SFC Etar Veliko Tarnovo

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SFC Etar Veliko Tarnovo
Ofc etar logo.png
Full name Sports Football Club
Etar Veliko Tarnovo
Nickname(s) The Boyars
Founded 17 July 2013; 4 years ago (2013-07-17)[1]
Ground Ivaylo Stadium
Ground Capacity 25,000
Chairman Georgi Kamarashev
Manager Krasimir Balakov
League First League
2016–17 Second League, 1st /promoted/
Website Club website

Etar (Bulgarian: Етър) is a Bulgarian sports football club based in Veliko Tarnovo, that plays in the Bulgarian First League, the top flight of Bulgarian football. The club's home ground has been Ivaylo Stadium since 2013.


Foundation and Amateur League (2013–2016)[edit]

The club was founded as OFC Etar Veliko Tarnovo in 2013[2] with the license of FC Botev Debelets.[3] In their first season they finished in 5th position in V Group.

In January 2016, Boncho Genchev became the new manager of the team which was in 3rd place at the halfway point in the season, only two points behind the 1st place team.[4] The selection included Lyubomir Genchev coming from A Group team PFC Montana, Stefan Hristov from Spartak Pleven and the leading goalscorer in the first part of 2015–16 season in B Group, Petar Dimitrov.[5] The team eventually won all its matches, winning the league and being promoted to B Group.[6]

Professional Football (2016–present)[edit]

On 9 June 2016 Etar were officially approved for the new 2nd division — Second League, with the club changing it's abbreviation to "SFC Etar". Ferario Spasov remains in his position as manager and with a good selection team made promotion to First League.[7] Etar were promoted as champions of the 2016–17 Second League, sealing their title on the final day of the season with a 2–2 away draw against Nesebar, coupled with Septemvri Sofia's 2–0 away defeat to Oborishte.[8][9]

On 4 January 2018 Krasimir Balakov was announced as the new manager in the club with Stanislav Genchev, Iliyan Kiryakov and Kaloyan Chakarov as first team coaches.[10]



Second League:

Northwestern Third League:

Nickname, shirt and colors[edit]

Their main nicknames are the Boyars and the Violets, the latter in reference to the colour of their home kit, which is often mistaken for purple.

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
2013–2016 Spain Joma Britos
2016–2017 None
2017– WinBet

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 March 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 Hristo Ivanov
4 Bulgaria DF Venelin Filipov
5 Bulgaria MF Georgi Sarmov (vice-captain)
6 Bulgaria DF Georgi Pashov
7 Bulgaria MF Ivan Valchanov
8 Bulgaria MF Rumen Rumenov
9 Bulgaria FW Ivan Petkov
10 Serbia DF Dušan Mladenović
11 Bulgaria MF Daniel Mladenov
12 Germany GK Denis Grgic
14 Bulgaria DF Ivan Skerlev
16 Bulgaria DF Plamen Galabov (on loan from CSKA Sofia)
17 Bulgaria MF Chavdar Ivaylov
No. Position Player
20 Bulgaria DF Yani Pehlivanov
21 Bulgaria DF Ventsislav Vasilev (third captain)
22 Bulgaria MF Nikola Kolev (on loan from CSKA Sofia)
23 Bulgaria MF Stefan Nedelchev
25 The Gambia MF Alasana Manneh (on loan from Barcelona B)
30 Bulgaria MF Dimo Atanasov
33 Bulgaria GK Tsvetomir Tsankov
70 Montenegro MF Veljko Batrović
73 Bulgaria FW Ivan Stoyanov (captain)
89 Senegal FW Alioune Badará
91 Bulgaria DF Kolyo Stanev
92 Bulgaria MF Erik Pochanski

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
24 Bulgaria DF Simeon Ivanov (at Lokomotiv GO until 30 June 2018)

Foreign players[edit]

Up to five non-EU nationals can be registered and given a squad number for the first team in the Bulgarian First Professional League however only three can be used in 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.

Past seasons[edit]

As of 3 November 2017

Season League Place W D L GF GA Pts Bulgarian Cup
2013–14 V AFG (III) 5 19 5 6 61 20 62 not qualified
2014–15 V AFG 2 19 5 2 68 19 62 not qualified
2015–16 V AFG 1 27 1 2 100 16 82 First round
2016–17 Second League (II) 1 17 10 3 52 27 61 First round
2017–18 First League (I) 12 4 6 10 17 30 18 Quarterfinals
Green marks a season followed by promotion, red a season followed by relegation.


Dates Name Honours
2013–2014 Bulgaria Sasho Angelov
2014–2015 Bulgaria Kaloyan Chakarov
2015–2016 Bulgaria Georgi Vasilev
2016 Bulgaria Boncho Genchev [nb 1]
2016 Bulgaria Iliyan Kiryakov (interim)
2016 Bulgaria Ferario Spasov 1 V Group title
2016 Bulgaria Georgi Vasilev
2017–2018 Bulgaria Stanislav Genchev 1 Second League title
2018– Bulgaria Krasimir Balakov
  1. ^ Genchev was appointed as chairman of the zonal council of BFU for Veliko Tarnovo and had to resign from his post as manager.


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