OFC Spartak Pleven
OFC Spartak (Bulgarian: ОФК Спартак) is a Bulgarian municipal association football club from the city of Pleven founded on 10 September 1919. It currently competes in the Second League. The team's greatest achievements are the Bulgarian Cup final in 1957 and the third place in the Bulgarian Championship during the following season.
|Full name||Municipal Football Club Spartak 1919 Pleven|
|Founded||10 September 1919|
|Ground||Pleven Stadium, Pleven|
|2018–19||North-West Third League, 1st /promoted/|
Spartak Pleven was created in 1919, by a student from Pleven, Dragomir Nestorov. He along with a couple of friends founded the club under the name "Skobelov".
The year 1931 remains important for the club's history. This is because then the club changed its name to "Belite Orli". In 1941, the club was given their first ground by the Pleven municipality.
Things began to change in 1944, when the new government in Bulgaria began to interfere in sports as well. In 1946, it was decided that Belite Orli should be renamed to "Republikanec". However, the fans of the club were against the new name and in a meeting, it was decided to change the team's name to "Spartak Pleven", which it still carries today. In 1949, other football teams began to appear in the city, such as "Lokomotiv" and "General Vinarov". However, it was decided that all the teams should be united into one, strong team, so the name "Septemvri" was given to the new team. The team even managed to promote to the elite the same year. However, less than a year later, it was decided that Spartak Pleven would separate and act as a club on its own.
It was decided that there would be a qualifying tournament for the club's in Pleven to decide which team would participate on a professional level. Torpedo Pleven won that tournament and went to A PFG, while Spartak would start from the regional groups. However, the team quickly managed to promote back to professional football, gaining a place in the Bulgarian elite by 1951. In 1958, Spartak achieved its greatest success, finishing third.
Until the end of the 1980s, Spartak was a very important member of the Bulgarian elite, with only a couple of relegations to the second tier. The city of Pleven formed as one of the most important football centers in the country, with Spartak Pleven's youth academy becoming one of the strongest academies in Bulgaria, producing numerous players for the elite teams.
With the arrival of changes in the political and economic system in Bulgaria in the late 80s, Spartak Pleven experienced serious financial problems. However, until 2001, the team still managed to compete in the highest league three times. By 2001, Spartak had managed to compete 35 seasons in the top level, which grants the team tenth place in the all time rankings in Bulgaria. Since then, Spartak Pleven has been bouncing between the second and third tiers.
Their record low came in 2010, when the club declared bankruptcy. This lead to the club being reformed and started playing from the amateur leagues.
They currently play in the North-West third league, but Spartak managed to promote to the second tier for the upcoming 2019-20 season.
- Second League:
- Third League:
- Cup of the Soviet Army
As of 20 August 2019[update]
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
For recent transfers, see Transfers summer 2019.
|2009–10||IV||A Regional Group||2||18||5||3||75||26||59||not qualified|
|2010–11||III||V Group||5||15||6||9||49||27||51||not qualified|
|2011–12||III||V Group||1||27||2||1||111||10||83||Third Round|
|2012–13||II||B Group||6*||11||9||6||33||25||42||Second Round|
|2013–14||III||V Group||4||20||5||5||66||27||65||not qualified|
|2014–15||III||V Group||1||23||2||1||92||8||71||not qualified|
|2015–16||II||B Group||13||9||9||12||35||42||36||Second Round|
|2016–17||II||Second League||14||9||6||15||44||52||33||First Round|
|2017–18||III||Third League||8||10||9||11||39||46||39||not qualified|
|2018–19||III||Third League||1||26||1||3||75||11||79||not qualified|
|Green marks a season followed by promotion, red a season followed by relegation.|
|Group Stage||Werder Bremen||2–3||0–1||3rd|
Most First League apps:
Most First League goals:
- "Спартак (Плевен) има нов треньорски екип" (in Bulgarian). sportal.bg. 6 July 2018.
- Обретенов, Светослав (1989). Северняшки танц с футболна топка (in Bulgarian). Пловдив: Издателство "Христо Г. Данов".
- Симеонов, Климент (1984). Футболът в България (in Bulgarian). София: Държавно издателство "Медицина и физкултура".