Cherno More

Founded In
Varna, Bulgaria

About Cherno More

Professional Football Club Cherno More Varna, usually known by the shorter name Cherno More, was first established in the city of Varna in 1913. Nicknamed 'The Sailors', they are one of the oldest existing clubs in Bulgarian football and have achieved notable success in domestic competitions. The team have undergone several name changes throughout history, having previously been known as Reka Ticha and Sports Club Ticha, amongst others. Their current name, 'Cherno More', translates to 'Black Sea'.

The team played a significant role in increasing the popularity of the sport in Bulgaria. Having played several matches against other clubs from the city, as well as some inter-city matches, the team published a football rule book in 1919, in order to help the country become familiar with the laws of the game. Then, in 1925, the team won the Cup of Bucharest, becoming the first Bulgarian side to ever win an international football competition.

In total, Cherno More have been crowned as the country's champions on four occasions, with those title wins coming in 1925, 1926, 1934 and 1938. Their best league performance of recent times came in 2009, as the club finished the season in third place. In addition, they reached the final of the Bulgarian Cup in both 2006 and 2008 and finished as runners up on both occasions. Their performances in domestic competitions have seen them enter the UEFA Cup and its successor, the UEFA Europa League.

Stefan Bogomilov is the club's all-time leading goalscorer, having found the back of the net 162 times during his time with Cherno More. Other notable former players include Todor Marev, Dimitar Bosnov and Nikola Dimitrov.

The team's home matches are held at Ticha Stadium, which opened in 1968. The venue currently has a capacity of 12,500. However, it does not meet UEFA requirements for European matches and the club are due to move into the new 30,000 seater Varna Stadium in the near future.

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