FC Lyubimets 2007

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Lyubimets
Lyubimetz.png
Full name Football Club Lyubimets
Founded 1921; 94 years ago (1921)
/restored 2007/
Ground Gradski Stadium,
Lyubimets
Ground Capacity 4,000
Chairman Atanas Stalev
Manager Voyn Voynov
League B Group
2013–14 A Group, 14th /relegated/
Website (Bulgarian) Club home page

FC Lyubimets (Bulgarian: ФК Любимец 2007) is a Bulgarian professional football club based in Lyubimets. The club competed in the A PFG for the first time in the 2013–14 season.[1]

The club's home ground is the local Municipal Stadium in Lyubimets, which has an overall capacity of 4,000 seats.

History[edit]

The first club was founded as Football Club Maritsa in 1921. In 1947 the club changed its name to Football Club Strela. In the 1960s the club finally was named Football Club Lyubimets. They participated just in third and fourth divisions of Bulgarian football and was dissolved by the end of 1993–94 season.

In 2007, thirteen years later, the club was restored as Football Club Lyubimets 2007. In his first season, the club were promoted for first time to second division. In the first season in professional football, the club finished in 7th place.

On 9 January 2013, club's former player Veselin Velikov was announced as the new manager.[2] Four months later he led Lyubimets to promotion to the A PFG for first time in the club's history, finishing in 2nd place in the B PFG.[3]

The first season in the professional top-flight began with a 1-0 win over defending champions Ludogorets Razgrad. Lyubimets went on to win 9 points from their first four games, including wins against Lokomotiv Sofia and Europa League participants Botev Plovdiv (2-1 away in Plovdiv).

Honours[edit]

Bulgarian A Group

Bulgarian B Group

Current squad[edit]

As of 17 June 2014 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Bulgaria GK Zdravko Chavdarov
3 Bulgaria DF Emil Grozev (on loan from Litex Lovech)
4 Bulgaria DF Petar Alyoshev
7 Bulgaria MF Georgi Valchev
9 Bulgaria FW Stefan Hristov
10 Bulgaria MF Mladen Stoev
11 Bulgaria MF Viktor Mitev
No. Position Player
12 Bulgaria GK Radoslav Rashkov
13 Bulgaria MF Nikola Yanachkov
14 Bulgaria DF Georgi Radev
15 Bulgaria DF Emil Argirov
20 Bulgaria MF Ilian Kapitanov
22 Bulgaria FW Georgi Stefanov
77 Bulgaria FW Nikolay Kolev

For recent transfers, see List of Bulgarian football transfers summer 2014.

Foreign players[edit]

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

Managerial history[edit]

After restored
 
Name Nationality Years
Dimcho Markov Bulgaria June 2006–Oct 2008
Ivaylo Petev Bulgaria Oct 2008–Aug 2009
Stamen Belchev Bulgaria Aug 2009–Sept 2012
Krasimir Mechev Bulgaria Sept 2012–Jan 2013
Veselin Velikov Bulgaria Jan 1, 2013–Aug 10, 2013
Krasimir Mechev Bulgaria Aug 10, 2013–Jan 7, 2014
Voyn Voynov Bulgaria Jan 9, 2014–

Notable stats[edit]

After restored in 2007

Most appearances for the club

# Name Apps Years
1 Bulgaria Emil Petkov 98 2008–2012
2 Bulgaria Ivan Minchev 78 2009–present
3 Bulgaria Ventsislav Yordanov 72 2008–2010/2012–present
4 Bulgaria Kircho Krumov 59 2008–2009/2010–2011
5 Bulgaria Anton Ognyanov 53 2011–present

Most goals for the club

# Name Gls Years
1 Bulgaria Nikolay Pavlov 20 2011–2012
2 Bulgaria Anton Ognyanov 16 2011–present
3 Bulgaria Emil Petkov 12 2008–2012
4 Bulgaria Tzvetomir Matev 10 2010–2011
5 Bulgaria Atanas Lyubenov 8 2009–2011

Notes:

  • Bold signals active players
  • Correct as of 2013-06-10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Club's Facts". Footballdatabase.eu. 
  2. ^ "Любимец махна Красимир Мечев" (in Bulgarian). hsmarica.com. 2013-01-09. 
  3. ^ "Любимец е новият член на А група" (in Bulgarian). novsport.com. 2013-05-19. 

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