PFC Lokomotiv Mezdra

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Lokomotiv Mezdra
Lokomotiv Mezdra.png
Full name PFC Lokomotiv Mezdra
Nickname(s) Zheleznicharite ot Mezdra (The irons from Mezdra)
Founded 1945; 69 years ago (1945)
Ground Lokomotiv Stadium,
Mezdra
Ground Capacity 5 000
Manager Bulgaria Ivan Redovski
League B Group
2013–14 North-West V AFG, 1st /promoted/

PFC Lokomotiv Mezdra (ПФК Локомотив Мездра) is a Bulgarian football club from the town of Mezdra, currently playing in the North-West V AFG.

Until the 2007-08 season, the team participated in either the second or the third Bulgarian divisions, but gained a promotion to the top level for 2008-09. The club's home ground was the Lokomotiv Stadium in Mezdra, with a capacity of 5,000. Team colours were red and black.

History[edit]

PFC Lokomotiv Mezdra was founded in 1945, under the name Iron sport club. The team, nicknamed The irons from Mezdra, counts 20 participations in the second division, and the best success in Bulgarian Cup is a quarter-final in 1945-46.

The turning point in the history of the club was in 2007. The company NADIN bought the club, and almost all of its players were released and a significant number of valuable players were signed. The team won the second division without difficulty, finishing more than 10 points ahead of the second team in the table and qualifying for the top flight for the first time in his history.

In the first year in the top division, Lokomotiv's owner decided to bring players with a lot of experience in the Bulgarian football, his first signing being ex-Levski Sofia's Saša Simonović, who arrived from Slavia Sofia for free. Radostin Stanev, Iliya Iliev and Strati Iliev were just a few players who soon followed, as the club also signed seven imports - Portuguese David Silva, Rui Miguel and Fausto, Serbian Zoran Cvetković, Austrian Milan Janković, Greek Aristeidis Lottas and Jiří Lenko from Czech Republic. The team coach was Viktorio Pavlov. The first top flight game was against Spartak Varna, a 0-2 loss. After the match, Pavlov decided to resign and Georgi Todorov was named in his place. In this season the team finished 11th in A PFG.

The club was dissolved in early August 2012 during big finance debt. Another two clubs was founded in Mezdra - Lokomotiv 1929 in 2011 and Lokomotiv 2012 in 2012.

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Bulgarian A PFG

Bulgarian Cup

  • Twice 1/8 finalist 1946 and 2009/10

European[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of July 27, 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 Martin Mitev
2 Bulgaria DF Kristiyan Katov
4 Bulgaria DF Stoyan Dimov
5 Bulgaria MF Nikolay Tsvetkov
6 Bulgaria MF Mihael Kisyov
7 Bulgaria FW Valdemar Stoyanov
8 Bulgaria MF Ivan Mishev
9 Bulgaria FW Todor Chavorski
10 Bulgaria MF Borislav Baldzhiyski
11 Bulgaria FW Ivan Redovski
12 Bulgaria GK Ivan Ivanov
13 Bulgaria DF Petar Vasilev
14 Bulgaria MF Ivaylo Tsvetanov
No. Position Player
15 Bulgaria DF Georgi Pavlov
16 Bulgaria MF Boris Petkov
17 Bulgaria DF Aleksandar Kirilov
18 Bulgaria DF Stoyan Georgiev
19 Bulgaria MF Nikolay Ganchev
20 Bulgaria MF Georgi Barbov
21 Bulgaria MF Ivaylo Boyadzhiev
22 Bulgaria MF Aleksandar Mikov
23 Bulgaria GK Ivaylo Saykov
99 Bulgaria DF Yavor Yankov
Bulgaria MF Vladimir Naydenov
Bulgaria MF Mario Ivanov
Bulgaria MF Georgi Vasilev

For recent transfers, see Transfers summer 2014 and Transfers winter 2014–15.

Most games with the club[edit]

  • 1. 267 - Bulgaria Atanas Atanasov
  • 2. 246 - Bulgaria Milcho Gergov
  • 3. 210 - Bulgaria Bonko Raykov

Most goals with the club[edit]

  • 1. 83 - Bulgaria Georgi Yashov
  • 2. 66 - Bulgaria Atanas Atanasov
  • 3. 42 - Bulgaria Vladimir Hinkov

Notable players[edit]

  • Bulgaria Tsvetan Genkov (born 8 August 1984 in Mezdra, Genkov began his career in Lokomotiv at the age of seventeen, previously having been an athlete. For Lokomotiv he played 84 matches and scored 41 goals)

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