OFC Vihren Sandanski

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Vihren logo old.png
Full name OFC Vihren Sandanski
Nickname(s) The Gladiators
Founded May 24, 1925; 93 years ago (1925-05-24)
Ground Sandanski Stadium,
Ground Capacity 6,000
Manager Petar Zlatinov[1]
League South-West Third League
2017–18 South-West Third League, 3rd

OFC Vihren (Bulgarian: Вихрен Сандански) is a Bulgarian football club from the town of Sandanski, currently playing in the South-West Third League. Sandanski's home ground is the Sandanski Stadium in Sandanski with a capacity of 6,000. Vihren Sandanski's team colours are green and white.


Currently the team's home kit is green and the away kit is white. Various combinations of green and white have been used through the years, but green remains the basic colour of the team.


The club was founded on 24 May 1925. It has carried the names Ustrem, Gotse Delchev, Yane Sandanski and Cherveno zname throughout its history. Until the 2004/05 season, the team participated in either the second or the third Bulgarian division, but gained a promotion to the Bulgarian A PFG for the 2005/06 season. In the first year of A PFG, FC Vihren's owner decided to bring players from other country. His first signing was the ex-FC Porto player Jose Furtado. He was from the Portugal G.D. Tourizense for free. Brazilian player Serginio Dias, and Portuguese players Mauro Alexandre and Nuno Almeida were just a few players who signed for FC Vihren after Furtado. The team coach was named Petar Zhekov. Vihren finished season 2005/06 on 10th place in A PFG with 30 points. In season 2007-08, FC Vihren's owner Konstantin Dinev decided to bring Portuguese coach Rui Dias. With the club from Sandanski signed also eight Portuguese and two Brazilian players. But three months later, Rui Dias was discharged for poor results. Again the team finished on 10th place. Season 2008/09 started excellent with a 1-0 win against Bulgarian Vice-champion Levski Sofia. In the 4th round, the club defeated Lokomotiv Sofia. In January 2008,with Vihren signed notable Greek players Christos Maladenis and Dimitrios Zografakis. In the end of the season the team finished in 14th place and were relegated to B PFG.

League positions[edit]

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


Bulgarian A PFG:

Bulgarian Cup:

  • quarter finalist Cup of the Soviet Army: 1985/86

Current squad[edit]

As of 18 June 2018

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 Bozhidar Vasilev
Bulgaria GK Ivan Dimitrov
Bulgaria GK Georgi Stavrev
Bulgaria GK Stefano Kunchev
Bulgaria DF Blagoy Atanasov
Bulgaria DF Mario Vasilev
Bulgaria DF Stoyan Manolski
Bulgaria DF Valeri Georgiev
Bulgaria DF Radi Mihov
Bulgaria DF Iliyan Mitrev
Bulgaria DF Viktor Mitsakov
Bulgaria MF Svetoslav Savatov
No. Position Player
Bulgaria MF Blagovest Yakimov
Bulgaria MF Petar Dangov
Bulgaria MF Iliya Katalski
Bulgaria MF Ivaylo Samardzhiev
Bulgaria MF Vasil Zahariev
Bulgaria MF Georgi Vladimirov
Bulgaria MF Antonio Laskov
Bulgaria MF Nikola Mitsanski
Bulgaria MF Aleksandar Yakimov
Bulgaria MF Yanislav Tusondzhiev
Bulgaria FW Aleksandar Ruskov

Managerial history[edit]

This is a list of the last ten Vihren managers:

Name Nat From To
Kostadin Todorov Bulgaria January 2000 January 2001
Vasil Metodiev Bulgaria January 2001 June 2002
Yordan Bozdanski Bulgaria December 2002 May 2004
Petar Zhekov Bulgaria June 2004 May 2005
Petar Zhekov Bulgaria June 2005 May 2006
Dionysis Beslikas Greece June 2006 August 2006
Petar Zhekov Bulgaria August 2006 May 2007
Rui Dias Portugal June 2007 October 2007
Eduard Eranosyan Bulgaria October 2007 November 2007
Filip Filipov Bulgaria December 2007 incumbent

As of December 31, 2009.

Notable players[edit]

  • Bulgaria Vasil Metodiev
  • Bulgaria Vladimir Karakachiev
  • Bulgaria Todor Mechev
  • Bulgaria Krasimir Bakalov
  • Bulgaria Valentin Stankov
  • Bulgaria Atanas Manushev
  • Bulgaria Plamen Mitsanski
  • Bulgaria Emil Mitsanski
  • Bulgaria Hristo Zlatinov

Former foreign players[edit]

Brazil Brazil

Cape Verde Cape Verde

Croatia Croatia

  • Bruno Šiklić
  • Vedren Muratović

France France

Spain Spain

Greece Greece

Hungary Hungary

Republic of Macedonia Macedonia


Nigeria Nigeria

Portugal Portugal


Serbia Serbia

Uruguay Uruguay

Argentina Argentina

Venezuela Venezuela


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