Ludogorets

Founded In
1945
Location
Razgrad, Bulgaria

Ludogorets

About Ludogorets

Professional Football Club Ludogorets Razgrad, known more simply as Ludogorets, was first established in June 2001 as Ludogorie Football Club. The team have experienced a dramatic rise to prominence within Bulgarian football and, despite their relative youth, have already enjoyed huge success in domestic competitions. They are nicknamed 'The Eagles from Razgrad', in reference to the city of Razgrad, where the club is based.

Having started out in the lower divisions of the country's football league system, Ludogorets achieved promotion to the third tier at the end of the 2005-06 season. Then, in 2009-10, the club gained promotion to the second tier and joined the country's professional ranks in the process. September 2010 marked a crucial moment in the club's history, as businessman Kiril Domuschiev bought the team and invested heavily in the squad. At the end of his first season as owner, Ludogorets gained promotion to the top flight.

The club made history in their first ever top tier season, as Ludogorets were crowned as league champions. They went on to lift the Bulgarian Cup, after beating Lokomotiv Plovdiv 2-1 in the final of the competition, to complete a domestic double. Later in 2012, they added the Bulgarian Super Cup to their trophy haul. The following season brought about further glory, as the team were able to successfully defend their league title. As a result of their impressive performances at domestic level, the club have made their first appearances in the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League tournaments.

Notable players to have played for the team include Emil Gargorov, Ivan Stoyanov and Marcelinho.

Ludogorets' home matches are held at the Ludogorets Arena, formerly known as Dyanko Stefanov Stadium. The venue, which opened for the first time in 2011, is owned by the Municipality of Razgrad and is currently able to hold up to 8,000 spectators.