PSFC Chernomorets Burgas

PSFC Chernomorets Burgas (Bulgarian: ПСФК Черноморец Бургас) or simply Chernomorets (Bulgarian: Черноморец) was a Bulgarian football club from the city of Burgas. The club never won any major competition, its most notable achievement being a second-place finish in the UEFA Intertoto Cup competition in 2008.

Chernomorets Burgas
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Full nameПрофесионален спортен футболен клуб Черноморец Бургас
(Professional sports football club Chernomorets Burgas)
Nickname(s)Акулите (The Sharks)
Founded6 July 2005; 16 years ago (2005-07-06)
Dissolved5 June 2019; 3 years ago (2019-06-05)[1]
GroundChernomorets Stadium,
2018–19B RFG, 7th

The club was founded in 2005, following the folding of FC Chernomorets Burgas, that played numerous seasons in the first tier of Bulgarian football. The new Chernomorets quickly ascended to the first tier and remained there until the 2013-14 season. Financial problems followed, which led to instability and relegations to lower leagues, ultimately to the fifth tier, where the team played last in 2018-19, before being dissolved. Fans from Burgas founded FC Chernomorets 1919 Burgas as the successor of the club.

Club coloursEdit

Blue White

Kit historyEdit

Period Shirt sponsor
2005–2006 none
2006–2007 Petrol AD
2007–2009 none
2009–2011 Quarto
2011–2013 none
2013 Masterhaus
2014–2015 Balneohotel Pomorie
Period Kit manufacturer
2005–2006 Tomy Sport
2006–2007 Sportika
2007–2009 Nike
2009–2011 Puma
2011–2012 Macron
2012–2013 Legea
2013–2015 Sportika



Bulgarian A PFG:

Bulgarian Cup:

Cup of Bulgarian Amateur Football League:

  • Winner (1): 2006


UEFA Intertoto Cup:

  • Runners-up (1): 2008



In the summer of 2005, the club was founded by the mayor of Burgas. Despite the protests of the owner of FC Chernomorets Ivaylo Drazhev, the new club was named OFC Chernomorets 919 and was named as a successor of the current then FC Chernomorets. At the same time, Drazhev formed another club in the capital Sofia under the name PFC Chernomorets Burgas Sofia which only lasted one season and reached many anti-records.

The team in 2012

After a one-season stay in the amateur division, the club easily won the Bulgarian South-East V AFG with Dian Petkov as a head coach, finishing in the 1st place. In June, 2006, OFC Chernomorets 919 won the Bulgarian Amateur Cup. In the final at the Vasil Levski National Stadium, Chernomorets won with 4–0 against FC Benkovski Kostinbrod.

Mitko Sabev era, 2006–2019Edit

The same summer, Mitko Sabev, a famous Bulgarian oil magnate and owner of the rival football club in the city Naftex Burgas, bought the club from the municipality and renamed it to PSFC Chernomorets Burgas. (the club is registered in the Bulgarian Football Union as PFC Chernomorets Burgas and is known by that name to the people.) The football club was used as a reserve team for Naftex Burgas. And the owner appointed for manager the famous Bulgarian manager Dimitar Dimitrov.

In 2007, the Sharks won the East B PFG and were promoted to the A PFG. The next season Chernomorets finished 6th and qualified for the Intertoto Cup. In the second round, the Sharks defeated ND Gorica from Slovenia with 3–1 on aggregate to set up a third round clash with Swiss Grasshopper Zurich, but were eliminated with a 0–4 on aggregate.

Introduction for 2012/2013

In December, 2008, Chernomorets's owner appointed for manager of the football club the notable Bulgarian player Krassimir Balakov, after being sacked from FC St. Gallen.[2][3] At the end of that season, Mitko Sabev dissolved Naftex Burgas and bought PFC Chernomorets Pomorie from Pomorie, making the new club from the nearby town a reserve team for the main football club.

On January 14, 2010, Chernomorets Burgas was named as the most progressive club in 2009 in Bulgaria.[4] In July 2010, after differences between the owners of Petrol AD the club's budget was severely reduced and many employees from the staff were released. However, on 6 December 2010, Krassimir Balakov was released from Chernomorets Burgas after mutual consent. Second half of the 2010-11 A PFG season was a nightmare for Chernomorets Burgas and the team collapsed to eighth place in the standings while being managed by two more coaches - Anton Velkov and Georgi Vasilev.

On 30 May 2011, Mitko Sabev appointed as manager for the second time Dimitar Dimitrov – Hero. He founded high quality players for free like Jugurtha Hamroun, Lourival Assis, Aatif Chahechouche, and Yannick Boli, with Chernomorets Burgas having his best season in club history in the Bulgarian A PFG – a 4th place with real chances to reach the Europa League until the end. However, little was not enough and the club eventually didn't qualify.

The huge come-down: From A Group to B Regional in 5 years and extinctionEdit

After 2013/2014 season Chernomorets Burgas was relegated after 7 years in the A PFG. In the next season, they were unable to bounce back and lost their professional status after suffering another relegation - to the V group. The team was relegated again in A Regional Group and again finished on the last place, but was administratively saved from relegate, even finishing on negative points. The next season was nevertheless better and the team finished was relegated to the B RFG after a last-place finish, marking 4 relegations in a row and moving from the top football level to the lowest. They finished the 2018-19 season in the B Regional League in 7th place and on 5 July 2019 the team declared bankruptcy, which was followed by the team dissolving.[5]

Historical achievementsEdit

Historical namesEdit

2005–06 OFC Chernomorets 919
2006 PSFC Chernomorets Burgas

Performance by seasonsEdit

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
2005–06 V AFG 1 30 29 1 0 122 9 88 1/16 Promoted
2006–07 B PFG 1 26 19 6 1 57 20 63 1/8 Promoted
2007–08 A PFG 6 30 13 8 9 39 32 47 1/8
2008–09 A PFG 7 30 11 10 9 41 37 43 1/8
2009–10 A PFG 5 30 15 6 9 44 29 51 1/8
2010–11 A PFG 8 30 9 10 11 19 28 37 1/4
2011–12 A PFG 4 30 17 9 4 57 23 60 1/8
2012–13 A PFG 6 30 14 5 11 32 28 47 1/8
2013–14 A PFG 11 38 13 5 20 56 62 44 1/4 Relegated
2014–15 B PFG 14 30 7 7 16 25 40 28 1/16 Relegated
2015–16 V AFG 17 34 6 4 24 42 100 19 DNQ Relegated
2016–17 A RFG 13 24 1 1 22 21 107 –2 DNQ
2017–18 A RFG 12 22 6 0 16 34 80 12 DNQ Relegated
2018–19 B RFG 7 20 9 1 10 66 61 22 DNQ Dissolved


Intertoto Cup

2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup 2nd Round   ND Gorica 1–1 2–0 3–1
3rd Round   Grasshopper 0–1 0–3 0–4

Stadium and Sports ComplexEdit

Chernomorets plays its home games at the Lazur Stadium. Lazur Stadium is a multi-use stadium in Burgas, Bulgaria. It is currently used mostly for football matches. The stadium holds 18,037 people and it is 3 star rated by UEFA. The stadium was opened in 1967 and was renovated in 1997 and 2009.

Chernomorets Arena[6] is a future modern stadium in Burgas, which is going to be the new home ground of Chernomorets Burgas. The new venue will be built in the place of the old home ground of FC Chernomorets, the Chernomorets Stadium, and will have a capacity of 30,000 spectators and a possible expansion to 55,000. It is scheduled to be opened in 2017. The construction will start in the summer of 2013, because of the current demolishing process of the old stadium and the global financial crisis, and will cost 500 million euros, making it one of the most expensive stadiums in Europe. The stadium will be probably rated with an elite ranking by UEFA and will host Champions League and Europa League matches in Burgas and Eastern Bulgaria.

In July 2009, the owner of the club announced an ambitious plan to build a modern sports complex for the club in the Sarafovo neighborhood of Burgas. The sports complex will be named Sharks Nest and will include two training pitches and one training pitch with artificial turf, an administrative building for the team and one building for the management of the football club. The construction of the sports complex started the same month and was finished in July, 2010 at a cost of €20 million.[7]

Former Fanclub

Notable playersEdit



  1. ^ Започна процедура по несъстоятелност на ПСФК „Черноморец Бургас”
  2. ^ "Chernomorets bring Balakov back to Bulgaria". Retrieved 2008-12-18.
  3. ^ "Sharks bare teeth under Balakov". Retrieved 2009-10-28.
  4. ^ "Chernomorets is the most progressive club in 2009". Archived from the original on 2012-07-07. Retrieved 2010-01-14.
  5. ^ Лоша новина! Фалит на Черноморец
  6. ^ The new Chernomorets Arena in Burgas will be one of the most expensive stadiums in Europe Archived 2009-04-09 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Construction of the Sharks Nest has begun.[permanent dead link]

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