SFC Etar Veliko Tarnovo

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SFC Etar Veliko Tarnovo
Ofc etar logo.png
Full nameSports Football Club
Etar Veliko Tarnovo
Nickname(s)The Bolyars
Founded17 July 2013; 5 years ago (2013-07-17)[1]
GroundIvaylo Stadium
ChairmanGeorgi Kamarashev
ManagerKrasimir Balakov
LeagueFirst League
2017–18First League, 11th
WebsiteClub 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 its 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:

Bulgarian Cup:

Nickname, shirt and colors[edit]

Their main nicknames are the Bolyars 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 8 September 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
3 Estonia DF Artjom Artjunin
5 Bulgaria MF Georgi Sarmov (vice-captain)
7 Bulgaria FW Milcho Angelov
8 Bulgaria MF Rumen Rumenov
9 Bulgaria FW Ivan Petkov
10 Montenegro MF Veljko Batrović
11 Bulgaria MF Daniel Mladenov
12 Bulgaria GK Tsvetomir Tsankov
13 Bulgaria GK Anatoli Gospodinov
14 Bulgaria DF Ivan Skerlev
15 Bulgaria MF Aleksandar Georgiev (on loan from CSKA Sofia)
No. Position Player
16 Bulgaria DF Plamen Galabov (on loan from CSKA Sofia)
17 The Gambia MF Alasana Manneh (on loan from Barcelona B)
20 Bulgaria DF Yani Pehlivanov
21 Bulgaria DF Ventsislav Vasilev (third captain)
22 Bulgaria MF Nikola Kolev (on loan from CSKA Sofia)
25 Bulgaria DF Krum Stoyanov
30 Bulgaria MF Iliya Dzhamov
70 Bulgaria DF Kolyo Stanev
73 Bulgaria FW Ivan Stoyanov (captain)
84 Bulgaria DF Zdravko Iliev
88 Albania FW Flo Bojaj
92 Bulgaria MF Erik Pochanski

For recent transfers, see Transfers summer 2018 and Transfers winter 2018–19.

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]

First Professional Football LeagueSecond Professional Football LeagueBulgarian V AFG

As of 21 May 2018

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) 11 10 10 16 38 54 40 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.


  1. ^ "Учредяват новия Етър!". football24.bg. Archived from the original on 2018-01-10.
  2. ^ Новият „Етър В. Търново” е вече факт!
  3. ^ "Етър Велико Търново започва на чисто във В група". gong.bg. Archived from the original on 2013-06-28.
  4. ^ Бончо Генчев: Ще върнем Етър в професионалния футбол
  5. ^ Етър хвърли трансферна бомба – привлече голмайстора на "Б" група
  6. ^ Етър се завърна в професионалния футбол пред хиляди боляри на стадион „Ивайло”
  7. ^ Официaлнo: “Етъp” във Втopa лигa
  8. ^ "Nesebar vs. Etar 2–2". soccerway.com. 27 May 2017.
  9. ^ „Етър” влезе в елита!
  10. ^ Революция в Търново: Балъков е новият мениджър на Етър, Генчев остава, Деко е аут

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