FC Dunav Ruse

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Dunav Ruse
FC Dunav logo.png
Full name Football Club Dunav Ruse
Founded 1949; 65 years ago (1949)
Ground Gradski Stadium, Ruse
Ground Capacity 19,960
Chairman Simeon Simeonov
Manager Veselin Velikov
League North-East V AFG
2013–14 B Group, 13th
Website Club home page
Current season

Football Club Dunav Ruse (Bulgarian: Футболен клуб Дунав Русе) is a Bulgarian football club from the city of RuseIt was founded in 1949 and they participate in the North-East V AFG, the third division of Bulgarian football. Dunav Ruse's team colours are blue and white. The team is named after the Danube River (Bulgarian: Дунав), They play their home matches at the Gradski Stadium, which has a capacity of around 22,000.


Over the years, the team has been named Sava, Napredak, Levski, Varush, Angel Kanchev, Rakovski, Rusenets, Dinamo, Spartak, DNA, Torpedo and Partizanin. They had played in professional A PFG (Disbanded between 1940–1948) between 1937–1940, 1951, 1956, 1958-1967 (10 seasons), 1968–1973, 1974–1977, 1984–1986, 1988–1991 and 1996-1998 (as Rakovski for last period).

Dunav against Roma in 1975

Among the team's achievements are a final in the Bulgarian championship in 1937, an A PFG (top division) fourth place in 1975 and Bulgarian Cup finals in 1938, 1939, 1941 and 1962. Dunav Ruse also participated in the UEFA Cup in 1975–76, when they were eliminated by A.S. Roma after a 2–0 defeat in Rome and a memorable 1–0 win over the Italian team in Ruse.

Dunav Ruse, under playing manager Engibar Engibarov, won the Cup of Bulgarian Amateur Football League in 2003–04, the same year they returned to the B PFG after a hiatus in the amateur divisions and financial problems since the team were relegated from the A PFG in 1991.

From 5 January 2006 until 2 October, they were managed by the noted specialist Ferario Spasov and have acquired some well-known footballers and loaned talented PFC Litex Lovech youngsters in an attempt to again reach the A PFG.

The season 2009–10 was very controversial and the dream of reaching A PFG, which is the highest level of the Bulgarian football almost became a reality. Dunav finished the fall season in 1st place, leaving behind them the teams of Kaliakra Kavarna and Nesebar. The spring season started very well and the team was in a row with a couple of very significant wins, but they won only one game in their last 7 matches. However some of the players had marked their potential and showed the fans that in the next season, Dunav can really promote to "A" PFG.

The new season 2010–11 started not so well for Dunav. The team was left by some of their good players, because of the financial crisis in the team. The club has withdrawn from B PFG in February 2011 for a big finance debt and was dissolved.

European cup history[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1975/76 UEFA Cup 1 Italy AS Roma 1-0 0-2 1-2

Current squad[edit]

As of 31 July 2014 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Bulgaria GK Kristian Donchev
2 Bulgaria DF Nikolay Kolev
3 Bulgaria DF Martin Dimov
4 Bulgaria FW Georgi Marinov
6 Bulgaria DF Aleksandar Kasnedelchev
7 Bulgaria MF Hristiyan Kozhuharov
8 Bulgaria MF Ivaylo Radentsov
9 Bulgaria FW Miroslav Budinov
10 Bulgaria MF Georgi Chakarov
11 Bulgaria MF Diyan Dimov
12 Bulgaria MF Svetoslav Chitakov
14 Bulgaria DF Nikolay Parnarov
No. Position Player
15 Bulgaria DF Lyuboslav Bulgurdzhiev
16 Bulgaria MF Veselin Vasilev
17 Bulgaria MF Andreas Vasev
18 Bulgaria DF Atanas Atanasov
19 Bulgaria MF Dinko Stanchev
20 Bulgaria DF Martin Tsirkov
21 Bulgaria FW Yordan Dimitrov
22 Bulgaria DF Mihail Milchev
23 Bulgaria DF Martin Ivanov
33 Bulgaria GK Tsvetomir Tsankov
92 Bulgaria GK Radosvet Hristov
  • Information for any football player in the squad: [1]


  • Paytashev, Rumen (2001). Svetovna Futbolna Entsiklopediya (in Bulgarian). Sofia: KK Trud. p. 126. ISBN 954-528-201-0. 

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