FC Yantra Gabrovo

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Full name FC Yantra Gabrovo
Founded 1919; 98 years ago (1919)
Ground Hristo Botev Stadium, Gabrovo
Ground Capacity 14,000
Chairman Nikolay Minchev
Manager Petar Krastev
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.[1]

Current squad 2011[edit]

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 Dimitur Pantev
2 Bulgaria DF Kaloqn Iliev
3 Bulgaria DF Hristo Koev
4 Bulgaria DF Ivailo Todorov
5 Bulgaria DF Ivailo Iliev
6 Bulgaria MF Ivailo Hristov
7 Bulgaria MF Martin Angelov
8 Bulgaria MF Ivelin Dimitrov
9 Bulgaria FW Miroslav Kosev
10 Bulgaria MF Milen Vankov
11 Bulgaria FW Momchil Kinov
12 Bulgaria GK Stanislav Stanchev
No. Position Player
13 Bulgaria DF Nikolay Kolev
14 Bulgaria DF Tihomir Trifonov
15 Bulgaria DF Pavel Petkov
16 Bulgaria DF Aleksandar Asparuhov
17 Bulgaria MF Viktor Venkov
18 Greece MF Teoharis Rakidzis
19 Bulgaria MF Iliqn Kunev
20 Bulgaria MF Petko Morovyakov
21 Bulgaria MF Yoan Petkov
22 Bulgaria MF Ivan Lesev
77 Niger MF Ugeboche Ochukwu
25 Ukraine GK Dymytro Arshavin

Technical staff[edit]

Name Role
Bulgaria Nikolay Vasilev Manager

Famous players[edit]


  • 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-)


Group 1

place Team GF:GA Points
1. Austria Rapid Wien 14 : 4 7
2. Poland Zawisza Bydgoszcz 8 : 4 4
3. Sweden Halmstads BK 3 : 4 4
4. Denmark Brondby IF 11 : 15 4
5. Bulgaria Yantra Gabrovo 4 : 13 1

Last 14 seasons[edit]


3 Debel dial Str. 5300 Gabrovo, Bulgaria tel. +359-66-808353

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gatev, Svetlozar (23 March 2012). "The End! Gabrovo officially left without men's football team!!!". Sport Gabrovo. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 

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