FC Vereya

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FC Vereya
Vereya logo.png
Full nameProfessional Football Club Vereya-Stara Zagora
Nickname(s)The Lions
FoundedJuly 15, 2001;19 years ago (2001-07-15)
Ground Trace Arena, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
Capacity3,500
Head coachKolyo Kolev
League South-East Third League
2020–2118th (relegated)
Website Club website

Vereya (Bulgarian : Верея) is a Bulgarian association football club based in Stara Zagora, which currently competes in the Third League, the third tier of Bulgarian football.

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Vereya was founded in 2001, and by 2016, they reached the top level of Bulgarian football, the First League, for the first time. In 2019, after three seasons in the First League, they were expelled from it for reported match fixing.

History

Foundation and beginning

The club was founded in 2001 by a founding board led by Hristiyan Parvanov, Galin Mihaylov, Slavcho Tanev, Tonko Totev and Dimo Hristov. Until the 2005/06 season it was playing in Regional groups before the promotion to the V AFG under the name FC Vereya-Arsenal after a merger with Arsenal Kazanlak, but after the season 2006/07 Vereya-Arsenal became Arsenal Kazanlak and the 2nd team Vereya Bulsatkom moved to Stara Zagora again and was registered as FC Vereya. They won the A RFG 3 times in the next 5 seasons, getting the promotion during the 2011–12 season.

Trace Group ownership (2012–present)

In 2012, Bulgarian construction company Trace Group started investing in the club and a new stadium project Trace Arena was presented. On May 21, 2014 the club won the Cup of Bulgarian Amateur Football League after defeating Minyor Pernik 2–0 in the final. [1] During the same season Vereya finished 3rd in the V Group and secured promotion to the higher-ranked professional football league, the B Group.

In 2016, the club submitted an application for the newly restructured Bulgarian First League. On June 1, 2016, one of the new signings of the club for the upcoming season, the Brazilian Elias Alves da Silva, announced that he joined the club, as it would compete in the top league of Bulgaria, long before an official statement was given by the BFU officials on the number of the teams competing in the new league, thus sparking controversy. [2]

On June 7, 2016, Vereya, alongside five other B Group outfits, were approved by the Bulgarian Football Union and were promoted to compete in the upcoming 2016-17 Bulgarian First League.

On 7 May 2019, Vereya were disqualified from the league for match fixing. All results from played matches involving Vereya were retained with the Bulgarian Football Union awarding Septemvri Sofia two wins by 3–0 from their scheduled relegation play-off matches with Vereya and the loser from the relegation play-off match between Dunav Ruse and Vitosha Bistritsa (the latter) directly faced the second-placed team from the Second League (Montana). [3] [4] [5] Vereya was then disqualified from the Second League, due to financial issues, following which they were also disqualified from the third tier, which meant that the team will start the 2019-20 season from the fourth division of Bulgarian football, in this case the Stara Zagora regional league.

Statistics

Season to season

SeasonTierDivisionPlace Bulgarian Cup
2001–024 A RFG N/ADid Not Play
2002–034 A RFG N/ADNP
2003–044 A RFG N/ADNP
2004–054 A RFG N/ADNP
2005–064 A RFG 1st ↑DNP
2006–073 V AFG 7th ↓DNP
2007–084 A RFG 4thDNP
SeasonTierDivisionPlace Bulgarian Cup
2008–094 A RFG 1stDNP
2009–104 A RFG 2ndDNP
2010–114 A RFG 1stDNP
2011–124 A RFG 1st ↑ Second round
2012–13 3 V AFG 5thDNP
2013–14 3 V AFG 3rd ↑DNP
2014–15 2 B PFG 11th First round
SeasonTierDivisionPlace Bulgarian Cup
2015–16 2 B PFG 8th ↑ First round
2016–17 1 First League 7th Semifinals
2017–18 1 First League 6th First round
2018–19 1 First League 14th ↓ Second round
2019–204 A RFG 3rd ↑DNP
2020–21 3 Third League TBADNP
Regional Amateur Football Groups (Bulgaria)Bulgarian First LeagueBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian V AFGRegional Amateur Football Groups (Bulgaria)Bulgarian V AFGRegional Amateur Football Groups (Bulgaria)FC Vereya

Shirt and sponsors

Vereya main colors are blue and white.

Period Kit manufacturerShirt partner
2006–2012 Flag of None.svg Unknown Bulsatcom / Trace Group
2012–2014 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Tomy SportTrace Group
2014–2016 Flag of the United States.svg Nike
2016–2018 Flag of Italy.svg Erreà
2018–2019 Flag of Germany.svg Uhlsport Efbet

Honours

First League:

Second League:

Third League:

A RFG Stara Zagora:

Cup of Bulgarian Amateur Football League:

Bulgarian Cup:

Current squad

As of 1 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
1 GK Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Radostin Yordanov
4 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Yordan Dobrev
5 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Isus Angelov
6 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Ivan Ivanov
7 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Milen Stoyanov
8 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Galin Penev
9 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Kristian Petrov
10 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Ventsislav Ivanov
11 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Mihael Lalev
No.Pos.NationPlayer
14 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Georgi Koychev
16 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Steliyan Kolev
17 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Stanimir Petrov
18 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Denislav Zapryanov
20 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Kiril Atanasov
21 FW Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Petar Milkov
22 GK Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Ventsislav Yankov
26 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Vladimir Zafirov (captain)
77 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Zhivko Monev

Notable players

Had international caps for their respective countries, or held any club record. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Vereya or at some other point in their careers.

Managers

Zhivko Zhelev was appointed Vereya playing head coach in March 2015 Zhivko Zhelev1.JPG
Zhivko Zhelev was appointed Vereya playing head coach in March 2015
DatesNameHonours
2001–11Unknown
2011–13 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Kolyo Hristov
2013–14 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Petar Kostadinov 1 Amateur Cup title
1 Promotion to B Group
2014 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Krasimir Manolov
2014 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Gospodin Mirchev
2014–15 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Radostin Kishishev
2015–16 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Zhivko Zhelev
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Vladislav Yanush
2016–2017 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Aleksandar Tomash
2017 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ilian Iliev
2018 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Blagomir Mitrev
2018 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ivan Kolev
2018 Flag of Serbia.svg Nebojša Miličić
2018 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Lyudmil Kirov
2018–2019 Flag of Serbia.svg Nebojša Miličić
2019 Flag of Ukraine.svg Oleksandr Sevidov
2019 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ivan Vutov
2020– Flag of Bulgaria.svg Kolyo Kolev

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References

  1. Верея спечели купата на Аматьорската футболна лига (Gong.bg, (In Bulgarian))
  2. "Елиаш пред Sportal.bg: Треньорът на Берое не ме искаше в състава, оставам в "А" група с Верея". sportal.bg. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  3. "След сигнал на УЕФА: БФС изхвърли клуб от Първа лига" [After signal by UEFA: BFU expelled a team from First League] (in Bulgarian). Sportal.bg. May 7, 2019. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  4. "Верея изваден от Първа лига заради пет мача, три от тях са известни" [Vereya expelled from First League because of five matches, three are known] (in Bulgarian). Sportal.bg. May 7, 2019. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  5. "Ще получи ли Лудогорец две точки предимство след изваждането на Верея от Първа лига?" [Will Ludogorets receive two points advantage after the expulsion of Vereya from First League?] (in Bulgarian). Sportal.bg. May 7, 2019. Retrieved May 8, 2019.