PFC Ludogorets Razgrad

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Ludogorets Razgrad
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Full name Professional Football Club Ludogorets Razgrad
Nickname(s) The Eagles
Founded 18 June 2001; 14 years ago (2001-06-18)
Ground Ludogorets Arena, Razgrad
Ground Capacity 12,500
Owner Kiril Domuschiev
Chairman Aleksandar Aleksandrov
Manager Bruno Ribeiro
League A Group
2014–15 A Group, 1st
Website Club home page
Current season

PFC Ludogorets Razgrad (Bulgarian: ПФК Лудогорец Разград) or simply Ludogorets is a Bulgarian football club based in Razgrad, which currently competes in A Group, the top division of the Bulgarian football league system.

The club was founded in 2001 as Ludogorie Football Club. It adopted its current name from one of the first football clubs in the town, founded in 1945 and dissolved in 2006. In their first season in A Group, Ludogorets became only the third Bulgarian team, after CSKA Sofia and Levski Sofia, to achieve a treble by winning the league, the Bulgarian Cup and the Bulgarian Supercup. Subsequently, the club also made a significant impact in the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League, where it reached the round of 16. Ludogorets are the second Bulgarian team (after Levski Sofia) to reach the group stage of the Champions League, a feat which they achieved in the following 2014–15 season. During that same season they became the first Bulgarian team to score points in the modern Champions League group stages when they defeated FC Basel 1-0 in Sofia.

The club's name comes from the name of the region in which Razgrad is located – the Ludogorie region (meaning "region of wild forests") of north-eastern Bulgaria. The club is nicknamed "the Eagles", and in 2014 it was presented with a live eagle by Europa League opponents Lazio;[1] the mascot was named Fortuna.[2]

The club's home colors are green and white. Ludogorets' home base is the Ludogorets Arena in Razgrad, a stadium with capacity of 6,500 seats and electric floodlights.[3]

History[edit]

Foundation[edit]

The current club was founded on 18 June 2001 as Ludogorie Football Club by Aleksandar Aleksandrov and Vladimir Dimitrov. In 2002 it was renamed to Razgrad 2000 after a merger with a youth football team. Razgrad 2000 won its group a couple of years in a row, but did not have a big enough budget to enter the higher division. It was promoted to the top division of amateur football in Bulgaria, V Group (third division) at the end of the 2005–06 season. In the 2009–10 season, Razgrad 2000 won promotion again, this time to the professional B Group (second division). In 2010, the club acquired the license of Ludogorets 1945 Razgrad, which had been dissolved four years previously. The year 1945 still appears on the club crest. In July 2010, Ivaylo Petev was appointed as manager.

Domuschiev era (2010–present)[edit]

In September 2010, the club was purchased by the businessman Kiril Domuschiev, with the clear intention to bring Ludogorets to A Group. The takeover was followed by a flurry of bids for high-profile players. In May 2011, the club completed this feat in Domuschiev's first season by winning promotion to A Group for the first time in the club's history.[4]

Prior to the start of season 2011–12, Ludogorets completed the transfers of Emil Gargorov, Alexandre Barthe, Stanislav Genchev, Svetoslav Dyakov, Uroš Golubović, Ľubomír Guldan and Marcelinho. Ivan Stoyanov signed during the first month of the season. Ludogorets were unbeaten in the first nine games of the season before losing 2-1 to Litex Lovech. In the last game 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), Ludogorets lost their lead in the standings to CSKA Sofia up until the end of the season. On the last day of season 2011–12 they won the game with CSKA Sofia 1-0, with a goal scored by former Levski striker Miroslav Ivanov. The game was effectively a champions title match since Ludogorets were two points behind the team from Sofia, and the victory made them champions of Bulgaria in their first season in the top division, just one point ahead of CSKA.[5] In May 2012, Ludogorets completed the domestic double when they won their first Bulgarian Cup title, after a 2-1 victory against Lokomotiv Plovdiv at Lazur Stadium in Burgas,[6] and in August 2012, they won the Bulgarian Supercup, beating Lokomotiv 3-1, and becoming the first team to win a treble in its first season in A Group.

Before the match Ludogorets-CSKA Sofia in Ludogorets Arena.

Ludogorets started the 2012–13 season with eight wins in a row 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. But for the Bulgarian Cup the team was eliminated in the Round of 32 by CSKA Sofia with an aggregate score of 2-2 from the two legs and CSKA continuing into the next round on away goals. In the spring half-season Ludogorets occupied the first place with just three matches to go 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 Montana and to hope that Slavia Sofia would prevent Levski from winning the match. In the last minutes of the Levski-Slavia match Levski conceived an own goal which making the end result a 1-1 draw, allowing Ludogorets to win their second championship title. 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.[7] They finished nine points ahead of runners-up CSKA Sofia. The team also secured a second domestic double, beating Botev Plovdiv 1-0 in the 2014 Bulgarian Cup Final.[8]

In Europe[edit]

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

As 2012–13 Bulgarian champions, Ludogorets played in the 2013–14 Champions League where they came through the qualifiers, beating subsequently Slovan Bratislava and Partizan Belgrade. Ludogorets then lost to FC Basel in the play-offs, but earned the right to play in the 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 Eindhoven and Dinamo Zagreb.[9] 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,[10] but then lost 0-3 at home, and 0-4 on aggregate to Valencia in the round of 16.[11]

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

In the 2014–15 Champions League, Ludogorets again won both their qualifiers, against F91 Dudelange of Luxembourg and Partizan Belgrade.[12][13] In the play-off they defeated Steaua București in dramatic fashion to reach the group stage for the first time.[14] 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.[15]

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,[16] because the newly signed goalkeeper Milan Borjan then gave away a penalty with a foul on Javi Manquillo, which Steven Gerrard converted to give Liverpool the victory.[17] Ludogorets made their home debut in the 2014–15 Champions League group phase on 1 October 2014, scoring a stunning goal in the 6th minute through Ludogorets' attacking midfielder Marcelinho against the current Champions League champion Real Madrid, but in an eventual 1-2 loss.[18] Interestingly, in this game Cristiano Ronaldo took two penalties, with first saved by the Ludogorets' goalkeeper Vladislav Stoyanov and second converted into goal 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 3rd 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]

Crest, shirt and mascot[edit]

Ludogorets colours are green and white.

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
2006–10 Bulgaria Tomy Sport None
2010–12 Germany Adidas Huvepharma
2012–14 Navibulgar / Huvepharma
2014– Italy Macron eCasino.bg

Since 2014, the mascot of the team has been a female eagle called Fortuna, which was originally a gift from Lazio.[22]

Honours[edit]

Bulgarian A Group:

Bulgarian B Group:

Bulgarian Cup:

Bulgarian Supercup:

European tournaments[edit]

UEFA Europa League

UEFA Champions League

European record[edit]

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 Eindhoven 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
Notes
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round

UEFA ranking[edit]

As of 24 May 2015[23]

Rank Team Points
79 Spain Real Sociedad 26.385
80 Belgium Standard Liège 25.440
81 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad 25.350
82 Spain Getafe CF 24.885
83 Poland Legia Warsaw 24.800

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 5 June 2015 [24]

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

No. Position Player
7 Bulgaria MF Mihail Aleksandrov
8 Brazil MF Lucas Sasha
11 Brazil FW Juninho Quixadá
12 Madagascar MF Anicet Abel
15 Bulgaria DF Aleksandar Aleksandrov
16 Colombia DF Brayan Angulo
17 Bulgaria FW Tsvetelin Chunchukov
18 Bulgaria MF Svetoslav Dyakov (captain)
19 Bulgaria MF Aleksandar Vasilev
21 Bulgaria GK Vladislav Stoyanov
24 Bulgaria DF Preslav Petrov
25 Bulgaria DF Yordan Minev
No. Position Player
26 Canada GK Milan Borjan
27 Romania DF Cosmin Moți
31 Bulgaria GK Georgi Argilashki
55 Bulgaria DF Georgi Terziev
77 Portugal DF Vitinha
84 Brazil MF Marcelinho
88 Brazil MF Wanderson
91 Serbia GK Ivan Čvorović
93 Netherlands MF Virgil Misidjan
Brazil DF Cicinho
Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Jody Lukoki
Romania MF Andrei Prepeliță
For recent transfers, see Transfers summer 2015.
For reserve team players, see Ludogorets Razgrad B.

Foreign players[edit]

Up to five non-EU nationals can be registered and given a squad number for the first team in the A PFG 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 5 years.

EU Nationals

EU Nationals (Dual citizenship)

Non-EU Nationals

Recent seasons[edit]

Season Group Position M W D L G D P Bulgarian Cup Bulgarian Super Cup UEFA Champions League UEFA Europa League Notes
2009-10 North-East V Group 2 34 26 2 6 79 28 80 Did not participate Did not participate Did not participate Did not participate Promoted
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 First round Did not participate
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 To be determined Group Stage Did not participate

Records and notable stats[edit]

  • Biggest win in A group: Ludogorets 6–0 Slavia Sofia (11 September 2011)
  • Biggest loss in A group: Ludogorets 0–2 Cherno More Varna (29 March 2012), Cherno More - Ludogorets 3-1 (31 August 2013), Ludogorets 2-4 Litex Lovech (20 October 2013), Litex 4-2 Ludogorets (23 May 2015)
  • Biggest European home win: Ludogorets 4–0 Luxembourg F91 Dudelange (16 July 2014, UEFA Champions league qualifying round first leg)
  • Biggest European away win: Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 0–2 Ludogorets (19 September 2013, UEFA Europa League Group Stage)
  • Biggest European home defeat: Ludogorets 0–3 Spain Valencia (13 March 2014, UEFA Europa League Round of 16)
  • Biggest European away defeat: Switzerland Basel 4–0 Ludogorets (4 November 2014, UEFA Champions League group stage), Spain Real Madrid 4–0 Ludogorets (09.12.2014, UEFA Champions League group stage)
  • Most league appearances: Brazil Marcelinho (104)
  • Most league goals: Brazil Marcelinho (32)
  • Most capped foreign player: Canada Milan Borjan, 24 caps, Canada
  • Most capped Bulgarian player: Bulgaria Svetoslav Dyakov - 23 caps
  • 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 two 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 Eindhoven (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. Thus, as of the 2014–15 season Ludogorets holds the record for most points scored in the group stage by a Bulgarian team with 4.

Goalscoring and appearance records[edit]

As of 1 June 2015

Most appearances for the club in A PFG

Rank Name Apps
1 Brazil Marcelinho 104
2 Bulgaria Svetoslav Dyakov 103
3 Bulgaria Mihail Aleksandrov 93
4 Bulgaria Yordan Minev 86
5 Brazil Júnior Caiçara 83
6 Brazil Juninho Quixadá 81
7 France Alexandre Barthe 73
8 Romania Cosmin Moti 72
9 Bulgaria Vladislav Stoyanov 67
10 Bulgaria Miroslav Ivanov 67

Most goals for the club in A PFG

Rank Name Goals
1 Brazil Marcelinho 32
2 Bulgaria Ivan Stoyanov 25
3 Brazil Juninho Quixadá 24
4 Slovenia Roman Bezjak 20
5 Netherlands Virgil Misidjan 19
6 Bulgaria Emil Gargorov 19
7 Bulgaria Mihail Aleksandrov 15
8 Spain Dani Abalo 13
9 Bulgaria Miroslav Ivanov 10
10 Bulgaria Todor Kolev 10
  • Players in bold are still playing for Ludogorets.

Notable players[edit]

Names in bold indicate players who had international appearances for their country while playing for Ludogorets.

Supporters[edit]

The ultras of Ludogorets Razgrad are mainly organized under the group of "Green Front". For women, there is a special ultras group, named "Green Ladies". Ludogorets has national fan clubs in Razgrad and Sofia, while smaller fan clubs are organised in cities like Popovo, Varna, Sandanski and Ruse.

Personnel[edit]

Board of directors[edit]

Position Name Nationality
Owner Kiril Domuschiev Bulgaria
President Alexander Alexandrov BulgariaRussia
Chairman of the Board of Directors Temenuga Gazdova Bulgaria
Managing Director Angel Petrichev Bulgaria
Director Youth Academy Yakov Paparkov Bulgaria
Public Relations Vladislav Trifonov Bulgaria

Current technical body[edit]

Position Name Nationality
Sports Director Metodi Tomanov Bulgaria
Head Coach Bruno Ribeiro Portugal
Assistant Coach Stefan Genov Bulgaria
U19/U21 Coach Atanas Dimov Bulgaria
Goalkeeper coach Milan Stojkovic Serbia
Physical Coach Sergio Matri Spain
Physical Coach Javier Ramos Spain
Physiotherapist Toni Todorov Bulgaria
Physiotherapist Petko Petrov Bulgaria
Physiotherapist Stoyan Aleksiev Bulgaria
Doctor Yavor Yakimov Bulgaria
Administrator Plamen Yordanov Bulgaria
Housekeeper Dimitar Mihov Bulgaria

Managers[edit]

Dates Name Honours
2001–10 Unknown
2010–13 Bulgaria Ivaylo Petev 99992 A Group titles
1 B Group
1 Bulgarian Cup
1 Bulgarian Supercup
2013–14 Bulgaria Stoycho Stoev 99991 A Group title
1 Bulgarian Cup
2014–15 Bulgaria Georgi Dermendzhiev 99991 A Group title
1 Bulgarian Supercup
2015– Portugal Bruno Ribeiro

References[edit]

  1. ^ Meranzov, Martin (26 March 2014). "Lazio sent an eagle to the Bulgarian Eagles". Lazioland.com. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Fortuna is the name of the Ludogorets eagle". Ludogorets.com. 30 March 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Ludogorets arena with the best electric floodlights in the league (in Bulgarian)
  4. ^ "Ludogorets crash the party in Bulgaria". uefa.com. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  5. ^ "Ludogorets celebrate maiden Bulgarian title". uefa.com. Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  6. ^ "Ludogorets clinch maiden Bulgarian Cup". uefa.com. Retrieved 2012-05-16. 
  7. ^ Невиждано постижение! Лудогорец ликува! Три сезона в елита - три титли! (видео) (Sportal.bg, 7 May 2014) (in Bulgarian)
  8. ^ "Ludogorets secure double, fans pelt players with seats and stones". uefa.com. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  9. ^ Europa League: Ludogorets win 2-1 at Dinamo Zagreb in Group B, Sky Sports, 12 December 2013
  10. ^ Europa League: Ludogorets progress after 4-3 victory over Lazio, Sky Sports, 27 February 2014
  11. ^ Europa League: Valencia beat Ludogorets 1-0 to reach quarter-finals, Sky Sports, 20 March 2014
  12. ^ Dudelange striker Turpel frustrates Ludogorets, UEFA.com, 22 July 2014
  13. ^ Ludogorets squeeze out Partizan, UEFA.com, 6 August 2014
  14. ^ Ludogorets Razgrad win 6-5 on penalties, BBC, 27 August 2014
  15. ^ "Ludogorets defender Cosmin Moti stands in for sent off goalkeeper before making vital penalty shootout saves to send Bulgarians through to Champions League group stage". Daily Mail. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "Liverpool 2–1 Ludo Razgd". BBC Sport. 16 September 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "Liverpool 2-1 Ludo Razgd". BBC Sport. 16 September 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  18. ^ Real Madrid recover to down dogged Ludogorets
  19. ^ Real Madrid recover to down dogged Ludogorets
  20. ^ "Ludogorets 1-0 Basel: Minev snatches victory at the death against 10-man Swiss champions". goal.com. 22 October 2014. 
  21. ^ "Liverpool hit by late Ludogorets leveller". UEFA.com. 26 November 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  22. ^ Орлицата Фортуна в неизвестност! Птицата с нов опит за бягство, topsport.bg, 18 April 2014
  23. ^ UEFA Team Ranking 2015 (http://kassiesa.home.xs4all.nl/bert)
  24. ^ "А отбор" [A team]. PFC Ludogorets Razgrad (in Bulgarian). ludogorets.com. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 

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