PFC Beroe Stara Zagora
|Full name||Professional Football Club Beroe|
|Nickname(s)||Зелените (The Greens)|
|Founded||6 May 1916
|Ground||Beroe Stadium, Stara Zagora|
|Owner||Maritsa East 2|
|Head coach||Petar Houbchev|
|2013–14||A Group, 8th|
|Website||Club home page|
PFC Beroe Stara Zagora (Bulgarian: ПФК Берое Стара Загора) or simply Beroe (Bulgarian: Берое) is a Bulgarian association football club based in Stara Zagora, which currently competes in A Football Group, the top division of the Bulgarian football league system. The club was founded in 1916 under the name Vereya. The club's home colours are green and white.
The football department of the sports club was founded in March 19, 1959, but its roots trace back to 1924, when SC Beroya was founded. Since then the home ground of Beroe has been the Beroe Stadium in Stara Zagora with 12,128 spectators seating capacity. Beroe were the 1986 champions of Bulgaria and they also won the Bulgarian Cup twice in 2010 and 2013. The club's most noted and successful player is Petko Petkov, 2 times A Group Top Scorer: 1974 (with 20 goals) and 1976 (with 19 goals).
- 1 History
- 2 Stadium
- 3 Honours
- 4 European cup history
- 5 Statistics and Records
- 6 Historical results
- 7 Affiliated clubs
- 8 Current squad
- 9 Club officials
- 10 Managers
- 11 UEFA Ranking
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Football was played in Stara Zagora as early as 1916, however with no organized championship in Bulgaria until the late 1920s, numerous clubs enjoyed regional success in those early years for the game in both the city and Bulgaria itself. Beroe can trace its roots back to 4 May 1924, when it was founded as Beroya, after the merger of two other clubs – Borislav and Rekord.
The club managed to withstand the almost constant chaos and strife of the times, often caused by numerous shifts in the political regimes of Bulgaria, and despite many mergers and name changes throughout the first four decades of its history, it is constantly among the top 3 clubs in the city. It has also often been the platform for attempts to unite all the clubs in Stara Zagora, which foreshadowed its role and meaning for the city in the years to come.
The establishment of an organized league to determine the champion of Bulgaria in the late 40s coincided with the consolidation of football in Stara Zagora, the city finally seeing a one single strong club emerge to represent it at the highest level of Bulgarian football. That club was Beroe, at first bearing the names of Udarnik and Botev, before finally restoring its old name in 1959.
Successful years 1968–1980
1968 marked the beginning of Beroe's golden age. During the summer transfer period, the forward Petko Petkov joined the club. In the next 12 years he scored 144 goals for the club in A Group. Beroe became all-powerful, winning the Balkans Cup in 1968 (beating in the final Spartak Sofia with a 6–4 on aggregate) and 1969 (beating Dinamo Tirana with a 4–0 on aggregate).
In season 1971–72 in the domestic league was very successful for the team, which finished 3rd, and qualified for the UEFA Cup. The club's first participation in UEFA Cup was also promising, with Beroe eliminating the Austrian Austria Wien (7:0 and 3:1) and the Hungarian Honvéd FC (3:0 and 0:1) respectively and reaching the 1/8 final (but being knocked out by the Serbian OFK Beograd).
Beroe have had some success in Europe, such as the 1:0 win over Juventus in a Cup Winners' Cup first-leg in 1979 and a 3:0 win over Athletic Bilbao in 1973. Moreover, Beroe is one of the two Bulgarian football clubs that has a positive record of the matches played in European club competitions.
In 1982 and 1984 Beroe won the Balkans Cup for the third and fourth times.
Beroe's most glorious moment came in 1986, when the team led by the coach Evgeni Yanchovski (formerly notable player of the team) won the Bulgarian title, the first and so far the only in the club's history. Beroe finished the season with 43 points (after 20 wins, 4 draws and 6 losses), 2 more than the second, Trakia Plovdiv. In the successful season, the left winger Mümün Kashmer scored 23 goals. Key players during the fantastic season included the captain Tenyo Minchev, Petko Tenev, Ilia Iliev, Ivko Ganchev, Yordan Mitev, Vasil Dragolov, Kancho Kasherov, Stoyan Bonchev and Venelin Sivriev. Beroe did however represent Bulgaria in the 1986–87 UEFA European Champions Cup where they were eliminated in the first round to Dinamo Kyiv of Ukraine after 1:1 at Beroe Stadium and 0:2 loss in Kiev.
Downfall of the mid 90s, ups and downs again 1995-2008
The advent of democracy in Bulgaria ushered a new period of chaos and economical hardship for the country, and that didn't pass by Beroe. Nevertheless despite several seasons of crisis the club again withstood the test of time, and despite needing a helpful merger with another team – Olimpik (Teteven) – managed to remain a key player on the Bulgarian football scene.
The first two seasons back in top division saw Beroe fight relegation, with safety being achieved by excellent second half runs. But in 2001–02 season the team again relegated.
In the autumn of 2007 the actual majority shareholder of Professional Football Club Beroe JSCo Nikolay Banev gave up the financial support of the team. In spite of that, the team demonstrated good football in most of the games. On the 10th of January, 2008 23 players and 3 coaches terminated their contracts with the club after a planned sale of the shares had failed.
Beroe got out of trouble on the 3rd of February 2008, when the Beroe veterans’ club and the national fanclub, assisted by lawyer Damian Georgiev managed to initiate, through related firms, insolvency proceedings in respect of the club in the Regional Court of Stara Zagora. The appointed administrator Elka Petrova transferred all the assets and liabilities of the club to a newly established joint-stock company Professional Football Club Beroe Stara Zagora JSCo.
The new entity succeeded Professional Football Club Beroe JSCo as regard of the license, the membership in the Bulgarian Football Union and the running of the football team itself.
In the summer of 2009 due to the world economic crisis most of the shareholders left the club due to financial problems. The club’s main sponsor Brikel JSCo transferred it’s shares to Beroe veterans’ club and the national fanclub, who appointed a new Board of Directors. It consists of Damyan Georgiev – Chairman, Genyo Petrov – Executive Director and Tsvetelin Zhoevski.
Winning the Cup /2009-10/ and /2012-13/
In the 2007–2008 season Beroe lost their place in A Group, due to a controversial match between Belasitsa (Petrich) and Marek (Dupnitsa) in the last round of the season. In the very next season however Beroe managed first place in B Group and returned to the top flight. At that time nulian nuliev had already been manager of the club for the last 2 years. In the year to follow, Beroe achieved its best season in over 20 years, beating all of the main competitors for the Bulgarian Cup. Beroe eliminated CSKA Sofia in the 1/4 final, which paved the way for them to obtain the trophy, winning against second-division Chernomorets (Pomorie) 1:0 in the final at Lovech Stadium. The winning goal was scored dramatically in the very last seconds of the added time by Beroe's former youth player Doncho Atanasov, who also went on to become top goalscorer of the tournament with 4 goals. Beroe became one of the only two Bulgarian teams that have won the cup without succeeding any goals. This success led to Ilian Iliev being awarded with the Coach of the Season award, as well as Ivo Ivanov (defender) being proclaimed best defender in A Group for 2009. Besides him other players that played a main role throughout the season were Iskren Pisarov, Georgi Andonov, Zdravko Iliev, Slavi Zhekov, Dian Genchev. One of the players with most matches in A Group for all times Kostadin Vidolov ended up his career mid-season with Beroe and went on to become a coach for Beroe's second team.
Beroe started 2010–11 season with the debut of the team in the UEFA Europa League. Beroe entered the competition in the third qualifying round and faced the Austrian side Rapid Wien. The game in Bulgaria ended in a 1–1 draw. Rapid Wien managed to win the rematch with 3–0 putting an end to the international campaign of the Bulgarian team.
Beroe started 2012-13 season in Bulgarian Cup eliminating Akademik (Svishtov) in the second round. In the 1/8 finals Beroe eliminated Lokomotiv (Mezdra) with aggregate result of 8-1, and then Pirin (Gotse Delchev) in the quarerfinals and Slavia Sofia in the semifinals. In the final match at Lovech Stadium in Lovech against Levski Sofia, the result after 90 minutes was 3-3. After Beroe had take the lead with 3-1 in the 80th minute, Levski Sofia with 10 men restored the tie, after Hristo Yovov received a second yellow card in the end of the first half. At the penalty shoot-out Levski scored just 1 from 4 penalties and Beroe, 3 of 5 which meant that Beroe had won the cup for second time in the club's history.
Beroe Stadium is situated in the northwestern part of Stara Zagora near the biggest park of the city – Ayazmoto. That's the biggest sport facility of the team. The team has also three training grounds, the Beroe stadium base includes also tennis facilities and covered training hall. Built in 1959, the stadium is currently being renovated and has around 13,000 seating places, most of which are covered. The stadium has its own gymnastics, acrobatics and boxing hall. There is also a table-tennis facility. The stadium's overall capacity is about 15,000. The Beroe stadium has the fastest athletics lane and was often used for such competitions. The biggest attendance was in 1986 when the team won the championship title and more than 40,000 spectators were celebrating together with the players.
- Champions (9) (record) : 1953, 1956, 1957, 1959–60, 1970–71, 1974–75, 1982–83, 2003–04, 2008–09
- 1/16 final (1): 1986-87
- 1/8 final (1): 1972-73
- 1/16 final (1): 1980-81
- 3rd qualifying round (1): 2010-11
- 2nd qualifying round (1): 2013-14
- Winners (4) (record) : 1967-68, 1969, 1981–83, 1983–84
- Runners-up (1): 1970
- Petar Zhekov: 21 (1967)
- Petar Zhekov: 31 (1968)
- Petko Petkov: 19 (1974)
- Petko Petkov: 18 (1976)
- Stoycho Mladenov: 21 (1978)
A Group Coach of the Season (1)
- Ilian Iliev - 2009–2010
European cup history
|1967-68||Balkans Cup||Group A||KS Vllaznia Shkodër||0:4, 2:0||2 – 4|
|Group A||Gençlerbirliği S.K.||2:0, 1:0||3 – 0|
|Group A||FC Farul Constanța||2:1, 2:1||4 – 2|
|Final||Spartak Sofia||3:0, 3:4||6 – 4|
|1969||Balkans Cup||Group B||Pierikos F.C.||1:1, 1:0||2 – 1|
|Group B||Ankaraspor A.Ş.||3:0, 2:2||5 – 2|
|Final||KS Dinamo Tirana||0:1, 3:0 1||3 – 1|
|1970||Balkans Cup||Group A||Egaleo F.C.||2:0, 4:2||6 – 2|
|Group A||Eskişehirspor||1:0, 1:3||2 – 3|
|Final||Partizani Tirana||1:1, 0:3 1||1 – 4|
|1972-73||UEFA Cup||1/32 final||FK Austria Wien||7:0, 3:1||10 – 1|
|1/16 final||Budapest Honvéd FC||3:0, 0:1||3 – 1|
|1/8 final||OFK Beograd||0:0, 1:3||1 – 3|
|1973-74||UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||1/16 final||CS Fola Esch||7:0, 4:1||11 – 1|
|1/8 final||Athletic Bilbao||3:0, 0:1||3 – 1|
|1/4 final||1. FC Magdeburg||0:2, 1:1||1 – 3|
|1979-80||UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||1/16 final||Arka Gdynia||2:3, 2:0||4 – 3|
|1/8 final||Juventus F.C.||1:0, 0:3 (a.e.t.)||1 – 3|
|1980-81||UEFA Cup||1/32 final||Fenerbahçe S.K.||1:0, 2:1||3 – 1|
|1/16 final||Radnički Niš||0:1, 1:2||1 – 3|
|1981-83||Balkans Cup||Group A||Galatasaray S.K.||2:1, 3:0 1||5 – 1|
|Group A||FC Steaua București||2:0, 2:3||4 – 3|
|Final||KF Tirana||3:0, 3:1||6 – 1|
|1983-84||Balkans Cup||Group A||FC Argeș Pitești||2:4, 2:1||4 – 5|
|Group A||Galatasaray S.K.||4:2, 1:0||5 – 2|
|1984-85||Balkans Cup||1/4 final||FC Argeș Pitești||4:1, 0:4||4 – 5|
|1986-87||UEFA European Cup||1/16 final||Dynamo Kiev||1:1, 0:2||1 – 3|
|1992-93||Balkans Cup||1/4 final||Teuta Durrës||0:1, 1:1 (a.e.t.)||1 – 2|
|2010-11||UEFA Europa League||3QR||SK Rapid Wien||1:1, 0:3||1 – 4|
|2013-14||UEFA Europa League||2QR||Hapoel Tel Aviv F.C.||1:4, 2:2||3 – 6|
1 ex officio the team doesn't come or leave the field.
- Clubs which ultimately won the tournament in that same season are indicated in bold
- 1983-84 Balkans Cup Winner decided on group stage
- QR = Qualifying Round
|UEFA Champions League / European Cup||1||2||0||1||1||1||3||– 2|
|UEFA Europa League / UEFA Cup||4||14||5||3||6||22||19||+ 3|
|UEFA Cup Winners' Cup / European Cup Winners' Cup||2||10||5||1||4||20||11||+ 9|
|Balkans Cup||7||34||21||4||9||54||42||+ 12|
Statistics and Records
Evgeni Yanchovski holds Beroe's overall appearance record - he played 341 matches over the course of 14 seasons from 1960 to 1974. This is also the record for League appearances. Beroe's all-time leading scorer is Petko Petkov, who scored 144 goals while at the club from 1968 to 1980. Beroe's biggest victory is 8–0 in A Group against Minyor Pernik in 1973–74 and Chernomorets Burgas Sofia in 2006–07. Beroe's 7–0 defeat of Austria Wien in 1972 was its largest Europe win. Beroe's heaviest defeat, 2–10, came against CSKA Sofia in 1991–92.
Most league appearances for the club
Most league goals for the club
Bulgarian league top scorer with the club
- Beroe 1–0 Juventus, 1979 Cup Winners' Cup
- Beroe 7–0 Austria Wien, 1972 UEFA Cup
- Beroe 3–0 Athletic Bilbao, 1973 Cup Winners' Cup
- Beroe 2–1 Fenerbahçe S.K., 1980 UEFA Cup
- Beroe 3–0 Honvéd FC, 1972 UEFA Cup
The following clubs are currently affiliated with PFC Beroe:
For recent transfers, see List of Bulgarian football transfers summer 2014.
Up to three non-EU nationals can be registered and given a squad number for the first team in the A Group. 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 (Dual citizenship)
Current technical body
|Sports Director||Petar Houbchev|
|Head Coach||Petar Houbchev|
|Assistant Coach||Levon Apkaryan|
|Goalkeeper coach||Armen Ambartsumyan|
|Fitness coach||Plamen Lipenski|
Board of directors
|Academy director||Stelian Popchev|
|Marketing manager||Vanja Džaferović|
|Press officer||Emil Dimov|
|International relations||Vanja Džaferović|
|Coordinator beroe.bg||Bltko Lazaro|
|Photographer beroe.bg||Ani Georgieva|
|Cameraman beroe.bg||Nikolay Petrov|
|Reporter beroe.bg||Stefan Radev|
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