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PFC Ludogorets Razgrad

Ludogorets
Full name Професионален футболен клуб Лудогорец Разград
(Professional Football Club Ludogorets Razgrad)
Nickname(s) Орлите от Разград
(The Eagles from Razgrad)
Founded 18 June 2001 (2001-06-18) (13 years ago)
Ground Ludogorets Arena, Razgrad
Ground Capacity 6,000
Owner Kiril Domuschiev
Chairman Aleksandar Aleksandrov
Manager Stoycho Stoev
League A Group
2012–13 A Group, 1st
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season

PFC Ludogorets Razgrad (Bulgarian: ПФК Лудогорец Разград) or simply Ludogorets is a Bulgarian association football club based in Razgrad, which currently competes in A Football Group, the top division of the Bulgarian football league system. The club was founded in 2001 as Ludogorie Football Club. In their first season in A Group, Ludogorets achieved a remarkable result by winning both the A Group trophy and the Bulgarian Cup.

The club's name comes from the name of the region in which Razgrad is located – the Ludogorie region of north-eastern Bulgaria.

The club's home colors are green and white. Ludogorets' home base is the Ludogorets Arena in Razgrad, a stadium with capacity of 6,000 seats and electric floodlights.[1] After becoming champions in A Group in the first year after being promoted from B Group, Ludogorets became the third Bulgarian team after the two most prestigious clubs, CSKA Sofia and Levski Sofia to achieve a treble – winning A Group, the Bulgarian Cup and also the Bulgarian Supercup.

History

Foundation

In 18 June 2001 was founded Ludogorie Football Club. Initiators of the creation are Aleksandar Aleksandrov and Vladimir Dimitrov. In 2002 the club is renamed to Razgrad 2000 after a merger with a youth football team. Razgrad 2000 won its group a couple of years in a row, but didn't have a big enough budget to enter the higher division. Promotion to the top division of amateur football in Bulgaria, V Group (third division) was won after season 2005/06.

Domuschiev era (2010–present)

In the 2009–10 season, Razgrad 2000 won another promotion. This time to the professional footballB Group (second division). In 2010, the club acquired the license of the dissolved in 2006 Ludogorets Razgrad. In July 2010, Ivaylo Petev was appointed as manager. In September, the club was purchased by the businessman Kiril Domuschiev, with the clear intention to bring Ludogorets to A Group. The takeover was immediately followed by a flurry of bids for high profile players. On 28 May 2011, the club completed this feat in Domuschiev's first season presiding over the club by achieving promotion to A Group, for the first time in the club's history.[2]

Prior to the start of season 2011–12, Ludogorets completed the transfers of Emil Gargorov, Alexandre Barthe, Stanislav Genchev, Svetoslav Dyakov, Uroš Golubović, Ľubomír Guldan and Marcelinho. Ivan Stoyanov signed during the first month of the season. The first loss in the season came in fixture 10 when Ludogorets lost their match against Litex in Lovech with 2–1. In the last game of the autumn half-season in fixture 15, just before the winter break, Ludogorets ended 2–2 with CSKA in Sofia, and with that result they ended the autumn half of the season in first place. With 3 losses in a row in the middle of the spring half-season (losses from Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Slavia and Cherno More), Ludogorets had lost the lead in the standings. But in the last day of the season, against CSKA, Ludogorets won with result of 1-0 with a goal scored by former Levski striker Miroslav Ivanov and with that they became champions of Bulgaria for the first time in history with just one point ahead of CSKA Sofia.[3] On 16 May 2012, Ludogorets completed a remarkable domestic double when they won their first Bulgarian Cup title, after a 2–1 victory against Lokomotiv Plovdiv at Lazur Stadium in Burgas.[4]

In August 2012, Ludogorets won and their first Bulgarian Supercup title, beating Lokomotiv Plovdiv with result of 3–1. And that is a precedent in the history of Bulgarian football, because Ludogorets became the first team which in its first season in A Group succeeds a double, and later on a treble.

Ludogorets started season 2012–13 with 8 wins in a row and 9 matches without a loss and finished the half-season in 1st place, like the previous season, with just one loss and seven goals conceded out of 15 matches. But in the Bulgarian Cup the team was eliminated in the Round of 32 by CSKA Sofia with an aggregate score of 2–2 from the two legs. The win with 1–0 in Sofia didn't do enough, as CSKA continued into the next round with more scored away goals (the first leg in Razgrad ended 1–2). In the spring half-season Ludogorets occupied the first place with just 3 matches before the end of the season. In fixture 28 Ludogorets were defeated by Levski with 1–0 at the Georgi Asparuhov Stadium in Sofia which meant that Levski were the new leaders of A Group. In the next fixture the two teams had won their matches. In the final day of the season Ludogorets had to beat the already relegated team Montana and to hope that Slavia will prevent Levski from winning the match. With an own-goal in the last minutes of the match Slavia restored the tie and the match ended with result of 1–1. These dramatic events led Ludogorets to achieve their second A Group championship title.

On 10 July 2013, Ludogorets played in its second Supercup game against the 2013 Bulgarian Cup winners Beroe Stara Zagora. After a 1–1 draw in regular time, the match went to penalties, where Beroe won with 5–3, after Marcelinho missed the third penalty for Ludogorets.

Crest and shirt

Ludogorets colors are green and white.

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
2006–2010 Tomy Sport None
2010–2012 Adidas Huvepharma
2012– Navibulgar


Honours

Bulgarian A Group:

  • Champions (2): 2011–12, 2012–13

Bulgarian Cup:

  • Winners (1): 2012

Bulgarian Supercup:

  • Winners (1): 2012
  • Runners-up (1): 2013

Bulgarian B Group:

European record

Competition S P W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Champions League / European Cup 2 8 3 1 4 12 13 - 1
UEFA Europa League / UEFA Cup 1 3 3 0 0 6 0 +6
Total 2 11 6 1 4 18 13 + 5

Matches

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2012–13 UEFA Champions League 2Q Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 1–1 2–3 3–4
2013–14 UEFA Champions League 2Q Slovakia Slovan Bratislava 3–0 1–2 4–2
3Q Serbia Partizan 2–1 1–0 3–1
PO Switzerland Basel 2–4 0–2 2–6
2013–14 UEFA Europa League Group B Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 2–0
Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 3–0
Ukraine Chornomorets Odesa 1–0
Notes
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round

UEFA ranking

As of 25 October 2013[5][6]
Rank Team Points
155 Croatia Hajduk Split 9.775
156 Netherlands NAC Breda 9.729
157 Bulgaria PFC Ludogorets Razgrad 9.725
158 Switzerland Thun 9.585
159 Russia Krylia Sovetov 9.533
160 Ukraine Chornomorets Odesa 9.493

Players

First-team squad

As of 31 August 2013 [7]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
4 Finland DF Tero Mäntylä
5 France DF Alexandre Barthe
7 Bulgaria MF Mihail Aleksandrov
8 Portugal MF Fábio Espinho
9 Slovenia FW Roman Bezjak
10 Colombia MF Sebastián Hernández
11 Brazil FW Juninho Quixadá
14 Netherlands MF Mitchell Burgzorg
16 Bulgaria MF Kristian Kitov
17 Spain MF Dani Abalo
18 Bulgaria MF Svetoslav Dyakov (captain)
19 Bulgaria MF Dimo Bakalov
20 Brazil DF Guilherme Choco
No. Position Player
21 Bulgaria GK Vladislav Stoyanov
23 Bulgaria MF Hristo Zlatinski
25 Bulgaria DF Yordan Minev
27 Romania DF Cosmin Moți
30 Bulgaria GK Georgi Argilashki
55 Bulgaria DF Georgi Terziev
73 Bulgaria MF Ivan Stoyanov
77 Portugal DF Vitinha
80 Brazil DF Júnior Caiçara
84 Brazil MF Marcelinho
91 Bulgaria GK Ivan Čvorović
93 Netherlands MF Virgil Misidjan
99 Brazil FW Michel Platini

For recent transfers, see List of Bulgarian football transfers summer 2013.

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
6 Bulgaria DF Teynur Marem (at Haskovo)
No. Position Player

Foreign players

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

Recent seasons

Season Group Position M W D L G D P Bulgarian Cup Notes
2003-04 OFG Razgrad 1 16 12 1 3 46 10 37
2004-05 OFG Razgrad 1 18 12 2 4 55 22 38
2005-06 OFG Razgrad 1 Promoted
2006-07 North-East V Group 2 32 17 8 7 52 31 59 not participate
2007-08 North-East V Group 6 34 15 5 14 55 44 50 not participate
2008-09 North-East V Group 4 36 22 4 10 68 42 70 not participate
2009-10 North-East V Group 2 34 26 2 6 79 28 80 not participate Promoted
2010-11 East B Group 1 24 12 8 4 38 16 44 Round of 32 Promoted
2011-12 A Group 1 30 22 4 4 73 16 70 Winner Achieved treble
2012-13 A Group 1 30 22 6 2 58 13 72 Round of 32

Personnel

Board of directors

Position Name Nationality
Owner Kiril Domuschiev Bulgaria
President Alexander Alexandrov Bulgaria
Chairman of the Board of Directors Temenuga Gazdova Bulgaria
Managing Director Angel Petrichev Bulgaria
Director Youth Academy Yakov Paparkov Bulgaria
Public Relations Vladislav Trifonov Bulgaria

Current technical body

Position Name Nationality
Sports Director None
Head Coach Stoycho Stoev Bulgaria
Assistant Coach Georgi Dermendgiev Bulgaria
Assistant Coach Yavor Valchinov Bulgaria
Goalkeeper coach Nikolay Donev Bulgaria
Physiotherapist Toni Todorov Bulgaria
Physiotherapist Petko Petrov Italy
Physiotherapist Stoyan Aleksiev Bulgaria
Doctor Yavor Yakimov Bulgaria
Administrator Plamen Yordanov Bulgaria
Housekeeper Dimitar Mihov Bulgaria

Records

  • Ludogorets is the second team in the world, together with FC Levadia Tallinn from Estonia, that after promoting from the second to the first level of the football league pyramid of its country, wins a treble, capturing all of the local trophies - the league, the national cup and the supercup.
  • Ludogorets is the first team in Bulgaria, that won two promotions in a row and then succeeded in achieving a treble.
  • Ludogorets became the first Bulgarian team to begin their group stage participation in European tournaments with 3 consecutive wins, when in the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League group stage they recorded consecutive wins against PSV Eindhoven (0:2), Dinamo Zagreb (3:0) and Chornomorets Odesa (0:1), without conceding a goal in any of the games.
  • During the 2011/12 season, the club had the most effective attack in A Group, scoring a total of 73 goals.
  • During the 2011/12 season, the club had the best defence in A Group, conceding 16 goals in 30 games. They repeated this feat in 2012/13, conceding just 13 goals in 30 games.
  • Biggest win in A group: 6:0 at home against Slavia Sofia, September 11, 2011
  • Biggest loss in A group: 0:2 at home against Cherno More Varna, March 29, 2012, 2:4 at home against Litex Lovech, October 20, 2013

Managers

References

External links

  • Official Club Website
  • Ludogorets – UEFA.com
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