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.
|Full name||Футболен клуб Етър 1924|
(Football club Etar 1924)
|Nickname(s)||Бoлярите (The Bolyars)|
|Dissolved||8 May 2013|
|2012–13||A 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.
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 licence to play in the A PFG, Etar competed in the promotion playoff, but lost 3–1 to Svetkavitsa.
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second half of the 2012/13 A PFG season saw a huge turnover in player and managerial personnel (Tsvetanov had already been replaced by Serdar Dayat).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.
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.
This is a list of the last seven Etar managers:
|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
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