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 North-West V AFG
2012–13 North-West V AFG, 12th
Home colours
Away colours

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 2011 during big finance debt.

Honours[edit]

  • 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[1]

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)

Current squad[edit]

As of March 1, 2014 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
1 Bulgaria GK Ivan Ivanov
2 Bulgaria DF Stoyan Mitev
3 Bulgaria DF Viktor Stoyanov
4 Bulgaria MF Boris Petkov
5 Bulgaria MF Nikolay Tsvetkov
6 Bulgaria MF Plamen Buzov
7 Bulgaria FW Valdemar Stoyanov
8 Bulgaria FW Kiril Krastev
9 Bulgaria FW Todor Chavorski
10 Bulgaria MF Boris Tonchev
11 Bulgaria FW Ivan Redovski
13 Bulgaria DF Kristiyan Katov
14 Bulgaria FW Vladislav Naydenov
15 Bulgaria DF Ivaylo Boyadzhiev
No. Position Player
16 Bulgaria MF Mario Ivanov
17 Bulgaria MF Brian Stoyanov
18 Bulgaria DF Yavor Yankov
19 Bulgaria MF Nikolay Ganchev
20 Bulgaria MF Ivaylo Tsvetanov
21 Bulgaria DF Aleksandar Kirilov
22 Bulgaria DF Aleksandar Mikov
23 Bulgaria GK Ivaylo Saykov
89 Bulgaria GK Hristo Matev
Bulgaria DF Genadi Petrov
Bulgaria DF Petar Vasilev
Bulgaria MF Ivan Mishev
Bulgaria MF Kristiyan Mankovski

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