FC Velbazhd Kyustendil

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Full name Football Club Velbazhd Kyustendil
Founded 1919; 98 years ago (1919)
Ground Osogovo Stadium
Ground Capacity 13,000
Chairman Iliyan Hadzhiyski
Manager Vacant
League A RFG Kyustendil
2016–17 South-West Third League, 17th (relegated)

F.C. Velbazhd (Bulgarian: ФК Велбъжд) is a Bulgarian association football club based in Kyustendil. The club currently competes in the A RFG Kyustendil.

The club was founded in 1919. Velbazhd have spent the majority of their playing history between the second and third tiers of the Bulgarian football league system. They won first promotion to the A Group in 1954, and have played a total of 7 seasons in the top flight, with a longest continuous spell of six seasons (1995–2001). This is generally seen as the club's most successful period. Velbazhd finished third in A Group in 1999, 2000 and 2001, competed in the Intertoto Cup in the 2000–01 season, and reached the Bulgarian Cup final in 2001.


Plamen Petrov is the all-time record appearance holder at the club in the A Group

Velbazhd was formed in 1919, though the club changed its name in the following year to Sport Club Motsion. In 1928 they changed their name to Sport Club Borislav. From 1940 to 1945 the club is called Pautalia. After the World War II they changed their name to Cherveno zname. In 1956 the club was renamed to Levski. In 1970 the club returned to its original name Velbаzhd, but from 1990 to 1999 again called Levski.

In 1953 they were promoted to Bulgarian football's top division for the first time in their history. The 1954 season saw Velbazhd make their first appearance in the top flight of Bulgarian football. This first season was less successful and they were relegated back to the B PFG, finishing on 12th place.

In 1994–95 season Velbazhd won their second promotion to A PFG. In 1998–99 season they finished 3rd, their highest ever league finish. In the following season Velbazhd also finished 3rd. The club's forward Mihail Mihaylov became A PFG top scorer with 20 goals.

In 2001 Velbazhd reached the Bulgarian Cup Final for the first time, beating Marek Dupnitsa, Metalurg Pernik, Spartak Pleven and Lokomotiv Sofia for a place in the final. However, they lost the final 1–0 to Litex Lovech.



Bulgarian A Group:

Bulgarian Cup:

  • Runners-up (1): 2001

European Record[edit]

Season Tournament Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2000 Intertoto Cup 1 Republic of Ireland UCD 0-0 3-3 3-3 (away goals rule)
2 Czech Republic SK Sigma Olomouc 2-0 0-8 2-8

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 September 2015 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 Kiril Kirilov (captain)
3 Bulgaria DF Ivo Velinov
4 Bulgaria DF Antonio Stilyanov
6 Bulgaria DF Boyan Stoynev
8 Bulgaria FW Denis Sharankov
9 Bulgaria MF Aleksandar Dimitrov
10 Bulgaria MF Atanas Penkov
11 Bulgaria MF Yordan Yovchev
13 Bulgaria FW Dimitar Barbulov
No. Position Player
14 Bulgaria MF Aleksandar Handzhiyski
15 Bulgaria DF Nikolay Nakov
16 Bulgaria DF Emil Stoyanov
17 Bulgaria MF Martin Kaleov
21 Bulgaria MF Lyuboslav Aleksandrov
22 Bulgaria MF Kostadin Kukov
24 Bulgaria MF Denis Nechemski
46 Bulgaria GK Radoslav Dimitrov

Notable former players[edit]

The following is a list of notable footballers who have played for Velbazhd, with over 60 appearances, over 30 goals or having received recognition by their country in the form of international caps while playing for the club.

Note: For a complete list of Velbazhd Kyustendil players, see Category:PFC Velbazhd Kyustendil players.