG 190220827 First round
2011–12 III V Group 612106481946not qualified
2012–13 IIIV Group22422861574not qualified
2013–14 II B Group 136911243227 First round
2014–15 III V Group 128111211185 Second round
2015–16 II B Group 118102531964 Second round
2016–17 I First League 4151011464455 Quarterfinals
2017–18 IFirst League1211719315040 Quarterfinals
2018–19 IFirst League119919405936 Second round
2019–20 IFirst League136817265526 First round
2020–21 III Third League 12111534 2020–21 Bulgarian Cup
Green marks a season followed by promotion, red a season followed by relegation.

Related Research Articles

Botev Plovdiv Bulgarian football club

Botev Professional Football Club, commonly referred to as Botev Plovdiv or simply Botev, is a professional football club in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Founded on 11 March 1912, it is the country's oldest active football club, which competes in the Bulgarian Parva Liga, the top flight of Bulgarian football.

FC Montana Association football club

FC Montana is a Bulgarian association football club based in Montana, which currently plays in the Second League, the second level of Bulgarian football league system.

The 2009–10 Bulgarian Cup was the 28th official season of the Bulgarian annual football knockout tournament. The competition began on September 16, 2009 with the matches of the Preliminary Round and ended with the final on May 5, 2010. Litex Lovech are the defending champions.

Samir Ayass Lebanese-Bulgarian footballer

Samir Ahmed Ayass is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Bulgarian club Botev Vratsa.

The 2010–11 B Group was the 56th season of the Bulgarian B Football Group, the second tier of the Bulgarian football league system. The season started on 31 July 2010 and finished in May 2011 with the A Group promotion play-off.

The 2010–11 Bulgarian Cup is the 29th official season of the Bulgarian annual football knockout tournament. The competition will begin in September 2010 with the matches of the Preliminary Round and end with the final in May 2011. Beroe Stara Zagora are the defending champions.

The 2011–12 A Group was the 88th season of the Bulgarian national top football division, and the 64th of A Group as the top tier football league in the country. The season began on 6 August 2011 and ended on 23 May 2012. Ludogorets Razgrad claimed their maiden title in their debut season, after winning the last round clash against CSKA, which were leading by 2 points prior to the match. Vidima-Rakovski, Kaliakra and Svetkavitsa were relegated, after finishing at the bottom three places.

The 2011–12 V AFG season is the 57th season of the Bulgarian V AFG, the third tier of the Bulgarian football league system. The winners of each of the four regional groups progress to the 2012–13 B PFG, and up to four teams from each group are relegated to regional amateur championships.

The 2012–13 A Group was the 89th season of the Bulgarian national top football division, and the 65th of A Group as the top tier football league in the country. The season began on 11 August 2012 and ended with the last games on 25 May 2013. Ludogorets Razgrad won the A Group title for a second consecutive season, after Levski were leading prior to the last round match, but made a draw with Slavia.

The 2013–14 B Group was the 59th season of the Bulgarian B Football Group, the second tier of the Bulgarian football league system. The season starts on 3 August 2013 and finished in May 2014.

The 2013–14 Bulgarian Cup is the 32nd official season of the Bulgarian annual football knockout tournament. The competition will begin on 18 September 2013 with the matches of the First Round and will ended with the final on 15 May 2014. Beroe Stara Zagora were the defending champions, but lost to the eventual champions Ludogorets Razgrad in the second round.

The 2014–15 Bulgarian Cup was the 33rd official season of the Bulgarian annual football knockout tournament. The competition began on 23 September 2014 with the matches of the First Round and finished with the final on 28 May 2015. Ludogorets Razgrad were the defending champions, but lost to Levski Sofia in the semifinals.

The 2016–17 First Professional Football League is the 93rd season of the top division of the Bulgarian football league system, the 68th since a league format was adopted for the national competition of A Group as a top tier of the pyramid and also the inaugural season of the First Professional Football League, which decides the Bulgarian champion. The season is the first with a new league structure and strict financial criteria where 14 clubs play each other home and away, until the league is split up in championship and relegation playoffs. The new league structure, inspired by the ones used by the Belgian First Division A and Danish Superliga, was approved by the Bulgarian Football Union on 6 June 2016. The fixtures were announced on 8 July 2016.

The 2016–17 season was CSKA Sofia's 68th season in the Bulgarian A Football Group after their administrative relegation in the third division during the past season due to mounting financial troubles. This article shows player statistics and all matches that the club will play during the 2016–17 season.

Martin Lukov Bulgarian footballer

Martin Lukov is a Bulgarian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Lokomotiv Plovdiv.

The 2016−17 Bulgarian Cup was the 35th official edition of the Bulgarian annual football knockout tournament. The competition began on 20 September 2016 with the first round and finished with the final on 24 May 2017. CSKA Sofia were the defending champions, but lost in the first round to Lokomotiv Sofia. Botev Plovdiv won its third cup, after winning the final against Ludogorets Razgrad. Botev, thus, qualified for the first qualifying round of the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League.

Svetoslav Chitakov Bulgarian footballer (born 1992)

Svetoslav Chitakov is a Bulgarian footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for PFC Spartak Plovdiv. He spends his youth years at Botev Plovdiv, but he failed to make a single appearance for the club. He is prolific box-to-box midfielder, as he has good natural fitness and stamina. He spends his best years at Dunav Ruse.

The 2017–18 First Professional Football League was the 94th season of the top division of the Bulgarian football league system, the 69th since a league format was adopted for the national competition of A Group as a top tier of the pyramid and also the 2nd season of the First Professional Football League, which decides the Bulgarian champion. The season is the second with a new league structure and strict financial criteria where 14 clubs play each other home and away, until the league is split up in championship and relegation playoffs. The new league structure, inspired by the ones used by the Belgian First Division A and Danish Superliga, was approved by the Bulgarian Football Union on 6 June 2016. The fixture list was released on 22 June 2017.

The 2018–19 First Professional Football League was the 95th season of the top division of the Bulgarian football league system, the 70th since a league format was adopted for the national competition of A Group as a top tier of the pyramid and also the 3rd season of the First Professional Football League, which decides the Bulgarian champion. The season began on 20 July 2018 and finished on 30 May 2019. Ludogorets Razgrad became champions for the 8th consecutive time, on the final matchday of the season, with a 4–1 home win over Cherno More Varna.

This page covers all relevant details regarding Dunav Ruse for all official competitions inside the 2018–19 season. These are the First Professional Football League and the Bulgarian Cup.

References

  1. http://fcdunav.eu/%D0%B8%D1%81%D1%82%D0%BE%D1%80%D0%B8%D1%8F/
  2. "Дунав показа как се прави! Вече над 4000 фенове си купиха билети за мача с Локо". (in Bulgarian) Plovdiv24.bg. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  3. UEFA Europa League 1975/76 History - Dunav UEFA.com Retrieved 28 Mar 2016.