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The club's home colours are red and white. CSKA's home ground is the "Bulgarian Army" stadium in Sofia. The club's biggest rivals are Levski Sofia and matches between the two sides are known as The Eternal Derby of Bulgaria.
They recently asked fans for financial help after being threatened with expulsion from the top flight over debts.
The next two seasons were unmemorable for The Army Men, as they finished in 5th and 2nd place consecutively. CSKA was again joined with Septemvri Sofia in 1968, and the club took the name CSKA Septemvriysko Zname (CSKA September Flag). The club clinched the title in 1969 with the help of the recent acquisition of Petar Zhekov, who would go on to become the top Bulgarian goalscorer of all time – a record he still holds today.
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After the merger between Chavdar Sofia and Septemvri Sofia is accepted that the club's home colour will be red. White colour becomes the away colour of the club.
CSKA is the most successful Bulgarian football club. Since the inception of the club in 1948, CSKA has won 31 Bulgarian titles, 20 national cups and 4 national supercups. Internationally CSKA has reached two European Champion Clubs' Cup semi-finals, four European Champion Clubs' Cup quarter-finals and one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup semi-final, being the best performing Bulgarian club in the European club competitions as well.
PFC CSKA Sofia (Bulgarian: ПФК ЦСКА София, pronounced Tse-se-ka Sòfiya) is an association football club from Sofia, Bulgaria. CSKA stands for Central Sports Club of the Army (Bulgarian: Централен Спортен Клуб на Армията).
Ex-Barnsley winger Toni Silva, now with CSKA, claimed he was racially abused during the game. Silva, 21, said: "The fans don't respect me.
The first international player in CSKA's history was Colombian Bernardo Redín (1990–91).
In June 2016 after merging with Chavdar Etropole and Litex Lovech, CSKA Sofia began on clean without any debts and was invited with many other clubs in reformed First League. The club has expressed an intent to acquire all sporting assets, logos and history from former company which is currently undergoing bankruptcy procedure; with both clubs also having the same ownership.
On 21 March 2014, as part of the plan to reduce debt and make the club's finances more transparent, CSKA became the first club from Eastern Europe to be publicly traded by listing itself on the Bulgarian Stock Exchange.
According to many surveys, CSKA Sofia is one of the two most popular clubs in Bulgaria with around 190,000 organized supporters in 799 fan clubs around the world, including supporters from United States, Republic of Macedonia, Spain, Austria, UK, Canada, Italy, Sweden, Greece, Germany, and almost every country in which there is a large number of Bulgarians. The official fan club was formed in 1990, which to date is the oldest one in the capital of Bulgaria.
On May 25 CSKA Sofia won the Bulgarian Cup. They did it ranked as amateurs and were the first 3rd division team making such an achievement. CSKA beat the team of Montana 1-0 and lifted the cup for the 20th time in the club's history.
CSKA, the 31-time champions of Bulgaria, are struggling financially and are third in the league after a run of seven games without a goal.
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Up to five non-EU nationals can be registered and given a squad number for the first team in the Parva Liga 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.
On 15 September the club officially announced a sponsorship with the largest telecommunications company in Bulgaria, Mtel. Few days later, on 20 September, CSKA signed a contract with Bulgarian gambling company WinBet.
The following year, the club was renamed to CDNA (Central House of the People's Army), and the years between 1954 and 1962 marked one of the most successful periods for The Reds, who won 9 consecutive titles—an unprecedented achievement in Bulgarian football to this day—and, in 1956, took part in the second instalment of the newly created European Cup competition.
The mentioned players are listed in the alley of fame of the club:
On 24 June 2015 one of the most powerful Bulgarian businessmen Grisha Ganchev announced that he will be the new owner of CSKA, intending to bring the club to its former glory. Club legends Plamen Markov and Hristo Yanev were appointed as sports director and head coach. Yanev claimed he wants to form a squad consisting entirely of Bulgarian players.
On August 21 after several bad results in championship, Hristo Yanev submitted his resignation, which was accepted by the club management. Early next week, for the manager of the club was appointed the son of Romanian legend Anghel Iordănescu, Edward Iordănescu.
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In the decades, many of Bulgaria's greatest footballers like Petar Zhekov, Dimitar Yakimov, Dimitar Penev, Hristo Stoichkov, Emil Kostadinov, Lyuboslav Penev, Dimitar Berbatov, Stiliyan Petrov and Martin Petrov have been part of the team.
This is a list of the last 10 CSKA Sofia managers:
In previous years was also used the black colour, mainly for away or third kits. Other colours of the CSKA kits that can be seen are grey, yellow, orange and green, but only in rarely occasions and only in the colour scheme of the third kits. In season 2009/10 for the first time in the club's history CSKA used golden colour for their away kits.
CSKA has carried a plethora of names throughout its history. In chronological order, they are as follows:
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CSKA Sofia's reserve team, plays in the Second Liga. The following CSKA II players have made first-team appearances for the club.
The official anthem of CSKA Sofia is the song "Sartsa cherveni" ("Red hearts") by the famous Bulgarian singer Yordanka Hristova. The song is written in 1999 by composer Evgeni Dimitrov and lyricist Ivaylo Valchev, authors of many of the hits of Ku-Ku Band.
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Sector G, the main stand for the ultras of CSKA, is located at the north side of the stadium. Inside the sector, the most influential supporters group is the newly founded ultras group "Ofanziva", which was formed after the unification of several smaller fan clubs. Another strong group is "Animals". CSKA is also the favourite football club of the current head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church Patriarch Neophyte.
In May 2014, the ex-Liverpool player claimed he was racially abused in a league game by a Botev Plovdiv player.
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