PFC Slavia Sofia

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Slavia Sofia
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Full name Професионален футболен клуб Славия София
(Professional football club Slavia Sofia)
Nickname(s) Белите (The Whites)
Бялата лавина (The White Avalanche)
Founded 10 April 1913; 101 years ago (1913-04-10)
Ground Slavia Stadium,
Sofia
Ground Capacity 15,992
Chairman Bulgaria Ventsislav Stefanov
Manager Bulgaria Milen Radukanov
League A Group
2013–14 A Group, 9th
Website Club home page

PFC Slavia Sofia (Bulgarian: ПФК Славия София) is a Bulgarian football club founded on 10 April 1913 in Sofia. Slavia's ground is Slavia Stadium with a capacity of 15,992. The team's colours are white and black.

The club has won the Bulgarian Championship 7 times and the Bulgarian Cup 7 times. It has also come second in the championship nine times and reached the cup final 7 more times.

Among the team's international successes are a Cup Winners' Cup semifinal in 1967 and a quarterfinal in 1981, as well as two consecutive Balkans Cup trophies (1986 and 1988).

History[edit]

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On April 10, 1913, a group of young people living near a Russian Monument in Sofia and representatives of the local capital clubs Botev and Razvitie, in a coffee-house – Alabin str. in Sofia, decided to establish an incorporated sport club – the first organized sport club in Sofia.[1] The new incorporated club has named Slavia. Dimitar Blagoev – Palio, a 21 year-old student, was elected as the first president of the club. As members of the first club administrative council were elected Emanuil Geshev, Ferdinand Mihaylov, Tsvyatko Velichkov, Georgi Grigorov and Todor Kalkandzhiev. A few days later, was elected the first football team of the club - Stefan Lalov, Ilia Georgiev, Emanuil Geshev, Todor Kalkandzhiev, Stefan Chumpalov, Dimitar Blagoev – Palio (all of them from Botev) and Pavel Grozdanov, Ferdinand Mihaylov, Boris Sharankov, Asen Bramchev, Dimitar Cvetkov (all of them from Razvitie). The first sport dresses of the club were white shirts and black shorts. Since 1924 the team plays with white shirts and white shorts and up to present days it is popular as the "White pride". On August 11, 1913, Slavia plays its first match versus the local team Savata and wins by 1–0.

After the First world war, Slavia began to become more successful. On June 5, 1928, the team won its first champion title, winning with 4–0 the final match against Vladislav Varna. The title was won by Slavia five more times until 1946, these were achieved in 1930, 1936, 1938–39, 1941 and 1943.

Slavia won the Bulgarian Cup for first time in 1952. By winning the 1963 Bulgarian Cup Final, Slavia qualified for the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, the club's first appearance in European competition. They were drawn against Hungarian club MTK Budapest in the first round. Slavia were knocked out of the competition 2–1 on aggregate. Its most important achievements in Europe during 1966–67 Cup Winners' Cup campaign when Slavia eliminated Swansea City, RC Strasbourg and Servette FC, before being eliminated by Rangers at the semi-finals.[2] The team consisted of great players such as goalkeeper Simeon Simeonov, Ivan Davidov, Aleksandar Shalamanov, Dimitar Largov, Dimitar Kostov and Aleksandar Vasilev.

In 1969 Slavia was merged with Lokomotiv Sofia under the name ZhSK Slavia. Two years later the two clubs split again after splitting was supported by 100,000 fans.

In the 1980–81 season, lead by Chavdar Tsvetkov and Andrey Zhelyazkov,[3] Slavia reached the quarter-finals of the Cup Winners' Cup before losing 6–3 on aggregate to Feyenoord Rotterdam. In 1986, Slavia won Balkans Cup. In the final they beat Greek side Panionios 5–3 on aggregate. In 1988 Slavia won Balkans Cup for second time in his history.[4]

In 1994 Stoyan Kotsev, the former Slavia midfielder, was appointed as new manager. After finished fourth in 1995, they went on the win the A PFG title in 1995–96. Slavia finished with 5 points more than the second, Levski Sofia. This marked Slavia's first Bulgarian title since 1943. In the 2010–11 season, Slavia reached the Bulgarian Cup Final, beating Ludogorets Razgrad, Etar 1924, Chernomorets Burgas and Pirin Blagoevgrad. However, they lost the final 1–0 to CSKA Sofia.[5]

Stadium[edit]

Main article: Ovcha Kupel Stadium

In the first 10 years after Slavia was founded, the club played in the stadium of his predecessor SC Razvitie. On 3 October 1923, Slavia became the owner of land to the Russian Monument in Sofia, where was the first ground of the club. They played their home games there for the next forty years, until the move to west Sofia in 1960.

On 12 March 1958, started the construction of Slavia Stadium. Mayor of the sixth area in Sofia and president of the Slavia women's basketball team, Dimitar Tinev presided at the laying in place of the first stone. The stadium is built in a residential area Ovcha Kupel, served by regular bus services 6 km from Sofia city centre. Slavia Stadium has undergone many changes over the years and it presently has an all-seated capacity of 15,992.

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

European[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 27 June 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 Georgi Petkov (captain)
3 Bulgaria DF Dimitar Pirgov
4 Republic of Macedonia DF Kire Ristevski
6 Bulgaria DF Miroslav Ivanov
7 France MF Jérémy Manzorro
8 Bulgaria MF Stanislav Genchev
9 Bulgaria FW Villyan Bijev
10 Brazil MF Fernando Silva
11 Bulgaria FW Radoslav Vasilev
12 Bulgaria GK Emil Petrov
14 Netherlands MF Mitchell Burgzorg
18 Bulgaria MF Dimitar Georgiev
19 Bulgaria DF Stefan Velkov
No. Position Player
20 Bulgaria MF Ivan Valchanov
21 Bulgaria DF Georgi Pashov
23 Russia MF Oleg Shalayev
24 Bulgaria MF Kitan Vasilev
25 Bulgaria DF Tsvetomir Panov
26 Bulgaria DF Dimitar Vezalov
32 Bulgaria GK Diyan Valkov
71 Bulgaria MF Emil Stoev
77 Bulgaria MF Aleksandar Aleksandrov
90 Bulgaria MF Yanis Karabelyov
91 Bulgaria DF Krum Stoyanov
Brazil FW Michel Platini
Portugal MF Carlos Fonseca

For recent transfers, see List of Bulgarian football transfers summer 2014.

Foreign players[edit]

Up to five non-EU nationals can be registered and given a squad number for the first team in the A PFG however only three can be used during 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.

EU Nationals

EU Nationals (Dual citizenship)

Non-EU Nationals

Technical staff[edit]

Name Role
Bulgaria Milen Radukanov Coach
Bulgaria Zdravko Zdravkov Assistant Coach
Bulgaria Rosen Kirilov Assistant Coach
Bulgaria Valentin Zahariev Goalkeeping Coach
Bulgaria Ognyan Makaveev Fitness Coach
Bulgaria Lyuben Angelov Doctor

Notable players[edit]

Notable stats[edit]

Managerial history[edit]

This is a list of the last Slavia managers:

Name Nat From To Honours
Oleh Bazylevych Russia 1987 1988
Miroslav Mironov Bulgaria Oct 1999 May 2000
Žarko Olarević Serbia May 2000 23 Nov 2000
Kiril Kachamanov Bulgaria 23 Nov 2000 25 Sept 2001
Žarko Olarević Serbia 25 Sept 2001 18 Dec 2002
Miodrag Ješić Serbia 18 Dec 2002 23 Aug 2003
Ratko Dostanić Serbia 24 Aug 2003 23 Sept 2004
Atanas Dzhambazki Bulgaria 23 Sept 2004 29 March 2005
Petar Houbchev Bulgaria 29 March 2005 10 Nov 2005
Alyosha Andonov Bulgaria 10 Nov 2005 2 July 2006
Ratko Dostanić Serbia 3 July 2006 26 Dec 2006
Alyosha Andonov Bulgaria 26 Dec 2006 6 June 2007
Stevica Kuzmanovski Republic of Macedonia 6 June 2007 2 June 2009
Velislav Vutsov Bulgaria 2 June 2009 18 May 2010
Emil Velev Bulgaria 19 May 2010 28 May 2011
Martin Kushev Bulgaria 28 May 2011 29 Nov 2012
Velislav Vutsov Bulgaria 30 Nov 2012 5 June 2013
Asen Bukarev Bulgaria 5 June 2013 20 Oct 2013
Milen Radukanov Bulgaria 21 Oct 2013 present

References[edit]

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