PBC Academic

BC Academic Metropol Region (Bulgarian: БК "Академик" Метропол-Рийджън) is a reestablished Bulgarian professional basketball club based in the capital Sofia.

Academic Metropol-Region
NicknameMetropol (Метропол)
Founded1947; 75 years ago (1947)
HistoryPBC Academic
ArenaUniversiada Hall [1]
LocationSofia, Bulgaria
Team colorsYellow and Blue
PresidentViktor Vladov
Team managerViktor Vladov, Georgi Petrov
Head coachEduard Valchev
Championships26 Bulgarian Leagues
11 Bulgarian Cups
1 Bulgarian Super Cups
1 International Students' Cup

In April 2022, Academic has been reborn and rebranded by the new owners, the german-bulgarian Ex-professional basketball player Viktor Vladov and Georgi Petrov.

Founded in 1947 as part of the Academic Sofia sports club, they have won the championship of Bulgaria 26 times, won the Bulgarian Cup 11 times and won the Bulgarian Super Cup 1 time. Among their international honours are two FIBA European Champions Cup finals (both lost to Rīgas ASK) in 1958 and 1959 and an International Students' Cup in 1957.

In 2000, the team were renamed Lukoil Academic as a sponsorship deal was signed with Russian oil giant Lukoil, and quickly established themselves as dominant in the Bulgarian Championship. Since then they have been a regular ULEB Cup participant, and won the FIBA Europe Regional Challenge Cup Conference South in 2003.

In September 2020, Academic withdrew from the NBL and announced that it will no longer maintain a professional team.[1]

They played their home games at the Universiade Hall.

After the rebranding and reestablishing to "BC Academic Metropol Region" in April 2022, the club will compete in the Bulgarian A-Grupa in season 2022/23. [2]

The club colours have been changed to dark blue and yellow, as of being more applieable to the traditional colours of Academic.

Manager Board and SponsorsEdit

The main owner of the club is the former professional basketball player Viktor Vladov (profession: banker).

Followed up by the manager board members Georgi Petrov, Emmanuel Tady and Mario Yurukov.

Additional founding members are: Plamen Martinov, Nikolay Petkov and Stanislav Michev.

The sponsors are also visible on the jersey and up to date are only minority sponsors with small amounts:

"Porto Greco" Restaurant (Plovdiv, BUL), "Bryagovo Milk", "FruitCorrect", "bling Entertainment", "bikecity", "HCPKS" and "Idea Dent".

The team has also a non-profit with 2K to be implemented in NBA 2K22 and NBA 2K23 PlayStation 5 exclusive Add-Ons, which add various clubs from Europe to the videogame.


Basketball club Academic Sofia was founded in 1947 as a part of the students' sports association Academic and during its history of more than half a century it has won a just place among the best teams in the country. Under the guidance of ones of the most experienced coaches in Bulgarian basketball - Bozhidar Takev, Veselin Temkov, Neycho Neychev, Tzvetan Zheliazkov, Petko Marinov, etc., BC Academic is 20 times republic champion and nine times winner of the Bulgarian Cup. Along with the titles in the domestic championships and tournaments, naturally comes the international recognition. The basketball players of Academic have successfully played in the tournaments for the Cup of the European champions. With the coach Bozhidar Takev they were twice finalists against Rīgas ASK in 1958 and 1959. In 1957 in Paris the team of Academic became the world's students champion. During its entire existence basketball club Academic has always been a school for the professional improvement and constructive contribution of some of the best Bulgarian basketball players. Stars like Liubomir Panov, Georgi Panov, Viktor Radev, Nikola Ilov, Mihail Semov. Petar Lazarov, Dimitar Sahanikov, Georgi Barzakov, Nikola Atanasov, Atanas Golomeev, Temelaki Dimitrov, Stefan Filipov, Slavei Raychev, Vladimir Boyanov have left their permanent marks in the history of the Bulgarian basketball.

The excellent training of the Academic players and their complete devotion to the game have always been highly evaluated by our national basketball selectionists. Direct participants in the glorious moments of the Bulgarian basketball - the fifth place at the Olympic Games in Melbourne - 1956 and the vice-champion's title at the European Championship - Sofia'57 are the national players Liubomir Panov, Georgi Panov, Viktor Radev, Nikola Ilov, Mihail Semov, Petar Lazarov.

The glorious tradition of the club was revived again in 2000 when Lukoil Bulgaria became the main sponsor of the team. The selection of Lukoil Academic was oriented towards young and talented players, who under the clever guidance of the senior coach Petko Marinov and his assistants built the youngest team in the republican basketball. Renewed was also the work at the adolescents school of the club, from which some players have already shown considerable success at the home championships. The long-term strategy of Lukoil Academic has shown its first results already in season 2001–02. The talented players of Petko Marinov won the cup of the country and played the most attractive final in the play-offs in the championship for the last ten years. Today the name of Lukoil Academic is again a symbol of good basketball. The ambitions of the club are the republican champion's title and the good performance at the European club tournaments.

In 2018, Lukoil announced its sponsor deal with Levski Sofia, while leaving Academic with a smaller budget.[3] Consequently, Academic sent its top players to Levski.

In 2022, Viktor Vladov and Georgi Petrov helped Academic to reborn its basketball team. The record champion of Bulgaria will restart from the season 2022/23 in the Bulgarian A Grupa.[4]


Domestic competitionsEdit

Winners (26): 1957, 1958, 1959, 1963, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 , 2016, 2017
Winners (11): 1952, 1954, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013
Winners (1): 2016
Runners-up (1): 2017

European competitionsEdit

Runners-up (2): 1958, 1958–59
Winners(1): 2003

Worldwide competitionsEdit

  • International Students' Cup
Winners (1): 1957

Season by seasonEdit

Season Tier League Pos. W–L Bulgarian Cup European competitions
2013–14 1 NBL 2nd 2 Eurocup RS 4–6
2014–15 1 NBL 1st 31–4 Runner-up 3 EuroChallenge RS 2–4
2015–16 1 NBL 1st 33–2 Runner-up 3 FIBA Europe Cup R2 5–7
2016–17 1 NBL 1st 28–7 Runner-up 3 Champions League QR2 1–1
4 FIBA Europe Cup R2 7–5
2017–18 1 NBL 6th 10-14 1/4 Final 3 Champions League QR3 2–2
4 FIBA Europe Cup RS 2–4
2018-19 1 NBL 8th 4-20 Semifinalist
2019-20 1 NBL 5th 9-11 1/4 Final
2021-22 NALB Cup 21/22
2022-23 2 BBL A Grupa[5]

Current rosterEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA-sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

BC Academic Metropol Region roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
SG 22   Gyoshev, Ivan 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 80 kg (176 lb) 31 – (1991-Missing required parameter 1=month!-00)Missing required parameter 1=month! 1991
PF/C 77     Alexandrović-Vladov, Viktor (C) 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 111 kg (245 lb) 31 – (1991-08-18)18 August 1991
PF 13   Krieg, Gregoire 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 95 kg (209 lb)
SF 7     Kushev, Peter 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 19 – (2003-09-11)11 September 2003
F 1   Lezginov, Maksim 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 105 kg (231 lb) 24 – (1997-12-04)4 December 1997
PG 3   Michev, Stanislav 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 70 kg (154 lb)
F 35   Mihaylov, Vasil 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 28 – (1994-05-25)25 May 1994
PF/C 11   Nedyalkov, Nikolay 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 95 kg (209 lb)
SF 88   Yurukov, Mario 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 83 kg (183 lb) 28 – (1993-12-05)5 December 1993
SF 8     Tošić, Nikola 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 95 kg (209 lb)
G/F 0   Stoyanov, Ivaylo 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 23 – (1999-09-16)16 September 1999
SG 4   Petrov, Georgi 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 32 – (1990-Missing required parameter 1=month!-00)Missing required parameter 1=month! 1990
PG 73   Petkov, Nikolay 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 21 – (2001-02-23)23 February 2001
SG 10   Nikolov, Dayan 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 28 – (1993-11-18)18 November 1993
F/C 15   Vasilev, Nikolay 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 110 kg (243 lb)
PG 12   Vekov, Kiril 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) 70 kg (154 lb)
G/F 23   Martinov, Plamen 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 75 kg (165 lb)
SG 30   Kaynarov, Stoyan 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 80 kg (176 lb) 21 – (2001-05-30)30 May 2001
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  •   Viktor Vladov

  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: 5 May 2022

Notable playersEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA-sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.


To appear in this section a player must have either:

  • Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
  • Played at least one official international match for their national team at any time.
  • Played at least one official NBA match at any time.

Head coachesEdit


  1. ^ "Академик А1 прекрати дейност". basketball.bg. 16 September 2020. Retrieved 13 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Нов проект на име Академик атакува българския баскетбол". Sportal.bg (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 2022-05-04.
  3. ^ "Lukoil Bulgaria is the new sponsor of Levski". Sportando.com. 2 January 2018. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Нов проект на име Академик атакува българския баскетбол". Sportal.bg (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 2022-05-04.
  5. ^ "Академик - Метропол с нова заявка за силно представяне в ББЛ". Sportal.bg (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 2022-05-04.

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