PBC Lukoil Academic

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Lukoil Academic
Лукойл Академик
Lukoil AcademicЛукойл Академик logo
Nickname The Students (Студентите)
Leagues NBL
Founded 1947
History 1947 - present

Armeets Arena

(capacity: 12,395)
Location Sofia, Bulgaria
Team colors White and Red
President Bulgaria Valentin Zlatev
Head coach Serbia Jovica Arsić
Championships 23 Bulgarian Championships
11 Bulgarian Cups
1 International Students' Cup
Website http://www.lukoilacademic.bg/
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PBC Lukoil Academic (Bulgarian: ПБК „Лукойл Академик“) are a Bulgarian professional basketball club based in the capital Sofia. They play their home games at the Universiade Hall or at the Pravets sports complex.

Founded in 1947 as part of the Academic Sofia sports club, they have been 20 times champions of Bulgaria and nine times winners of the Bulgarian Cup. Among their international honours are two European Champions Cup finals (both lost to ASK Riga) in 1958 and 1959 and an International Students' Cup in 1957.

In 2000, the team were renamed Lukoil Academic as a sponsorship deal was signed with Russian oil giant LUKoil, and quickly established themselves as dominant in the Bulgarian Championship. Since then they have been a regular ULEB Cup participant, and won the FIBA Europe Regional Challenge Cup Conference South in 2003.



Basketball club Academic Sofia was founded in 1947 as a part of the students' sports association Academic and during its history of more than half a century it has won a just place among the best teams in the country. Under the guidance of ones of the most experienced coaches in Bulgarian basketball - Bozhidar Takev, Veselin Temkov, Neycho Neychev, Tzvetan Zheliazkov, Petko Marinov, etc., BC Academic is 20 times republic champion and nine times winner of the Bulgarian Cup. Along with the titles in the domestic championships and tournaments, naturally comes the international recognition. The basketball players of Academic have successfully played in the tournaments for the Cup of the European champions. With the coach Bozhidar Takev they were twice finalists against ACK Riga in 1958 and 1959. In 1957 in Paris the team of Academic became the world's students champion. During its entire existence basketball club Academic has always been a school for the professional improvement and constructive contribution of some of the best Bulgarian basketball players. Stars like Liubomir Panov, Georgi Panov, Viktor Radev, Nikola Ilov, Mihail Semov. Petar Lazarov, Dimitar Sahanikov, Georgi Barzakov, Nikola Atanasov, Atanas Golomeev, Temelaki Dimitrov, Stefan Filipov, Slavei Raychev, Vladimir Boyanov have left their permanent marks in the history of the Bulgarian basketball.

The excellent training of the Academic players and their complete devotion to the game have always been highly evaluated by our national basketball selectionists. Direct participants in the glorious moments of the Bulgarian basketball - the fifth place at the Olympic Games in Melbourne - 1956 and the vice-champion's title at the European Championship - Sofia'57 are the national players Liubomir Panov, Georgi Panov, Viktor Radev, Nikola Ilov, Mihail Semov, Petar Lazarov.

The glorious tradition of the club was revived again in 2000 when "LUKOIL-Bulgaria" became the main sponsor of the team. The selection of Lukoil Academic was oriented towards young and talented players, who under the clever guidance of the senior coach Petko Marinov and his assistants built the youngest team in the republican basketball. Renewed was also the work at the adolescents school of the club, from which some players have already shown considerable success at the home championships. The long-term strategy of LUKOIL Academic has shown its first results already in season 2001-2002. The talented players of Petko Marinov won the cup of the country and played the most attractive final in the play-offs in the championship for the last ten years. Today the name of LUKOIL Academic is again a symbol of good basketball. The ambitions of the club are the republican champion's title and the good presentation at the European club tournaments.

Current roster[edit]

As of 1 October 2014

PBC Lukoil Academic roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
PG 4 Bulgaria Iliev, Aleksandar 70001940000000000001.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 700179000000000000079 kg (174 lb) 18 – (1996-12-02)December 2, 1996
PG 5 United States Curry, Sharaud 70001800000000000001.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 700177000000000000077 kg (170 lb) 27 – (1987-05-16)May 16, 1987
PG 6 United States Smith, Terry 70001870000000000001.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 700185000000000000085 kg (187 lb) 28 – (1986-02-10)February 10, 1986
PG 7 Bulgaria Gruev, Aleksandar 70001870000000000001.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 700178000000000000078 kg (172 lb) 31 – (1983-07-24)July 24, 1983
PF 9 Bulgaria Georgiev, Nikolay 70002029999999999992.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 700195000000000000095 kg (209 lb) 19 – (1995-09-12)September 12, 1995
SG 10 Bulgaria Minkov, Kris 70001990000000000001.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 700182000000000000082 kg (181 lb) 19 – (1994-12-31)December 31, 1994
PF 12 Bulgaria Vasilev, Rumen 70002040000000000002.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 700196000000000000096 kg (212 lb) 18 – (1996-11-04)November 4, 1996
C 14 Bulgaria Banev, Tencho 70002069999999999992.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 7002115000000000000115 kg (254 lb) 34 – (1980-08-14)August 14, 1980
SG 20 United States Francis, Samuel 70001900000000000001.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 700181000000000000081 kg (179 lb) 22 – (1992-01-11)January 11, 1992
PF 21 United States Thomas, Charles 70002029999999999992.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 7002102000000000000102 kg (225 lb) 28 – (1986-01-21)January 21, 1986
SF 24 Bulgaria Veselinov, Veselin 70002009999999999992.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 700198000000000000098 kg (216 lb) 31 – (1983-02-16)February 16, 1983
C 32 United States Larson, Killian 70002060000000000002.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 7002122000000000000122 kg (269 lb) 23 – (1991-02-21)February 21, 1991
SG 33 Bulgaria Grozev, Nikolay 70002000000000000002.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 700196000000000000096 kg (212 lb) 20 – (1994-02-17)February 17, 1994
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: 2014-10-01

Notable players[edit]

For more players see Category:PBC Lukoil Academic players.

Notable coaches[edit]

External links[edit]

List of basketball clubs in Bulgaria