OFC Pirin Blagoevgrad

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Pirin
Full nameФутболен клуб „Пирин“ АД
Futbolen klub Pirin AD
(Pirin Football Club)
Nickname(s)Орлетата (The Eaglets)
Founded1922;99 years ago (1922)
Ground Stadion Hristo Botev
Capacity7,500
OwnerEmirates Wealth EAD (75%)
OFK Pirin EOOD (25%) [1]
ChairmanPaul Belogour
Head coach Warren Feeney
League First League
2020–21 Second League, 1st
Website Club website
Hristo Botev Stadium Blagoevgrad Stadium.jpg
Hristo Botev Stadium

Futbolen klub Pirin (Bulgarian : Футболен клуб „Пирин“), also known as Pirin Blagoevgrad is a Bulgarian football club based in Blagoevgrad, which currently competes in the First League, the top division of Bulgarian football.

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The club was founded in 2008, after a merger between two clubs from Blagoevgrad, Pirin 1922 and PFC Pirin Blagoevgrad. By an official court decision later that year, the club was announced as a historical successor of the club records of the former FC Pirin, founded in 1922. In 2011, following the bankruptcy of the entity, which represented the football club, Pirin's football department was merged once again with Perun Kresna, to eventually become OFC Pirin.

Pirin Blagoevgrad's name is adopted from Pirin, a mountain range in southwestern Bulgaria. The club's home ground is the Stadion Hristo Botev in Blagoevgrad with a capacity of 7,500 spectators. Pirin's nickname is Orletata (The Eaglets) and their kit colours are green and white.

To date, the club has four domestic cup finals and most notably, enjoys high praise for its development of football players, as several noted Bulgarian footballers were produced by Pirin's youth academy. Among them are the 1994 FIFA World Cup bronze medallists Petar Mihtarski and Ivaylo Andonov, as well as former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov, who won two Premier League titles and was the 2010-11 Premier League top goalscorer.

History

FC Pirin

One of FC Pirin Blagoevgrad's predecessors, FC Pirin, was founded in 1922. FC Pirin has played more than 20 seasons in the top flight and has competed twice in the European football competitions with one participation in the UEFA Cup and one participation in the Cup Winners' Cup respectively. The club's first participation in the UEFA tournaments was not promising. In 1985, Pirin faced the then reigning Swedish champion Hammarby IF. The first game in Blagoevgrad, ended with a 1–3 loss. The second game in Sweden was also a defeat – 0–4 and Pirin were out of the European competitions. Pirin's best season in the Bulgarian top division was in the 1984–85 season, where they finished at 5th place at the end of the season. The club was also three times runner-up of the Bulgarian Cup. Also, Pirin's youth academy is attributed as being one of the best developers of young and unknown players in Bulgaria. Among the club's famous players are Dimitar Berbatov, Spas Delev, Petar Mihtarski, Ivaylo Andonov, Ivan Tsvetkov, Vladislav Zlatinov and Petar Zlatinov.

On August 18, 2006, after failing to arrange some debts and signals of corruption, Pirin was expelled from the A PFG, the team's results for the season were annulled, and the club was relegated to the Bulgarian South-West V AFG. However, after two years, Pirin won the South-West V AFG and the club returned for the upcoming season of the Western B PFG.

Unification

In December 2008, Pirin, which competed in the Western B PFG, was merged with PFC Pirin Blagoevgrad, (former FC Makedonska Slava), which played in the A PFG after a significant pressure from the supporters in the town. The new club was named FC Pirin Blagoevgrad and was soon proclaimed as a holder of the club records of the former FC Pirin, which competed for more than 20 seasons in the top flight. [2] FC Pirin's West B PFG place was taken by FC Bansko. Then, Nikolay Galchev appointed Petar Mihtarski as a manager of the club. A few months later, under Naci Şensoy's management, the successes followed-up and Pirin qualified for the final of the Bulgarian Cup, eliminating subsequently on their way CSKA Sofia and Levski Sofia. In the final match played at the Georgi Asparuhov Stadium in Sofia, Pirin were eliminated after a 3–0 defeat against Litex Lovech.

OFK Pirin

In the foremath of the 2011–12 season, Pirin Blagoevgrad failed to receive a professional license for the A Group. However, due to their financial struggles they were also rejected to participate in the South-West V AFG. Later that year, they acquired the license of Perun Kresna. The team finished 2011-12 season as Perun, but for 2012-13 the team was renamed to Obshtinski futbolen klub Pirin (Bulgarian : Общиснки футболен клуб „Пирин“), meaning Pirin Minicipal Football Club, as the club was owned by Blagoevgrad Municipality.

In 2015, the club achieved promotion to the A Group after a four-year absence from top-flight football.

The team was relegated from the A Group after the 2017-18 season.

On 11 June 2019, OFK Pirin secured a one-year sponsorship agreement and advertising partnership with the investment company Emirates Wealth EAD. [3] In July, Blagoevgrad Municipality approved a business plan by the company discussing the future development of the club, in particular the partnership between the two sides, phases in acquiring participatory management, investment schemes, club finances and aims. [4] The plan saw Emirates Wealth EAD become a majority owner, as it acquired 75% of the OFK Pirin's shares, with 25% remaining in Blagoevgrad Municipality's ownership. [5] Part of obtaining participatory management saw the creation of a new association, a joint-stock company named Futbolen klub Pirin AD (Bulgarian : Футболен клуб „Пирин“ АД), meaning Pirin Football Club, where OFK Pirin, owned by the municipality, was merged into. [1]

Colours and badge

Currently, the team's home kit is green and the away kit is white. Various combinations of green and white have been used throughout the club's history.

Honours

Domestic

Second League:

Bulgarian Cup:

European Record

SeasonCompetitionRoundCountryClubHomeAwayAggregate
1985–86 UEFA Cup 1 Flag of Sweden.svg Hammarby 1–30–41–7
1994–95 Cup Winners' Cup QR Flag of Liechtenstein.svg Schaan 3–01–04–0
1 Flag of Greece.svg Panathinaikos 0–21–61–8

Players

Current squad

As of 29 June 2021 [6]

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 Dimitar Sheytanov
3 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Petar Zanev
5 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Nikolay Bodurov (captain)
6 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Yuliyan Popev
7 MF Flag of Algeria.svg  ALG Mohamed Brahimi
8 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Orlin Starokin
9 FW Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Preslav Yordanov
11 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Stanislav Manolev
14 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Stilyan Nikolov
16 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Petar Kepov
17 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Spas Georgiev
18 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Svetoslav Dyakov
No.Pos.NationPlayer
25 FW Flag of Georgia.svg  GEO Guram Goshteliani
26 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Ivan Tasev
27 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Asen Libyahovski
28 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Mariyan Vangelov
29 FW Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Stanislav Kostov
31 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Krasimir Stanoev
38 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Aleksandar Dyulgerov
44 MF Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Conor Henderson
71 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Anton Karachanakov
73 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Ventsislav Bengyuzov
99 GK Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Petar Petrov
MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Ignacio Vretenarski

For recent transfers, see Transfers winter 2020–21 and Transfers summer 2021.

Out on loan

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
FW Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Ivaylo Mihaylov(at Septemvri Simitli until 30 June 2021)

Foreign players

Only one non-EU nationals can be registered and given a squad number for the first team in the Bulgarian Second Professional 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.

Past seasons

League positions

First Professional Football League (Bulgaria)Second Professional Football League (Bulgaria)First Professional Football League (Bulgaria)Bulgarian A Football GroupBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian V AFGOFC Pirin Blagoevgrad

Last Seasons

SeasonLeaguePlaceWDLGFGAPts Bulgarian Cup
2012–13 V Group (III)31956692662not qualified
2013–14 V Group1254187679not qualified
2014–15 B Group (II)217103521561 First round
2015–16 A Group (I)851116274526 First round
2016–17 First League (I)1012713414443 Quarterfinals
2017–18 First League 147916294230 First round
2018–19 Second League (II)139417294931 First round
2019–20 Second League 11677242925 Preliminary round
2020–21 Second League 12055662665 Round of 32
2021–22 First League (I) Qualified
Green marks a season followed by promotion, red a season followed by relegation.

Managers

DatesNameHonours
2011–2014 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Kostadin Gerganchev 1 V AFG title
2014–2015 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Yordan Samokovliyski promotion to A Group
2015 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ivo Trenchev (interim)
2015 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Nedelcho Matushev
2015–2016 Flag of Kosovo.svg Flag of Turkey.svg Naci Şensoy
2016−2017 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Stefan Genov
2017−2018 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Milen Radukanov
2018–2019 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Petar Zlatinov
2019–2019 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ivan Stoychev
2019 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ivo Trenchev
2019– Ulster Banner.svg Warren Feeney

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