SFC Etar Veliko Tarnovo

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SFC Etar Veliko Tarnovo
Ofc etar logo.png
Full nameSports Football Club
Etar Veliko Tarnovo
Nickname(s)Болярите (The Bolyars)
Founded17 July 2013;7 years ago (2013-07-17)
Ground Stadion Ivaylo
Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
Capacity15,000
ChairmanDeyan Kuzdov
Head coach Aleksandar Tomash
League Second League
2020–21 First League, 14th (relegated)
Website Club website

Etar (Bulgarian : Етър) is a Bulgarian sports football club based in Veliko Tarnovo, that plays in the Second League, the second level of Bulgarian football.

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Etar is the official successor of Etar 1924, which was dissolved for financial reasons after the 2012–13 season. The current Etar was established after the former folded and quickly ascended from the amateur leagues, eventually promoting to the Bulgarian First League at the end of the 2016–17 season. The club's home ground has been Ivaylo Stadium since 2013. Etar plays in all-violet kits and their nickname is 'The Bolyars'.

History

Foundation and Amateur League (2013–2016)

The club was founded as OFC Etar Veliko Tarnovo in 2013 [1] with the license of FC Botev Debelets. [2] In their first season they finished in 5th position in V Group.

In January 2016, Boncho Genchev became the new manager of the team which was in 3rd place at the halfway point in the season, only two points behind the 1st place team. [3] The selection included Lyubomir Genchev coming from A Group team Montana, Stefan Hristov from Spartak Pleven and the leading goalscorer in the first part of 2015–16 season in B Group, Petar Dimitrov. [4] The team eventually won all its matches, winning the league and being promoted to B Group. [5]

Professional Football (2016–present)

On 9 June 2016 Etar were officially approved for the new 2nd division — Second League, with the club changing its abbreviation to "SFC Etar". Ferario Spasov remains in his position as manager and with a good selection team made promotion to First League. [6] Etar were promoted as champions of the 2016–17 Second League, sealing their title on the final day of the season with a 2–2 away draw against Nesebar, coupled with Septemvri Sofia's 2–0 away defeat to Oborishte. [7] [8]

Etar's first season into the elite was difficult. The team finished 13th in the regular phase, with only four wins. This placed Etar as one of the candidates for relegation. In the relegation phase, Etar finished last in their group and had to play playoff/play out matches in order to remain in the elite. In the first round, Etar beat Pirin Blagoevgrad 3-1 aggregate and advanced to the second round. There, the violets faced Dunav Ruse. Two strong matches resulted in a 4-1 aggregate win, and Etar secured their status as a member of the top tier.

On 4 January 2018 Krasimir Balakov was announced as the new manager in the club with Stanislav Genchev, Iliyan Kiryakov and Kaloyan Chakarov as first team coaches. [9]

League positions

First Professional Football LeagueSecond Professional Football League (Bulgaria)Bulgarian V AFGBulgarian A Football GroupBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian V AFGBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian A Football GroupBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian A Football GroupBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian A Football GroupBulgarian B Football GroupSFC Etar Veliko Tarnovo

Nickname, shirt and colors

Their main nicknames are the Bolyars and the Violets, the latter in reference to the colour of their home kit, which is often mistaken for purple.

Period Kit manufacturerShirt partner
2013–2016 Flag of Spain.svg Joma Britos
2016–2017None
2017–WinBet

Honours

Domestic

First League:

Second League:

Third League:

Bulgarian Cup:

Players

Current squad

As of 14 February 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 Bulgaria.svg  BUL Hristo Ivanov (captain)
3 DF Flag of Panama.svg  PAN José Córdoba
4 DF Flag of Turkey.svg  TUR Erol Erdal Alkan
5 DF Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Paco Puertas (on loan from Fuenlabrada )
6 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Plamen Krachunov
7 FW Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Milcho Angelov
11 FW Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Daniel Mladenov
12 GK Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Tsvetomir Tsankov
13 GK Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Anatoli Gospodinov
16 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Simeon Mechev
17 MF Flag of Panama.svg  PAN Romeesh Ivey (on loan from Alianza Petrolera )
18 MF Flag of Argentina.svg  ARG Nicolás Femia
No.Pos.NationPlayer
20 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Yani Pehlivanov
22 MF Flag of Croatia.svg  CRO Lovre Knežević
23 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Hristofor Hubchev
26 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Mariyan Ivanov
44 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Bozhidar Katsarov
70 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Kolyo Stanev
72 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Yulian Raykov
81 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Venelin Filipov
83 MF Flag of Angola.svg  ANG Aldaír Ferreira
84 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Zdravko Iliev
98 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Hristo Markov
99 FW Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Preslav Borukov

For recent transfers, see Transfers winter 2020–21 and Transfers summer 2021.

Foreign players

Up to five non-EU nationals can be registered and given a squad number for the first team in the Bulgarian First Professional League however only three can be used in 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.

Notable players

The footballers enlisted below have international caps for their respective countries or more than 100 caps for Etar. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries.

Goalscoring and appearance records

As of 24 December 2020

Most appearances for the club in First League

RankNameCareerAppearances
1 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Hristo Ivanov 2017–96
2 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Rumen Rumenov 2017–201976
3 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ivan Stoyanov 2017–202073
4 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Nikola Kolev 2017–202072
5 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Yani Pehlivanov 2017–70
6 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ivan Skerlev 2016–202057
7 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Daniel Mladenov 2018–201956
8 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ivan Petkov 2014–52
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Milcho Angelov 2019–52
10 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Georgi Sarmov 2017–201951


Most goals for the club in First League

RankNameCareerGoals
1 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Daniel Mladenov 2018–201920
2 Flag of Montenegro.svg Veljko Batrović 2018–201911
3 Flag of Senegal.svg Alioune Badará 2017–201810
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Milcho Angelov 2019–10
5 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ivan Petkov 2014–8
Flag of Albania.svg Flo Bojaj 2018–20208
7 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Preslav Borukov 2020–6
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Rumen Rumenov 2017–20196
9 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ivan Stoyanov 2017–20204
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Yani Pehlivanov 2017–4

Past seasons

As of 19 July 2020

SeasonTierDivisionPlace Bulgarian Cup
2013–14 3 V Group 5thDNP
2014–15 3 V Group 2ndDNP
2015–16 3 V Group 1st↑DNP
2016–17 2 Second League 1st↑ Round of 32
2017–18 1 First League 11th Quarter-finals
2018–19 1 First League 7th Quarter-finals
2019–20 1 First League 10th Round of 32

Managers

DatesNameHonours
2013–2014 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Sasho Angelov
2014–2015 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Kaloyan Chakarov
2015–2016 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Georgi Vasilev
2016 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Boncho Genchev
2016 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ferario Spasov 1 V Group title
2017–2018 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Stanislav Genchev 1 Second League title
2018–2019 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Krasimir Balakov
2019 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Rosen Kirilov
2019 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Kaloyan Chakarov
2019–2020 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Petko Petkov
2020 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Kaloyan Chakarov
2020– Flag of Bulgaria.svg Aleksandar Tomash

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