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Lokomotiv Sofia
Loko sofia logo.png
Full name PFC Lokomotiv Sofia
Nickname(s) Loko, The Irons
Founded 2 September 1929
Ground Lokomotiv Stadium,
Sofia
(Capacity: 25,000)
Chairman Bulgarian Nikolay Gigov
Manager Serbian Dragan Okuka
League TBI A Football Group
2008–09 5th
Home colours
Away colours

PFC Lokomotiv Sofia is a Bulgarian football club from the capital city of Sofia, founded on 2 September 1929 as Railway Sports Club (RSC).

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Honours

See also: PFC Lokomotiv Sofia in Europe

  • Champion of Bulgaria - 4 times – 1940, 1945, 1964 and 1978
  • Vice-champion of Bulgaria - 6 times – 1941, 1946, 1947, 1965, 1985 and 1995
  • Winner of the cup of Bulgaria - 4 times – 1948, 1953, 1982 (KSA) and 1995
  • Cup final - 2 times – 1975 and 1977
  • UEFA tournament – quarter final 1980
  • European champion of the railwaymen – 1961 and 1963
  • Balkan club champion – 1973

History

Lokomotiv was founded on 2 September 1929 as Railway Sports Club (RSC) by group of railway workers from the railway factory in Sofia. RSC's first competitive game was an 2–1 victory against Zora Sofia on 3 October 1929. In the 1939-40 season, RSC won the Bulgarian title for first time in the team's history. The names say enough: Stoyo Nedyalkov (captain), Sl.Videnov, K. Kostov, D. Marinov, St. Angelov, As. Milushev, Krum Milev, L. Hranov. In 1945, the club had already been renamed Lokomotiv Sofia and won the title in the first post-war championship. In season 1963-64 after 30 games, Lokomotiv won their third title after they defeated main rivals to the title Levski Sofia and Slavia Sofia. In 1969 the club was united with Slavia Sofia for a brief period to 1971 and is associated with the Bulgarian railway workers. In 1978, lead by Atanas Mihaylov and Boycho Velichkov Lokomotiv won their fourth title. In Europe the club won European championship of the railwaymen two times in 1961 and 1963, and Balkans Cup in 1973. In 1980 Lokomotiv reached quarter final in the UEFA Cup where they faced VfB Stuttgart, eliminating before that Ferencvárosi, Monaco and Dynamo Kyiv. Against Stuttgart the team lost with 0:1 in Sofia and with 1:3 in Germany.

The new era for Lokomotiv Sofia came in 1994, when with the coming of democracy in Bulgaria; Nikolay Gigov took over the club. The football club’s status is turned professional. For merely one year (1994–1995), from a team struggling to not to lose its place in the professional league, Lokomotiv won the silver medals in the Championship and the State Cup. Nowadays PFC Lokomotiv is in the professional soccer elite of Bulgaria, participating in the UEFA tournaments. The club owns a stadium with 25,000 places, a junior training center (among the most productive ones in the country), and an enthusiastic and well-organized fan-club.

Lokomotiv's fans

Lokomotiv came fourth in the 2005-06 season in A PFG and qualified for the UEFA Cup 2006-07 first qualifying round, where they face FK Makedonija Gorce Petrov from the Republic of Macedonia. Lokomotiv beat the Macedonian side 2-0 in the first match in Sofia on 13 July 2006 and finished 1-1 as a guest in Macedonia and continued to the next round of the tournament. Next, they faced the team of Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv, which they beat twice: 2-0 on 10 August 2006 and 4-0 on 24 August 2006.Their next opponent in the first round of the tournament was the team of Feyenoord Rotterdam. The first game in Sofia ended with a 2-2 draw, after Lokomotiv went ahead 2-0 early in the first half. The second game finished 0-0 and Lokomotiv Sofia were out of the UEFA tournament.

Stadium "Lokomotiv"

Domestically, Lokomotiv had an amazing run of 10 consecutive wins, before being stopped by CSKA Sofia in the direct clash for the second position. Eventually, Lokomotiv finished third with equal points with second-placed CSKA Sofia.

The 2007/08 season started promisingly for the team. In the UEFA cup second qualifying round Lokomotiv eliminated Romanian side Otelul Galati after a 3-1 win at home and a scoreless away draw. This marked 8 European games without a loss, which is a new national record for longest streak without a loss achieved by a Bulgarian team in all European competitions. Previous record of 7 games was held by Levski Sofia. In the next round, Lokomotiv faced the French Rennes and the loss 1-3 in the first leg in Sofia marked an end to the team's winning streak in Europe. The Bulgarian side showed a surprising rally in the second game in France, which they won 2-1 and were only a single goal short of making it to the extra time. For a second consecutive year, Lokomotiv were stopped short of entering the group stage of UEFA cup, despite being the first Bulgarian club in soccer history to snatch a victory on French soil. In the domestic league, Lokomotiv is currently second, trailing 10 points behind CSKA Sofia with 9 more games left to play until the end of the season.

Statistics and records

Lokomotiv's first competitive game was an 2–1 victory against Zora Sofia on 3 November 1929. Atanas Mihaylov holds Lokomotiv's overall appearance record—he played 348 matches over the course of 17 seasons from 1964 to 1981. Lokomotiv's all-time leading scorer again is Atanas Mihaylov, who scored 145 goals. The most goals scored by a player in a single match is six; Tsvetan Genkov have achieved this feat in 2007[1].

Lokomotiv's biggest victory is 11–1 against Chavdar Byala Slatina in 1991 for Bulgarian Cup. Lokomotiv's 9–0 defeat of Chernomorets Burgas Sofia on 27 May 2007 was its largest league win[2]. Lokomotiv's heaviest defeat, 0–8, came against Levski Sofia in 1994. Lokomotiv's 6–0 win against Neftchi Baku in the UEFA Cup was the largest victory in the Europe competition's history at the time.

Children-juvenile school

Except the representative man team PFC “Lokomotiv Sofia” has children-juvenile school, which consists of 11 football teams of about 300 children at age between 8 and 18 years, children and juvenile. The children at this school are entrusted to qualified football coaches. The majority of them are products of the child-juvenile school and their football career has passed exactly in the representative man team of the club.Of all 11 teams, 6 teams at age between 8 and 18 years take part in the Sofia tournaments and the republican tournaments of Bulgaria. In these tournaments the teams finish at awarded places at their age. The juvenile team (born 1984-1985) won the title of state champion of 2003.The players at age between 8 and 11 years are preparatory groups and after 3-4 years of teaching start their participation in the preliminary tournaments and correspondingly in the city and national tournaments, organized be the Football federation and the Republic of Bulgaria. At almost all age groups there are a lot of talented boys. The child-juvenile school of PFC “Lokomotiv Sofia” Stock exchange is one of the best creators of football talents as for the club and the national team of Bulgaria.

Current squad

As of March 1, 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
3 Bulgaria DF Ilian Garov
4 Ghana FW Derek Asamoah
5 Bulgaria DF Georgi Markov
7 Bulgaria MF Rumen Goranov
8 Croatia MF Victor Špišic
9 Bulgaria FW Tzvetan Genkov (on loan from Dynamo Moscow)
10 Bulgaria MF Marcho Dafchev
11 Bulgaria DF Kristian Dobrev
12 Serbia DF Darko Savić
13 Croatia DF Vanja Džaferović
15 Bulgaria FW Danail Mitev
16 Bulgaria MF Hristo Zlatinski
17 Bulgaria MF Ivaylo Dimitrov
No. Position Player
18 Bulgaria MF Kaloyan Karadzhinov
19 Bulgaria FW Martin Kamburov
20 Bulgaria MF Svetoslav Dyakov
21 Bulgaria GK Yulian Levashki
22 Bulgaria DF Ivan Bandalovski
23 Bulgaria MF Ivo Ivanov
24 Bulgaria DF Ivan Paskov
25 Bulgaria FW Preslav Yordanov
26 Bulgaria GK Rumen Tinkov
30 Bulgaria MF Dimo Atanasov
31 Serbia DF Zvonimir Stanković
84 Bulgaria GK Valentin Galev

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

Notable players

  • Bulgaria Boko Dimitrov
  • Bulgaria Ivan Kotsev
  • Bulgaria Spiro Debarski
  • Bulgaria Ivan Dimitrov
  • Bulgaria Todor Velev
  • Bulgaria Trayko Sokolov
  • Bulgaria Georgi Berkov
  • Bulgaria Ivan Deyanov
  • Bulgaria Apostol Chachevski

Former foreign players

Albania Albania

  • Zenun Selimi

Brazil Brazil

  • Mario Sousa
  • Rogerio Pereyra

Germany Germany

Georgia (country) Georgia

  • Sergey Churadze
 

Guinea-Bissau Guinea-Bissau

Malta Malta

Republic of Macedonia Macedonia

  • Vlatko Kostov
  • Toni Naumovski
 

Serbia Serbia

 

Slovenia Slovenia

South Africa South Africa

Ukraine Ukraine

  • Igor Shelist

UEFA ranking

Current club ranking

  • 161 Turkey Kayserispor
  • 162 Portugal Paços de Ferreira
  • 163 Bulgaria LOKOMOTIV SOFIA
  • 164 Czech Republic Baník Ostrava
  • 165 Belgium SK Beveren
  • Full List

Current National League ranking

References

External links

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