The Bulgarian champions have been causing quite a stir in Europe this year. PFC Ludogorets, who have never played in the Europa League before, managed to win their group with ease overcoming the once mighty PSV Eindhoven twice in the process.
The Bulgarian side progressed to the last 16 after a tense two-legged tie against the Italian giants Lazio, eventually defeating the eagles 4-3 on aggregate with an impressive 1-0 win at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome in the first leg.
However, their chances of reaching this year’s quarter finals have been severely hampered as they lost the first leg of their last 16 tie 3-0 at home to Valencia. They now go into Thursday’s tie needing nothing short of a miracle.
PFC Ludogorets, which can be translated into to English literally as crazy forest, is a Bulgarian football club based in Razgrad, a small town located at the center of Bulgaria. The town has a population of just over 50,000 and the team play their more important European ties in the nation’s capital Sofia as their stadium has a capacity of only 6,000.
Although Thursday’s game will more than likely be the Bulgarian’s last in Europe this season, there are still many positives that can be taken from the campaign and with the experience under their belt, we can expect a lot more from the Bulgarian side next season.
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