|Full name||Professional Football Club Beroe Stara Zagora|
|Nickname(s)||Зелените (The Greens)|
|Founded||6 May 1916|
|Owner||Maritsa East 2 EAD|
|Head coach||Petar Kolev|
|2020–21||First League, 6th|
Beroe (Bulgarian : Берое) is a Bulgarian professional association football club based in Stara Zagora, that competes in the First League, the top division of the Bulgarian football league system. The club was founded in 1916 under the name Vereya. The club's colours are green and white.
Since then the home ground of Beroe has been the homonymous Stadion Beroe in Stara Zagora with a seating capacity of 12,128. Beroe were the 1986 champions of Bulgaria and they also won the Bulgarian Cup twice in 2010 and 2013. In terms of international achievements, Beroe hold the record for Balkans Cups titles, having won the tournament four times. The club's most noted and successful player is Petko Petkov, 2 times A Group Top Scorer: 1974 (with 20 goals) and 1976 (with 19 goals).
Football was played in Stara Zagora as early as 1916, however with no organized championship in Bulgaria until the late 1920s, numerous clubs enjoyed regional success in those early years for the game in both the city and Bulgaria itself. Beroe can trace its roots back to 4 May 1924, when it was founded as Beroya, after the merger of two other clubs – Borislav and Rekord.
The club withstood the almost constant chaos and strife of the times, often caused by numerous shifts in the political regimes of Bulgaria, and despite many mergers and name changes throughout the first four decades of its history, it is constantly among the top 3 clubs in the city. It has also often been the platform for attempts to unite all the clubs in Stara Zagora, which foreshadowed its role and meaning for the city in the years to come.
The establishment of an organized league to determine the champion of Bulgaria in the late 40s coincided with the consolidation of football in Stara Zagora, the city finally seeing a one single strong club emerge to represent it at the highest level of Bulgarian football. That club was Beroe, at first bearing the names of Udarnik and Botev, before finally restoring its old name in 1959.
1968 marked the beginning of Beroe's golden age. During the summer transfer period, the forward Petko Petkov joined the club. In the next 12 years he scored 144 goals for the club in A Group. Beroe became all-powerful, winning the Balkans Cup in 1968 (beating in the final Spartak Sofia with a 6–4 on aggregate) and 1969 (beating Dinamo Tirana with a 4–0 on aggregate). However in 1970 the team was relegated after being excluded from the championship after 18 rounds due to crowd trouble in the match with Levski.
Bouncing back after a year, season 1971–72 in the domestic league was very successful for the team, which finished 3rd, and qualified for the UEFA Cup. The club's first participation in UEFA Cup was also promising, with Beroe eliminating the Austrian Austria Wien (7–0 and 3–1) and the Hungarian Honvéd (3–0 and 0–1) respectively and reaching the third round (but being knocked out by the Yugoslav OFK Beograd).
In season 1973–74 Beroe reach the quarter-finals of the Cup Winners' Cup: after eliminating the Luxembourg Fola Esch and the Basques of Athletic Bilbao, they were stopped in DDR by 1. FC Magdeburg (2–0 and 1–1).
Beroe have had some success in Europe, such as the 1–0 win over Juventus in a Cup Winners' Cup first-leg in 1979 and a 3–0 win over Athletic Bilbao in 1973. Moreover, Beroe is one of the two Bulgarian football clubs that has a positive record of the matches played in European club competitions.
In 1982 and 1984 Beroe won the Balkans Cup for the third and fourth times.
In 1986, the team led by the coach Evgeni Yanchovski won the Bulgarian title, the first in the club's history. Beroe finished the season with 43 points (after 20 wins, 4 draws and 6 losses). Beroe played in the 1986–87 UEFA European Champions Cup where they were eliminated in the first round to Dynamo Kyiv of the Soviet Union after 1–1 at Beroe Stadium and 0–2 loss in Kyiv.
The 1990s would see a gradual decline as Beroe were relegated to B Group in season 1994–95, finishing in last place with twelve points.
The advent of democracy in Bulgaria ushered a new period of chaos and economical hardship for the country, and that didn't pass by Beroe. Nevertheless, despite several seasons of crisis the club again withstood the test of time, and despite needing a helpful merger with another team – Olimpik (Teteven) – remained a key player on the Bulgarian football scene.
The first two seasons back in top division saw Beroe fight relegation, with safety being achieved by second-half runs. In 2001–02 season the team again relegated.
In the autumn of 2007 the actual majority shareholder of Professional Football Club Beroe JSCo Nikolay Banev gave up the financial support of the team. In spite of that, the team demonstrated good football in most of the games. On the 10th of January, 2008 23 players and 3 coaches terminated their contracts with the club after a planned sale of the shares had failed.
Beroe got out of trouble on the 3rd of February 2008, when the Beroe veterans’ club and the national fanclub, assisted by lawyer Damian Georgiev initiated, through related firms, insolvency proceedings in respect of the club in the Regional Court of Stara Zagora. The appointed administrator Elka Petrova transferred all the assets and liabilities of the club to a newly established joint-stock company Professional Football Club Beroe Stara Zagora JSCo.
The new entity succeeded Professional Football Club Beroe JSCo as regard of the license, the membership in the Bulgarian Football Union and the running of the football team itself.
In the summer of 2009 due to the world economic crisis most of the shareholders left the club due to financial problems. The club's main sponsor Brikel JSCo transferred its shares to Beroe veterans’ club and the national fanclub, who appointed a new Board of Directors. It consists of Damyan Georgiev – Chairman, Genyo Petrov – Executive Director and Tsvetelin Zhoevski.
In the 2007–08 season Beroe lost their place in A Group, due to a controversial match between Belasitsa Petrich and Marek Dupnitsa in the last round of the season. In the very next season, however, Beroe won first place in B Group and returned to the top flight. At that time Ilian Iliev had already been manager of the club for the last 2 years. In the year to follow, Beroe achieved its best season in over 20 years, beating all of the main competitors for the Bulgarian Cup. Beroe eliminated CSKA Sofia in the quarter-finals, which paved the way for them to obtain the trophy, winning against second-division Chernomorets Pomorie 1–0 in the final at Lovech Stadium.The winning goal was scored dramatically in the last seconds of the added time by Beroe's former youth player Doncho Atanasov, who also went on to become top goalscorer of the tournament with 4 goals. Beroe became one of the only two Bulgarian teams that have won the cup without succeeding any goals. This success led to Ilian Iliev being awarded with the Coach of the Season award, as well as Ivo Ivanov (defender) being proclaimed best defender in A Group for 2009. Besides him other players that played a main role throughout the season were Iskren Pisarov, Georgi Andonov, Zdravko Iliev, Slavi Zhekov, Dian Genchev. One of the players with most matches in A Group for all times Kostadin Vidolov ended up his career mid-season with Beroe and went on to become a coach for Beroe's second team.
Beroe started 2010–11 season with the debut of the team in the UEFA Europa League.Beroe entered the competition in the third qualifying round and faced the Austrian side Rapid Wien. The game in Bulgaria ended in a 1–1 draw. Rapid Wien won the rematch with 3–0 putting an end to the international campaign of the Bulgarian team.
Beroe started 2012–13 season in Bulgarian Cup eliminating Akademik Svishtov in the second round. In the quarter-finals Beroe eliminated Lokomotiv (Mezdra) with aggregate result of 8–1, and then Pirin (Gotse Delchev) in the quarter-finals and Slavia Sofia in the semi-finals. In the final match at Lovech Stadium in Lovech against Levski Sofia, the result after 90 minutes was 3–3. After Beroe had taken the lead with 3–1 in the 80th minute, Levski Sofia with 10 men restored the tie, after Hristo Yovov received a second yellow card in the end of the first half. At the penalty shoot-out Levski Sofia scored just 1 from 4 penalties and Beroe, 3 of 5 which meant that Beroe had won the cup for the second time in the club's history.
Beroes colours are green and white.
|Period||Kit manufacturer||Shirt Sponsor|
|2008–09||Tomy Sport||Stara Zagora|
European Cup/Champions League
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League
Cup Winners' Cup
As of 23 July 2021 [update]
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
For recent transfers, see Transfers summer 2021.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Up to five non-EU nationals can be registered and given a squad number for the first team in the Bulgarian First League however only three can be used during a match day. 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 (Dual citizenship)
|1967–68||Balkans Cup||Group A||Vllaznia Shkodër||0–4||2–0||1st|
|1969||Balkans Cup||Group B||Pierikos||1–1||1–0||1st|
|Final||Dinamo Tirana||0–1||3–0 1||3–1|
|1970||Balkans Cup||Group A||Egaleo||2–0||4–2||1st|
|Final||Partizani Tirana||1–1||0–3 1||1–4|
|1972–73||UEFA Cup||1/32 final||Austria Wien||7–0||3–1||10–1|
|1/8 final||OFK Beograd||0–0||1–3||1–3|
|1973–74||UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||1/16 final||Fola Esch||7–0||4–1||11–1|
|1/8 final||Athletic Bilbao||3–0||0–1||3–1|
|1/4 final||1. FC Magdeburg||0–2||1–1||1–3|
|1979–80||UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||1/16 final||Arka Gdynia||2–3||2–0||4–3|
|1/8 final||Juventus||1–0||0–3 (a.e.t.)||1–3|
|1980–81||UEFA Cup||1/32 final||Fenerbahçe||1–0||2–1||3–1|
|1/16 final||Radnički Niš||0–1||1–2||1–3|
|1981–83||Balkans Cup||Group A||Galatasaray||2–1||3–0 1||1st|
|1983–84||Balkans Cup||Group A||Argeș Pitești||2–4||2–1||1st|
|1984–85||Balkans Cup||1/4 final||Argeș Pitești||4–1||0–4||4–5|
|1986–87||UEFA European Cup||1/16 final||Dynamo Kyiv||1–1||0–2||1–3|
|1992–93||Balkans Cup||1/4 final||Teuta Durrës||0–1||1–1 (a.e.t.)||1–2|
|2010–11||UEFA Europa League||3QR||Rapid Wien||1–1||0–3||1–4|
|2013–14||UEFA Europa League||2QR||Hapoel Tel Aviv||1–4||2–2||3–6|
|2015–16||UEFA Europa League||1QR||Atlantas||3–1||2–0||5–1|
|2016–17||UEFA Europa League||1QR||Radnik Bijeljina||0–0||2–0||2–0|
1 ex officio the team doesn't come or leave the field.
|UEFA Champions League / European Cup||1||2||0||1||1||1||3||– 2|
|UEFA Europa League / UEFA Cup||6||22||8||6||8||30||23||+ 7|
|UEFA Cup Winners' Cup / Cup Winners' Cup||2||10||5||1||4||20||11||+ 9|
|Balkans Cup||7||34||21||4||9||54||42||+ 12|
This is the current 2016–17 UEFA coefficient:
Club world ranking
These are the IFFHS club's points as of 7 January 2016:
Beroe Stadium is situated in the northwestern part of Stara Zagora near the biggest park of the city – Ayazmoto, which is the biggest sport facility of the team. The team has also three training grounds, the Beroe stadium base includes also tennis facilities and covered training hall. Built in 1959, the stadium is currently being renovated and has around 13,000 seating places, most of which are covered. The stadium has its own gymnastics, acrobatics and boxing hall. There is also a table-tennis facility. The stadium's overall capacity is about 15,000. The Beroe stadium has the fastest athletics lane and was often used for such competitions. The biggest attendance was in 1986 when the team won the championship title and more than 40,000 spectators were celebrating together with the players.
The club has very strong support in the country. Their group is called Zara Boys.
Beroe's main rival is Botev Plovdiv. The match between these two teams is called Thracian Derby. They also have a strong rivalry with the two most popular teams in the country – Levski Sofia and CSKA Sofia. Other teams that are in bad relations with Beroe are Lokomotiv Plovdiv and especially Neftochimic Burgas.
The only team with which fans Zara Boys have a strong friendship is Etar Veliko Tarnovo.
Evgeni Yanchovski holds Beroe's overall appearance record – he played 341 matches over the course of 14 seasons from 1960 to 1974. This is also the record for League appearances. Beroe's all-time leading scorer is Petko Petkov, who scored 144 goals while at the club from 1968 to 1980. Beroe's biggest victory is 8–0 in A Group against Minyor Pernik in 1973–74 and Chernomorets Burgas Sofia in 2006–07. Beroe's 7–0 defeat of Austria Wien in 1972 was its largest Europe win. Beroe's heaviest defeat, 2–10, came against CSKA Sofia in 1991–92.
Most league appearances for the club
Most league goals for the club
Bulgarian league top scorer with the club
|Press officer||Emil Dimov|
|Coordinator beroe.bg||Vladislav Lazarov|
|Photographer beroe.bg||Ani Georgieva|
|Cameraman beroe.bg||Nikolay Petrov|
|Reporter beroe.bg||Stefan Radev|
Stadion Beroe is a multi-purpose stadium in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. It is located in the north-western part of the city, near the park Ayazmoto. Currently, the venue is used for football matches and athletic competitions and is also the home ground of the local football club PFC Beroe Stara Zagora. The stadium has a seating capacity of 12,128 spectators and it was officially inaugurated on April 4, 1959.
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The 2010–11 Bulgarian Cup is the 29th official season of the Bulgarian annual football knockout tournament. The competition will begin in September 2010 with the matches of the Preliminary Round and end with the final in May 2011. Beroe Stara Zagora are the defending champions.
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The 2012–13 Bulgarian Cup was the 31st official season of the Bulgarian annual football knockout tournament. The competition began on 13 October 2012 with the matches of the Preliminary Round and ended with the final on 15 May 2013. Ludogorets Razgrad were the defending champions, but were eliminated by CSKA Sofia in the second round. Beroe Stara Zagora won the title, their second overall, after defeating Levski Sofia in the final by penalties.
The 2013 Bulgarian Cup Final was the 73rd final of the Bulgarian Cup, and was contested between Beroe Stara Zagora and Levski Sofia on 15 May 2013. The match finished in a 3–3 draw, but Beroe clinched their second ever Bulgarian Cup title by winning 3–1 on penalties.
The 2013–14 Bulgarian Cup is the 32nd official season of the Bulgarian annual football knockout tournament. The competition will begin on 18 September 2013 with the matches of the First Round and will ended with the final on 15 May 2014. Beroe Stara Zagora were the defending champions, but lost to the eventual champions Ludogorets Razgrad in the second round.
The 2014–15 season was Ludogorets Razgrad's fourth season in A Football Group. They successfully defended their title, winning the championship for a fourth consecutive and overall time. Also, Ludogorets Razgrad reached the semi-finals in the Bulgarian Cup, won the SuperCup and, most notably, made their maiden appearance in the UEFA Champions League group stage, winning the play-off round against Steaua București in dramatic fashion. Ludogorets won €14,547,000 in prize money for their participation in Europe.
The 2015–16 Bulgarian Cup was the 34th official edition of the Bulgarian annual football knockout tournament. The competition began on 23 September 2015 with the matches of the First Round and finished with the final on 24 May 2016. Cherno More Varna were the defending champions.
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The 2016–17 First Professional Football League is the 93rd season of the top division of the Bulgarian football league system, the 68th since a league format was adopted for the national competition of A Group as a top tier of the pyramid and also the inaugural season of the First Professional Football League, which decides the Bulgarian champion. The season is the first with a new league structure and strict financial criteria where 14 clubs play each other home and away, until the league is split up in championship and relegation playoffs. The new league structure, inspired by the ones used by the Belgian First Division A and Danish Superliga, was approved by the Bulgarian Football Union on 6 June 2016. The fixtures were announced on 8 July 2016.
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