FC Arda Kardzhali
|Full name||Football Club Arda Kardzhali|
|Founded||October 13, 1924
as Rodopski Sokol|
June 1, 2015 (refounded)
|Ground||Druzhba Stadium, Kardzhali|
|League||South-East Third League|
|2016–17||South-East Third League, 16th|
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.
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.
PSI Group ownership: 2017–present
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. Two weeks later, former Levski Sofia player Elin Topuzakov was appointed as head coach and Emil Kremenliev was hired as sporting director. 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.
- Second League:
- Runners-up (1): 1955–56
- Third place (1): 1987–88
- A Regional Group:
- Winners (1): 2015–16
- Bulgarian Cup:
- Quarterfinals (1): 1959–60
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.
|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|
|Green marks a season followed by promotion, red a season followed by relegation.|
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