FC CSKA 1948 Sofia

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FC CSKA 1948
Full name Football Club Central Sports Club of the Army 1948 Sofia
Nickname(s) The Aviators
Founded 19 July 2016; 2 years ago (2016-07-19)[1]
Ground Vasil Levski,
Capacity 43 230
Owner Club's members
Chairman Dobrin Gyonov
Manager Petko Petkov
League Second League
2017–18 Third League, 1st (promoted)
Website Club website

Football Club Central Sports Club of the Army 1948 Sofia (Bulgarian: Футболен Клуб Централен Спортен Клуб на Армията 1948 София), short FC CSKA 1948 Sofia (Bulgarian: ФК ЦСКА 1948 София) is a Bulgarian football club from the city of Sofia, which currently competes in Bulgaria's 2nd football division, the Second League. They play their home matches at the Vasil Levski Stadium in Sofia.


19 July 2016: Foundation[edit]

In June 2016 after the legal firm that represented PFC CSKA Sofia - PFC CSKA EAD - went bankrupt and a new one was formed to represent the club, restructuring those of PFC Chavdar Etropole and PFC Litex Lovech in order to take part into the newly created First Professional Football League, part of the fans did not comply with this procedure and decided to find a new club of their own - FC CSKA 1948 Sofia.[1]

2016–2018: Amateur Leagues[edit]

On 6 August 2016 the team was accepted in First Regional Group. The team announced partnership with Errea and a new crest close to CSKA Septemvriisko Zname.[2]

On August 21, 2016 FC CSKA 1948 won its first cup in a friendly four-team tournament in Kokalyane. FC CSKA 1948 defeated FC Akademik Sofia 1:0 in the final.

In their first official league match for the men's team, they won 8-0 against FC Liulin Sofia. The club began the season playing on Vasil Levski Stadium, but soon after they moved to Obelya Stadium. After the first half of the season in the Sofia Regional Group FC CSKA 1948 finished as leader with 10 wins and a draw from 11 games. The team also progressed to the Regional Final of the Amateur Cup.

During the mid-season CSKA 1948 moved from Obelya Stadium to German Stadium.

On 25 May 2017 they lost the Cup of Bulgarian Amateur Football League final against FC Chernomorets Balchik finishing the cup as runners-up.[3]

CSKA 1948 won their group and qualified for the playoffs for Bulgarian Third League. They beat Lokomotiv BDZ Sofia and Nadejda Dobroslavtsi to meet Bratsigovo in the final on 7 June 2017 and beat them after penalties to qualify for the Third League.[4]

For their first Third League season the club is moving from German Stadium to Dragalevtsi Stadium, in order to comply with the requirements of the respective league. On 7 July 2017 they signed several sponsor contracts with companies such as Hausbrandt Trieste 1892, Bachkovo and MultiArt.[5][6][7] On 19 May 2018 CSKA 1948 secured place in the upper Professional League 2 - the second level of Bulgarian football pyramid after win against Germanea Sapareva Banya.[8]

2018–present: Professional leagues[edit]

For the beginning of the 2018–19 season in Second League CSKA 1948 has moved to Vasil Levski Stadium due to the increased interest and the higher league it is playing in. Strong selection of professional players has been done for the beginning of the season. After four rounds the manager Valentin Iliev has been replaced with Petko Petkov due to unsatisfactory results, in spite of the streak of 60 consecutive league matches without losing a game for the past 2 years.


Shirt, sponsor and mascot[edit]

Team main kit is red and white. On 31 January 2017 the team presented their first main sponsor - Efbet. The team will sponsor the first team and will look for the academy in future.[9]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
2016 Italy Errea None
2017– Efbet

Since 2018, the team mascot is Army the lion.[10]


Current squad[edit]

As of 26 July 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 Diyan Valkov
3 Bulgaria DF Evgeni Zyumbulev (captain)
4 Bulgaria MF Nikolay Hristov
5 Bulgaria DF Petar Genchev (on loan from Septemvri Sofia)
6 Bulgaria MF Diyan Dimov
10 Bulgaria MF Tomislav Pavlov
11 Bulgaria MF Kaloyan Stefanov
12 Bulgaria DF Bogomil Dyakov
14 Bulgaria DF Toni Stoichkov
15 Bulgaria DF Kostadin Slaev
17 Bulgaria MF Yoan Marinov
18 Bulgaria DF Apostol Popov
No. Position Player
19 Bulgaria FW Petko Petkov
20 Bulgaria MF Yanko Sandanski
21 Bulgaria MF Mariyan Ognyanov
22 Bulgaria MF Veselin Vasev
25 Bulgaria DF German Petrov
27 Bulgaria FW Svetoslav Dikov
29 Bulgaria FW Dimitar Borisov
31 Bulgaria DF Dimitar Burov (on loan from Slavia Sofia)
33 Bulgaria GK Emil Mihaylov
39 Bulgaria DF Kristiyan Mihaylov
70 Bulgaria GK Michael Matev
99 Bulgaria MF Andon Gushterov

For recent transfers, see Transfers summer 2018.

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
12 Bulgaria GK Dragomir Petkov (at Strumska Slava Radomir until 30 June 2019)

Foreign players[edit]

Up to five non-EU nationals can be registered and given a squad number for the first team in the A PFG however only three can be used during a match day. Those non-EU nationals with European ancestry can claim citizenship from the nation their ancestors came from. If a player does not have European ancestry he can claim Bulgarian citizenship after playing in Bulgaria for 5 years.

EU Nationals

EU Nationals (Dual citizenship)

Non-EU Nationals


Manager history[edit]

Dates Name Honours
2016 Bulgaria Adalbert Zafirov
2016–2018 Bulgaria Valentin Iliev 99991 Fourth League title
1 Third League title
2018– Bulgaria Petko Petkov


Results of league and cup competitions by season
Season League Bulgarian Cup Other competitions Top league
goal scorer
Average league home
Division Level P W D L F A GD Pts Pos Name Goal
2016–17 A OFG Sofia (capital) South 4 22 21 1 0 105 7 98 64 1st double-dagger DNE Cup of AFL F Georgi Bozhilov 14 200
2017–18 South-West Third League 3 34 29 5 0 95 16 79 92 1st Up-arrow QR2 SF Andon Gushterov 22 500
2018–19 Second League 2 R1


The division is shown in italics when it changes due to promotion, relegation or league reorganisation.

Champions Up-arrow Promotion via play-offs double-dagger Competition winners

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