OFC Vihren Sandanski

OFC Vihren (Bulgarian: Вихрен Сандански) is a Bulgarian football club from the town of Sandanski, currently playing in the South-West Third League. Sandanski's home ground is the Sandanski Stadium in Sandanski with a capacity of 6,000. Vihren Sandanski's team colours are green and white.

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Full nameOFC Vihren Sandanski
Nickname(s)The Gladiators
FoundedMay 24, 1925; 95 years ago (1925-05-24)
GroundSandanski Stadium,
ManagerZdravko Lazarov
LeagueSouth-West Third League
2019–20South-West Third League, 4th

Vihren was founded in 1925, changing its name several times during its early existence. Up until the early 2000s, Vihren played mostly in either the second or third tiers of Bulgarian football. Season 2004-05 is arguably the most important in the club's history, as the team managed to promote to the A PFG, or first tier of Bulgarian football, for the first time. Vihren managed to play four consecutive seasons in the elite, before suffering relegation after the 2008-09 season. Since then, the Gladiators have played mostly in the third regional tier.


Currently the team's home kit is green and the away kit is white. Various combinations of green and white have been used through the years, but green remains the basic colour of the team.


The club was founded on 24 May 1925. It has carried the names Ustrem, Gotse Delchev, Yane Sandanski and Cherveno zname throughout its history.

Until the 2004/05 season, the team participated in either the second or the third Bulgarian division, but gained promotion to the Bulgarian A PFG for the 2005/06 season. Before their first year of playing in A PFG, Vihren's owner decided to bring players from other country. His first signing was the ex-FC Porto player Jose Furtado. He was from the Portuguese side G.D. Tourizense for free. Brazilian player Serginio Dias, and Portuguese players Mauro Alexandre and Nuno Almeida were just a few players who signed for FC Vihren after Furtado. The team coach was named Petar Zhekov. Vihren finished season 2005-06 on 10th place in A PFG with 30 points. In season 2007-08, FC Vihren's owner Konstantin Dinev decided to bring Portuguese coach Rui Dias. The club signed eight Portuguese and two Brazilian players. But three months later, Rui Dias was discharged for poor results. At the end of the season, the team finished in 10th place. Season 2008/09 started excellent with a 1-0 win against Bulgarian Vice-champion Levski Sofia. In the 4th round, the club defeated Lokomotiv Sofia. In January 2008, Vihren signed notable Greek players Christos Maladenis and Dimitrios Zografakis. In the end of the season the team finished in 14th place and were relegated to B PFG.

League positionsEdit

Bulgarian V AFGBulgarian V AFGRegional Amateur Football Groups (Bulgaria)Bulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian A Football GroupBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian V AFG


Bulgarian A PFG:

Bulgarian Cup:

  • quarter finalist Cup of the Soviet Army: 1985/86

Current squadEdit

As of 1 August 2020

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 Dimitar Pangev
2 DF   BUL Martin Popov
3 DF   BUL Valeri Georgiev (captain)
4 DF   BUL Valentin Udev
5 DF   BUL Dimitar Kalchev
6 DF   BUL Daniel Zlatkov
7 MF   BUL Kristiyan Nikolov
9 FW   BUL Metodi Kostov
10 FW   BUL Vladimir Kabranov
11 MF   BUL Atanas Chipilov
12 GK   BUL Veselin Ganev
No. Pos. Nation Player
13 DF   BUL Borislav Ingov
14 MF   BUL Nikola Georgiev
16 MF   BUL Kostadin Apostolov
17 DF   BUL Valentin Kostov
18 MF   BUL Kostadin Kostadinov
19 MF   BUL Aleksandar Yakimov
20 DF   BUL Krasimir Zdravkov
21 MF   BUL Ivan Gyurov
23 MF   BUL Milen Zlatkov
98 MF   BUL Ivan Lazarov

Managerial historyEdit

This is a list of the last ten Vihren managers:

Name Nat From To
Kostadin Todorov   January 2000 January 2001
Vasil Metodiev   January 2001 June 2002
Yordan Bozdanski   December 2002 May 2004
Petar Zhekov   June 2004 May 2005
Petar Zhekov   June 2005 May 2006
Dionysis Beslikas   June 2006 August 2006
Petar Zhekov   August 2006 May 2007
Rui Dias   June 2007 October 2007
Eduard Eranosyan   October 2007 November 2007
Filip Filipov   December 2007 incumbent

As of December 31, 2009.

Ḥristo Ristoskov== Notable players ==

  •   Vasil Metodiev
  •   Vladimir Karakachiev
  •   Todor Mechev
  •   Krasimir Bakalov
  •   Valentin Stankov
  •   Atanas Manushev
  •   Plamen Mitsanski
  •   Emil Mitsanski
  •   Hristo Zlatinov

Former foreign playersEdit


  Cape Verde


  • Bruno Šiklić
  • Vedren Muratović















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