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Ludogorets Razgrad
PFC Ludogorets 1945 official logo.png
Full nameLudogorets 1945 Razgrad
Nickname(s)Eagles
Founded18 June 2001; 17 years ago (2001-06-18)
GroundLudogorets Arena
Capacity12,500
OwnerKiril Domuschiev
ChairmanAleksandar Aleksandrov
ManagerStoycho Stoev
LeagueFirst League
2017–18Regular Season: 1st
Championship Round: 1st
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Professional Football Club Ludogorets 1945 Razgrad (Bulgarian: ПФК Лудогорец Разград), commonly known as Ludogorets Razgrad or simply Ludogorets, is a Bulgarian professional association football club in Razgrad, which currently competes in the First Professional Football League, the top-tier of the Bulgarian football league system.

In their inaugural 2011–12 season in A Group after promotion, Ludogorets became the first Bulgarian team to win a treble by capturing the league championship, the Bulgarian Cup and the Bulgarian Supercup. Subsequently, the club made a significant international impact in the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League, where they reached the knockout phase of the tournament in their second only European run. Ludogorets are also the second Bulgarian team, after Levski Sofia, to enter the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, a feat which they achieved in the following 2014–15 season. During that same campaign, they became the first Bulgarian team to score points in the modern Champions League group stage following a 1–0 win over Basel in Sofia.

Since their introduction to the Bulgarian top-flight, Ludogorets have established themselves as a dominant force in Bulgarian football, claiming every possible league title since then.[1] They have also won the Bulgarian Cup twice and the Bulgarian Supercup on three occasions.[2]

The club's name stems from the Bulgarian name of the geographical region in which Razgrad is located – the Ludogorie region (meaning "region of wild forests") of northeastern Bulgaria. Ludogorets are nicknamed The Eagles, and in 2014, they were presented with a live eagle by UEFA Europa League opponents Lazio;[3] the mascot was named Fortuna.[4]

Ludogorets' traditional home colours are green and white. The club's home ground is the Ludogorets Arena in Razgrad, a stadium with a capacity of 11,000 seats, which is currently being expanded to accommodate 12,500 spectators.[5]

History[edit]

Foundation and beginning[edit]

The club was founded in 2001 as Ludogorie Football Club. Its name was adopted from the previous name of the debt-troubled sports club in the town at that time, Razgrad 2000. The latter eventually ceased existence in 2006 after its registered association announced bankruptcy during that same year.

After playing for several years in the lower divisions of Bulgarian football, Ludogorets's successful campaign started in the 2009–10 season, when the team achieved promotion to the Bulgarian B Group. Shortly after, the club was acquired by Bulgarian entrepreneur Kiril Domuschiev. Ivaylo Petev, a former Litex Lovech midfielder, was also designated as head coach of the newly promoted second division outfit.

Domuschiev era (2010–present)[edit]

Players warming up before a league fixture between Ludogorets and CSKA Sofia at the Ludogorets Arena in August 2014.

In September 2010, the club was purchased by Bulgarian entrepreneur Kiril Domuschiev, with the clear intention to bring Ludogorets to the top division. The takeover was followed by a flurry of bids for high-profile players. In May 2011, with Ivaylo Petev as head coach, the team completed this feat in Domuschiev's first season of ownership by winning promotion to A Group for the first time in club history.[6]

Prior to the start of 2011–12 season, Ludogorets completed the transfers of Emil Gargorov, Alexandre Barthe, Stanislav Genchev, Svetoslav Dyakov, Uroš Golubović, Ľubomír Guldan and Marcelinho. Ivan Stoyanov was also signed during the first month of the season. Ludogorets went unbeaten in the first nine matches of the season before losing 2–1 to Litex Lovech. In the last match before the winter break, Ludogorets drew 2–2 with CSKA Sofia, ending the autumn half of the season in first place. But, with three losses in a row in the middle of the spring half-season to Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Slavia Sofia and Cherno More Varna respectively, Ludogorets lost their lead in the standings to CSKA Sofia up until the end of the season. On the last day of the season, they won the match with CSKA Sofia 1–0, with a goal scored by former Levski striker Miroslav Ivanov. The match was effectively a head-to-head league title match since Ludogorets were two points behind the team from Sofia. The victory made them champions of Bulgaria in their first season in the top division, just one point ahead of CSKA.[7]

Ludogorets Arena, the club's home ground, before a UEFA Europa League game in June 2018.

In May 2012, Ludogorets completed the domestic double when they won their first Bulgarian Cup title following a 2–1 victory against Lokomotiv Plovdiv at Lazur Stadium in Burgas,[8] and in August 2012, they won the Bulgarian Supercup, defeating Lokomotiv 3–1, thus becoming the first team to win a treble in its first season in A Group and one of the few in the history of international football to do so.

Ludogorets started the 2012–13 season with eight-straight wins and nine matches without a loss, and finished the half-season in first place, as in the previous season, with just one loss and seven goals conceded out of 15 matches. However, in the 2012–13 Bulgarian Cup, the club was eliminated in the round of 32 by CSKA Sofia 2–2 on aggregate, losing on away goals. In the spring half-season, Ludogorets occupied the first place with just three matches to play before the end of the season. Nevertheless, they were defeated 1–0 by Levski Sofia and Levski took the lead of A Group. On the final day of the season, Ludogorets had to beat the already relegated team of Montana and hope that Slavia Sofia would prevent Levski from winning their match. In the last minutes of the Levski–Slavia match, Levski conceived an own goal which subsequently led to a 1–1 draw, allowing Ludogorets to win their second championship title in dramatic fashion again. In the 2013 Supercup, they lost 5–3 on penalties to Beroe Stara Zagora after a 1–1 draw in regular time.

In 2014, the team won their third consecutive championship title since promotion, two rounds before the end of the regular season.[9] They finished nine points ahead of runners-up CSKA Sofia. The club also secured a second domestic double, defeating Botev Plovdiv 1–0 in the 2014 Bulgarian Cup Final.[10] Ludogorets continued to dominate at domestic level in the following seasons, winning their fourth, fifth and sixth titles in 2015, 2016 and 2017 consecutively after finishing 8 points ahead of Beroe, 14 points ahead of Levski Sofia and 16 ahead of CSKA Sofia, respectively.

In Europe[edit]

After winning the 2011–12 Bulgarian title, Ludogorets entered the second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League for the 2012–13 season, but were eliminated 3–4 on aggregate with a last minute away goal by Dinamo Zagreb.

Ludogorets playing Steaua București in a second leg play-off for the 2014–15 Champions League, hosted at the Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia.

As 2012–13 Bulgarian champions, Ludogorets played in the 2013–14 Champions League where they came through the qualifiers, eliminating subsequently Slovan Bratislava and Partizan en route. Ludogorets then lost to Basel in the play-offs, but earned the right to play in the UEFA Europa League.

Ludogorets played in Group B of the 2013–14 Europa League. They were unbeaten in the group stage finishing first in the group with five wins in six games, including both home and away victories over the prominent PSV and Dinamo Zagreb.[11] Their only dropped points were a 1–1 home draw with Chornomorets Odesa. In the knockout phase, Ludogorets beat the Italian cup holders Lazio 1–0 away and drew 3–3 at home for a 4–3 aggregate win,[12] but then lost 0–3 at home and 0–4 on aggregate to Valencia in the round of 16.[13]

In the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League, Ludogorets again won both their qualifiers, against F91 Dudelange of Luxembourg and Partizan.[14][15] In the play-off, they defeated Steaua București in dramatic fashion to reach the group stage for the first time.[16] Goalkeeper Vladislav Stoyanov was dismissed for a second yellow card in the last minute of extra time in the second leg, when Ludogorets had used all their substitutes. In the penalty shoot-out, centre-back Cosmin Moți, having converted the first penalty, went in goal and made two saves to put Ludogorets through 6–5 on penalties.[17]

Ludogorets made their debut in the 2014–15 Champions League group phase on 16 September 2014, grabbing a 1–1 equalizer away against Liverpool in the 90th minute scored by Dani Abalo, but in an eventual 1–2 loss,[18] as the newly signed goalkeeper Milan Borjan gave away a penalty with a foul on Javier Manquillo, which Steven Gerrard converted to give Liverpool the victory.[18] Ludogorets made their home debut in the 2014–15 Champions League group phase on 1 October 2014, scoring a stunning goal in the sixth minute through' attacking midfielder Marcelinho against Real Madrid, but in an eventual 1–2 loss.[19] In this match, Cristiano Ronaldo took two penalties – the first was saved by goalkeeper Vladislav Stoyanov, while the second was scored for a 1–1 equalizer.[19] On 22 October 2014, Yordan Minev scored his first goal for Ludogorets, scoring a crucial last-minute winning goal in a 1–0 home win over Basel in the group stage of the Champions League.[20] On 26 November 2014, Dani Abalo scored in the third minute and Georgi Terziev scored his first goal in the 88th minute, grabbing a 2–2 equalizer against Liverpool, in an eventual 2–2 draw.[21]

Ludogorets won their 4th consecutive A Group title, but were left by several main squad players at the end of the season. Georgi Dermendziev was also replaced with Portuguese manager Bruno Ribeiro. The late changes saw Ludogorets being eliminated in the second qualifying round of the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League by the underdog Moldovan champions Milsami Orhei.

With Georgi Dermendzhiev returning at the helm of the squad, during the 2016–17 Champions League, Ludogorets won the qualifiers against Mladost Podgorica and Red Star Belgrade respectively, followed by a success in the play-off against Viktoria Plzeň. Eventually, they became the first Bulgarian team to qualify twice for the group stage of the tournament. In the group stage, Ludogorets achieved two draws against Basel and one against Paris Saint-Germain, which were enough to secure them the third place and a transfer to the knockout phase of the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League, another milestone never done before by a Bulgarian team. Ludogorets however shortly exited the competition after failing to overcome Copenhagen with an initial 1–2 home loss and a 0–0 away draw.

Ludogorets failed to qualify for the groups of the next two editions of the Champion League, but however in both cases managed to enter the groups of Europe League. In the 2017–18 season they finished second in the group behind Braga, eliminating İstanbul Başakşehir and 1899 Hoffenheim, before losing in both matches to Milan in the round of 32.

Crest, shirt and mascot[edit]

Previous crest used until 2016.

Ludogorets' main kit colour is forest green and the away kit is white. In addition, a black alternative kit is also used in some of the domestic matches. Ludogorets's current crest is designed by the supporters and was chosen after a poll in the club's website. It was introduced to the public before the start of the 2016–17 First Professional League season.

In June 2017, Ludogorets reached a sponsorship agreement with English sportswear manufacturer Umbro for the upcoming two seasons.[22]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
2006–2010 Bulgaria Tomy Sport None
2010–2012 Germany Adidas Huvepharma
2012–2014 Navibulgar / Huvepharma
2014–2016 Italy Macron eCasino.bg
2016–2017 bet365 / Vivacom / Spetema
2017–2018 England Umbro
2018– Efbet / Vivacom / Spetema

Since 2014, the mascot of the team has been a female eagle called Fortuna, which was originally a gift from Lazio.[23]

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Bulgarian First League:

Bulgarian Second League:

Bulgarian Cup:

Bulgarian Supercup:

European[edit]

UEFA Europa League

UEFA Champions League

European record[edit]

As of 13 December 2018

Competition P W D L GF GA Win%
UEFA Champions League 42 14 11 17 64 59 33.33
UEFA Europa League 32 12 12 8 37 28 37.50
Total 74 26 23 25 101 87 35.14

Matches[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2012–13 UEFA Champions League 2Q Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 1–1 2–3 3–4
2013–14 UEFA Champions League 2Q Slovakia Slovan Bratislava 3–0 1–2 4–2
3Q Serbia Partizan 2–1 1–0 3–1
PO Switzerland Basel 2–4 0–2 2–6
UEFA Europa League Group B Netherlands PSV 2–0 2–0 1st
Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 3–0 2–1
Ukraine Chornomorets Odesa 1–1 1–0
Round of 32 Italy Lazio 3–3 1–0 4–3
Round of 16 Spain Valencia 0–3 0–1 0–4
2014–15 UEFA Champions League 2Q Luxembourg F91 Dudelange 4–0 1–1 5–1
3Q Serbia Partizan 0–0 2–2 2–2 (a)
PO Romania Steaua București 1–0 0–1 1–1 (6–5 p.)
Group B Spain Real Madrid 1–2 0–4 4th
Switzerland Basel 1–0 0–4
England Liverpool 2–2 1–2
2015–16 UEFA Champions League 2Q Moldova Milsami Orhei 0–1 1–2 1–3
2016–17 UEFA Champions League 2Q Montenegro Mladost Podgorica 2–0 3–0 5–0
3Q Serbia Red Star Belgrade 2–2 4–2 6–4
PO Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň 2–0 2–2 4–2
Group A France Paris Saint-Germain 1–3 2–2 3rd
England Arsenal 2–3 0–6
Switzerland Basel 0–0 1–1
UEFA Europa League Round of 32 Denmark Copenhagen 1–2 0–0 1–2
2017–18 UEFA Champions League 2Q Lithuania Žalgiris 4–1 1–2 5–3
3Q Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva 3–1 0–2 3–3 (a)
UEFA Europa League PO Lithuania Sūduva Marijampolė 2–0 0–0 2–0
Group C Portugal Braga 1–1 2–0 2nd
Germany 1899 Hoffenheim 2–1 1–1
Turkey İstanbul Başakşehir 1–2 0–0
Round of 32 Italy Milan 0–3 0–1 0–4
2018–19 UEFA Champions League 1Q Northern Ireland Crusaders 7–0 2–0 9–0
2Q Hungary MOL Vidi 0–0 0–1 0–1
UEFA Europa League 3Q Bosnia and Herzegovina Zrinjski Mostar 1–0 1–1 2–1
PO Georgia (country) Torpedo Kutaisi 4–0 1–0 5–0
Group A Germany Bayer Leverkusen 2–3 1–1 4th
Switzerland Zürich 1–1 0–1
Cyprus AEK Larnaca 0–0 1–1
Notes
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round

UEFA ranking[edit]

As of 31 August 2018[24]

Rank Team Points
50 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow 26.500
50 Turkey Fenerbahçe 26.500
52 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad 26.000
53 Switzerland Young Boys 25.500
53 Kazakhstan Astana 25.500
53 Cyprus APOEL Nicosia 25.500

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 23 January 2019[25]

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

No. Position Player
1 Argentina GK Jorge Broun
3 Bulgaria DF Anton Nedyalkov
4 Brazil DF Cicinho
5 Bulgaria DF Georgi Terziev
6 Brazil DF Natanael
7 Bulgaria MF Dimo Bakalov
8 Brazil MF Lucas Sasha
11 Bulgaria MF Stanislav Manolev
12 Madagascar MF Anicet Abel
18 Bulgaria MF Svetoslav Dyakov
21 Romania DF Dragoș Grigore
23 Bulgaria GK Plamen Iliev
27 Bulgaria GK Vladislav Stoyanov
No. Position Player
28 Romania FW Claudiu Keșerü
30 Romania DF Cosmin Moți
33 Brazil GK Renan
44 Poland MF Jacek Góralski
63 Brazil MF David Ribeiro
64 Bulgaria MF Dominik Yankov
70 Poland FW Jakub Świerczok
77 Romania MF Adrian Popa (on loan from Reading)
84 Bulgaria MF Marcelinho
88 Brazil MF Wanderson
90 Brazil DF Rafael Forster
92 Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Jody Lukoki
96 Bulgaria MF Serkan Yusein
For recent transfers, see Transfers summer 2018 and Transfers winter 2018–19.
For reserve team players, see Ludogorets Razgrad II.

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
9 Brazil FW Júnior Brandão (at Brazil Goiás until 31 December 2019)
11 South Africa MF May Mahlangu (at Kazakhstan Ordabasy until 1 December 2019)
23 Bulgaria DF Ventsislav Kerchev (at Botev Vratsa until 30 June 2019)
No. Position Player
37 Brazil FW João Paulo (at Kazakhstan Ordabasy until 1 December 2019)
98 Bulgaria MF Svetoslav Kovachev (at Dunav Ruse until 30 June 2019)

Current reserve players with first-team appearances[edit]

Ludogorets Razgrad's reserve team, plays in the Bulgarian Second League. The following Ludogorets II players have made first-team appearances for the club.

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

No. Position Player
24 Bulgaria GK Vasil Simeonov
29 Bulgaria GK Daniel Naumov
34 Bulgaria MF Oleg Dimitrov
58 Bulgaria DF Dimitar Iliev
69 Bulgaria GK Damyan Damyanov
No. Position Player
72 Bulgaria MF Erol Dost
75 Bulgaria DF Martin Milkov
76 Bulgaria MF Serdar Yusufov
77 Bulgaria MF Georgi Valchev
87 Bulgaria DF Preslav Petrov

Foreign players[edit]

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

EU Nationals

EU Nationals (Dual citizenship)

Non-EU Nationals

Recent seasons[edit]

League positions[edit]

First Professional Football League (Bulgaria)Bulgarian A Football GroupBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian V AFGRegional Amateur Football Groups (Bulgaria)
Season Group Position M W D L G D P Bulgarian Cup Bulgarian Super Cup UEFA Champions League UEFA Europa League Notes
2010–11 East B Group 1 24 12 8 4 38 16 44 Round of 32 Did not participate Did not participate Did not participate Promoted
2011–12 A Group 1 30 22 4 4 73 16 70 Winner Winner Did not participate Did not participate Achieved treble
2012–13 A Group 1 30 22 6 2 58 13 72 Round of 32 Finalist Second qualifying round Did not participate 2nd consecutive title
2013–14 A Group 1 38 25 9 4 74 20 84 Winner Winner Play-off round Round of 16 Achieved treble
2014–15 A Group 1 32 18 9 5 63 24 63 Semi-final Finalist Group stage Did not participate 4th consecutive title
2015–16 A Group 1 32 21 7 4 55 21 70 Round of 16 Not held Second qualifying round Did not participate 5th consecutive title
2016–17 First League 1 36 25 8 3 87 28 83 Finalist Finalist Group stage Round of 32 6th consecutive title
2017–18 First League 1 36 27 7 2 91 22 88 Quarter-final Winner Third qualifying round Round of 32 7th consecutive title
2018–19 First League TBD - - - - - - - Round of 16 TBD Second qualifying round Group stage

Records and notable stats[edit]

  • Biggest home win in First League: Ludogorets 7–0 Beroe Stara Zagora (18 April 2018)
  • Biggest away win in First League: Minyor Pernik 0–7 Ludogorets (18 April 2012)
  • Biggest home loss in First League: Ludogorets 0–2 Cherno More Varna (29 March 2012), Ludogorets 2–4 Litex Lovech (20 October 2013), Ludogorets 0–2 Beroe (20 May 2016)
  • Biggest away loss in First League: Cherno More – Ludogorets 3–1 (31 August 2013), Beroe 2–0 Ludogorets (25 April 2015), Litex 4–2 Ludogorets (23 May 2015), Lokomotiv Plovdiv 2–0 Ludogorets (2 November 2015)
  • Most consecutive wins in First League (single season): 14 (2017–18)
  • Most consecutive matches without loss in First League (overall): 20 (2017–182018–19 )
  • Most consecutive matches without loss in First League (single season): 19 (2018–19)
  • Most consecutive losses in First League (single season): 3 (2011–12)
  • Most consecutive matches without win in First League (overall): 4 (2017–18)
  • Most consecutive matches without win in First League (single season): 4 (2017–18)
  • Biggest European home win: Ludogorets 7–0 Northern Ireland Crusaders (11 July 2018, UEFA Champions league qualifying round first leg)
  • Biggest European away win: Montenegro Mladost Podgorica 0–3 Ludogorets (16 July 2016, UEFA Champions league Second qualifying round second leg)
  • Biggest European home defeat: Ludogorets 0–3 Spain Valencia (13 March 2014, UEFA Europa League Round of 16), Ludogorets 0–3 Italy Milan (15 February 2018, UEFA Europa League Round of 32)
  • Biggest European away defeat: England Arsenal 6–0 Ludogorets (19 October 2016, UEFA Champions League group stage)
  • Most league appearances: Bulgaria Marcelinho (212)
  • Most league goals: Romania Claudiu Keșerü (81)
  • Most cup goals: Romania Claudiu Keșerü (8)
  • Most supercup goals: Bulgaria Marcelinho (2)
  • Most European competition appearances: Bulgaria Svetoslav Dyakov, Romania Cosmin Moți (69)
  • Most European competition goals: Bulgaria Marcelinho (14)
  • Most capped foreign player: Canada Milan Borjan - 40 caps
  • Most capped Bulgarian player: Bulgaria Stanislav Manolev - 51 caps
  • Most trophies won by player: Bulgaria Marcelinho, Bulgaria Svetoslav Dyakov (12)
  • Ludogorets is the second team in the world, together with Levadia Tallinn from Estonia, that after promoting from the second to the first level of the football league pyramid of its country, wins a treble, capturing all of the local trophies – the league, the national cup and the supercup.
  • Ludogorets is the first team in Bulgaria, that won 2 promotions in a row and then succeeded in achieving a treble.
  • Ludogorets became the first Bulgarian team to begin their group stage participation in European tournaments with 3 consecutive wins, when in the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League group stage they recorded consecutive wins against PSV (2–0), Dinamo Zagreb (3–0) and Chornomorets Odesa (1–0), without conceding a goal in any of the games.
  • After the end of the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League group stage, Ludogorets became the first Bulgarian team to record 9 wins in European competitions in a single season, as well as the first Bulgarian team to record 5 away wins in European competitions in a single season.
  • After the end of the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League group stage, Ludogorets became the first Bulgarian team to record points in that competition when they defeated Basel 1–0 at home. This was also the first home win for a Bulgarian team in the UEFA Champions League, and was followed by a 2–2 home draw with Liverpool.
  • Ludogorets became the first Bulgarian team to qualify twice for the Champions League group stage, achieving the feat during the 2016–17 season of the tournament. During that season, the team set a new record for most goals scored (6), and became the first Bulgarian team to avoid finishing last in their group.
  • As of the 2017–18 season, Ludogorets holds the record for most points scored in the group stage by a Bulgarian team with 4, most goals scored with 6, and fewest goals conceded with 14.

Goalscoring and appearance records[edit]

As of 16 March 2019

Most appearances for the club in First League

Rank Name Career Appearances
1 BulgariaBrazil Marcelinho 2011– 212
2 Bulgaria Svetoslav Dyakov 2011– 195
3 Romania Cosmin Moți 2012– 162
4 Brazil Wanderson 2014– 134
5 Netherlands Virgil Misidjan 2013–2018 130
5 Brazil Juninho Quixadá 2011–2018 130
7 Bulgaria Yordan Minev 2011–2017 121
8 Romania Claudiu Keșerü 2015– 112
9 Bulgaria Vladislav Stoyanov 2013– 105
10 Madagascar Anicet Abel 2014– 96
10 Bulgaria Mihail Aleksandrov 2010–2016 96
10 Brazil Natanael 2015– 96

Most goals for the club in First League

Rank Name Career Goals
1 Romania Claudiu Keșerü 2015– 81
2 BulgariaBrazil Marcelinho 2011– 70
3 Brazil Wanderson 2014– 44
4 Netherlands Virgil Misidjan 2013–2018 35
5 Brazil Juninho Quixadá 2011–2018 34
6 Bulgaria Ivan Stoyanov 2011–2013 25
7 Romania Cosmin Moți 2012– 21
8 Slovenia Roman Bezjak 2012–2015 20
9 Bulgaria Emil Gargorov 2011–2013 19
10 Brazil Jonathan Cafu 2015–2017 17
  • Players in bold are still playing for Ludogorets.


As of the end of the 2018–19 campaign

Most appearances for the club in European competitions

Rank Name Career Appearances
1 Bulgaria Svetoslav Dyakov 2011– 69
1 Romania Cosmin Moți 2012– 69
3 BulgariaBrazil Marcelinho 2011– 68
4 Netherlands Virgil Misidjan 2013–2018 51
5 Brazil Wanderson 2014– 49
6 Bulgaria Vladislav Stoyanov 2013– 41
7 Brazil Natanael 2015– 40
8 Bulgaria Yordan Minev 2011–2017 37
9 Romania Claudiu Keșerü 2015– 35
10 Madagascar Anicet Abel 2014– 32

Most goals for the club in European competitions

Rank Name Career Goals
1 BulgariaBrazil Marcelinho 2011– 14
2 Brazil Wanderson 2014– 13
3 Romania Claudiu Keșerü 2015– 9
4 Slovenia Roman Bezjak 2012–2015 8
5 Netherlands Virgil Misidjan 2013–2018 7
6 Spain Dani Abalo 2013–2015 6
7 Democratic Republic of the Congo Jody Lukoki 2015– 5
7 Romania Cosmin Moți 2012– 5
7 Poland Jakub Świerczok 2018– 5
10 Brazil Jonathan Cafu 2015–2017 4

All-time European performance[edit]

As of the end of the 2018–19 campaign

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

Opponents by country Played Won Drawn Lost GD
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 1 1 0 2:1
 Croatia 4 2 1 1 8:5
 Cyprus 2 0 2 0 1:1
 Czech Republic 2 1 1 0 4:2
 Denmark 2 0 1 1 1:2
 England 4 0 1 3 5:13
 France 2 0 1 1 3:5
 Georgia 2 2 0 0 5:0
 Germany 4 1 2 1 6:6
 Hungary 2 0 1 1 0:1
 Israel 2 1 0 1 3:3
 Italy 4 1 1 2 4:7
 Lithuania 4 2 1 1 7:3
 Luxembourg 2 1 1 0 5:1
 Moldova 2 0 0 2 1:3
 Montenegro 2 2 0 0 5:0
 Netherlands 2 2 0 0 4:0
 Northern Ireland 2 2 0 0 9:0
 Portugal 2 1 1 0 3:1
 Romania 2 1 0 1 1:1
 Serbia 6 3 3 0 11:7
 Slovakia 2 1 0 1 4:2
 Spain 4 0 0 4 1:10
  Switzerland 8 1 3 4 5:13
 Turkey 2 0 1 1 1:2
 Ukraine 2 1 1 0 2:1
Total 74 26 22 25 101:87

All-time performance versus top two Bulgarian clubs[edit]

CSKA Sofia[edit]

As of 6 December 2018

Competition Played Ludogorets Draws CSKA
First League 22 14 7 1
Bulgarian Cup 3 1 1 1
Total 25 15 8 2

Dates are in dd/mm/yyyy form.

  Ludogorets win   Draw   CSKA win

Ludogorets vs CSKA CSKA vs Ludogorets
League
Season
Division / Round
Date
Score
Date
Score
2011–12 A PFG 23 May 2012
1–0
28 November 2011
2–2
2012–13 22 September 2012
1–0
11 April 2013
0–0
2013–14 10 August 2013
3–0
10 November 2013
0–2
30 April 2014
1–0
26 March 2014
0–1
2014–15 16 August 2014
2–0
22 November 2014
1–1
4 April 2015
4–0
9 May 2015
0–0
2016–17 First League 5 November 2016
2–0
1 April 2017
0–2
20 May 2017
1–1
23 April 2017
0–2
2017–18 5 November 2017
1–2
22 July 2017
0–1
6 April 2018
3–2
5 May 2018
0–0
2018–19 19 August 2018
1–0
6 December 2018
1–1
Bulgarian Cup
2012–13 Round of 16 31 October 2012
1–2
24 November 2012
0–1
2017–18 Quarter-final 14 December 2017
2–1 (aet)
2018–19 Quarter-final 3 April 2019

Levski Sofia[edit]

As of 10 March 2019

Competition Played Ludogorets Draws Levski
First League 24 15 5 4
Bulgarian Cup 2 0 1 1
Total 26 15 6 5

Dates are in dd/mm/yyyy form.

  Ludogorets win   Draw   Levski win

Ludogorets vs Levski Levski vs Ludogorets
League
Season
Division / Round
Date
Score
Date
Score
2011–12 A PFG 25 September 2011
2–1
2 April 2012
0–1
2012–13 18 November 2012
2–1
2 April 2012
1–0
2013–14 7 December 2013
0–1
15 September 2013
0–2
9 April 2014
2–0
11 May 2014
2–3
2014–15 8 March 2015
1–0
27 September 2014
3–2
2015–16 1 August 2015
2–0
18 October 2015
1–1
21 February 2016
2–1
23 April 2016
0–0
2016–17 First League 30 November 2016
2–1
13 August 2016
1–0
14 April 2017
0–0
16 May 2017
1–3
2017–18 29 October 2017
2–0
6 September 2017
0–0
12 May 2018
2–2
14 April 2018
0–1
2018–19 20 October 2018
2–1
9 March 2019
0–2
Bulgarian Cup
2014–15 Semi-final 8 April 2015
0–0
29 April 2015
1–0

Notable players[edit]

Had international caps for their respective countries, or held any club record. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Ludogorets.

Supporters[edit]

The ultras of Ludogorets Razgrad are mainly organized under the group of "Green Front". A female supporters club was also established bearing the name "Green Ladies". Ludogorets has national fan clubs in Razgrad and Sofia, while other smaller fan clubs are also organised nationwide in Varna, Ruse, Sandanski and Popovo.

Personnel[edit]

Board of directors[edit]

Position Name Nationality
Owner Kiril Domuschiev Bulgaria
President Alexander Alexandrov Bulgaria
Chairman of the board of directors Temenuga Gazdova Bulgaria
Managing Director Angel Petrichev Bulgaria
Youth Academy Director Valentin Stanchev Bulgaria
Sports Director Georgi Karamandzhukov Bulgaria
Marketing Director Anna Pencheva Bulgaria

Current technical body[edit]

Position Name Nationality
Team Manager Nikolay Kirchev Bulgaria
Chief Scout Yakov Paparkov Bulgaria
Scout Ivan Tsvetkov Bulgaria
Head Coach Stoycho Stoev Bulgaria
Assistant Coach Bruno Pivetti Brazil
Goalkeeper coach Zdravko Zdravkov Bulgaria
Ludogorets II Coach Radoslav Zdravkov Bulgaria
U19 Coach Yuri Vasev Bulgaria
U17 Coach Petar Penchev Bulgaria
U16 Coach Hristo Gospodinov Bulgaria
U15 Coach Radoslav Komitov Bulgaria
U14 Coach Rosen Marinov Bulgaria
Data Analyst Lucas Oliveira Brazil
Conditioning Coach Ian Coll Scotland
Conditioning Coach Ivan-Rafael Diaz Spain
Physiotherapist Atanas Dichev Bulgaria
Physiotherapist Marco Alves Portugal
Physiotherapist Iulian Mircea Romania
Doctor Viktor Velikov Bulgaria
Administrator Plamen Yordanov Bulgaria
Translation Stela Simeonova Bulgaria
Translation Viktor Cvetanov Bulgaria
Kit Manager Ali Ali Bulgaria

Notable managers[edit]

Dates Name Honours
2010–2013 Bulgaria Ivaylo Petev 99992 A Group titles
1 B Group
1 Bulgarian Cup
1 Bulgarian Supercup
2013–2014 Bulgaria Stoycho Stoev 99991 A Group title
1 Bulgarian Cup
2014–2015
2015–2017
Bulgaria Georgi Dermendzhiev 99991 A Group title
2 First League titles
1 Bulgarian Supercup
2017–2018 Bulgaria Dimitar Dimitrov 99991 First League title
2018 Brazil Paulo Autuori 99991 Bulgarian Supercup title
2019– Bulgaria Stoycho Stoev 9999

References[edit]

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  13. ^ Europa League: Valencia beat Ludogorets 1–0 to reach quarter-finals, Sky Sports, 20 March 2014
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