PFC Vidima-Rakovski Sevlievo

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Vidima-Rakovski
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Full name Професионален футболен клуб Видима-Раковски
(Professional football club Vidima-Rakovski)
Short name Vidima-Rakovski
Founded December 29, 1922; 91 years ago (1922-12-29)
as SC Rakovski
Ground Rakovski Stadium,
Sevlievo
Ground Capacity 8,816
Chairman Yaroslav Donchev[1]
Manager Anton Velkov
League North-West V AFG
2013–14 North-West V AFG, 8th
Website Club home page

PFC Vidima-Rakovski Sevlievo (Bulgarian: ПФК Видима-Раковски Севлиево) is a Bulgarian football club based in Sevlievo, which currently competes in the North-West V AFG, the third level of Bulgarian football.

The club was established on September 2, 1997, but it was named as a predecessor of SC Rakovski, which was founded on December 19, 1922. Vidima-Rakovski have spent most of their history playing in the lower divisions of the Bulgarian football league system, until 2003, when the club earned promotion to the top division. The club's home ground is the Rakovski Stadium in Sevlievo, which has a capacity of 8,816 people.

Honours[edit]

Bulgarian A PFG:

Bulgarian B Group

Bulgarian Cup:

  • 1/4 Finalist in the National Cup Tournament: at that time its official name is Cup of Bulgaria - 2003/04
  • Cup of Amateur Football League: 1998/99

History[edit]

Vidima-Rakovski was founded on December 29, 1922, as Rakovski football club, by group of football enthusiasts of the Аssociation for tourism Rositsa. Upon its formation, Ivan Tsochev became president, Boris Popivanov secretary and Serafim Ganushev steward. Brothers Sokerovi, who played in the team, chose to name it Rakovski in honor of the Bulgarian national hero Georgi Sava Rakovski. They played their first game against Viktoria F.C. from Veliko Tarnovo, 1:1 draw.

After the reorganization in some of the sports associations in Bulgaria, in Sevlievo arose some voluntary sports organizations. The most popular was DSO Red Flag (Bulgarian: ДСО Червено знаме). In 1957 everyone voluntarys sports organizations union in VSO Rakovski. A two years later Rakovski was admitted into the Bulgarian Third Division. In 1968 the club were promoted for the first time to B PFG, the second division of Bulgarian football.

Plamen Markov led Vidima to first promotion in 2002–03.

In 1980 the club was renamed F.C. Rositsa. The team finally became known as PFC Vidima-Rakovski in 1997, after union between F.C. Rakovski and F.C. Vidima, a little club of the Vidima Standart Ideal works. In the next 1998-99 season, the team won the Cup of Amateur Bulgarian league.

In 2002-03 season, with Plamen Markov as head coach, saw the first A PFG promotion ever of Vidima-Rakovski. Gerasim Zakov scored the club’s first top league goal in a 3-3 draw against Lokomotiv Sofia. The 2003-04 campaign, remembered as the first A PFG season in the club's history, ended in a good 12th place. In same season Vidima-Rakovski had their best Bulgarian Cup run in the history, beating Kameno and Belasitsa Petrich before losing to Lokomotiv Sofia in the quarter-finals. In the next campaign Vidima won just nine games and were relegated.

In 2006-07 season Vidima-Rakovski finished 2nd in B PFG, and managed to participate in the play-off for promotion in the A PFG. On June 2, 2007, Vidima surprisingly won the play-off against PFC Naftex Burgas with a result of 1:0 and finally qualified for the first division for second time in the club's history. However, the next year they were relegated again.

In 2009-10 season Vidima won a third promotion to the top division by winning the Western B PFG. They finished at 14th place in A PFG in the next season and secure their top division status via relegation play-off against Sportist Svoge, which they win in penalty shoot-out.

In 2011-12 season they finished 14th in the league, winning only 3 of their 30 matches in the league. In result of that Vidima will compete in B PFG in the next season.

Stadium[edit]

Main article: Rakovski Stadium

The club's home ground is the Rakovski Stadium in Sevlievo. The stadium has an exact seating capacity of 8,816 spectators and it was opened in 1958. Since then it has been renovated once, in 2001, when plastic seats and a new scoreboard were installed.

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 August 2014 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Bulgaria MF Dimitar Pantaleev
3 Bulgaria DF Krasimir Tsankov
4 Bulgaria MF Emil Giev
5 Bulgaria DF Georgi Stoychev (captain)
6 Bulgaria DF Marian Simeonov
7 Bulgaria MF Alyosha Iliev
8 Bulgaria MF Nikolay Ivanov
9 Bulgaria FW Stefan Ginchev
No. Position Player
10 Bulgaria MF Mladen Nikolaev
11 Bulgaria DF Pavlin Ivanov
13 Bulgaria DF Kiril Fidin
16 Bulgaria GK Vasil Todorov
17 Bulgaria MF Aleksandar Asenov
22 Bulgaria GK Hristo Hristov
23 Bulgaria FW Yoan Petkov

Club officials[edit]

Board of directors[edit]

Position Name Nationality
Chairman Yaroslav Donchev Bulgaria
Vice-chairman Veselin Danev Bulgaria
General director Vladimir Yungalov Bulgaria

Current technical body[edit]

Position Name Nationality
Manager Anton Velkov Bulgaria
Assistant Manager Georgi Stoychev Bulgaria
Assistant Manager Anton Donchev Bulgaria
Goalkeeper coach Ivan Kunev Bulgaria
First team doctor Raycho Prodanov Bulgaria
Masseur Ivan Stoyanov Bulgaria

Notable players[edit]

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]

External links[edit]