PSFC Chernomorets Burgas

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Chernomorets Burgas
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Full nameПрофесионален спортен футболен клуб Черноморец Бургас
(Professional sports football club Chernomorets Burgas)
Nickname(s)Акулите (The Sharks)
Founded6 July 2005;15 years ago (2005-07-06)
Dissolved5 June 2019;22 months ago (2019-06-05) [1]
Ground Chernomorets Stadium,
2018–19 B RFG, 7th

PSFC Chernomorets Burgas (Bulgarian : ПСФК Черноморец Бургас) or simply Chernomorets (Bulgarian : Черноморец) was a Bulgarian football club from the city of Burgas. The club has never won any major competition, its most notable achievement being a second-place finish in the UEFA Intertoto Cup competition in 2008.


The club was founded in 2005, following the folding of FC Chernomorets Burgas, that played numerous seasons in the first tier of Bulgarian football. The new Chernomorets quickly ascended to the first tier and remained there until the 2013-14 season. Financial problems followed, which led to instability and relegations to lower leagues, ultimately to the fifth tier, where the team played last in 2018-19, before being dissolved. Fans from Burgas founded FC Chernomorets 1919 Burgas as the successor of the club.

Club colours


Kit history

PeriodShirt sponsor
2006–2007 Petrol AD
2009–2011 Quarto
2014–2015Balneohotel Pomorie
PeriodKit manufacturer
2005–2006Tomy Sport
2006–2007 Sportika
2007–2009 Nike
2009–2011 Puma
2011–2012 Macron
2012–2013 Legea
2013–2015 Sportika



Bulgarian A PFG:

Bulgarian Cup:

Cup of Bulgarian Amateur Football League:


UEFA Intertoto Cup:



In the summer of 2005, the club was founded by the mayor of Burgas. Despite the protests of the owner of FC Chernomorets Ivaylo Drazhev, the new club was named OFC Chernomorets 919 and was named as a successor of the current then FC Chernomorets. At the same time, Drazhev formed another club in the capital Sofia under the name PFC Chernomorets Burgas Sofia which only lasted one season and reached many anti-records.

The team in 2012 Sharks before match.jpg
The team in 2012

After a one-season stay in the amateur division, the club easily won the Bulgarian South-East V AFG with Dian Petkov as a head coach, finishing in the 1st place. In June, 2006, OFC Chernomorets 919 won the Bulgarian Amateur Cup. In the final at the Vasil Levski National Stadium, Chernomorets won with 4–0 against FC Benkovski Kostinbrod.

Mitko Sabev era, 2006–2019

The same summer, Mitko Sabev, a famous Bulgarian oil magnate and owner of the rival football club in the city Naftex Burgas, bought the club from the municipality and renamed it to PSFC Chernomorets Burgas. (the club is registered in the Bulgarian Football Union as PFC Chernomorets Burgas and is known by that name to the people.) The football club was used as a reserve team for Naftex Burgas. And the owner appointed for manager the famous Bulgarian manager Dimitar Dimitrov.

In 2007, the Sharks won the East B PFG and were promoted to the A PFG. The next season Chernomorets finished 6th and qualified for the Intertoto Cup. In the second round, the Sharks defeated ND Gorica from Slovenia with 3–1 on aggregate to set up a third round clash with Swiss Grasshopper Zurich, but were eliminated with a 0–4 on aggregate.

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Introduction for 2012/2013

In December, 2008, Chernomorets's owner appointed for manager of the football club the notable Bulgarian player Krassimir Balakov, after being sacked from FC St. Gallen. [2] [3] At the end of that season, Mitko Sabev dissolved Naftex Burgas and bought PFC Chernomorets Pomorie from Pomorie, making the new club from the nearby town a reserve team for the main football club.

On January 14, 2010, Chernomorets Burgas was named as the most progressive club in 2009 in Bulgaria. [4] In July 2010, after differences between the owners of Petrol AD the club's budget was severely reduced and many employees from the staff were released. However, on 6 December 2010, Krassimir Balakov was released from Chernomorets Burgas after mutual consent. Second half of the 2010-11 A PFG season was a nightmare for Chernomorets Burgas and the team collapsed to eighth place in the standings while being managed by two more coaches - Anton Velkov and Georgi Vasilev.

On 30 May 2011, Mitko Sabev appointed as manager for the second time Dimitar Dimitrov – Hero. He founded high quality players for free like Jugurtha Hamroun, Lourival Assis, Aatif Chahechouche, and Yannick Boli, with Chernomorets Burgas having his best season in club history in the Bulgarian A PFG  – a 4th place with real chances to reach the Europa League until the end. However, little was not enough and the club eventually didn't qualify.

The huge come-down: From A Group to B Regional in 5 years and extinction

After 2013/2014 season Chernomorets Burgas was relegated after 7 years in the A PFG. In the next season, they were unable to bounce back and lost their professional status after suffering another relegation - to the V group. The team was relegated again in A Regional Group and again finished on the last place, but was administratively saved from relegate, even finishing on negative points. The next season was nevertheless better and the team finished was relegated to the B RFG after a last-place finish, marking 4 relegations in a row and moving from the top football level to the lowest. They finished the 2018-19 season in the B Regional League in 7th place and on 5 July 2019 the team declared bankruptcy, which was followed by the team dissolving. [5]

Historical achievements

Historical names

2005–06OFC Chernomorets 919
2006PSFC Chernomorets Burgas

Performance by seasons

SeasonPos.Pl.WDLGSGAP Cup Notes
2005–06 V AFG 13029101229881/16Promoted
2006–07 B PFG 12619615720631/8Promoted
2007–08 A PFG 63013893932471/8
2008–09 A PFG 730111094137431/8
2009–10 A PFG 53015694429511/8
2010–11 A PFG 830910111928371/4
2011–12 A PFG 43017945723601/8
2012–13 A PFG 630145113228471/8
2013–14 A PFG 1138135205662441/4Relegated
2014–15 B PFG 143077162540281/16Relegated
2015–16 V AFG 173464244210019DNQRelegated
2016–17 A RFG 1324112221107–2DNQ
2017–18 A RFG 12226016348012DNQRelegated
2018–19 B RFG 7209110666122DNQDissolved


Intertoto Cup

2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup 2nd Round Flag of Slovenia.svg ND Gorica 1–12–03–1
3rd Round Flag of Switzerland.svg Grasshopper 0–10–30–4

Stadium and Sports Complex

Chernomorets plays its home games at the Lazur Stadium. Lazur Stadium is a multi-use stadium in Burgas, Bulgaria. It is currently used mostly for football matches. The stadium holds 18,037 people and it is 3 star rated by UEFA. The stadium was opened in 1967 and was renovated in 1997 and 2009.

Chernomorets Arena [6] is a future modern stadium in Burgas, which is going to be the new home ground of Chernomorets Burgas. The new venue will be built in the place of the old home ground of FC Chernomorets, the Chernomorets Stadium, and will have a capacity of 30,000 spectators and a possible expansion to 55,000. It is scheduled to be opened in 2017. The construction will start in the summer of 2013, because of the current demolishing process of the old stadium and the global financial crisis, and will cost 500 million euros, making it one of the most expensive stadiums in Europe. The stadium will be probably rated with an elite ranking by UEFA and will host Champions League and Europa League matches in Burgas and Eastern Bulgaria.

In July 2009, the owner of the club announced an ambitious plan to build a modern sports complex for the club in the Sarafovo neighborhood of Burgas. The sports complex will be named Sharks Nest and will include two training pitches and one training pitch with artificial turf, an administrative building for the team and one building for the management of the football club. The construction of the sports complex started the same month and was finished in July, 2010 at a cost of €20 million. [7]

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Former Fanclub

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  5. Лоша новина! Фалит на Черноморец
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  7. Construction of the Sharks Nest has begun. [ permanent dead link ]