FC CSKA 1948 Sofia

CSKA 1948 Sofia (Bulgarian: Футболен Клуб Централен Спортен Клуб на Армията 1948 София) is a Bulgarian football club from the city of Sofia. The team plays its home matches at the Vasil Levski National Stadium and competes in Bulgaria's First League. The colours of the club are red and white.

FC CSKA 1948 Sofia
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Full nameFootball Club Central Sports Club of the Army 1948 Sofia
Nickname(s)Червените (The Reds); Армейците (The Army Men)
Founded5 May 1948; 73 years ago (1948-05-05)[1]
GroundVasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia
OwnerFC CSKA 1948 Association
ChairmanDobrin Gyonov
CoachNikolay Kirov
LeagueFirst League
2020–21First League, 5th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The club was founded in 1948.



The club was founded on 5 May 1948, at a meeting at the Central Military Club in Sofia. The members of the Constituent Assembly announced partnership with Errea and a new crest close to CSKA Septemvriisko Zname.[2]

2016–2018: Amateur LeaguesEdit

On 21 August 2016, FC CSKA 1948 won its first cup in a friendly four-team tournament in Kokalyane. The team defeated Akademik Sofia 1–0 in the final.

In its first official game for the 2016–17 season in A OFG Sofia (capital) South, CSKA 1948 won 8–0 against Lyulin Sofia. The club began playing its home games at Vasil Levski Stadium, but later during the season used the stadiums in Obelya and German. CSKA 1948 won its group and became champion of the whole A OFG Sofia (capital) after victory 4–3 against Nadezhda Dobroslavtsi. Then, on 7 June 2017, the team played with Bratsigovo in order to qualify for the Third League and won after penalties (7–6).[3] Beside that, CSKA 1948 reached the final for the Cup of Bulgarian Amateur Football League, which they lost on 25 May 2017 to the club from the Third league FC Chernomorets Balchik.[4]

For their first season in the third division of the Bulgarian football (2017–18), the club moved to Dragalevtsi Stadium, in order to comply with the requirements of the respective league. After very strong performance, on 19 May 2018 CSKA 1948 secured its place in Second Professional League.[5] The team finished with 29 wins, 5 draws and no losses, as two players of the Reds became goalscorers of the South-West Third League - Andon Gushterov and Petko Petkov. Also, CSKA 1948 had again a good campaign for the Cup of Bulgarian Amateur Football League, this time reaching the semi-finals.

2018–2020: Second Professional LeagueEdit

For the beginning of the 2018–19 season in the Second Professional League, CSKA 1948 moved to Vasil Levski Stadium due to the higher league it is playing in. Strong selection of professional players was done, as the goal for the season is qualification for First League. After four rounds, manager Valentin Iliev, who managed the club from the very beginning, was replaced with Petko Petkov. CSKA 1948 eventually finished fourth, three points below the promotion playoff place, which was occupied by Arda Kardzhali. Although CSKA didn't promote to the elite in their first attempt, the team established itself as a strong contender for promotion.

For the 2019–20 season, CSKA started the season on a high note, defeating local rivals Lokomotiv Sofia 2–0 at home. This was followed by an away win at newly promoted Spartak Pleven with a score of 1–4. Another dominant 2–0 win against Spartak Varna earned the team three out of three wins in their first three matches. An away win against Montana, followed by a home destruction of OFC Pomorie extended their winning steak to 5 games. CSKA's spectacular form continued, as the team defeated Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa and Strumska Slava in the following rounds. The team then beat fellow Sofia rivals Septemvri Sofia 5–0 at home. The first defeat of the season came in the tenth round, when CSKA 1948 lost 1–0 to Litex Lovech. After a 2–0 home win against Chernomorets Balchik, CSKA suffered another loss in the hands of Kariana Erden. This was followed by three consecutive wins, which ended with a disappointing 2–2 home draw against Ludogorets II. Following that, the team managed to win two away games, against Botev Galabovo and Lokomotiv Sofia again, which put them in second place in the table, three points behind Septemvri Sofia, before the winter break.

2020–present: First Professional LeagueEdit

CSKA 1948 secured their First League spot for the 2020–21 season after finishing 1st in the 2019–20 Second League. Krasimir Balakov was announced as manager for the new season on 2 June, and the club unveiled a new logo on 30 June in preparation for their First League debut. On 7 August the team faced CSKA in its first game of the new season, the encounter resulted in a 2–2 draw.[6]

Shirt, sponsor and mascotEdit

The colours of the team main kit are red and white. The second kit is in white and the third - in black, with white sleeves.

On 31 January 2017 CSKA 1948 presented its main sponsor - Efbet. The company sponsors not only the first team, but the academy too.[7]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
2016   Errea None
2017–2020 Efbet
2020–   Adidas

Since 2018, the team mascot is Army the lion.[8]


First League:

Second League:

Third League:

A OFG Sofia:

  • Winners (1): 2016–17

Cup of Bulgarian Amateur Football League:

  • Runners-up (1): 2016–17


Current squadEdit

As of 28 January 2021

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 Dimitar Todorov
3 DF   BUL Dimitar Pirgov
4 DF   BUL Angel Lyaskov
5 DF   BUL Mihail Minkov
7 MF   BUL Mario Topuzov
8 MF   BUL Ivaylo Klimentov
10 MF   BUL Georgi Rusev
11 MF   BUL Denislav Aleksandrov
12 GK   BUL Nikola Videnov
13 MF   BUL Dragomir Radev
15 DF   BUL Georgi Angelov
18 MF   BUL Ivaylo Chochev (vice-captain)
19 DF   BUL Georgi Gospodinov
20 MF   BUL Angel Bastunov
21 MF   BUL Kristiyan Varbanov
22 DF   BUL Dimitar Iliev
23 MF   BUL Vladimir Gogov
No. Pos. Nation Player
24 DF   BUL Lazar Marin
27 MF   BUL Borislav Damyanov
29 GK   BUL Daniel Naumov (captain)
30 FW   BUL Tsvetoslav Popovchev
33 MF   BUL Galin Ivanov
44 DF   BUL Kostadin Iliev
55 DF   BUL Mario Dilchovski
61 MF   BUL Steliyan Dobrev
64 MF   BUL Vladimir Gogov
87 DF   BUL Simeon Petrov
88 MF   BUL Martin Haydarov
90 MF   BUL Nikolay Ganchev
91 FW   BUL Stefan Statev
98 FW   BUL Valentin Yoskov
99 MF   BUL Kristiyan Nikolov
GK   BUL Teodor Trendafilov

For recent transfers, see Transfers winter 2020–21 and Transfers summer 2021.

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   BUL Aleksandar Georgiev (at Strumska Slava until 31 December 2020)
MF   BUL Georgi Mariyanov (at Strumska Slava until 31 December 2020)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   BUL Valentin Yoskov (at Etar until 1 June 2021)

Foreign playersEdit

Up to five non-EU nationals can be registered and given a squad number for the first team in the Bulgarian First Professional League however only three can be used in 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.

Second-team squadEdit

Club officialsEdit

Coaching staff and personnelEdit

  Radoslav Zdravkov Sports Director
  Nikolay Kirov Head coach
  Kostadin Hazurov Assistant coach
  Atanas Bornosuzov Assistant coach
  Martin Mitev Goalkeeping coach
  Ivan Slavov Analyzer
  Svetlin Spasov Fitness coach
  Nikolay Georgiev Fitness coach
  Dimitar Stoyanov Physiotherapist
  Petar Lozanov Physiotherapist
  Rayko Ivanov Masseur
  Liliya Stefanova Psychologist
  Asparuh Lazarov Administrator
  David Lozanov Administrator
  Spas Stoimenov U19 coach
  Roman Tafradzhiev U17 coach
  Hristiyan Voynov U15 coach
  Bogomil Dyakov U11 coach

Manager historyEdit

Name Nat From To Honours
Adalbert Zafirov   1 July 2016 1 September 2016
Valentin Iliev   2 September 2016 21 June 2018 99991 Fourth League title
1 Third League title
Petko Petkov   1 July 2018 21 October 2019
Yordan Yurukov   21 October 2019 6 June 2020 1 Second League title
Krasimir Balakov   6 June 2020 23 March 2021
Rosen Kirilov   23 March 2021 24 April 2021


Results of league and cup competitions by season
Season League Bulgarian Cup Other competitions
Division Level P W D L F A GD Pts Pos
2016–17 A OFG Sofia (capital) South 4 22 21 1 0 105 7 98 64 1st   DNE Cup of AFL F
2017–18 South-West Third League 3 34 29 5 0 95 16 79 92 1st   QR2 SF
2018–19 Second League 2 30 16 11 3 39 18 21 59 4th R1 DNE
2019–20 2 21 18 1 2 59 18 41 55 1st   QF
2020–21 First League 1 31 12 11 8 41 34 7 47 5th QF DNE
2021–22 1

League positionsEdit

First Professional Football LeagueSecond Professional Football League (Bulgaria)Third Amateur Football League (Bulgaria)Regional Amateur Football Groups (Bulgaria)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Нов ЦСКА бе учреден, ще участва в А окръжна група
  2. ^ ЦСКА 1948 ще играе с емблема като на "Септемврийско знаме"
  3. ^ Голям късмет покри "червените": ЦСКА 1948 влезе в Трета лига след невероятна драма
  4. ^ Черноморец разпиля слаб ЦСКА 1948 и спечели Купата!
  5. ^ ЦСКА 1948 го направи! "Червените" са във Втора лига, от догодина имат право да атакуват Европа
  6. ^ "Красимир Балъков е новият треньор на ЦСКА 1948". gong.bg. 2 June 2020. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  7. ^ ЦСКА 1948 представя основен спонсор на клуба
  8. ^ Лъвчето на ЦСКА 1948 ще се казва Арми

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