PFC Levski Sofia

"Levski Sofia" redirects here. For the sports club, see Levski Sofia (sports club).
Levski Sofia
Full name Professional Football Club Levski Sofia
Nickname(s) Сините (The Blues)
Отбора на народа (The Team of the People)
Синята лавина (The Blue Avalanche)
Founded 24 May 1914 (1914-05-24)
Ground Georgi Asparuhov Stadium, Sofia
Ground Capacity 25,000
Shareholders Bulgaria Spas Rusev (60%)
Bulgaria Vivacom (27%)
Bulgaria Blue Bulgaria Trust (10%)
Head coach Bulgaria Elin Topuzakov
League Bulgarian First League
2015–16 A Group, 2nd
Website Club home page

PFC Levski Sofia (Bulgarian: ПФК Левски София), commonly known as Levski Sofia, is a professional association football club based in Sofia, Bulgaria. The team competes in the First League, the top division of the Bulgarian football league system. The club was founded on May 24, 1914 as a football department of Sport Club Levski by a group of students, and is named after Vasil Levski, a Bulgarian revolutionary renowned as the national hero of Bulgaria.

Levski have competed in more seasons of the Bulgarian football championship than any other team, and are the only Bulgarian team to have never been relegated. They have won 73 trophies including 26 A Group titles, 25 Bulgarian Cups and 3 Super Cups, a record 13 Doubles and 2 Trebles. Internationally, Levski have reached three European Cup Winners' Cup quarter-finals and two UEFA Cup quarter-finals. In 2006-07, they became the first Bulgarian club to make it to the group stages of the UEFA Champions League.

The team's regular kit colour is all-blue. Levski's home ground is the Georgi Asparuhov Stadium in Sofia, which has a capacity of 25,000 spectators. The club's biggest rivals are CSKA Sofia, and matches between the two capital sides are commonly referred to as The Eternal Derby of Bulgaria. Levski is also a regular member of the European Club Association and the European Multisport Club Association.


Sport Club Levski (1914–1969)

First kit (1914–20)

[1] Sport Club Levski was founded in 1911 by a group of students at the Second Male High School in Sofia, with football as the major sport practiced. The club's name was chosen in honour of the Bulgarian revolutionary Vasil Levski, and the club was officially registered on May 24, 1914.

In 1914 Levski lost its first official match against FC 13 Sofia by 0–2. In that period (1914–20) football wasn't a popular sport in Bulgaria, so there isn't any other information from the period concerning the club. In the summer of 1921, the Sofia Sports League was founded. It united 10 clubs from Sofia, marking the beginning of organized football competitions in the city. The Blues won the first match in the championship for the season 1921–22, held on September 18, 1921, against Athletic Sofia with the score of 3–1. Levski captured the first place in the league in 1923 after a dramatic 3–2 win over bitter rival Slavia Sofia and successfully defended the title in the following season.

The first National Championship was held in 1924 with Levski representing Sofia. The team went on to win the title in 1933, 1937 and 1942, and established itself as the most popular football club in Bulgaria. Levski also became the holder for all times of the Ulpia Serdica Cup by virtue of winning it for the third time in a row in 1933. In 1929 Levski became the first semi-professional football club in Bulgaria, after 12 players staged a boycott of the team in demand of financial remuneration and insurance benefits. The same year Levski met its first international opponents, losing to Gallipoli Istanbul 0–1 and winning against Kuban Istanbul 6–0.

Levski kit during a large part of the 40s–60s [2]

After World War II, Levski became one of the two top clubs in Bulgaria. After winning the championship in 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950 and 1953 Levski would not capture the domestic title again until the mid-1960s. In 1949 the authorities changed the club's name to Dinamo following the Soviet traditions, but after the destalinization of Bulgaria, it was reverted in 1957. The 1960s were marked with return to success both on the domestic and on the international stage. Levski's academy would become the most successful in national youth competitions for the years to come, and the results were first seen in the likes of Georgi Asparuhov, Georgi Sokolov, Biser Mihailov, Kiril Ivkov, Ivan Vutsov, Stefan Aladzhov and Aleksandar Kostov, assisted by experienced veterans like Stefan Abadzhiev, Dimo Pechenikov and Hristo Iliev, who celebrated winning the championship in 1965, 1968 and 1970, and the 7–2 triumph over new bitter rival CSKA in 1968. The tie against Benfica in the European Cup in 1965 remained memorable for the Eusébio versus Georgi Asparuhov clash, and the recognition that the Portuguese great gave to his Bulgarian counterpart.

Levski-Spartak (1969–1985)

In January 1969 Levski was merged with Spartak Sofia and put under the auspice of the Bulgarian Interior Ministry. The name of the club was once again changed, this time to Levski-Spartak.

A new crop of youngsters in the likes of Kiril Milanov, Dobromir Zhechev, Pavel Panov, Todor Barzov, Voyn Voynov, Ivan Tishanski, Georgi Tsvetkov, Plamen Nikolov, and Rusi Gochev not only found their place in the first team, but brought new titles in 1974, 1977 and 1979. On the international stage the quarter-final appearances in the Cup Winners Cup in 1970 and 1977, and in the UEFA Cup in 1976. Levski is up to this date the only European club to have scored five goals in a single game against Barcelona in a UEFA-sponsored international competition (UEFA CUP quarter-finals return leg, 17 March 1976).

Vitosha Sofia (1985–1989)

The name of the team was changed to Vitosha by the authorities following the disruptions during and after the Bulgarian Cup final in 1985. The game ran on high emotions fueled by the streak of consecutive victories of Levski over CSKA in the 2 years prior to the game (though CSKA won the Bulgarian Cup game 2–1). The controversial decisions of the referee led to confrontations both on the field and on the stands. By decree of the Central Committee of the Bulgarian Communist Party some of the leading players both of the Blues and the Reds were suspended from the sport for life. The championship title of the club for 1985 was suspended. However, the suspensions were lifted shortly after.

Levski Sofia (1989–2009)

After the 1989–90 season, the club regained its original name. The team composed of the newcomers Plamen Nikolov, Petar Hubchev, Tsanko Tsvetanov, Emil Kremenliev, Zlatko Yankov, Georgi Slavchev, Ilian Iliev, Daniel Borimirov, Stanimir Stoilov and Velko Yotov and the return of the veterans Plamen Getov, Nikolay Todorov and Nasko Sirakov, dictated the game in the domestic championship by winning the title in 1993, 1994 and 1995. Memorable wins by big margins over challengers Lokomotiv Sofia – 8–0, CSKA – 7–1 and Botev Plovdiv – 6–1, clearly demonstrated Levski's complete superiority. Home games in European Competitions against Rangers and Werder Bremen turned into true holidays for supporters. Levski contributed with 5 first team players (Petar Hubchev, Tsanko Tsvetanov, Emil Kremenliev, Zlatko Yankov and Nasko Sirakov) and three reserve players (Plamen Nikolov, Petar Aleksandrov and Daniel Borimirov) to the Bulgaria national football team that ended on fourth place in the unforgettable American summer of the World Cup 1994.

Another relatively successful period lasted until 2005. Then the young new manager and former player Stanimir Stoilov organized a team of Levski's academy products Zhivko Milanov, Milan Koprivarov and Valeri Domovchiyski, the experienced Elin Topuzakov, Georgi Petkov, Stanislav Angelov and Dimitar Telkiyski, the fans' favorites Hristo Yovov, Daniel Borimirov and Georgi Ivanov, who came back after spending time abroad, reached the quarter-final stage of the UEFA Cup, knocking out AJ Auxerre, winnings against Olympique de Marseille, Dinamo București and finishing ahead of the reigning title holder CSKA Moscow in the group stage, triumphing over Champions League participants Artmedia Bratislava and Udinese Calcio, before being knocked out by Schalke 04 in a controversial tie.

Levski against Werder Bremen at the National Stadium in the Champions League

Levski, as the champions of Bulgaria, started their UEFA Champions League 2006–07 participation from the second qualiftying round, where they eliminated Georgian champions Sioni Bolnisi, defeating them 2–0 both home and away. In the third round, Levski faced Italian team Chievo Verona who are taking part in the tournament because of other clubs' sanctions as part of the 2006 Serie A matchfixing scandal. Levski eliminated Chievo after a decisive 2–0 win in Sofia and a secure 2–2 draw on Italian soil, and becoming the first Bulgarian club to ever reach the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.[3] There they faced last year's winners FC Barcelona from Spain, English champions Chelsea and German powerhouse Werder Bremen.[4]

Levski earned a spot in the UEFA Champions League 2008–09 after domestic champion CSKA Sofia failed to secure a UEFA license because of numerous debts to creditors.[5] Levski lost to BATE Borisov of Belarus in the third qualifying round.

Levski Sofia (2009–present)

During 2009–10 season, Levski's team started their European campaign with 9–0 (on aggregate) in the second Qualifying round of Champions League against UE Sant Julià. On the next round, Levski Sofia faced FK Baku. The blues eliminated the team from Azerbaijan with 2–0 (on aggregate). In the play-off round Levski was eliminated by Debreceni VSC with 4–1 (on aggregate). However, Levski qualified for UEFA Europa League. In the group stage, Levski faced Villarreal CF, Lazio and Red Bull Salzburg. Levski achieved only one win and 5 losses. Levski took the win against Lazio, after Hristo Yovov scored the winning goal in the match. The match was played at Stadio Olimpico.

Levski started the 2010–11 season with a match against Dundalk – a second qualifying round for Europa League. Levski won the first match and the result was 6:0.[6] In the return leg at Oriel Park, a confident Levski beat Dundalk FC 2–0 with two first half goals from Garra Dembele, the first on 4 mins and the second 10 mins before half-time. In the next round Levski played against Kalmar FF. The first match ended 1–1 in Sweden. In the return leg in Sofia Levski won 5–2. In between The Blues defeated their archrival CSKA Sofia in the Eternal derby of Bulgarian football with 1–0. Their next match in the Europa League saw them play AIK Fotboll, from Stockholm, Sweden. The first match ended with a draw, 0–0 and after the game AIK-hooligans attacked the Levski players and staff, after Levski ultras did not show at meeting place. The second match ended in a 2–1 home win for Levski. Goals scored by Daniel Mladenov and Garra Dembélé put Levski in Europa League group stage. Levski was drawn in Group C, facing Gent, Lille and Sporting CP. The first match was against Gent. Levski won the match in a 3–2 home win. The winning goal was scored by Serginho Greene. With this win Levski recorded 8 games in-a-row without losing in European competitions. After that Levski lost catastrophically from Sporting CP with 5–0. Followed by another loss against Lille. In Sofia Levski played very well against Lille and was leading 2–1 until Ivo Ivanov scored an own goal to make it 2–2. In the last match of the Group C, Levski take a win against Sporting CP with 1–0, the winning goal was scored by Daniel Mladenov.

In the following 2011–12 season in the Third Qualifying Round of the Europa League, Levski were surprisingly eliminated by Spartak Trnava of Slovakia, following a late-minute 2–1 win in Sofia, and a loss of the same scoreline in Trnava. The penalty shoot-out cost Levski a place in the Play-off round. This caused an upset with the fans and players, the team barely clinching the fourth position at the winter break in the "A" PFG. Albeit only three points from the leaders Ludogoretz, the acting manager Georgi Ivanov was sacked from the position, but remained in the club as a sporting director. Nikolay Kostov was appointed as the new manager of the club, giving the supporters a sense of optimism, which, however faded after a cup knock-out in the hands of Lokomotiv Plovdiv and a surprise loss at home to Minyor Pernik. Kostov shockingly handed in his resignation, leaving the managerial post once again vacant. Sporting Director Georgi Ivanov once again stepped up to help his club, and accepted being manager until the summer break, when a new one will be appointed.

During the summer of 2012 ex-player Ilian Iliev was appointed as the new manager of Levski Sofia. Under his management the club was shockingly knocked out from the Europa League by Bosnian side FK Sarajevo. Iliev led the team to 13 victories in A PFG and to the semi-finals of the Bulgarian Cup after eliminating Cherno More Varna and Litex Lovech on the away goal rule. Iliev however was fired after a 1–1 away draw against Pirin Gotse Delchev. Assistant coach Nikolay Mitov took in charge the team until the end of the season. Under his management Levski won the derby clashes against Litex, CSKA and Ludogorets but failed to win the title after a surprising 1–1 home draw against Slavia Sofia. Levski also reached their first Bulgarian Cup final since 2007 but lost on penalties against Beroe Stara Zagora. Despite the missed opportunity of winning a trophy Mitov's contract was renewed for the 2013–14 season. However, the team made another disappointing performance in Europa League, being eliminated by Kazakh side Irtysh Pavlodar. This resulted the resignation of Nikolay Mitov as manager.

In July 2013 Slaviša Jokanović was appointed as the new manager of the team. Despite losing only 2 matches in 12 games Jokanovic was released in October 2013. Ivaylo Petev was announced as his successor but during his introduction a few Levski supporters interrupted it and threw him away, stating that they would not accept his appointment.[7] On the next day Petev refused to take charge of the team and Antoni Zdravkov was named as the new manager. Under his reign the team suffered a heavy 0–3 loss against rivals CSKA, but managed to knock them out from the Bulgarian Cup in December 2013 after penalties. Due to the difficult financial situation during the winter break key players such as Antonio Vutov and Garry Rodrigues were sold to Udinese and Elche respectively. This reflected on the team's performance and Levski finished 5th and got knocked out at the Quarterfinals of the Bulgarian Cup by Botev Plovdiv. Antoni Zdravkov was sacked in March 2014 and club legend Elin Topuzakov took charge as a caretaker until the end of season. For the first time since 1990–91 the club did not participate in European competitions.

Despite the disappointing season on 23 May the club supporters organized a friendly game against Lazio marking the 100th year anniversary of the club. Club icons like Georgi Ivanov, Dimitar Ivankov, Aleksandar Aleksandrov, Hristo Yovov, Elin Topuzakov and many other ex-players and celebrities took participation in both the friendly game and with money grants for the celebrations around the event.[8] On 24 May 2014 Levski marked 100 years since its founding.[9]



Bulgarian A Group[10][11]

Bulgarian Cup[10][11][12]

Bulgarian Supercup[10][11]

Tsar's Cup / Cup of the Soviet Army / Cup of Bulgaria[10][11]

  • Winners (6 times – record): 1933, 1937, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1988

Ulpia Serdika Cup[10][11][12]

  • Winners (4 times – record): 1926, 1930, 1931, 1932

Sofia Championship[10][11]

  • Winners (11 times – record): 1922–23, 1923–24, 1924–25, 1928–29, 1932–33, 1936–37, 1941–42, 1942–43, 1944–45, 1945–46, 1947–48

Doubles and Trebles

  • The Double (13 times – record): 1942, 1946, 1947, 1948–49, 1949–50, 1969–70, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1983–84, 1993–94, 1999–00, 2001–02, 2006–07
  • The Treble (twice – record): 1983–84, 2006–07


Balkans Cup[10][11]

European record

Including 2012–13 season.

Competition S P W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Champions League / European Cup 16581514297482– 8
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup / European Cup Winners' Cup 1236145177055+ 15
UEFA Europa League / UEFA Cup 2198372140132133– 1
Total 49 192 66 40 86 276 270 + 6

Recent seasons

League positions

Bulgarian A Football Group
Season Position M W D L G.D. P Bulgarian Cup Bulgarian Super Cup UEFA Champions League UEFA Europa League Notes
2007–08 2 30 19 5 6 56:19 62 Quarter-finals Winner Second qualifying round Did not participate
2008–09 1 30 21 6 3 57:18 69 Semi-finals Did not participate Third qualifying round First round
2009–10 3 30 17 6 7 57:26 57 Round of 16 Winner Play-off round Group Stage
2010–11 2 30 23 3 4 67:24 72 Quarter-finals Did not participate Did not participate Group Stage
2011–12 3 30 20 2 8 61:28 62 Quarter-finals Did not participate Did not participate Third qualifying round
2012–13 2 30 22 5 3 59:20 71 Finalist Did not participate Did not participate Second qualifying round
2013–14 5 38 19 5 14 59:39 62 Quarter-finals Did not participate Did not participate First qualifying round
2014–15 7 32 17 5 10 66:33 56 Finalist Did not participate Did not participate Did not participate
2015–16 2 32 16 8 8 36:18 56 Quarter-finals Did not participate Did not participate Did not participate
2016–17 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD Round of 16 TBD Did not participate Second qualifying round

Club symbols

Names and emblems

The first club emblem designed by Mincho Kachulev in 1922. It was square with a blue background, which is written in a stylised letter "Л" (Bulgarian letter "L" short for Levski). The inner space of the letter was filled vertically equally in yellow and red. Later in the top two corners of the square are the letters "С" (Sport) and "К" (club) above the bottom side of the square is inscribed "Sofia". This badge was used by the club until 1949, when it was renamed Dinamo.

From 1949 to 1956, the emblem of the club was an irregular hexagon filled with vertical red, white, blue and yellow and inscribed handwritten letter "Д" with a red five-pointed star above it and the words "Sofia" underneath. From 1957 to 1968 the original logo was restored, but instead of "C" and "К" there was "Ф" (Athletic) and "Д" (union).

After the merger with Spartak Sofia in 1969, the emblem of the club has been a shield in blue and white with a horizontal red bar above. In the shield entered the letters "Л" and "C", an abbreviation of the new name Levski-Spartak. The club had this emblem until 1985, when it was renamed Vitosha. The new emblem is in the form of a stylised letter "C" surrounding the football in the upper curve of the letter, coloured in blue and white.

In January 1990 the club restored its original name and original logo, the letters "C" and "K" in the upper corner of the blue square were replaced with "Ф" (football) and "K" (club). Due to legal issues with the ownership of the rights to the historic emblem the club was forced to change it in 1998, a new shield emblem was introduced, entirely in blue. At its centre was the letter "Л" and below was the year of establishment – 1914. The dome of the shield was labelled "PFC Levski".

After winning the case for the rights to the historic emblem in 2006, the club decided to use the two different logos simultaneously for a brief period. Later that year the shield emblem was completely abandoned and the classic square emblem has been used ever since.

Current squad

First team

As of 21 September 2016 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Bulgaria GK Dimitar Sheytanov
2 Romania DF Srdjan Luchin
3 Bulgaria DF Dimitar Pirgov
4 Bulgaria DF Miki Orachev
5 Bulgaria DF Aleksandar Aleksandrov
6 Bulgaria MF Ivaylo Naydenov
7 Ghana FW Francis Narh
8 Curaçao MF Jeremy de Nooijer
9 Bulgaria FW Iliyan Mitsanski
10 Bulgaria MF Galin Ivanov
11 Peru FW Jean Deza
12 Bulgaria FW Bozhidar Kraev
14 Bulgaria DF Veselin Minev
15 Slovakia MF Roman Procházka (vice-captain)
No. Position Player
16 Bulgaria FW Atanas Kabov
17 Nigeria FW Tunde Adeniji
20 Spain FW Añete
21 Bulgaria GK Ivan Čvorović
23 Sweden DF Simon Sandberg
25 Bulgaria DF Sasho Aleksandrov
27 France MF Mehdi Bourabia
29 Serbia GK Bojan Jorgačević (3rd captain)
39 Bulgaria DF Deyan Ivanov
44 Bulgaria DF Viktor Genev
70 Bulgaria MF Georgi Kostadinov
75 Bulgaria MF Aleks Borimirov
88 Bulgaria MF Georgi Yanev
99 Bulgaria FW Stanislav Ivanov

For recent transfers, see Transfers summer 2016.

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Bulgaria GK Nikolay Krastev (at Nesebar until 30 June 2017)
Bulgaria DF Galin Tashev (at Etar until 30 June 2017)
No. Position Player
Bulgaria FW Iliya Dimitrov (at Pirin Blagoevgrad until 30 June 2017)

Foreign players

Up to five non-EU nationals can be registered and given a squad number for the first team in the A PFG however only three can be used during a match day. 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.

EU Nationals

EU Nationals (Dual citizenship)

Non-EU Nationals

Note: For a complete list of Levski Sofia players, see Category:PFC Levski Sofia players.

Sponsors and Ownership

  • Official Shirt Sponsor Bulgaria Vivacom
  • Official Sport Clothing Provider Spain Joma
  • Official Back of Shirt Sponsor Austria Strabag
  • Official Back of Shirt Sponsor Bulgaria Efbet
  • Official Shorts Sponsor Bulgaria Spetema
  • Official Medical Sponsor Turkey Acıbadem
  • Other Official Sponsors Bulgaria Moto-Pfohe, Bulgaria Gradus, Bulgaria Bul Ins, Bulgaria Prime Sped, Bulgaria Devin

Status Owner(s)
(more information)
Bulgaria Spas Rusev (60.00%)
Bulgaria Vivacom (27.00%)
Bulgaria Blue Bulgaria Supporters' Trust (10.00%)
Bulgaria Minority Shareholders (1.80%)

Recently, due to changes in the marketing programme and club share acquisitions and restructuring, Levski Sofia signed a contract with the largest telecommunications company in Bulgaria Vivacom who joined the government body of the club by acquaring a major stake. Other Bulgarian companies such as Gradus Ltd., Prime Sped Ltd., Bul Ins insurance company, Devin Ltd. (mineral water), Spetema Caffe Ltd., Moto-Pfohe (the Bulgarian representative company for Ford Motor Company) and one of the leading betting companies in the country Efbet also have sponsorship contracts with the club.

Club officials

Board of Directors

Position Staff
Owner Bulgaria Spas Rusev
Executive Director Bulgaria Diana Ivanova
Financial Director Bulgaria Krasimir Ivanov
Director of Football Bulgaria Stanislav Angelov
Lawyer Bulgaria Stoyan Krastev
Director of Youth Academy Bulgaria Daniel Borimirov

Last updated: Sep 2016

First Team

Director of Football Bulgaria Stanislav Angelov
Administrator Bulgaria Rayko Yakimov
Press Officer Bulgaria Peter Missov
Technical staff
Head Coach Bulgaria Elin Topuzakov
Assistant Coach Bulgaria Asen Bukarev
Goalkeeper Coach Bulgaria Valentin Zahariev
Fitness and Conditioning Bulgaria Yasen Ekimov
Italy Rocco Perrotta
Head Scout Bulgaria Georgi Chilikov
Scout Bulgaria Kiril Vangelov
Performance Analyst Bulgaria Marin Slavchev
Medical staff
Doctor Bulgaria Martin Ivanov

Last updated: September 2016

Youth Academy

Director of Youth Academy Bulgaria Daniel Borimirov
Director of "Rakovski" Academy Bulgaria Emilian Petrov
Methodologist Bulgaria Nestor Yurukov
Youth Coaches
U19's Coach Bulgaria Dimitar Telkiyski
U17's Coach Bulgaria Georgi Todorov
U15's Coach Bulgaria Borislav Kyosev
U13's Coach Bulgaria Krassimir Petrov
U12's Coach Bulgaria Vesselin Sarbakov
U11's Coach Bulgaria Svetoslav Kolev
U10's Coach Bulgaria Todor Simov
U9's Coach Bulgaria Manol Zanev
U7's Coach Bulgaria Martin Lyubenov
Fitness and Conditioning Bulgaria Kiril Raykov
Fitness and Conditioning Bulgaria Petar Peev
Goalkeeper Coach Bulgaria Pavlin Ivanov
Goalkeeper Coach Bulgaria Miletko Hristov

Last updated: February 2015


Initially, the club did not possess a field of its own and training was held on an empty space called The Hillock (Могилката/Mogilkata), where the National Palace of Culture was built later. In 1924 the Sofia Municipality provided the club with the rights to an empty field on what were then the outskirts of the city, and a decade later the stadium named Levski Field was finally completed. It provided for 10,000 spectators and was regarded as the finest sport facility in the city.

In 1949 the stadium was nationalized and later the Vasil Levski National Stadium was built on the site. The team played in various locations (including the nearby Yunak Stadium) before moving to the "Dinamo" ground, which was located at the site of the modern Spartak swimming complex. In 1961 after districting the team moved to "Suhata Reka" neighborhood. There a new stadium was completed in 1963, renamed in 1990 in honor of Levski's most beloved former player Georgi Asparuhov.

In 1999 the stadium emerged from serious reconstruction for 29,000 spectators. The field measures 105 x 68 meters. However, the team plays most of its important games versus foreign teams on the national stadium "Vasil Levski". The club president Todor Batkov has recently demanded that Levski should receive "Rakovski" stadium on loan. This should be done on account that the first club stadium was nationalized and Levski have never been repaid.

In October, 2012, it was announced that Levski is rebuilding its stadium. The first phase of the planned reconstruction is to be completed in 2014, on the centennial of the club's foundation. As of 2013 the capacity is reduced to 19,000 due to the undergoing reconstruction of the main stand. On 5 July 2013, the first step was made in the construction of the main stand, which will have a capacity of 6000 spectators and will meet all the requirements of UEFA for the convenience of fans. Contractor of the "blue" building will be the leading Bulgarian company in the construction of road infrastructure and other important rehabilitation projects, “Avtomagistrali – Tcherno more” AD. The main stand of Georgi Asparuhov Stadium also known as Sector A was officially opened on 23 April 2016 at a special ceremony.


Sector B

Historically, Levski Sofia fans gathered in the south stand of the stadium. This tradition is believed to have its roots in the Sofia Derby when Levski fans met before the games at the area close to the south end of the Vasil Levski National Stadium. Due to the orientation of the stadium and the naming conventions of stands at most Bulgarian stadiums, Sector B became synonymous with Levski fans. More recently the fans in Sector B are seen as part of the Ultras movement popular in central and eastern Europe. Today Sector B initiates most of the songs, choreography and pyrotechnic displays at Levski games. Levski supporters are organized by fanclubs, most notably the National Supporters Club which helps and coordinates fans from all around Bulgaria and supports the organization of events. There are also notable groups from Sofia (Sofia-West, South Division, Blue Junta, HD Boys, LSL and many more) and other cities across Bulgaria (such as Ultra Varna, Blue Huns Pernik, OCB Veliko Tarnovo, Torcida Kyustendil,Ultras Vidin, Iron Pazardzhik, Youth Brigade 034 Pazardzik, Blue Warriors Plovdiv, Blue Boys Blagoevgrad, Blue Lads Sliven, Vandals Pleven, Levski Club Dobrich, Ultras Radomir, Ultras Burgas, Levski 1914 Karlovo, Yambol Boys and many more) Ultras Levski have a very strong long-standing friendship with SS Lazio fans.

UEFA & IFFHS rankings

Club coefficients

This is the current 2015–16 UEFA coefficient:[13]

Rank Team Coefficient
285Sweden Örebro SK4.475
286Malta Valletta4.466
287Northern Ireland Linfield4.400
288Slovakia FK Senica4.400
289Bulgaria Levski Sofia4.375
290Moldova Dacia Chisinau4.325
291Belarus Torpedo Zhodino4.250
292Iceland Stjarnan4.250
293Norway Haugesund4.250

Club world ranking

These are the IFFHS club's points as of 1 January 2016:[14]

Rank Team Points
182Hungary Ferencvárosi94,0
182Serbia Vojvodina94,0
186Cyprus AEK Larnaca93,5
186Ukraine Zorya Luhansk93,5
188Bulgaria Levski Sofia93,0
188Finland Helsinki93,0
188Turkey Trabzonspor93,0
192Armenia Pyunik92,0
192Azerbaijan Inter Baku92,0

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers

Period Kit Manufacturer Shirt Sponsor
1914-81 Unknown None
1981-83 Germany Adidas
1991-92 Italy Diadora Pepsi
1992-94 Germany Adidas Balkanbank
1994-96 Balkanbank / BULSTRAD
1996-98 VIS-2
1998-99 None
1999-00 Germany Reusch Mtel
2000-01 Italy Diadora
2005-06 Germany Uhlsport
2010-12 United States Nike
2012-14 Germany Puma VTB Capital / Mtel
2014-15 Spain Joma Lev Ins / Mtel
2015- Vivacom / Strabag / Efbet

Player records

Players in bold are currently playing for the team. Statistic is correct as of match played 11 August 2010.

Most appearances for Levski

# Name Career Appearances Goals
1 Bulgaria Stefan Aladzhov 1967–81 469 4
2 Bulgaria Emil Spasov 1974–90 414 111
3 Bulgaria Pavel Panov 1969–81 379 177
4 Bulgaria Kiril Ivkov 1967–78 374 15
5 Bulgaria Elin Topuzakov 1996–08
343 23
6 Bulgaria Aleksandar Kostov 1956–71 331 85
7 Bulgaria Hristo Iliev 1954–68 330 132
8 Bulgaria Dimitar Telkiyski 1999–08
310 64
9 Bulgaria Hristo Yovov 1995–97
304 86
10 Bulgaria Stefan Abadzhiev 1953–68 302 45

Most goals scored for Levski

# Name Career Appearances Goals Goals/Game
1 Bulgaria Nasko Sirakov 1981–94 258 206 0.80
2 Bulgaria Pavel Panov 1969–81 383 177 0.46
3 Bulgaria Georgi Asparuhov 1959–71 238 153 0.64
4 Bulgaria Georgi Ivanov 1997–09 204 135 0.60
5 Bulgaria Hristo Iliev 1974–90 415 132 0.27
6 Bulgaria Emil Spasov 1956–65 207 111 0.50
7 Bulgaria Dimitar Yordanov 1981–87 169 103 0.60
8 Bulgaria Mihail Valchev 1990–95 295 102 0.29
9 Bulgaria Asen Peshev 1924–40 99 86 0.87
10 Bulgaria Aleksandar Kostov 1960–68 112 85 0.69

Managerial history

Bulgarian Footballer of the Year

Borislav Mikhailov, captain of the Bulgaria national football team that reached the semi-finals at the FIFA World Cup 1994

A Group top goalscorers

Nasko Sirakov, Levski's top goalscorer of all-time (206 goals)

See also


  1. "Levski – 94 years of joy, pains and hopes".
  2. "Bulgarian Football Union History". Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  3. "Levski make Bulgarian history". Retrieved 2006-08-23.
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