FC Spartak Plovdiv

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Spartak Plovdiv
Full name Football Club Spartak Plovdiv
Nickname(s) Gladiatorite (The Gladiators)
Founded 15 November 1947; 69 years ago (1947-11-15)
Dissolved 10 August 2016; 8 months ago (2016-08-10)
Ground Todor Diev Stadium,
Ground Capacity 3,500
Chairman Georgi Kolev
Manager Manol Georgiev
League South-Eastern V Group
2014–15 South-Eastern V Group, 13th

FC Spartak Plovdiv (ФК Спартак Пловдив) are a Bulgarian football club based in Plovdiv, who play in the South-Eastern V Group, the third level of Bulgarian football. Spartak currently plays its home matches at the 3,000-seat Todor Diev Stadium in the Kichuk Parizh district of Plovdiv. The stadium is named after the club's all-time greatest player Todor Diev.


The team that won the 1963 championship

Spartak was founded on 15 November 1947, after being evolved from three earlier Plovdiv clubs - Levski, Septemvri and Udarnik. The club is a reference to the Roman slave hero Spartacus. This reference also explains the club's nickname - The Gladiators (Bulgarian: Гладиаторите). The first team colours of the club were chosen the same year, and soon Spartak was characterized by a blue, red and white check jersey.

The 1950s and 1960s were Spartak's golden age, spending that time in the A PFG. The club has been once champions of Bulgaria (in 1963), coming second the previous year, and Bulgarian Cup winners (in 1958).

The club participated in the European Cup competition for the first time in 1963-64 vs KF Partizani Tirana (0:1, 3:1) and vs PSV (0:1, 0:0). Second continental participation was in Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1966-67 vs S.L. Benfica (1:1, 0:3). In 1964 Spartak reached the Balkans Cup final, losing to FC Rapid Bucureşti after two legs - 1:1 at home and 0:2 away.

In 1967 Spartak was merged with SSK Akademik and Botev Plovdiv into a new club - AFD Trakia. An independent Spartak did not re-emerge until 1982. The club spent the period from 1982 to 1994 in the second and third divisions. In the 1993-94 season Spartak finished 2nd in B PFG, and qualified again for the A PFG, after 27 years break. But two seasons later, the team relegated again to B PFG. The club merged in 1998 with Komatevo Sokol`94 and were renamed Spartak-S`94. This remained club's official name till the 2001-02 season.



A Group

  • Winners (1): 1963
  • Runners-up (1): 1962

Bulgarian Cup


Balkans Cup

  • Runners-up (1): 1964

European record[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1963-64 European Cup Preliminary round Albania Albania FK Partizani Tirana 3-1 0-1 3-2
First round Netherlands Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 0-1 0-0 0-1
1966-67 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Second round Portugal Portugal S.L. Benfica 1-1 0-3 1-4

Last squad[edit]

As of 9 August 2016 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Bulgaria GK Georgi Geshev
Bulgaria GK Petar Nachev
Bulgaria GK Radoslav Tantikov
Bulgaria DF Kristiyan Kumbarov
Bulgaria DF Aleksandar Drashkov
Bulgaria DF Boris Biserov
Bulgaria DF Iliya Petrov
Bulgaria DF Kostadin Bekyarov
Bulgaria DF Miroslav Nedyalkov
Bulgaria DF Nikolay Hristozov
Bulgaria DF Radoslav Doshkov
Bulgaria MF Aleksandar Dakov
No. Position Player
Bulgaria MF Valentin Todorov
Armenia MF Vahe Mirakyan
Bulgaria MF Veselin Otman
Bulgaria MF Diyan Atanasov
Bulgaria MF Lachezar Yakaliev
Bulgaria MF Mihael Parchev
Bulgaria MF Ivelin Monev
Bulgaria FW Atanas Paskalev
Bulgaria FW Boris Georgiev
Bulgaria FW Ivan Dzhogolov
Bulgaria FW Petko Fanev
Bulgaria FW Georgi Savatinov

Notable players[edit]

  • Todor Diev
  • Dimitar Vasilev
  • Dimitar Dimov
  • Ivan Manolov
  • Mihail Dushev
  • Hristo Dishkov
  • Tobiah Momin
  • Georgi Barbov
  • Dimitar Hubinov
  • Lyubomir Burnarski

Kit manufacturers[edit]

External links[edit]