FC Yantra Gabrovo

FC Yantra (Bulgarian: ФК Янтра) is a Bulgarian football club based in Gabrovo, which plays in Second League, the second tier of Bulgarian football. The club was originally founded in 1919 and home matches are played at Stadion Hristo Botev. Its home stadium has a capacity of 14 000 seats. Club colors are green and white.

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Full nameFC Yantra Gabrovo
Founded1919; 103 years ago (1919)
GroundStadion Hristo Botev, Gabrovo
ChairmanNikolay Minchev
Head coachSasho Angelov
LeagueSecond League
2020–21Second League, 11th
WebsiteClub website


The club was founded in the summer of 1919 under the name of FC City of Gabrovo. Its founders are Hristo Bobchev, dr. Dencho Nedyalkov, Simeon Kostov, Kosta Tepavicharov, Nikola Vulnarov, Nencho Dimitrov, Hristofor Negentsov, Hristofor Stomonyakov, Hristo Karafezov, Dimitar Popov, Sava Mihailov, Ivan, Naniu and Georgi Nenov. On 21 September 1919 the club played its first game against Gorna Oryahovitsa and won 1:0. The starting eleven for this game were: Sava Mihailov (goalkeeper), Ivan Nanev, Nikola Rashev, Georgi Nanev, Simeon Kostov, Nikola Vulnarov, Stoyan Nanev, Dosiu Peev, Hristo Bobchev, Nencho Dimitrov and Nencho Stoyanov. In the beginning of 1920 the club joined gymnastics association Yunak, but later this year separates and takes a new name sports club Balkan, which is followed by another change - FC Oto. The latter comes from one of the players - Spiridon Nedevsky, nicknamed Oto. Because he had a strong desire to get the ball while on the field he had constantly yelled at his teammates 'ot, ot!' this became a byword for the team. The club subsequently changed its name to Aprilov, FC Chardafon, Chardafon-Orlovets. They participated to Bulgarian Championship as Tarnovo Region champion at seasons of 1928-29, 1931–32, 1932–33, 1933–34 and as Gabrovo Region champion at seasons of 1944-45 and 1947-48. The best result was quarter final in 1944-45. The name FC Yantra came up in 1973, and is used until now (excluding the period 1994 - 2001 when, after a relegation for a corruption case, it played under FC Chardafon). They played in Bulgarian A Football Group between 1970–1972, 1973–1975 and 1990-1994.[citation needed]

During season 2005-2006, the club was relegated to the third tier of Bulgarian football. Next season (2006–07), Yantra won the North-West "V" Football Bulgarian group and promoted to "B" West Football Group. However, season 2007-08 was not good for Yantra, as they were relegated to the third division (North-West "V" Bulgarian Football group) with 6-wins, 6-draw, 14-loses, GF:GA-31:48, Points:24.[citation needed]

After the end of the season 2008/2009 with the club's financial instability FC Yantra, 4th in the season and the new participant group Yantra 2000 (Gabrovo) were merged after drawing the program. The new team was named FC Yantra 1919 (Gabrovo) and played their home games at the stadium Hristo Botev, Gabrovo. The new team changed its home colours and play with black shirts, green shorts and black socks.[citation needed]

Due to financial reasons, FC Yantra gave up participation in the North-West "V" football group on 23 March 2012.[1]

In 2016, the newly reformed Yantra Gabrovo managed to promote to the V AFG, for the first time since their bankruptcy in 2012. This team claims to be the successor of the entity that existed before, thus carrying its traditions. A separate team from Gabrovo, called Yantra Gabrovo 1919 also promoted to the third tier in 2017. This meant that both teams were to play their home games at the Hristo Botev Stadium in Gabrovo. However, Yantra Gabrovo 1919 was relegated at the end of the 2017-18 season, leaving the original Yantra Gabrovo in the third tier.[citation needed]

On July 8, 2019, the two clubs from Gabrovo decided to merge and form one club, called Yantra Gabrovo 2019. Yantra finished first in the 2019-20 season in the third level, securing promotion to the Second League.[citation needed]


Current squadEdit

As of 25 October 2021[2]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
3 DF   BUL Simeon Chatov
4 DF   BUL Plamen Tenev
5 DF   BUL Kostadin Gadzhalov
6 MF   BUL Petar Kazakov
7 MF   BUL Hristiyan Kozhuharov (captain)
9 FW   BUL Ivan Petkov
10 MF   BUL Ivaylo Ivanov
11 MF   BUL Iskren Pisarov
12 GK   BUL Bogomil Tsintsarski
15 MF   BUL Vladislav Ivanov
16 DF   BUL Konstantin Ivanov
17 MF   BUL Georgi Nedkov
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 MF   BUL Ventsislav Slavov
19 DF   BUL Georgi Varbanov
22 MF   BUL Vladislav Misyak
23 GK   BUL Petar Ivanov
24 MF   BUL Daniel Gadzhev
25 DF   BUL Preslav Petrov
71 MF   BUL Toni Ivanov (on loan from Slavia Sofia)
73 MF   BUL Vladimir Michev
89 DF   BUL Martin Angelov
92 FW   BUL Oldzhay Aliev (on loan from Beroe)
FW   BUL Martin Botev
GK   BUL Nikolay Manchev

For recent transfers, see Transfers winter 2020–21 and Transfers summer 2021.

Out on loanEdit

Foreign playersEdit

Technical staffEdit

Name Role
  Sasho Angelov Head coach
  Nikolay Vasilev Assistant
  Iskren Pisarov Assistant
  Petko Petkov Goalkeeping coach

Famous playersEdit


  • Dimitar Aleksiev
  • Krasen Marinov
  • Plamen Markov (1990–92), (1996–97)
  • Velislav Vutsov (2001–02) Winning the Amateur football league cup, and promoted club to Bulgarian B PFG after play off
  • Todor Todorov (2004-6 April)
  • Stoyan Filipov (April 2006-07) promoted club to "B" PFG after winning Bulgarian North-West C AFG
  • Veselin Antonov (2007-March 2008)
  • Ilian Vasilev (March 2008-May 2008)
  • Hristo Kirilov (August 2008-June 2009)
  • Plamen Iliev (July 2009 - December 2009)
  • Nikolay Iliev - Galibata (December 2009 - March 2010)
  • Veselin Antonov (April 2010-December 2010)
  • Radia Doichev (January 2011-July 2011)
  • Nikolay Vasilev (August 2011-?)
  • Stoyan Atsarov (May 2020–October 2020)
  • Kostadin Angelov (October 2020–August 2021)
  • Sasho Angelov (August 2021–)


A Group:

Bulgarian Cup:

  • Quarter-finals (1): 1942

Cup of Bulgarian Amateur Football League:

  • Winners (1): 2001–02

European statisticsEdit

    • Rapid Wien - Yantra 6:0
    • Yantra - Zawisza Bydgoszcz 0:0
    • Yantra - Halmstads BK 0:1
    • Brondby IF - Yantra 6:4

Group 1

place Team GF:GA Points
1.   Rapid Wien 14 : 4 7
2.   Zawisza Bydgoszcz 8 : 4 4
3.   Halmstads BK 3 : 4 4
4.   Brondby IF 11 : 15 4
5.   Yantra Gabrovo 4 : 13 1

League positionsEdit

Second Professional Football League (Bulgaria)Bulgarian V AFGBulgarian V AFGRegional Amateur Football Groups (Bulgaria)Bulgarian V AFGBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian V AFGBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian V AFGBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian V AFGBulgarian B Football Group

Past seasonsEdit

  • 8 participations in Bulgarian A Professional Football Group.
  • 38 participations in Bulgarian B Professional Football Group.
  • 1995/1996 Bulgarian B PFG (II) 9th place - under the name FC Chardafon
  • 1996/1997 Bulgarian B PFG 6th place under the name FC Chardafon
  • 1997/1998 Bulgarian B PFG 7th place under the name FC Chardafon
  • 1998/1999 Bulgarian B PFG 14th place   - relegated to V AFG under the name FC Chardafon
  • 1999/2000 Bulgarian V AFG (III) 11th place - under the name FC Chardafon
  • 2000/2001 Bulgarian V AFG 8th place - under the name FC Chardafon; after end of the season the team changed its name to FC Yantra
  • 2001/2002 Bulgarian V AFG 2nd place   - promoted to B PFG after winning the playoff against Shumen 2001 with 2:0.
  • 2002/2003 Bulgarian B PFG (II) 9th place   - due to a lack of finances FC Yantra were at the brink of dissolving and failed to show up for their first match with Chavdar Byala Slatina; because of this, the club were relegated to V AFG
  • 2003/2004 Bulgarian V AFG (III) 3rd place
  • 2004/2005 Bulgarian V AFG 1st place   - promoted to B PFG
  • 2005/2006 Bulgarian B PFG (II) 13th place   - relegated to V AFG
  • 2006/2007 Bulgarian V AFG (III) 1st place   - promoted to B PFG
  • 2007/2008 Bulgarian B PFG (II) 13th place   - relegated to V AFG
  • 2008/2009 Bulgarian V AFG (III) 4th place
  • 2009/2010 Bulgarian V AFG 11th place
  • 2010/2011 Bulgarian V AFG 4th place
  • 2011/2012 Bulgarian V AFG 14th place   - relegated to the Regional AFG
  • 2012/2013 Bulgarian Regional AFG (IV) 1st place   - promoted to V AFG
  • 2013/2014 Bulgarian V AFG (III) 13th place
  • 2014/2015 Bulgarian V AFG 7th place
  • 2015/2016 Bulgarian V AFG 14th place
  • 2016/2017 Third League 10th place
  • 2017/2018 Third League 7th place


3 Debel dial Str. 5300 Gabrovo, Bulgaria tel. +359-66-808353

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Gatev, Svetlozar (23 March 2012). "The End! Gabrovo officially left without men's football team!!!". Sport Gabrovo. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Играчи".

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