FC Yambol 1915 (Bulgarian: ФК Ямбол 1915) is a Bulgarian football club based in Yambol, currently playing in the Third Amateur Football League (Bulgaria), the third division of Bulgarian football. Its home stadium "Tundzha" has a capacity of 18,000 seats. Club colors are blue and white.

FC Yambol 1915
Full nameFootball Club Yambol 1915
FoundedMarch 17, 1915; 107 years ago (1915-03-17) as Tundzha Yambol
August 1, 2017; 4 years ago (2017-08-01) (refounded)
GroundLuskov Stadium, Yambol
Capacity15,000
ChairmanGalin Iliev
ManagerRumen Stoyanov
LeagueBulgarian Third League
2020–21Third League, 15th

HistoryEdit

FoundationEdit

The club was officially founded on 17 March 1915. The team was one of the founders of Bulgarian B Group under the name Partizan. FC Tundzha is in 40th place on A Group All-time ranking 1948–2013.

The team is successor to Botev, Georgi Drazhev, Nikolai Lyskov, Partizan, Spartak, DNA, Red Flag, Victory and Glory. During the 1950s the team tried to become a stable part of Bulgarian B BFG.

Promotion to A Group and years among the bestEdit

In the 1960s, Tundzha became an established participant in the second tier, and they were often involved in the fight for the B Group title almost every season. Tundzha had their best season in 1969–70, when they managed to finish first in the second tier and promote to the A Group for the very first time in the club's history.

Tundzha's first season in the A Group, 1970-71, ended with the team finishing in 13th position on the table, thus avoiding relegation. That season, only one team was relegated, due to the league expanding from 16 to 18 teams. Only 16th-placed Maritsa Plovdiv were relegated, thus Tundzha survived their first season.

Tundzha's second season in the elite category, (1971-72), was marked by unstable results and the danger of relegation was present almost throughout the entire season. The team eventually finished 16th, with 28 points, two points above 17th-placed Marek Dupnitsa, who were relegated. Tundzha again managed to survive and remain part of A Group for next season.

Tundzha's third season in A Group proved to be the toughest for the club. Tundzha eventually finished 17th, with 25 points, which was three less than what was needed to survive, resulting in Tundzha's relegation from the top tier, after three seasons among the best.

The 80sEdit

During the 1980s the team tried to remain part of Bulgarian B Group. One time the team fell into the Bulgarian V AFG, but again went back to the professionals.

In the 1990s the team started its biggest falls in history. In 1994 the team fell from "B" Group to "V" Football Group. During the season 2000–01 the team fell into the "A" local group. In 2005–06 it lost the promotion for entering "V" Football Group, but in 2006–07 entered "V" Group.

Post Tundzha YearsEdit

In the 2011–12 season FC Tundzha ended the season in second place, after the team lost the promotion in the last round in Southeastern "V" Group. The team played in 1/18 finals in The Bulgarian Cup in 2011–12. Two times semi-finalist in the National Championship in 1933 and 1936. The biggest success in First Professional Football League is the 13th place in 1970–71 and three years playing in there.

2017–present: Refounding as Yambol 1915Edit

On 2 August 2017 the Third League team Uragan Boyadzhik adapted Yambol 1915 name and moved to Yambol to succeed the dissolved in 2015 team.[1]

HonoursEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 1 September 2019

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   BUL Kristiyan Van Den Tempel
3 DF   BUL Yuliyan Chapaev
7 MF   BUL Daniel Stoyanov
8 MF   BUL Aleksandar Andonov
9 FW   BUL Simeon Grigorov (captain)
11 MF   BUL Ivaylo Ilchev
12 GK   BUL Stoyko Yorgov
13 MF   BUL Martin Ivanov
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 MF   BUL Svetlin Rumenov
18 DF   BUL Spas Donchev
19 FW   BUL Nikolay Valev
22 DF   BUL Krasimir Andonov
44 DF   BUL Stoyan Marinov
53 DF   BUL Ivan Zhechev
73 MF   BUL Atanas Georgiev
96 MF   BUL Dinko Dinev

Notable playersEdit

Past seasonsEdit

Season League Place W D L GF GA Pts Bulgarian Cup
2017–18 Third League (III) not qualified
Green marks a season followed by promotion, red a season followed by relegation.

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