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Neftochimic Burgas, Year Unknown L/S, Number 9 Match Worn

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I found this nice match worn Neftochimic Burgas shirt online following my visit to the Lazur Neftochimic stadium where I was sadly unable to obtain a Neftochimic shirt (I did, however, find a Chernomorets shirt with the same sponsor). This is definitely a really nice shirt, starting with the green and black color combination. Not only is it longsleeved but it is also a classic puma design, one of my favorites from the mid 1990s. This classic template was used across Europe, most famously by the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, and Eintracht Frankfurt. I also like the screen printed number 9 on the back for sentimental personal reasons–after all, I played (and still play when I get the chance) as a striker. I’ll grab a few goals here and there, but don’t look for me to beat anyone with my dribbling skills.

 

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Lazur Stadium, Burgas, Bulgaria – PFC Neftochimic Burgas and PSFC Chernomorets Burgas

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This is a bit of a vintage visit by now but hopefully–like a fine wine–its gotten better with age. One of the tenants from the time I visited–Naftex Burgas–has since been disbanded and reformed as the present day Neftochimik Burgas. I spent a long time in the stadium with an official who knew no english, but by way of a little bit of old fashioned body language I was able to convey to him that I wanted a shirt. Since Naftex Burgas was all but disbanded at the time I visited in early July of 2009, he supplied me with a Chernomorets Burgas shirt for which I am very grateful. I can still remember explaining to him that I lived in Austin, Texas, and his eyes widened when I pointed out “Остин” on the map in his office. Later upon returning home I was able to also find a Neftochimic Burgas shirt online.

As for the Lazur stadium it is pretty modern as Bulgarian stadiums go, with a capacity of 18,037 while boasting a 3 star rating from UEFA. Even the Bulgarian national side have played some of their games here, in addition to a few smaller Bulgarian clubs without suitably modern stadiums that qualify for European competition. At the time I visited the seats were yellow and green, to go with Naftex’s colors, but apparently they have been changed to blue (to correspond with Chernomorets’ colors).

Clearly the stadium was due some cosmetic renovations at the time of my visit:

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Some of the more right-wing Naftex hooligans have left their mark:

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3 Star Material in UEFA’s eyes:

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I wonder where this bus is now:

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The bus of the stadiums other tenants:

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