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FC Etar 1924 Veliko Tarnovo

Etar 1924
Full name Футболен клуб Етър 1924
(Football club Etar 1924)
Nickname(s) Бoлярите (The Boyars)
Founded 2002 (2002)
Dissolved 8 May 2013 (2013-05-08)
Ground Ivaylo Stadium,
Veliko Tarnovo
Ground Capacity 18,000
Owner Feyzi İlhanlı
Chairman Ender Dormushev
2012–13 A PFG, 15th /relegated/

FC Etar 1924 (Bulgarian: ФК Етър 1924) is a former Bulgarian professional football club based in Veliko Tarnovo. They were last competing in the 2012–13 season of the Bulgarian A Professional Football Group, the top tier of professional football in Bulgaria.

The club's home ground has been Ivaylo Stadium since 2002, and their main nicknames are the Boyars and the Violets, the latter in reference to the colour of their home kit, which is often mistaken for purple.

The club folded following the end of the 2012–13 A PFG due to financial difficulties. Etar Veliko Tarnovo acquired the license of Botev Debelets and will play in the Bulgarian V AFG in the 2013/14 season.[1]


  • Honours 1
    • Domestic 1.1
  • History 2
  • Last squad 3
    • Foreign players 3.1
  • Managerial history 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6




Etar crest used from 2002 to 2012

The club was founded as Etar 1924 in 2002. In their first season, they were promoted to B PFG as champions of the North-West V AFG.

In the 2004–05 season Etar had their best Bulgarian Cup run, beating Dorostol Silistra and Slavia Sofia before losing to Levski Sofia in the Round of 16.

In September 2010, Velin Kefalov had been appointed as a manager of Etar 1924. He led the team to the third place in the West B PFG. Due to the fact that Chernomorets Pomorie did not receive licence to play in the A PFG, Etar competed in the promotion playoff, but lost 3–1 to Svetkavitsa.

In June 2011, Tsanko Tsvetanov. А streak of good form in the second half of the season, ensured promotion to the A PFG on 23 May 2012 with 1–0 home win against Nesebar. The team finished the autumn part of the 2012/2013 A PFG in last place of the standings. As a result, the second half of the 2012/13 A PFG season saw a huge turnover in player and managerial personnel[2] (Tsvetanov had already been replaced by Serdar Dayat). Despite a bright start to the spring season, the increasing financial uncertainty continued to plague the team and Etar relocated to Sliven, in part due to a conflict of interest with the Veliko Tarnovo supporter groups and the municipality, which contributed to the club remaining in the relegation zone. In May 2013, the team was practically dissolved and Etar's remaining A PFG opponents were awarded 3:0 wins by default until the end of the season.

Last squad

As of 7 February 2013

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 Nenad Filipović
4 DF Krzysztof Hrymowicz
5 DF Laurent Castellana
6 MF Azrack Mahamat
7 MF Faysal Shayesteh
8 MF Fatih Yılmaz
9 FW Dormushali Saidhodzha (captain)
10 MF Jacques Fey
11 FW Lyubomir Lyubenov
12 GK Yilmaz Aksoy
13 DF Michał Protasewicz
14 MF Mehmet Mehmet
No. Position Player
16 MF Ali Aydogan
17 FW Sulaiman Sesay-Fullah
18 MF Jerson
19 DF Patrik Rikama
20 FW Sonny Karlsson
21 DF Kai Risholt
24 DF Sławomir Cienciała
25 MF Paul Grischok
26 FW Nikolai Nikolaev
32 GK Mateusz Bąk
33 GK Ivailo Petkov

Foreign players

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

Managerial history

This is a list of the last seven Etar managers:
Name Nat From To Honours
Emil Dimitrov May 2005 June 2006
Stoyan Petrov June 2006 25 June 2007
Velin Kefalov 25 June 2007 6 October 2008
Sasho Angelov 6 October 2008 23 December 2008
Nikolay Arnaudov 23 December 2008 21 September 2010
Velin Kefalov 21 September 2010 30 June 2011
Georgi Todorov 6 July 2011 12 December 2011
Tsanko Tsvetanov 30 December 2011 15 October 2012 B PFG Champions
Serdar Dayat 22 October 2012 20 April 2013
Grigor Petkov 28 April 2013 3 May 2013
Rumen Dankov 4 May 2013 8 May 2013

As of 8 May 2013


  1. ^ "Етър Велико Търново започва на чисто във В група". 
  2. ^ "Маневри на "Ивайло"! Любимец ще замени Етър, oбщината в Търново ще заобиколи наредбите на БФС". Retrieved 9 September 2013. 

External links

  • Official Website
  • Website of the Etar supporters
  • News about the team and sport in Veliko Tarnovo region
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