PFC Svetkavitsa

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Full name Професионален футболен клуб Светкавица Търговище
(Professional football club Svetkavitsa Targovishte)
Nickname(s) Мълниите (The Lightning)
Founded July 6, 1922; 92 years ago (1922-07-06)
Ground Dimitar Burkov Stadium,
Ground Capacity 8,000
Owner Bulgaria Tanyu Tanev
Manager Bulgaria Valeri Damyanov
League V AFG
2013–14 North-East V AFG, 2nd

PFC Svetkavitsa Targovishte (ПФК Светкавица Търговище: "Lightning" Targovishte) is a Bulgarian A PFG association football team based in Targovishte, having been promoted from the B PFG in 2011.[1] Svetkavitsa's current spell in the A PFG is the only top flight run in the club's history.

They have competed in the second division for a record 49 seasons, they have played more second-flight league games than any other Bulgarian team.


  • Bulgarian Cup:
    • 5 times 1/8 finalist for the National Cup tournament: two of the Cup of the Soviet Army - 1967/68 and 1981/82, and Cup of Bulgaria - 2001/02, 2004/05 and 2011/12


Dimitar Burkov Stadium

Svetkavitsa was founded on 6 July 1922 by the merger of Levski and Botev, two neighborhood teams in Targovishte and have played at their current home ground, Dimitar Burkov Stadium, since 1971. In 1961–62 season the club was promoted for the first time to the B PFG. Svetkavitsa's most notable achievement came in 1974, when they finished runners-up in second division. In 1987 the club's form dropped, and they were relegated to V AFG finishing last. Svetkavitsa regained second-flight status in 1989 after a two-year absence.

The team finished the 2010–11 season in fourth place in the B PFG, their highest finish in the league since 1973–74, and claimed a spot in the play-offs for promotion to A PFG. Svetkavitsa defeated Etar Veliko Tarnovo 3–1 on 17 June to earn promotion to the A PFG. It would be Svetkavitsa's debut appearance in the top league since the 1948 founding of the competition.

Statistics and Records[edit]

The club's record appearance maker is Boris Stoyanov, who made 544 appearances between his debut in 1962 and retirement in 1980, and the club's record goalscorer is Dimo Valev, who scored 105 goals in 289 games between 1959 and 1973.

Rank Name Nat Apps
1 Boris Stoyanov Bulgaria 544
2 Miroslav Gospodinov Bulgaria 383
3 Ivan Todorov Bulgaria 365
4 Plamen Donev Bulgaria 355
Rank Name Nat Goals
1 Dimo Valev Bulgaria 105
2 Andrey Andreev Bulgaria 82
3 Petko Markov Bulgaria 76
4 Nikolay Bachvarov Bulgaria 62

Competitive matches only. As of 14 May 2013.

Current squad[edit]

As of 18 June 2013 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 Ivan Georgiev
2 Bulgaria DF Angel Yoshev
3 Bulgaria DF Daniel Gramatikov
4 Bulgaria MF Daniel Genov
5 Bulgaria DF Anton Dimitrov
6 Bulgaria DF Rumen Stoyanov
7 Bulgaria MF Neven Venkov
8 Bulgaria MF Tsvetan Iliev
9 Bulgaria FW Hristo Aleksandrov
10 Bulgaria FW Deyan Hristov
11 Bulgaria FW Blagoy Paskov
13 Bulgaria DF Trayan Trayanov
15 Bulgaria MF Nikolay Chipev
17 Bulgaria MF Georgi Valchev
18 Bulgaria DF Stefan Kikov
No. Position Player
19 Bulgaria FW Ronald Donev
21 Bulgaria DF Miroslav Nachev
22 Bulgaria MF Beadir Beadirov
23 Serbia MF Velimir Ivanović
24 Bulgaria MF Valeri Mihaylov
77 Bulgaria GK Miroslav Grigorov
93 Republic of Macedonia MF George Nikovski
99 Bulgaria FW Erhan Mehmed
Bulgaria MF Mladen Stoev
Bulgaria MF Aleksandar Manolov
Bulgaria MF Krasimir Iliev
Bulgaria DF Denis Stoilov

Foreign players[edit]

Up to one non-EU national can be registered and given a squad number for the first team in the B PFG. 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



  1. ^ "Svetkavitsa Facts". 

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