FC Vereya

Vereya (Bulgarian: Верея) is a Bulgarian association football club registered in Stara Zagora. They lastly competed in the First League, the top division of Bulgarian football. The team was founded in 2001, and by 2016, they reached the top level for the first time. In 2019, they were expelled from the First League for reported match fixing.

FC Vereya
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Full nameProfessional Football Club Vereya-Stara Zagora
FoundedJuly 15, 2001; 18 years ago (2001-07-15)
GroundTrace Arena, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
Capacity3,500
LeagueA Regional Group - Stara Zagora
2018–19First League, 14th /expelled/
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

Foundation and beginningEdit

The club was founded in 2001 by a founding board led by Hristiyan Parvanov, Galin Mihaylov, Slavcho Tanev, Tonko Totev and Dimo Hristov. Until the 2005/06 season it was playing in Regional groups before the promotion to the V AFG under the name FC Vereya-Arsenal after a merger with Arsenal Kazanlak, but after the season 2006/07 Vereya-Arsenal became Arsenal Kazanlak and the 2nd team Vereya Bulsatkom moved to Stara Zagora again and was registered as FC Vereya. They won the A RFG 3 times in the next 5 seasons, getting the promotion during the 2011–12 season.

Trace Group ownership (2012–present)Edit

In 2012, Bulgarian construction company Trace Group started investing in the club and a new stadium project Trace Arena was presented. On May 21, 2014 the club won the Cup of Bulgarian Amateur Football League after defeating Minyor Pernik 2–0 in the final.[1] During the same season Vereya finished 3rd in the V Group and secured promotion to the higher-ranked professional football league, the B Group.

In 2016, the club submitted an application for the newly restructured Bulgarian First League. On June 1, 2016, one of the new signings of the club for the upcoming season, the Brazilian Elias Alves da Silva, announced that he joined the club, as it would compete in the top league of Bulgaria, long before an official statement was given by the BFU officials on the number of the teams competing in the new league, thus sparking controversy.[2]

On June 7, 2016, Vereya, alongside five other B Group outfits, were approved by the Bulgarian Football Union and were promoted to compete in the upcoming 2016-17 Bulgarian First League.

On 7 May 2019, Vereya were disqualified from the league for match fixing. All results from played matches involving Vereya were retained with the Bulgarian Football Union awarding Septemvri Sofia two wins by 3–0 from their scheduled relegation play-off matches with Vereya and the loser from the relegation play-off match between Dunav Ruse and Vitosha Bistritsa (the latter) directly faced the second-placed team from the Second League (Montana).[3][4][5] Vereya was then disqualified from the Second League, due to financial issues, following which they were also disqualified from the third tier, which meant that the team will start the 2019-20 season from the fourth division of Bulgarian football, in this case the Stara Zagora regional league.

StatisticsEdit

Season to seasonEdit

Season Tier Division Place Bulgarian Cup
2001–02 4 A RFG N/A Did Not Play
2002–03 4 A RFG N/A DNP
2003–04 4 A RFG N/A DNP
2004–05 4 A RFG N/A DNP
2005–06 4 A RFG 1st ↑ DNP
2006–07 3 V AFG 7th ↓ DNP
2007–08 4 A RFG 4th DNP
Season Tier Division Place Bulgarian Cup
2008–09 4 A RFG 1st DNP
2009–10 4 A RFG 2nd DNP
2010–11 4 A RFG 1st DNP
2011–12 4 A RFG 1st ↑ Second round
2012–13 3 V AFG 5th DNP
2013–14 3 V AFG 3rd ↑ DNP
2014–15 2 B PFG 11th First round
Season Tier Division Place Bulgarian Cup
2015–16 2 B PFG 8th ↑ First round
2016–17 1 First League 7th Semifinals
2017–18 1 First League 6th First round
2018–19 1 First League 14th ↓ Second round
2019–20 4 A RFG 3rd DNP
Regional Amateur Football Groups (Bulgaria)Bulgarian First LeagueBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian V AFGRegional Amateur Football Groups (Bulgaria)Bulgarian V AFGRegional Amateur Football Groups (Bulgaria)

Shirt and sponsorsEdit

Vereya main colors are blue and white.

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
2006–2012   Unknown Bulsatcom / Trace Group
2012–2014   Tomy Sport Trace Group
2014–2016   Nike
2016–2018   Erreà
2018–2019   Uhlsport Efbet

HonoursEdit

First League:

Second League:

Third League:

A RFG Stara Zagora:

  •   Winners (4): 2005-06, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12
  •   Runner-up (1): 2009–10

Cup of Bulgarian Amateur Football League:

  •   Winners (1): 2013–14

Bulgarian Cup:

Notable playersEdit

Had international caps for their respective countries, or held any club record. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Vereya or at some other point in their careers.

ManagersEdit

 
Zhivko Zhelev was appointed Vereya playing head coach in March 2015
Dates Name Honours
2001–11 Unknown
2011–13   Kolyo Hristov
2013–14   Petar Kostadinov 99991 Amateur Cup title
1 Promotion to B Group
2014   Krasimir Manolov
2014   Gospodin Mirchev
2014–15   Radostin Kishishev
2015–16   Zhivko Zhelev
  Vladislav Yanush
2016–2017   Aleksandar Tomash
2017   Ilian Iliev
2018   Blagomir Mitrev
2018   Ivan Kolev
2018   Nebojša Miličić
2018   Lyudmil Kirov
2018–2019   Nebojša Miličić
2019   Oleksandr Sevidov
2019   Ivan Vutov

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Верея спечели купата на Аматьорската футболна лига (Gong.bg, (In Bulgarian))
  2. ^ "Елиаш пред Sportal.bg: Треньорът на Берое не ме искаше в състава, оставам в "А" група с Верея". sportal.bg. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  3. ^ "След сигнал на УЕФА: БФС изхвърли клуб от Първа лига" [After signal by UEFA: BFU expelled a team from First League] (in Bulgarian). Sportal.bg. May 7, 2019. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  4. ^ "Верея изваден от Първа лига заради пет мача, три от тях са известни" [Vereya expelled from First League because of five matches, three are known] (in Bulgarian). Sportal.bg. May 7, 2019. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  5. ^ "Ще получи ли Лудогорец две точки предимство след изваждането на Верея от Първа лига?" [Will Ludogorets receive two points advantage after the expulsion of Vereya from First League?] (in Bulgarian). Sportal.bg. May 7, 2019. Retrieved May 8, 2019.

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