2012 Bulgarian Cup Final

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2012 Bulgarian Cup Final
Event 2011–12 Bulgarian Cup
Date May 16, 2012
Venue Lazur, Burgas
Man of the Match Marcelinho
Referee Stanislav Todorov
Attendance 13,103[1]

The 2012 Bulgarian Cup Final was the 72nd final of the Bulgarian Cup, and was contested between Lokomotiv Plovdiv and Ludogorets Razgrad on 16 May 2012.

Ludogorets won the final 2–1, claiming their first ever Bulgarian Cup title.[2] After Dakson opened the scoring after 18 minutes, Marcelinho equalised in the 72nd minute and scored second and winner, seven minutes later.

Route to the final[edit]

Lokomotiv Plovdiv[edit]

Round Opposition Score
2nd Chavdar Etropole (a) 0–2
3rd Dobrudzha Dobrich (a) 0–4
Quarter-final Levski Sofia (h) 2–1 (aet)
Semi-final Litex Lovech (a) 0–1

As an A PFG team, Lokomotiv Plovdiv entered the competition in the second round. Their opening match was a 2–0 away win against Chavdar Etropole. Mihail Venkov struck early in the first half, before Sergihno hit second in the 76th minute. Lokomotiv then travelled to face Dobrudzha Dobruch at Druzhba Stadium in the third round. Dragi Kotsev scored a hattrick and Jérémie Rodrigues netted one for a 4–0 win.[3]

Lokomotiv were drawn to play at home against Levski Sofia in the fourth round, with Levski dominating the first half through a Toni Calvo goal. Mihail Venkov scored a header in stoppage time for a 1–1. Venkov's goal meant the match was now drawn at 1–1 and with no further goals the match went into extra-time. Zdravko Lazarov scored second goal in the 92nd minute to give Lokomotiv a 2–1 victory and ensure their place in the semi-finals. Litex Lovech were the opponents in the semi-final. Youness Bengelloun headed in the 79th minute to give Lokomotiv a 1–0 victory and secure their place in the final for the first time since 1982.


Round Opposition Score
2nd Beroe (a) 0–1 (aet)
3rd Svetkavitsa (h) 5–1
Quarter-final Botev Plovdiv (a) 0–3
Semi-final Septemvri Simitli (a) 1–4

Ludogorets – also an A PFG team – entered the competition in the second round too, where they were drawn at away to Beroe Stara Zagora. After a goalless 90 minutes, Miroslav Ivanov scored a winning goal in the extra-time. In the third round, their opponents were Svetkavitsa, whom Ludogorets beat 5–1 at Ludogorets Arena, courtesy of goals from Stanislav Genchev, Marcelinho, Emil Gargorov, Christian Kabasele and Ivan Stoyanov.[4]

Ludogorets's fourth round match was against Botev Plovdiv at the Hristo Botev Stadium in Plovdiv. Ludogorets took the lead after less than 22 minutes through Marcelinho, and further goals from Mihail Aleksandrov and Kabasele resulted in a comfortable 3–0 win. In the semi-final, Ludogorets beat Septemvri Simitli comfortably, winning 4–1.[5] Ludogorets took a two-goal lead in less than an hour after goals from Stoyanov and Kabasele. Own goal by Tero Mäntylä in the 59th minute made the score 2–1, but Stoyanov and Aleksandrov scored in the last 15 minutes to complete the win. The margin of victory was the biggest in a Bulgarian Cup round of 16 since 2011, and secured Ludogorets's first ever Bulgarian Cup Final.


Lokomotiv Plovdiv were appearing in the final for the fourth time and in all times had been beaten (in 1948, 1960, 1971 and 1982). Ludogorets were making their first appearance in the final. Their previous best was participation in the Round of 16, which had occurred one time.

Shumen-based referee Stanislav Todorov was named as the referee for the 2012 Bulgarian Cup Final on 16 May 2012.[6] His assistants for the final were Nikolay Petrov and Georgi Slavov, with Ivaylo Stoyanov as the fourth official.



16 May 2012
19:00 EET
Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1 – 2 Ludogorets Razgrad
Dakson Goal 18' Marcelinho Goal 72', Goal 79'
Lazur, Burgas
Attendance: 13,103
Referee: Stanislav Todorov
GK 12 Bulgaria Ivan Karadzhov
RB 2 France Jérémie Rodrigues YC 73'
CB 5 France Youness Bengelloun Red card 89'
LB 4 Bulgaria Mihail Venkov
CB 6 Bulgaria Tanko Dyakov Substituted off 52'
DM 16 Bulgaria Hristo Zlatinski Substituted off 83'
RM 23 Bulgaria Daniel Georgiev
AM 87 Brazil Dakson Substituted off 60'
LM 10 Portugal Serginho YC 64'
SS 11 Bulgaria Zdravko Lazarov (c) YC 62'
CF 19 Guinea-Bissau Basile de Carvalho
GK 1 Bulgaria Stoyan Stavrev
DF 3 Bulgaria Valeri Georgiev
MF 7 Bulgaria Yordan Todorov Substituted in 83'
MF 11 Bulgaria Ilian Yordanov
DF 25 Bulgaria Angel Yoshev Substituted in 52'
MF 29 Republic of Macedonia Dragi Kotsev
MF 44 Bulgaria Lyubomir Vitanov Substituted in 60'
Bulgaria Emil Velev
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GK 1 Serbia Uroš Golubović
RB 20 Brazil Guilherme Choco
CB 33 Slovakia Ľubomír Guldan YC 27'
LB 25 Bulgaria Yordan Minev YC 81'
CB 5 France Alexandre Barthe
CM 18 Bulgaria Svetoslav Dyakov
CM 8 Bulgaria Stanislav Genchev
RM 73 Bulgaria Ivan Stoyanov Substituted off 90'
LM 22 Bulgaria Miroslav Ivanov YC 45' Substituted off 59'
AM 84 Brazil Marcelinho
CF 23 Bulgaria Emil Gargorov (c)
GK 13 Czech Republic Radek Petr
DF 4 Finland Tero Mäntylä
MF 7 Bulgaria Mihail Aleksandrov Substituted in 59'
MF 19 Bulgaria Dimo Bakalov Substituted in 90'
FW 27 Belgium Christian Kabasele
MF 36 Montenegro Mladen Kašćelan
DF 77 Portugal Vitinha
Bulgaria Ivaylo Petev



  • Assistant referees:
    • Nikolay Petrov
    • Georgi Slavov
  • Fourth official: Ivaylo Stoyanov


  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Seven named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "13 103 души са наблюдавали финала за Купата" (in Bulgarian). football24.bg. Retrieved 2012-05-17. 
  2. ^ "Ludogorets clinch maiden Bulgarian Cup". uefa.com. Retrieved 2012-05-16. 
  3. ^ "Hat-trick by Dragi Kocev of Lokomotiv Plovdiv". macedonianfootball.com. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  4. ^ "Ludogorets reached the quarter-finals after a goal fiesta". ludogorets.com. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  5. ^ "Historical success: Ludogorets is going to the Cup of Bulgaria finals". ludogorets.com. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  6. ^ "Lokomotiv Plovdiv threaten to boycott Cup final". London: guardian.co.uk. 2008-04-21. Retrieved 2012-05-03.