FC Balkan Botevgrad

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FC Balkan Botevgrad
PFC Balkan Botevgrad logo.png
Full name FC Balkan 1929 Botevgrad
Nickname(s) Forest Boys
Founded 1929; 89 years ago (1929)
29 September 2015; 3 years ago (2015-09-29) (refounded)
Ground Hristo Botev Stadium (Botevgrad)
Capacity 8 000
Manager Vasil Palankovski
League South-West Third League
2017–18 South-West Third League, 10th

FC Balkan Botevgrad (Bulgarian: Балкан Ботевград) is a Bulgarian football club, playing in the city of Botevgrad. The stadium of the club is "Hristo Botev" in Botevgrad with capacity of 8,000 people.


The club was established in 1929 with the name "Stamen Panchev". In 1945 the club was renamed "Hristo Gurbov". Since 1947 the name is "Balkan". The main kit-colours of the team are green and white. In his history the club participated in either the second or the third Bulgarian division. Currently the team is playing in Bulgarian B Professional Football Group. From 2005, the chairman of the club is Tihomir Ninov. In 2007/2008 season Balkan finished 2nd in the Bulgarian South-West V AFG, but won promotion, because of the changes from the 2008/2009 season in Bulgaria's West and East B Groups. From 2008, the chief executive is the famous Bulgarian footballer Marian Hristov. The club qualified at the 1/8 finals of the Bulgarian Cup 2008-09 after defeating PFC Belite orli Pleven with 2:0 and beating PFC Lokomotiv Mezdra with 1:0 to make it to the 1/8 finals of the competition. Unfortunately, "Balkan" was eliminated by CSKA Sofia after a score of 5:0.

Best seasons[edit]

League positions[edit]

Bulgarian V AFGRegional Amateur Football Groups (Bulgaria)Bulgarian V AFGBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian V AFGBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian V AFG

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 August 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 Emil Petrov
2 Bulgaria DF Todor Nenov
3 Bulgaria DF Stoyan Georgiev
4 Bulgaria DF Simon Nikolov
5 Bulgaria DF Tsvetoslav Botev
6 Bulgaria MF Denis Martinov
7 Bulgaria MF Bozhidar Bozhilov
8 Bulgaria FW Petar Dimitrov
9 Bulgaria MF Kristiyan Krastev
No. Position Player
10 Bulgaria MF Kristiyan Ivanov
11 Bulgaria FW Tsvetelin Tsakovski
12 Bulgaria GK Aleksandar Yordanov
14 Bulgaria MF Ivaylo Tsvetanov
17 Bulgaria MF David Yordanov
18 Bulgaria MF Ivaylo Boyadzhiev
35 Bulgaria DF Petar Vasilev
36 Bulgaria MF Mariyan Marinov

Past seasons[edit]

Season League Place W D L GF GA Pts Bulgarian Cup
2015–16 A RFG (IV) 1st 17 1 0 69 13 52 not qualified
2016–17 Third League (III) 12th 11 7 16 54 55 40 not qualified
2017–18 Third League 10th 10 11 13 49 60 41 not qualified
Green marks a season followed by promotion, red a season followed by relegation.

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