PFC Lokomotiv Mezdra
|Full name||PFC Lokomotiv Mezdra|
|Nickname(s)||Zheleznicharite ot Mezdra (The irons from Mezdra)|
|League||North-West V AFG|
|2012–13||North-West V AFG, 12th /relegated/|
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.
PFC Lokomotiv Mezdra was founded in 1929, 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 2011 during big finance debt.
- Eighth place in the "A" group: 2008/09
- Twice 1/8 finalist tournaments for the National Cup: once the Soviet Army Cup - in 1946 and again for the Cup of Bulgaria - 2009/10
- European Railways Cup Winners (1): 2003
Most games with the club
Most goals with the club
- 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)
As of March 1, 2013 Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- (Bulgarian) Official website