PFC Ludogorets Razgrad

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PFC Ludogorets Razgrad
PFC Ludogorets Razgrad logo.svg
Full nameПрофесионален Футболен Клуб „Лудогорец 1945"
Ludogorets 1945 Professional Football Club
Nickname(s)Орлите (The eagles)
Founded18 June 1945; 76 years ago (1945-06-18)[1]
GroundHuvepharma Arena
Capacity10,422
OwnerKiril Domuschiev
ChairmanAleksandar Aleksandrov
Head coachAnte Šimundža
LeagueBulgarian First League
2021–22Regular season, 1st of 14
Championship round, 1st of 6
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Professional Football Club Ludogorets 1945 (Bulgarian: Професионален Футболен Клуб „Лудогорец 1945"), commonly known as Ludogorets Razgrad or simply Ludogorets, is a Bulgarian professional association football club founded in 1945 based 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 won the treble by capturing the league championship, the Bulgarian Cup and the Bulgarian Supercup. Subsequently, the club made a significant continental impact in the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League when they reached the Round of 16 in only their second European run. To date they have reached the knockout stages of the Europa League four times, more than any other club in Bulgaria. Ludogorets are also only 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 in 2011, Ludogorets have established themselves as a dominant force in Bulgarian football, claiming every possible league title since then.[2] They have also won the Bulgarian Cup twice, as well as the Bulgarian Supercup on four occasions.[3]

Ludogorets' traditional home colours are green and white. The club's home ground is the Huvepharma Arena in Razgrad, a stadium with a capacity of 10,500 spectators.[4] Their current manager is Ante Šimundža.

History

Foundation and beginning

Established in 1945 after the merging of several rural football clubs from the Ludogorie Region, Ludogorets Razgrad was initially participating in the Third football division of Bulgaria. They promoted to the Second division in 1961. In 1997 the club merged with FC Antibiotic Razgrad and was renamed to FC Antibiotic-Ludogorets. In 2005 the club was defunct. The rise of Ludogorets started in season 2009/10 when Aleksandar Aleksandrov, director of FC Razgrad 2000, inherited the history and traditional club records of the former Antibiotic-Ludogorets, returning the name to PFC Ludogorets 1945 Razgrad. The team managed to enter Second division when Ivaylo Petev was designated as a Head Coach.[5]

Domuschiev era (2010–present)

In September 2010 the club was purchased by a Bulgarian pharmeceutical entrepreneur Kiril Domuschiev, with the clear intention of bringing Ludogorets to the top division. This happened in May 2011 with Ivaylo Petev as a Head Coach when the team promoted to top division for the first time in the club's history.[6]

First title

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,[7] 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.

Second title

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 they 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.

Third title

In season 2013/14 Ludogorets became a hegemon in the Bulgarian club football. The "Eagles" earned their third consecutive title two rounds before the end of the championship on 7 May 2014. On 15 May 2014 Ludogorets achieved a treble after winning the Cup of Bulgaria against Botev (Plovdiv) 1-0 and the Super Cup. Both matches were played at the "Lazur" stadium in Burgas.[8]

Fourth title

Ludogorets' fourth title came after a home win against Lokomotiv (Sofia) with 4:1 on 15 May 2015. A new tribune, named after their defender Cosmin "Moti", and the 70th anniversary of the "Eagles" were celebrated at that time.

Fifth title

On 11 May 2016 Ludogorets became the Bulgarian Champion for the fifth time in a row.

Sixth title

The 2016/2017 season was the most successful in the history of Ludogorets. They became champions of Bulgaria for the sixth consecutive time with 16 points advantage over the runner-up. For the second time in the Bulgarian's football history the team entered the Champions League groups with Georgi Dermendzhiev as a Head Coach. They ranked third in the groups by winning 2 points and continued their European tournament participation in Europa League.

Seventh title

The 2017/2018 season was another successful one for Ludogorets. The team won their domestic league Champion's Title and performed well at both European Tournaments – Champions League and Europa League.

Eighth title

Ludogorets earned their 2018/2019 season title after a 4-1 home win over PFC Cherno More in May 2019.

Ninth title

Ludogorets' domination in Bulgaria continue. The champions won their record-breaking 9th consecutive title after a 2:1 win against Beroe in May 2020.[9]

Tenth title

Ludogorets claimed their unprecedented record-breaking 10th consecutive title after a 3-1 home win against Beroe Stara Zagora in May 2021. This phenomenal achievement led to the club putting their first star on the club's badge/crest to represent 10 league titles in the domestic Bulgarian football league.

European

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.

As Bulgarian champions in 2012–13 season, Ludogorets played in the UEFA 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.[10] 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,[11] but then lost 0:3 at home and 0:4 on aggregate to Valencia in the round of 16.[12]

In the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League, Ludogorets again won both their qualifiers, against F91 Dudelange of Luxembourg and Partizan.[13][14] In the play-off, they defeated Steaua București to reach the group stage for the first time. 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 playing against Steaua in a second leg play-off for the 2014–15 Champions League
at the Vasil Levski National Stadium.

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] 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.[16] 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.[17] 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.[17] 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.[18] 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.[19]

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. 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 Europa 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.

In 2019–20, they were eliminated by Ferencváros in the first Champions League qualifying round, but made their way to the group stage of the Europa League, following successful matches against Valur, The New Saints and Maribor in the qualifiers. Ludogorets were subsequently drawn again with Ferencváros, next to CSKA Moscow and Spanish club Espanyol. A 5–1 home win against CSKA Moscow was followed-up by a 3–0 away win against Ferencváros.[20][21] They lost twice to Espanyol, 1–0 at home and 6–0 away, but finished second, following two 1–1 draws against both CSKA and Ferencváros, eventually securing a place in the knockout stage.[22]

75th Anniversary

Ludogorets earned their record-breaking 9th Bulgarian Premier League Title during their 75th Anniversary celebration on 8 July 2020 after their win 3:0 vs Levski Sofia. Ludogorets wore their special green and yellow retro kit which was used in 1945 when the club was founded. The logo with the "Л" letter over a yellow background is how the original looked like. The same design was used for a couple of decades, according to the archives. A limited edition of the retro kits were available for the fans. They feature the names of all the important team players over the course of 75 years.[23]

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

Crest, shirt and mascot

Ludogorets' main kit colour is forest green and the away kit is white. In addition, a black alternative kit is also used in some domestic matches.

The club's current crest was introduced for the beginning of the 2016–17 season. Ludogorets' supporters chose the new crest, after a poll held on the club's official website, a total of 130 different crest variants were present. A second poll was then held, to pick one from the five most voted logos.[24] However, some of Ludogorets' supporters expressed their dissent with the new crest, which they described as "lacking identity" and "unprofessional", a lack of continuity between the old and new club crests was also noted. Lastly, the supporters pointed out the striking similarity between the new crest and that of Sporting Lisbon.[25] After winning their tenth championship title, Ludogorets added a golden star above their crest.

In June 2017, Ludogorets reached a sponsorship agreement with English sportswear manufacturer Umbro for the following two seasons.[26] In June 2019, they reached a new long-term agreement with American sportswear manufacturer Nike.

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
2018–2019 Efbet / Vivacom / Spetema
2019– United States Nike

Since 2014, the mascot of the team has been a female eagle called Fortuna, which was originally a gift from Lazio.[27]

Honours

Domestic trophies

Doubles and trebles

European

European record

As of 4 November 2021
Matches M W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Champions League 54 19 14 21 80 76 +4
UEFA Europa League 57 18 18 21 77 71 +6
Total 111 37 32 42 157 147 +10

Matches

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
2019–20 UEFA Champions League 1Q Hungary Ferencváros 2−3 1−2 3−5
UEFA Europa League 2Q Iceland Valur 4–0 1–1 5–1
3Q Wales The New Saints 5–0 4–0 9–0
PO Slovenia Maribor 0–0 2–2 2–2 (a)
Group H Russia CSKA Moscow 5–1 1–1 2nd
Spain Espanyol 0−1 0−6
Hungary Ferencváros 1–1 3–0
Round of 32 Italy Internazionale 0−2 1−2 1–4
2020–21 UEFA Champions League 1Q Montenegro Budućnost Podgorica N/A 3–1 3–1
2Q Denmark Midtjylland 0–1 N/A 0–1
UEFA Europa League PO Belarus Dynamo Brest N/A 2–0 2–0
Group J England Tottenham Hotspur 1−3 0−4 4th
Austria LASK 1−3 3–4
Belgium Royal Antwerp 1−2 1−3
2021–22 UEFA Champions League 1Q Belarus Shakhtyor Soligorsk 1–0 1–0 2–0
2Q Slovenia Mura 3–1 0–0 3–1
3Q Greece Olympiacos 2–2 1–1 3–3 (4–1 p)
PO Sweden Malmö FF 2–1 0–2 2–3
UEFA Europa League Group F Portugal Braga 0–1 2–4 4th
Serbia Red Star Belgrade 0–1 0–1
Denmark Midtjylland 0–0 1–1
2022–23 UEFA Champions League 1Q
Notes
  • 1Q: First Qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round

UEFA ranking

Updated 16 October 2021[28]

Rank Team Points
53 Turkey İstanbul Başakşehir F.K. 25.000
54 Austria LASK 24.000
55 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad 23.000
Germany TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 23.000
57 Sweden Malmö FF 22.500

All-time European performance

As of 10 December 2021

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

Opponents by country Played Won Drawn Lost GD
 Austria 2 0 0 2 4:7
 Belgium 2 0 0 2 2:5
 Belarus 3 3 0 0 4:0
 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 5 0 3 2 2:4
 England 6 0 1 5 6:20
 France 2 0 1 1 3:5
 Georgia 2 2 0 0 5:0
 Germany 4 1 2 1 6:6
 Greece 2 0 2 0 3:3
 Hungary 6 1 2 3 7:7
 Iceland 2 1 1 0 5:1
 Israel 2 1 0 1 3:3
 Italy 6 1 1 4 5:11
 Lithuania 4 2 1 1 7:3
 Luxembourg 2 1 1 0 5:1
 Moldova 2 0 0 2 1:3
 Montenegro 3 3 0 0 8:1
 Netherlands 2 2 0 0 4:0
 Northern Ireland 2 2 0 0 9:0
 Portugal 4 1 1 2 5:6
 Romania 2 1 0 1 1:1
 Russia 2 1 1 0 6:2
 Serbia 8 3 3 2 11:9
 Slovakia 2 1 0 1 4:2
 Slovenia 4 1 3 0 5:3
 Spain 6 0 0 6 1:17
 Sweden 2 1 0 1 2:3
  Switzerland 8 1 3 4 5:13
 Turkey 2 0 1 1 1:2
 Ukraine 2 1 1 0 2:1
 Wales 2 2 0 0 9:0
Total 113 37 33 43 157:148

Players

First-team squad

As of 20 May 2022[29]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Netherlands NED Sergio Padt
3 DF Bulgaria BUL Anton Nedyalkov (captain)
4 DF Bulgaria BUL Cicinho
5 DF Bulgaria BUL Georgi Terziev
6 DF Suriname SUR Shaquille Pinas
7 MF Brazil BRA Alex Santana
8 MF Portugal POR Claude Gonçalves
9 FW Brazil BRA Igor Thiago
10 FW Argentina ARG Matías Tissera
11 FW Bulgaria BUL Kiril Despodov
12 GK Croatia CRO Simon Sluga
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 DF Israel ISR Denny Gropper
19 FW Cyprus CYP Pieros Sotiriou
21 DF Slovenia SVN Žan Karničnik
23 MF Angola ANG Show
24 DF Benin BEN Olivier Verdon
30 DF Ukraine UKR Ihor Plastun
37 MF Ghana GHA Bernard Tekpetey
64 MF Bulgaria BUL Dominik Yankov
73 FW Brazil BRA Rick
90 FW Bulgaria BUL Spas Delev
95 MF Brazil BRA Cauly

For recent transfers, see Transfers winter 2020–21 and Transfers summer 2021.

Out on loan

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Spain ESP Higinio Marín (at Górnik Zabrze until 30 June 2022)
FW Guinea-Bissau GNB Jorginho (at Wisła Płock until 30 June 2022)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Romania ROU Dorin Rotariu (at Atromitos until 30 June 2022)
DF Portugal POR Josué Sá (at Maccabi Tel Aviv until 30 June 2022)

Foreign players

Up to twenty foreign nationals can be registered and given a squad number for the first team in the First League, however only five non-EU nationals 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

Retired numbers

No. Player Nationality Position Ludogorets debut Last match Ref
84 Marcelinho Bulgaria Bulgaria Attacking midfielder 6 August 2011 21 June 2020 [30]

Second-team squad

Third-team squad

Records and notable stats

Club records

  • 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 Stara Zagora (20 May 2016), Ludogorets 3–5 Pirin Blagoevgrad (13 December 2021)
  • Biggest away loss in First League: CSKA Sofia 4–1 Ludogorets (12 May 2021)
  • Most consecutive matches without lost in First League: 35 (2018–19) (5), (2019–20) (30)
  • Most consecutive matches without win in First League (single season): 4 (2017–18)
  • Most consecutive wins in First League (single season): 14 (2017–18)
  • Most consecutive losses in First League (single season): 3 (2011–12)
  • Biggest European home win: Ludogorets 7–0 Northern Ireland Crusaders (11 July 2018, UEFA Champions League First qualifying round first leg)
  • Biggest European away win: Wales The New Saints 0–4 Ludogorets (15 August 2019, UEFA Europa League Third 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), Spain Espanyol 6–0 Ludogorets (7 November 2019, UEFA Europa League group stage)

Individual records

Other records

  • Ludogorets is the second team (along with Levadia Tallinn from Estonia) to win a domestic treble after being promoted from the second to the first level of the football league pyramid of its country.
  • Ludogorets is the first team in Bulgaria to win 2 promotions in a row and then succeed in achieving a treble.
  • The Bulgarian club with the most consecutive domestic league titles – 10 (2012–present).
  • During the UEFA Europa League 2013–14 season Ludogorets became the first Bulgarian team to win a group in European competitions, recording 5 wins and 1 draw.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • On 19 September 2019 Ludogorets defeated CSKA Moscow 5–1 in the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League group stage, recording the biggest group stage win by a Bulgarian team.
  • On 3 October 2019 Ludogorets defeated Ferencváros 0–3 in the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League group stage, recording the biggest away group stage win by a Bulgarian team.

Goalscoring and appearance records

As of 22 April 2022

Most appearances for the club in all competitions

Rank Name Career Appearances
1 Bulgaria Svetoslav Dyakov 2011–2021 350
2 Bulgaria Marcelinho 2011–2020 347
3 Romania Cosmin Moți 2012–2021 296
4 Bulgaria Wanderson 2014– 269
5 Romania Claudiu Keșerü 2015–2021 244
6 Madagascar Anicet Abel 2014–2021 226
7 Bulgaria Cicinho 2015– 214
8 Netherlands Virgil Misidjan 2013–2018 206
9 Bulgaria Georgi Terziev 2013– 191
10 Bulgaria Yordan Minev 2011–2017 176


Most goals for the club in all competitions

Rank Name Career Goals
1 Romania Claudiu Keșerü 2015–2021 139
2 Bulgaria Marcelinho 2011–2020 98
3 Bulgaria Wanderson 2014– 69
4 Netherlands Virgil Misidjan 2013–2018 49
5 Brazil Juninho Quixadá 2011–2018 42
6 Romania Cosmin Moți 2012–2021 37
Poland Jakub Świerczok 2018–2021 37
8 Bulgaria Ivan Stoyanov 2011–2013 30
Democratic Republic of the Congo Jody Lukoki 2015–2020 30
10 Slovenia Roman Bezjak 2012–2015 29
As of 17 April 2022

Most appearances for the club in First League

Rank Name Career Appearances
1 Bulgaria Svetoslav Dyakov 2011–2021 242
2 Bulgaria Marcelinho 2011–2020 234
3 Romania Cosmin Moți 2012–2021 190
4 Bulgaria Wanderson 2014– 175
5 Romania Claudiu Keșerü 2015–2021 169
6 Madagascar Anicet Abel 2014–2021 148
7 Bulgaria Cicinho 2015– 142
8 Bulgaria Georgi Terziev 2013– 133
Brazil Juninho Quixadá 2011–2018 132
Netherlands Virgil Misidjan 2013–2018 132


Most goals for the club in First League

Rank Name Career Goals
1 Romania Claudiu Keșerü 2015–2021 113
2 Bulgaria Marcelinho 2011–2020 75
3 Bulgaria Wanderson 2014– 53
4 Netherlands Virgil Misidjan 2013–2018 35
5 Brazil Juninho Quixadá 2011–2018 34
6 Romania Cosmin Moți 2012–2021 26
7 Bulgaria Ivan Stoyanov 2011–2013 25
8 Poland Jakub Świerczok 2018–2021 24
9 Slovenia Roman Bezjak 2012–2015 20
10 Bulgaria Emil Gargorov 2011–2013 19
  • Players in bold are still playing for Ludogorets.
As of 27 February 2022

Most appearances for the club in European competitions

Rank Name Career Appearances
1 Romania Cosmin Moți 2012–2021 81
2 Bulgaria Marcelinho 2011–2020 80
3 Bulgaria Svetoslav Dyakov 2011–2021 78
4 Bulgaria Wanderson 2014– 70
5 Romania Claudiu Keșerü 2015–2021 57
6 Bulgaria Cicinho 2015– 54
7 Madagascar Anicet Abel 2014–2021 53
8 Netherlands Virgil Misidjan 2013–2018 51
9 Bulgaria Vladislav Stoyanov 2013–2021 42
Bulgaria Anton Nedyalkov 2018– 42

Most goals for the club in European competitions

Rank Name Career Goals
1 Romania Claudiu Keșerü 2015–2021 16
2 Bulgaria Marcelinho 2011–2020 15
3 Bulgaria Wanderson 2014– 14
4 Democratic Republic of the Congo Jody Lukoki 2015–2020 10
Poland Jakub Świerczok 2018–2021 10
6 Slovenia Roman Bezjak 2012–2015 8
7 Netherlands Virgil Misidjan 2013–2018 7
8 Romania Cosmin Moți 2012–2021 6
Spain Dani Abalo 2013–2015 6
Netherlands Elvis Manu 2020–2022 6
10 Brazil Jonathan Cafú 2015–2017 4
Brazil Cauly 2020– 4
Bulgaria Kiril Despodov 2020– 4
Cyprus Pieros Sotiriou 2021– 4
As of 2 March 2022

Most appearances for the club in Bulgarian Cup and Super Cup

Rank Name Career Appearances
1 Bulgaria Marcelinho 2011–2020 33
2 Bulgaria Svetoslav Dyakov 2011–2021 26
Romania Cosmin Moți 2012–2021 26
4 Bulgaria Georgi Terziev 2013– 25
Madagascar Anicet Abel 2014–2021 25
6 Bulgaria Wanderson 2014– 24
Netherlands Virgil Misidjan 2013–2018 23
8 Brazil Juninho Quixadá 2011–2018 22
9 Romania Claudiu Keșerü 2015–2021 18
10 Bulgaria Mihail Aleksandrov 2010–2016 17

Most goals for the club in Bulgarian Cup and Super Cup

Rank Name Career Goals
1 Romania Claudiu Keșerü 2015–2021 10
2 Bulgaria Marcelinho 2011–2020 8
Republic of the Congo Mavis Tchibota 2019–2022 8
4 Netherlands Virgil Misidjan 2013–2018 7
5 Brazil Juninho Quixadá 2011–2018 5
Romania Cosmin Moți 2012–2021 5
7 Bulgaria Mihail Aleksandrov 2010–2016 4
Brazil João Paulo 2017–2020 4
9 Belgium Christian Kabasele 2011–2012 3
Bulgaria Ivan Stoyanov 2011–2013 3
Democratic Republic of the Congo Jody Lukoki 2015–2020 3
Brazil Gustavo Campanharo 2016–2019 3
Bulgaria Dominik Yankov 2018– 3
Poland Jakub Świerczok 2018–2021 3
  • Players in bold are still playing for Ludogorets.

Recent seasons

League positions

First Professional Football League (Bulgaria)Bulgarian A Football GroupBulgarian B Football GroupBulgarian V AFGRegional Amateur Football Groups (Bulgaria)
Season Position GP GW GD GL G+ G– GD Points
2011–12 30 22 4 4 73 16 +57 70
2012–13 30 22 6 2 58 13 +45 72
2013–14 38 25 9 4 74 20 +54 84
2014–15 32 18 9 5 63 24 +39 60
2015–16 32 21 7 4 55 21 +34 70
2016–17 36 25 8 3 87 28 +59 83
2017–18 36 27 7 2 91 22 +69 88
2018–19 36 23 10 3 67 19 +48 79
2019–20 31 21 9 1 59 18 +41 72
2020–21 31 22 4 5 69 29 +40 70
Total 10 Titles 332 226 73 33 696 210 +486 748
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 1 36 23 10 3 67 19 79 Quarter-final Winner Second qualifying round Group stage 8th consecutive title
2019–20 First League 1 31 21 9 1 59 18 72 Quarter-final Finalist First qualifying round Round of 32 9th consecutive title
2020–21 First League 1 31 22 4 5 69 29 70 Semi-final Winner Second qualifying round Group stage 10th consecutive title

Rivalries

Rivalry with CSKA Sofia

Updated 30 April 2022

Competition Played Ludogorets Draws CSKA
First League 33 16 14 3
Bulgarian Cup 6 1 1 4
Bulgarian Supercup 1 1 0 0
Total 40 18 15 7

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 2–1 1 April 2017 0–2
20 May 2017 1–1 23 April 2017 1–1
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
6 April 2019 0–0 11 May 2019 0–0
2019–20 11 August 2019 0–0 1 December 2019 0–0
5 July 2020 1–1
2020–21 27 February 2021 1–0 20 September 2020 2–2
12 May 2021 4–1
2021–22 29 November 2021 2–0 20 December 2021 1–0
30 April 2022 5–0
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 0–1
2020–21 Semi-final 14 April 2021 1–2 7 April 2021 1–1
Bulgarian Supercup
2021–22 Final 17 July 2021 4–0

Rivalry with Levski Sofia

Updated 9 May 2022

Competition Played Ludogorets Draws Levski
First League 33 23 6 4
Bulgarian Cup 5 0 2 3
Total 38 23 8 7

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 18 May 2013 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
18 May 2019 1–1 14 April 2019 0–2
2019–20 6 October 2019 2–0 5 June 2020 0–1
8 July 2020 3–0
2020–21 1 November 2020 1–0 18 April 2021 0–3
2021–22 13 March 2022 2–1 3 October 2021 2–4
21 May 2022 TBD
Bulgarian Cup
2014–15 Semi-final 8 April 2015 0–0 29 April 2015 1–0
2019–20 Quarter-final 5 March 2020 0–0 (6–5 p.)
2021–22 Semi-final 13 April 2022 2–3 22 April 2022 1–0
Bulgarian Supercup
2022–23 Final 2 July 2022

Notable players

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

Notable managers

Dates Name Honours
2010–2013 Bulgaria Ivaylo Petev 99992 A Group titles
1 B Group title
1 Bulgarian Cup title
1 Bulgarian Supercup title
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 99991 First League title
1 Bulgarian Supercup title
2019–2020 Czech Republic Pavel Vrba 99991 First League title
2021 Lithuania Valdas Dambrauskas 99991 First League title
1 Bulgarian Supercup title
2022– Slovenia Ante Šimundža

Personnel

Board of directors

Position Name Nationality
Owner Kiril Domuschiev Bulgaria
Owner Georgi 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
Technical Director Cosmin Moți Romania
Marketing Director Anna Pencheva Bulgaria

Current technical body

Position Name Nationality
Team Manager Nikolay Kirchev Bulgaria
Chief Scout Yakov Paparkov Bulgaria
Scout Ivan Tsvetkov Bulgaria
Head Coach Ante Šimundža Slovenia
Assistant Coach Damjan Ošlaj Slovenia
Assistant Coach Rafael Ferreira Brazil
Goalkeeper coach Zdravko Zdravkov Bulgaria
Conditioning Coach Luka Bašič Croatia
Ludogorets II Head Coach Todor Zhivondov Bulgaria
Ludogorets II Coach Ivo Gradev Bulgaria
Ludogorets II Goalkeeper Coach Viktor Georgiev Bulgaria
Ludogorets III/U19 Head Coach Zahari Sirakov Bulgaria
U19 Coach Rosen Marinov Bulgaria
U19 Goalkeeper Coach Zdravko Chavdarov Bulgaria
U17 Head Coach Yordan Yurukov Bulgaria
U17 Coach Dilyan Georgiev Bulgaria
U17 Goalkeeper Coach Dobrin Dobrev Bulgaria
U16 Coach Hristo Gospodinov Bulgaria
U15 Coach Emil Georgiev Bulgaria
U14 Coach Emilyan Petrov Bulgaria
Data Analyst Lucas Oliveira Brazil
Video Analyst Rafael Ferreira Brazil
Conditioning Coach Frano Leko Croatia
Conditioning Coach Ivan-Rafael Diaz Spain
Physiotherapist Yordan Lazarov Bulgaria
Physiotherapist Marco Alves Portugal
Physiotherapist Iulian Mircea Romania
Doctor Valentin Velikov Bulgaria
Administrator Plamen Yordanov Bulgaria
Translation Stela Simeonova Bulgaria
Translation Viktor Tsvetanov Bulgaria
Kit Manager Ali Ali Bulgaria
Videooperator Filip Radoev Bulgaria

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