FC Vitosha Bistritsa

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FC Vitosha Bistritsa
FC Vitosha Bistritsa emblem.png
Full nameFootball Club Vitosha Bistritsa
Nickname(s)"The Bistritsa Tigers"
Short nameVitosha
Founded1958 (1958)
Ground Stadion Bistritsa
Capacity2,500
Manager Nikolay Hristozov
League Third League
2020–21 Second League, DNF (relegated)
Website Club website

FC Vitosha (Bulgarian : ФК Витоша) is a Bulgarian association football club based in Bistritsa, Sofia City Province, which competed in the Third League, the third tier of Bulgarian football. It is named after the Vitosha mountain range, where Bistritsa is located.

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The club became notable for having Bulgaria's prime minister, Boyko Borisov, as a registered player of the squad in the lower divisions. [1] [2] [3] The increased popularity of the club due to Borisov's presence led to its coach and players being featured on the TV series BNT Taxi in 2011. [4]

History

1958–2007: Regional divisions

The club was founded in 1958 and played in the regional divisions until 2007 when it gained promotion to the third division. In the 1972–73 Bulgarian Cup they entered the preliminary round but eventually lost to Pirin Blagoevgrad with a 3-0 result.

2007–2016: Amateur division and B Group breakthrough

From 2007 to 2016 the team played regularly in the V Group. In May 2012, Vitosha claimed the Amateur League Cup for the first time in their history, eliminating Dve Mogili 2–1 in the final match. [5] During the 2012-13 V Group, the club ranked second in the South-West V Group and achieved promotion to Bulgaria's professional B Group for the first time in their history.

During the 2013–14 Bulgarian Cup, Vitosha eliminated Bansko with an aggregate score of 3-1 to advance to the Round of 16 of the Bulgarian Cup for the first time ever. Previously, their highest achievement had been reaching the Round of 32 in the 1972 Bulgarian Cup.

2016–2020: Professional league and academy development

Vitosha finished the 2015–16 V Group in second place after CSKA Sofia, but due to the adoption of a new league structure for the Second League, they were promoted again. [6] In the meantime, the club started investing in a youth academy consisting of five youth teams for the 2016–17 season and reconstruction works on the club's stadium. On May 3, 2017, Vitosha presented an update of their current club crest. [7] A few days later, on May 8, 2017, they also signed a sponsorship agreement with Bulgarian gambling company Efbet for the upcoming two seasons. [8]

On June 2, 2017, Vitosha won the play-off relegation match against Neftochimic Burgas and achieved promotion to the top division for first time in their history. [9]

Despite their poor performance during the regular season, finishing last with the worst defense and attack, and gaining only one victory, Vitosha avoided relegation from the 2017–18 First League, winning the play-offs against Pirin Blagoevgrad and Lokomotiv Sofia. Vitosha improved their performance in the next season, avoiding relegation once more.

However, the 2019-20 season was disastrous for Vitosha. The team finished in the last place in the regular season, with only one win. Since the number of matches was reduced by half for the season, Vitosha was mathematically relegated even before the relegation phase started. This ended their three-year stay in the Bulgarian top tier.

On 28 September 2020, after several matches from the new season were completed, the first team was dissolved while keeping only the youth teams. [10]

2021–present: academy development and amateur leagues

On 25 May 2021 the team announced that they would join the Third League playing the most with youth academy players and Nikolay Hristozov as manager. [11]

Honours

Bulgarian First League:

Cup of Bulgarian Amateur Football League

Bulgarian Cup

Players

Current squad

As of 11 September 2021

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 Valentin Galev
2 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Evgeni Zyumbulev
3 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Zdravko Panev
4 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Kristiyan Uzunov
6 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Teodor Dimitrov
7 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Kristiyan Kochilov
8 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Tomi Kostadinov
9 FW Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Chavdar Dimitrov
10 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Georgi Amzin
12 GK Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Kristiyan Mitev
16 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Ivaylo Petrov
No.Pos.NationPlayer
17 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Mihail Petrov (captain)
18 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Stanislav Petrov
19 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Viliyan Spasov
21 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Radoslav Iliev
23 FW Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Emil Gargorov
24 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Kristiyan Dimitrov
27 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Slavi Paskalev
63 FW Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Radoslav Iliev
77 FW Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Tsvetomir Vachev
88 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL David Ganchev
99 FW Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Hristiyan Dimitrov

Foreign players

Up to one non-EU national can be registered and given a squad number for the first team in the Second League. Those non-EU nationals with European ancestry can claim citizenship from the nation their ancestors came from. If a player does not have European ancestry he can claim Bulgarian citizenship after playing in Bulgaria for 5 years.

EU Nationals

EU Nationals (Dual citizenship)

Non-EU Nationals

Goalscoring and appearance records

As of 1 December 2019

Most appearances for the club in First League

RankNameCareerAppearances
1 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Chetin Sadula 2013–69
2 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Rumen Gyonov 2014–68
3 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Lachezar Kotev 2016–67
4 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Todor Gochev 2017–62
5 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Georgi Amzin 2014–60
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Stefan Hristov 2017–201960
7 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Grigor Dolapchiev 2017–56
8 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Kristiyan Kochilov 2015–55
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ivaylo Lazarov 2016–201955
10 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Petko Tsankov 2017–201954
As of 1 December 2019

Most goals for the club in First League

RankNameCareerGoals
1 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Grigor Dolapchiev 2017–11
2 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Stefan Hristov 2017–20199
3 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Emil Gargorov 2019–7
4 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ivaylo Lazarov 2016–20196
5 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Chetin Sadula 2013–5
6 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Daniel Peev 2017–20184
7 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Daniel Kutev 2017–3
8 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ivan Valchanov 2018–20192
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Iliya Dimitrov 2019–2

Personnel

Kostadin Angelov who was head coach of the team between 2015 and 2018. Kostadin Angelov.jpg
Kostadin Angelov who was head coach of the team between 2015 and 2018.

Manager history

DatesNameHonours
1959–2007Unknown
2007–2014 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Yasin Mishaui 1 Amateur Cup title
2014 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Nikolay Todorov
2014–2015 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Borislav Georgiev
2015–2018 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Kostadin Angelov
2018–2019 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Rosen Kirilov
2019 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Engibar Engibarov
2019–2020 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Asen Bukarev
2020 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Kostadin Angelov
2021– Flag of Bulgaria.svg Nikolay Hristozov

Current technical body

PositionNameNationality
Head Coach Nikolay Hristozov Flag of Bulgaria.svg
Assistant Coach Yordan Varbanov Flag of Bulgaria.svg
Goalkeeper Coach Valentin Galev Flag of Bulgaria.svg

League Stats

Seasons

2017–18 FC Vitosha Bistritsa season

2018–19 FC Vitosha Bistritsa season

2019–20 FC Vitosha Bistritsa season

League positions

Bulgarian V AFGFirst Professional Football LeagueSecond Professional Football League (Bulgaria)Bulgarian V AFGBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian V AFGFC Vitosha Bistritsa

Past seasons

SeasonLeaguePlaceWDLGFGAPts Bulgarian Cup
2010–11 V Group (III)32747702485not qualified
2011–12 V Group619413533661not qualified
2012–13 V Group22253521071not qualified
2013–14 B Group (II)117712222428 Second round
2014–15 V Group (III)41866572260not qualified
2015–16 V Group22354721674not qualified
2016–17 Second League (II)31587372353 First round
2017–18 First League (I)1321124226817 First round
2018–19 First League 1313519355044 Second round
Green marks a season followed by promotion, red a season followed by relegation.

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References

  1. Boiko Borissov and Vitosha FC to face Nottingham United in a Friendly The Sofia Echo 2010-08-17. Retrieved on 2011-07-28.
  2. Bulgaria's versatile PM eyes player of year award Reuters 2011-11-28. Retrieved on 2011-11-29.
  3. Bulgarian PM named country's best footballer AFP 2011-12-5. Retrieved on 2011-12-6.
  4. BNT Taxi (in Bulgarian) Archived 2012-05-25 at the Wayback Machine BNT 1 2011-12-9. Retrieved on 2011-12-9.
  5. Bulgarian PM Wins Amateur Football Cup, Ministers Cheer Novinite.com 2012-5-30 Retrieved on 2012-08-13.
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  7. Витоша Бистрица с нова емблема
  8. Витоша (Бистрица) с нов генерален спонсор
  9. "Сензация! "Бистришките тигри" изхвърлиха "шейховете" от Първа лига" (in Bulgarian). sportal.bg. 2 June 2017.
  10. ИЗВЪНРЕДНО: Закриха Витоша (Бистрица), напуска Втора лига
  11. Витоша (Бистрица) се завръща на футболната карта