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AS 23 Sofia

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Full name  Athletic Slava 1923
Short name  AS '23
League  A PFG
Date founded  28 October 1923
Nickname(s)  „Asistite“
Ground Capacity  15,000
Ground  Sofia
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Dissolved  9 November 1944; 72 years ago (1944-11-09)

O.S.K. Athletic Slava 1923 (Bulgarian: ОСК Атлетик Слава 1923) (English:OSC Athletic Glory 1923) or simply AS 23 was a Bulgarian football club from the city of Sofia. The colours of the club were black and white, the badge was black lion on white shield and their home ground was the Stadium AS 23. AS 23 won the Bulgarian Championship in 1931 and Bulgarian Cup in 1941. In 1944, after the soviet army occupation of Bulgaria, the sport in the nation changе dramatically.The club was known as the faschist sports club but the communinst regime executed 2 of the people running the club who were war veterans from World War I. In the same year the club merges with Shipka (Sofia) to become Chavdar (Sofia) and eventually gave the basis to what is known today as PFC CSKA Sofia.


The club motto is "Athleticism and glory".


AS 23 was founded on 28 October 1923 after merging of three football clubs – Athletic Sofia, Slava Sofia and Officer Sport Club Sofia. The name of the new founded club was Officer Sport Club Athletic-Slava 23. The first chairman of the club was lieutenant colonel Nikola Karagyozov.

During 1930–31 season the club wins the local Sofia division. In the play-offs AS 23 defeats Etar Veliko Tarnovo 5–0, Sila Yambol 7–0, Napredak Ruse 3–1 and wins in the final against Shipchenski Sokol 3–0. They managed to do domestic double, when they won the Bulgarian Cup in the same season.

In 1940–41 season some of the key footballers of AS 23 were called into the army and they finished 5th in the Sofia Elite Division, but they won the new created tournament Tsar Cup by winning the final against Napredak Ruse 4–2. The club experienced financial problem during the 40s, but the foundation "Brannik" provided great financial help. Ministry of Defence provided sport kits for the club.

The club was dissolved on 9 November 1944, when he was merged with Shipka-Pobeda and Spartak Poduene into a new club – Chavdar Sofia. AS 23 and Chavdar Sofia are predecessors of CSKA Sofia.


Stadium AS 23 (also known as Atletic Park) was at the place of the current Balgarska Armia Stadium. On 27 January 1925 the Municipality of Sofia gives the club the place for the stadium. During the 30s AS 23 receives the deed of the facility. In the early 40s the stadium is closed. In 1944 the pitch is provided to Chavdar Sofia, and afterwards to the Ministry of Defence.


Bulgarian State Football Championship:

  • Champions (1): 1931
  • Bulgarian Cup:

  • Winners (1): 1941
  • References

    AS 23 Sofia Wikipedia

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