FC Lyubimets

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Lyubimets
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Full name Football Club Lyubimets
Founded 1921; 96 years ago (1921)
/restored 2007/
Ground Gradski Stadium,
Lyubimets
Ground Capacity 4,000
Chairman Atanas Stalev
Manager Toshko Yordanov
League A RFG Haskovo
2016–17 South-East Third League, 17th (relegated)

FC Lyubimets (Bulgarian: ФК Любимец) is a Bulgarian football club based in Lyubimets. The club competed in the A PFG for the first time in the 2013–14 season.[1]

The club's home ground is the local Municipal Stadium in Lyubimets, which has an overall capacity of 4,000 seats.

History[edit]

The first club was founded as Football Club Maritsa in 1921. In 1947 the club changed its name to Football Club Strela. In the 1960s the club finally was named Football Club Lyubimets. They participated just in third and fourth divisions of Bulgarian football and was dissolved by the end of 1993–94 season.

In 2007, thirteen years later, the club was restored as Football Club Lyubimets 2007. In his first season, the club were promoted for first time to second division. In the first season in professional football, the club finished in 7th place.

On 9 January 2013, club's former player Veselin Velikov was announced as the new manager.[2] Four months later he led Lyubimets to promotion to the A PFG for first time in the club's history, finishing in 2nd place in the B PFG.[3]

The first season in the professional top-flight began with a 1-0 win over defending champions Ludogorets Razgrad. Lyubimets went on to win 9 points from their first four games, including wins against Lokomotiv Sofia and Europa League participants Botev Plovdiv (2-1 away in Plovdiv).

Honours[edit]

Bulgarian A Group

Bulgarian B Group

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 November 2016 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
3 Bulgaria DF Ivan Yordanov
8 Bulgaria MF Nikolay Nikolaev
9 Bulgaria FW Ventsislav Yordanov
10 Bulgaria MF Georgi Drumev
11 Bulgaria DF Emil Asenov
12 Bulgaria GK Ventsislav Dimitrov
No. Position Player
13 Bulgaria DF Martin Belomorski
15 Bulgaria MF Nikolay Ilchev
19 Bulgaria FW Hristo Dyulgerov
21 Bulgaria MF Dimitar Dimitrov
22 Bulgaria MF Atanas Evtimov

Managerial history[edit]

After restored
 
Name Nationality Years
Dimcho Markov Bulgaria June 2006–Oct 2008
Ivaylo Petev Bulgaria Oct 2008–Aug 2009
Stamen Belchev Bulgaria Aug 2009–Sept 2012
Krasimir Mechev Bulgaria Sept 2012–Jan 2013
Veselin Velikov Bulgaria Jan 1, 2013–Aug 10, 2013
Krasimir Mechev Bulgaria Aug 10, 2013–Jan 7, 2014
Voyn Voynov Bulgaria Jan 9, 2014–

Notable stats[edit]

After restored in 2007

Most appearances for the club

# Name Apps Years
1 Bulgaria Emil Petkov 98 2008–2012
2 Bulgaria Ivan Minchev 78 2009–present
3 Bulgaria Ventsislav Yordanov 72 2008–2010/2012–present
4 Bulgaria Kircho Krumov 59 2008–2009/2010–2011
5 Bulgaria Anton Ognyanov 53 2011–present

Most goals for the club

# Name Gls Years
1 Bulgaria Nikolay Pavlov 20 2011–2012
2 Bulgaria Anton Ognyanov 16 2011–present
3 Bulgaria Emil Petkov 12 2008–2012
4 Bulgaria Tzvetomir Matev 10 2010–2011
5 Bulgaria Atanas Lyubenov 8 2009–2011

Notes:

  • Bold signals active players
  • Correct as of 2013-06-10

Past seasons[edit]

Season League Place W D L GF GA Pts Bulgarian Cup
2015–16 A RFG (IV) 4th 13 7 4 58 32 46 not qualified
2016–17 Third League (III) 17th 9 6 19 38 79 33 not qualified
2017–18 A RFG (IV) TBD
Green marks a season followed by promotion, red a season followed by relegation.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Club's Facts". Footballdatabase.eu. 
  2. ^ "Любимец махна Красимир Мечев" (in Bulgarian). hsmarica.com. 2013-01-09. 
  3. ^ "Любимец е новият член на А група" (in Bulgarian). novsport.com. 2013-05-19. 

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