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Lokomotiv Plovdiv
Loko plovdiv logo 2010.png
Full name PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv
Nickname(s) Smurfovete (The Smurfs)
Founded July 26, 1926
Ground Lokomotiv Stadium,
(Capacity: 13,800)
Chairman Bulgaria Konstantin Dinev
Manager Kosovo Naci Şensoy
League TBI A Football Group
2008-09 TBI A Football Group, 6th
Home colours
Away colours

PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv (Bulgarian: ПФК Локомотив Пловдив) is a Bulgarian football club from the city of Plovdiv, which currently competes in Bulgaria's top football league, the A PFG. The club was officially founded on July 13, 1926, by a small group of railway workers from the railway station in Plovdiv. Lokomotiv Plovdiv's home ground is the Lokomotiv Stadium in the city, which has a capacity of 13,800 spectators.

In the 2003–04 season of the A PFG, Lokomotiv surprisingly became champions of Bulgaria, finishing the season with 3 points more than the second placed Levski Sofia. This title is the first one in the club's long history. So far, the club has also won one Bulgarian Supercup in 2004 and one Cup of the Soviet Army in 1983. Lokomotiv'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.





The beginning

Lokomotiv was founded on 26 July 1926 as Sportclub, after union between two clubs from Plovdiv - Karadzha and Athletic. The football club characterized by a black, white and red check jersey. In 1938 Sportclub joined the Bulgarian National Football Division for first time in the club's history. The team finally became known as Lokomotiv in 1949-50 season.

Successful years

In the season 1964-65, Lokomotiv Plovdiv managed to reach 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 respectively. 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.

The club is attributed as being one of the best developers of young and unknown players in Bulgaria. Among the club's legendary players are Hristo Bonev - considered by most Lokomotiv fans as being the greatest player ever for Lokomotiv, and one of the greatest Bulgarian players also being the countries leading goalscorer with 47 goals to his name. In 1983, lead by Hristo Bonev, Lokomotiv won his first trophy in his 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 clubs youth system consist 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 is one of the most popular football clubs in southern Bulgaria and are seen to be one of the major clubs in the country. Lokomotiv Plovdiv has the oldest fanclub organization in Bulgaria, established in 1988. Lokomotiv's major opponent is the other local team, playing in the A PFG, Botev Plovdiv[1]. Hooligans of the two teams often organise mass fights, usually on the derby days, at some secluded location in the city.

Title and Supercup

A tribute to Martin Kamburov

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 6 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. In the first match at the Jan Breydel Stadium Lokomotiv lost with 0:4, clearly having no chances of continuing forward to the next round. In the second match in Bulgaria, Lokomotiv lost again, with 0:2.

The same year, Lokomotiv managed to win 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.

Win against OFK Beograd

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 Horwich and another 1-2 loss in a match, played at the Lazur Stadium in Burgas.[2].

On August 25, 2005, a few hours after the match with OFK Beograd in Burgas, Lokomotiv's owner Georgi Iliev was shot and killed at a restaurant in Sunny Beach, a resort town on Bulgaria's Black Sea coast nearby Burgas, by a suspected sniper[3]. 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.

Current squad

As of February 20, 2010 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 Stoyan Stavrev
2 Bulgaria DF Georgi Bachvarov
3 Bulgaria DF Valeri Georgiev
4 Bulgaria DF Petar Kyumurdzhiev
5 France DF Youness Bengelloun
7 Bulgaria MF Yordan Todorov
9 Bulgaria MF Dani Kiki
10 Bulgaria FW Rangel Abushev
11 Brazil MF Dakson
12 Bulgaria GK Kiril Akalski
14 Bulgaria DF Kostadin Gadzhalov
15 Bulgaria MF Boyan Iliev
16 Bulgaria MF Nikolay Chipev
No. Position Player
20 Brazil MF Ton
22 Bulgaria MF Krasen Trifonov
23 Bulgaria DF Georgi Mechedzhiev
26 Bulgaria DF Angel Yoshev
29 Bulgaria FW Georgi Chilikov
32 Bulgaria GK Ivan Tsarvarishki
39 France FW Garra Dembélé
55 Bulgaria DF Kiril Kotev
77 Bulgaria FW Zdravko Lazarov
80 Hungary MF Gábor Erős
88 Serbia MF Milan Milutinović
TBA Moldova MF Roman Bolbocian

Retired numbers

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 Tsvetelin Radev (at Septemvri Simitli until the end of the 2009–10 season)
Bulgaria MF Georgi Danov (at Brestnik 1948 until the end of the 2009–10 season)
Bulgaria MF Hristian Popov (at Septemvri Simitli until the end of the 2009–10 season)
Bulgaria FW Veselin Marchev (at Septemvri Simitli until the end of the 2009–10 season)
Bulgaria FW Lyubomir Tsekov (at Brestnik 1948 until the end of the 2009–10 season)

For recent transfers, see List of Bulgarian football transfers winter 2010.

Managerial history

This is a list of the last ten Lokomotiv managers:

Name Nat From To Honours
Dimitar Dimitrov Bulgaria June 2001 June 2003
Eduard Eranosyan Bulgaria June 2003 2 October 2005 1 Bulgarian League
1 Bulgarian Super Cup
Ayan Sadakov Bulgaria 4 October 2005 31 August 2006
Ivan Marinov Bulgaria 1 September 2006 23 September 2007
Yasen Petrov Bulgaria 24 September 2007 16 March 2008
Dragan Kanatlarovski Republic of Macedonia 20 March 2008 29 September 2008
Ayan Sadakov Bulgaria 29 September 2008 10 August 2009
Ivan Marinov Bulgaria 12 August 2009 31 October 2009
Stefan Genov Bulgaria 3 November 2009 26 December 2009
Naci Şensoy Kosovo 26 December 2009 present

As of 17 January 2010.

Notable former players

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

Bulgaria Bulgaria
Bulgaria Bulgaria
Benin Benin
Republic of Macedonia Macedonia
Serbia Serbia
  • Ivan Krizmanić

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


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