CSKA Sofia

Founded In
Sofia, Bulgaria

About CSKA Sofia

Professional Football Club CSKA Sofia was founded in May 1948, although its roots can be traced back further, to the formation of Officer's Sports Club Athletic Slava in 1923. CSKA is an acronym for Central Sports Club of the Army, however the club do not currently have any association with the Bulgarian Army. They are the most successful football club in the country's history, in terms of domestic trophies, and are also the best-performing Bulgarian side in continental competitions.

CSKA Sofia's biggest rivals are local side, Levski Sofia and the rivalry between the two teams is known as the Eternal Derby of Bulgarian Football. As well as being local rivals, CSKA and Levski are the country's most popular and most successful clubs and, as a result, their matches are fiercely contested and attract widespread attention within the country.

Upon foundation, CSKA Sofia enjoyed instant success and were crowned as Bulgarian champions in their first ever season, in 1948. Since that time, the club have amassed a haul of 31 league titles, which is a record. Their most recent league success came in 2007-08. In addition, the club have enjoyed further domestic success, winning the Bulgarian Cup ten times and the Bulgarian Super Cup four times. Moreover, they lifted the Cup of the Soviet Army on nine occasions. Over the years, the team have also made their mark on the continental stage, reaching the semi finals of the European Cup in both 1967 and 1982.

Hristo Stoichkov is widely regarded as the greatest player to ever play for the club, while Petar Zhekov is the club's all-time top goalscorer, having scored 144 goals for the side. Other notable former players include Stoycho Mladenov, Yordan Letchkov and Dimitar Berbatov.

CSKA Sofia play their home matches at Balgarska Armia Stadium, which translates to 'Bulgarian Army Stadium'. The venue first opened in 1923, but was reconstructed in 1967. It is currently able to hold up to 22,015 supporters.

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