FC Lokomotiv Mezdra

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Lokomotiv Mezdra
Lokomotiv Mezdra.png
Full nameFC Lokomotiv Mezdra
Nickname(s)The irons from Mezdra
Founded1945; 73 years ago (1945)
2016; 2 years ago (2016) /refounded/
GroundLokomotiv Stadium,
Mezdra
Capacity5 000
ManagerHristo Koilov
LeagueThird League
2017–18A OFG–Vratsa, 1st
/promoted/

FC Lokomotiv Mezdra (ФК Локомотив Мездра) is a Bulgarian football club from the town of Mezdra, which currently playing in the Third League, the 3rd level of Bulgarian football. The club's home ground is the Lokomotiv Stadium in Mezdra, with a capacity of 5,000. Team colours are red and black.

History[edit]

1945–2007[edit]

PFC Lokomotiv Mezdra was founded in 1945, under the name Iron sport club. The team, nicknamed The irons from Mezdra, counts 20 participations in the second division, and the best success in Bulgarian Cup is a quarter-final in 1945-46.

2007–2012: NADIN ownership[edit]

The turning point in the history of the club was in 2007. The company NADIN bought the club, and almost all of its players were released and a significant number of valuable players were signed. The team won the second division without difficulty, finishing more than 10 points ahead of the second team in the table and qualifying for the top flight for the first time in his history.

In the first year in the top division, Lokomotiv's owner decided to bring players with a lot of experience in the Bulgarian football, his first signing being ex-Levski Sofia's Saša Simonović, who arrived from Slavia Sofia for free. Radostin Stanev, Iliya Iliev and Strati Iliev were just a few players who soon followed, as the club also signed seven imports - Portuguese David Silva, Rui Miguel and Fausto, Serbian Zoran Cvetković, Austrian Milan Janković, Greek Aristeidis Lottas and Jiří Lenko from Czech Republic. The team coach was Viktorio Pavlov. The first top flight game was against Spartak Varna, a 0-2 loss. After the match, Pavlov decided to resign and Georgi Todorov was named in his place. In this season the team finished 11th in A PFG.

The club was dissolved in early August 2012 during big finance debt. Another two clubs was founded in Mezdra - Lokomotiv 1929 in 2011 and Lokomotiv 2012 in 2012.

2016–present: Refounding[edit]

The club was refounded in 2016 after finantional failing in both Lokomotov 2012 and Lokomotiv 1929.

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Bulgarian A PFG

Bulgarian Cup

  • Twice 1/8 finalist 1946 and 2009–10

European[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 August 2018

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

No. Position Player
Bulgaria GK Veselin Tsvetkovski
Bulgaria GK Boyan Danov
Bulgaria GK Hristo Georgiev
Bulgaria DF Dimitar Dimitrov
Bulgaria DF Alekszandar Petrov (on loan from Botev Vratsa)
Bulgaria DF Momchil Manchev
Bulgaria DF Ivaylo Zhelyazkov
Bulgaria DF Kamen Kamenov
Bulgaria DF Miroslav Bozhinov
Bulgaria DF Nikola Mishev
Bulgaria DF Tomislav Todorov
Bulgaria MF Konstantin Velinov
No. Position Player
Bulgaria MF Lyuboslav Petrov
Bulgaria MF Tihomir Naydenov
Bulgaria MF Nikolay Mihaylov
Bulgaria MF Mario Ivanov
Bulgaria MF Miroslav Ivanov
Bulgaria MF Iliya Iliev
Bulgaria MF Brian Stoyanov
Bulgaria MF Stelyan Ivanov
Bulgaria MF Ivan Velchev (on loan from Botev Vratsa)
Bulgaria FW Valdemar Stoyanov
Bulgaria FW Rumen Rangelov
Bulgaria FW Kiril Krastev

Past seasons[edit]

Season League Place W D L GF GA Pts Bulgarian Cup
2016–17 A RFG (IV)  –  –  –  –  –  –  – not qualified
Green marks a season followed by promotion, red a season followed by relegation.

Most games with the club[edit]

  • 1. 267 - Bulgaria Atanas Atanasov
  • 2. 246 - Bulgaria Milcho Gergov
  • 3. 210 - Bulgaria Bonko Raykov

Most goals with the club[edit]

  • 1. 83 - Bulgaria Georgi Yashov
  • 2. 66 - Bulgaria Atanas Atanasov
  • 3. 42 - Bulgaria Vladimir Hinkov

Notable players[edit]

  • Bulgaria Tsvetan Genkov (born 8 August 1984 in Mezdra, Genkov began his career in Lokomotiv at the age of seventeen, previously having been an athlete. For Lokomotiv he played 84 matches and scored 41 goals)

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