PFC Ludogorets Razgrad

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Ludogorets Razgrad
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Full name Професионален футболен клуб Лудогорец Разград
(Profesionalen Futbolen Klub Ludogorets Razgrad)
Nickname(s) Орлите от Разград
(The Eagles from Razgrad)
Founded 18 June 2001; 13 years ago (2001-06-18)
Ground Ludogorets Arena, Razgrad
Ground Capacity 8,000
Owner Kiril Domuschiev
Chairman Aleksandar Aleksandrov
Manager Georgi Dermendzhiev
League A Group
2013–14 A Group, 1st
Website Club home page
Current season

PFC Ludogorets Razgrad (Bulgarian: ПФК Лудогорец Разград) or simply Ludogorets is a Bulgarian football club based in Razgrad, which currently competes in A Group, the top division of the Bulgarian football league system. The club was founded in 2001 as Ludogorie Football Club. It adopted its current name from one of the first football clubs in the town, founded in 1945 and dissolved in 2006. In their first season in A Group, Ludogorets became only the third Bulgarian team, after CSKA Sofia and Levski Sofia, to achieve a treble by winning the league, the Bulgarian Cup and the Bulgarian Supercup. Subsequently, the club also made a significant impact in the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League, where it reached the round of 16. Ludogorets are the second Bulgarian team (after Levski Sofia) to reach the group stage of the Champions League, a feat which they achieved during the 2014/2015 season.

The club's name comes from the name of the region in which Razgrad is located – the Ludogorie region (meaning "region of wild forests") of north-eastern Bulgaria. The club is nicknamed "the Eagles", and in 2014 it was presented with a live eagle by Europa League rivals Lazio;[1] the mascot was named Fortuna.[2]

The club's home colors are green and white. Ludogorets' home base is the Ludogorets Arena in Razgrad, a stadium with capacity of 8,000 seats and electric floodlights.[3]

History[edit]

Previous club[edit]

The first Ludogorets Razgrad was founded in 1945. Involved mainly in Bulgarian lower leagues, Ludogorets earned promotion to B Group in 1961. In 1961-62, Ludogorets was one of the main teams in contention for promotion, but failed to reach A Group. After 45 years in the Bulgarian second division, it was dissolved in 2006.

Foundation[edit]

The current 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 did not 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 1945 Razgrad, which had been dissolved four years previously. The year 1945 still appears on the club crest. In July 2010, Ivaylo Petev was appointed as manager.

Domuschiev era (2010–present)[edit]

The most frequently used lineup that won the first A PFG title in 2011–12 season.

In September 2010, 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.[4]

Prior to the start of season 2011–12, Ludogorets completed the transfers of Emil Gargorov, Alexandre Barthe, Stanislav Genchev, Svetoslav Dyakov, Uroš Golubović, Ľubomír Guldan and Marcelinho. Ivan Stoyanov signed during the first month of the season. Ludogorets were unbeaten in the first nine games of the season before losing 2–1 to Litex Lovech. In the last game before the winter break, Ludogorets drew 2–2 with CSKA Sofia, ending the autumn half of the season in first place. But, with three losses in a row in the middle of the spring half-season (to Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Slavia and Cherno More), Ludogorets lost their lead in the standings to CSKA Sofia up until the end of the season. On the last day of season 2011–12 they won the game with CSKA Sofia 1-0, with a goal scored by former Levski striker Miroslav Ivanov. The game was effectively a champions title match since Ludogorets were two points behind the team from Sofia, and the victory made them champions of Bulgaria in their first season in the top division, just one point ahead of CSKA.[5] In 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,[6] and in August 2012, they won the Bulgarian Supercup, beating Lokomotiv 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. In the 2013 Supercup, they lost 5–3 on penalties to Beroe Stara Zagora after a 1–1 draw in regular time.

In 2014 the team won their third consecutive championship title since promotion, two rounds before the end of the regular season.[7] They finished nine points ahead of runners-up CSKA Sofia. The team also secured a second domestic double, beating PFC Botev Plovdiv 1–0 in the 2014 Bulgarian Cup Final.[8]

In Europe[edit]

Ludogorets in UEFA Europa League 2013–14

After winning the 2011–12 Bulgarian first football division Ludogorets were entered in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League for the 2012–13 season, where they were beaten 3–4 on aggregate by Dinamo Zagreb.

As 2012–13 Bulgarian champions, Ludogorets played in the 2013–14 Champions League where they came through the qualifiers, beating Slovan Bratislava and Partizan Belgrade. The team lost to FC Basel in the play-offs, but earned the right to play in the Europa League.

Ludogorets played in Group B of the 2013–14 Europa League. They were unbeaten in the group stage finishing first in the group with five wins in six games, including both home and away victories over the prominent PSV Eindhoven and Dinamo Zagreb.[9] Their only dropped points were a 1–1 home draw with Chornomorets Odesa. In the knockout phase, Ludogorets beat the Italian cup holders, Lazio, 1–0 away and drew 3–3 at home, for a 4–3 aggregate win,[10] but lost 0–3 at home, 0–4 on aggregate to Valencia in the round of 16.[11]

In the 2014–15 Champions League, Ludogorets again won both their qualifiers, against F91 Dudelange of Luxembourg and Partizan Belgrade.[12][13] In the play-off they defeated Steaua București in dramatic fashion to reach the group stage for the first time.[14] Goalkeeper Vladislav Stoyanov was dismissed for a second yellow card in the last minute of extra time in the second leg, when Ludogorets had used all their substitutes. In the penalty shoot-out, centre-back Cosmin Moți, having converted the first penalty, went in goal and made two saves to put Ludogorets through 6–5 on penalties.[15]

Crest, shirt and mascot[edit]

Ludogorets colours are green and white.

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
2006–2010 Bulgaria Tomy Sport None
2010–2012 Germany Adidas Huvepharma
2012–2014 Navibulgar / Huvepharma
2014– Italy Macron

Since 2014, the mascot of the team has been a female eagle called Fortuna, which was originally a gift from Lazio.[16]

Honours[edit]

Bulgarian A Group:

Bulgarian B Group:

Bulgarian Cup:

Bulgarian Supercup:

European tournaments[edit]

UEFA Europa League

UEFA Champions League

European record[edit]

Matches[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2012–13 UEFA Champions League 2Q Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 1–1 2–3 3–4
2013–14 UEFA Champions League 2Q Slovakia Slovan Bratislava 3–0 1–2 4–2
3Q Serbia Partizan 2–1 1–0 3–1
PO Switzerland Basel 2–4 0–2 2–6
UEFA Europa League Group B Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 2–0 2–0 1st
Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 3–0 2–1
Ukraine Chornomorets Odesa 1–1 1–0
Round of 32 Italy Lazio 3–3 1–0 4–3
Round of 16 Spain Valencia 0–3 0–1 0–4
2014–15 UEFA Champions League 2Q Luxembourg F91 Dudelange 4–0 1–1 5–1
3Q Serbia Partizan 0–0 2–2 2–2 (a)
PO Romania Steaua București 1–0 0–1 1–1 (6–5 p.)
Group B Spain Real Madrid
Switzerland Basel
England Liverpool
Notes
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round

UEFA ranking[edit]

As of August 28, 2014[17]

Rank Team Points
75 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad 22.200
76 England Stoke City 21.935
77 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 21.749

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 3 July 2014 [18]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
4 Finland DF Tero Mäntylä
5 France DF Alexandre Barthe
7 Bulgaria MF Mihail Aleksandrov
8 Portugal MF Fábio Espinho
9 Slovenia FW Roman Bezjak
10 Colombia MF Sebastián Hernández
11 Brazil FW Juninho Quixadá
12 Madagascar MF Anicet Abel
15 Bulgaria DF Aleksandar Aleksandrov
16 Colombia DF Brayan Angulo
17 Spain MF Dani Abalo
18 Bulgaria MF Svetoslav Dyakov (captain)
19 Bulgaria DF Aleksandar Vasilev
20 Brazil DF Guilherme Choco
No. Position Player
21 Bulgaria GK Vladislav Stoyanov
23 Bulgaria MF Hristo Zlatinski
24 Bulgaria DF Preslav Petrov
25 Bulgaria DF Yordan Minev
27 Romania DF Cosmin Moți
31 Bulgaria GK Georgi Argilashki
55 Bulgaria DF Georgi Terziev
77 Portugal DF Vitinha
80 Brazil DF Júnior Caiçara
84 Brazil MF Marcelinho
88 Brazil MF Wanderson
91 Bulgaria GK Ivan Čvorović [note 1]
93 Netherlands MF Virgil Misidjan
99 Tunisia FW Hamza Younés
  1. ^ Čvorović is Serbian-born but plays in the Bulgarian national team ("Bulgaria: Ivan Čvorović". Goal.com. Retrieved 29 August 2014. )

For recent transfers, see List of Bulgarian football transfers summer 2014.

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
No. Position Player

Ludogorets U21 squad[edit]

Ludogorets's reserve team play in the Bulgarian U21 League. They are coached by Stefan Genov.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
6 Bulgaria DF Teynur Marem
13 Bulgaria GK Engin Mahmud
22 Bulgaria MF Kristiyan Kitov
Bulgaria GK Georgi Stavrev
Bulgaria DF Denislav Aleksandrov
Bulgaria DF Preslav Petrov
No. Position Player
Bulgaria MF Galin Minkov
Bulgaria MF Alexander Vasilev
Bulgaria DF Ventsislav Kerchev
Bulgaria MF Tomas Tsviatkov
Bulgaria MF Denis Tsolev

Foreign players[edit]

Up to five non-EU nationals can be registered and given a squad number for the first team in the A PFG however only three can be used during a match day. 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.

EU Nationals

EU Nationals (Dual citizenship)

Non-EU Nationals

Recent seasons[edit]

Season Group Position M W D L G D P Bulgarian Cup Bulgarian Super Cup UEFA Champions League UEFA Europa League Notes
2009-10 North-East V Group 2 34 26 2 6 79 28 80 Did not participate Did not participate Did not participate Did not participate Promoted
2010-11 East B Group 1 24 12 8 4 38 16 44 Round of 32 Did not participate Did not participate Did not participate Promoted
2011-12 A Group 1 30 22 4 4 73 16 70 Winner Winner Did not participate Did not participate Achieved treble
2012-13 A Group 1 30 22 6 2 58 13 72 Round of 32 Finalist First round Did not participate
2013-14 A Group 1 38 25 9 4 74 20 84 Winner Winner Play-off round Round of 16 Achieved treble
2014-15 A Group TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD To be determined To be determined Group Stage To be determined

Notable players[edit]

The following players included were either playing for their respective national teams or left good impression among the fans. Bold players represent their national team.

Note: For a complete list of PFC Ludogorets Razgrad players, see Category:PFC Ludogorets Razgrad players.

Personnel[edit]

Board of directors[edit]

Position Name Nationality
Owner Kiril Domuschiev Bulgaria
President Alexander Alexandrov Bulgaria
Chairman of the Board of Directors Temenuga Gazdova Bulgaria
Managing Director Angel Petrichev Bulgaria
Director Youth Academy Yakov Paparkov Bulgaria
Public Relations Vladislav Trifonov Bulgaria

Current technical body[edit]

Position Name Nationality
Sports Director Metodi Tomanov Bulgaria
Head Coach Georgi Dermendzhiev Bulgaria
Assistant Coach Stefan Genov Bulgaria
U21 Coach Stefan Genov Bulgaria
Goalkeeper coach Nikolay Donev Bulgaria
Physical Coach Sergio Matri Spain
Physical Coach Javier Ramos Spain
Physiotherapist Toni Todorov Bulgaria
Physiotherapist Petko Petrov Bulgaria
Physiotherapist Stoyan Aleksiev Bulgaria
Doctor Yavor Yakimov Bulgaria
Administrator Plamen Yordanov Bulgaria
Housekeeper Dimitar Mihov Bulgaria

Managers[edit]

Dates Name Honours
2001–2010 Unknown
2010–2013 Bulgaria Ivaylo Petev 99992 A Group titles
1 B Group
1 Bulgarian Cup
1 Bulgarian Supercup
2013–2014 Bulgaria Stoycho Stoev 99991 A Group title
1 Bulgarian Cup
2014– Bulgaria Georgi Dermendzhiev 99991 Bulgarian Supercup

Records[edit]

  • 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.
  • Ludogorets became the first Bulgarian team to begin their group stage participation in European tournaments with 3 consecutive wins, when in the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League group stage they recorded consecutive wins against PSV Eindhoven (2-0), Dinamo Zagreb (3-0) and Chornomorets Odesa (1-0), without conceding a goal in any of the games.
  • After the end of the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League group stage, Ludogorets became the first Bulgarian team to record 9 wins in European competitions in a single season, as well as the first Bulgarian team to record 5 away wins in European competitions in a single season.
  • During the 2011–12 season, the club had the most effective attack in A Group, scoring a total of 73 goals.
  • During the same season, the club had the best defence in A Group, conceding 16 goals in 30 games. They bettered this in 2012–13, conceding just 13 goals in 30 games.
  • Biggest win in A group: 6-0 at home against Slavia Sofia, September 11, 2011
  • Biggest loss in A group: 0-2 at home against Cherno More Varna, March 29, 2012, 1-3 away against Cherno More, August 31, 2013, 2-4 at home against Litex Lovech, October 20, 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ Meranzov, Martin (26 March 2014). "Lazio sent an eagle to the Bulgarian Eagles". Lazioland.com. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Fortuna is the name of the Ludogorets eagle". Ludogorets.com. 30 March 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Ludogorets arena with the best electric floodlights in the league (in Bulgarian)
  4. ^ "Ludogorets crash the party in Bulgaria". uefa.com. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  5. ^ "Ludogorets celebrate maiden Bulgarian title". uefa.com. Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  6. ^ "Ludogorets clinch maiden Bulgarian Cup". uefa.com. Retrieved 2012-05-16. 
  7. ^ Невиждано постижение! Лудогорец ликува! Три сезона в елита - три титли! (видео) (Sportal.bg, May 7, 2014) (in Bulgarian)
  8. ^ "Ludogorets secure double, fans pelt players with seats and stones". uefa.com. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  9. ^ Europa League: Ludogorets win 2–1 at Dinamo Zagreb in Group B, Sky Sports, 12 December 2013
  10. ^ Europa League: Ludogorets progress after 4-3 victory over Lazio, Sky Sports, 27 February 2014
  11. ^ Europa League: Valencia beat Ludogorets 1-0 to reach quarter-finals, Sky Sports, 20 March 2014
  12. ^ Dudelange striker Turpel frustrates Ludogorets, UEFA.com, 22 July 2014
  13. ^ Ludogorets squeeze out Partizan, UEFA.com, 6 August 2014
  14. ^ Ludogorets Razgrad win 6-5 on penalties, BBC, 27 August 2014
  15. ^ "Ludogorets defender Cosmin Moti stands in for sent off goalkeeper before making vital penalty shootout saves to send Bulgarians through to Champions League group stage". Daily Mail. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  16. ^ Орлицата Фортуна в неизвестност! Птицата с нов опит за бягство, topsport.bg, 18 April 2014
  17. ^ UEFA Team Ranking 2015 (http://kassiesa.home.xs4all.nl/bert)
  18. ^ "А отбор" [A team]. PFC Ludogorets Razgrad (in Bulgarian). ludogorets.com. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 

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