FC Arda Kardzhali

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Arda Kardzhali
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Full name Football Club Arda Kardzhali
Nickname(s) Sky blues
Founded October 13, 1924; 93 years ago (1924-10-13) as Rodopski Sokol[1]
June 1, 2015; 2 years ago (2015-06-01) (refounded)
Ground Druzhba Stadium, Kardzhali
Ground Capacity 15,000
Owner PSI Group
Chairman Petar Peshev
Manager Elin Topuzakov
League South-East Third League
2016–17 South-East Third League, 16th
Website Club website

FC Arda Kardzhali (Bulgarian: ФК Арда Кърджали) is a Bulgarian association football club based in Kardzhali, which competes in the South-East Third League, the third division of Bulgarian football. It was founded on October 13, 1924, as an association football branch of a larger sports society. The club was reestablished in 2015, after its former entity was dissolved.

Named after the Arda river, a tributary of the Maritsa, Arda's home ground is the Druzhba Stadium in Kardzhali, which has a capacity of 15,000 spectators. For the majority of its existence, the club regularly participated in the Second League, with its highest-ever ranking is a second-place finish during the 1955–56 Bulgarian Second League. Arda have also reached the quarter-finals of the Bulgarian Cup once, it happened during the 1959–60 season of the competition.


Refounding: (2015–2017)[edit]

The team suffered relegation from the V Group in 2013 and didn't compete in any league division until 2015 when they returned to the A Regional Group after reestablishment. In 2016, Arda achieved promotion to the Bulgarian Third League after a successful season and a 3-0 win in the play-off match against Lyubimets.[2]

PSI Group ownership: 2017–present[edit]

In early June 2017, the club was purchased by Bulgarian road construction company PSI Group, in an attempt to develop a Bulgarian football project, inspired by the likes of Ludogorets and Vereya Stara Zagora.[3] Two weeks later, former Levski Sofia player Elin Topuzakov was appointed as head coach and Emil Kremenliev was hired as sporting director.[4] Subsequently, Petar Peshev was elected chairman of the club and was revealed that the new ownership would invest around €1 million in new signings, salaries and infrastructure around the stadium during the following South-East Third League season.[5]


Current squad[edit]

As of 18 January 2018 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 Hakan Habib
3 Bulgaria DF Ahmed Yusein
6 Bulgaria MF Dzhihat Kyamil
7 Bulgaria MF Valchan Chanev
8 Bulgaria MF Krasimir Iliev
9 Bulgaria FW Eray Karadayi
10 Bulgaria FW Ahmed Osman
11 Bulgaria MF Atanas Chipilov
12 Bulgaria GK Veselin Ganev
13 Bulgaria DF Borislav Stoychev
15 Bulgaria DF Georgi Chichev
16 Bulgaria MF Olezhay Mehmed
17 Bulgaria FW Georgi Stefanov
No. Position Player
19 Bulgaria DF Georgi Kremenliev
20 Bulgaria MF Deyan Lozev
21 Bulgaria MF Vladislav Misyak
22 Bulgaria DF Atanas Krastev
23 Bulgaria GK Mesut Yusuf
24 Bulgaria DF Iliyan Garov
25 Bulgaria MF Mitko Plahov
39 Bulgaria FW Dimitar Aleksiev
71 Bulgaria DF Plamen Krumov
77 Bulgaria DF Beysim Beysim
98 Bulgaria MF Berkay Halil
Bulgaria GK Ivan Karadzhov

Past seasons[edit]

Season League Place W D L GF GA Pts Bulgarian Cup
2015–16 A RFG (IV) 1st 7 0 1 45 7 21 not qualified
2016–17 Third League (III) 16th 11 6 17 49 69 39 not qualified
2017–18 Third League TBD
Green marks a season followed by promotion, red a season followed by relegation.


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