OFC Sliven 2000

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Sliven
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Full nameОбщински футболен клуб Сливен 2000
(Municipal football club Sliven 2000)
Nickname(s)Войводите (The Voivodes)
Founded29 February 2000;21 years ago (29 February 2000)
Ground Hadzhi Dimitar Stadium,
Sliven
Capacity10,000
Chairman Flag of Bulgaria.svg Yordan Letchkov
Manager Flag of Bulgaria.svg Lachezar Doychev
LeagueNot active at senior level
2015–16 South-East V Group, 18th /relegation/
Website Club website

OFC Sliven 2000 (ОФК Сливен 2000) is a Bulgarian football club from the town of Sliven, currently playing in the Regional Amateur Football Groups (Bulgaria), the fourth division of Bulgarian football. The club's home ground is the Hadzhi Dimitar Stadium in Sliven with a capacity of 15,000. OFC Sliven's team colours are orange and blue.

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The original FC Sliven was founded in 1914. The team made several appearances in the Bulgarian top tier. Sliven reached its peak in 1990, when they managed to win the Bulgarian Cup, its only major trophy to date. However, financial problems started in the 1990s, which resulted in the team dropping down to the amateur leagues. The club was reformed in 2000, under the current name, OFC Sliven 2000.

Honours

Bulgarian A Group:

Bulgarian Cup:

History

The Beginnings

OFC Sliven 2000 was founded on February 29, 2000 after the bankruptcy of FC Sliven, but as it is the real representative club of the same-name town, it keeps the tradition started back in 1914 with the first local football club Sportist. Through the years the leading club in Sliven had different names - Asenovetz, DNA, General Zaimov, Mlada Gvardia etc.

First Promotions and A Group Period

After World War II Sliven took part in B PFG for ten years before seeing its first promotion to A PFG in season 1963/1964. Up to 2008-09, the club has played 22 seasons at the highest level of Bulgarian football (including continuously from 1974–1993). In 1983-84 FC Sliven finished on 7th place in A PFG and qualified for the UEFA Cup for 1984-85 because of reaching the semi-finals in the Soviet Army Cup; the Cup winners Levski Sofia qualified for European Cup; the finalist was not allowed to play in European competitions; where they faced FK Željezničar Sarajevo, winning the first leg 1-0 at home, but suffering a 1-5 defeat in the second leg.

First Major Trophy and Europe

FC Sliven had its biggest success in 1990, winning the Bulgarian Cup against CSKA Sofia (2-0). The goals were scored by Valeri Valkov and Yordan Lechkov. In the 1990-91 Cup Winners Cup Sliven were drawn against Juventus, losing both matches by scores of 0-2 and 1-6.

Bankruptcy and Rebirth

Over the next few years, the club went into a deep crisis, and was relegated to the regional football groups and bankrupted. Sliven was reborn in 2000 by establishing the Municipal Football Club (OFC) Sliven 2000, led by Yordan Lechkov. In 2005 the club finally earned promotion back to the second level of Bulgarian football.

Back Among the Elite and Sudden Downfall

In May 2008 Sliven were promoted to the top flight winning the Eastern group of Bulgaria's second division. In their first year after returning to the elite, season 2008-09, OFC Sliven managed to finish in 12th place, thus avoiding relegation. The team managed to win eight games as well as to draw eight games, earning them 32 points. These results put them six points above Vihren Sandanski, who were relegated. From the eight wins that Sliven achieved, five were from home games, as well six of the draws, while at away games, Sliven managed to win three games and draw twice. Among these wins, Sliven managed to beat Bulgarian powerhouse CSKA Sofia 3-1 at home, as well as winning 3-1 against Botev Plovdiv, a traditionally strong side in Bulgarian football. This first season in the elite was under the management of Georgi Dermendzhiev, who would later coach Ludogorets Razgrad.

Sliven' second season in the Bulgarian elite was under Serbian coach Dragoljub Simonovic, who replaced Dermendzhiev. Sliven again displayed some strong results, winning nine games in total, as well as drawing five games, for a total of 32 points. They finished five points above Lokomotiv Mezdra, who were relegated. Sliven managed to win against Levski Sofia at home, one of Bulgaria's best teams. At home, Sliven won six games and drew three games, while away results including three wins and two draws.

Sliven's third consecutive season in the top flight was less successful, however. Dimcho Nenov was appointed as coach for the 2010-11 season. The team finished in last place, with only 4 wins, 7 draws, and 19 losses. This only earned the team 19 points, 6 points behind the 14th place, which would at least qualify them for the relegation playoffs. Sliven managed three home wins, and only one away win, against fellow relegated Akademik Sofia. This relegation ended their three year stay in the A PFG.

After their relegation to the elite, Sliven were allocated to the East 2011-12 B Group. The team largely struggled with their performance, mainly due to the fact that many top players left the club after they were relegated. Sliven finished 6th out of 10 teams, a mediocre performance. Things went from bad to worse for Sliven, however. The team began experiencing serious financial problems, which affected their results, but more importantly, their ability to play professional football. On February 26th 2013, the Bulgarian Football Union suspended Sliven's participation in the Second League, as the team could field at most seven senior players. This automatically relegated the team to the V AFG, the third tier of Bulgarian football.

Sliven played in the third tier for three years, before being relegated to the Regional Amateur Leagues, the fourth tier of football.

Recent Seasons

SeasonPos.Pl.WDLGSGAP Cup Notes
2005-06 B PFG 122694132230311/16
2006-07 B PFG 1226411113252231/8
2007-08 B PFG 12619346323601/8Promoted
2008-09 A PFG 123088143240321/8
2009-10 A PFG 133095162940321/8
2010-11 A PFG 163047192252191/16Relegated
2011-12 B PFG 627106112923361/32
2012-13 B PFG 14260125475-21/22Relegated
2013-14 V AFG 163240283316512

European cup history

SeasonCompetitionRoundCountryClubHomeAwayAggregate
1984/85 UEFA Cup 1 Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.svg FK Zeljeznicar 1-01-52-5
1990/91 Cup Winners'Cup 1 Flag of Italy.svg Juventus 0-21-61-8

Colours and nicknames

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Logo of FC Sliven 1960-00

For the majority of their history FC Sliven have worn red and white colours. When the club was first founded in 1918, red was chosen to represent the blood of Bulgarian Voivodes and white was chosen to represent the freedom. After the bankruptcy of FC Sliven in 2000 the club changed its name to OFC Sliven 2000, its badge, and its colours to orange shirts with blue shorts. One of the nicknames of OFC Sliven 2000 is Voivodite which means "Slavic title that originally denoted the principal commander of a military force". It was chosen because the town Sliven is famous for its Bulgarian Haiduts who fought against the Ottoman Turks in the 19th century and is known as the "City of the 100 Voivodes", a Voivode being a leader of Haiduts.

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Source: sliven-fc.com

Current squad

As of 18 June 2013Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
GK Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Georgi Kinchev
GK Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Petar Debarliev
DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Yavor Ivanov
DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Ivan Todorov
DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Emil Martinov
DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Stoyan Marinov
DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Mario Hadzhidimitrov
DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Boyan Nikolov
MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Milen Stoyanov
MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Dobromir Dimitrov
No.Pos.NationPlayer
MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Mitko Mitkov
MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Lachezar Lechkov
MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Enver Hristov
MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Georgi Kolev
MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Plamen Budakov
MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Petar Rusev
FW Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Aleksandar Balezdrov
FW Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Miroslav Mindev
FW Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Tolyo Yordanov

Famous players

The following players included were either playing for their respective national teams or left good impression among the fans.

Note: For a complete list of Sliven players, see Category:OFC Sliven 2000 players.

Stadium

The stadium Hadzhi Dimitar in Sliven (15,000 seats) was built in the 1950s, first big reconstructions were run in the period 1984 - 1989. Currently Hadzhi Dimitar is a part of big multifunctional sports compound, still under development - at completion featuring hotel, restaurant, 2 training grass pitches, tennis courts, swimming pool. The athletic track of Hadzhi Dimitar is meeting all requirements of IAAF for hosting international competitions. The stadium complex has the only training pitch with FieldTurf flooring in Bulgaria. The size of the official pitch is 105m x 68m. Record attendance is 30,000 people.

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