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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.

Spartak Pleven
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Full nameMunicipal Football Club Spartak 1919 Pleven
Founded10 September 1919; 99 years ago (10 September 1919)
GroundPleven Stadium, Pleven
Capacity22,000
ChairmanEvgeni Genov
ManagerKrasimir Bislimov[1]
LeagueSecond League
2018–19North-West Third League, 1st /promoted/

Spartak Pleven's colours are blue and white. Former Bulgarian international Plamen Getov is the club's most prominent figure, being Spartak Pleven's top goalscorer with a total of 108 goals.

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HistoryEdit

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.

HonoursEdit

  • Second League:
    •   Winners (5): 1960–61, 1966–67, 1977–78, 1983–84, 2000–01

League positionsEdit

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

PlayersEdit

As of 20 August 2019

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

No. Position Player
3   DF Lachezar Kovachev
4   DF Tsvetelin Ivanov
5   DF Kristiyan Grigorov
6   MF Zhulien Benkov
7   FW Ivaylo Ivanov
8   MF Ivaylo Radentsov (captain)
10   FW Preslav Antonov
12   MF Trayan Dimitrov
14   DF Stanislav Ivanov
15   DF Ivo Varbanov
17   MF Petar Tonchev
No. Position Player
18   MF Giorgio Dimitrov
20   MF Hosein Traykov
21   DF Valentino Makaveev
22   MF Yanislav Ivanov
23   MF Hristo Todorov
24   MF Dimitar Dimitrov
30   GK Borislav Nachev
31   FW Andriyan Dimitrov
86   GK Stanislav Antonov
  DF Yordan Radev (on loan from Cherno More)
  MF Petar Vutsov (on loan from Cherno More)

For recent transfers, see Transfers summer 2019.

Past seasonsEdit

Season Level League Place W D L GF GA Pts Bulgarian Cup
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.

European RecordEdit

MatchesEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1964–65 Intertoto Cup
Group Stage   Karl–Marx–Stadt 0–0 2–6 4th
  Tatran Prešov 2–2 0–0
  Odra Opole 1–1 0–2
1981 Intertoto Cup
Group Stage   Werder Bremen 2–3 0–1 3rd
  Malmö 2–0 1–3
  Zürich 4–1 0–3

Notable statsEdit

Most First League apps:

# Name Matches
1   Pusho Dimitrov 301
2   Krasimir Lazarov 257
3   Pavel Chelestinov 256
4   Sasho Varbanov 253
5   Petar Boyanov 251
6   Petko Todorov 244
7   Stoyan Zdravkov 220
8   Boris Novachev 204
9   Dimcho Dimov 204
10   Vencho Sabotinov 203

Most First League goals:

# Name Gols
1   Plamen Getov 108
2   Sasho Varbanov 75
3   Stoyan Zdravkov 64
4   Pavel Chelestinov 56
5   Krasimir Lazarov 40
6   Petar Boyanov 25
7   Vasil Minkov 25
8   Blagoi Krastanov 24
9   Milen Goranov 24
10   Petar Kostov 20

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "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".

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