PBC Lukoil Academic

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Lukoil Academic
Лукойл Академик
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Nickname The Students (Студентите)
Leagues NBL,
FIBA Europe Cup
Founded 1947
History 1947 - present

Armeets Arena

(capacity: 12,395)
Location Sofia, Bulgaria
Team colors White and Red
President Bulgaria Valentin Zlatev
Head coach Bulgaria Toni Dechev
Championships 23 Bulgarian Championships
11 Bulgarian Cups
1 International Students' Cup
Website http://www.lukoilacademic.bg/
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PBC Lukoil Academic (Bulgarian: ПБК "Лукойл Академик") are a Bulgarian professional basketball club based in the capital Sofia. They play their home games at the Universiade Hall or at the Pravets sports complex.

Founded in 1947 as part of the Academic Sofia sports club, they have been 20 times champions of Bulgaria and nine times winners of the Bulgarian Cup. Among their international honours are two European Champions Cup finals (both lost to ASK Riga) in 1958 and 1959 and an International Students' Cup in 1957.

In 2000, the team were renamed Lukoil Academic as a sponsorship deal was signed with Russian oil giant LUKoil, and quickly established themselves as dominant in the Bulgarian Championship. Since then they have been a regular ULEB Cup participant, and won the FIBA Europe Regional Challenge Cup Conference South in 2003.



Basketball club Academic Sofia was founded in 1947 as a part of the students' sports association Academic and during its history of more than half a century it has won a just place among the best teams in the country. Under the guidance of ones of the most experienced coaches in Bulgarian basketball - Bozhidar Takev, Veselin Temkov, Neycho Neychev, Tzvetan Zheliazkov, Petko Marinov, etc., BC Academic is 20 times republic champion and nine times winner of the Bulgarian Cup. Along with the titles in the domestic championships and tournaments, naturally comes the international recognition. The basketball players of Academic have successfully played in the tournaments for the Cup of the European champions. With the coach Bozhidar Takev they were twice finalists against ACK Riga in 1958 and 1959. In 1957 in Paris the team of Academic became the world's students champion. During its entire existence basketball club Academic has always been a school for the professional improvement and constructive contribution of some of the best Bulgarian basketball players. Stars like Liubomir Panov, Georgi Panov, Viktor Radev, Nikola Ilov, Mihail Semov. Petar Lazarov, Dimitar Sahanikov, Georgi Barzakov, Nikola Atanasov, Atanas Golomeev, Temelaki Dimitrov, Stefan Filipov, Slavei Raychev, Vladimir Boyanov have left their permanent marks in the history of the Bulgarian basketball.

The excellent training of the Academic players and their complete devotion to the game have always been highly evaluated by our national basketball selectionists. Direct participants in the glorious moments of the Bulgarian basketball - the fifth place at the Olympic Games in Melbourne - 1956 and the vice-champion's title at the European Championship - Sofia'57 are the national players Liubomir Panov, Georgi Panov, Viktor Radev, Nikola Ilov, Mihail Semov, Petar Lazarov.

The glorious tradition of the club was revived again in 2000 when "LUKOIL-Bulgaria" became the main sponsor of the team. The selection of Lukoil Academic was oriented towards young and talented players, who under the clever guidance of the senior coach Petko Marinov and his assistants built the youngest team in the republican basketball. Renewed was also the work at the adolescents school of the club, from which some players have already shown considerable success at the home championships. The long-term strategy of LUKOIL Academic has shown its first results already in season 2001-2002. The talented players of Petko Marinov won the cup of the country and played the most attractive final in the play-offs in the championship for the last ten years. Today the name of LUKOIL Academic is again a symbol of good basketball. The ambitions of the club are the republican champion's title and the good presentation at the European club tournaments.

Current roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

PBC Lukoil Academic roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
G 4 Bulgaria Iliev, Aleksandar 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 79 kg (174 lb) 18 – (1996-12-02)2 December 1996
G 6 United States Smith, Terry 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 29 – (1986-02-10)10 February 1986
G 7 Bulgaria Gruev, Aleksandar 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 78 kg (172 lb) 32 – (1983-07-24)24 July 1983
C 8 Bulgaria Kolev, Nikolay 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 27 – (1988-07-17)17 July 1988
G 10 Bulgaria Minkov, Kris 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 20 – (1994-12-31)31 December 1994
F/C 12 Bulgaria Vasilev, Rumen 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 96 kg (212 lb) 18 – (1996-11-04)4 November 1996
C 14 Bulgaria Banev, Tencho 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 115 kg (254 lb) 35 – (1980-08-14)14 August 1980
F 20 United States Francis, Samuel 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 81 kg (179 lb) 23 – (1992-01-11)11 January 1992
F 24 Bulgaria Veselinov, Veselin 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 32 – (1983-02-16)16 February 1983
F 30 Bulgaria Georgiev, Nikolay 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 20 – (1995-06-12)12 June 1995
G/F 33 Bulgaria Grozev, Nikolay 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 96 kg (212 lb) 21 – (1994-02-17)17 February 1994
C 41 Croatia Šundov, Bruno 2.20 m (7 ft 3 in) 122 kg (269 lb) 35 – (1980-02-10)10 February 1980
G 11 United States Brown, Dee 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 31 – (1984-08-17)17 August 1984
G Bulgaria Marinov, Stanimir 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 24 – (1991-09-07)7 September 1991
G/F Bulgaria Zahariev, Hristo 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 24 – (1990-10-27)27 October 1990
F Bulgaria Dimitrov, Dimitar 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 110 kg (243 lb) 22 – (1993-03-01)1 March 1993
PG Serbia Ratkovica, Branislav 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 30 – (1985-07-27)27 July 1985
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Bulgaria Miroslav Ralchev
  • Bulgaria Ivan Kotsev
Strength & conditioning coach(es)
  • Serbia Saša Jakovljević
  • Bulgaria Vasil Vasilev
Team manager
  • Bulgaria Rumen Guninsky

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: 27 December 2014

Notable players[edit]

For more players see Category:PBC Lukoil Academic players.

Notable coaches[edit]

External links[edit]

List of basketball clubs in Bulgaria