FC Septemvri Sofia

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Septemvri Sofia
Septemvri Sofia.png
Nickname(s) The Blue-Reds
The Septembrians
Founded 1944; 70 years ago (1944)
Ground Septemvri Stadium
Ground Capacity 5,000
Chairman Bulgarian Hristo Ambukeli
Manager Bulgarian Tsvetan Atanasov
League South-West V AFG
2013–14 South-West V AFG, 16th /relegated/

FC Septemvri (Bulgarian: ФК Септември) is a Bulgarian football club from the city of Sofia, currently playing in the Sofia Regional Football Group, known as the A OFG. Its home matches take place at Septemvri Stadium and the 57th Public School's FIFA-certified football field. The club 's biggest success to date is the winning of the Bulgarian Cup in 1960 and finishing 5th in the Bulgarian first division during the same season. Septemvri is known for its strong youth academy, which over the years has developed numerous players for Bulgaria's elite clubs and the national team.

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Bulgarian Cup:

  • Winners (1): 1960

History[edit]

On October 25, 1944, the clubs of Sportclub, Sokol, Akoah, and Vuzrazhdane unite under the name of FC Septemvri Sofia. On March 26, 1945, the additional clubs of Botev (Konyovitza), Pobeda (Krasna Polyana), and Svoboda (Yuchbonar) merge into the club. In May 1948, the club, then playing in the 1st Sofia Division, is briefly merged with second-division Chavdar (Sofia) and the unified club wins the 1948 Bulgarian Championship by overcoming Levski Sofia at the final.[1]

FC Septemvri's roots prior to merging with CSKA Sofia (see lower right corner)

Septemvri starts the 1948/49 season in the newly formed A Republican Football Group, but only six months later is separated from Chavdar and removed from the division, with the current title given to CDNV, Chavdar's new name, which would ultimately become CSKA Sofia. At the end of the 1948/49 season, Septemvri is allowed to take part in a two-match play-off for entering first division against Marek Duptinsa. After both matches end with a 2:0 win for each team, a third game is played in which Septemvri falls 1:0 and remains in second division.

From 1949 to 1968, Septemvri exists as an independent club, during which period it reaches the height of its success. In 1959, the club finishes first in the B PFG and is promoted to first division for the 1959/60 season. That same season, Septemvri finishes in 5th place and claims the Bulgarian Cup after a dramatic 4:3 win over Lokomotiv Sofia in extra time. The club's stay among the elite lasts only two years, as in 1961 it is relegated to the B PFG, where it remains until 1968.

In 1968, during another period of football reform in Bulgaria, Septemvri is again merged into CSKA Sofia. This unification continues for 20 years, until 1988, when the club becomes independent again and joins the V AFG. In 1993, Septemvri wins a promotion to the B PFG. In 1998, the club becomes the champion of the B PFG and joins the elite for the first time since 1961. It finishes in 16th place and is relegated again.

During the 2000/01 season, the club finishes in 13th place in the B PFG and is relegated to the V AFG, where it remains until 2008. In March 2008, the club is heavily penalized after a scandalous match against FC Bansko, when coach Rumen Stoyanov orders his players to leave the field, a serious offence according to Bulgarian Football Union regulations.[2] With an executive decision, the BFU removes Septemvri from the V AFG and places it in the A OFG, the Sofia Regional Football Group.[3] Despite this setback, the club attains 1st place in the division in the 2008/2009 season and qualifies for a play-off match for entering the V AFG against FC Novi Iskar.[4] After an emotional 0:0 in regular time, penalty kicks are in order to determine the team going forward. Septemvri loses 5:4.[5]

As of March 22, 2010, Septemvri is in first place in the A OFG.[6]


Current squad[edit]

As of November 10, 2012 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Bulgaria GK Plamen Mladenov
Bulgaria DF Viktor Georgiev
Bulgaria DF Lyudmil Atanasov
Bulgaria DF Ventsislav Gurkov
Bulgaria DF Daniel Nokov
Bulgaria DF Teodor Koev
Bulgaria DF Teodor Marinov
Bulgaria MF Krustan Nakov
Bulgaria MF Ivan Iliev
Bulgaria MF Viktor Lazarov
No. Position Player
Bulgaria MF Nikolay Veselinov
Bulgaria MF Petar Ivanov
Bulgaria MF Valentin Hristov
Bulgaria MF Mladen Gerginov
Bulgaria MF Martin Yankov
Bulgaria MF Mario Petrov
Bulgaria FW Niko Nikolov
Bulgaria FW Stoyan Vulov
Bulgaria FW Alesandro Damyanov

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Дали да признаем титлите и медалите на АС-23, Шипка и Чавдар за успехи и на ЦСКА?". (in Bulgarian) Sportal.bg. 23 March 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Треньорът на Септември извади отбора в Банско, футболистите потрошиха съблекалнята". (in Bulgarian) Sport1.bg. 16 March 2008. Retrieved 22 March 2010. 
  3. ^ 2007-2008 Bulgarian League Standings (All Divisions) The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 22 March 2010.
  4. ^ 2008-2009 Bulgarian A OFG Sofia Standings (in Bulgarian) Bulgarian-Football.com Retrieved 22 March 2010.
  5. ^ 2008-2009 Bulgarian A OFG Sofia Play-off Results (in Bulgarian) Bulgarian-Football.com Retrieved 22 March 2010.
  6. ^ 2009-2010 Bulgarian A OFG Sofia Standings (in Bulgarian) Bulgarian-Football.com Retrieved 22 March 2010.