FC Maritsa Plovdiv
|Full name||Football Club Maritsa Plovdiv|
|Ground||Maritsa Stadium, Plovdiv
(currently plays at Botev 1912 Football Complex, Plovdiv)
|2016–17||Third League, 2nd (promoted)|
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 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
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. 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.
- Semifinals (1): 1996–97
|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.|
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.
For recent transfers, see Transfers summer 2017.
Current technical body
|Sports Director||Kiril Andonov|
|Head Coach||Stoyan Dimitrov|
|Assistant Coach||Krasimir Ivanov|
|Assistant Coach||Alil Karadashev|
|Goalkeeper Coach||Iliya Nikolov|
|Academy Director||Vasil Krastev|
- Hristo Stoichkov
- Valeri Domovchiyski
- Krassimir Chomakov
- Kostadin Vidolov
- Aleksandar Aleksandrov
- Yordan Todorov
- Dinko Dermendzhiev
- Petar Kurdov
- Zapryan Rakov
- Georgi Georgiev
- Asen Nikolov
- Georgi Georgiev Hristov
Note: For a complete list of Maritsa players, see Category:FC Maritsa Plovdiv players.
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- "Радост в Кършияка: Марица влиза в Б група". Marica.bg (in Bulgarian). 31 May 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
- "Ботев и Марица ще си сътрудничат, пет "канарчета" ще играят под наем при маричани" (in Bulgarian). botevplovdiv.bg. 16 June 2017.
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