PFC Beroe Stara Zagora

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Beroe Stara Zagora
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Full nameProfessional Football Club Beroe Stara Zagora
Nickname(s)Зелените (The Greens)
Short nameBeroe
Founded6 May 1916 (1916-05-06)
as Vereya
Ground Stadion Beroe
Capacity12,128
Owner Maritsa East 2 EAD
ChairmanIlko Rusev
Head coach Petar Kolev
League First League
2020–21 First League, 6th
Website Club website

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.

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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).

History

100 year anniversary of the club postage stamp.

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.

Successful years 1968–1980

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.

Champions 1980–1995

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The champions team

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. [1]

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.

Downfall of the mid 90s, ups and downs again 1995–2008

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.

Winning the Cup 2009–10 and 2012–13

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. [2] 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. [3] 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 [4] 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.

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers

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The centenary crest used during the 2016–17 season.

Beroes colours are green and white.

Period Kit manufacturerShirt Sponsor
1924–82NoneNone
1982–83 Flag of Germany.svg Puma
1983–86None
1986–91 Flag of Germany.svg Adidas
1991–92 Flag of the United States.svg Nike CEBI
1992–95 Flag of None.svg Unknown
1995–04None
2004–06AKB Fores
2006–07 Flag of Germany.svg Jako
2007–08 Flag of Germany.svg Uhlsport
2008–09 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Tomy Sport Stara Zagora
2009–10 Flag of Bulgaria.svg GUPA
2010–11 Bulsatcom
2011–13 Flag of Germany.svg Uhlsport
2013–15 Flag of Spain.svg Joma None
2015– Flag of Germany.svg Uhlsport REFAN

Honours

Domestic

First League:

Bulgarian Cup:

Bulgarian Supercup:

Second League:

European

European Cup/Champions League

UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League

Cup Winners' Cup

Balkans Cup

League positions

First Professional Football LeagueBulgarian A Football GroupBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian A Football GroupBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian A Football GroupBulgarian V AFGBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian A Football GroupBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian A Football GroupBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian A Football GroupBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian A Football GroupBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian A Football GroupBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian A Football GroupBulgarian B Football GroupPFC Beroe Stara Zagora

Players

Current squad

As of 23 July 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 the Netherlands.svg  NED Nordin Bakker
2 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Dzhuneyt Ali
3 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Miroslav Enchev
4 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Hristo Mitev
5 DF Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  CIV Oumar Sako
6 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Aleksandar Tsvetkov (vice-captain)
7 FW Flag of Cape Verde.svg  CPV Kukula
8 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Iliyan Stefanov
9 FW Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Martin Kamburov (captain)
10 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Daniel Genov
11 FW Flag of Senegal.svg  SEN Alioune Fall
12 GK Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Ivan Goshev
13 FW Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Nikola Marinov
No.Pos.NationPlayer
15 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Georgi Dinkov
16 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Simeon Mechev
17 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Reyan Daskalov
19 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Aleksandar Vasilev
20 DF Flag of Cape Verde.svg  CPV Steve Furtado
21 MF Flag of France.svg  FRA Keelan Lebon
26 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Kamen Hadzhiev
30 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Serkan Yusein (on loan from Ludogorets)
33 GK Flag of Ukraine.svg  UKR Hennadiy Hanyev
77 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Bozhidar Penchev
91 FW Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Oldzhay Aliev
99 MF Flag of Mauritania.svg  MTN Oumar Camara
MF Flag of Mali.svg  MLI Aboubacar Toungara

For recent transfers, see 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

Foreign players

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

EU Nationals (Dual citizenship)

Non-EU Nationals

International players

European record

Matches

SeasonCompetitionRoundClubHomeAwayAggregate
1967–68 Balkans Cup Group A Flag of Albania (1946-1992).svg Vllaznia Shkodër 0–42–01st
Flag of Turkey.svg Gençlerbirliği 2–01–0
Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg Farul Constanța 2–12–1
Final Flag of Bulgaria.svg Spartak Sofia 3–03–46–3
1969 Balkans Cup Group B Flag of Greece.svg Pierikos 1–11–01st
Flag of Turkey.svg Ankaraspor 3–02–2
Final Flag of Albania (1946-1992).svg Dinamo Tirana 0–13–0 13–1
1970 Balkans Cup Group A Flag of Greece.svg Egaleo 2–04–21st
Flag of Turkey.svg Eskişehirspor 1–01–3
Final Flag of Albania (1946-1992).svg Partizani Tirana 1–10–3 11–4
1972–73 UEFA Cup 1/32 final Flag of Austria.svg Austria Wien 7–03–110–1
1/16 final Flag of Hungary.svg Honvéd 3–00–13–1
1/8 final Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg OFK Beograd 0–01–31–3
1973–74 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1/16 final Flag of Luxembourg.svg Fola Esch 7–04–111–1
1/8 final Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg Athletic Bilbao 3–00–13–1
1/4 final Flag of East Germany.svg 1. FC Magdeburg 0–21–11–3
1979–80 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1/16 final Flag of Poland.svg Arka Gdynia 2–32–04–3
1/8 final Flag of Italy.svg Juventus 1–00–3 (a.e.t.)1–3
1980–81 UEFA Cup 1/32 final Flag of Turkey.svg Fenerbahçe 1–02–13–1
1/16 final Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Radnički Niš 0–11–21–3
1981–83 Balkans Cup Group A Flag of Turkey.svg Galatasaray 2–13–0 11st
Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg Steaua București 2–02–3
Final Flag of Albania (1946-1992).svg Tirana 3–03–16–1
1983–84 Balkans Cup Group A Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg Argeș Pitești 2–42–11st
Flag of Turkey.svg Galatasaray 4–21–0
1984–85 Balkans Cup 1/4 final Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg Argeș Pitești 4–10–44–5
1986–87 UEFA European Cup 1/16 final Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Dynamo Kyiv 1–10–21–3
1992–93 Balkans Cup 1/4 final Flag of Albania.svg Teuta Durrës 0–11–1 (a.e.t.)1–2
2010–11 UEFA Europa League 3QR Flag of Austria.svg Rapid Wien 1–10–31–4
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 2QR Flag of Israel.svg Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–42–23–6
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1QR Flag of Lithuania.svg Atlantas 3–12–05–1
2QR Flag of Denmark.svg Brøndby 0–10–00–1
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1QR Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Radnik Bijeljina 0–02–02–0
2QR Flag of Finland.svg HJK 1–10–11–2

1 ex officio the team doesn't come or leave the field.

Notes
Competition S P W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Champions League / European Cup 1201113– 2
UEFA Europa League / UEFA Cup 6228683023+ 7
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup / Cup Winners' Cup 2105142011+ 9
Balkans Cup 73421495442+ 12
Total166834122210579+ 26

UEFA & IFFHS rankings

Stadium

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.

Supporters and rivalries

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.

Statistics and Records

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

#NameApps
1 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Evgeni Yanchovski 341
2 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Tenyo Minchev 308
3 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Hristo Todorov280
4 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Todor Krastev263
5 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Petko Petkov 259
6 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Kancho Kasherov253
7 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Venelin Sivriev245
8 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Jordan Mitev238
9 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ivo Ivanov 237
10 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Boris Kirov227
= Flag of Bulgaria.svg Veselin Penev 227

Most league goals for the club

#NameGls
1 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Petko Petkov 144
2 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Petar Zhekov 101
3 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Jordan Mitev68
4 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Vasil Dragolov 58
5 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Martin Kamburov 53
6 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Georgi Belchev52
7 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Myumyun Kashmer50
8 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Stoycho Mladenov 42
9 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Georgi Andonov 39
= Flag of Bulgaria.svg Georgi Stoyanov39
10 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Radko Kalaidjiev37

Bulgarian league top scorer with the club

YearNameGoals
1967 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Petar Zhekov 21
1968 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Petar Zhekov 31
1974 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Petko Petkov 19
1976 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Petko Petkov 18
1978 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Stoycho Mladenov 21
2020 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Martin Kamburov 18

Managers

Club officials

Board of Directors

Press service

PositionNameNationality
Press officerEmil Dimov Flag of Bulgaria.svg
International relations vacant -
Coordinator beroe.bgVladislav Lazarov Flag of Bulgaria.svg Flag of Germany.svg
Photographer beroe.bgAni Georgieva Flag of Bulgaria.svg
Cameraman beroe.bgNikolay Petrov Flag of Bulgaria.svg
Reporter beroe.bgStefan Radev Flag of Bulgaria.svg

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