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PFC Septemvri Sofia
Full name Professional Football Club Septemvri
Nickname(s) The Blue-Reds
The Septembrians
Founded 5 November 1944; 72 years ago (1944-11-05)
1 July 1988; 29 years ago (1988-07-01) refounded
Ground Bistritsa Stadium, Bistritsa, Sofia
Ground Capacity 2,500
Chairman Rumen Chandarov
Manager Dimitar Vasev
League First League
2016–17 Second League, 2nd (promoted)
Website Club website

Septemvri (Bulgarian: Септември) is a Bulgarian professional association football club based in Sofia, who compete in the First League, the top division of Bulgarian football. Its home ground is the Septemvri Stadium, but due to the poor condition of its plays its home matches at Bistritsa Stadium and the 57th Public School's FIFA-certified football field.

The club's biggest success to date is the winning of the Bulgarian Cup in 1960 and finishing 5th in the Bulgarian first division during the same season. Septemvri is known for its strong youth academy, which over the years has developed numerous players for Bulgaria's elite clubs and the national team.


Early ages[edit]

On November 5, 1944, the clubs of Sportclub, Sokol and Vazrazhdane unite under the name of FC Septemvri Sofia. On March 26, 1945, the additional clubs of Botev (Konyovitsa), Ustrem (Zaharna fabrika), Pobeda (Krasna Polyana), and Svoboda (Tri kladentsi) merge into the club. In May 1948, the club, then playing in the 1st Sofia Division, is briefly merged with second-division CDV/Chavdar (Sofia) and the unified club wins the 1948 Bulgarian Championship by overcoming Levski Sofia at the final.[1]

FC Septemvri's roots prior to merging with CSKA Sofia (see lower right corner)

Septemvri starts the 1948/49 season in the newly formed A Republican Football Group, but only six months later is separated from CDV (Chavdar) and removed from the division, with the current title given to CDNV, Chavdar's new name, which would ultimately become CSKA Sofia. At the end of the 1948/49 season, Septemvri is allowed to take part in a two-match play-off for entering first division against Marek Dupnitsa. After both matches end with a 2:0 win for each team, a third game is played in which Septemvri falls 1:0 and remains in second division.

From 1949 to 1969, Septemvri exists as an independent club, during which period it reaches the height of its success. In 1959, the club finishes first in the B PFG and is promoted to first division for the 1959/60 season. That same season, Septemvri finishes in 5th place and claims the Bulgarian Cup after a dramatic 4:3 win over Lokomotiv Sofia in extra time. The club's stay among the elite lasts only two years, as in 1961 it is relegated to the B PFG, where it remains until 1968.

In 1969, during another period of football reform in Bulgaria, Septemvri was again merged into CSKA Sofia. This unification continued for almost 20 years, until 1988, when the club became independent again and joined the V AFG. In 1993, Septemvri won a promotion to the B PFG. In 1998, the club became the champion of the B PFG and joined the elite for the first time since 1961. It finished in 16th place and was relegated again.

2000s years[edit]

During the 2000/01 season, the club finished in 13th place in the B PFG and was relegated to the V AFG, where it remained until 2008. In March 2008, the club was heavily penalized after a scandalous match against FC Bansko, when coach Rumen Stoyanov ordered his players to leave the field, a serious offence according to Bulgarian Football Union regulations.[2] With an executive decision, the BFU removed Septemvri from the V AFG and placed it in the A OFG, the Sofia Regional Football Group.[3] Despite this setback, the club attained 1st place in the division in the 2008/2009 season and qualified for a play-off match for entering the V AFG against FC Novi Iskar.[4] After an emotional 0:0 in regular time, penalty kicks were in order to determine the team going forward. Septemvri lost the penalty shootout 5:4.[5]

Chandarov era (2015–present)[edit]

Merge with DIT academy and Pirin Razlog (2015–2017)[edit]

In 2015 Rumen Chandarov, owner of DIT Sport Academy, one of the best Bulgarian football academies in the last few years, announced that he is the new owner of Septemvri, with the goal of getting the young players to compete in the First Professional Football League of Bulgaria. The team merged with Conegliano German and started the 2015–16 season from V Group. Nikolay Mitov was appointed as a manager of the team. In the end of the 2015 it was decided that the team will give a bigger chance to their U19 players, so most of the players who joined in the season start left and only 7 players left, but 18 players joined from the U19 team which was 3rd in the Elite Youth Group by the end of 2015. Some media announced that Chandarov will stop financing the team also due to the fact that he started financing Botev Plovdiv, but Chandarov said that this is not true and the only reason to do this is to make youth players enter the man's football.[6]

On 24 June 2016 Pirin Razlog merged into PFC Septemvri Sofia. From the new season 2016/17 Septemvri will compete in the new Second League, the second division of Bulgarian football.[7] Septemvri returned and in the Bulgarian Cup and draw the Bulgarian First League team Beroe Stara Zagora. They sensationally won the match on 21 September 2016 with 2:0, goals scored by Georgi Stoichkov and Petar Tonchev.[8] The team finished their season in Second League in 2nd place two points behind the winners of the group - Etar and qualified for the Promotion playoffs against elite member Montana.[9] The team won the playoff on 3 June 2017 with 2:1 final result and returned in the top level after 19 years.[10]

Return to First Professional League (2017–present)[edit]

On 8 June 2017 Dimitar Vasev was announced as the manager who would lead the team in their return to the First League with Hristo Arangelov, the caretaker manager after Nikolay Mitov, as his first assistant.[11] The team announced that they would play to Vasil Levski National Stadium until their Septemvri Stadium is build.[12] Later, the club owner Rumen Chandarov revealed that the team would play at Bistritsa Stadium after the stadium gained a First League licence, since he didn't want Septemvri to play in front of empty seats.[13][14] Septemvri's first match was against Dunav Ruse on 17 July and the team lost the match with the 0:2 result.[15] Week later Septemvri won their second match against Pirin with Boris Galchev scoring the winning goal.[16]


Season by season[edit]

As of 31 May 2017 [17]
Season Division Place Bulgarian Cup
1944-45 1ª Sofia 5 Did not play
1945-46 1ª Sofia 7 Did not play
1946-47 1ª Sofia 4 Did not play
1947-48 1ª Sofia 1 Pre-limited
1948 A Group 4 Did not play
1949 B Group 2 Did not play
1950 B Group 7 Did not play
1952 A RFG 1 Did not play
Season Division Place Bulgarian Cup
1953 B Group 11 Did not play
1954 B Group 3 Did not play
1955 B Group 2 Did not play
1956 B Group 1 Did not play
1957 B Group 3 Did not play
1958 B Group 4 Did not play
1958–59 B Group 1 Did not play
1959–60 A Group 5 Winner
1960–61 A Group 14 Quarter-finals
Season Division Place Bulgarian Cup
1961–62 B Group 3 Did not play
1962–63 B Group 2 Round of 16
1963–64 B Group 3 Round of 16
1964–65 B Group 2 Quarter-finals
1965–66 B Group 2 Did not play
1966–67 B Group 11 Did not play
1967–68 B Group  ? Did not play
1969–88 merge with CSKA
Season Division Place Bulgarian Cup
1988–89 V Group 17 Did not play
1989–90 A RFG 1 Did not play
1990–91 A RFG 1 Did not play
1991–92 V Group 4 Quarter-finals
1992–93 V Group 1 Pre-limited
1993–94 B Group 4 Pre-limited
1994–95 B Group 4 Did not play
1995–96 B Group 10 Quarter-finals
1996–97 B Group 12 Pre-limited
1997–98 B Group 1 Round of 16
1998–99 A Group 16 Quarter-finals
Season Division Place Bulgarian Cup
1999–00 B Group 9 Round of 16
2000–01 B Group 13 Pre-limited
2001–02 V Group 3 Did not play
2002–03 V Group 2 Did not play
2003–04 B Group 13 Round of 16
2004–05 V Group 10 Did not play
2005–06 V Group 10 Did not play
2006–07 V Group 8 Did not play
2007–08 V Group 20 Did not play
2008–09 A RFG 1 Did not play
2009–10 A RFG 1 Did not play
Season Division Place Bulgarian Cup
2010–11 V Group 8 Did not play
2011–12 V Group 13 Did not play
2012–13 V Group 14 Did not play
2013–14 V Group 16 Did not play
2014–15 A RFG 4 Did not play
2015–16 V Group 8 Did not play
2016–17 Second 2 2nd Round
2017–18 First Qualified

Last 5 seasons[edit]

Season League Place W D L GF GA Pts Bulgarian Cup
2012–13 V AFG 14 6 7 17 27 60 25 not qualified
2013–14 V AFG 16 2 0 28 9 93 6 not qualified
2014–15 A RFG (IV) 4 13 1 5 64 21 40 not qualified
2015–16 V AFG (III) 8 13 3 16 67 62 42 not qualified
2016–17 Second League (II) 2 17 8 5 52 26 59 Second Round
2017–18 First League (I)
Green marks a season followed by promotion, red a season followed by relegation.



A Group/First League:

B Group/Second League:

  • Winners (3): 1955−56, 1958−59, 1997−98
  • Runner-up (5): 1955, 1962–63, 1964–65, 1965–66, 2016–17

V Group:

  • Winners (1): 1992−93
  • Runner-up (1): 2002–03

A Regional Group:

  • Winners (5): 1952, 1989–90, 1990–91, 2008–09, 2009–10

Bulgarian Cup:

Crest, Shirt and Kit manufacturer[edit]

Crest history[edit]

Kits and manufacturers[edit]

From 1944 to 1990 team main color is red with white or blue. From 1990 to 2010 team main color is purple, but in the period between 2001 and 2007 they used white with red colors. From 2011 team first kit is dark red.

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
1990–1995 Germany Adidas Canel
1995–1997 Germany Puma
1997–1999 Bingbul
1999–2001 Germany Reusch
2001–2010 Flag of None.svg Unknown None
2010–2011 England Mitre
2011–2013 Italy Givova
2013–2015 Italy Sportika
2015–2017 Spain Joma
2017– Germany Uhlsport Efbet


Current squad[edit]

As of 11 August 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 Valentin Galev (captain)
2 Bulgaria DF Stoyan Predev
3 Bulgaria MF Daniel Georgiev
4 France DF Helton Dos Reis
5 Bulgaria DF Petar Genchev
6 Bulgaria DF Aleksandar Branekov
8 Bulgaria MF Boris Galchev
9 Bulgaria FW Martin Toshev
10 Bulgaria MF Asen Chandarov
11 Bulgaria MF Vladislav Romanov
12 Bulgaria GK Stiliyan Georgiev
13 Bulgaria DF Trayan Trayanov
14 Bulgaria MF Yanko Sandanski
No. Position Player
16 Bulgaria DF Vasil Dobrev
17 Bulgaria MF Dimitar Kostadinov
18 Bulgaria MF Antoni Ivanov
19 France FW Chris Gadi
20 Ghana MF Ishmael Baidoo
21 Bulgaria GK Yanko Georgiev
22 Bulgaria MF Georgi Stoichkov
23 Bulgaria DF Rumen Trifonov
24 Bulgaria DF Bogomil Dyakov
30 Bulgaria MF Aleksandar Bastunov
32 Bulgaria FW Vasil Kaloyanov
Bulgaria DF Ivan Stoyanov
For recent transfers, see Transfers summer 2017

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Bulgaria DF Mariyan Dimitrov (at Tsarsko Selo until 30 June 2018)
Bulgaria MF Ivan Tilev (at Tsarsko Selo until 31 December 2017)
No. Position Player
Bulgaria MF Zdravko Dimitrov (at Botev Vratsa until 30 June 2018)

Foreign players[edit]

Up to five non-EU nationals can be registered and given a squad number for the first team in the A PFG however only three can be used during a match day. 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.

EU Nationals

EU Nationals (Dual citizenship)

Non-EU Nationals

Club officials[edit]

Board of directors[edit]

Position Name Nationality
President Rumen Chandarov Bulgaria
Executive Director Georgi Markov Bulgaria
Sports Director Kristiyan Dobrev Bulgaria
Administrator Irina Gorolomova Bulgaria
Housekeeper Georgi Aleksandrov Bulgaria
Director of Youth Academy Vacant

Current technical body[edit]

Position Name Nationality
Head Coach Dimitar Vasev Bulgaria
Assistant Coach Hristo Arangelov Bulgaria
Assistant Coach Hristo Koilov Bulgaria
Goalkeeper Coach Vladimir Manolkov Bulgaria
Physical Coach Georgi Petrov Bulgaria
Physiotherapist Lyubomir Bulgaria
Physiotherapist Mircho Kraynov Bulgaria
U19 Coach Dimitar Stoilov Bulgaria
U17 Coach Hristian Voinov Bulgaria
U15 Coach Kiril Kirilov Bulgaria

Manager history[edit]

Dates Name Honours
1944–1946 Bulgaria Dimitar Dimitrov
1946 Czech Republic Milos Strujka
1947–1948 Bulgaria Hristo Nelkov
1948–1949 Bulgaria Anton Kuzmanov
1951–1953 Bulgaria Ivan Radoev
1953–1957 Bulgaria Atanas Dinev
1957–1959 Bulgaria Lozan Kotsev
1959–1961 Bulgaria Trendafil Stankov 99991 Bulgarian Cup
1961–1964 Bulgaria Sergy Yotsov
1964–1969 Bulgaria Stoyan Petrov
1969–1988 merged with CSKA Sofia
1988–1990 Bulgaria Alyosha Dimitrov
1990–1992 Bulgaria Angel Rangelov
1992–1993 Bulgaria Pavel Panov
1993–1994 Bulgaria Sergey Todorov
1994–1995 Bulgaria Stefan Grozdanov
Dates Name Honours
1995 Bulgaria Yordan Yordanov
1995–2000 Bulgaria Pavel Panov (2)
2000–2003 Bulgaria Bisser Hazday
2003–2005 Bulgaria Rumen Traykov
2006–2007 Bulgaria Rumen Stoyanov
2008 Bulgaria Ognyan Abadzhiev
2008–2009 Bulgaria Yordan Yordanov
2009–2010 Bulgaria Mihail Mihailov
2010–2013 Bulgaria Tsvetan Atanasov
2013–2015 Bulgaria Mihail Mihailov (2)
2015–2016 Bulgaria Nikolay Mitov
2016 Bulgaria Hristo Arangelov
2016–2017 Bulgaria Nikolay Mitov (2)
2017 Bulgaria Hristo Arangelov (2)
2017– Bulgaria Dimitar Vasev


  1. ^ "Дали да признаем титлите и медалите на АС-23, Шипка и Чавдар за успехи и на ЦСКА?". (in Bulgarian) 23 March 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Треньорът на Септември извади отбора в Банско, футболистите потрошиха съблекалнята". (in Bulgarian) 16 March 2008. Retrieved 22 March 2010. 
  3. ^ 2007-2008 Bulgarian League Standings (All Divisions) The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 22 March 2010.
  4. ^ 2008-2009 Bulgarian A OFG Sofia Standings (in Bulgarian) Retrieved 22 March 2010.
  5. ^ 2008-2009 Bulgarian A OFG Sofia Play-off Results (in Bulgarian) Retrieved 22 March 2010.
  7. ^ Пирин (Разлог) стана Септември (София)
  8. ^ Ники Митов изхвърли Берое
  10. ^ Шедьовър на Галчев прати Септември в елита
  12. ^ "Ще играем на Националния стадион", разясни Кристиян Добрев
  13. ^ Румен Чандъров: Взех Септември, защото е люпилня на млади таланти
  14. ^ Септември реши къде ще домакинства в Първа лига
  15. ^ "Септември" се завърна в елита със загуба от "Дунав"
  16. ^ Септември удари Пирин в Благоевград, Галчев герой
  17. ^ Корените на ФК Септември

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