FC Tsarsko Selo Sofia

Association Football Club Tsarsko Selo 2015 (Bulgarian: Сдружение Футболен Клуб Царско Село 2015), commonly referred to as Tsarsko Selo, was a Bulgarian association football club based in Sofia. It played in First League, the top tier of the Bulgarian football league system.

Tsarsko Selo
Full nameAssociation Football Club Tsarsko Selo 2015
Nickname(s)Царете (The Tsars)
Founded1 July 2015; 7 years ago (2015-07-01)
Dissolved22 May 2022; 2 months ago (2022-05-22)
GroundArena Tsarsko Selo
Dragalevtsi, Sofia, Bulgaria
Coordinates42°38′11.9″N 23°18′57.5″E / 42.636639°N 23.315972°E / 42.636639; 23.315972
2021–22First League, 14th of 14 (Relegated)
WebsiteClub website

Tsarsko Selo played their home matches at their Tsarsko Selo Sports Complex in the Dragalevtsi quarter of Sofia.


2015–2016: FoundationEdit

In the summer of 2015, the previous chairman of CSKA Sofia Stoyne Manolov established a new academy called Football Academy Tsarsko Selo, with a focus on scouting and developing youth football players born in 2002 to 2010.[1] The club was initially registered and a subsequent men's team in the A RFG Sofia South was established, with former long-time CSKA Sofia captain Todor Yanchev appointed as manager.[2] On November 12, 2015 Manolov announced an academy partnership with Spanish La Liga club Málaga CF.[3] In the end of December 2015, Todor Yanchev took over Sofia 2010, which was bought by Manolov and was merged with Tsarsko Selo to establish a new club called Tsarsko Selo Sofia.[4][5]

2016–2022: Professional levelsEdit

On 28 July 2016 the team was accepted in the newly created Bulgarian Second Professional League.[6] They finished their first match against Botev Galabovo with a draw.[7] In their first match for the Bulgarian Cup they played against Levski Sofia. The match was played on 22 September 2016 at the Lokomotiv Stadium in Sofia and was won by Levski by 2–0.[8] After 2 heavy defeats, Yanchev stepped down from his position as a manager and on 29 October 2016, previous Cherno More Varna head coach Nikola Spasov was announced as the new manager of the team.[9] The team finished their first season in Second League in 5th place.[10]

The good start of the season for Tsarsko Selo was marked not only by the first place in the league after 8 rounds, but with their first win for the Cup, winning the first round against Neftochimic Burgas on 19 September 2017.[11] On 3 January 2018 Nikola Spasov was announced as the new manager of the Kazakhstan Premier League team Kyzylzhar.[12] Shortly the same day Veselin Velikov was announced as the new manager of the club.[13] On 8 May 2018 Velislav Vutsov was announced as the new head coach of the team with Velikov becoming a selectionist.[14]

On 22 April 2019 in a goalless draw against CSKA 1948 the kings secured their first place in Second League and won promotion in the First League for first time in their history, being 18 points ahead from the second and third place five rounds before the end of the season.[15]

Tsarsko selo's first ever match in the Bulgarian First Division resulted in a 0–2 away loss against the actual champion Ludogorets Razgrad. This was followed by a home 0–0 draw to the other debutant Arda Kardzhali. Tsarsko selo's first win came in the fifth round, when the team managed to beat Botev Plovdiv away with 0–2. Two goals for the win were scored by Dutch winger Rodney Antwi. The first home win came in the seventh round with 2–1 against Beroe Stara Zagora. Tsarsko Selo eventually finished 13th, having to play a playoff match in order to remain in the elite. They were drawn against the second-placed team from the Second League, Septemvri Sofia. In a very close fought game played in Sofia, Tsarsko Selo won 2–0, securing their place in the First League for the next season.

In January 2022 an Italian Private Investment company joined the club leadership.[16] On 21 May 2022, in the last match of the season, Tsarsko Selo got a penalty that could bring them the win. Yusupha Yaffa decided to take the penalty despite Martin Kavdanski being the regular penalty taker. Yaffa was ready to take the penalty when the owner of the team, Stoyne Manolov, entered the pitch and fought with him. He left the pitch and Kavdanski took the penalty, but missed.[17] On the next day, Manolov announced that the team won't be participating in the league next season and will end their existence.[18]


Second League:

Fourth League:

  •   Runners up (1): 2015–16

Bulgarian Cup:

Shirt and sponsorEdit

Tsarsko Selo's main kit was initially red and white and the away kits were black and red. From 2016, the main kit has been all-red, while the reserve ones are all-white. In 2017 team main kit was changed to pink.

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
2015–2017   Joma None
2017–2019   Nike
2019–2022 WINBET

Records and notable statsEdit

As of 22 May 2022

Most appearances for the club in league

Rank Name Career Appearances
1   Reyan Daskalov 2016–2021 124
2   Georgi Minchev 2017–2020 87
3   Antonio Georgiev 2018–2021 83
4   Bozhidar Katsarov 2017–2019 78
5   Ivaylo Markov 2018–2021 68
6   Martin Kavdanski 2019–2022 74
7   Georgi Hashev 2017–2019 56
8   Anderson 2017–2022 50
9   Johny Placide 2019–2021 47
10   Svetoslav Dikov 2017–2018

Most goals for the club in league

Rank Name Career Goals
1   Georgi Minchev 2017–2020 40
2   Svetoslav Dikov 2017–2018
3   Pavel Petkov 2017–2018 17
4   Simeon Ganchev 2016–2018 13
5   Bozhidar Katsarov 2017–2019 11
6   Rodney Antwi 2019–2020 9
7   Antonio Georgiev 2018–2021 8
8   Anderson 2017–2022 8
9   Reyan Daskalov 2016–2021 7
10   Martin Kavdanski 2019–2022 5
  • Players in bold are still playing for Tsarsko Selo.

Notable playersEdit

The footballers enlisted below have international caps for their respective countries, have more than 100 caps, or hold a record for Tsarsko Selo. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries.

Past seasonsEdit

First Professional Football League (Bulgaria)Second Professional Football League (Bulgaria)Regional Amateur Football Groups (Bulgaria)
Season League Place W D L GF GA Pts Bulgarian Cup
2015–16 A RFG (IV) 2nd 20 1 5 92 21 61 not qualified
2016–17 Second League (II) 5th 14 6 10 54 39 48 First Round
2017–18 Second League 3rd 19 6 5 56 28 63 Second Round
2018–19 Second League 1st 24 4 2 68 27 76 First Round
2019–20 First League (I) 13th 9 4 18 27 50 31 First Round
2020–21 First League 9th 9 10 13 33 39 37 Second Round
2021–22 First League 14th 5 11 16 22 38 26 First Round
Green marks a season followed by promotion, red a season followed by relegation.

Manager historyEdit

Name Nat From To Honours
Todor Yanchev   28 December 2015 29 October 2016
Nikola Spasov   29 October 2016 3 January 2018
Veselin Velikov   3 January 2018 8 May 2018
Velislav Vutsov   8 May 2018 1 June 2018
Nikola Spasov   1 June 2018 1 April 2020 1 Second League title
Vladimir Vutov   4 April 2020 30 April 2020
Lyuboslav Penev   30 April 2020 28 March 2021
Antoni Zdravkov   29 March 2021 8 October 2021
Lyuboslav Penev   13 October 2021 1 January 2022
Vladimir Vutov (interim)   7 January 2022 27 January 2022
Andrea Sassarini   27 January 2022 5 March 2022
Stefano Maccoppi   5 March 2022 22 May 2022


  1. ^ Академия "Царско село" набира деца
  2. ^ Бивш капитан на ЦСКА поема академия "Царско село"
  3. ^ Стойне Манолов: Царско село ще си партнира с Малага
  4. ^ Тодор Янчев поема отбор от Югозападната В група
  5. ^ "Стойне Манолов: Българският футбол няма бъдеще без ЦСКА". Focus-sport.net. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  6. ^ "Царско село" и "Левски" (Карлово) допълниха състава на Втора лига
  7. ^ Царско село с равенство в дебюта си във Втора лига
  8. ^ Левски на осминафинал след феноменален гол
  9. ^ Никола Спасов пое отбор от Втора лига
  10. ^ Голеада на Царско село
  11. ^ Царско село продължава напред за Купата на България
  12. ^ Бивш президент на Астана посрещна Никола Спасов в Казахстан
  13. ^ Веселин Великов е новият треньор на Царско село
  14. ^ Вили Вуцов се завърна в родния футбол
  15. ^ ЦСКА 1948 се провали срещу 10 от Царско село, Първа лига официално има нов член
  16. ^ Италианци спасяват Царско село, Стойне Манолов коментира ситуацията
  17. ^ Невиждан панаир в Царско село! Стойне Манолов нахлу на терена и налетя на бой на свой футболист
  18. ^ Стойне Манолов призна: Царско село приключва съществуването си!

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