FC Montana

FC Montana (Bulgarian: ФК Монтана) is a Bulgarian association football club based in Montana, which currently plays in the Bulgarian Second League, the second tier of Bulgarian football.

FC Montana
Full nameFootball Club Montana
Nickname(s)Славата (The Glory)
Founded1921 (1921)
as SC Hristo Mihaylov
GroundStadion Ogosta, Montana
Capacity8,000
OwnerMontana Municipality
ChairmanRumen Panayotov
Head coachMiroslav Mitev
LeagueSecond League
2018–19Second League, 2nd

Montana plays its home matches at the Ogosta Stadium, which has a capacity of 8,000 spectators. The club's traditional colours are blue, white and red. After a prolonged period of absence, they were propelled back into professional football in the mid 90s with the help of some experienced and talented footballers, including the ex-captain of English Aston Villa and Bulgarian international Stiliyan Petrov.

FC Montana was founded in 1921 when the few amateur sports clubs and organizations in the city decided to merge into one club. The new club was named SC Hristo Mihaylov after the Bulgarian communist party activist Hristo Popmihaylov, who was born in the town. Since then, Montana have spent a total of nine seasons in the Bulgarian First League and 40 seasons in the lower Second League. They have also reached the Bulgarian Cup final once, in 2016.

Honours

First League:

Second League:

Bulgarian Cup:

Bulgarian League Cup:

  • Runners-up (1): 1996

History

PFC Montana was founded on 1921 under the name SC Hristo Mihaylov, after a union of a few sports clubs from the city. From 1957 to 1990 the sports club wears the name of FC Septemvriyska Slava. Since 1990, the club uses the name PFC Montana.

Until 2009, Montana has played three seasons in the top flight, between 1994 and 1997. Montana joined the division in 1994, and the same year the club finished thirteenth out of sixteen clubs in its first season. The same season, Montana reached the semi-final of the Bulgarian Cup. Montana's best season in the A PFG was in the 1995-96 season - 9th place. In this campaign, the team led by Anatoli Tonov, Todor Pramatarov, Rumen Panayotov and Angel Chervenkov, the club reached the final of the currently folded Bulgarian League Cup tournament, but was knocked out by Neftochimic Burgas. In the 1996-97 season, Montana finished in the 15th place and was relegated to the second division. A part of the squad was then the talented seventeen-year-old Stiliyan Petrov, which was sold the same year to CSKA Sofia. Otherwise according to the fans, Boyan Gergov is Montana's most prominent figure, being the club's top goalscorer with a total of 157 goals in 364 matches. The following 1997-1998 season, after a financial collapse, Montana was relegated to the Bulgarian V AFG. However, after a 7-year stay in the V AFG, the club finished in the 2nd position in the North-West V AFG, and Montana returned in the West B PFG for the upcoming 2004-05 season.

In 2008, the chairman of PFC Montana appointed Ivan Marinov as a manager of the club. The following year, with the financial support of the mayor of the city Zlatko Zhivkov, the club finished the season in the West B PFG in the first place and therefore Montana gained promotion to the top flight for the upcoming season. The same year, Montana's striker Ventsislav Ivanov became the top goalscorer of the division with the impressive 19 goals.

In season 2009-10 in the then "A" football group, Montana finished 11th and remained in the league for 4 consecutive seasons, before being relegated to the lower division on 15th place. They remained in the "B" group for 2 seasons before finishing 1st and being promoted to the first division. They started the new 2015-16 season with a surprising 0-0 draw as a guest to a strong sided Beroe, then defeating with the impressive 6-0 Botev Plovdiv, with Ivan Minchev scoring a hattrick. The good matches continued as Montana finished 1-1 with the champion Ludogorets Razgrad. The same season Montana would go all the way to the Bulgarian Cup final, before losing 1-0 to CSKA Sofia in a match with above 33,300 attendance. However, Montana would later finish 9th in the "A" group and successfully defend its place in the relegation playoffs for the next season in the renamed "First Legue". The season didn't go well for Montana as they finished 13th and lost the relegation playoff against Septemvri Sofia in a close 2-1 match.

Recent seasons

Season Lvl Place W D L GF GA Pts Bulgarian Cup
2010–11A Group (I)108814304632Second round
2011–12A Group118715295131Second round
2012–13A Group154422275716Second round
2013–14B Group (II)41286362444Second round
2014–15B Group12532721678Second round
2015–16A Group (I)94919234221Runners-up
2016–17First League (I)135426296619Second round
2017–18Second League (II)41758502056Second round
2018–19Second League (II)21894492563First round
Green marks a season followed by promotion, red a season followed by relegation.

League positions

Stadium

FC Montana's home ground is the Ogosta Stadium in Montana. The stadium was built in 1965, but the ground underwent a total reconstruction after 41 years, in 2006. It has approximately 8,000 seats, spread in two opposite stands, with pitch dimensions of 105×68 metres. The record attendance at the stadium is 11,500 spectators and it was achieved at a game between CSKA Sofia and Montana. The stadium's name is derived from the river Ogosta, which passes nearby the town.

Players

Current squad

As of 18 July 2019

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 Marin Orlinov
2 DF Valeri Hristov
3 DF Ivan Mihov (captain)
5 DF Kostadin Gadzhalov
6 DF Ivan Kalaydzhiyski
7 MF Stefan Kamenov
8 MF Toni Tasev
9 FW Atanas Iliev
10 MF Vladimir Aytov
11 MF Nikolay Minkov
13 MF Yordan Yordanov
14 DF Galin Tashev
No. Position Player
15 MF Vladislav Tsekov
16 MF Nikolay Tsvetkov
17 MF Vladislav Misyak
19 FW Miroslav Antonov
20 MF Dimitar Iliev
21 MF Borislav Baldzhiyski
23 MF Sergey Georgiev
24 DF Preslav Petrov
26 MF Borislav Damyanov
33 DF Stefan Tsonkov
55 GK Vasil Simeonov
77 MF Pier Pierov

For recent transfers, see Transfers summer 2019 and Transfers winter 2019–20.

Foreign players

Up to one non-EU national can be registered and given a squad number for the first team in the Second League. Those non-EU national 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

Former managers

References

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