FC Pirin Gotse Delchev
|Full name||Football Club Pirin Gotse Delchev|
|League||Regional A OFG|
|2017–18||South-West Third League, 17th (relegated)|
Football Club Pirin (Bulgarian: Футболен клуб Пирин) is a Bulgarian football club, based in Gotse Delchev. The club currently plays in the fourth division of Bulgarian football. The team's biggest success came in 2012, when they managed to promote to the A PFG for the very first time. Their spell in the top-flight lasted 2 years. Pirin play home games at the Gradski stadium, with a capacity of 5,000. They play in green and white stripped kits. The club logo represents the Pirin mountain range in Southwestern Bulgaria and the predominant green color on the kits is in reference of the many forested areas around Gotse Delchev.
Pirin Gotse Delchev were founded in 1925 as Pirin Nevrokop (Nevrokop being the former name of Gotse Delchev), and their traditional colours are green and white. In 1981–82 Pirin were promoted for the first time to B PFG. The club spent three years in second division, before being relegated in 1985 to third division.
After 8 years in the lowers divisions of Bulgarian football, in 1993 Pirin returned to B PFG. In their first season back in second division Pirin finished in eight place in the league. In the following 1994–95 season was a poor one for the club, ending with the team in second lowest place and relegated back to the third division.
In 2005 they won the third promotion to the B PFG in its history. In December 2005, Yordan Bozdanski was appointed as manager. Pirin finished the 2006–07 season in third place in the West B PFG, their highest finish in the league since their еstablishment.
On 27 June 2011, Yakov Paparkov was officially announced as the club's new manager. In the 2011–12 season, Pirin won the West B PFG with a 62 points, scoring 41 goals and losing only three times. Pirin were promoted to Bulgarian football's top division for the first time in their history.
Their first season in the top level of Bulgarian football was successful, mainly because the team avoided relegation, by capturing 34 points. The next season was less successful, as the team spent the majority of the season in the relegation group. They eventually finished 13th, thus being relegated. This ended Pirin's two year stay in the A PFG.
Although they were supposed to play in the B PFG next season (2014-15), Pirin Gotse Delchev did not obtain a license, and were demoted to the third tier.
At the end of the 2017-18 season, Pirin were relegated to the fourth amateur league.
- Champions: 2011–12
As of 2 July 2018[update]
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Managers in the 21st century|
|Aug 1, 2012–Aug 27, 2013||Tencho Tenev|
|Aug 27, 2013–Jan 1, 2014||Kostadin Angelov|
|Jan 16, 2014–Sep 11, 2017||Yordan Bozdanski|
|Sep 11, 2017–||Rumil Zhotev|
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