FC Rilski Sportist Samokov

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Rilski Sportist
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Full nameFC Rilski Sportist 2011 Samokov
Nickname(s)The Skiers
Founded1947;74 years ago (1947)
Ground Iskar
Capacity7 000
ChairmanDimitar Dzhorgov
Head coach Vladimir Ivanov
League South-West Third League
2020–21 South-West Third League, 13th

FC Rilski Sportist (ФК Рилски спортист Самоков) is a Bulgarian football club from the town of Samokov founded in 1947 and currently playing in the South-West Third League. Their home stadium is Iskar Stadium.

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Throughout the majority of its history, Rilski Sportist has competed in the lower levels of Bulgarian football, usually the second, or third tiers. In 2002, however, the team managed to promote to the A Group for the very first time. Their inexperience led to an immediate relegation. Three years later, Rilski Sportist returned to the A Group, only to be relegated again. Since then, the club has been competing mostly in the amateur levels of Bulgarian football.

The club’s nickname is the ‘Skiers’, which originates from the fact that the town of Samokov and nearby Borovets are major resorts for winter sports in Bulgaria.

History

PFC Rilski sportist was founded in 1947 after the union of a few smaller teams from Samokov. Throughout much of its history, the team competed in the second or third tiers of Bulgarian football.

In 2002, Sportist achieved its first ever promotion to the Bulgarian elite, then known as A Group, for the 2002–03 season. As expected from a newcomer, Rilski Sportist found it difficult to survive. The team managed to win only one game and finished last, thus being relegated, after just one year among the best.

Three seasons later, the team managed to win the 2005–06 B Group, which enabled them to play in the A PFG for a second time. In their second top-flight season, they won 10 games and earned 30 points. They were the only team which managed to win against Levski in the league in that season. However, they were still 3 points behind 13th placed Spartak Varna, meaning that they were relegated again. The two top flight seasons remain their most important achievement overall. Since then, the team has shifted between the second and third tiers of Bulgarian football.

In the second division "The Skiers" have 23 participations – 664 matches in total, with 269 wins, 139 draws and 253 losses. Their best result in the Bulgarian Cup has been reaching the quarter-finals in 1950/51 and 2001/02.

"Rilski Sportist" means "Rila sportsman" in Bulgarian.

Crest history

League positions

Bulgarian V AFGBulgarian V AFGRegional Amateur Football Groups (Bulgaria)Bulgarian V AFGRegional Amateur Football Groups (Bulgaria)Bulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian A Football GroupBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian A Football GroupBulgarian B Football GroupFC Rilski Sportist Samokov

Honours

A Group (now First League):

B Group (now Second League):

A Regional – Sofia:

Bulgarian Cup:

Current squad

As of 1 August 2020Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Slavi Petrov
2 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Yuliyan Chapaev
3 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Ivan Ivanov
4 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Viktor Kolev(captain)
5 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Nikoslav Naydenov
6 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Mark Vodiev
7 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Aleksandar Ivanov
8 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Tihomir Krumov
10 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Ivaylo Zahariev
11 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Tsvetan Mitev
No.Pos.NationPlayer
12 GK Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Presiyan Hristov
13 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Petar Rogozanski
14 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Kaloyan Yankov
15 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Denis Buchev
17 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Iliya Petkov
20 FW Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Valentin Hadzhilazov
21 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Dinko Dinev
22 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Ivan Trenchev
23 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Aleksandar Zlatkov
29 GK Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Stiliyan Bonev

Past seasons

SeasonLeaguePlaceWDLGFGAPts Bulgarian Cup
2010–11 A RFG (IV)1171086652not qualified
2011–12 V Group (III)321510662968not qualified
2012–13 B PFG156420287122not qualified
2013–14 A RFG (IV)12000941260not qualified
2014–15 V Group (III)147617264627not qualified
2015–16 V Group1110517414335not qualified
2016–17 Third League (III)912715536143not qualified
2017–18 Third League 1510618405136not qualified
Green marks a season followed by promotion, red a season followed by relegation.

Stadium

Iskar stadium is situated in the southwestern part of Samokov near the biggest park of the city – "Gradski". Built in 1972, the stadium has around 7 000 seating places, most of which are covered. The field measures 105x68 meters. The best attendance was on 31.8.2002 in the match with PFC Levski Sofia – 6 800 spectators.

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