PFC Neftochimic Burgas

Neftochimic (Bulgarian: Нефтохимик) is a Bulgarian professional association football club based in Burgas, which currently competes in Second League, the second tier of the Bulgarian football league system. The team plays its home games at the local Lazur Stadium, which it used to share with PSFC Chernomorets Burgas up until 2015.

Neftochimic Burgas
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Full nameProfessional Football Club Neftochimic Burgas 1962
Nickname(s)The Sheiks
Founded20 May 1962; 58 years ago (1962-05-20)
GroundStadion Lazur
Capacity18,037
OwnerAnelia Zlatkova
ChairmanPlamen Mihov
Head coachNikolay Krastev
LeagueSecond League
2019–20Second League, 5th
WebsiteClub website

Club coloursEdit

Green White Black

Kit historyEdit

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
2011   Tomy Eurobuilding Engineering
2012   Nike Burgas Municipality
2013-2014   Legea Lukoil
2015-2018   Krasiko Masterhouse
2019- 2020   Krasiko Efbet
2021 -   Uhlsport Efbet

HistoryEdit

AncestorsEdit

PFC Neftochimic BurgasEdit

On 6 July 2009, Naftex Burgas stopped its existence. On 7 July the amateur football club Athletic was renamed to Neftochimic 1986 and was subsequently declared by the owners as a successor of the old team.During the following 2010–11 season the team finished second, completing a quick return to professional football.[1] On 27 June 2014 it was announced that the club was dissolved due to financial debts.

Neftochimic also won the 2011 Bulgarian Amateur Football League Cup.

Master Burgas/PFC BurgasEdit

The club was founded in 2009 as Football Club Master. On 19 June 2014, the BFU confirmed Benkovski Byala's withdrawal from the 2014–15 B PFG and officially invited Master Burgas to take their spot as the 2nd placed team in the Southeast V AFG.[2]

On 22 June, the club announced it has accepted the invitation, and in addition will change its name to PFC Burgas and switch colors from red and white to blue and white, similar to the flag of Burgas.[3][4]

The New Neftochimic (2015–present)Edit

Professional divisions (2015–present)Edit

On 7 January 2015, it's announced that PFC Burgas and the newly establish team SNC Neftochimic Burgas, claiming to be successor of PFC Neftochimic Burgas (2009–14), are going to merge in the end of the season and start the next season under the name PFC Neftochimic Burgas 1962.[5] Neftochimic Burgas 1962 started the 2015–16 season in B Group on the place of PFC Burgas.The team finished 12th, but was administratively promoted to the new Bulgarian First League.

On 3 June 2017, the team lost the playoff match against Vitosha Bistritsa and was relegated from the Bulgarian First League.[6] On 23 June 2017, the team announced that they will play mostly with youth team players due to financial troubles and so most of U19 team were promoted to first team with Nikolay Krastev as manager and Stanislav Zhekov as his assistant, while most of the players from last season would be released.[7]

Relegation and Third Division (2018-2019)

On 15 August 2017, it was announced that Lokomotiv Burgas would merge with the team, making Sutherland Global Services the new owners of the team. The 2017–18 season was very poor for "the Sheikhs", as they won only 2 games in the Second League, and were relegated to the third tier, the Third Amateur Football League.[8]

In the new season Neftochimic managed to win a promotion back to Second League, finishing 1st, after dominating the league with 29 wins, 3 draws and just 2 losses. They managed to defeat city rivals FC Chernomorets 1919 Burgas on two occasions.

Back to Second Division (2019-present)

In their first season back with the professionals, Neftochimic managed to finish 5th, just before the league was stopped due to the COVID-19 pandemic just 9 points behind the 3rd in the league Montana who were granted promotion. "The Sheikhs" started the season playing their home games Arena Sozopol, due to the lack of financial support. In their first home game Neftochimic managed to defeat their long time rivals FC Spartak Varna with a 5:0 win.

On November 22nd 2019 Neftochimic signed a 5-year sponsorship deal with Bulgarian betting company "efbet", which made a financial agreement with Stadion Lazur's owner Mitko Sabev to bring the club back to its original home, renaming and re-branding it to "Efbet Arena Burgas".


Current squadEdit

PlayersEdit

As of 1 October 2020

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   BUL Plamen Kolev
3 DF   BUL Todor Petkov
4 DF   BUL Ali Ahmed
6 DF   BUL Tsvetan Chahov
7 MF   BUL Simeon Veshev
8 MF   BUL Blagovest Danchev (on loan from Botev Plovdiv)
9 FW   BUL Viktor Yanev
10 FW   BUL Oktay Yusein
11 MF   BUL Zhivko Zhekov
14 MF   BUL Valchan Chanev
15 DF   BUL Nikola Borisov
18 MF   BUL Iliyan Yordanov
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 MF   BUL Mario Yordanov
20 MF   BUL Daniel Ivanov
21 MF   BUL Tsvetan Filipov (captain)
22 MF   BUL Tsvetomir Tsonkov
27 DF   BUL Nikolay Kostov
32 DF   BUL Dimitar Balinov (on loan from Botev Plovdiv)
33 GK   BUL Petar Ivanov (on loan from Levski Sofia)
71 MF   BUL Ivan Vinkov
77 MF   BUL Daniel Vasilev
92 DF   BUL Galin Tashev
99 MF   BUL Galin Dimov
FW   BUL Ventsislav Hristov
For recent transfers, see Transfers summer 2020.

ManagersEdit

Dates Name Honours
2015   Radostin Kishishev
2015   Atanas Atanasov
2015–2016   Diyan Petkov
2016   Gancho Evtimov
  Dimcho Nenov
(interim)
2016−2017   Hristo Yanev
2017   Nikolay Krastev
2017   Blagomir Mitrev

League positionsEdit

Second Professional Football League (Bulgaria)Third Amateur Football League (Bulgaria)Second Professional Football League (Bulgaria)Bulgarian First LeagueBulgarian B Football GroupRegional Amateur Football Groups (Bulgaria)Bulgarian A Football GroupBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian V AFGBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian A Football GroupBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian V AFGBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian V AFGBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian V AFG

Past seasonsEdit

Season League Place W D L GF GA Pts Bulgarian Cup
2015–16 B PFG (II) 12 7 14 8 29 39 35 First round
2016–17 First League (I) 12 8 7 17 33 47 31 Second Round
2017–18 Second League (II) 16 2 3 25 15 62 9 First round
Green marks a season followed by promotion, red a season followed by relegation.

Goalscoring and appearance recordsEdit

As of 12 May 2017

Most appearances for the club in the First League

Rank Name Career Appearances
1   Ivan Valchanov 2016–2017 29
2   Nikolay Dyulgerov 2016–2017 28
3   Yanko Georgiev 2016–2017 27
4   Borislav Borisov 2015–2016 26
5   Sergiu Homei 2016–2017 25
  Zhivko Hadzhiev 2015–2017 25
7   Stanislav Zhekov 2015–2016
2017–
24
  Angel Granchov 2016–2017 24
9   Stanimir Andonov 2015–2016 23
  Tihomir Trifonov 2015–2016 23

Most goals for the club in the league

Rank Name Career Goals
1   Ivan Valchanov 2016–2017 6
  Borislav Borisov 2015–2016 6
3   Dimitar Georgiev 2015 5
4   Galin Ivanov 2017 4
  Ventsislav Hristov 2016–2017 4
6   Stefan Nedelchev 2015–2016 3
  Lyubomir Lubenov 2015 3
  Stanislav Zhekov 2015–2016
2017–
3
  Emanuil Manev 2016–2017 3
  Nikolay Dyulgerov 2016–2017 3

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Neftochimic @ BGClubs.eu
  2. ^ Мастер Бс ще играе в Б група (Sportal.bg, in Bulgarian)
  3. ^ "Мастер става ФК "Бургас". Бошнаков – аут, Руси Гочев поема клуба" (in Bulgarian). e-burgas.com. Retrieved 2014-06-22.
  4. ^ Мастер Бургас си смени името (Gong.bg, in Bulgarian)
  5. ^ [1] ПФК Бургас и Нефтохимик се обединяват
  6. ^ "Сензация! "Бистришките тигри" изхвърлиха "шейховете" от Първа лига" (in Bulgarian). sportal.bg. 2 June 2017.
  7. ^ Нефтохимик се спаси - започва във Втора лига, но пътят ще е ужасно тежък
  8. ^ Добра вест за бургаските фенове: световна компания взе акциите на Нефтохимик