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FC Montana
Full nameFootball Club Montana
Nickname(s)Славата (The Glory)
Founded20 March 1921; 102 years ago (1921-03-20)
as SC Hristo Mihaylov
GroundStadion Ogosta
OwnerMontana Municipality
ChairmanRumen Panayotov
Head coachNikolay Mitov
LeagueSecond League
2022–23Second League, 10th

FC Montana (Bulgarian: ФК Монтана) is a Bulgarian association football club based in Montana, which currently plays in the Second League, the second level of the Bulgarian football league system.

Montana plays its home matches at the Ogosta Stadium, which has a capacity of 8,000 spectators. The club's traditional colours are blue, white and red. After a prolonged period of absence, they were propelled back into professional football in the mid 1990s with the help of some experienced and talented footballers, including the ex-captain of Bulgarian international Stiliyan Petrov.

FC Montana was founded in 1921 when the few amateur sports clubs and organizations in the city decided to merge into one club. The new club was named SC Hristo Mihaylov after the Bulgarian communist party activist Hristo Popmihaylov, who was born in the town. Since then, Montana have spent a total of ten seasons in the Bulgarian First League and 43 seasons in the lower Second League. They have also reached the Bulgarian Cup final once, in 2016.



Stiliyan Petrov was raised in Montana's youth academy

Early years (1921–1957)[edit]

PFC Montana was founded in 1921 under the name SC Hristo Mihaylov, after a merger of a few sports clubs from the city. Until 1946, the most popular team was Botev 22. After 1944, many reforms in the club occurred. On 10 February 1946, Botev 22, along with Yunak and Spartak formed Physical Culture Company YBS 45 (Yunak-Botev-Spartak 45). On 20 March 1947, YBC 45 was united with Workers Physical Culture Company Avram Stoyanov, the turist branch Pustrina and the local horse-riding and moto-organisation, under the name of Hristo Mihaylov. During the autumn of 1949, many changes took place. The city began to form voluntary sports organizations on a departmental basis, the most famous of which is Septemvri, which from 1953 played their first three seasons in the B Group. In 1957 they merged into SFS Septemvriyska Slava.

Settle in the professional football (1958–1992)[edit]

From 1957 to 1990 the sports club bore the name of Septemvriyska Slava. Montana gained a promotion for the second time in the B Group in 1962, after which they finished in third position, which remained their best ranking for the 1960s and 1980s, during which they almost always finished in the middle of the table. Since 1990, the club has used the name PFC Montana 1921.

Becoming a Bulgarian top team (1993–1998)[edit]

During the 1994–1995 season the team reached the Bulgarian first division A group for the first time, where they finished in 13th place and remained in the division for three consecutive years. Montana reached the semi-final of the Bulgarian Cup. Montana's best season in the A PFG was in the 1995–1996 season, in which they took 9th place. In this campaign, the team was led by Anatoli Tonov, Todor Pramatarov, Rumen Panayotov and Angel Chervenkov. The club reached the final of the currently folded Bulgarian League Cup tournament, but was knocked out by Neftochimic Burgas. Stiliyan Petrov was a key player for the team and was spotted by CSKA Sofia and sold in 1996, aged 17 years old. He enjoyed a successful stay there and was eventually bought by Celtic FC in 1999. Montana had to get a percent of the transfer, but the money never went to the club's cash register. In the 1996–1997 season, Montana finished in 15th place and was relegated to the second division. They defeated the champions CSKA Sofia 3–1 in the last match. Otherwise, according to the fans, Boyan Gergov is Montana's most prominent figure, being the club's top goalscorer with a total of 157 goals in 364 matches. The following 1997–1998 season, after a financial collapse, Montana was relegated to the Bulgarian V AFG.

Return to the top flight (2004–2011)[edit]

After a seven-year stay in the V AFG, the club finished in second position in the North-West V AFG, and Montana returned to the West B PFG for the 2004–2005 season. In 2008, the chairman of PFC Montana appointed Ivan Marinov as manager. The following year, with the financial support of mayor Zlatko Zhivkov, the club finished the season in the West B PFG in the first place and therefore gained promotion to the top flight for the upcoming season. The same year, Montana's striker Ventsislav Ivanov became the top goalscorer of the division with 19 goals.

In the 2009–2010 season in the then "A" football group, Montana finished 11th and remained in the league for four consecutive seasons, before being relegated to the lower division in 15th place. They remained in the "B" group for two seasons before finishing first and being promoted to the first division.

First Bulgarian Cup Final, 100th anniversary (2015–)[edit]

Montana started the new 2015–2016 season with a 0–0 draw as guest to a strong-sided Beroe, then defeating Botev Plovdiv 6–0, with Ivan Minchev scoring a hattrick. The good matches continued as Montana finished 1–1 with the champion Ludogorets Razgrad. The same season Montana would go all the way to the Bulgarian Cup final, before losing 1–0 to CSKA Sofia in a match with above 33,300 attendance. However, Montana would later finish ninth in the "A" group and successfully defend its place in the relegation playoffs for the next season in the renamed First League. The season did not go well for Montana as they finished 13th and lost the relegation playoff against Septemvri Sofia in a close 2–1 match. In the 2018–2019 season Montana finished second and once again played in a promotion playoff against FC Vitosha Bistritsa, in which they lost 3–0.

However, in the next season, after three years of waiting for promotion, Montana finished third in the 2019–2020 season in the second tier, qualifying for playoffs. On 17 July, Montana defeated Dunav Ruse 4–1, and was finally promoted to the First League after the long wait. The team started the new season in the first tier with a 3–3 draw against Arda Kardzhali, then drew 0–0 with FC Tsarsko Selo away, before finally getting a 1–0 triumph against Etar Veliko Tarnovo.

Past seasons[edit]

Recent seasons[edit]

Season Lvl Place W D L GF GA Pts Bulgarian Cup
2009–10 A Group (I) 11 9 9 12 30 37 36 Second round
2010–11 A Group 10 8 8 14 30 46 32 Second round
2011–12 A Group 11 8 7 15 29 51 31 Second round
2012–13 A Group 15 4 4 22 27 57 16 Second round
2013–14 B Group (II) 4 12 8 6 36 24 44 Second round
2014–15 B Group 1 25 3 2 72 16 78 Second round
2015–16 A Group (I) 9 4 9 19 23 42 21 Runners-up
2016–17 First League (I) 13 5 4 26 29 66 19 Round of 16
2017–18 Second League (II) 4 17 5 8 50 20 56 Round of 16
2018–19 Second League 2 18 9 4 49 25 63 Round of 32
2019–20 Second League 3 13 3 5 40 17 42 Round of 32
Green marks a season followed by promotion, red a season followed by relegation.

League positions[edit]

Second Professional Football League (Bulgaria)First Professional Football League (Bulgaria)Second Professional Football League (Bulgaria)Bulgarian A Football GroupBulgarian A Football GroupBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian V AFGBulgarian A Football GroupBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian V AFGBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian V AFGBulgarian B Football Group


A view from the away ultras sector, taken in 2012

FC Montana's home ground is the Ogosta Stadium in Montana. The stadium was built in 1965, but the ground underwent a total reconstruction after 41 years, in 2006. It has approximately 8,000 seats, spread in two opposite stands, with pitch dimensions of 105×68 metres. Record attendance at the stadium is 11,500 spectators, achieved at a game between CSKA Sofia and Montana. The stadium's name is derived from the river Ogosta, which passes through the town.

Supporters and rivalries[edit]

One of the club's ultras group is known as Ogosta Boys.

Montana's rival is the neighbouring city club of Botev Vratsa, and both form the local Northwestern Derby.


Current squad[edit]

As of 1 August 2023[1]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
4 DF Bulgaria BUL Nikola Borisov
5 DF Bulgaria BUL Denis Dinev
6 MF Cameroon CMR Franck-Landry Essouma
7 MF Bulgaria BUL Ivelin Georgiev
8 MF Bulgaria BUL Petar Atanasov
9 FW Nigeria NGA Philip Ejike
10 DF Bulgaria BUL Aleksandar Todorov
11 FW Bulgaria BUL Borislav Damyanov
12 GK Bulgaria BUL Aleksey Andreev
14 DF Bulgaria BUL Dimitar Burov
15 DF Bulgaria BUL Bogdan Kostov
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 FW France FRA Lyvann Obissa
17 DF Bulgaria BUL Simeon Chatov
18 DF Bulgaria BUL Kostadin Iliev
19 FW Bulgaria BUL Vladislav Tsekov
20 FW France FRA Kevin Bemanga
21 FW Bulgaria BUL Rumen Georgiev
22 MF Bulgaria BUL Stefan Kamenov
23 DF Bulgaria BUL Anton Tungarov
24 MF Bulgaria BUL Emil Yanchev
30 GK Bulgaria BUL Vasil Simeonov

For recent transfers, see Transfers summer 2023 and Transfers winter 2023–24.

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. Pos. Nation Player

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 League; 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 five years.

Club officials[edit]

Board of directors[edit]

Position Name Nationality
President Rumen Panayotov Bulgaria
Administrative Director Pantaley Zakov Bulgaria

Current technical body[edit]

Position Name Nationality
Sporting director Atanas Dzhambazki Bulgaria
Director of Football Mihail Madanski Bulgaria
Head coach Angel Stoykov Bulgaria
Assistant coach Svetlan Kondev Bulgaria
Conditioning Coach Ivaylo Mladenov Bulgaria
Physiotherapist Petko Petkov Bulgaria
Physiotherapist Veselin Zahariev Bulgaria
Housekeeper Ivo Aleksandrov Bulgaria
Driver Ventsi Borisov Bulgaria

Former managers[edit]


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