PFC Balkan Botevgrad

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PFC Balkan Botevgrad
PFC Balkan Botevgrad logo.png
Full name PFC Balkan Botevgrad
Nickname(s) Forest Boys
Founded 1929; 87 years ago (1929)
Ground Hristo Botev Stadium (Botevgrad)
Ground Capacity 8 000
Chairman Tihomir Ninov
Manager Stoyan Kotsev
League South-West V AFG
Current season

PFC Balkan Botevgrad (Bulgarian: Балкан Ботевград) is a Bulgarian football club, playing in the city of Botevgrad. The stadium of the club is "Hristo Botev" in Botevgrad with capacity of 8,000 people.


The club was established in 1929 with the name "Stamen Panchev". In 1945 the club was renamed "Hristo Gurbov". Since 1947 the name is "Balkan". The main kit-colours of the team are green and white. In his history the club participated in either the second or the third Bulgarian division. Currently the team is playing in Bulgarian B Professional Football Group. From 2005, the chairman of the club is Tihomir Ninov. In 2007/2008 season Balkan finished 2nd in the Bulgarian South-West V AFG, but won promotion, because of the changes from the 2008/2009 season in Bulgaria's West and East B Groups. From 2008, the chief executive is the famous Bulgarian footballer Marian Hristov. The club qualified at the 1/8 finals of the Bulgarian Cup 2008-09 after defeating PFC Belite orli Pleven with 2:0 and beating PFC Lokomotiv Mezdra with 1:0 to make it to the 1/8 finals of the competition. Unfortunately, "Balkan" was eliminated by CSKA Sofia after a score of 5:0.

Best seasons[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of September 2008 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 Nikolay Nikolov
2 Bulgaria DF Nikolay Stoyanov
3 Bulgaria DF Boyan Georgiev
4 Bulgaria DF Cvetko Ivanov
5 Bulgaria MF Aleksey Stepanov
6 Bulgaria MF Dimcho Razhdev
7 Bulgaria MF Cvetomir Ralkov
8 Bulgaria FW Dimitar Krastev
9 Bulgaria FW Ivan Redovski
10 Bulgaria MF Krastyo Ivanov
11 Bulgaria DF Hristo Arangelov
No. Position Player
12 Bulgaria GK Martin Mitev
13 Bulgaria DF Yonko Peykov
14 Bulgaria MF Emil Shalamanov
15 Bulgaria MF Marian Hristov
16 Bulgaria MF Zdravko Atanasov
17 Bulgaria MF Svetoslav Katsarov
18 Bulgaria FW Georgi Ivanov
19 Bulgaria FW Stoyan Bonovski
20 Bulgaria MF Ivaylo Stoimenov
21 Bulgaria MF Kiril Krastev
22 Bulgaria DF Grigor Stoychevski

See also[edit]