Pirin Gotse Delchev

Founded In
Gotse Delchev, Bulgaria

About Pirin Gotse Delchev

Professional Football Club Pirin Gotse Delchev, sometimes known more simply as Pirin, was first established in 1925, under the name Pirin Nevrokop. Based in the town of Gotse Delchev, which was named after a Bulgarian revolutionary hero, the team have spent the vast majority of their history in the lower divisions of the country's league system and have only risen to greater prominence in recent times. They are nicknamed the Nevrokopchani.

Much of the club's early history was spent in the country's fourth tier, in a division which covered all of the teams from the Province of Blagoevgrad. In 1981-82, the club gained promotion to the second tier, B PFG, for the first time, although their stay was short-lived and they were relegated once again in 1985.

A period of bouncing between the second and third tiers followed, before Yordan Bozdanski took over as manager in 2005. Bozdanski guided the club to a 3rd place finish in the B PFG, which was their highest ever league finish up until that point. This provided a platform for the team to push for promotion once again, which they eventually achieved at the end of the 2011–12 season, during Yakov Paparkov's spell as manager, after finishing top of the West B PFG. In the club's first ever top flight season, they finished in 11th place, which was enough to ensure their survival.

Amongst the most notable players to play for the club are Petar Lazarov, Atanas Drenovichki, Lyubomir Vitanov and Rumen Lapantov. In 2012, Lapantov became the scorer of the club's first ever A PFG goal.

Pirin Gotse Delchev play their home matches at the Gradski Stadium in Gotse Delchev. The venue is currently the smallest stadium in the top flight, and is able to hold a maximum of 5,000 spectators.

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