Ludogorets Razgrad – Levski Sofia was the first international match in 2016 for me and Andrei (RomanianGroundhopper‘s admins).
The last sunday, we went to Razgard, Bulgaria to see the match between 1st and 2nd position in Bulgarian First League, with two boys from Germany who are also groundhoppers(Danny and Marcel). The road to Razgrad was very good, but we needed to stay a little bit too much at the border due to some repairs at the bridge over the Danube, so we were 25 minutes late at the match and the score was already 1-0 for Ludogorets.
When we arrived there, we were surprised about how nice and modern is the little stadium (7000 seats) and that the whole stadium was standing up and encouraging their teams, especially the fans from Levski who were singing their songs very loudly. The nasty part was when we wanted to enter on the stadium and we didn’t know where was the entrace for our tickets, because the tickets were written with cyrillic characters and the stewards didn’t spoke english at all. After 10 minutes and a little help from a policeman, we managed to get in and see the match. The stadium with its modern facilities and amazing grass surface looks very nice and it is big enough for a city like Ludogorets. An interesting fact is that at the half time i saw that everywhere near the seats there were piles of sunflower seeds. In the second half we saw 2 goals, a red card, a strong desire to score from Levski’s players and a very uncompetitive goalkeeper at Ludogorets. After the goals, both of the fans made a pyro show with strobos and smoke bombs so we enjoyed a very nice view. The final score was 2-1 for Ludogorets, but Levski’s players deserve respect for the way they played.
If you have the chance to see a football match in Bulgaria, you should do it! The prices are cheap, the stadiums at important games are full and you can see pyro shows and choreographies. I hope that CSKA Sofia will be back in the first league ASAP, because i really want to see live the atmosphere at the real and single derby from Bulgaria, Levski – CSKA.
Andrei made a new episode on his vlog about this game. Enjoy!