FC Yantra Gabrovo
|Full name||FC Yantra Gabrovo|
|Ground||Hristo Botev Stadium, Gabrovo|
|League||North-West Third League|
|2016–17||North-West Third League, 10th|
FC Yantra (Bulgarian: ФК Янтра) is a football club based in Gabrovo, Bulgaria. Its home stadium Hristo Botev has a capacity of 14 000 seats. Club colors are green and white. During the 2006-2007 season the team took first place in Bulgarian North-West V AFG, thus qualified in the Bulgarian B Professional Football Group for the upcoming season.
The club was founded in the summer of 1919 under the name of FC City of Gabrovo. Its founders are Hristo Bobchev, dr. Dencho Nedyalkov, Simeon Kostov, Kosta Tepavicharov, Nikola Vulnarov, Nencho Dimitrov, Hristofor Negentsov, Hristofor Stomonyakov, Hristo Karafezov, Dimitar Popov, Sava Mihailov, Ivan, Naniu and Georgi Nenov. On 21 September 1919 the club played its first game against Gorna Oryahovitsa and won 1:0. The starting eleven for this game were: Sava Mihailov (goalkeeper), Ivan Nanev, Nikola Rashev, Georgi Nanev, Simeon Kostov, Nikola Vulnarov, Stoyan Nanev, Dosiu Peev, Hristo Bobchev, Nencho Dimitrov and Nencho Stoyanov. In the beginning of 1920 the club joined gymnastics association Yunak, but later this year separates and takes a new name sports club Balkan, which is followed by another change - FC Oto. The latter comes from one of the players - Spiridon Nedevsky, nicknamed Oto. Because he had a strong desire to get the ball while on the field he had constantly yelled at his teammates 'ot, ot!' this became a byword for the team. The club subsequently changed its name to Aprilov, FC Chardafon, Chardafon-Orlovets. They participated to Bulgarian Championship as Tarnovo Region champion at seasons of 1928-29, 1931–32, 1932–33, 1933–34 and as Gabrovo Region champion at seasons of 1944-45 and 1947-48. The best result was quarter final in 1944-45. The name FC Yantra came up in 1973, and is used until now (excluding the period 1994 - 2001 when, after a relegation for a corruption case, it played under FC Chardafon). They played in Bulgarian A Football Group between 1970–1972, 1973–1975 and 1990-1994.
During season 2005-2006 the club was relegated and currently resides in Bulgarian third division. Next season(2006–07) FC Yantra winning the North-West "V" Football Bulgarian group and promoted to "B" West Football Group. Season 2007-08 was not good for Yantra they relegated to Bulgarian third division (North-West "V" Bulgarian Football group) with 6-wins 6-draw 14-lose GF:GA-31:48 Points:24
After the end of the season 2008/2009 with the club's financial instability FC Yantra, 4th in the season and the new participant group Yantra 2000 (Gabrovo) are combined after drawing the program. The new team is FC Yantra 1919 (Gabrovo) and played their home games at the stadium Hristo Botev, Gabrovo. The new team change its home colours and play with black shirts, green panties and black socks.
Due to financial reasons FC Yantra gave up participation in the North-West "V" football group on 23 March 2012.
Current squad 2011
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Zdravko Lazarov
- Vladimir Manchev
- Miroslav Ivanov
- Ivan Vutsov
- Vasil Stamatov
- Krasimir Marinov
- Stefan Genov
- Petko Petkov
- Martin Kushev
- Boyko Velichkov
- Antaliy Enchev
- Ivelin Drashkov
- Dimitar Aleksiev
- Krasen Marinov
- Plamen Markov (1990–92), (1996–97)
- Velislav Vutsov (2001–02) Winning the Amateur football league cup, and promoted club to Bulgarian B PFG after play off
- Todor Todorov (2004-6 April)
- Stoyan Filipov (April 2006-07) promoted club to "B" PFG after winning Bulgarian North-West C AFG
- Veselin Antonov (2007-March 2008)
- Ilian Vasilev (March 2008-May 2008)
- Hristo Kirilov (August 2008-June 2009)
- Plamen Iliev (July 2009 - December 2009)
- Nikolay Iliev - Galibata (December 2009 - March 2010)
- Veselin Antonov (April 2010-December 2010)
- Radia Doichev (January 2011-July 2011)
- Nikolay Vasilev (August 2011-)
- Holder of the Amateur football league cup during 2001/2002 season.
- 5th place in the Bulgarian A Professional Football Group in 1945.
- 7th place in the Bulgarian A Professional Football Group in 1929.
- 8th place in the Bulgarian A Professional Football Group in 1971.
- Quarter finalist for the Bulgarian Cup in 1942.
- 8 participations in Bulgarian A Professional Football Group.
- 38 participations in Bulgarian B Professional Football Group.
- Participate in UEFA Intertoto Cup 1993
- Rapid Wien - Yantra 6:0
- Yantra - Zawisza Bydgoszcz 0:0
- Yantra - Halmstads BK 0:1
- Brondby IF - Yantra 6:4
|1.||Rapid Wien||14 : 4||7|
|2.||Zawisza Bydgoszcz||8 : 4||4|
|3.||Halmstads BK||3 : 4||4|
|4.||Brondby IF||11 : 15||4|
|5.||Yantra Gabrovo||4 : 13||1|
Last 14 seasons
- 1995/1996 Bulgarian B PFG 9th place under the name FC Chardafon
- 1996/1997 Bulgarian B PFG 6th place under the name FC Chardafon
- 1997/1998 Bulgarian B PFG 7th place under the name FC Chardafon
- 1998/1999 Bulgarian B PFG 14th place relegated to Bulgarian C AFG under the name FC Chardafon
- 1999/2000 Bulgarian C AFG 11th place under the name FC Chardafon
- 2000/2001 Bulgarian C AFG 8th place under the name FC Chardafon after end of the season the team changed its name to FC Yantra
- 2001/2002 Bulgarian C AFG 2nd place The club are promoted to the Bulgarian B PFG after winning the playoff against Shumen 2001 with 2:0.
- 2002/2003 Bulgarian B PFG 9th place Due to lack of finances FC Yantra were at the brink of dissolving and failed to show up for their first match with Byala Slatina. Because of this, the club go to Bulgarian C AFG
- 2003/2004 Bulgarian C AFG 3rd place
- 2004/2005 Bulgarian C AFG 1st place promoted to Bulgarian B PFG
- 2005/2006 Bulgarian B PFG 13th place relegated to Bulgarian C AFG
- 2006/2007 Bulgarian C AFG 1st place promoted to Bulgarian B PFG
- 2007/2008 Bulgarian B PFG 13th place relegated to Bulgarian C AFG
- 2008/2009 Bulgarian C AFG 4th place
- 2009/2010 Bulgarian C AFG 11th place
- 2010/2011 Bulgarian C AFG In progress
3 Debel dial Str. 5300 Gabrovo, Bulgaria tel. +359-66-808353
- Gatev, Svetlozar (23 March 2012). "The End! Gabrovo officially left without men's football team!!!". Sport Gabrovo. Retrieved 23 March 2012.