FC Vitosha Bistritsa

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Vitosha Bistritsa
FC Vitosha Bistritsa emblem.png
Full name Football Club Vitosha Bistritsa
Nickname(s) The Bistritsa Tigers
Founded 1958; 59 years ago (1958)
Ground Bistritsa Stadium, Bistritsa
Ground Capacity 2,000
Chairman Slavcho Galev
Manager Kostadin Angelov
League First League
2016–17 Second League, 3rd (promoted)
Website Club home page

FC Vitosha Bistritsa (Bulgarian: ФК Витоша Бистрица) is a Bulgarian association football club based in Bistritsa, Sofia Province, which competes in the Parva Liga, the top division of Bulgarian football. It is named after the Vitosha mountain range, where Bistritsa is located.

The club become notable for having Bulgaria's prime minister, Boyko Borisov, as a registered player of the squad.[1][2][3] The increased popularity of the club due to Borisov's presence led to its coach and players being featured on the TV series BNT Taxi in 2011.[4]

History[edit]

1958–2007: Regional divisions[edit]

The club was founded in 1958 and played in the regional divisions until 2007, when it gained promotion to the third division. In the 1972–73 Bulgarian Cup they entered the Preliminary round, losing by Pirin Blagoevgrad with the 3:0 result.

2007–2016: Amateur division and B Group breakthrough[edit]

From 2007 the team were playing in the V Group. Its highest finish to was achieved during the 2010–11 season, when the club finished third in the final ranking.[5] In May 2012, Vitosha claimed the Amateur League Cup for the first time in its history, defeating Dve Mogili 2–1 in the final.[6] During the 2012-13 season, the club finished second in the South-West V Group and achieved promotion to Bulgaria's professional B Group for the first time in the club's history.

In the 2013–14 Bulgarian Cup, Vitosha eliminated Bansko with an aggregate score of 3-1 to advance to the Round of 16 of the Bulgarian Cup for the first time ever in the club's history. Previously, their highest achievement had been reaching the Round of 32 in the 1972 Bulgarian Cup.

2016–present: Professional league and academy development[edit]

Vitosha finished 2015–16 V Group season on 2nd position after CSKA Sofia and due to Second League expanding were promoted again to Second Division. [7] The team started investing in the youth team having 5 youth teams for the 2016–17 season and renovated the club stadium. On 3 May 2017 the team announced an update of their logo, looking after not only about infrastructure plan, but also about their image. [8] On 8 May 2017 Vitosha signed with Efbet to be the new general team sponsor.[9]

On 3 June 2017 the team won the playoff match against Neftochimic Burgas and sensational won the promotion for the Bulgarian First League for first time in their history. [10]

Honours[edit]

Bulgarian Second League:

Bulgarian V AFG:

Cup of Bulgarian Amateur Football League

  • Winners (1): 2012

Bulgarian Cup

Current squad[edit]

As of 20 June 2017 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 Hristiyan Vasilev
2 Bulgaria MF Lachezar Kotev
3 Bulgaria DF Yordan Varbanov
4 Bulgaria DF Kristiyan Uzunov
5 Bulgaria DF Ventsislav Bonev
7 Bulgaria MF Kristian Kochilov
8 Bulgaria FW Stefan Hristov
9 Bulgaria MF Angel Stoyanov
10 Bulgaria MF Georgi Amzin
14 Bulgaria MF Chetin Sadula (captain)
16 Bulgaria MF Dimitar Panteleev
17 Bulgaria MF Mihail Petrov
18 Bulgaria DF Rumen Gyonov
19 Bulgaria DF Velizar Andonov
No. Position Player
21 Bulgaria MF Desislav Arizanov
22 Bulgaria GK Nikolay Radev
24 Bulgaria DF Nikolay Hristozov
25 Nigeria FW Paul Otofe
30 Bulgaria DF Mike Krastev
31 Bulgaria MF Petko Tsankov
88 Bulgaria MF Ivaylo Lazarov
Bulgaria MF Ivan Georgiev
Bulgaria FW Dimitar Vodenicharov
Bulgaria GK Mihail Ivanov
Bulgaria DF Todor Gochev
Bulgaria MF Daniel Peev
Bulgaria FW Grigor Dolapchiev
For recent transfers, see Transfers summer 2017.

Personnel[edit]

Kostadin Angelov, the current head coach of the team.

Manager history[edit]

Dates Name Honours
1959–2007 Unknown
2007–2014 Bulgaria Yasin Mishaui 99991 Amateur Cup title
2014 Bulgaria Nikolay Todorov
2014–2015 Bulgaria Borislav Georgiev
2015– Bulgaria Kostadin Angelov

Current technical body[edit]

Position Name Nationality
Chairman Slavcho Galev Bulgaria
Chief Executive Vacant
Head Coach Kostadin Angelov Bulgaria
Assistant Coach Rosen Kirilov Bulgaria
Goalkeeper Coach Anton Penchin Bulgaria
Condition Coach Plamen Nyagin Bulgaria
Doctor Valentin Chalev Bulgaria
Administrator Simeon Krastanov Bulgaria

League Stats[edit]

League positions[edit]

First Professional Football League Second Professional Football League (Bulgaria) Bulgarian V AFG Bulgarian B Football Group Bulgarian V AFG

Past seasons[edit]

Season League Place W D L GF GA Pts Bulgarian Cup
2010–11 V Group (III) 3 27 4 7 70 24 85 not qualified
2011–12 V Group 6 19 4 13 53 36 61 not qualified
2012–13 V Group 2 22 5 3 52 10 71 not qualified
2013–14 B Group (II) 11 7 7 12 22 24 28 Second round
2014–15 V Group (III) 4 18 6 6 57 22 60 not qualified
2015–16 V Group 2 23 5 4 72 16 74 not qualified
2016–17 Second League (II) 3 15 8 7 37 23 53 First round
2017–18 First League (I) - - - - - - - TBD
Green marks a season followed by promotion, red a season followed by relegation.

References[edit]

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