FC Pirin Blagoevgrad

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Pirin
FC Pirin.jpg
Full name Football club Pirin Blagoevgrad
Nickname(s) The Eagles
Founded 1922; 93 years ago (1922)
2008 (After union)
Ground Hristo Botev Stadium, Blagoevgrad
Ground Capacity 7,000
Manager Nedelcho Matushev
League A Group
2014–15 B Group, 2nd /promoted/
Website Club home page

FC Pirin Blagoevgrad (Bulgarian: ФК Пирин Благоевград) is a Bulgarian football club in Blagoevgrad which competes in the A Group, the first division of Bulgarian football.

The club was founded in 2008, after the union of the two clubs from BlagoevgradPirin and PFC Pirin Blagoevgrad. The new club is the historical successor of the original and traditional club records of the former FC Pirin which was founded in 1922.

The club's home ground is the Hristo Botev Stadium in Blagoevgrad with a seating capacity of 7,000, which was expanded after the winter break of the 2010–11 season by making completely new all-seater east stand.

History[edit]

Pirin[edit]

The club was founded in 1922. Pirin has played more than 20 seasons in the top flight and has played two times in the European football competitions - one participation in the UEFA Cup and one participation in the Cup Winners' Cup. The club's first participation in the UEFA tournaments was not promising. In 1985, Pirin faced the then reigning Swedish champion Hammarby IF. The first game in Blagoevgrad, ended with a 1–3 loss. The second game in Sweden was also a defeat – 0–4 and Pirin were out of the European competitions. Pirin's best season in the Bulgarian top division was in the 1984–85 season, where they managed a 5th place. The club was also two times runner-up of the Bulgarian Cup. Also, Pirin's youth academy is attributed as being one of the best developers of young and unknown players in Bulgaria. Among the club's famous players are Dimitar Berbatov, Spas Delev, Petar Mihtarski, Ivaylo Andonov, Ivan Cvetkov, Vladislav Zlatinov and Petar Zlatinov.

On August 18, 2006, after failing to arrange some debts and signals of corruption, Pirin was thrown out of the A PFG, the team's results for the season were annulled, and the club was demoted to play in the Bulgarian South-West V AFG. However, after two years, Pirin won the South-West V AFG and the club returned for the upcoming season of the Western B PFG.

The Union[edit]

In December 2008, Pirin, which played in the Western B PFG, merged with PFC Pirin Blagoevgrad, which played in A PFG. The new club was named FC Pirin Blagoevgrad and is officially the rightful holder of the club records of the former Pirin, which has played more than 20 seasons in the top flight.[1] FC Pirin's Western B PFG place was taken by FC Bansko. Then, Nikolay Galchev was appointed manager of the club Petar Mihtarski. A few months later, the successes came nearby and Pirin qualified for the final of the Bulgarian Cup, beating CSKA Sofia and Levski Sofia). However, in the final, they suffered a 3–0 defeat against Litex Lovech.

In the foremath of the 2011–12 season, Pirin Blagoevgrad did not receive a professional license to compete in A PFG. However, due to their financial struggles they did not participate in the South-West V AFG either.

Colours[edit]

Currently, the team's home kit is green and the away kit is white. Various combinations of green and white have been used throughout the club's history.

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Bulgarian A PFG:

  • 5th place (1): 1985

Bulgarian Cup:

  • Runner-up (4): 1981, 1992, 1994, 2009

European[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1985–86 UEFA Cup 1 Sweden Hammarby 1–3 0–4 1–7
1994–95 Cup Winners' Cup QR Liechtenstein Schaan 3–0 1–0 4–0
1 Greece Panathinaikos 0–2 1–6 1–8

Current squad[edit]

As of 17 July 2015

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 Nikolay Bankov
3 Bulgaria DF Rumen Sandev
5 Bulgaria DF Aleksandar Dyulgerov
7 Bulgaria MF Toni Tasev
8 Bulgaria MF Antonio Hadzhiivanov
9 Bulgaria MF Todor Trayanov
10 Bulgaria FW Martin Toshev
11 Brazil MF Edenilson Bergonsi
12 Bulgaria GK Veselin Ganev
14 Bulgaria DF Stilyan Nikolov
15 Bulgaria MF Dimitar Blagov
No. Position Player
16 Bulgaria MF Ventsislav Bengyuzov
17 Bulgaria MF Iliya Karapetrov
18 Bulgaria DF Yulian Popev
19 Bulgaria MF Blagoy Nakov
21 Bulgaria DF Aleksandar Bashliev
22 Bulgaria DF Bogomil Dyakov
24 Bulgaria MF Anton Kostadinov
26 Bulgaria MF Aleksandar Yakimov
28 Bulgaria MF Marquinhos
33 Bulgaria DF Emil Viyachki
76 Bulgaria GK Krasimir Kostov

For recent transfers, see Transfers summer 2015.

Foreign players[edit]

Up to three non-EU nationals can be registered and given a squad number for the first team in the A Group. 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "История". pirinfc.com. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 

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