FC Montana

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FC Montana
PFC Montana logo.png
Full name Football Club Montana
Founded 1921; 96 years ago (1921)
as SC Hristo Mihaylov
Ground Ogosta Stadium,
Montana, Bulgaria
Ground Capacity 8,000
Owner Montana Municipality
Chairman Rumen Panayotov
Head coach Ferario Spasov
League Second League
2016–17 First League, 13th (relegated)
Website Club website

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

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 90s with the help of some experienced and talented footballers, including the ex-captain of English Aston Villa and 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 nine seasons in the Bulgarian First League and 40 seasons in the lower Second League. They have also reached the Bulgarian Cup final once, in 2016.

Honours[edit]

A Group:

B Group:

Bulgarian Cup:

Bulgarian League Cup:

  • Silver medal icon.svg Runners-up (1): 1996

History[edit]

Stiliyan Petrov was raised in Montana's youth academy

PFC Montana was founded on 1921 under the name SC Hristo Mihaylov, after a union of a few sports clubs from the city. From 1957 to 1990 the sports club wears the name of FC Septemvriyska Slava. Since 1990, the club uses the name PFC Montana.

Until 2009, Montana has played three seasons in the top flight, between 1994 and 1997. Montana joined the division in 1994, and the same year the club finished thirteenth out of sixteen clubs in its first season. The same season, Montana reached the semi-final of the Bulgarian Cup. Montana's best season in the A PFG was in the 1995-96 season - 9th place. In this campaign, the team 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. In the 1996-97 season, Montana finished in the 15th place and was relegated to the second division. A part of the squad was then the talented seventeen-year-old Stiliyan Petrov, which was sold the same year to CSKA Sofia. 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. However, after a 7-year stay in the V AFG, the club finished in the 2nd position in the North-West V AFG, and Montana returned in the West B PFG for the upcoming 2004-05 season.

In 2008, the chairman of PFC Montana appointed Ivan Marinov as a manager of the club. The following year, with the financial support of the mayor of the city Zlatko Zhivkov, the club finished the season in the West B PFG in the first place and therefore Montana 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 the impressive 19 goals.

Recent seasons[edit]

Season Lvl Place W D L GF GA Pts Bulgarian Cup
2010–11 A Group (I) 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 4 3 25 24 66 15 Second round
2017–18 Second League (II)  –  –  –  –  –  –  – Second round
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 Bulgarian A Football Group Bulgarian B Football Group Bulgarian A Football Group Bulgarian B Football Group Bulgarian V AFG

Stadium[edit]

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. The record attendance at the stadium is 11,500 spectators and it was achieved at a game between CSKA Sofia and Montana. The stadium's name is derived from the river Ogosta, which passes nearby the town.

Current squad[edit]

As of 16 September 2017

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 Evgeni Aleksandrov
2 Bulgaria DF Mario Blagoev
3 Bulgaria DF Ivan Mihov (captain)
4 Bulgaria MF Daniel Vasev
5 Bulgaria DF Stefan Tsonkov
6 France DF Birahim Sarr
7 Bulgaria MF Borislav Baldzhiyski
8 Bulgaria MF Hristiyan Iliev
9 Bulgaria FW Atanas Iliev
10 Bulgaria FW Petar Atanasov
11 Bulgaria MF Aleksandar Manolov
No. Position Player
13 Bulgaria MF Yordan Yordanov
15 Bulgaria FW Aleksandar Veselinov
17 Bulgaria DF Todor Kolev
19 Bulgaria FW Miroslav Antonov
21 Bulgaria MF Vladimir Aytov
22 Bulgaria MF Sergey Georgiev
23 Bulgaria MF Daniel Georgiev
26 Bulgaria MF Borislav Damyanov
33 Bulgaria GK Ivaylo Vasilev
55 Bulgaria GK Yuliyan Veskov
77 Bulgaria MF Ivan Kokonov

For recent transfers, see Transfers summer 2017.

Foreign players[edit]

Up to one non-EU national can be registered and given a squad number for the first team in the Second League. Those non-EU national 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.

EU Nationals

EU Nationals (Dual citizenship)

Non-EU Nationals

Former managers[edit]

References[edit]

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  10. ^ "Явор Вълчинов е новият треньор на Монтана" (in Bulgarian). gong.bg. 14 June 2017. 
  11. ^ "Монтана остана без треньор" (in Bulgarian). gong.bg. 27 August 2017. 
  12. ^ "Монтана и Феро пак се събраха" (in Bulgarian). gong.bg. 28 August 2017. 

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