PFC Slavia Sofia

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PFC Slavia Sofia
PFC Slavia Sofia.svg
Full nameProfessional Football Club Slavia
Nickname(s)Белите (The Whites)
Founded10 April 1913;108 years ago (1913-04-10)
Ground Stadion Slavia
Capacity25,556
OwnerMladen Mihalev
ChairmanVentseslav Stefanov
Head coach Zlatomir Zagorčić
League First League
2019–20 First League, 3rd
Website Club website

PFC Slavia Sofia (Bulgarian : ПФК Славия София) is a Bulgarian professional association football club based in Sofia, which currently competes in the top tier of the Bulgarian football league system, the First League. Slavia's home ground is the Slavia Stadium in Ovcha kupel with a capacity of 25,556. The team's colours are white and black. Established on 10 April 1913, Slavia is currently the oldest sports club in Sofia.

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Slavia is one of only two Bulgarian football clubs that have never been relegated (the other being Levski Sofia), although the club has been divided into two separate clubs and one of them that carries Slavia records and statistics (Udarnik Sofia) had been expelled to the Second Division, which continued for a season (1951), for no other reason, but politically arranged football reform. The other separate entity (Stroitel Sofia) which is now defunct and regarded as a different club had remained in First Division. Later on the two clubs reunited again.

Domestically, the club has won the Bulgarian Championship seven times and the Bulgarian Cup eight times. They have also been runners-up in the championship ten times and have reached the cup final on three additional occasions. Among the team's international successes are a European Cup Winners' Cup semi-final in 1967 and a quarter-final in 1981, as well as two consecutive Balkans Cup trophies in 1986 and 1988.

Slavia have a rivalry with fellow Sofia-based club Levski Sofia. Matches between the two teams are known as the Oldest capital derby, due to the fact that Slavia and Levski are the oldest, continuously-existing football teams from Sofia. They used to compete regularly for trophies before 1945.

History

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On 10 April 1913, a group of young people living near a Russian Monument in Sofia and representatives of the local capital clubs Botev and Razvitie, in a coffee-house – Alabin str. in Sofia, decided to establish an incorporated sports club, the first organized sport club in Sofia. [1] The new incorporated club has named Slavia. Dimitar Blagoev – Palio, a 21-year-old student, was elected as the first president of the club. As members of the first club administrative council were elected Emanuil Geshev, Ferdinand Mihaylov, Tsvyatko Velichkov, Georgi Grigorov and Todor Kalkandzhiev.

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A few days later, was elected the first football team of the club – Stefan Lalov, Ilia Georgiev, Emanuil Geshev, Todor Kalkandzhiev, Stefan Chumpalov, Dimitar Blagoev – Palio (all of them from Botev) and Pavel Grozdanov, Ferdinand Mihaylov, Boris Sharankov, Asen Bramchev, Dimitar Cvetkov (all of them from Razvitie). The first sport dresses of the club were white shirts and black shorts. Since 1924, the team has played with white shirts and white shorts and up to present days it is popular as the "White pride". On 11 August 1913, Slavia played its first match, against local club Savata, and won 1–0.

After World War I, Slavia began to become more successful. On 5 June 1928, the club won its first champion title, winning 4–0 in the final match against Vladislav Varna. Slavia won the title five more times until 1946, in 1930, 1936, 1938–39, 1941 and 1943.

Slavia won its first Bulgarian Cup in 1952. By winning the 1963 Bulgarian Cup Final, Slavia qualified for the European Cup Winners' Cup, the club's first appearance in European competition. They were drawn against Hungarian club MTK Budapest in the first round. Slavia were eliminated from the competition 2–1 on aggregate. Its most important achievements in Europe during 1966–67 Cup Winners' Cup campaign when Slavia eliminated Swansea City, Strasbourg and Servette, before being eliminated by Rangers in the semi-finals. [2] The team consisted of great players such as goalkeeper Simeon Simeonov, Ivan Davidov, Aleksandar Shalamanov, Dimitar Largov, Dimitar Kostov and Aleksandar Vasilev.

In 1969, Slavia was merged with Lokomotiv Sofia under the name ZhSK Slavia. Two years later, the two clubs split again after a split was supported by 100,000 fans.

In the 1980–81 season, led by Chavdar Tsvetkov and Andrey Zhelyazkov, [3] Slavia reached the quarter-finals of the Cup Winners' Cup before losing 6–3 on aggregate to Feyenoord. In 1986, Slavia won Balkans Cup, defeating Greek side Panionios 5–3 on aggregate in the final. In 1988, Slavia won the Balkans Cup for the second time. [4]

In 1994, Stoyan Kotsev, the former Slavia midfielder, was appointed as the club's new manager. After finishing fourth in 1995, they went on to win the A PFG title in 1995–96. Slavia finished with five points more than second-placed Levski Sofia. This marked Slavia's first Bulgarian title since 1943. In the 2010–11 season, Slavia reached the Bulgarian Cup final, defeating Ludogorets Razgrad, Etar 1924, Chernomorets Burgas and Pirin Blagoevgrad en route. However, they lost the final 1–0 to CSKA Sofia. [5]

In 2018, Slavia won the Bulgarian Cup for the eight time in its history, defeating rivals Levski Sofia at the Vasil Levski National Stadium after a penalty shootout. This enabled the team to play in the 2018-19 UEFA Europa League second qualifying round. In the second qualifying round, Slavia eliminated Finnish side FC Ilves. However, in the third qualifying round, they lost to Hajduk Split of Croatia, thus being eliminated.

The 2019–20 season was very successful for Slavia. The team finished in third place, qualifying for the Europa League playoff. Slavia clinched the third place in the last round of the season, defeating champions Ludogorets 3–1 at home, while Levski Sofia lost 1–2 to Lokomotiv Plovdiv, thus making Slavia third. This was Slavia’s best placement since the 1996–97 season.

League positions

Bulgarian First LeagueBulgarian A Football GroupBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian A Football GroupPFC Slavia Sofia

Players

Current squad

As of 3 July 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 Georgi Petkov (captain)
3 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Ertan Tombak
5 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Martin Atanasov
6 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Kostadin Velkov
7 MF Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS Peter Makrillos
9 FW Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Kaloyan Krastev
10 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Radoslav Kirilov
12 GK Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Ivan Dermendzhiev
16 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Alexander Zlatkov
17 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Erol Dost
18 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Dimitar Stoyanov
19 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Toni Ivanov
No.Pos.NationPlayer
20 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Filip Angelov
21 GK Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Svetoslav Vutsov
22 MF Flag of North Macedonia.svg  MKD Darko Tasevski
23 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Emil Viyachki
29 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Petar Vutsov
37 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Ventsislav Kerchev
55 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Andrea Hristov
71 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Emil Stoev
73 FW Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Martin Sorakov
77 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Georgi Valchev
88 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Toni Tasev
DF Flag of France.svg  FRA Ludovic Soares

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

Foreign players

Up to five non-EU nationals can be registered and given a squad number for the first team in the A PFG 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

Supporters

There is one remaining ultras group called Boys Sofia, a name referring to the fact the traditional support is from the south of the city; in the past there were multiple other groups. They have a long standing friendship with BSC Young Boys. [7] [8] The traditional rivalry has been with Levski Sofia, also known as Oldest capital derby, however in recent decades Lokomotiv Sofia has become the major rival. [9] The derby between them is called Little capital derby. The other city rivalry is with CSKA Sofia.

Stadium

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Slavia Stadium in 2011

In the first ten years after Slavia was founded, the club played in the stadium of his predecessor SC Razvitie. On 3 October 1923, Slavia became the owner of land to the Russian Monument in Sofia, where was the first ground of the club. They played their home games there for the next few decades, until they moved to southwest Sofia in the 1960s.

On 12 March 1958, started the construction of Slavia Stadium. Mayor of the sixth area in Sofia and president of the Slavia women's basketball team, Dimitar Tinev, presided at the laying in place of the first stone. The stadium is built in a residential area Ovcha Kupel, served by regular bus services 6 km from Sofia city centre. Slavia Stadium has undergone many changes over the years and it presently has a capacity of 25,556.

Honours

National

Bulgarian State Football Championship / First League:

Bulgarian Cup:

European

Gold medal icon.svg Winners: 1986, 1987–88
Semi-finals: 1966–67
First place in group four: 1977

Technical staff

NameRole
Flag of Serbia.svg Flag of Bulgaria.svg Zlatomir Zagorčić Head Coach
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Martin Kushev Assistant Coach
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Radostin Stanev Goalkeeping Coach
Flag of Serbia.svg Milan DimitrićCondition Coach
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Boris BorisovDoctor
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Lyuben AngelovDoctor
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Svetoslav KostadinovAdministrator

Notable stats

Managerial history

This is a list of the last Slavia managers:

NameNatFromToHonours
Dobromir Tashkov Flag of Bulgaria.svg 19631969
Dobromir Tashkov Flag of Bulgaria.svg 19731974
Hristo Mladenov Flag of Bulgaria.svg 19781980
Oleh Bazylevych Flag of the Soviet Union.svg 19871988
Stoyan Kotsev Flag of Bulgaria.svg 199419971 Bulgarian Cup
1 Bulgarian title
Miroslav Mironov Flag of Bulgaria.svg Oct 1999May 2000
Žarko Olarević Flag of Serbia.svg May 200023 Nov 2000
Kiril Kachamanov Flag of Bulgaria.svg 23 Nov 200025 Sept 2001
Žarko Olarević Flag of Serbia.svg 25 Sept 200118 Dec 2002
Miodrag Ješić Flag of Serbia.svg 18 Dec 200223 Aug 2003
Ratko Dostanić Flag of Serbia.svg 24 Aug 200323 Sept 2004
Atanas Dzhambazki Flag of Bulgaria.svg 23 Sept 200429 March 2005
Petar Houbchev Flag of Bulgaria.svg 29 March 200510 Nov 2005
Alyosha Andonov Flag of Bulgaria.svg 10 Nov 20052 July 2006
Ratko Dostanić Flag of Serbia.svg 3 July 200626 Dec 2006
Alyosha Andonov Flag of Bulgaria.svg 26 Dec 20066 June 2007
Stevica Kuzmanovski Flag of North Macedonia.svg 6 June 20072 June 2009
Velislav Vutsov Flag of Bulgaria.svg 2 June 200918 May 2010
Emil Velev Flag of Bulgaria.svg 19 May 201028 May 2011
Martin Kushev Flag of Bulgaria.svg 28 May 201129 Nov 2012
Velislav Vutsov Flag of Bulgaria.svg 30 Nov 20125 June 2013
Asen Bukarev Flag of Bulgaria.svg 5 June 201320 Oct 2013
Milen Radukanov Flag of Bulgaria.svg 21 Oct 201331 Aug 2014
Ivan Kolev Flag of Bulgaria.svg 1 Sep 201430 Nov 2015
Vladimir Ivanov (caretaker) Flag of Bulgaria.svg 30 Nov 201518 Dec 2015
Aleksandr Tarkhanov Flag of Russia.svg 18 Dec 20152 Nov 2016
Vladimir Ivanov Flag of Bulgaria.svg 3 Nov 201611 May 2017
Zlatomir Zagorčić Flag of Bulgaria.svg Flag of Serbia.svg 11 May 20171 September 20201 Bulgarian Cup
Martin Kushev Flag of Bulgaria.svg 7 September 202017 September 2020
Aleksandr Tarkhanov Flag of Russia.svg 17 September 202012 April 2021
Zlatomir Zagorčić Flag of Bulgaria.svg Flag of Serbia.svg 12 April 2021

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