CSKA Sofia are the most decorated Bulgarian team, holding 51 league and domestic cup titles – they are also the only Bulgarian team to reach the Champions League semi-finals, albeit the last time being back in 1982. Over recent years, Ludogorets Razgrad has challenged their dominance and have beaten CSKA to the league title for the last 3 seasons.
CSKA Sofia Milestones
|1948||Officially founded under the name Septemvri pri CDV|
|1948||Won first league title|
|1951||Won first league and cup double|
|1954 – 1962||Won 9 consecutive league titles|
|1956||First European Cup appearance, reached Quarter Finals|
|1964||Sacked manager, Krum Milev, after 16 years in charge|
|1967||First Bulgarian team to reach European Cup Semi-Final|
|1968||Signed Petar Zhekov, the top Bulgarian scorer of all time|
|1985||Forced to disband after violence during the Bulgarian cup final|
|Refounded as Sredets|
|Hristo Stoichkov banned from playing for life|
|1986||Hristo Stoichkov ban overturned|
|2002||Won first league title since 1998|
|2005||Won 30th league title|
|2008||Refused license to play in Champions League due to unpaid obligations|
|2008||Former Club President, Aleksander Tomov, arrested for embezzlement|
|2013||Withdrawn from Europa League after financial problems|
|2015||Refused license to play in Bulgarian top tier due to unpaid debts, demoted to 3rd tier|
|2016||First 3rd Division club to win Bulgarian Cup|
|2016||Reinstated to Bulgarian top tier|
Out of the last 20 managers, only 7 have stayed longer than 3 months. The shortest tenure belonging to club legend Hristo Stoichkov who lasted just 1 month in the role, leaving due to the club’s poor financial state.
Krum Milev is deemed the most successful CSKA manager, winning 11 league and 4 cup titles in 16 years. He was sacked in 1964 after finishing 11th during the previous season and only 3 points clear of relegation.
What the (FM) Future Holds
- will I be able to end Ludogorets run of 8 consecutive league titles?
- will I be able to turn CSKA into a European powerhouse?
- will I be able to last longer than 3 months in charge?
In my next blog I’ll be outlining my aims for my FM20 save, I have a few ideas up my sleeve and have taken inspiration from a few other bloggers. Now, where’s that beta so I can get planning…