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PFC Litex Lovech

Litex Lovech
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Full name Professional football club Litex Lovech
Nickname(s) The Oranges
Short name Litex
Founded 1921 (1921)
as Hisarya Sports Club
Ground Lovech Stadium,
Lovech
Ground Capacity 8,100
Owner Grisha Ganchev
Chairman Trifon Popov[1]
Manager Laurențiu Reghecampf
League A Group
2014–15 A Group, 4th
Website Club home page

PFC Litex Lovech (Bulgarian: ПФК Литекс Ловеч) or simply Litex (Bulgarian: Литекс) is a Bulgarian football club from the town of Lovech, which currently competes in the A Group, the top division of Bulgarian football. The club was founded in 1921 as Hisarya Football Club.

The club's home ground is the Lovech Stadium, which has a capacity of 8100 seats, electric floodlights and permission to stage European matches. To date, Litex has won the championship four times and has won the Bulgarian Cup four times. Together with CSKA Sofia and Levski Sofia, Litex is the third Bulgarian football club that represents the country in the European Club Association.

Contents

  • History 1
    • 1921–1996 1.1
    • Grisha Ganchev era (1996–2015) 1.2
    • Danail Ganchev era (2015-present) 1.3
    • League positions 1.4
    • Recent league statistics 1.5
  • Stadium 2
  • Honours 3
    • National competitions 3.1
  • European record 4
  • Current squad 5
    • On loan 5.1
    • Litex U19 squad 5.2
    • Foreign players 5.3
  • Personnel 6
    • Board of directors 6.1
    • Current technical body 6.2
    • UEFA club coefficient rankings 6.3
  • Notable players 7
  • Managerial history 8
  • Notable stats 9
    • All-time top scorers in A PFG 9.1
  • References 10
  • External links 11

History

1921–1996

The club was founded in 1921 as Hisarya and began playing league football during 1923. Over the years, the club has changed its name several times. From 1957 named Karpachev, before becoming Osam in 1979. Under that name the club played constantly in the B Group, the second division of Bulgarian football and was close to promotion several times. A notable star during this period was Plamen Linkov who broke the club's appearance record, playing 575 times, scoring 167 goals.

In 1990 sponsor of the team become a company LEX. In the same year, the club had changed its name to LEX Football Club. The 1993–94 season was successful for LEX, which finished 1st in second division and qualified for the A Group for first time in the club's history. The first season in the A Group was a success for the club, finishing 11th. The next season was not successful and the club, renamed Lovech, was relegated to the B Group.

Litex goalscorer Dimcho Belyakov.

Grisha Ganchev era (1996–2015)

In June 1996, the club was purchased by the petrol businessman and citizen of Lovech Grisha Ganchev and it was renamed to Litex. The takeover was immediately followed by a flurry of bids for high-profile players. Ferario Spasov was named as the new Litex coach. He led the club back to the A PFG at the first attempt. During the 1996–97 season Litex also reached the quarter-finals of the Bulgarian Cup and the final of the Bulgarian League Cup, which was lost after penalty shoot-out.

Litex with the Bulgarian Cup in 2009.

In 1997, Litex was promoted for the second time to the top division and immediately became Bulgarian champions, finishing the season 5 points ahead of the second-placed Levski Sofia. This was unprecedented in Bulgarian football history. The striker of the team Dimcho Belyakov became top goalscorer with his 21 goals scored during the season. The midfielder Stoycho Stoilov received the Best League Player award. The club's first participation in the European club tournaments was also promising, with Litex eliminating the Swedish Halmstads BK (2-0 and 1-2) and reaching the second qualifying round (but being knocked out by Russian powerhouse Spartak Moscow).

A year later Litex retained their league title, losing only two league games all season. They became the first provincial club to win back-to-back league titles since the 1920s. During the campaign Litex inflicted the biggest defeat of CSKA Sofia's all history, beating 8-0 at Lovech Stadium.

In the recent years, Litex won the Bulgarian Cup four times, in 2001 (a 1-0 win against Velbazhd Kyustendil after extra time), in 2004 (a win over CSKA after a 2-2 in the regular time and a penalty shoot-out), in 2008 a win over Cherno More Varna (1-0)[2] and in 2009 against Pirin Blagoevgrad (3-0 in the regular time).[3] In early August 2007, Litex signed a three-year sponsorship and advertising contract with Bulgarian mobile operator GLOBUL and started the 2007–08 season with the logo of the mobile service i-mode on the team's kits. In December 2007, Litex became the first Bulgarian club to have branded a mobile phone game, Litex Football. Before the start of the 2008–09 season, Litex lost the Bulgarian Supercup final with 0-1 from CSKA Sofia. The winning goal for the army team was scored by Kiril Kotev in the 65th minute. After a season later, Litex again lost the Bulgarian Supercup 0-1 against the champions Levski Sofia.

Litex with the A PFG title in 2010.

In 2009–10 season Litex became a champion of Bulgaria for the third time in his history, finishing with 12 points more than the second, CSKA Sofia.[4] On 12 August 2010, Litex defeated Beroe 2–1 to win the Bulgarian Supercup, for the first time in the club's history. In 2010–11 Litex achieved a 4th league title, securing the championship with a 3–1 away win against Lokomotiv Sofia on 21 May 2011.[5]

Danail Ganchev era (2015-present)

In the summer of 2015, Grisha Ganchev stepped down from his position as an owner, only to relocate his investments in the capital to CSKA Sofia, which had been financially struggling recently. As a result of the change, his son Danail took over the club.


League positions

Recent league statistics

Season Place Points W D L Goal Diff. Achievements
2007–08 4 from 16 56 16 9 5 51–26 Bulgarian Cup
2008–09 4 from 16 58 17 7 6 53–26 Bulgarian Cup
2009–10 1 from 16 70 22 4 4 59–17 Champion
2010–11 1 from 16 75 23 6 1 56–13 Supercup Champion
2011–12 5 from 16 59 17 8 5 57–28
2012–13 5 from 16 50 15 5 10 56–24
2013–14 3 from 14 72 21 9 8 74–37
2014–15 4 from 12 54 16 6 10 49–36

Stadium

Lovech Stadium

Litex Lovech's home ground is the Lovech Stadium, a football stadium in Lovech. Built in 1962, the ground underwent a total reconstruction in 1999 and was brought to a suitable stand to host international matches in 1999. The stadium has more than 8000 seating places with pitch dimensions of 105 x 68 metres. The record attendance is 12,500 for the game against Levski Sofia in 19 April 1998. The record attendance in the European club competitions was achieved against Aston Villa on 18 September 2008, when around 8,000 spectators supported the team.

In the summer of 2010, a massive reconstruction of the venue was started, new side sectors with roof covers were built and the media sectors were expanded in order to meet the UEFA guidelines for Champions League matches. On 12 July 2010, the stadium officially received from UEFA a 3-star rating. The reconstructions continued in the summer of 2011. New covered stands and media boxes were built.

Honours

National competitions

A Group:

Bulgarian Cup:

Bulgarian League Cup:

  • Runners-up (1): 1997

Bulgarian Supercup:

European: UEFA Cup / Europa League:

European record

Competition S P W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Champions League 4 16 8 1 7 29 28 + 1
UEFA Europa League 13 56 23 12 21 76 60 + 16
Total 17 72 31 13 28 105 88 + 17

Current squad

As of 15 July 2015

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
2 DF Iliya Munin
3 DF Anton Nedyalkov
5 DF Rafael Pérez
6 MF Krasimir Stanoev
7 MF Diogo Viana
8 MF Aleksandar Georgiev
9 FW Georgi Minchev
10 MF Henry Rojas
11 FW Bjørn Johnsen
12 GK Aleksandar Konov
15 MF Kristiyan Malinov
16 DF Strahil Popov (captain)
17 MF Reyan Daskalov
18 DF Iliya Milanov
No. Position Player
19 MF Rumen Rumenov
21 MF Aleksandar Tsvetkov
23 DF Ivan Goranov
28 DF Plamen Galabov
30 GK Evgeni Aleksandrov
31 GK Vinícius Barrivieira
69 DF Helton Dos Reis
70 MF Danilo Asprilla
73 FW Milcho Angelov
77 MF Arsénio
88 MF Nikola Kolev
93 MF Petrus Boumal
98 FW Tonislav Yordanov
99 FW Kiril Despodov
For recent transfers, see Transfers summer 2015.
For reserve team players, see Litex Lovech II.

On loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
1 GK Marin Orlinov (at Spartak Pleven until 30 June 2016)
No. Position Player

Litex U19 squad

Litex's U19 team play in the UEFA Youth League. They are coached by Evgeni Kolev.[6]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
2 DF Stoycho Atanasov
3 DF Martin Simeonov
4 DF Bozhidar Stanchev
5 DF Martin Minchev
6 MF Berkay Halil
7 FW Kiril Despodov
8 MF captain)
9 FW Tonislav Yordanov
10 MF Chavdar Ivaylov
11 DF Angel Lyaskov
13 DF Galin Minkov
14 MF Emil Petrov
15 DF Kristiyan Slavov
16 DF Dimitar Iliev
17 MF Dink Mitrev
18 MF Nikolay Yankov
19 MF Stanislav Zhekov
20 MF Nikola Gavov
21 FW Ivan Mitrev
22 DF Valeri Hristov
No. Position Player
23 MF Hosein Traykov
24 DF Nikolay Georgiev
25 GK Ivan Avramov
26 MF Ivan Yuliyanov Ivanov
27 MF Mihail Kulov
28 MF Petar Dimitrov Petrov
29 FW Nikolay Ivanov
30 MF Mario Topuzov
31 DF Kristiyan Parashkevov
32 DF Ivan Turitsov
33 MF Yoan Petrov
52 GK Vitorio Nankov
67 FW Dobromir Bonev
68 MF Aykut Ramadan
71 MF Hristin Kolev
77 DF Viktor Mitsakov
88 MF Ivan Petkov
98 MF Georgi Tartov
99 GK Petar Lyubomirov Petrov

Foreign players

Up to five non-EU nationals can be registered and given a squad number for the first team in the A PFG 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.

EU Nationals

EU Nationals (Dual citizenship)

Non-EU Nationals

Personnel

Board of directors

Current technical body

UEFA club coefficient rankings

As of 7 August 2015.[7]
Pos. Team Points
248 Žalgiris 4.925
249 Željezničar 4.925
250 Litex 4.875
251 Osijek 4.875
252 Žilina 4.850

Notable players

The following players included were either playing for their respective national teams or left good impression among the fans.

Note: For a complete list of Litex Lovech players, see Category:PFC Litex Lovech players.

Managerial history

This is a list of the recent Litex Lovech managers:

Name From To Honours
Stoycho Mladenov June 2004 Nov 2004
Itzhak Shum Nov 15, 2004 May 2005
Ljupko Petrović July 1, 2005 June 12, 2007 1 Bulgarian Cup
Ferario Spasov June 2007 Nov 2007
Miodrag Ješić Nov 2007 May 2008 1 Bulgarian Cup
Stanimir Stoilov June 1, 2008 Aug 28, 2009 1 Bulgarian Cup
Angel Chervenkov Sept 1, 2009 Aug 5, 2010 1 Bulgarian A PFG
Petko Petkov (interim) Aug 5, 2010 Sept 1, 2010 1 Bulgarian Supercup
Lyuboslav Penev Sept 2, 2010 Oct 24, 2011 1 Bulgarian A PFG
Atanas Dzhambazki Oct 24, 2011 Dec 31, 2011
Hristo Stoichkov Jan 5, 2012 June 5, 2013
Zlatomir Zagorčić July 1, 2013 March 31, 2014
Miodrag Ješić March 31, 2014 May 25, 2014
Krasimir Balakov May 26, 2014 July 10, 2015
Ljupko Petrović (interim) July 10, 2015 August 5, 2015
Laurențiu Reghecampf August 6, 2015[8]

Notable stats

Plamen Linkov, the club's top scorer
Most appearances for the club
Rank Name Apps
1 Plamen Linkov 575
2 Nebojša Jelenković 307
3 Vitomir Vutov 245
4 Zhivko Zhelev 225
5 Nikolay Dimitrov 210
Most goals for the club
Rank Name Goals
1 Plamen Linkov 167
2 Stefan Yurukov 84
3 Svetoslav Todorov 70
4 Hristo Yovov 54
5 Dimcho Belyakov 48
Bulgarian league top scorer with the club
Year Name Goals
1999 Dimcho Belyakov 21
2000 Svetoslav Todorov 19
2006 Milivoje Novakovič 16
2010 Wilfried Niflore 19
2014 Wilmar Jordán 20

Notes:

  • Bold signals active players
  • Correct as of 2010-05-16

All-time top scorers in A PFG

  • Bold signals active players
  • Correct as of December 13, 2014[9]
Rank Name Games played Goals scored Assists Goals per game Years played
1 Svetoslav Todorov 127 56 22 0.44 1997–01, 2009–12
2 Stefan Yurukov 113 55 11 0.49 1996–97, 1998–02, 2003–04
3 Hristo Yovov 97 45 20 0.46 2000–04
4 Wilfried Niflore 72 39 11 0.54 2008–11
5 Dimtcho Beliakov 67 35 11 0.52 1994–97, 1998–99, 2004
6 Zhivko Zhelev 194 31 7 0.16 1996–07
7 Wilmar Jordán 54 29 7 0.54 2013–15
8 Zoran Janković 64 29 17 0.45 2000–02, 2004, 2007–08
9 Georgi Milanov 106 28 20 0.26 2009–13
10 Krum Bibishkov 60 27 6 0.45 2007–09

References

  1. ^ "Ръководство". PFCLitex.com (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Litex claim third Bulgarian Cup". UEFA.com. Retrieved 2008-05-14. 
  3. ^ "Stoilov guides Litex to cup glory". UEFA.com. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  4. ^ "Litex can party like it is 1999". UEFA.com. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  5. ^ "Litex retain Bulgarian crown". UEFA.com. Retrieved 2011-05-21. 
  6. ^ "Litex U19" [Litex U19]. UEFA Youth League. uefa.com. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "UEFA club coefficient rankings". UEFA. 
  8. ^ "Reghecampf becomes Litex's third coach this season". Daily Mail. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  9. ^ Ваюши и Десподов от Литекс влязоха в историята Football24.bg, August 13, 2013

External links

Official websites
  • Official website
  • UEFA Profile
Supporters website
  • Ultras website
Information and statistics
  • Litex at worldfootball.net
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