PFC Slavia Sofia

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Slavia Sofia
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Full name Professional football club Slavia Sofia
Nickname(s) The Whites
The White avalanche
Founded 10 April 1913; 102 years ago (1913-04-10)
Ground Ovcha Kupel Stadium,
Ground Capacity 25,556
Chairman Bulgaria Ventsеslav Stefanov
Manager Bulgaria Ivan Kolev
League A Group
2014–15 A Group, 9th
Website Club home page

PFC Slavia Sofia (Bulgarian: ПФК Славия София) is a Bulgarian football club founded on 10 April 1913 in Sofia. Slavia's ground is Ovcha Kupel Stadium with a capacity of 25,556. The team's colours are white and black.

The club has won the Bulgarian Championship 7 times and the Bulgarian Cup 7 times. It has also come second in the championship ten times and reached the cup final 3 more times.

Among the team's international successes are a Cup Winners' Cup semifinal in 1967 and a quarterfinal in 1981, as well as two consecutive Balkans Cup trophies (1986 and 1988).


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On April 10, 1913, a group of young people living near a Russian Monument in Sofia and representatives of the local capital clubs Botev and Razvitie, in a coffee-house – Alabin str. in Sofia, decided to establish an incorporated sport club – the first organized sport club in Sofia.[1] The new incorporated club has named Slavia. Dimitar Blagoev – Palio, a 21-year-old student, was elected as the first president of the club. As members of the first club administrative council were elected Emanuil Geshev, Ferdinand Mihaylov, Tsvyatko Velichkov, Georgi Grigorov and Todor Kalkandzhiev.

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A few days later, was elected the first football team of the club - Stefan Lalov, Ilia Georgiev, Emanuil Geshev, Todor Kalkandzhiev, Stefan Chumpalov, Dimitar Blagoev – Palio (all of them from Botev) and Pavel Grozdanov, Ferdinand Mihaylov, Boris Sharankov, Asen Bramchev, Dimitar Cvetkov (all of them from Razvitie). The first sport dresses of the club were white shirts and black shorts. Since 1924 the team plays with white shirts and white shorts and up to present days it is popular as the "White pride". On August 11, 1913, Slavia plays its first match versus the local team Savata and wins by 1–0.

After the First world war, Slavia began to become more successful. On June 5, 1928, the team won its first champion title, winning with 4–0 the final match against Vladislav Varna. The title was won by Slavia five more times until 1946, these were achieved in 1930, 1936, 1938–39, 1941 and 1943.

Slavia won the Bulgarian Cup for first time in 1952. By winning the 1963 Bulgarian Cup Final, Slavia qualified for the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, the club's first appearance in European competition. They were drawn against Hungarian club MTK Budapest in the first round. Slavia were knocked out of the competition 2–1 on aggregate. Its most important achievements in Europe during 1966–67 Cup Winners' Cup campaign when Slavia eliminated Swansea City, RC Strasbourg and Servette, before being eliminated by Rangers at the semi-finals.[2] The team consisted of great players such as goalkeeper Simeon Simeonov, Ivan Davidov, Aleksandar Shalamanov, Dimitar Largov, Dimitar Kostov and Aleksandar Vasilev.

In 1969 Slavia was merged with Lokomotiv Sofia under the name ZhSK Slavia. Two years later the two clubs split again after splitting was supported by 100,000 fans.

In the 1980–81 season, led by Chavdar Tsvetkov and Andrey Zhelyazkov,[3] Slavia reached the quarter-finals of the Cup Winners' Cup before losing 6–3 on aggregate to Feyenoord Rotterdam. In 1986, Slavia won Balkans Cup. In the final they beat Greek side Panionios 5–3 on aggregate. In 1988 Slavia won Balkans Cup for second time in his history.[4]

In 1994 Stoyan Kotsev, the former Slavia midfielder, was appointed as new manager. After finished fourth in 1995, they went on the win the A PFG title in 1995–96. Slavia finished with 5 points more than the second, Levski Sofia. This marked Slavia's first Bulgarian title since 1943. In the 2010–11 season, Slavia reached the Bulgarian Cup Final, beating Ludogorets Razgrad, Etar 1924, Chernomorets Burgas and Pirin Blagoevgrad. However, they lost the final 1–0 to CSKA Sofia.[5]


Main article: Ovcha Kupel Stadium

In the first 10 years after Slavia was founded, the club played in the stadium of his predecessor SC Razvitie. On 3 October 1923, Slavia became the owner of land to the Russian Monument in Sofia, where was the first ground of the club. They played their home games there for the next few decades, until they moved to southwest Sofia in the 1960s.

On 12 March 1958, started the construction of Slavia Stadium. Mayor of the sixth area in Sofia and president of the Slavia women's basketball team, Dimitar Tinev presided at the laying in place of the first stone. The stadium is built in a residential area Ovcha Kupel, served by regular bus services 6 km from Sofia city center. Slavia Stadium has undergone many changes over the years and it presently has a capacity of 25,556.



1928, 1930, 1936, 1939, 1941, 1943, 1995–96
  • Vice-champion of Bulgaria – 10 times
1926, 1932, 1934, 1950, 1954, 1955, 1958–59, 1966–67, 1979–80, 1989–90
  • Third place – 12 times
1939–40, 1942, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1969–70, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1981–82, 1985–86, 1990–91, 1996–97
Winner: 1952, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1975, 1980, and 1996
Runners-up (3): 1954, 1972, 2011


Current squad[edit]

As of 10 August 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 Georgi Petkov (captain)
2 Bulgaria DF Martin Dechev
3 Bulgaria DF Dimitar Pirgov
7 France MF Jérémy Manzorro
9 France FW Mathieu Manset
10 Bulgaria MF Yanis Karabelyov
11 France MF Daudet N'Dongala
12 Bulgaria GK Mario Kirev
13 Bulgaria DF Stefan Velkov
14 Bulgaria FW Ivaylo Dimitrov
17 Bulgaria MF Kostadin Dyakov
20 Bulgaria FW Petar Atanasov
21 Bulgaria MF Martin Stankev
No. Position Player
22 Bulgaria MF Vladimir Semerdzhiev
23 Bulgaria MF Emil Stoev
24 Bulgaria FW Kitan Vasilev
25 Bulgaria DF Tsvetomir Panov
27 Bulgaria DF Emil Martinov
32 Greece GK Antonis Stergiakis
35 Bulgaria MF Ivan Valchanov
66 Bulgaria DF Plamen Krachunov
71 Bulgaria MF Anton Karachanakov
87 Brazil DF Diego Ferraresso
99 Bulgaria FW Radoslav Vasilev (vice-captain)
Bulgaria MF Georg Vasilev
Brazil MF Jeferson

For recent transfers, see Transfers summer 2015.

On loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
6 Central African Republic DF Fernander Kassaï (at Kazakhstan Irtysh Pavlodar until 31 December 2015)
33 Portugal MF Carlos Fonseca (at Kazakhstan Irtysh Pavlodar until 31 December 2015)
No. Position Player
Bulgaria GK Diyan Valkov (at Vereya until 30 June 2016)

Foreign players[edit]

Up to five non-EU nationals can be registered and given a squad number for the first team in the A PFG 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 5 years.

EU Nationals

EU Nationals (Dual citizenship)

Non-EU Nationals

Technical staff[edit]

Name Role
Bulgaria Ivan Kolev Coach
Bulgaria Angel Slavkov Assistant Coach
Bulgaria Vladimir Ivanov Assistant Coach
Bulgaria Radostin Stanev Goalkeeping Coach
Bulgaria Lyuben Angelov Doctor

Notable players[edit]

Notable stats[edit]

Managerial history[edit]

This is a list of the last Slavia managers:

Name Nat From To Honours
Dobromir Tashkov Bulgaria 1963 1969
Dobromir Tashkov Bulgaria 1973 1974
Hristo Mladenov Bulgaria 1978 1980
Oleh Bazylevych Russia 1987 1988
Miroslav Mironov Bulgaria Oct 1999 May 2000
Žarko Olarević Serbia May 2000 23 Nov 2000
Kiril Kachamanov Bulgaria 23 Nov 2000 25 Sept 2001
Žarko Olarević Serbia 25 Sept 2001 18 Dec 2002
Miodrag Ješić Serbia 18 Dec 2002 23 Aug 2003
Ratko Dostanić Serbia 24 Aug 2003 23 Sept 2004
Atanas Dzhambazki Bulgaria 23 Sept 2004 29 March 2005
Petar Houbchev Bulgaria 29 March 2005 10 Nov 2005
Alyosha Andonov Bulgaria 10 Nov 2005 2 July 2006
Ratko Dostanić Serbia 3 July 2006 26 Dec 2006
Alyosha Andonov Bulgaria 26 Dec 2006 6 June 2007
Stevica Kuzmanovski Republic of Macedonia 6 June 2007 2 June 2009
Velislav Vutsov Bulgaria 2 June 2009 18 May 2010
Emil Velev Bulgaria 19 May 2010 28 May 2011
Martin Kushev Bulgaria 28 May 2011 29 Nov 2012
Velislav Vutsov Bulgaria 30 Nov 2012 5 June 2013
Asen Bukarev Bulgaria 5 June 2013 20 Oct 2013
Milen Radukanov Bulgaria 21 Oct 2013 present


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