FC Botev Galabovo

Botev (Bulgarian: Ботев) is a Bulgarian football club based in Galabovo, Stara Zagora Province. They play in the Second League, the second division of Bulgarian football, having been promoted as champions of the South-Eastern V Group in 2012–13. The club was founded in 1945. Botev's home ground is the Energetik Stadium, a 3,000 all-seater stadium.

FC Botev Galabovo
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Full nameFootball Club Botev Galabovo
Founded1945; 75 years ago (1945)
GroundTrace Arena, Stara Zagora
ChairmanStoyan Dikov
Head coachMitko Kotsinov
LeagueRegional Groups
2019–20Second League, 10th (relegated)
WebsiteClub website

At the end of the 1969–70 season, Botev reached the second tier of Bulgarian football for the first time in their history. However, they were relegated the following season despite their efforts.


Botev Galabovo was founded in 1945. The team has never played in the Bulgarian first tier, spending their entire history bouncing between the second and third tiers.

In 2019, Botev reached the quarter-finals of the Bulgarian Cup, beating FC Vitosha Bistritsa in the round of 16, with a score of 2-1.

In May 2020, Botev was disqualified from the 2019-20 season in the second tier due to financial problems. The team then refused to be admitted into the third tier for the upcoming season, instead opting to start from the fourth regional league.


South-Eastern V Group:

  •   Winners (1): 2012–13

Current squadEdit

As of 1 February 2020

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   BUL Mihail Mihaylov
3 DF   BUL Steliyan Marinkov
5 DF   BUL Tsvetelin Radev
7 MF   BUL Ivan Vinkov
8 MF   BUL Dimitar Traykov
9 MF   BUL Dimitar Atanasov (on loan from Arda)
10 MF   BUL Emiliyan Zotev
11 DF   BUL Asparuh Smilkov
15 DF   BUL Emin Ahmed
17 MF   BUL Dzhuneyt Yashar
19 MF   BUL Krasimir Iliev
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 DF   BUL Emil Ivanov
21 MF   BUL Mitko Plahov
22 MF   BUL Plamen Kolarov
27 DF   BUL Stanislav Katrankov
30 MF   BUL Isus Angelov
31 GK   BUL Ivan Dermendzhiev
33 DF   BUL Nikolay Yankov
92 FW   BUL Eray Karadayi (on loan from Arda)
98 MF   BUL Berkay Halil
99 DF   BUL Krasimir Zdravkov

For recent transfers, see Transfers summer 2019 and Transfers winter 2019–20.

League positionsEdit

Regional Amateur Football Groups (Bulgaria)Bulgarian Second LeagueBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian V AFG


External linksEdit