PFC Cherno More Varna

PFC Cherno More Varna
Cherno More
Cherno More Varna logo.png
Full name Професионален футболен клуб Черно Море Варна
(Professional football club Cherno More Varna)
Nickname(s) Моряците (The Sailors)
Short name Cherno More
Founded February 18, 1945
as TVP-45
Ground Ticha Stadium,
(Capacity: 12,500)
Owner Marin Mitev[1]
Chairman Marin Marinov
Manager Stefan Genov
League A PFG
2010–11 A PFG, 6th
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

PFC Cherno More Varna (Bulgarian: ПФК Черно Море Варна), or simply Cherno More (Bulgarian: ПФК Черно Море) is a Bulgarian professional football club from the city of Varna, which currently competes in Bulgaria's top football league, the A PFG.

The club is named after the Black Sea and it was officially established on February 18, 1945, when the two teams from the city FC Vladislav (1916) and SC Ticha (1913) merged together to form a new club. Cherno More's home ground is the Ticha Stadium, which has a seating capacity of 12,500 spectators. To date, the club has won the championship four times and has been a runner-up for the Bulgarian Cup twice.




Bulgarian State Football Championship:

  • Winners (4): 1925, 1926, 1934 (as Vladislav Varna)
    1938 (as Ticha Varna)
  • Runners-up (7): 1935, 1936 (as Ticha Varna)
    1928, 1930, 1938, 1939 (as Vladislav Varna)
  • Third-place (2): 1939 (as Ticha Varna)

Bulgarian A PFG:

  • Third place (2): 1953, 2009

Bulgarian Cup:

  • Runners-up (2): 2006, 2008


Bucharest Cup:

  • Winners (1): 1925 (as Ticha Varna)


Early years

Оn March 3, 1910, Varna's naval academy for men became the birth place of association football in the country. Here is created the Galata sports association, which later on, in 1913, by the suggestion of a school teacher named Karel Shkorpil, changed its name to Reka Ticha, using the former name of the Kamchia river. Over the next years, it slowly combined with the Sportist sports club and grew into an association of the education, a sports club and the tourism in Varna. The football department of the sports club dominated against all of the clubs in the city, whose existence is quite short. Soon, the first official football match of Ticha, played in 1915, with the 21st Pomeranski polk is a success, and 2 years later, in 1917, so is the first inter-city match. The growth of Bulgarian football required knowledge of the rules, so in 1919, Ticha published for the first time in Bulgaria the book: "Football - rules and admonitions".

Vladislav Varna in 1925. Vladislav was one of the predecessors of Cherno More.

Significant were the first meetings between Ticha and the capital teams. In early 1919, the first away game against Levski Sofia was celebrated with the first away victory for the team - 4:1. The same went for Slavia Sofia, a 3:0 win. On the return game as guests, the players again won easy against Slavia Sofia with 1:0. Unfortunately, the game with Levski Sofia didn't take place, because the city mayor didn't allow it, since there were protests from dock workers the same day. However, these victories against the capital teams were continued not only by Ticha, but from the city rivals Vladislav and Shipchenski Sokol as well.

On January 21, 1919, the association changed its name to Sports Club Ticha, and the kit colours of the outfit were chosen to be red and white. The same year, the famous Bulgarian musician Nikola Nitsov wrote the official anthem of the club.

In 1925, the international successes came nearby. SC Ticha won the Cup of Bucharest, the first international football trophy won by a football club from Bulgaria. The European matches of Ticha easily earned the 1st place of favor among most of the football fans in Varna. The same and the following year, SC Ticha made another remarkable achievement, twice winning the football title of Bulgaria. A few years later, the club managed to finish in 2nd place in the 1934/35 and in the 1935/36 season. Soon, in 1937, the football governing body in the country created the National Football Division. Several reforms were made in the football clubs, but during the two half-seasons in 1937/38, Ticha dominated and it was one of the best football teams in Bulgaria, despite finishing the table in the 2nd place at the end of the season.

The establishment

In 1945, the two former city club rivals, SC Ticha and FC Vladislav merged together to establish a new club, named TVP-45 (a few years later SC Primorec was also invited to join TV-45 so the name of the association was changed to "TVP".). This marked the creation of a new sports association, which met the development requirements of the leading communist authorities at that time. In the following years, due to these requirements, the club's name was forced to be changed several times to Botev pri DNA (1948–1950), VMS (1950–1955), SCNA (1956–1957), ASC Botev Varna (1957–1959) and many others.

In 1953, VMS, won most of the matches with the capital teams, and finally managed to finish the season in the 3rd place and to participate in the European club competitions.

In 1959, the football club changed its name to Cherno More (The Bulgarian name of the Black Sea), which is known by this name to present date. The recently appointed new coach Ivan Mokanov managed to put together a stable team, which starting line-up was constant, as much in the field, as in their love for the association. These years, many friendly club matches were made and famous football clubs came to Varna in order to compare skills, giving Cherno More's players more experience and self-confidence. One of these matches, was the remarkable victory against AFC Ajax in 1966, won with 3:1, in which the young Johan Cruijff took participation.

Many players from that Cherno More generation founded place among the different national teams. The national jersey have put on Ivan Ivanov, Nikola Dimitrov, Zdravko Mitev, Stefan Bogomilov, Damyan Georgiev, while others made just the bench. Then followed years of planting roots in the youth academy, which produced talented competitors, worthy of their ancestors. The successes came in the Republican League, where the youth teams, minors, juveniles, and seniors were always in the final stage of the competitions.

Recent years

In the 2007-08 season, the sailors finished 5th in A PFG and qualified for the last season of the UEFA Cup, due to the license problems of CSKA Sofia. Led by their captain Alex they had a very successful run - they defeated UE Sant Julia from Andora in the first qualifying round (9-0 on aggregate)[2] and Maccabi Netanya from Israel in the second qualifying round (3-1 on aggregate). Cherno More than challenged German side VfB Stuttgart in the 1st round and were eliminated after a 1-2 loss at home and a surprising 2-2 draw in Stuttgart. The same season in the domestic league was also very successful for the team, which finished 3rd in A PFG, and qualified for the newly created Europa League.

Cherno More started the new 2009-10 season with the debut of the team in the UEFA Europa League. The sailors defeated Iskra-Stal in the second qualifying round (4-0 on aggregate) and were drawn to play against the Dutch powerhouse PSV Eindhoven in the third qualifying round.[3] The team from Varna was eliminated after a 0-1 loss at Eindhoven and another 0-1 loss at the Lazur Stadium in Burgas.

Chronology of the names

Year(s) Name
1945–47 TV-45 (TVP-45)
1948–50 Botev pri DNA
1950–55 VMS
1956-57 SCNA
1957-59 ASC Botev
1959-69 ASC Cherno More
1969-85 FSVD Cherno More
1985- Cherno More

Recent Seasons

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
2001-02 A PFG 12 26 6 6 14 28 36 24 1/8
2002-03 A PFG 5 26 14 6 6 42 21 48 1/8
2003-04 A PFG 6 30 10 8 12 45 53 38 1/8
2004-05 A PFG 8 30 10 5 15 30 38 35 1/16
2005-06 A PFG 8 28 10 7 11 29 27 37 Runner-up
2006-07 A PFG 6 30 14 5 11 37 29 47 1/8
2007-08 A PFG 5 30 13 9 8 40 26 48 Runner-up
2008-09 A PFG 3 30 18 6 6 48 19 63 1/16
2009-10 A PFG 7 30 13 9 8 40 28 48 1/4
2010-11 A PFG 6 30 15 6 9 36 28 51 1/4

European cup history

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup 2R Republic of Macedonia Makedonija GP 4-0 3-0 7-0
3R Italy U.C. Sampdoria 0-1 0-1 0-2
2008/09 UEFA Cup 1Q Andorra UE Sant Julia 4-0 5-0 9-0
2Q Israel Maccabi Netanya 2-0 1-1 3-1
1 Germany VfB Stuttgart 1-2 2-2 3-4
2009/10 UEFA Europa League 2Q Moldova Iskra-Stal 1-0 3-0 4-0
3Q Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 0-1 0-1 0-2


Ticha Stadium

Ticha Stadium is a multi-use stadium in Varna, Bulgaria. It is currently used for football matches and is the home ground of Cherno More. It is situated in the north-eastern part of Varna. Built in 1968, the stadium currently has a capacity of 12,500 seating places, spread in two opposite stands. The main north stand has a roof cover and holds 7,000 spectators, while the opposite south stand has a seating capacity of 5,500 spectators. The south stand is commonly used by the Cherno More ultras and the away fans. The current stadium was built with the help of hundreds of volunteers and fans of the club.

It was officially announced, that the club will move to a new stadium[4], which will replace the unused Yuri Gagarin Stadium and the current Ticha. The stadium will have a capacity of 30,000 spectators. The stadium, as part of Sport Complex Varna, will have an underground parking area, convertible roof covers, office lounges, two-tier stands and four 50 meter towers, which will block the pressure of the terrain and bring the stadium in a shape of a ship. The convertible roof covers will be made of transparent panels, which will allow the light of the floodlights to stream inside the pitch on a night match. The venue will be awarded with an Elite Stadium rating by UEFA.

Statistics and Records

Todor Marev holds A PFG's and Cherno More's overall appearances record — 422 matches for 19 seasons (from 1971 to 1990).

Cherno More's all-time leading scorer is Stefan Bogomilov, who scored 162 goals for the club (from 1962 to 1977). The club's second highest scorer is Nikola Dimitrov, who scored 63 goals. Bogomilov also holds the club record of 4 hat tricks. Brazilian player Marcos Da Silva holds the club's and A PFG's record for the fastest goal - 12 seconds after the referee's first signal, against PFC Chernomorets Burgas Sofia on April 6, 2007.

Cherno More's biggest victories in A PFG are the 8-0 wins against Cherveno Zname Pavlikeni in 1955 and Maritsa Plovdiv in 1968. Cherno More's largest defeat, 1–8, was against Lokomotiv Plovdiv in 2004. Also, the club's win against UE Sant Julia, 5-0, in 2008, was the largest European win in the club's history.

Rank Name Nat Apps
1 Todor Marev Bulgaria 422
2 Stefan Bogomilov Bulgaria 353
3 Dimitar Bosnov Bulgaria 343
4 Zdravko Mitev Bulgaria 269
5 Todor Atanasov Bulgaria 258
Rank Name Nat Goals
1 Stefan Bogomilov Bulgaria 162
2 Nikola Dimitrov Bulgaria 63
3 Rafi Rafiev Bulgaria 62
4 Zdravko Mitev Bulgaria 61
5 Damyan Georgiev Bulgaria 56

Current squad

As of August 6, 2011 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 Petar Denchev
3 Bulgaria DF Tsvetan Yotov
5 Brazil MF Samuel Camazzola
7 Bulgaria MF Stanislav Stoyanov (vice-captain)
8 Bulgaria MF Doncho Atanasov
9 Venezuela FW Hermes Palomino
10 Bulgaria FW Miroslav Manolov
11 Bulgaria MF Todor Kolev
14 Bulgaria FW Georgi Bozhilov
15 Bulgaria DF Aleksandar Aleksandrov
16 Bulgaria MF Dimitar Petkov
17 Bulgaria MF Yancho Andreev
No. Position Player
18 Bulgaria DF Ivelin Yanev
19 Bulgaria MF Hristian Popov
20 Bulgaria DF Mihail Lazarov
21 Bulgaria MF Georgi Iliev (captain)
23 Bulgaria MF Simeon Simeonov
24 Bulgaria MF Veselin Marchev
25 Bulgaria DF Sasho Aleksandrov
26 Bulgaria GK Ilko Pirgov
27 Estonia MF Daniil Ratnikov
30 Bulgaria FW Ilian Kapitanov
55 Bulgaria DF Rosen Kolev
90 Bulgaria FW Rumen Nikolov

For recent transfers, see List of Bulgarian football transfers summer 2011.

Club officials

Board of directors

Position Name Nationality
Owner Marin Mitev Bulgaria
Technical director Marin Marinov Bulgaria
Director of Communications Krasimir Nikolov Bulgaria
Director of Recruitment Todor Velikov Bulgaria

Current technical body

Position Name Nationality
Manager Stefan Genov Bulgaria
Assistant Manager Radoslav Boyanov Bulgaria
Goalkeeper Coach Krasimir Kolev Bulgaria
Fitness coach Veselin Markov Bulgaria

Coaches history

Coach Nat From To
Ivan Mokanov Bulgaria 1948 1960
Lozan Kotsev Bulgaria 1960 1962
Manol Manolov Bulgaria 1962 1963
Ivan Mokanov Bulgaria 1964 1968
Georgi Dimitrov Bulgaria 1968 1972
Spas Kirov Bulgaria 1972 1974
Stoyan Ormandzhiev Bulgaria 1974 1975
Georgi Dimitrov Bulgaria 1975 1976
Kiril Rakarov Bulgaria 1976 1977
Ivan Vasilev Bulgaria 1977 1979
Ivan Mokanov Bulgaria 1979 1980
Ivan Vasilev Bulgaria 1980 1981
Spas Kirov Bulgaria 1981 1983
Todor Velikov Bulgaria 1983 1985
Bozhil Kolev Bulgaria 1985 1989
Todor Velikov Bulgaria 1989 1990
Kevork Tahmisyan Bulgaria 1990 1991
Todor Velikov Bulgaria 1991 1992
Coach Nat From To
Bozhil Kolev Bulgaria 1992 1994
Vachko Marinov Bulgaria 1994 1995
Nikola Spasov Bulgaria 1995 1996
Asen Milushev Bulgaria 1996 1996
Damyan Georgiev Bulgaria 1996 1996
Tsonyo Vasilev Bulgaria 1997 1997
Todor Marev Bulgaria 1997 1997
Lyudmil Goranov Bulgaria 1997 1997
Rudi Minkovski Bulgaria 1997 1998
Svetozar Svetozarov Bulgaria 1998 1999
Radi Zdravkov Bulgaria 1999 2000
Bozhil Kolev Bulgaria 2000 2001
Aleksandar Stankov Bulgaria 2001 2002
Velislav Vutsov Bulgaria 2002 2004
Ilian Iliev Bulgaria 2004 2006
Yasen Petrov Bulgaria 2006 2007
Nikola Spasov Bulgaria 2007 2009
Velizar Popov Bulgaria 2009 2010
Stefan Genov Bulgaria 2010

Notable players

  • For all players with a Wikipedia article see Category:PFC Cherno More Varna players.


External links

Official websites
Supporters websites

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