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Established in 1945, the Razgrad club was originallyparticipating in Third football division. Their firstappearance in the Second division is in season 1961/62, but a promotion to the elite division was not achieved. Inthe 90’ of the 20th century the team’s name was Antibiotic. The rise of Ludogorets started in season2009/10, when the team managed to enter Seconddivision. That’s when Ivaylo Petev was designated as a Head Coach. “The Green” won the Second divisionbattle and entered the elite.

Ludogorets’ name was written in the history of worldfootball after winning three cups in the very first seasonof the club in A PFG. The team, led by Ivaylo Petev, became an undisputable champion after the well deserved win over the record holder of titles – CSKA. The superiority of “The Eagles” in the championship wasofficially admitted with the victory over “The Red Team” with 1:0 in the 30th final round of season 2011/12. Petev’s players held the precious Champion’s cup withthe confidence of being a strong and notable team, having finished with a positive result against the fourteams from Sofia. Taken into account, it is a uniqueachievement and up to that moment it hasn’t been doneby a team outside of the capital city.

A little earlier Ludogorets has also won the Cup ofBulgaria at the ”Lazur” stadium in Burgas. The teamturned the score from 0:1 to 2:1 in the game against Lokomotiv (Plovdiv), and triumphed with the secondmost valuable trophy in Bulgarian football. A month anda half later “The Eagles” also won the Super Cup, aftertheir success over the same opponent from Plovdiv, butthis time with a 3:1 score.

In all 30 First division matches, as well as the rest for theCup of Bulgaria and the Super Cup, Ludogorets hasdemonstrated perseverance and not once has it brokethe offensive style of playing, which in the last years wasa rare thing to see on the Bulgarian football fields. Thiscreated the image of a fighter, recognized by everybody.

Ludogorets validated their position in the last XXX roundof News’s 7 football championship. The championshiphad a dramatic end in favor of “he Eagles”, confirmingthat Ludogorets deserves more than any other team thegold medals. During the whole season Ivaylo Petev’sboys were far better than their opponents. The teamfinished with a positive balance from the games againstthe leading teams.

In season 2013/14 Ludogorets was a true hegemon inBulgarian club football. "The Eagles" reached their thirdconsecutive championship title two rounds before theend on May 7, 2014, a year after their victory overLokomotiv (Plovdiv) with a 1-0 score at "LudogoretsArena". The winning goal was scored by Roman Bezyakin the 9th minute.

On May 15th, 2014 Ludogorets achieved Golden treble(the second one since their entry in the A PFG) afterwinning the final game of the Cup of Bulgaria againstBotev (Plovdiv) when Roman Bezyak scored the winning goal in the 60th minute. The game for the Super Cupwas also won by Ludogorets. Both matches were playedat the "Lazur" stadium in Burgas.

Ludogorets’ fourth title came after the 4:! win at homeagainst Lokomotiv (Sofia) on May 15th, 2015. Thesuccess matches perfectly with the official opening of thenew tribune "Moti” and the celebration of the 70th anniversary of “The Eagles". The "Red-Black Team" turned out to be Ludogorets’ competitor for the goldmedals at the end of the championship, although almostall season “The Eeagles" were fighting for the first placewith CSKA.

The balance of Ludogorets’ matches with Lokomotiv(Sofia) and CSKA shows the superiority of “The Eagles". In Razgrad both metropolitan teams were each defeatedtwice - CSKA with a 2:0 and 4:0 and Lokomotiv (Sofia) with 5:1 and 4:1. Ludogorets achieved draws in thegames at "Bulgarian Army" (1:1 and 0:0) and at„Nadezhda" (2:2 and 0:0).

The season was extremely successful in the Europeantournaments. Ludogorets eliminated Steaua in epicmatches in the playoffs of the Champions League andentered the group stage, which achieved the first historicvictory over Basel, and draw with Liverpool followed, after which the tema performed great against Real(Madrid) - winner of the European Cup for ten times.

11th of May, 2016 – on this date Ludogorets becamechampion for the fifth time in a row. The same day ourbiggest rival Levski lost to Lokomotiv (Plovdiv) with a 2:3 score and “The Eagles” became untouchable on the topof the rating again.

Ludogorets already owns the second biggest collectionof consecutive trophies in the Bulgarian premierefootball championship after CDNA’s nine titles wonbetween 1954 and 1962. Until now the team had thesecond position along with CSKA, who own 4 titlesbetween 1980 and 1983, but now Ludogorets sits firmlyin the second spot alone and is already aiming tooverthrow CDNA’s achievement from the 60’s.

The season was kicked off on the rough side for “TheEagles”, who were fourth in the overall ranking for a short time, with six points behind the leader. After GeorgiDermendzhiev returned in November, the team achieveda few wins in a row and after the first half-season theywere on the top position. After the spring period of thechampionship Ludogorets was dominating over itscompetitors with an impressive 14 points ahead of thesecond team – Levski. Ludogorets left no doubts in itsclass and supremacy by achieving a positive balance inthe results against every team of the “A” football group except Litex.

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League table First league, 19th round
1. Ludogorets 1945 48
2. CSKA-Sofia 42
3. Levski (Sofia) 41
4. Botev (Plovdiv) 35
5. Beroe (St. Zagora) 33
6. Cherno more (Varna) 30
7. Etar (Veliko Tarnovo) 27
8. Botev (Vratsa) 24
9. Lokomotiv (Plovdiv) 22
10. Slavia (Sofia) 21
11. Vitosha (Bistritsa) 19
12. Dunav (Ruse) 15
13. Septemvri (Sofia) 14
14. Vereya (St. Zagora) 5

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