FC Vitosha Bistritsa

FC Vitosha (Bulgarian: ФК Витоша) is a Bulgarian association football club based in Bistritsa, Sofia City Province, which competes in the First League, the top division of Bulgarian football, following their promotion from the Second League in 2017. It is named after the Vitosha mountain range, where Bistritsa is located.

FC Vitosha Bistritsa
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Full nameFootball Club Vitosha Bistritsa
Nickname(s)Бистришките тигри (The Bistritsa Tigers)
Short nameVitosha
Founded1958; 62 years ago (1958)
GroundStadion Bistritsa
Capacity2,500
ChairmanSergey Tashkov
Head coachAsen Bukarev
LeagueFirst League
2018–19First League, 13th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The club became notable for having Bulgaria's prime minister, Boyko Borisov, as a registered player of the squad in the lower divisions.[1][2][3] The increased popularity of the club due to Borisov's presence led to its coach and players being featured on the TV series BNT Taxi in 2011.[4]

HistoryEdit

1958–2007: Regional divisionsEdit

The club was founded in 1958 and played in the regional divisions until 2007, when it gained promotion to the third division. In the 1972–73 Bulgarian Cup they entered the preliminary round, but eventually lost to Pirin Blagoevgrad with a 3-0 result.

2007–2016: Amateur division and B Group breakthroughEdit

From 2007 to 2016 the team played regularly in the V Group. In May 2012, Vitosha claimed the Amateur League Cup for the first time in their history, eliminating Dve Mogili 2–1 in the final match.[5] During the 2012-13 V Group, the club ranked second in the South-West V Group and achieved promotion to Bulgaria's professional B Group for the first time in their history.

During the 2013–14 Bulgarian Cup, Vitosha eliminated Bansko with an aggregate score of 3-1 to advance to the Round of 16 of the Bulgarian Cup for the first time ever. Previously, their highest achievement had been reaching the Round of 32 in the 1972 Bulgarian Cup.

2016–present: Professional league and academy developmentEdit

Vitosha finished the 2015–16 V Group in second place after CSKA Sofia, but due to the adoption of a new league structure for the Second League, they were promoted again.[6] In the meantime, the club started investing in a youth academy consisting of five youth teams for the 2016–17 season and reconstruction works on the club's stadium. On May 3, 2017, Vitosha presented an update of their current club crest.[7] A few days later, on May 8, 2017, they also signed a sponsorship agreement with Bulgarian gambling company Efbet for the upcoming two seasons.[8]

On June 3, 2017, Vitosha won the play-off relegation match against Neftochimic Burgas and achieved promotion to the top division for first time in their history.[9]

Despite their poor performance during the regular season, finishing last with the worst defense and attack, and gaining only one victory, Vitosha avoided relegation from the 2017–18 First League, winning the play-offs against Pirin Blagoevgrad and Lokomotiv Sofia.

HonoursEdit

Bulgarian First League:

Cup of Bulgarian Amateur Football League

  •   Winners (1): 2012

Bulgarian Cup

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 1 February 2020

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Hristiyan Vasilev
3   DF Evgeni Zyumbulev
4   DF Kristiyan Uzunov
5   DF Ventsislav Bonev (3rd captain)
6   MF Stanislav Malamov
7   MF Kristiyan Kochilov
8   MF Georgi Sarmov
9   FW Iliya Dimitrov (on loan from Levski Sofia)
10   MF Georgi Amzin (vice-captain)
11   MF Daniel Kutev
12   GK Nikolay Krastev
14   MF Chetin Sadula (captain)
No. Position Player
17   MF Zapro Dinev
18   DF Apostol Popov
20   MF Aristote Madiani
22   DF Bogomil Dyakov
23   FW Emil Gargorov
25   DF Yordan Minev
33   GK Kristiyan Katsarev
77   DF Veselin Minev
80   MF Lachezar Kotev
88   MF Martin Stankev
93   MF Atanas Kabov (on loan from Levski Sofia)
96   MF Hristo Ivanov
For recent transfers, see Transfers summer 2019 and Transfers winter 2019–20.

Foreign playersEdit

Up to five non-EU nationals can be registered and given a squad number for the first team in the A PFG however only three can be used during a match day. 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.

EU Nationals

EU Nationals (Dual citizenship)

Non-EU Nationals

Goalscoring and appearance recordsEdit

As of 1 December 2019

Most appearances for the club in First League

Rank Name Career Appearances
1   Chetin Sadula 2013– 69
2   Rumen Gyonov 2014– 68
3   Lachezar Kotev 2016– 67
4   Todor Gochev 2017– 62
5   Georgi Amzin 2014– 60
  Stefan Hristov 2017–2019 60
7   Grigor Dolapchiev 2017– 56
8   Kristiyan Kochilov 2015– 55
  Ivaylo Lazarov 2016–2019 55
10   Petko Tsankov 2017–2019 54
As of 1 December 2019

Most goals for the club in First League

Rank Name Career Goals
1   Grigor Dolapchiev 2017– 11
2   Stefan Hristov 2017–2019 9
3   Emil Gargorov 2019– 7
4   Ivaylo Lazarov 2016–2019 6
5   Chetin Sadula 2013– 5
6   Daniel Peev 2017–2018 4
7   Daniel Kutev 2017– 3
8   Ivan Valchanov 2018–2019 2
  Iliya Dimitrov 2019– 2

PersonnelEdit

 
Kostadin Angelov who was head coach of the team between 2015 and 2018.

Manager historyEdit

Dates Name Honours
1959–2007 Unknown
2007–2014   Yasin Mishaui 99991 Amateur Cup title
2014   Nikolay Todorov
2014–2015   Borislav Georgiev
2015–2018   Kostadin Angelov
2018–2019   Rosen Kirilov
2019   Engibar Engibarov
2019–   Asen Bukarev

Current technical bodyEdit

Position Name Nationality
Chairman Slavcho Galev  
Chief Executive Kostadin Angelov  
Head Coach Asen Bukarev  
Assistant Coach Daniel Peev  
Goalkeeper Coach Valentin Zahariev  
Condition Coach Vacant
Doctor Vacant
Administrator Simeon Krastanov  

League StatsEdit

SeasonsEdit

2017–18 FC Vitosha Bistritsa season

2018–19 FC Vitosha Bistritsa season

League positionsEdit

First Professional Football LeagueSecond Professional Football League (Bulgaria)Bulgarian V AFGBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian V AFG 

Past seasonsEdit

Season League Place W D L GF GA Pts Bulgarian Cup
2010–11 V Group (III) 3 27 4 7 70 24 85 not qualified
2011–12 V Group 6 19 4 13 53 36 61 not qualified
2012–13 V Group 2 22 5 3 52 10 71 not qualified
2013–14 B Group (II) 11 7 7 12 22 24 28 Second round
2014–15 V Group (III) 4 18 6 6 57 22 60 not qualified
2015–16 V Group 2 23 5 4 72 16 74 not qualified
2016–17 Second League (II) 3 15 8 7 37 23 53 First round
2017–18 First League (I) 13 2 11 24 22 68 17 First round
2018–19 First League 13 13 5 19 35 50 44 Second round
Green marks a season followed by promotion, red a season followed by relegation.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Boiko Borissov and Vitosha FC to face Nottingham United in a Friendly The Sofia Echo 2010-08-17. Retrieved on 2011-07-28.
  2. ^ Bulgaria's versatile PM eyes player of year award Reuters 2011-11-28. Retrieved on 2011-11-29.
  3. ^ Bulgarian PM named country's best footballer AFP 2011-12-5. Retrieved on 2011-12-6.
  4. ^ BNT Taxi (in Bulgarian) Archived 2012-05-25 at the Wayback Machine BNT 1 2011-12-9. Retrieved on 2011-12-9.
  5. ^ Bulgarian PM Wins Amateur Football Cup, Ministers Cheer Novinite.com 2012-5-30 Retrieved on 2012-08-13.
  6. ^ Ботев (Враца) и Витоша (Бистрица) се завръщат във Втора лига
  7. ^ Витоша Бистрица с нова емблема
  8. ^ Витоша (Бистрица) с нов генерален спонсор
  9. ^ "Сензация! "Бистришките тигри" изхвърлиха "шейховете" от Първа лига" (in Bulgarian). sportal.bg. 2 June 2017.

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