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Slavia Sofia 2008-09 Home L/S Shirt, Y. Petkov 35 Match Worn

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This is a great Slavia Sofia shirt made by Asics, the fact that it is long-sleeved and carries Yordan Petkov‘s number 35 on the back is proof–for me at least–that it is match worn. This shirt is special for me since a good friend found it for me after my visit to Slavia’s Ovcha Kupel Stadium in Sofia. Although Asics is primarily a volleyball and running brand, the fabric for this football shirt is, literally, as smooth as silk. The simple yet classy Slavia badge–fitting for Sofia’s oldest side–is embroidered onto the shirt. The name and number are screen printed.

As for Yordan Petkov the defender was capped four times for Bulgaria’s nation side and, like Zdravko Lazarov, also played in Turkey (for Samsunspor in 2005-2006). He is currently the assistant coach at Slavia.

 

My Unending Thanks to Yana Raycheva For This Shirt.

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Slavia Stadium/Ovcha Kupel Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria – PFC Slavia Sofia

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Slavia Sofia are one of those teams that I have a soft spot for, in part due to their history. They are, after all, the oldest team in Sofia. Founded in 1913, Slavia have won 7 Bulgarian championships and 7  Bulgarian cups. Their Ovcha Kupel stadium has a capacity of 15,992 and was built in 1930; it has undergone three renovations recently, all before my visit. As such, my pictures are of the current state of the stadium. I visited on a quiet New Year’s day in 2010, when the stadium was covered with snow. A romantic notion to say the least. My Slavia shirt can be seen here.

At least I know where I am:

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Its New Years day in Sofia:

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The author, trying to stay warm:

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