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Sportist
Sportist svoge.png
Full name FC Sportist Svoge
Nickname(s) The chocolates
Founded 1924
Ground Chavdar Cvetkov,
Svoge
(Capacity: 3,500)
Chairman Bulgaria Emil Ivanov
Manager Bulgaria Stoycho Stoev
League TBI A Football Group
2008-09 West B PFG, 2nd /promoted/
Home colours
Away colours

FC Sportist Svoge (Bulgarian: ФК Спортист Своге) is a Bulgarian football club from the town of Svoge, which currently competes in the Bulgarian A Professional Football Group. The club was founded in 1924. Sportist's home ground is the Chavdar Cvetkov Stadium, which has a seating capacity of 3,500 spectators. The club's all-time success is the promotion to the Bulgarian A PFG in 2009.

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History

Sportist Svoge was formed in 1924, as a sports club characterized by a blue and white check jersey. In 1949, after reorganization, the club was renamed to DSNM Svoge. In the years between 1952 and 1954, the sports club competes with the name of Minyor Svoge, and in the period between 1954 and 1957 carries the simple name FC Svoge. The club finally became known as Sportist Svoge in 1957, the name, which is known to date.

Until 2007, Sportist participated in either the third or the fourth amateurs divisions, but in 2006-07 the team were promoted for the first time to second division.

In the first season in professional football, the club finished in 6th place. In 2008 the manager Aleksandar Aleksandrov laid the foundations of a good team. The 2008-09 season in the domestic league was successful for the team, which finished 2nd, and the club managed to participate in the play-off for promotion in the Bulgarian A PFG. On June 17, 2009, Sportist surprisingly won the play-off against Naftex Burgas with a result of 6:4 in the penalty shoot-out and finally qualified for the A PFG for first time in the club's history.

On August 10, 2009, in the first match of the club in the top division of Bulgarian football, Sportist finished with a 1:1 draw against Slavia Sofia.[1] The first goal for the club in the A PFG scored Georgi Semerdzhiev. The first win came in the 5th round against Lokomotiv Plovdiv[2], with 2:1 at the Chavdar Cvetkov Stadium.

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Recent Seasons

Division Season Pos. W. - D. - L. Goals Points
V AFG 2004-05 7 14 - 3 - 15 36-48 45
V AFG 2005-06 9 17 - 7 - 14 83-53 58
V AFG 2006-07 1 30 - 5 - 3 88-20 95
B PFG 2007-08 6 10 - 6 - 10 35-30 36
B PFG 2008-09 2 19 - 6 - 5 54-25 63
A PFG 2009-10 ?

Stadium

View from the visitors's stand.

The club's home ground is the Chavdar Cvetkov Stadium. It was opened in 1967.

Until 2007, the stadium was called Iskar. The same year, the stadium underwent serious renovation and its capacity was increased to 1,600 spectators and was renamed after the legendary striker of the club - Chavdar Cvetkov. The stadium also has a parking lot with 120 parking spaces, including 10 for disabled people.

In 2009, the stadium's capacity was expanded to 3,500 spectators. The record attendance at the stadium is 3,250 spectators and was achieved at the game between Sportist and Levski Sofia on October 25, 2009.

Current squad

As of January 24, 2010 Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Bulgaria GK Aleksandar Stoyanov
2 Bulgaria DF Danail Bachkov
3 Bulgaria DF Diyan Donchev
4 Bulgaria DF Borislav Iliev
5 Bulgaria DF Petar Vasilev
6 Bulgaria DF Lachezar Mladenov (captain)
7 Bulgaria FW Ivaylo Dimitrov (on loan from CSKA Sofia)
9 Bulgaria MF Stoycho Mladenov
10 Bulgaria MF Nikolay Tsvetkov
11 Argentina FW Germán Pietrobon
12 Turkey GK Deniz Özlem
13 Bulgaria DF Stoyan Todorov
No. Position Player
14 Bulgaria MF Deyan Borisov
18 Bulgaria DF Kircho Krumov
19 Bulgaria FW Evgeni Ignatov (on loan from Sliven)
20 Bulgaria FW Georgi Bizhev
21 Nigeria DF Victor Deniran
23 Bulgaria MF Svetoslav Petrov
27 Bulgaria GK Todor Kyuchukov
30 Bulgaria MF Georgi Korudzhiev
33 Bulgaria DF Martin Dimov (on loan from Levski Sofia)
77 Bulgaria MF Marin Petrov
90 Bulgaria DF Dimitar Nakov
99 Bulgaria FW Georgi Semerdzhiev

For recent transfers, see List of Bulgarian football transfers winter 2010.

Managerial history

This is a list of the last six Sportist Svoge managers:

Name Nat From To Honours
Ivan Hristov Bulgaria June 2003 December 2007
Atanas Dzhambazki Bulgaria 5 January 2008 4 November 2008
Aleksandar Aleksandrov Bulgaria 5 November 2008 31 August 2009
Stefan Kolev Bulgaria 31 August 2009 17 October 2009
Ivan Atanasov Bulgaria 17 October 2009 24 December 2009
Stoycho Stoev Bulgaria 24 December 2009 present

As of 10 January 2010

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