FC Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa

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Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa
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Full name Football Club Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa
Nickname(s) Loko, The Irons
Founded 1932; 85 years ago (1932)
Ground Lokomotiv Stadium,
Gorna Oryahovitsa
Ground Capacity 10,500
Chairman Daniel Kostadinov
Head coach Aleksandar Dimitrov
League Second League
2016–17 First League, 14th (relegated)
Website Club home page

FC Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa (Bulgarian: ФК Локомотив Горна Оряховица) or simply as Lokomotiv GO (Bulgarian: Локомотив (ГО) is a Bulgarian association football club based in Gorna Oryahovitsa, which currently competes in the Second League, the second level of Bulgarian football.

Established in 1932 as a sports association of the railway workers in the town, the football department of Lokomotiv have been playing at their current home ground, the Lokomotiv Stadium, since 1956. The club's main colours are black and white. Lokomotiv GO's longest spell in the top division was between 1987 and 1995. Lokomotiv's highest league finish in the top division is 8th, and was achieved three times during their 1989–90, 1990–91 and 1993–94 A Group campaigns.


History[edit]

The club was established in 1932 as RSC - Railway Sports Club (Bulgarian: ЖСК - Железничарски спортен клуб) by the railway workers at the Gorna Oryahovitsa railway station, a major railway junction in northern Bulgaria. In 1944 RSC merged with SC Borislav and was later renamed to RSC Borislav. The team finally became known by their current name Lokomotiv in 1945. Lokomotiv's best performance in the Bulgarian Cup came in 1947, when they lost to eventual winners Levski Sofia in the semi-final, a feat, which they would achieve again in 1987, but again losing to cup holders Levski Sofia. In the 1962–63 season, they won the B Group title, earning promotion to the A Group for the first time in their history. In the following top-tier season, Lokomotiv endured a difficult 1963–64 campaign. The team eventually finished the season last and were relegated back to the B Group after a brief spell.

In the 1986–87 season, Lokomotiv ranked second in the B Group and won promotion to the A Group after a 23-year absence. They spent eight consecutive seasons in the top division before being relegated in 1995. During the 1990–91 A Group season, Lokomotiv's forward Ivaylo Yordanov finished as the leading goalscorer of the A Group with a total of 21 goals and was later transferred to Portuguese club Sporting Clube de Portugal.

Recent years[edit]

After 21 years of absence from the top flight, in the 2015–16 B Group Lokomotiv GO finished third in the final league table and was one of the clubs to be approved and promoted to the newly restructured Bulgarian First League, following the adoption of new licensing criteria by the Bulgarian Football Union.

Seasons[edit]

Season by season[edit]

Season Division Place Bulgarian Cup
1950 B PFG 6 DNQ
1951 V AFG  ? DNQ
1952 V AFG 3 DNQ
1953 B PFG 7 DNQ
1954 B PFG 3 DNQ
1955 B PFG 2 DNQ
1956 B PFG 5 DNQ
1957 B PFG 10 DNQ
1958 B PFG 12 DNQ
1958-59 B PFG 5 DNQ
1959-60 B PFG 10 DNQ
1960-61 B PFG 5 DNQ
1961-62 B PFG 8 DNQ
1962-63 B PFG 1 DNQ
1963–64 A PFG 16 Quarterfinals
1964–65 B PFG 4 DNQ
1965–66 B PFG 3 DNQ
1966–67 B PFG 4 Round of 16
1967–68 B PFG 11 DNQ
1968–69 B PFG 15 DNQ
1969-70 B PFG 11 DNQ
1970-71 B PFG 15 DNQ
1971-72 B PFG 11 DNQ
Season Division Place Bulgarian Cup
1972-73 B PFG 8 Round of 16
1973-74 B PFG 3 DNQ
1974–75 B PFG 12 DNQ
1975–76 B PFG 3 Round of 16
1976–77 B PFG 9 Round of 32
1977–78 B PFG 9 Round of 16
1978–79 B PFG 6 Round of 32
1979-80 B PFG 10 Round of 32
1980-81 B PFG 6 Groups
1981-82 B PFG 6 Second Round
1982-83 B PFG 5 Third Round
1983-84 B PFG 16 First Round
1984–85 V AFG 1 First Round
1985–86 B PFG 3 First Round
1986–87 B PFG 1 Semi-finals
1987–88 A PFG 13 Second Round
1988–89 A PFG 12 Third Round
1989–90 A PFG 8 First Round
1990–91 A PFG 8 Second Round
1991–92 A PFG 11 First Round
1992–93 A PFG 9 Quarter-finals
1993–94 A PFG 8 Quarter-finals
1994–95 A PFG 14 First Round
Season Division Place Bulgarian Cup
1995–96 B PFG 13 First Round
1996–97 B PFG 15 Semi-finals
1997–98 V AFG 14 DNQ
1998–99 V AFG 13 DNQ
1999–00 V AFG 12 DNQ
2000–01 V AFG 5 DNQ
2001–02 V AFG 6 DNQ
2002–03 V AFG 13 DNQ
2003–04 V AFG 1 DNQ
2004–05 B PFG 16 First Round
2005–06 V AFG 9 DNQ
2006–07 V AFG 11 DNQ
2007–08 V AFG 7 DNQ
2008–09 V AFG 5 DNQ
2009–10 V AFG 7 DNQ
2010–11 V AFG 12 DNQ
2011–12 V AFG 9 First Round
2012–13 V AFG 6 DNQ
2013–14 V AFG 2 DNQ
2014–15 B PFG 3 Quater-finals
2015–16 B PFG 3 Quater-finals
2016–17 First League 14 First Round
2017–18 Second League Qualified

Recent seasons[edit]

Season League Place W D L GF GA Pts Bulgarian Cup
2011–12 V AFG (III) 9 10 7 13 34 31 37 First round
2012–13 V AFG 6 9 4 9 40 26 31 DNQ
2013–14 V AFG 2 23 4 3 119 26 73 DNQ
2014–15 B PFG (II) 3 18 5 7 60 34 56 Quarterfinals
2015–16 B PFG 3 13 11 6 42 26 50 Quarterfinals
2016–17 First League (I) 14 7 9 16 32 51 30 First Round
2017–18 Second League (II)  –  –  –  –  –  –  –
Green marks a season followed by promotion, red a season followed by relegation.

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

International[edit]

European tournaments history[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1992 Intertoto Cup Group 10 Bulgaria Lokomotiv Sofia 1–0 0–0 Group winners
Romania Arges Pitesti 2–0 0–5
Romania Gloria Bistrita 2–0 1–1

Current squad[edit]

As of 24 June 2017 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Bulgaria GK Stefano Kunchev
6 Bulgaria DF Atanas Fidanin (captain)
7 Bulgaria MF Simeon Mechev
10 Bulgaria MF Bedri Ryustemov
11 Bulgaria MF Krasen Trifonov
15 Haiti DF Jean Ambrose
16 Bulgaria GK Petar Denchev
17 Bulgaria DF Georgi Maminov
22 France MF Karl Madianga
No. Position Player
24 Gabon DF Ulysse Ndong
27 France MF Igor Djoman
37 Bulgaria DF Ventsislav Kerchev (on loan from Ludogorets)
38 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Aristote N'Dongala
75 Algeria FW Mehdi Fennouche
77 Bulgaria MF Lyubomir Genchev
93 Bulgaria MF Dimitar Dimitrov
99 Bulgaria FW Martin Dimitrov
Bulgaria MF Dimitar Stiliyanov

For recent transfers, see Transfers winter 2016–17 and Transfers summer 2017.

Foreign players[edit]

Up to five non-EU nationals can be registered and given a squad number for the first team in the Bulgarian First Professional League however only three can be used in 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.

Managers[edit]

Dates Name Honours
1952 Bulgaria Kostadin Bogdanov
1954 Bulgaria Angel Bozev
1957–1961 Bulgaria Kiril Chipev
1961–1963 Bulgaria Yordan Tomov 1 B PFG title
1964 Bulgaria Atanas Konarov
1964–1965 Bulgaria Penyu Petsev
1965 Bulgaria Apostol Sokolov
1966–1968 Bulgaria Hristo Hadzhiev
1968 Bulgaria Zhelyazko Panev
1969–1970 Bulgaria Angel Petrov
1970 Bulgaria Marin Marinov
1970–1971 Bulgaria Kiril Chipev
1971–1973 Bulgaria Petar Patev
1973–1975 Bulgaria Todor Velev
1975–1978 Bulgaria Ivan Varbanov
1978–1982 Bulgaria Petar Shatrov
1982–1984 Bulgaria Georgi Velinov
1984–1985 Bulgaria Ivan Varbanov 1 V AFG title
1985–1988 Bulgaria Dobromir Zhechev
1988–1989 Bulgaria Todor Velev
1989–1990 Bulgaria Kiril Rabchev
Dates Name Honours
1990–1991 Bulgaria Petar Kirilov
1991–1993 Bulgaria Nikola Velkov
1994 Bulgaria Georgi Velkov
1994 Bulgaria Tsenko Gavazov
1994 Bulgaria Nikola Velkov
1995 Bulgaria Georgi Velkov
1995 Bulgaria Plamen Nikolov
1995 Bulgaria Kiril Rabchev
1996–1997 Bulgaria Tsenko Gavazov
1997 Bulgaria Todor Todorov
1997–1998 Bulgaria Angel Minchev
2003–2005 Bulgaria Boyko Dimitrov 1 V AFG title
2006–2007 Bulgaria Valentin Ignatov
2007–2010 Bulgaria Dimitar Pechikamakov
2010–2011 Bulgaria Nasko Kostadinov
2011–2013 Bulgaria Dimitar Pechikamakov
2014 Bulgaria Tsenko Gavazov
2014–2016 Bulgaria Sasho Angelov
2016 Bulgaria Aleksandar Tomash
2016 Bulgaria Angel Chervenkov
2016–2017 Bulgaria Ivan Kolev
2017 Bulgaria Milcho Sirmov
2017– Bulgaria Aleksandar Dimitrov

Notable stats[edit]

Most appearances for the club

# Name Apps
1 Bulgaria Dimitar Pechikamakov 458
2 Bulgaria Asan Abishev 421
3 Bulgaria K.Todoranov 362
4 Bulgaria Iv.Vasilev 351
5 Bulgaria Tsenko Gavazov 349

Most goals for the club

# Name Gls
01 Bulgaria Asan Abishev 94
02 Bulgaria Dimitar Pechikamakov 88
03 Bulgaria Iv.Vasilev 58
04 Bulgaria Tsenko Gavazov 56
05 Bulgaria K.Ushev 48

Most appearances in A group for the club

# Name Apps
1 Bulgaria Dimitar Pechikamakov 189
2 Bulgaria Levent Gavazov 177
3 Bulgaria Nasko Kostadinov 124
4 Bulgaria Valeri Ganev 122
5 Bulgaria Sasho Angelov 114

Most goals in A group for the club

# Name Gls
01 Bulgaria Valentin Ignatov 24
02 Bulgaria Ivaylo Yordanov 23
03 Bulgaria Dimitar Pechikamakov 20
04 Bulgaria Nasko Kostadinov 17
05 Bulgaria Valeri Ganev 15

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