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FC Vereya
Vereya logo.png
Full name Professional Football Club Vereya Stara Zagora
Founded July 15, 2001; 16 years ago (2001-07-15)
Ground Trace Arena, Stara Zagora
Ground Capacity 3,500
Owner Galin Mihaylov
Chairman Hristiyan Parvanov
Head coach Ilian Iliev
League First League
2016–17 First League, 7th
Website Club website

Vereya (Bulgarian: Верея) is a Bulgarian association football club based in Stara Zagora. They currently compete in the First League, the top division of Bulgarian football.


Foundation and beginning[edit]

The club was founded in 2001 by a founding board led by Hristiyan Parvanov, Galin Mihaylov, Slavcho Tanev, Tonko Totev and Dimo Hristov. Until 2005/06 season is playing in Regional groups until the promote in V AFG under the name FC Vereya-Arsenal after merger with Arsenal Kazanlak, but after season 2006/07 Vereya-Arsenal become Arsenal Kazanlak and the 2nd team Vereya Bulsatkom moved to Stara Zagora again and was registered as FC Vereya. They won A RFG 3 times in next 5 season, getting the promotion in 2011–12 season.

Trace Group ownership (2012–present)[edit]

In 2012, Bulgarian construction company Trace Group started investing in the club and a new stadium project Trace Arena was presented. On May 21, 2014 the club won the Cup of Bulgarian Amateur Football League after defeating Minyor Pernik 2–0 in the final.[1] During the same season Vereya finished 3rd in the V Group and secured promotion to the higher-ranked professional football league, the B Group.

In 2016, the club submitted an application for the newly restructured Bulgarian First League. On June 1, 2016, one of the new signings of the club for the upcoming season, the Brazilian Elias Alves da Silva, announced that he joined the club, as it would compete in the top league of Bulgaria, long before an official statement was given by the BFU officials on the number of the teams competing in the new league, thus sparking controversy.[2]

On June 7, 2016, Vereya, alongside five other B Group outfits, were approved by the Bulgarian Football Union and were promoted to compete in the upcoming 2016-17 Bulgarian First League.


Season to season[edit]

Season Tier Division Place Bulgarian Cup
2001–02 4 A RFG N/A Did Not Play
2002–03 4 A RFG N/A DNP
2003–04 4 A RFG N/A DNP
2004–05 4 A RFG N/A DNP
2005–06 4 A RFG 1st ↑ DNP
2006–07 3 V AFG 7th ↓ DNP
Season Tier Division Place Bulgarian Cup
2007–08 4 A RFG 4th DNP
2008–09 4 A RFG 1st DNP
2009–10 4 A RFG 2nd DNP
2010–11 4 A RFG 1st DNP
2011–12 4 A RFG 1st ↑ Second round
2012–13 3 V AFG 5th DNP
Season Tier Division Place Bulgarian Cup
2013–14 3 V AFG 3rd ↑ DNP
2014–15 2 B PFG 11th First round
2015–16 2 B PFG 8th ↑ First round
2016–17 1 First League 7th Semifinals
2017–18 1 First League  — First round

Shirt and sponsors[edit]

Vereya main colors are blue and white.

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
2006–2012 Flag of None.svg Unknown Bulsatcom / Trace Group
2012–2014 Bulgaria Tomy Sport Trace Group
2014–2016 United States Nike
2016– Italy Erreà


Current squad[edit]

As of 19 October 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 Plamen Kolev
4 Tunisia DF Selim Ben Djemia
5 Bulgaria DF Iliya Munin
6 Bulgaria DF Ivo Ivanov
7 Bulgaria FW Georgi Andonov
8 Guinea MF Ousmane Baldé
9 Algeria FW Mehdi Fennouche
10 Brazil MF Elias (captain)
11 Bulgaria MF Iliyan Yordanov
12 Bulgaria GK Georgi Stavrev
14 Kazakhstan MF Yerkebulan Nurgaliyev
15 Bulgaria DF Kostadin Slaev
16 Bulgaria MF Petar Vitanov
17 Bulgaria FW Valeri Domovchiyski
No. Position Player
18 Bulgaria MF Yanislav Ivanov
19 Bulgaria MF Atanas Panov
20 Bulgaria MF Ventsislav Bengyuzov
21 Bulgaria DF Zdravko Iliev
24 Saudi Arabia DF Hussein Sulaimani
26 France MF Salim Kerkar
29 Bulgaria FW Ismail Isa
33 Bulgaria DF Miroslav Enchev
77 Spain MF David González
87 Bulgaria MF Milen Tanev
89 Bulgaria MF Emre Emin
96 Bulgaria GK Georgi Argilashki
Bulgaria DF Mihail Dimitrov

For recent transfers, see Transfers summer 2017 and Transfers winter 2017–18.

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

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

  • Spain David González

EU Nationals (Dual citizenship)

Non-EU Nationals

Notable players[edit]

Had international caps for their respective countries, or held any club record. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Vereya.

Club officials[edit]

Current technical body[edit]

Position Name Nationality
Head Coach Ilian Iliev Bulgaria
Assistant Coach Petar Kostadinov Bulgaria
Goalkeeper Coach Boyan Peykov Bulgaria


Zhivko Zhelev was appointed Vereya playing head coach in March 2015
Dates Name Honours
2001–11 Unknown
2011–13 Bulgaria Kolyo Hristov
2013–14 Bulgaria Petar Kostadinov 99991 Amateur Cup title
1 Promote to B Group
2014 Bulgaria Krasimir Manolov
2014 Bulgaria Gospodin Mirchev
2014–15 Bulgaria Radostin Kishishev
2015–16 Bulgaria Zhivko Zhelev
Bulgaria Vladislav Yanush
2016–2017 Bulgaria Aleksandar Tomash
2017– Bulgaria Ilian Iliev

Vereya II[edit]

Vereya II
Founded July 1, 2012; 5 years ago (2012-07-01)
Ground Trace Arena, Stara Zagora
Ground Capacity 1,714
Chairman Hristiyan Parvanov
Head coach Daniel Zhelyazkov
League South-East Third League
2016–17 South-East Third League, 11th

The club's reserve team, Vereya Stara Zagora II, played in the tier four A RFG in 2015–16, where it finished on 2nd place and won the playoff against Arda Kardzhali and is playing in South-East Third League in 2016–17 season.


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 Aleksandar Tonchev
Bulgaria GK Asen Zhelev
Bulgaria GK Dani Alwin
Bulgaria DF Tsvetan Chahov
Bulgaria DF Vasil Botev
Bulgaria DF Neyko Neykov
Bulgaria DF Hristian Parvanov (captain)
Bulgaria DF Tanimir Petrov
Bulgaria DF Ivo Monev
Bulgaria DF Maxim Zmeev
Bulgaria MF Emre Emin
No. Position Player
Bulgaria MF Aleksandar Todorov
Bulgaria MF Ventsislav Ivanov
Bulgaria MF Stanimir Spasov
Kazakhstan MF Midat Galbaev
Bulgaria MF Evgeni Minev
Bulgaria MF Nikola Mirenski
Bulgaria MF Kolyo Chahov
Bulgaria MF Aleksandar Manolov
Bulgaria FW Nikolay Stoichkov
Bulgaria FW Angel Kostov

Past seasons[edit]

Season League Place W D L GF GA Pts
2012–13 A RFG (IV) 6 18 5 11 75 49 59
2013–14 A RFG 9 10 2 11 39 46 32
2014–15 A RFG 3 17 0 5 79 21 51
2015–16 A RFG 2 19 1 4 67 24 58
2016–17 Third League (III) 11 12 5 17 66 76 41
2017–18 Third League  –  –  –  –  –  –  –
Green marks a season followed by promotion, red a season followed by relegation.


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