PFC Ludogorets Razgrad


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.

Ludogorets 1945
Full nameProfesionalen Futbolen Klub Ludogorets 1945 Razgrad
Nickname(s)Орлите (The eagles)
Founded18 June 1945; 76 years ago (1945-06-18)[1]
GroundHuvepharma Arena
Capacity10,422
OwnerKiril Domuschiev
ChairmanAleksandar Aleksandrov
Head coachValdas Dambrauskas
LeagueBulgarian First League
2020–21Regular season, 1st
Championship round, 1st
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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 Valdas Dambrauskas.

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 May 7, 2014. On May 15, 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 May 15th, 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 May 11, 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 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 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 July 8th 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


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 following two seasons.[24] In June 2019, they reached a new long-term agreement with American sportswear manufacturer Nike.

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
2006–2010 Tomy Sport None
2010–2012 Adidas Huvepharma
2012–2014 Navibulgar / Huvepharma
2014–2016 Macron eCasino.bg
2016–2017 bet365 / Vivacom / Spetema
2017–2018 Umbro
2018–2019 Efbet / Vivacom / Spetema
2019– Nike

Since 2014, the mascot of the team has been a female eagle called Fortuna, which was originally a gift from Lazio.[25]

Ludogorets's mascot Fortuna

Honours


Domestic trophies

Doubles and trebles

European

European record


As of 10 December 2020
Matches M W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Champions League 461511207066+4
UEFA Europa League 531817208074+6
Total99332838150140+10

Matches

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2012–13 UEFA Champions League 2Q Dinamo Zagreb 1–1 2–3 3–4
2013–14 UEFA Champions League 2Q Slovan Bratislava 3–0 1–2 4–2
3Q Partizan 2–1 1–0 3–1
PO Basel 2–4 0–2 2–6
UEFA Europa League Group B PSV 2–0 2–0 1st
Dinamo Zagreb 3–0 2–1
Chornomorets Odesa 1–1 1–0
Round of 32 Lazio 3–3 1–0 4–3
Round of 16 Valencia 0–3 0–1 0–4
2014–15 UEFA Champions League 2Q F91 Dudelange 4–0 1–1 5–1
3Q Partizan 0–0 2–2 2–2 (a)
PO Steaua București 1–0 0–1 1–1 (6–5 p.)
Group B Real Madrid 1–2 0–4 4th
Basel 1–0 0–4
Liverpool 2–2 1–2
2015–16 UEFA Champions League 2Q Milsami Orhei 0–1 1–2 1–3
2016–17 UEFA Champions League 2Q Mladost Podgorica 2–0 3–0 5–0
3Q Crvena zvezda 2–2 4–2 6–4
PO Viktoria Plzeň 2–0 2–2 4–2
Group A Paris Saint-Germain 1–3 2–2 3rd
Arsenal 2–3 0–6
Basel 0–0 1–1
UEFA Europa League Round of 32 Copenhagen 1–2 0–0 1–2
2017–18 UEFA Champions League 2Q Žalgiris 4–1 1–2 5–3
3Q Hapoel Be'er Sheva 3–1 0–2 3–3 (a)
UEFA Europa League PO Sūduva Marijampolė 2–0 0–0 2–0
Group C Braga 1–1 2–0 2nd
1899 Hoffenheim 2–1 1–1
İstanbul Başakşehir 1–2 0–0
Round of 32 Milan 0–3 0–1 0–4
2018–19 UEFA Champions League 1Q Crusaders 7–0 2–0 9–0
2Q MOL Vidi 0–0 0–1 0–1
UEFA Europa League 3Q Zrinjski Mostar 1–0 1–1 2–1
PO Torpedo Kutaisi 4–0 1–0 5–0
Group A Bayer Leverkusen 2–3 1–1 4th
Zürich 1–1 0–1
AEK Larnaca 0–0 1–1
2019–20 UEFA Champions League 1Q Ferencváros 2−3 1−2 3−5
UEFA Europa League 2Q Valur 4–0 1–1 5–1
3Q The New Saints 5–0 4–0 9–0
PO Maribor 0–0 2–2 2–2 (a)
Group H CSKA Moscow 5–1 1–1 2nd
Espanyol 0−1 0−6
Ferencváros 1–1 3–0
Round of 32 Internazionale 0−2 1−2 1–4
2020–21 UEFA Champions League 1Q Budućnost Podgorica N/A 3–1 3–1
2Q Midtjylland 0–1 N/A 0–1
UEFA Europa League PO Dynamo Brest N/A 2–0 2–0
Group J Tottenham Hotspur 1−3 0−4 4th
LASK 1−3 3–4
Royal Antwerp 1−2 1−3
2021–22 UEFA Champions League 1Q Shakhtyor Soligorsk
Notes
  • 1Q: First Qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round

UEFA ranking

As of 22 December 2020[26]

RankTeamPoints
54 AC Milan28.000
55 Olympique de Marseille28.000
56 Ludogorets Razgrad28.000
57 APOEL28.000
58 PSV Eindhoven27.000

All-time European performance

As of 21 May 2021

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

Opponents by country Played Won Drawn Lost GD
 Austria20024:7
 Belgium20022:5
 Belarus11002:0
 Bosnia and Herzegovina21102:1
 Croatia42118:5
 Cyprus20201:1
 Czech Republic21104:2
 Denmark30121:3
 England60156:20
 France20113:5
 Georgia22005:0
 Germany41216:6
 Hungary61237:7
 Iceland21105:1
 Israel21013:3
 Italy61145:11
 Lithuania42117:3
 Luxembourg21105:1
 Moldova20021:3
 Montenegro33008:1
 Netherlands22004:0
 Northern Ireland22009:0
 Portugal21103:1
 Romania21011:1
 Russia21106:2
 Serbia633011:7
 Slovakia21014:2
 Slovenia20202:2
 Spain60061:17
  Switzerland81345:13
 Turkey20111:2
 Ukraine21102:1
 Wales22009:0
Total99332838143:130

Players


First-team squad

As of 19 June 2021[27]

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  NED Sergio Padt
3 DF  BUL Anton Nedyalkov (captain)
4 DF  BUL Cicinho
5 DF  BUL Georgi Terziev
7 MF  BRA Alex Santana
8 MF  POR Claude Gonçalves
9 FW  ESP Higinio Marín
10 FW  NED Elvis Manu
11 FW  BUL Kiril Despodov
12 MF  MAD Anicet Abel
13 FW  CGO Mavis Tchibota
19 FW  CYP Pieros Sotiriou
22 DF  COD Jordan Ikoko
23 GK  BUL Plamen Iliev
No. Pos. Nation Player
24 DF  BEN Olivier Verdon
25 MF  SEN Stéphane Badji
28 FW  ROU Claudiu Keșerü (vice-captain)
29 MF  ROU Dorin Rotariu
30 DF  UKR Ihor Plastun
32 DF  POR Josué Sá
37 MF  GHA Bernard Tekpetey
45 FW  BUL Dimitar Mitkov
64 MF  BUL Dominik Yankov
71 GK  CRO Kristijan Kahlina
82 MF  BUL Ivan Yordanov
88 MF  BUL Wanderson
95 MF  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
MF  BUL Serkan Yusein (at Beroe until 30 June 2022)
MF  ISR Dan Biton (at Maccabi Tel Aviv until 30 June 2021)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF  GNB Jorginho (at Wadi Degla SC until 30 June 2021)
FW  BRA Júnior Brandão (at Rio Ave until 30 June 2021)

Foreign players

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

Retired numbers

No. Player Nationality Position Ludogorets debut Last match Ref
84 Marcelinho Bulgaria Attacking midfielder 6 August 2011 21 June 2020 [28]

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)
  • 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 Crusaders (11 July 2018, UEFA Champions League First qualifying round first leg)
  • Biggest European away win: The New Saints 0–4 Ludogorets (15 August 2019, UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round second leg)
  • Biggest European home defeat: Ludogorets 0–3 Valencia (13 March 2014, UEFA Europa League Round of 16), Ludogorets 0–3 Milan (15 February 2018, UEFA Europa League Round of 32)
  • Biggest European away defeat: Arsenal 6–0 Ludogorets (19 October 2016, UEFA Champions League group stage), Espanyol 6–0 Ludogorets (7 November 2019, UEFA Europa League group stage)

Individual records

Other records

  • 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 to win 2 promotions in a row and then succeed in achieving a treble.
  • The first active club in Bulgaria for the most consecutive domestic league titles "9 in a row". They are equal with the bankrupted in 2016 club of CSKA's record during the seasons from 1954 to 1962.
  • During the UEFA Europa League 2013–14 season Ludogorets became the first Bulgarian team to won a group, 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, 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.
  • 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 26 May 2021

Most appearances for the club in all competitions

RankNameCareerAppearances
1 Svetoslav Dyakov2011–2021350
2 Marcelinho2011–2020347
3 Cosmin Moți2012–2021298
4 Wanderson2014–257
5 Claudiu Keșerü2015–243
6 Anicet Abel2014–227
7 Virgil Misidjan2013–2018206
8 Cicinho2015–183
9 Yordan Minev2011–2017174
Georgi Terziev2013–174


Most goals for the club in all competitions

RankNameCareerGoals
1 Claudiu Keșerü2015–139
2 Marcelinho2011–202098
3 Wanderson2014–68
4 Virgil Misidjan2013–201849
5 Juninho Quixadá2011–201842
6 Cosmin Moți2012–202137
Jakub Świerczok2018–202137
8 Ivan Stoyanov2011–201330
Jody Lukoki2015–202030
10 Roman Bezjak2012–201529


As of 26 May 2021

Most appearances for the club in First League

RankNameCareerAppearances
1 Svetoslav Dyakov2011–2021246
2 Marcelinho2011–2020234
3 Cosmin Moți2012–2021191
4 Wanderson2014–171
5 Claudiu Keșerü2015–169
6 Anicet Abel2014–150
7 Juninho Quixadá2011–2018132
Virgil Misidjan2013–2018132
9 Yordan Minev2011–2017122
Cicinho2015–122


Most goals for the club in First League

RankNameCareerGoals
1 Claudiu Keșerü2015–113
2 Marcelinho2011–202075
3 Wanderson2014–52
4 Virgil Misidjan2013–201835
5 Juninho Quixadá2011–201834
6 Cosmin Moți2012–202126
7 Ivan Stoyanov2011–201325
8 Jakub Świerczok2018–202124
9 Roman Bezjak2012–201520
10 Emil Gargorov2011–201319
  • Players in bold are still playing for Ludogorets.


As of 10 December 2020

Most appearances for the club in European competitions

RankNameCareerAppearances
1 Cosmin Moți2012–202181
2 Marcelinho2011–202080
3 Svetoslav Dyakov2011–202178
4 Wanderson2014–64
5 Claudiu Keșerü2015–56
6 Anicet Abel2014–53
7 Virgil Misidjan2013–201851
8 Cicinho2015–47
9 Vladislav Stoyanov2013–42
10 Jody Lukoki2015–202041

Most goals for the club in European competitions

RankNameCareerGoals
1 Claudiu Keșerü2015–16
2 Marcelinho2011–202015
3 Wanderson2014–14
4 Jody Lukoki2015–202010
Jakub Świerczok2018–202110
6 Roman Bezjak2012–20158
7 Virgil Misidjan2013–20187
8 Cosmin Moți2012–20216
Dani Abalo2013–20156
9 Elvis Manu2020–5
10 Jonathan Cafú2015–20174


As of 14 April 2021

Most appearances for the club in Bulgarian Cup and Super Cup

RankNameCareerAppearances
1 Marcelinho2011–202033
2 Svetoslav Dyakov2011–202126
Cosmin Moți2012–202126
4 Anicet Abel2014–24
5 Virgil Misidjan2013–201823
6 Juninho Quixadá2011–201822
7 Georgi Terziev2013–21
Wanderson2014–21
9 Claudiu Keșerü2015–18
10 Mihail Aleksandrov2010–201617

Most goals for the club in Bulgarian Cup and Super Cup

RankNameCareerGoals
1 Claudiu Keșerü2015–10
2 Marcelinho2011–20208
Virgil Misidjan2013–20188
4 Mavis Tchibota2019–6
5 Juninho Quixadá2011–20185
Cosmin Moți2012–5
7 Mihail Aleksandrov2010–20164
João Paulo2017–20204
9 Christian Kabasele2011–20123
Ivan Stoyanov2011–20133
Jody Lukoki2015–20203
Gustavo Campanharo2016–20193
  • Players in bold are still playing for Ludogorets.


Recent seasons


List of PFC Ludogorets Razgrad 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
2011–123022447316+5770
2012–133022625813+4572
2013–143825947420+5484
2014–153218956324+3960
2015–163221745521+3470
2016–173625838728+5983
2017–183627729122+6988
2018–1936231036719+4879
2019–203121915918+4172
Total9 Titles3012046928627181+446678
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 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD Semi-final TBD Second qualifying round Group stage 10th consecutive title

Rivalries


Rivalry with CSKA Sofia

As of 14 April 2021

Competition Played Ludogorets Draws CSKA
First League3015132
Bulgarian Cup6114
Total3616146

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
2011–12A PFG23 May 20121–028 November 20112–2
2012–1322 September 20121–011 April 20130–0
2013–1410 August 20133–010 November 20130–2
30 April 20141–026 March 20140–1
2014–1516 August 20142–022 November 20141–1
4 April 20154–09 May 20150–0
2016–17First League5 November 20162–11 April 20170–2
20 May 20171–123 April 20170–2
2017–185 November 20171–222 July 20170–1
6 April 20183–25 May 20180–0
2018–1919 August 20181–06 December 20181–1
6 April 20190–011 May 20190–0
2019–2011 August 20190–01 December 20190–0
5 July 20201–1
2020–2127 February 20211–020 September 20202–2
12 May 20214–1
Bulgarian Cup
2012–13Round of 1631 October 20121–224 November 20120–1
2017–18Quarter-final14 December 20172–1 (aet)
2018–19Quarter-final3 April 20190–1
2020–21Semi-final14 April 20211–27 April 20211–1

Rivalry with Levski Sofia

As of 26 February 2021

Competition Played Ludogorets Draws Levski
First League302064
Bulgarian Cup3021
Total332085

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
2011–12A PFG25 September 20112–12 April 20120–1
2012–1318 November 20122–118 May 20131–0
2013–147 December 20130–115 September 20130–2
9 April 20142–011 May 20142–3
2014–158 March 20151–027 September 20143–2
2015–161 August 20152–018 October 20151–1
21 February 20162–123 April 20160–0
2016–17First League30 November 20162–113 August 20161–0
14 April 20170–016 May 20171–3
2017–1829 October 20172–06 September 20170–0
12 May 20182–214 April 20180–1
2018–1920 October 20182–19 March 20190–2
18 May 20191–114 April 20190–2
2019–206 October 20192–05 June 20200–1
8 July 20203–0
2020–211 November 20201–018 April 20210–3
Bulgarian Cup
2014–15Semi-final8 April 20150–029 April 20151–0
2019–20Quarter-final5 March 20200–0 (6–5 p.)

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 Ivaylo Petev 99992 A Group titles
1 B Group title
1 Bulgarian Cup title
1 Bulgarian Supercup title
2013–2014 Stoycho Stoev 99991 A Group title
1 Bulgarian Cup
2014–2015
2015–2017
Georgi Dermendzhiev 99991 A Group title
2 First League titles
1 Bulgarian Supercup
2017–2018 Dimitar Dimitrov 99991 First League title
2018 Paulo Autuori 99991 Bulgarian Supercup title
2019 Stoycho Stoev 99991 First League title
1 Bulgarian Supercup title
2019–2020 Pavel Vrba 99991 First League title
2020– Valdas Dambrauskas 99991 First League title

Personnel


Board of directors

Position Name Nationality
OwnerKiril Domuschiev
PresidentAlexander Alexandrov
Chairman of the board of directorsTemenuga Gazdova
Managing DirectorAngel Petrichev
Youth Academy DirectorValentin Stanchev
Sports DirectorGeorgi Karamandzhukov
Tehchnical DirectorCosmin Moți
Marketing DirectorAnna Pencheva

Current technical body

Position Name Nationality
Team ManagerNikolay Kirchev
Chief ScoutYakov Paparkov
ScoutIvan Tsvetkov
Head CoachValdas Dambrauskas
Assistant CoachStanislav Genchev
Assistant CoachMarius Skinderis
Goalkeeper coachZdravko Zdravkov
Ludogorets II Head CoachTodor Zhivondov
Ludogorets II CoachIvo Gradev
Ludogorets II Goalkeeper CoachViktor Georgiev
Ludogorets III/U19 Head CoachZahari Sirakov
U19 CoachRosen Marinov
U19 Goalkeeper CoachZdravko Chavdarov
U17 Head CoachYordan Yurukov
U17 CoachDilyan Georgiev
U17 Goalkeeper CoachDobrin Dobrev
U16 CoachHristo Gospodinov
U15 CoachEmil Georgiev
U14 CoachEmilyan Petrov
Data AnalystLucas Oliveira
Video AnalystRafael Ferreira
Conditioning CoachIan Coll
Conditioning CoachIvan-Rafael Diaz
PhysiotherapistYordan Lazarov
PhysiotherapistMarco Alves
PhysiotherapistIulian Mircea
DoctorValentin Velikov
AdministratorPlamen Yordanov
TranslationStela Simeonova
TranslationViktor Tsvetanov
Kit ManagerAli Ali
VideooperatorFilip Radoev

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