FC Maritsa Plovdiv

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FC Maritsa Plovdiv
Maritsa logo.png
Full name Football Club Maritsa Plovdiv
Founded 1921; 96 years ago (1921)
Ground Maritsa Stadium, Plovdiv
(currently plays at Botev 1912 Football Complex, Plovdiv)
Ground Capacity 8,000
Chairman Bulgaria Hristo Nikolov
Manager Bulgaria Stoyan Dimitrov
League Second League
2016–17 Third League, 2nd (promoted)

Maritsa (Bulgarian: Марица) is a Bulgarian association football club based in Plovdiv, that plays in the Second League, the second flight of Bulgarian football.

It was established in 1921, after the merger of the teams Vampir and Trite Konski Sili. The club plays its home games at Maritsa Stadium, located in the city's northen district. The team's biggest success is playing in Bulgaria's top devision four times, in 1967–68, 1969–70, 1970–71 and 1996-97. They have also reached the semifinals of the Bulgarian Cup once, in 1996–97.

The team is named Maritsa after the river of the same name, which flows past Plovdiv.

History[edit]

The club is particularly famous for its renowned youth program that has produced many Bulgarian talents over the years – Hristo Stoichkov, Dinko Dermendzhiev, Aleksandar Aleksandrov. Bulgarian national first-team players Georgi Georgiev, Kostadin Vidolov, Krassimir Chomakov, Valeri Domovchiyski, Yordan Todorov, Asen Nikolov had also came through the ranks at Maritsa.

2017–present: Return to professional football[edit]

In 2016–17 Third League season Maritsa Plovdiv finished second in their regional devision, but gained promotion, because the first ranked team – FC Zagorets declined the offer to participate in the Second Professional League.[1][2] On 16 June 2017 the club signed a contract with Botev Plovdiv for collaboration. Botev sent 5 players on loan and allowed Maritsa to play their home games on their training base, the Botev 1912 Football Complex, until Maritsa Stadium is altered for professional matches.[3]

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

A Group / Bulgarian First League:

Bulgarian Cup:

Past seasons[edit]

Season League Place W D L GF GA Pts Bulgarian Cup
2012–13 A Regional Group (IV) 2 17 8 5 58 22 59 not qualified
2013–14 A Regional Group 1 15 7 6 55 31 52 not qualified
2014–15 V Group (III) 11 12 3 15 38 53 36 not qualified
2015–16 V Group 9 14 9 11 45 29 51 not qualified
2016–17 Third League 2 26 0 8 95 25 78 not qualified
2017–18 Second League (II) - - - - - - - Qualified
Green marks a season followed by promotion, red a season followed by relegation.

Current squad[edit]

As of 22 July 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 Iliya Nikolov (captain)
2 Bulgaria DF Nikola Marin
3 Bulgaria DF Atanas Tasholov (on loan from Botev Plovdiv)
4 Bulgaria DF Miroslav Pushkarov
5 Bulgaria DF Samer Alhusein
6 Bulgaria DF Hristo Stamov
7 Bulgaria MF Dzhuneyt Yashar
8 Bulgaria FW Ventsislav Gyuzelev
9 Bulgaria MF Rangel Ignatov
10 Bulgaria MF Dimitar Yurukov
11 Bulgaria FW Ivan Gendov
12 Bulgaria GK Dimitar Grabchev
14 Bulgaria FW Georgi Georgiev
No. Position Player
15 Bulgaria MF Svetoslav Chitakov
16 Bulgaria DF Alil Kardashev
17 Bulgaria DF Tsvetan Yotov
18 Bulgaria MF Daniel Spasov
19 Bulgaria MF Petar Chalakov (on loan from Botev Plovdiv)
20 Bulgaria MF Borislav Karamatev
21 Bulgaria MF Hristo Yanchev
22 Bulgaria MF Nikolay Kolev
23 Bulgaria MF Georgi Arabadzhiev
Bulgaria GK Teodor Tsvetkov
Bulgaria DF Atanas Kumanov
Bulgaria DF Yusuf Taral
Bulgaria MF Yordan Peychinov

For recent transfers, see Transfers summer 2017.

Personnel[edit]

Current technical body[edit]

Position Name Nationality
Sports Director Kiril Andonov Bulgaria
Head Coach Stoyan Dimitrov Bulgaria
Assistant Coach Krasimir Ivanov Bulgaria
Assistant Coach Alil Karadashev Bulgaria
Goalkeeper Coach Iliya Nikolov Bulgaria
Analyzer Stoycho Dramov Bulgaria
Academy Director Vasil Krastev Bulgaria
Rehabilitator Nikolay Dyulgerov Bulgaria
Administrator Hristo Dyakov Bulgaria

Famous players[edit]

Note: For a complete list of Maritsa players, see Category:FC Maritsa Plovdiv players.

References[edit]

External links[edit]