FC Etar 1924 Veliko Tarnovo

FC Etar Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgarian: ФК Етър Велико Търново) is a former Bulgarian professional football club based in Veliko Tarnovo. They were last competing in the 2012–13 season of the Bulgarian A Professional Football Group, the top tier of professional football in Bulgaria. The club replaced the old FC Etar (Veliko Tarnovo), which won the Bulgarian championship in 1991.

Etar 1924
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Full nameФутболен клуб Етър 1924
(Football club Etar 1924)
Nickname(s)Бoлярите (The Bolyars)
Founded2002; 21 years ago (2002)
Dissolved8 May 2013; 10 years ago (2013-05-08)
GroundStadion Ivaylo,
Veliko Tarnovo
2012–13A PFG, 15th /relegated/

The club's home ground has been Ivaylo Stadium since 1958, and their main nicknames are the Bolyars and the Violets, the latter in reference to the colour of their home kit, which is often mistaken for purple.

The club folded following the end of the 2012–13 A PFG due to financial difficulties. Etar Veliko Tarnovo acquired the license of Botev Debelets and played in the Bulgarian V AFG in the 2013/14 season.[1]




Etar crest used from 2002 to 2012

The club was founded as Etar 1924 in 2002, following severe financial problems plaguing the historical FC Etar, which folded in 2003. In their first season, they were promoted to B PFG as champions of the North-West V AFG.

In the 2004–05 season, Etar had their best Bulgarian Cup run, beating Dorostol Silistra and Slavia Sofia before losing to Levski Sofia in the Round of 16.

In September 2010, Velin Kefalov had been appointed as a manager of Etar 1924. He led the team to the third place in the West B PFG. Because Chernomorets Pomorie did not receive a licence to play in the A PFG, Etar competed in the promotion playoff, but lost 3–1 to Svetkavitsa Targovishte.

In June 2011, Kefalov left the club and was replaced by Georgi Todorov in the role of head coach. Todorov resigned after the first half of the 2011–12 season and was replaced by Tsanko Tsvetanov. А streak of good form in the second half of the season ensured promotion to the A PFG on 23 May 2012 with 1–0 home win against Nesebar.

The team finished the autumn part of the 2012-2013 A PFG in last place of the standings. As a result, the second half of the 2012-13 A PFG season saw a huge turnover in player and managerial personnel[2] (Tsvetanov had already been replaced by Serdar Dayat). Despite a bright start to the spring season, the increasing financial uncertainty continued to plague the team and Etar relocated to Sliven, in part due to a conflict of interest with the Veliko Tarnovo supporter groups and the municipality, which contributed to the club remaining in the relegation zone. In May 2013, the team was practically dissolved and Etar's remaining A PFG opponents were awarded 3:0 wins by default until the end of the season.

The legacy of the club was succeeded by SFC Etar Veliko Tarnovo, which was established shorty after Etar 1924 folded.

Last squadEdit

As of 7 February 2013 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   SRB Nenad Filipović
4 DF   BUL Rosen Vankov
5 DF   BUL Martin Nikolov
6 MF   BUL Emil Koparanov
7 MF   BUL Nikolay Petrov
8 MF   TUR Fatih Yılmaz
9 FW   BUL Dormushali Saidhodzha (captain)
10 MF   FRA Jacques Fey
11 FW   BUL Iskren Pisarov
12 GK   TUR Yilmaz Aksoy
13 DF   POL Michał Protasewicz
14 MF   SWE Mehmet Mehmet
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 MF   TUR Ali Aydogan
17 FW   SLE Sulaiman Sesay-Fullah
18 MF   CPV Jerson
19 DF   FIN Patrik Rikama
20 FW   SWE Sonny Karlsson
21 DF   NOR Kai Risholt
24 DF   POL Sławomir Cienciała
25 MF   GER Paul Grischok
26 FW   BUL Nikolai Nikolaev
32 FW   BUL Dimitar Baydakov
33 GK   BUL Ivailo Petkov
77 FW   BUL Tyunay Kamber-Captain

Foreign playersEdit

Up to three non-EU nationals can be registered and given a squad number for the first team in the A PFG. 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.

Managerial historyEdit

This is a list of the last seven Etar managers:

Name Nat From To Honours
Emil Dimitrov   May 2005 June 2006
Stoyan Petrov   June 2006 25 June 2007
Velin Kefalov   25 June 2007 6 October 2008
Sasho Angelov   6 October 2008 23 December 2008
Nikolay Arnaudov   23 December 2008 21 September 2010
Velin Kefalov   21 September 2010 30 June 2011
Georgi Todorov   6 July 2011 12 December 2011
Tsanko Tsvetanov   30 December 2011 15 October 2012 B PFG Champions
Serdar Dayat   22 October 2012 20 April 2013
Grigor Petkov   28 April 2013 3 May 2013
Rumen Dankov   4 May 2013 8 May 2013

As of 8 May 2013


  1. ^ "Етър Велико Търново започва на чисто във В група". gong.bg. Archived from the original on 2013-06-28.
  2. ^ "Маневри на "Ивайло"! Любимец ще замени Етър, oбщината в Търново ще заобиколи наредбите на БФС". topsport.bg. Retrieved 9 September 2013.

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