FC Chavdar Etropole

FC Chavdar (Bulgarian: ФК Чавдар) is a Bulgarian football club based in Etropole, Sofia Province. Founded in 1922, they compete in the South-West Third League, the third tier of Bulgarian football.[1] They play their home games at the Chavdar Stadium, which now boasts a capacity of 5,600. Their home colours are red and white.

Chavdar
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Full nameFootball Club Chavdar Etropole
Founded1922; 99 years ago (1922)
GroundChavdar Stadium
Capacity5,600
ChairmanEmil Dimitrov
ManagerKrasimir Stoev
LeagueSouth-West Third League
2018–19South-West Third League, 12th

Chavdar have spent the majority of their playing history between the third and fourth tiers of the Bulgarian football league system. They achieved promotion to the second tier in 2007 following a win against Botev Vratsa in the play-off.[2] The following season, they achieved their highest league finish in club history, ending the season 3rd in the Bulgarian Second Division.[3]

In 2009–10 season, as a second league team, Chavdar contested the Bulgarian Cup Semi-final for the only time in their history, losing 1–0 against Beroe.[4]

HistoryEdit

The club was established in 1922 with the name "Balkan". In 1945 the club was renamed "Peyo Krinchev". Between 1957 and 1985 the club was named DFS "Etropole". Since 1985 the name is "Chavdar". The main kit-colours of the team are red and white. In his history the club participated in either the second or the third Bulgarian division. Currently the team is playing in the West B PFG. In 2007/2008 season Chavdar finishes 3rd in the Bulgarian South-West V AFG, and wins promotion for the 2008/2009 season.

The club qualified for the 1/16 finals of the Bulgarian Cup 1972-73 after defeating Botev Vratsa and for the 1/8 finals in 2007-08 after defeating PFC Haskovo and beating surprisingly elite Marek Dupnitsa with 5:3 (after penalty kicks) to make it to the 1/8 finals of the competition. There "Chavdar" was eliminated by the Kaliakra Kavarna after suffering a 2:0 loss. On 31 March 2010, Chavdar reached the semi-finals of the Bulgarian Cup for the first time in their history - the team from Etropole eliminated higher echelon Slavia Sofia after a penalty shootout (the score at the end of extra time was 0:0, the hosts won 4:2 in the kicks from the spot contest). They lost in the next round against Beroe by a score of 0:1.

The team was dissolved in 2013, but restored again in the year 2014, starting from A Regional Group, the 4th league in Bulgarian football.

HonoursEdit

  • Third place in the Western "B" group: 2007/08
  • Semifinalist in the National Cup tournament: this time its official name is the Cup of Bulgaria - 2009 / 10

Current squadEdit

As of 1 August 2019

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 Vasko Todorov
4 MF   BUL Ivaylo Stoyanov
5 DF   BUL Kaloyan Radkov
7 FW   BUL Nikolay Ivanov (captain)
8 MF   BUL Mihail Mihaylov
9 FW   BUL Nikolay Botev
10 MF   BUL Viktor Penchev
11 FW   BUL Tsvetelin Tsakovski
12 GK   BUL Boris Gruev
13 GK   BUL Borislav Ivanov
14 MF   BUL Vladimir Tachev
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 MF   BUL Martin Milkov
16 DF   BUL Vasil Banov
18 DF   BUL Aleksandar Sabev
19 DF   BUL Sotir Iliev
21 MF   BUL Aleksandar Bakalov
23 MF   BUL Stanislav Blagoev
24 MF   BUL Ivaylo Hayrilov
25 MF   BUL Francesco Gattu
73 MF   BUL Ivaylo Velichkov
77 DF   BUL Georgi Atanasov

League positionsEdit

Third Amateur Football League (Bulgaria)Regional Amateur Football Groups (Bulgaria)Bulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian V AFG

Past seasonsEdit

Season League Place W D L GF GA Pts Bulgarian Cup
2014–15 A RFG (IV) 1st 14 2 2 64 14 44 not qualified
2015–16 A RFG 2nd 16 2 2 96 18 50 not qualified
2016–17 Third League (III) 7th 17 2 15 60 46 53 not qualified
2017–18 Third League 6th 14 10 10 63 49 52 not qualified
2018–19 Third League 12th 11 7 16 54 47 40 not qualified
Green marks a season followed by promotion, red a season followed by relegation.

ManagersEdit

Name Period
  Stoycho Stoev July 2007 – July 2009
  Boris Angelov July 2009 – June 2010
  Atanas Atanasov June 2010 – December 2011
  Petar Penchev December 2011 – June 2013
  Krasimir Stoev June 2014 –

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Club's Facts". footballdatabase.eu.
  2. ^ "Чавдар (Етрополе) влезе в "Б" група за сефте". topsport.bg (in Bulgarian). 4 July 2007.
  3. ^ "Завърши футболното първенство в Западна "Б" група". botevgrad.com (in Bulgarian). 18 May 2008.
  4. ^ "Берое на финал". sportal.bg (in Bulgarian). 28 April 2010.

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