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Liteks Lovech

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About Liteks Lovech

PFC Litex Lovech or simply Litex is a Bulgarian football club from the town of Lovech, which currently competes in the Bulgarian A Professional Football Group, the top division of Football in Bulgaria. The club was founded in 1921 as Hisarya Football Club.

The club's home ground is the Lovech Stadium, which has a capacity of 8000 seats, electric floodlights and permission to stage European matches. To date, Litex has won the Bulgarian A PFG four times and has won the Bulgarian Cup four times. Together with PFC CSKA Sofia and PFC Levski Sofia, Litex is the third Bulgarian football club that represents the country in the European Club Association.

History

1921–1996

The club was founded in 1921 in football (soccer) as Hisarya and began playing league football during 1923 in football (soccer). Over the years, the club has changed its name several times. From 1957 named Karpachev, before becoming Osam in 1979 in football (soccer). Under that name the club played constantly in the Bulgarian B PFG, the second division of Bulgarian football and was close to promotion several times. A notable star during this period was Plamen Linkov who broke the club's appearance record, playing 575 times, scoring 167 goals.

In 1990 sponsor of the team become a company LEX. In the same year, the club had changed its name to LEX Football Club. The 1993–94 season was successful for LEX, which finished 1st in second division and qualified for the A PFG for first time in the club's history. The A PFG 1994-95 was a success for a club like LEX, finishing 11th after victories against teams of the likes of PFC CSKA Sofia (1:0), Slavia Sofia (1:0) and Lokomotiv Sofia (1:0). The next season was not successful and the club, renamed Lovech, was relegated to the Bulgarian B PFG. File:Dimtcho Beliakov.JPG

Grisha Ganchev takeover (1996–present)

In June 1996, the club was purchased by the petrol businessman and citizen of Lovech Grisha Ganchev and it was renamed to Litex. The takeover was immediately followed by a flurry of bids for high profile players. Ferario Spasov was named as the new Litex coach. He led the club back to the A PFG at the first attempt. During the 1996–97 season Litex also reached the quarter-finals of the Bulgarian Cup and the final of the Bulgarian League Cup, which was lost after penalty shoot-out.
In 1997 in football (soccer), Litex was promoted for the second time to the Bulgarian A PFG and immediately became Bulgarian champions, finishing the season 5 points ahead of the second-placed Levski Sofia. This was unprecedented in Bulgarian football history. The striker of the team Dimcho Belyakov became top goalscorer with his 21 goals scored during the season. The midfielder Stoycho Stoilov received the Best League Player award. The club's first participation in the European club tournaments was also promising, with Litex eliminating the Sweden Halmstads BK (2:0 and 1:2) and reaching the second qualifying round (but being knocked out by Russian powerhouse FC Spartak Moscow).

A year later Litex retained their league title, losing only two league games all season. They became the first provincial club to win back-to-back league titles since the 1920s. During the campaign Litex inflicted the biggest defeat of PFC CSKA Sofia's all history, beating 8–0 at Lovech Stadium.

In the recent years, Litex won the Bulgarian Cup four times, in 2001 (a 1:0 win against Velbazhd Kyustendil after extra time), in 2004 (a win over CSKA after a 2:2 in the regular time and a penalty shootout), in 2008 a win over Cherno More Varna (1:0) and in 2009 against Pirin Blagoevgrad (3:0 in the regular time). In early August, 2007, Litex signed a three-year sponsorship and advertising contract with Bulgarian Mobile network operator operator GLOBUL and started the 2007/08 season with the logo of the mobile service i-mode on the team's kits. In December, 2007, Litex became the first Bulgarian club to have branded a mobile phone game, Litex Football. Before the start of the 2008/09 season, Litex lost the Bulgarian Supercup with 0:1 from CSKA Sofia. The winning goal for the army team was scored by Kiril Kotev in the 65th minute. After a season later, Litex again lost the Bulgarian Supercup with 0:1 the champion Levski Sofia.
In A PFG 2009-10 season Litex became a champion of Bulgaria for the third time in his history, finishing with 12 points more than the second, PFC CSKA Sofia. On August 12, 2010, Litex defeated PFC Beroe Stara Zagora 2–1 to win the Bulgarian Supercup, for first time in the club's history. In 2010-11 A PFG Litex achieved a 4th league title, securing the championship with a 3–1 away win against PFC Lokomotiv Sofia on 21 May 2011.

League positions


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Recent league statistics





Stadium


Litex Lovech's home ground is the Lovech Stadium, a football stadium in Lovech. Built in 1962, the ground underwent a total reconstruction in 1999 and was brought to a suitable stand to host international matches in 1999. The stadium has more than 8000 seating places with pitch dimensions of 105 x 68 metres. The record attendance is 12,500 for the game against Levski Sofia in 19 April 1998. The record attendance in the European club competitions was achieved against Aston Villa F.C on September 18, 2008, when around 8,000 spectators supported the team. In the summer of 2010, a massive reconstruction of the venue was started, new side sectors with roof covers were built and the media sectors were expanded in order to meet the UEFA guidelines for UEFA Champions League matches. On July 12, 2010, the stadium officially received from UEFA a 3-star rating. The reconstructions continued in the summer of 2011. New covered stands and media boxes were built.

Honours

National competitions

- Champions (4): A PFG 1997-98, A PFG 1998-99, A PFG 2009-10, 2010-11 A PFG
- Runners-up (1): A PFG 2001-02
- Third (2): A PFG 2002-03, A PFG 2005-06

- Winners (4): 2001, 2004, 2008 Bulgarian Cup Final, 2009 Bulgarian Cup Final
- Runners-up (3): 1999, 2003, 2007

Bulgarian League Cup:
- Runners-up (1): 1997

- Winners (1): 2010 Bulgarian Supercup
- Runners-up (4): 2004 Bulgarian Supercup, 2007 Bulgarian Supercup, 2008 Bulgarian Supercup , 2009 Bulgarian Supercup, 2011 Bulgarian Supercup

Unofficial competitions

Norcia Winter Cup:
- Winners (1): 2001

PFC Litex Lovech in Europe



As of February 22, 2012




Out on loan



For recent transfers, see List of Bulgarian football transfers winter 2011–12 Litex Lovech.

UEFA Ranking


Club Ranking for 2011 (Previous year rank in italics, UEFA Club Coefficients in parentheses)
- 171 SK Sturm Graz (8.640)
- 172 Litex (8.575)
- 173 Sivasspor (8.510)
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Notable players

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

Bulgaria
- Dimcho Belyakov
- Georgi Denev
- Nikolay Dimitrov - Džajić
- Petar Hubchev
- Zoran Janković (footballer)
- Rosen Kirilov
- Radostin Kishishev
- Stefan Kolev
- Stanislav Manolev
- Ivaylo Petkov
- Ivelin Popov
- Stoycho Stoilov
- Svetoslav Todorov
- Hristo Yovov
- Stefan Yurukov
- Zlatomir Zagorcic
- Zdravko Zdravkov
- Zhivko Zhelev

Albania
- Alban Bushi
- Altin Haxhi

Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Džemal Berberović

Brazil
- Doka Madureira
- Sandrinho
- Tiago Silva dos Santos
- Wellington Brito da Silva

France
- Alexandre Barthe
- Jean-Philippe Caillet
- Wilfried Niflore

Macedonia
- Robert Popov


Morocco
- Mourad Hdiouad

Romania
- Bogdan Pătraşcu
- Florin Prunea
- Valeriu Răchită
- Eugen Trică

Serbia
- Igor Bogdanović
- Nebojša Jelenković

Slovenia
- Milivoje Novakovič

Uruguay
- Robert Mario Flores

Venezuela
- Alejandro Cichero

Note: For a complete list of Litex Lovech players, see :Category:PFC Litex Lovech players.

Managerial history


This is a list of the recent Litex Lovech managers:

As of March 11, 2011.

Notable stats

Most appearances for the club

Most goals for the club

Bulgarian league top scorer with the club

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Notes:
- Bold signals active players
- Correct as of 2010-05-16




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