CSKA IS THE CLUB OF ARMY MEN
CSKA was established on May 5, 1948 in the Military Club in Sofia.
The club holds the record for most trophies from the Bulgarian First League - 31. Between 1954 and 1962 CSKA was champion in nine consecutive seasons, which is still an unsurpassed national record. The Reds has also won 21 National Cups of Bulgaria and 4 Super Cups. CSKA is as well the most successful Bulgarian team in the European club tournaments, reaching two semi-finals for the European Cup (during the 1966/67 and 1981/82 seasons), as well as four times reaching the quarterfinals of the same tournament. In season 1988/89 CSKA played a semi-final for the Cup Winners’ Cup.
The club is known as the „killer of European champions&“. So far, CSKA has won against four current winners of the European Cup / Champions League, and in three of these cases eliminated these champions - Ajax (1974), Nottingham (1981) and Liverpool (1982). CSKA has given a path to many of the legends of Bulgarian football. Among them are the only Bulgarian who won the Golden Ball - Hristo Stoichkov; the first Bulgarian football player to score in the final of a European club tournament - Emil Kostadinov; the record holder for awards for Footballer №1 of Bulgaria and for goals for the national team - Dimitar Berbatov; the first Bulgarian winner of the Golden Boot - Petar Zhekov, and many others. Zhekov is the best goal scorer in the history of CSKA with 144 goals. Boris Gaganelov is the player with the most appearances - 350.
After the deliberate bankruptcy of the club in 2016, CSKA began its moral revival from the lowest level of Bulgarian football. The Reds has won consecutively the trophies from Fourth League, Third League and Second League.
From the 2020/21 season, CSKA is again part of the highest echelon of Bulgarian football - efbet League. Today the team proudly takes its place among the best in the country.
The concept for the development of the club is based on the trust in Bulgarian players and a balance between experienced and young footballers. The head coach of the team is Krasimir Balakov. His assistants are Yordan Yurukov and Spas Stoimenov. The goalkeepers coach is Dimitar Atanasovski.