FC Rozova Dolina Kazanlak

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Rozova Dolina
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Full name Football Club Rozova Dolina
Nickname(s) Rozite (The Roses)
Founded 1948; 70 years ago (1948)
Ground Sevtopolis Stadium, Kazanlak
Capacity 15,000
Chairman Georgi Mermekliev
Manager Atanas Apostolov
League South-East Third League
2017–18 South-East Third League, 4th

Football Club Rozova Dolina Kazanlak (Bulgarian: Футболен клуб Розова долина Казанлък) or simply known as Rozova Dolina (Bulgarian: Розова Долина) is a Bulgarian association football club based in the town of Kazanlak, Stara Zagora Province, which currently competes in the South-East Third League, the third division of Bulgarian football. Their home ground since 1968 has been the Sevtopolis Stadium. The club's name is translated as Rose Valley and is named after the homonymous Rose Valley region of central Bulgaria, which also encompasses the town of Kazanlak.


The club was formed in 1948 as DNA Kazanlak, a football club characterized by its trademark red and white jerseys. In 1982-83, the team played at the top of the Bulgarian football league system, the A Group, but was subsequently relegated after only one season in the top flight, finishing in 15th place.

Mermekliev Era: 2016–present[edit]

On January 15, 2016, following the team's return from the winter break, the club announced that they have reached an agreement with the local Bulgarian businessman Georgi Mermekliev, who would take over at the helm of the club. He subsequently announced his intentions to bring Rozova Dolina's previous glory over the years and that the team will be battling for promotion for the A Group in the very next seasons. He also stated that the club stadium would be renovated and upgraded to 12,000 seats and a new academy would be established. Subsequently, Rozova Dolona announced a sponsorship with a new kit manufacturer, Legea for the upcoming season.[1] Following a great number of investments, on September 14, 2016, Rozova Dolina qualified for the Bulgarian Cup competition after 15 years absence from professional football.[2]

Shirt and sponsors[edit]

Rozova Dolina main colors are red, with white away colors.

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
1948–2015 Unknown none
2015– Italy Legea Arsenal

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 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
2 Bulgaria DF Petko Georgiev
3 Bulgaria DF Boyan Neychev
4 Bulgaria DF Dimitar Vakavliev (captain)
5 Bulgaria DF Milen Hristov
6 Bulgaria MF Nikolay Tsonkov
8 Bulgaria MF Nikolay Stoichkov
9 Bulgaria FW Grigor Georgiev
10 Bulgaria MF Atanas Apostolov
11 Bulgaria MF Plamen Kolev
13 Bulgaria MF Mihael Lalev
No. Position Player
14 Bulgaria FW Kristiyan Petrov
15 Bulgaria DF Dian Dimov
16 Bulgaria MF Ivan Tsankov
17 Bulgaria MF Nikolay Georgiev
18 Bulgaria MF Stanislav Birtanov
19 Bulgaria FW Valeri Kehayov
20 Bulgaria MF Vladislav Kalaydzhiev
21 Bulgaria MF Ivan Nikolov
94 Bulgaria GK Aleksandar Petrunov
Bulgaria GK Pavel Kolev

Notable players[edit]

The following players included were either playing for their respective national teams or left good impression among the fans.


Dates Name Honours
1948–2007 Unknown
2007–2008 Bulgaria Radko Kalajdzijski
2008–2010 Bulgaria Daniel Hristov
2010–2014 Bulgaria Kralyu Orozov
2014–2015 Bulgaria Angel Stankov
2015–2017 Bulgaria Aleksandar Georgiev[3]
2017–2018 Bulgaria Ivan Petrov[4]
2018– Bulgaria Atanas Apostolov[5]

Past seasons[edit]

Season League Place W D L GF GA Pts Bulgarian Cup
2009–10 V AFG (III) 13 12 4 20 54 76 40 not qualified
2010–11 V AFG 14 13 6 19 49 58 45 not qualified
2011–12 V AFG 15 8 8 18 38 60 32 not qualified
2012–13 V AFG 13 13 3 18 34 51 42 not qualified
2013–14 V AFG 12 9 5 18 42 51 32 not qualified
2014–15 V AFG 4 15 6 9 47 30 51 not qualified
2015–16 V AFG 2 24 4 6 81 30 76 not qualified
2016–17 Third League 4 20 4 10 69 38 64 First round
2017–18 Third League TBD
Green marks a season followed by promotion, red a season followed by relegation.


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