PFC Ludogorets Razgrad (Bulgarian: ПФК Лудогорец Разград) or simply Ludogorets is a Bulgarian association football club based in Razgrad, which currently competes in A Football Group, the top division of the Bulgarian football league system. The club was founded in 2001 as Ludogorie Football Club. In their first season in A Group, Ludogorets achieved a remarkable result by winning both the A Group trophy and the Bulgarian Cup.
The club's name comes from the name of the region in which Razgrad is located – the Ludogorie region of north-eastern Bulgaria.
The club's home colors are green and white. Ludogorets' home base is the Ludogorets Arena in Razgrad, a stadium with capacity of 6,000 seats and electric floodlights. After becoming champions in A Group in the first year after being promoted from B Group, Ludogorets became the third Bulgarian team after the two most prestigious clubs, CSKA Sofia and Levski Sofia to achieve a treble – winning A Group, the Bulgarian Cup and also the Bulgarian Supercup.
The club was founded on 18 June 2001 as Ludogorie Football Club by Aleksandar Aleksandrov and Vladimir Dimitrov. In 2002 it was renamed to Razgrad 2000 after a merger with a youth football team. Razgrad 2000 won its group a couple of years in a row, but didn't have a big enough budget to enter the higher division. It was promoted to the top division of amateur football in Bulgaria, V Group (third division) at the end of the 2005-06 season.
In the 2009–10 season, Razgrad 2000 won promotion again, this time to the professional B Group (second division). In 2010, the club acquired the license of Ludogorets Razgrad, a club dating from 1945, which had been dissolved in 2006. The year 1945 still appears on the club crest. In July 2010, Ivaylo Petev was appointed as manager. In September, the club was purchased by the businessman Kiril Domuschiev, with the clear intention to bring Ludogorets to A Group. The takeover was followed by a flurry of bids for high profile players. In May 2011, the club completed this feat in Domuschiev's first season by winning promotion to A Group for the first time in the club's history.
On 16 May 2012, Ludogorets completed the domestic double when they won their first Bulgarian Cup title, after a 2–1 victory against Lokomotiv Plovdiv at Lazur Stadium in Burgas.
In August 2012, Ludogorets won the Bulgarian Supercup, after beating the Bulgarian Cup runner-up Lokomotiv Plovdiv 3–1, and becoming the first team to win a treble in its first season in A Group.
Ludogorets started the 2012–13 season with eight wins in a row and nine matches without a loss, and finished the half-season in first place, as in the previous season, with just one loss and seven goals conceded out of 15 matches. But for the Bulgarian Cup the team was eliminated in the Round of 32 by CSKA Sofia with an aggregate score of 2–2 from the two legs and CSKA continuing into the next round on away goals. In the spring half-season Ludogorets occupied the first place with just three matches to go before the end of the season. Nevertheless, they were defeated 1–0 by Levski, and Levski took the lead of A Group. On the final day of the season Ludogorets had to beat the already relegated team Montana and to hope that Slavia would prevent Levski from winning the match. In the last minutes of the Levski-Slavia match Levski conceived an own goal which making the end result a 1–1 draw, allowing Ludogorets to win their second championship title.
Up to three non-EU nationals can be registered and given a squad number for the first team in A Group. 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.
Ludogorets is the second team in the world, together with FC Levadia Tallinn from Estonia, that after promoting from the second to the first level of the football league pyramid of its country, wins a treble, capturing all of the local trophies - the league, the national cup and the supercup.
Ludogorets is the first team in Bulgaria, that won two promotions in a row and then succeeded in achieving a treble.