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PFC Slavia Sofia

Slavia Sofia
Full name Професионален футболен клуб Славия София
(Professional football club Slavia Sofia)
Nickname(s) Белите (The Whites)
Бялата лавина (The White Avalanche)
Founded 10 April 1913 (1913-04-10)
Ground Slavia Stadium,
Ground Capacity 15,992
Chairman Ventsislav Stefanov
Manager Ivan Kolev
League A Group
2013–14 A Group, 9th
Website Club home page

PFC Slavia Sofia (Bulgarian: ПФК Славия София) is a Bulgarian football club founded on 10 April 1913 in Sofia. Slavia's ground is Slavia Stadium with a capacity of 15,992. The team's colours are white and black.

The club has won the Bulgarian Championship 7 times and the Bulgarian Cup 7 times. It has also come second in the championship ten times and reached the cup final 3 more times.

Among the team's international successes are a Cup Winners' Cup semifinal in 1967 and a quarterfinal in 1981, as well as two consecutive Balkans Cup trophies (1986 and 1988).


  • History 1
  • Stadium 2
  • Honours 3
    • Domestic 3.1
    • European 3.2
  • Current squad 4
    • Foreign players 4.1
  • Technical staff 5
  • Notable players 6
  • Notable stats 7
  • Managerial history 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


On April 10, 1913, a group of young people living near a Russian Monument in

After the First world war, Slavia began to become more successful. On June 5, 1928, the team won its first champion title, winning with 4–0 the final match against Vladislav Varna. The title was won by Slavia five more times until 1946, these were achieved in 1930, 1936, 1938–39, 1941 and 1943.

Slavia won the Bulgarian Cup for first time in 1952. By winning the 1963 Bulgarian Cup Final, Slavia qualified for the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, the club's first appearance in European competition. They were drawn against Hungarian club MTK Budapest in the first round. Slavia were knocked out of the competition 2–1 on aggregate. Its most important achievements in Europe during 1966–67 Cup Winners' Cup campaign when Slavia eliminated Swansea City, RC Strasbourg and Servette FC, before being eliminated by Rangers at the semi-finals.[2] The team consisted of great players such as goalkeeper Simeon Simeonov, Ivan Davidov, Aleksandar Shalamanov, Dimitar Largov, Dimitar Kostov and Aleksandar Vasilev.

In 1969 Slavia was merged with Lokomotiv Sofia under the name ZhSK Slavia. Two years later the two clubs split again after splitting was supported by 100,000 fans.

In the 1980–81 season, lead by Chavdar Tsvetkov and Andrey Zhelyazkov,[3] Slavia reached the quarter-finals of the Cup Winners' Cup before losing 6–3 on aggregate to Feyenoord Rotterdam. In 1986, Slavia won Balkans Cup. In the final they beat Greek side Panionios 5–3 on aggregate. In 1988 Slavia won Balkans Cup for second time in his history.[4]

In 1994 Stoyan Kotsev, the former Slavia midfielder, was appointed as new manager. After finished fourth in 1995, they went on the win the A PFG title in 1995–96. Slavia finished with 5 points more than the second, Levski Sofia. This marked Slavia's first Bulgarian title since 1943. In the 2010–11 season, Slavia reached the Bulgarian Cup Final, beating Ludogorets Razgrad, Etar 1924, Chernomorets Burgas and Pirin Blagoevgrad. However, they lost the final 1–0 to CSKA Sofia.[5]


Slavia Stadium in 2011

In the first 10 years after Slavia was founded, the club played in the stadium of his predecessor SC Razvitie. On 3 October 1923, Slavia became the owner of land to the Russian Monument in Sofia, where was the first ground of the club. They played their home games there for the next few decades, until they moved to southwest Sofia in the 1960s.

On 12 March 1958, started the construction of Slavia Stadium. Mayor of the sixth area in Sofia and president of the Slavia women's basketball team, Dimitar Tinev presided at the laying in place of the first stone. The stadium is built in a residential area Ovcha Kupel, served by regular bus services 6 km from Sofia city center. Slavia Stadium has undergone many changes over the years and it presently has an all-seated capacity of 15,992.




Current squad

As of 18 July 2014

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
1 GK captain)
3 DF Dimitar Pirgov
4 DF Kire Ristevski
5 MF Yanis Karabelyov
6 DF Fernander Kassaï
7 MF Jérémy Manzorro
8 MF Stanislav Genchev
9 FW Villyan Bijev
10 MF Fernando Silva
11 MF Mitchell Burgzorg
12 GK Emil Petrov
14 DF Mario Petkov
17 MF Kostadin Dyakov
18 MF Dimitar Georgiev
19 DF Stefan Velkov
No. Position Player
22 MF Vladimir Semerdzhiev
23 MF Emil Stoev
24 FW Kitan Vasilev
25 DF Tsvetomir Panov
26 DF Dimitar Vezalov
32 GK Diyan Valkov
33 MF Carlos Fonseca
35 MF Ivan Valchanov
71 DF Diego Ferraresso
75 DF Miroslav Hristov
77 FW Dušan Savić
88 MF Chavdar Yankov
91 DF Krum Stoyanov
99 FW Radoslav Vasilev

For recent transfers, see List of Bulgarian football transfers summer 2014.

Foreign players

Up to five non-EU nationals can be registered and given a squad number for the first team in the A PFG however only three can be used during a match day. Those non-EU nationals with European ancestry can claim citizenship from the nation their ancestors came from. If a player does not have European ancestry he can claim Bulgarian citizenship after playing in Bulgaria for 5 years.

EU Nationals

EU Nationals (Dual citizenship)

Non-EU Nationals

Technical staff

Name Role
Ivan Kolev Coach
Angel Slavkov Assistant Coach
Radostin Stanev Goalkeeping Coach
Ognyan Makaveev Fitness Coach
Lyuben Angelov Doctor

Notable players

Notable stats

Managerial history

This is a list of the last Slavia managers:
Name Nat From To Honours
Oleh Bazylevych 1987 1988
Miroslav Mironov Oct 1999 May 2000
Žarko Olarević May 2000 23 Nov 2000
Kiril Kachamanov 23 Nov 2000 25 Sept 2001
Žarko Olarević 25 Sept 2001 18 Dec 2002
Miodrag Ješić 18 Dec 2002 23 Aug 2003
Ratko Dostanić 24 Aug 2003 23 Sept 2004
Atanas Dzhambazki 23 Sept 2004 29 March 2005
Petar Houbchev 29 March 2005 10 Nov 2005
Alyosha Andonov 10 Nov 2005 2 July 2006
Ratko Dostanić 3 July 2006 26 Dec 2006
Alyosha Andonov 26 Dec 2006 6 June 2007
Stevica Kuzmanovski 6 June 2007 2 June 2009
Velislav Vutsov 2 June 2009 18 May 2010
Emil Velev 19 May 2010 28 May 2011
Martin Kushev 28 May 2011 29 Nov 2012
Velislav Vutsov 30 Nov 2012 5 June 2013
Asen Bukarev 5 June 2013 20 Oct 2013
Milen Radukanov 21 Oct 2013 present


  1. ^ "Славия започва с топка назаем" (in Bulgarian). 10 April 2008. 
  2. ^ "Slavia Sports Club turns 100". 10 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Zhelyazkov salutes centurions Slavia Sofia". 10 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Славия в надпреварата за Балканската клубна купа" (in Bulgarian). 
  5. ^ "Bulgarian Cup win ends CSKA Sofia drought". 25 May 2011. 

External links

  • Official website
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