FC Septemvri Sofia

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Septemvri Sofia
Septemvri Sofia.png
Nickname(s) The Blue-Reds
The Septembrians
Founded November 5, 1944; 71 years ago (1944-11-05)
Ground Septemvri Stadium
Ground Capacity 25,000
Chairman Bulgaria Rumen Chandarov
Manager Bulgaria Nikolay Mitov
League South-Western V Group
2014–15 A OFG, 4th /promote/
Website Club home page

FC Septemvri (Bulgarian: ФК Септември) is a Bulgarian football club based in Sofia, who play in the South-Western V Group, the third level of Bulgarian football. Its home matches take place at Septemvri 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 Duptinsa. 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]

In 2015 Rumen Chandarov, owner of DIT Sport Academy, one of best bulgarian football academies in the last few years, announced that he is the new owner of Septemvri so the young players to have future in A team. 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.



Bulgarian A Group:

  • 5th place (1):

Bulgarian B Group:

  • Winners (3):

Bulgarian Cup:

Crest, shirt and mascot[edit]

From 2015 team first kit is red.

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
2015– Spain Joma None

Current squad[edit]

As of 28 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 Kristiyan Dyakov
2 Bulgaria DF Kristiyan Zdravkov
3 Bulgaria DF Stoyan Predev
4 Bulgaria DF Ronald Donev
5 Bulgaria DF Nikolay Nikolov (captain)
6 Bulgaria MF Mihael Kisyov
7 Bulgaria MF Petar Tonchev
8 Bulgaria DF Martin Dimitrov
9 Bulgaria FW Antonio Pavlov
10 Bulgaria FW Hristo Spasov
11 Bulgaria MF Domenik Avramov
12 Bulgaria GK Emil Petrov
No. Position Player
13 Bulgaria MF Asen Chandarov
14 Bulgaria MF Iliyan Garov
15 Bulgaria MF Anatoli Todorov
16 Bulgaria MF Dimitar Andonov
17 Bulgaria DF Kiril Brestovichki
18 Bulgaria MF Georgi Rusev
19 Bulgaria MF Kristiyan Petrov
20 Nigeria DF Sunny Ikhide
21 Bulgaria MF Atanas Ivanov
22 Bulgaria FW Dimitar Vodenicharov
23 Bulgaria FW Nikolay Ivanov
25 Bulgaria MF Nikolay Dyulgerov

Past seasons[edit]

Season League Place W D L GF GA Pts Bulgarian Cup
2009–10 A RFG (IV) 1 16 0 4 87 20 48 not qualified
2010–11 V AFG (III) 8 15 11 12 59 54 56 not qualified
2011–12 V AFG 13 12 8 16 38 49 44 not qualified
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) not qualified
Green marks a season followed by promotion, red a season followed by relegation.

Reserve team[edit]

The club's reserve team, Septemvri-2 Sofia, played in the tier four A RFG since 2015–16 season.

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

No. Position Player
No. Position Player

Past seasons[edit]

Season League Place W D L GF GA Pts
2015–16 A RFG (IV)
Green marks a season followed by promotion, red a season followed by relegation.


  1. ^ "Дали да признаем титлите и медалите на АС-23, Шипка и Чавдар за успехи и на ЦСКА?". (in Bulgarian) Sportal.bg. 23 March 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Треньорът на Септември извади отбора в Банско, футболистите потрошиха съблекалнята". (in Bulgarian) Sport1.bg. 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) Bulgarian-Football.com Retrieved 22 March 2010.
  5. ^ 2008-2009 Bulgarian A OFG Sofia Play-off Results (in Bulgarian) Bulgarian-Football.com Retrieved 22 March 2010.

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