FC Tsarsko Selo Sofia

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Tsarsko Selo
Full name Football Club Tsarsko Selo
Nickname(s) Царете (The Kings)
Founded 1 July 2015; 3 years ago (2015-07-01)
Ground Tsarsko Selo Sports Complex,
Dragalevtsi, Sofia
Capacity 2,000
Chairman Stoyne Manolov
Head coach Nikola Spasov
League Second League
2017–18 Second League, 3rd

Tsarsko Selo (Bulgarian: Царско Село) is a Bulgarian association football club, which currently competes in Bulgaria's second professional division, the Second League. Tsarsko Selo play their home matches at their Tsarsko Selo Sports Complex in the Dragalevtsi quarter of Sofia.

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2015–2016: Foundation[edit]

In the summer of 2015, the previous chairman of CSKA Sofia Stoyne Manolov established a new academy called Football Academy Tsarsko Selo, with a focus on scouting and developing youth football players born in 2002 to 2010.[1] The club was initially registered and a subsequent men's team in the A RFG Sofia South was established, with former long-time CSKA Sofia captain Todor Yanchev appointed as manager.[2] On November 12, 2015 Manolov announced an academy partnership with Spanish La Liga club Málaga CF.[3] In the end of December 2015, Todor Yanchev took over Sofia 2010, which was bought by Manolov and was merged with Tsarsko Selo to establish a new club called Tsarsko Selo Sofia.[4][5]

2016–present: Professional debut[edit]

On 28 July 2016 the team was accepted in the newly created Bulgarian Second Professional League.[6] They finished their first match against Botev Galabovo with a draw.[7] In their first match for the Bulgarian Cup they played against Levski Sofia. The match was played on 22 September 2016 at the Lokomotiv Stadium in Sofia and was won by Levski by 2-0.[8] After 2 heavy defeats, Yanchev stepped down from his position as a manager and on 29 October 2016, previous Cherno More Varna head coach Nikola Spasov was announced as the new manager of the team.[9] The team finished their first season in Second League in 5th place.[10]

The good start of the season for Tsarsko Selo was marked not only by the first place in the league after 8 rounds, but with their first win for the cup winning the first round against Neftochimic Burgas on 19 September 2017. [11] On 3 January 2018 Nikola Spasov was announced as the new manager of the Kazakhstan Premier League team Kyzylzhar.[12] Shortly the same day Veselin Velikov was announced as the new manager of the club.[13] On 8 May 2018 Velislav Vutsov was announced as the new head coach of the team with Velikov becoming a selectionist. [14]

Shirt and sponsor[edit]

Tsarsko Selo's main kit was initially red and white and the away kits were black and red. From 2016, the main kit has been all-red, while the reserve ones are all-white. In 2017 team main kit was changed to pink.

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
2015–2017 Spain Joma None
2017– United States Nike


First-team squad[edit]

As of 25 July 2018

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 Katsarev
2 Bulgaria DF Ivaylo Markov (on loan from Cherno More)
3 Bulgaria DF Stoycho Papazov
4 Bulgaria DF Plamen Tenev
5 Serbia DF Marko Prljević
6 Bulgaria MF Antonio Georgiev
7 Bulgaria DF Kristiyan Dimitrov
8 Bulgaria MF Nikolay Dyulgerov
9 Bulgaria FW Petar Ivanov
10 Bulgaria FW Georgi Minchev (on loan from CSKA Sofia)
11 Bulgaria MF Kitan Vasilev (on loan from Slavia Sofia)
No. Position Player
12 Bulgaria GK Rosen Andonov
13 Bulgaria FW Vasil Kaloyanov
14 Bulgaria DF Veselin Minev
17 Bulgaria MF Reyan Daskalov (on loan from CSKA Sofia)
21 Bulgaria MF Emanuil Manev
22 Bulgaria MF Vladimir Semerdzhiev (on loan from Slavia Sofia)
26 Bulgaria DF Georgi Hashev
30 Bulgaria FW Simeon Ganchev (captain)
44 Bulgaria FW Bozhidar Katsarov
89 Bulgaria MF Iliyan Yordanov
Bulgaria MF Pavel Petkov

For recent transfers, see Transfers summer 2018.

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
No. Position Player

Foreign players[edit]

Only one non-EU nationals can be registered and given a squad number for the first team in the Second League. 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 Emil Enev Bulgaria
Executive Director Emil Enev Bulgaria
Sports Director Ivo Andreevski Bulgaria
Director of Youth Academy Ivaylo Kotev

Current technical body[edit]

Position Name Nationality
Manager Nikola Spasov Bulgaria
Assistant Coach Aleksandar Mladenov Bulgaria
Assistant Coach Viktor Dimitrov Bulgaria
Assistant Coach Krasimir Punchev Bulgaria
Goalkeeper Coach Miroslav Mitev Bulgaria
Physiotherapist Viktor Valchanov Bulgaria
Doctor Georgi Iliev Bulgaria
U19 Coach Kemal Rashidov Bulgaria

Manager history[edit]

Dates Name Honours
2015 Bulgaria Todor Yanchev
2016 Bulgaria Kemal Rashidov
2016 Bulgaria Todor Yanchev
2016–2018 Bulgaria Nikola Spasov
2018– Bulgaria Veselin Velikov

Goalscoring and appearance records[edit]

As of 11 March 2018

Most appearances for the club in the professional leagues

Rank Name Career Appearances
1 Nigeria Salas Okechukwu 2016– 40
2 Bulgaria Reyan Daskalov 2016– 36
3 Bulgaria Bozhidar Katsarov 2017– 30
Bulgaria Pavel Petkov 2017– 30
5 Bulgaria Filip Dimitrov 2017– 29
6 Bulgaria Svetoslav Dikov 2017– 28
7 Bulgaria Georgi Hashev 2017– 26
8 Bulgaria Krasimir Iliev 2017–2018 25
9 Bulgaria Martin Dimov 2017– 24
Bulgaria Georgi Minchev 2016– 24

Most goals for the club in the professional leagues

Rank Name Career Goals
1 Bulgaria Svetoslav Dikov 2017–2018 33
2 Bulgaria Pavel Petkov 2017– 17
3 Bulgaria Simeon Ganchev 2016– 13
4 Bulgaria Georgi Minchev 2017– 8
5 Bulgaria Bozhidar Katsarov 2017– 7
6 Bulgaria Georgi Korudzhiev 2016– 5
7 Nigeria Salas Okechukwu 2016– 4
8 Bulgaria Radoy Bozhilov 2016–2017 3
9 Bulgaria Evgeny Zyumbyulev 2016–2017 2
France Yassine Amrioui 2017 2

Past seasons[edit]

Season League Place W D L GF GA Pts Bulgarian Cup
2015–16 A RFG (IV) 2nd 20 1 5 92 21 61 not qualified
2016–17 Second League (II) 5th 14 6 10 54 39 48 First Round
2017–18 Second League 3rd 19 6 5 56 28 63 Second Round
Green marks a season followed by promotion, red a season followed by relegation.


  1. ^ Академия "Царско село" набира деца
  2. ^ Бивш капитан на ЦСКА поема академия "Царско село"
  3. ^ Стойне Манолов: Царско село ще си партнира с Малага
  4. ^ Тодор Янчев поема отбор от Югозападната В група
  5. ^ "Стойне Манолов: Българският футбол няма бъдеще без ЦСКА". Focus-sport.net. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  6. ^ "Царско село" и "Левски" (Карлово) допълниха състава на Втора лига
  7. ^ Царско село с равенство в дебюта си във Втора лига
  8. ^ Левски на осминафинал след феноменален гол
  9. ^ Никола Спасов пое отбор от Втора лига
  10. ^ Голеада на Царско село
  11. ^ Царско село продължава напред за Купата на България
  12. ^ Бивш президент на Астана посрещна Никола Спасов в Казахстан
  13. ^ Веселин Великов е новият треньор на Царско село
  14. ^ Вили Вуцов се завърна в родния футбол

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