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Beroe Stara Zagora

Full name Professional Football Club Beroe
Nickname(s) Зелените (The Greens)
Founded 1916; Template:Years or months ago (1916)
as Vereya
Ground Beroe Stadium, Stara Zagora
Ground Capacity 11,959
Owner Maritsa East 2
Chairman Bulgaria Ilko Rusev
Head coach Bulgaria Petar Houbchev
League A Group
2012–13 A Group, 7th
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

PFC Beroe Stara Zagora (Bulgarian: ПФК Берое Стара Загора) or simply Beroe (Bulgarian: Берое) is a Bulgarian association football club based in Stara Zagora, which currently competes in A Football Group, the top division of the Bulgarian football league system. The club was founded in 1916 under the name Vereya. The club's home colours are green and white.

The football department of the sports club was founded in March 19, 1959, but its roots trace back to 1924, when SC Beroya was founded. Since then the home ground of Beroe has been the Beroe Stadium in Stara Zagora with 12,000 spectators seating capacity. Beroe were the 1986 champions of Bulgaria and they also won the Bulgarian Cup twice in 2010 and 2013. The club's most noted and successful player is Petko Petkov, 2 times A Group Top Scorer: 1974 (with 20 goals) and 1976 (with 19 goals).


Football was played in Stara Zagora as early as 1916, however with no organized championship in Bulgaria until the late 1920s, numerous clubs enjoyed regional success in those early years for the game in both the city and Bulgaria itself. Beroe can trace its roots back to 4 May 1924, when it was founded as Beroya, after the merger of two other clubs – Borislav and Rekord.

The club managed to withstand the almost constant chaos and strife of the times, often caused by numerous shifts in the political regimes of Bulgaria, and despite many mergers and name changes throughout the first four decades of its history, it is constantly among the top 3 clubs in the city. It has also often been the platform for attempts to unite all the clubs in Stara Zagora, which foreshadowed its role and meaning for the city in the years to come.

The establishment of an organized league to determine the champion of Bulgaria in the late 40s coincided with the consolidation of football in Stara Zagora, the city finally seeing a one single strong club emerge to represent it at the highest level of Bulgarian football. That club was Beroe, at first bearing the names of Udarnik and Botev, before finally restoring its old name in 1959.

Successful years 1968–1980

1968 marked the beginning of Beroe's golden age. During the summer transfer period, the forward Petko Petkov joined the club. In the next 12 years he scored 144 goals for the club in A Group. Beroe became all-powerful, winning the Balkans Cup in 1968 (beating in the final Spartak Sofia with a 6–4 on aggregate) and 1969 (beating Dinamo Tirana with a 4–0 on aggregate).

In season 1971–72 in the domestic league was very successful for the team, which finished 3rd, and qualified for the UEFA Cup. The club's first participation in UEFA Cup was also promising, with Beroe eliminating the Austrian Austria Wien (7:0 and 3:1) and the Hungarian Honvéd FC (3:0 and 0:1) respectively and reaching the 1/8 final (but being knocked out by the Serbian OFK Beograd).

Beroe have had some success in Europe, such as the 1:0 win over Juventus in a Cup Winners' Cup first-leg in 1979 and a 3:0 win over Athletic Bilbao in 1973. Moreover, Beroe is one of the two Bulgarian football clubs that has a positive record of the matches played in European club competitions.

Champions /1980-1995/

In 1982 and 1984 Beroe won the Balkans Cup for the third and fourth times.

Beroe's most glorious moment came in 1986, when the team led by the coach Evgeni Yanchovski (formerly notable player of the team) won the Bulgarian title, the first and so far the only in the club's history.[1] Beroe finished the season with 43 points (after 20 wins, 4 draws and 6 losses), 2 more than the second, Trakia Plovdiv. In the successful season, the left winger Mümün Kashmer scored 23 goals. Key players during the fantastic season included the captain Tenyo Minchev, Petko Tenev, Ilia Iliev, Ivko Ganchev, Yordan Mitev, Vasil Dragolov, Kancho Kasherov, Stoyan Bonchev and Venelin Sivriev. Beroe did however represent Bulgaria in the 1986–87 UEFA European Champions Cup where they were eliminated in the first round to Dinamo Kyiv of Ukraine after 1:1 at Beroe Stadium and 0:2 loss in Kiev.[2]

The 1990s would see a gradual decline Beroe were finally relegated to B Group in season 1994–95, finishing on last place with only 12 points.

Downfall of the mid 90s, ups and downs again 1995-2008

The advent of democracy in Bulgaria ushered a new period of chaos and economical hardship for the country, and that didn't pass by Beroe. Nevertheless despite several seasons of crisis the club again withstood the test of time, and despite needing a helpful merger with another team – Olimpik (Teteven) – managed to remain a key player on the Bulgarian football scene.

The first two seasons back in top division saw Beroe fight relegation, with safety being achieved by excellent second half runs. But in 2001–02 season the team again relegated.

In the autumn of 2007 the actual majority shareholder of Professional Football Club Beroe JSCo Nikolay Banev gave up the financial support of the team. In spite of that, the team demonstrated good football in most of the games. On the 10th of January, 2008 23 players and 3 coaches terminated their contracts with the club after a planned sale of the shares had failed.

Beroe got out of trouble on the 3rd of February 2008, when the Beroe veterans’ club and the national fanclub, assisted by lawyer Damian Georgiev managed to initiate, through related firms, insolvency proceedings in respect of the club in the Regional Court of Stara Zagora. The appointed administrator Elka Petrova transferred all the assets and liabilities of the club to a newly established joint-stock company Professional Football Club Beroe Stara Zagora JSCo.

The new entity succeeded Professional Football Club Beroe JSCo as regard of the license, the membership in the Bulgarian Football Union and the running of the football team itself.

In the summer of 2009 due to the world economic crisis most of the shareholders left the club due to financial problems. The club’s main sponsor Brikel JSCo transferred it’s shares to Beroe veterans’ club and the national fanclub, who appointed a new Board of Directors. It consists of Damyan Georgiev – Chairman, Genyo Petrov – Executive Director and Tsvetelin Zhoevski.

Winning the Cup /2009-10/ and /2012-13/

In the 2007–2008 season Beroe lost their place in A Group, due to a controversial match between Belasitsa (Petrich) and Marek (Dupnitsa) in the last round of the season. In the very next season however Beroe managed first place in B Group and returned to the top flight. At that time Ilian Iliev had already been manager of the club for the last 2 years. In the year to follow, Beroe achieved its best season in over 20 years, beating all of the main competitors for the Bulgarian Cup. Beroe eliminated CSKA Sofia in the 1/4 final, which paved the way for them to obtain the trophy, winning against second-division Chernomorets (Pomorie) 1:0 in the final at Lovech Stadium.[3] The winning goal was scored dramatically in the very last seconds of the added time by Beroe's former youth player Doncho Atanasov, who also went on to become top goalscorer of the tournament with 4 goals. Beroe became one of the only two Bulgarian teams that have won the cup without succeeding any goals. This success led to Ilian Iliev being awarded with the Coach of the Season award, as well as Ivo Ivanov (defender) being proclaimed best defender in A Group for 2009. Besides him other players that played a main role throughout the season were Iskren Pisarov, Georgi Andonov, Zdravko Iliev, Slavi Zhekov, Dian Genchev. One of the players with most matches in A Group for all times Kostadin Vidolov ended up his career mid-season with Beroe and went on to become a coach for Beroe's second team.

Beroe started 2010–11 season with the debut of the team in the UEFA Europa League.[4] Beroe entered the competition in the third qualifying round and faced the Austrian side Rapid Wien. The game in Bulgaria ended in a 1–1 draw. Rapid Wien managed to win the rematch with 3–0[5] putting an end to the international campaign of the Bulgarian team.

Beroe started 2012-13 season in Bulgarian Cup eliminating Akademik (Svishtov) in the second round. In the 1/8 finals Beroe eliminated Lokomotiv (Mezdra) with aggregate result of 8-1, and then Pirin (Gotse Delchev) in the quarerfinals and Slavia Sofia in the semifinals. In the final match at Lovech Stadium in Lovech against Levski Sofia, the result after 90 minutes was 3-3. After Beroe had take the lead with 3-1 in the 80th minute, Levski Sofia with 10 men restored the tie, after Hristo Yovov received a second yellow card in the end of the first half. At the penalty shoot-out Levski scored just 1 from 4 penalties and Beroe, 3 of 5 which meant that Beroe had won the cup for second time in the club's history.


Main article: Beroe Stadium

Beroe Stadium is situated in the northwestern part of Stara Zagora near the biggest park of the city – Ayazmoto. That's the biggest sport facility of the team. The team has also three training grounds, the Beroe stadium base includes also tennis facilities and covered training hall. Built in 1959, the stadium is currently being renovated and has around 13,000 seating places, most of which are covered. The stadium has its own gymnastics, acrobatics and boxing hall. There is also a table-tennis facility. The stadium's overall capacity is about 15,000. The Beroe stadium has the fastest athletics lane and was often used for such competitions. The biggest attendance was in 1986 when the team won the championship title and more than 40,000 spectators were celebrating together with the players.


National tournaments

A Group:

Bulgarian Cup:

  • Winners (2): 2009-10, 2012-13
  • Runners-up (4): 1968, 1973, 1979, 1980

Bulgarian Supercup:

  • Winners (1): 2013
  • Runners-up (1): 2010

B Group:

  • Champions (9) (record) : 1953, 1956, 1957, 1959–60, 1970–71, 1974–75, 1982–83, 2003–04, 2008–09

European tournaments

European Cup/UEFA Champions League

UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League

  • 1/8 final (1): 1972-73
  • 1/16 final (1): 1980-81
  • 3rd qualifying round (1): 2010-11
  • 2nd qualifying round (1): 2013-14

Cup Winners' Cup

Balkans Cup

  • Winners (4) (record) : 1967-68, 1969, 1981–83, 1983–84
  • Runners-up (1): 1970


Topscorers (5)

A Group Coach of the Season (1)

European cup history

Season Competition Round Land Club Score Aggregate Qual/Elim
1967-68 Balkans Cup Group A Albania KS Vllaznia Shkodër 0:4, 2:0 2 – 4
Group A Turkey Gençlerbirliği S.K. 2:0, 1:0 3 – 0
Group A Romania FC Farul Constanța 2:1, 2:1 4 – 2
Final Bulgaria Spartak Sofia 3:0, 3:4 6 – 4
1969 Balkans Cup Group B Greece Pierikos F.C. 1:1, 1:0 2 – 1
Group B Turkey Ankaraspor A.Ş. 3:0, 2:2 5 – 2
Final Albania KS Dinamo Tirana 0:1, 3:0 1 3 – 1
1970 Balkans Cup Group A Greece Egaleo F.C. 2:0, 4:2 6 – 2
Group A Turkey Eskişehirspor 1:0, 1:3 2 – 3
Final Albania Partizani Tirana 1:1, 0:3 1 1 – 4
1972-73 UEFA Cup 1/32 final Austria FK Austria Wien 7:0, 3:1 10 – 1
1/16 final Hungary Budapest Honvéd FC 3:0, 0:1 3 – 1
1/8 final Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia OFK Beograd 0:0, 1:3 1 – 3
1973-74 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1/16 final Luxembourg CS Fola Esch 7:0, 4:1 11 – 1
1/8 final Spain Athletic Bilbao 3:0, 0:1 3 – 1
1/4 final East Germany 1. FC Magdeburg 0:2, 1:1 1 – 3
1979-80 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1/16 final Poland Arka Gdynia 2:3, 2:0 4 – 3
1/8 final Italy Juventus F.C. 1:0, 0:3 (a.e.t.) 1 – 3
1980-81 UEFA Cup 1/32 final Turkey Fenerbahçe S.K. 1:0, 2:1 3 – 1
1/16 final Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Radnički Niš 0:1, 1:2 1 – 3
1981-83 Balkans Cup Group A Turkey Galatasaray S.K. 2:1, 3:0 1 5 – 1
Group A Romania FC Steaua București 2:0, 2:3 4 – 3
Final Albania KF Tirana 3:0, 3:1 6 – 1
1983-84 Balkans Cup Group A Romania FC Argeș Pitești 2:4, 2:1 4 – 5
Group A Turkey Galatasaray S.K. 4:2, 1:0 5 – 2
1984-85 Balkans Cup 1/4 final Romania FC Argeș Pitești 4:1, 0:4 4 – 5
1986-87 UEFA European Cup 1/16 final Soviet Union Dynamo Kiev 1:1, 0:2 1 – 3
1992-93 Balkans Cup 1/4 final Albania Teuta Durrës 0:1, 1:1 (a.e.t.) 1 – 2
2010-11 UEFA Europa League 3QR Austria SK Rapid Wien 1:1, 0:3 1 – 4
2013-14 UEFA Europa League 2QR Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv F.C. 1:4, 2:2 3 – 6

1 ex officio the team doesn't come or leave the field.

  • Clubs which ultimately won the tournament in that same season are indicated in bold
  • 1983-84 Balkans Cup Winner decided on group stage
  • QR = Qualifying Round
Competition S P W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Champions League / European Cup 1 2 0 1 1 1 3 – 2
UEFA Europa League / UEFA Cup 4 14 5 3 6 22 19 + 3
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup / European Cup Winners' Cup 2 10 5 1 4 20 11 + 9
Balkans Cup 7 34 21 4 9 54 42 + 12
Total 14 60 31 9 20 97 75 + 22

Statistics and Records

Evgeni Yanchovski holds Beroe's overall appearance record - he played 341 matches over the course of 14 seasons from 1960 to 1974. This is also the record for League appearances. Beroe's all-time leading scorer is Petko Petkov, who scored 144 goals while at the club from 1968 to 1980. Beroe's biggest victory is 8–0 in A Group against Minyor Pernik in 1973–74 and Chernomorets Burgas Sofia in 2006–07. Beroe's 7–0 defeat of Austria Wien in 1972 was its largest Europe win. Beroe's heaviest defeat, 2–10, came against CSKA Sofia in 1991–92.

Most league appearances for the club

# Name Apps
1 Bulgaria Evgeni Yanchovski 341
2 Bulgaria Tenyo Minchev 308
3 Bulgaria Hristo Todorov 280
4 Bulgaria Todor Krastev 263
5 Bulgaria Petko Petkov 259
6 Bulgaria Kancho Kasherov 253
7 Bulgaria Venelin Sivriev 245
8 Bulgaria Jordan Mitev 238
9 Bulgaria Boris Kirov 227
10 Bulgaria Georgi Stoyanov 226

Most league goals for the club

# Name Gls
1 Bulgaria Petko Petkov 144
2 Bulgaria Petar Zhekov 101
3 Bulgaria Jordan Mitev 68
4 Bulgaria Vasil Dragolov 58
5 Bulgaria Georgi Belchev 52
6 Bulgaria Myumyun Kashmer 50
7 Bulgaria Stoycho Mladenov 42
8 Bulgaria Georgi Stoyanov 39
9 Bulgaria Radko Kalaidjiev 37
10 Bulgaria Iancho Dimitrov 34

Bulgarian league top scorer with the club

Year Name Goals
1967 Bulgaria Petar Zhekov 21
1968 Bulgaria Petar Zhekov 31
1974 Bulgaria Petko Petkov 19
1976 Bulgaria Petko Petkov 18
1978 Bulgaria Stoycho Mladenov 21

Historical results

Affiliated clubs

The following clubs are currently affiliated with PFC Beroe:

Current squad

As of 5 October 2013

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 Mihail Mihaylov (eligible for youth team)
2 Bulgaria DF Zdravko Iliev
3 Bulgaria DF Vladimir Zafirov (3rd captain)
4 Bulgaria DF Kostadin Stoyanov
5 Bulgaria DF Borislav Stoychev
6 Bulgaria DF Ivo Ivanov (vice-captain)
7 Bulgaria FW
10 Bulgaria FW Ventsislav Hristov
12 Bulgaria GK Ivan Karadzhov
13 Brazil MF Evandro Roncatto
14 Bulgaria DF Ignat Dishliev
15 Bulgaria DF Georgi Dinkov
No. Position Player
17 Bulgaria MF Plamen Krumov
18 Bulgaria MF Atanas Zehirov
19 Bulgaria MF Martin Raynov
21 Brazil MF Elias
22 Bulgaria GK Blagoy Makendzhiev
27 France MF Igor Djoman
28 Bulgaria DF Veselin Penev
29 Portugal FW Élio Martins
70 Bulgaria MF Georgi Kostadinov
88 Portugal MF David Caiado
91 Algeria MF Amir Sayoud
92 Bulgaria MF Ivan Goranov

For recent transfers, see List of Bulgarian football transfers summer 2013.

Out on loan

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
No. Position Player

Foreign players

Up to three non-EU nationals can be registered and given a squad number for the first team in the A Group. 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.

International players

  • Bulgaria Ivan Goranov (U-21)
  • Bulgaria Martin Raynov (U-21)
  • Bulgaria Plamen Penev (U-19)
  • Bulgaria Plamen Tenev (U-19)
  • Bulgaria Mihail Mihaylov (U-17)
  • Bulgaria Mihael Lalev (U-17)
  • Bulgaria Kaloyan Dinev (U-16)

Club officials

Current technical body

Position Name Nationality
Sports Director Petar Houbchev Bulgaria Germany
Head Coach Petar Houbchev Bulgaria
Assistant Coach Levon Apkaryan Bulgaria Germany
Goalkeeper coach Armen Ambartsumyan Bulgaria Armenia
Fitness coach Plamen Lipenski Bulgaria
Doctor Nikolai Borisov Bulgaria
Masseur Plamen Dimov Bulgaria

Board of directors

Position Name Nationality
Chairmen Ilko Rusev Bulgaria
Co-chairman Nasko Shiligarski Bulgaria
Co-chairman Ivan Ivanov Bulgaria
Academy director Stelian Popchev Bulgaria
Marketing manager Vanja Džaferović Croatia


UEFA Ranking


External links

  • Official website
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