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Lokomotiv Plovdiv

Lokomotiv Plovdiv
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Full name Професионален футболен клуб Локомотив 1926 Пловдив
(Professional football club Lokomotiv 1926 Plovdiv)
Nickname(s) Smurfs; black and white
Founded 25 July 1926 (1926-07-25) (88 years ago)
Ground Lokomotiv Stadium (Plovdiv), Plovdiv
Ground Capacity 12 000
Owner Bulgaria Konstantin Dinev
Chairman Bulgaria Hristo Bonev
Manager Bulgaria Aleksandar Stankov
League A PFG
2012–13 A PFG, 9th
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv (Bulgarian: ПФК Локомотив Пловдив) is a Bulgarian football club from the city of Plovdiv, which competes in Bulgaria's top football league, the A PFG. Lokomotiv Plovdiv's home ground is the Lokomotiv Stadium (also known as Lauta) in the city, which has a capacity of 12 000 spectators due to a collapse of one of the sectors and reconstruction works currently in progress.

In the 2003–04 season of the A PFG, Lokomotiv became champions of Bulgaria, finishing the season with three points more than the second, Levski Sofia. This title is the first one in the club's long history. So far, Lokomotiv Plovdiv has also won one Bulgarian Supercup in 2004 and one Cup of the Soviet Army in 1983. The club's biggest success in Europe is reaching the third round of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1965, after losing to the Italian Juventus F.C. in a controversial play-off match.

Honours

Bulgarian A PFG:

  • Winners (1): 2004
  • Runners-up (1): 1973

Bulgarian Cup:

  • Runners-up (4): 1960, 1971, 1982, 2012

Bulgarian Supercup:

  • Winners (1): 2004
  • Runners-up (1): 2012

History

Successful years

In the season 1964-65, Lokomotiv Plovdiv reached the quarter-final of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, where after two draws (each ending with 1:1) with Juventus F.C. (with Omar Sívori, Luis del Sol and Sandro Salvadore in their squad), a third play-off match was controversially chosen by UEFA to be played in Torino, which was lost by Loko with 1:2.

Before reaching the quarter-final of the football competition, the Smurfs eliminated the Serbian FK Vojvodina and the Romanian FC Petrolul Ploieşti. Key players during this period included forward Gocho Vasilev, midfielder Hristo Bonev, defender Ivan Boyadzhiev and goalkeeper Stancho Bonchev.

In 1973, the club ended the championship table in the second place, finishing the season with 43 points, 7 less than the first, CSKA Sofia. The following years, two other celebrations followed, in 1969 and 1974, with Lokomotiv finishing the seasons in the 3rd place. In this period the team was quite stable and it was very rarely standing under the 6th position in the league table. Among the club's players are Hristo Bonev - considered by most Lokomotiv fans as being the greatest player ever for Lokomotiv, and one of the greatest Bulgarian players. In 1983, led by Hristo Bonev, Lokomotiv won the first trophy in their history - the cup of the Soviet army, beating FC Chirpan 3-1 at Vasil Levski National Stadium in Sofia on 1 June 1983.

The list of other famous players to have come from the club's youth system consists of Hristo Kolev, Eduard Eranosyan, Ayan Sadakov, Georgi Ivanov, and Vasil Kamburov. The club has a large fanbase, who are considered to be some of the most fanatic fans in all of Bulgaria. Lokomotiv Plovdiv has the oldest fanclub organization in Bulgaria, established in 1988..

Title and Supercup

The most successful season in the club's history was the 2003-04 campaign. Lokomotiv won the title, the first and so far the only in the club's history. The coach, Bulgarian Eduard Eranosyan, formerly football player of the team started the 2003–04 well, with Lokomotiv leading the league by six points halfway through the season and remaining unbeaten. In the penultimate, 29th round, The Smurfs defeated Slavia Sofia in Plovdiv by 3:2 in front of more than 17,000 spectators, and Lokomotiv won the Bulgarian championship. Lokomotiv finished the season with 75 points, 3 more than the second, Levski Sofia. In the team lines was recent acquisition Martin Kamburov who became the goals scorer in Bulgaria with 26 goals. Key players during the fantastic season included Vasil Kamburov, Georgi Iliev, Aleksandar Tunchev, Kiril Kotev, Vladimir Ivanov, Metodi Stoynev and the Macedonians Boban Jančevski, Vančo Trajanov and Robert Petrov.

A few months later, the team played for the first time in the UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds where they faced Club Brugge from Belgium in the second qualifying round.

The same year, Lokomotiv won the Bulgarian Supercup, after beating Litex Lovech. In the final, Ivan Paskov scored a brilliant header in the last seconds of the game for the 1:0 win.

Recent history (2004-present)

The next 2004-05 season in the domestic league was also very successful for the team, which finished 3rd in A PFG, and qualified for the UEFA Cup. In the European club competition, Lokomotiv defeated Serbian OFK Beograd in the second qualifying round (1:0 home win and 1:2 away loss) and were drawn to play against the English Bolton Wanderers in the first round. However, the team from Plovdiv was eliminated after a 1-2 loss at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton and another 1-2 loss in a match, played at the Lazur Stadium in Burgas.[1]

In the next few months the club had big financial problems. Because of these problems, many of the players of the champions team, as Aleksandar Tunchev, Martin Kamburov, Ivan Paskov, Georgi Iliev, Darko Spalević, Kiril Kotev and Boban Jančevski left the club.

In the 2005-06 season Lokomotiv finished 5th in A PFG and qualified for the Intertoto Cup. Loko were eliminated with a 2-3 (1-2 away loss and a 1-1 home draw) on aggregate by Romanian Farul Constanţa.

In the next three seasons, the team finished in the middle of the table. In December 2009, the businessman and ex-Vihren Sandanski owner Konstantin Dinev acquired the club from Galina Topalova in a 2 million euro bid, with the clear intention to bring Loko back to European club competition.

Current squad

As of 4 November 2013 Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Bulgaria GK Bozhidar Stoychev
3 Bulgaria DF Valeri Georgiev
5 Greece DF Konstantinos Kasnaferis
6 Bulgaria DF Plamen Krachunov
7 Bulgaria MF Yordan Todorov
9 Bulgaria MF Dani Kiki
10 Bulgaria MF Todor Timonov
11 Bulgaria FW Martin Kamburov
12 Bulgaria GK Yordan Gospodinov
17 Bulgaria DF Kostadin Markov
18 Bulgaria DF Asen Georgiev
21 Bulgaria FW Stanko Yovchev
22 France MF Alassane N'Diaye
23 Bulgaria GK Kiril Akalski
No. Position Player
25 Bulgaria DF Ruslan Kuang
27 Bulgaria MF Aleksandar Yakimov
28 Greece MF Stelios Iliadis
33 Bulgaria DF Aleksandar Tunchev
71 Bulgaria DF Ivaylo Dimitrov
75 Tunisia MF Aymen Belaïd
77 Bulgaria FW Zdravko Lazarov
87 Brazil DF Diego Ferraresso
88 Bulgaria FW Georgi Stefanov
89 Bulgaria MF Stanislav Malamov
91 France FW Chris Gadi
99 Bulgaria FW Andrey Atanasov
Tunisia MF Tijani Belaid

For recent transfers, see List of Bulgarian football transfers summer 2013.

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
Bulgaria DF Hristo Stamov (at FC Eurocollege)
No. Position Player
Bulgaria FW Nikolay Nikolov (at FC Eurocollege)

Foreign players

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

Retired numbers

8 - Bulgaria Hristo Bonev, striker (1963–67, 1968–79, 1982–84)

UEFA ranking

UEFA Club Coefficients

Rank Country Team Points
322 Azerbaijan Khazar Lankaran FK 2.958
323 Bulgaria PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv 2.950
324 Kazakhstan FC Shakhter Karagandy 2.941
325 Kazakhstan FC Tobol 2.941

Managerial history

[2] As of 15 June 2013

Notable players

The following players included were either playing for their respective national teams or left good impression among the fans.

Bulgaria Bulgaria

Bulgaria Bulgaria
Guinea-Bissau Guinea-Bissau
Republic of Macedonia Macedonia

Mali Mali
  • Garra Dembele
Serbia Serbia
Uruguay Uruguay

Note: For a complete list of Lokomotiv Plovdiv players, see Category:PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv players.

References

External links

  • Official website (Bulgarian)
  • Official fan-website (Bulgarian)
  • Historical fan-website (Bulgarian)
  • Official Facebook page (Bulgarian)
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