FC Sportist Svoge

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Full name FC Sportist Svoge
Nickname(s) The chocolates
Founded 1924; 94 years ago (1924)
Ground Chavdar Tsvetkov,
Ground Capacity 3,500
Chairman Bulgaria Emil Ivanov
Manager Bulgaria Valeri Damyanov
League South–West Third League
2017–18 Sofia West A OFG, 1st (promoted)

FC Sportist Svoge (Bulgarian: ФК Спортист Своге) is a Bulgarian football club from the town of Svoge, which currently competes in the Third League, the third tier of Bulgarian football. The club was founded in 1924 and their home ground is the Chavdar Tsvetkov Stadium, which has a seating capacity of 3,500 spectators. The club's all-time success is the promotion to the Bulgarian A PFG in 2009.


Sportist Svoge was formed in 1924, as a sports club characterized by a blue and white check jersey. In 1949, after reorganization, the club was renamed to DSNM Svoge. In the years between 1952 and 1954, the sports club competes with the name of Minyor Svoge, and in the period between 1954 and 1957 carries the simple name FC Svoge. The club finally became known as Sportist Svoge in 1957, the name, which is known to date.

Until 2007, Sportist participated in either the third or the fourth amateurs divisions, but in 2006-07 the team were promoted for the first time to second division. In their first season in professional football, the club finished in 6th place. In 2008 manager Aleksandar Aleksandrov laid the foundations of a good team. The 2008-09 season in the domestic league was successful for the team, which finished 2nd, and managed to participate in the play-off for promotion in the Bulgarian A PFG. On June 17, 2009, Sportist surprisingly won the play-off against Naftex Burgas with a result of 6:4 in the penalty shoot-out and qualified for the A PFG for first time in the club's history.

On August 10, 2009, in the first match of the club in the top division of Bulgarian football, Sportist finished with a 1:1 draw against Slavia Sofia.[1] The first goal for the club in the A PFG scored Georgi Semerdzhiev. The first win came in the 5th round against Lokomotiv Plovdiv,[2] with 2:1 at the Chavdar Cvetkov Stadium. Sportist won just five games in their first A PFG campaign and were relegated at the end of the season.

League positions[edit]

Bulgarian V AFG Regional Amateur Football Groups (Bulgaria) Bulgarian V AFG Regional Amateur Football Groups (Bulgaria) Bulgarian B Football Group Bulgarian A Football Group Bulgarian B Football Group Bulgarian V AFG


Bulgarian A PFG:

  • 15th place in the "A" group: 2009/10

Bulgarian Cup:

  • 1/8 finalist 1950 and 2007/08


The club's home ground is the Chavdar Tsvetkov Stadium. It was opened in 1967.

Until 2007, the stadium was called Iskar. The same year, the stadium underwent serious renovation and its capacity was increased to 1,600 spectators and was renamed after the legendary striker of the club - Chavdar Tsvetkov. The stadium also has a parking lot with 120 parking spaces, including 10 for disabled people.

In 2009, the stadium's capacity was expanded to 3,500 spectators. The record attendance at the stadium is 3,250 spectators and was achieved at the game between Sportist and Levski Sofia on October 25, 2009.

Current squad[edit]

As of February 16, 2012 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 Dean Dimitrov
4 Bulgaria DF Tsvetomir Tomov
5 Bulgaria DF Petar Vasilev
6 Bulgaria DF Lachezar Mladenov (captain)
7 Bulgaria MF Dimitar Raychev
8 Bulgaria MF Hani Shiho
9 Brazil FW Christian Da Costa
10 Bulgaria MF Simeon Atanasov
11 Bulgaria MF Vladimir Vladimirov
13 Bulgaria DF Stoyan Todorov
14 Bulgaria MF Deyan Borisov
No. Position Player
18 Bulgaria MF Petar Lakov
19 Bulgaria FW Martin Stefanov
21 Bulgaria MF Andreas Vasev
23 Bulgaria MF Rumen Angelov
24 Bulgaria GK Nikolay Godzhev
30 Bulgaria DF Bogomil Bogomilov
32 Bulgaria DF Borislav Iliev
33 Bulgaria FW Boyan Gaytanov
77 Bulgaria MF Miroslav Todorov
90 Bulgaria FW Miroslav Budinov
99 Bulgaria DF Vasil Stefanov

Managerial history[edit]

This is a list of the last six Sportist Svoge managers:

Name Nat From To Honours
Ivan Atanasov Bulgaria June 2007 5 January 2008
Atanas Dzhambazki Bulgaria 5 January 2008 4 November 2008
Aleksandar Aleksandrov Bulgaria 5 November 2008 31 August 2009
Ivan Atanasov Bulgaria 31 August 2009 24 December 2009
Stoycho Stoev Bulgaria 24 December 2009 19 April 2010
Ivan Atanasov Bulgaria 19 April 2010 present

As of 19 April 2010


  1. ^ "Sportist against Slavia". Pfl.bg. Retrieved 2009-08-10. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Sportist against Lokomotiv Plovdiv". Pfl.bg. Retrieved 2009-09-12. [permanent dead link]

Hristo Iovov, 4avdar Cvetkov, La4ezar Mladenov, Miroslav Antonov, Stoi4o Mladenov, Aleksandar Stoianov, Simeon Atanasov,Deian Borisov,

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